Monday, August 31, 2015

Hillary and Obama's war on cops, civil society

These Democratic leaders have the blood of many innocents on their hands.  Mr. Obama lit the racial powder keg back in 2009 with his mischaracterization that Boston cops “acted stupidly” in arresting a black Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., for being belligerent with law enforcement at the man's home. At the time, Mr. Obama said, “I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played.”  Indeed, Democrats never wait for the “facts” before making their rabble-rousing pronouncements.  In true Democratic fashion of politically “never letting a crisis go to waste,” Mr. Obama, at every opportunity, indulges his knee-jerk anti-cop and anti-American rhetoric.  In this, it is Orwellian that a U.S. president, charged with the principle duty to enforce the Constitution and the law, instead subverts that selfsame law in favor of promoting the politics of racial victimization and its direct consequence of faceless, mob violence. Hence the fiction that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown are innocent targets of “white racism” and the tragic reality of burning cities like Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD.

Abetted by the hard left MSM, the anarchist elements in our society have been whipped into a frenzied, lawless horde.  Over the weekend, the Black Lives Matter protesters spewed their hate-speech “Pigs [cops] In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” just hours after Harris County, Texas sheriff's deputy Darren H. Goforth was ambushed and executed by a black assailant, suspect Shannon J. Miles, at a Houston-area gas station.  Similarly, last December in New York, two uniformed police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, sitting in their marked squad car, were assassinated gangland style by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley.  Once again, “black lives matter“ advocates had also demonstrated, chanting “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”  Mr. Brinsley's rationalization for his unprovoked, barbarous acts: revenge killings for Eric Garner (who died in police custody) and the before-mentioned Michael Brown. Of this, Brinsley wrote: “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” and “They Take 1 Of Ours . . . Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”  In reaction, Police Commissioner William Bratton said, “No warning, no provocation—they were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform.”

Therefore, the “white hat elements” of our society—lawmen, the law-abiding, legal gun owners, conservatives and tea party proponents—have been outrageously and nonsensically demonized by Mr. Obama as domestic terrorists.  Drawing from the same “divide [society] and conquer” Democratic political playbook, Hillary Clinton implies pro-law enforcement Republicans are “boxcar Nazis” for wanting to impose legitimate immigration laws and expel illegal aliens from our sovereign nation.  Ironically, the “black lives matter” folks even heckle black, Democratic leaders who promote common sense, anti-crime measures, as DC Mayor Muriel Bowser recently did in response to 105 slayings in the District of Columbia so far this year (a 43 percent increase over this point last year matching all of 2014).  This statistic is no surprise: why should cops actively do their jobs in dangerous parts of town when they are constant targets of ill-founded racial blame, bureaucratic second-guessing and random, unprovoked threats to life and limb because they wear a badge?  As any civilian accused of a crime is presumed innocent,” don't rank-and-file police officers deserve that same consideration?

It seems that everyone else, except for Obama and Hillary, pays the price for the divisive, political whirlwind they have wrought. Notice the philosophical hypocrisy: Mr. Obama doesn't order the Secret Service to disarm yet he actively strives to restrict legal gun-ownership and undermine the Second Amendment.  After all, if firearms are so terrible, why does he allow himself and his family to be surrounded by them 24/7/365?

Any reasonable person who objects to this insanity is marginalized by Democrat's word-burning political correctness and wrongly smeared by them as a racist, misogynist or Uncle Tom.  Indeed, this societal nerve has been rubbed so raw for the last 6 years as an expedient political distraction to Obama's multitude of domestic and international failures, we now have the emergence of a true bogeyman in the form of former reporter Vester L. Flanagan II, who vented his paranoid, mentally unhinged, homicidal rage on two innocent colleagues.  Even the heavily partisan Washington Post begrudgingly acknowledged that Mr. Flanagan's older colleagues tried to mentor him and even his harshest critics wanted him to succeed.  Further, his unfounded complaints of discrimination were taken seriously by management and his two lawsuits claiming racism, sexual harassment and wrongful termination ended quietly with undisclosed terms.   As this scenario does not fit the false straw-man narrative of the white, racist, rich (read: Republican) caricature, notice the deafening silence of Democrats and the Black Lives Matter crowd whenever the situation is black-on-white or nine times out of ten, black-on-black murder.

America cannot be defeated by forces outside of herself.  Our greatest difficulty isn't the Democrat's “weather” or the Republican's legitimate fear of Iranian nukes.  Her fundamental problem is an insidious cancer much closer to home: the lawless, lying, big government, anti-American Democratic Party.  Aided by their fawning humpback, blind-eye creature, the liberal MSM intentionally blows up unfortunate and otherwise isolated human tragedies into full-scale black-white societal crises.  Obama, Hillary and their ilk have also spawned a  21st century Frankenstein monster: the radical Black Lives Matter movement which cares nothing for non-black lives (or lives not taken by white hands regardless of mitigating  circumstances).  While Obama and Hillary “lead,” as American cartoonist Walt Kelly famously wrote, “we have met the enemy and he is us.”

Twitter: @DavidHunterblog

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pruden: promoting politics or fiction? (Wrong predictions: Hillary won't run & Romney will join the 2016 presidential race)

One wonders whether weekly Washington Times columnist Wesley Pruden sees tweety-birds when he makes his Twilight Zone political prognostications. Case and point: recall his January 15th column entitled "Why Hillary won't run for president." Well, she is (and outrageously still leads in national Democratic polls despite persistent obfuscation and the likely criminality of Server-gate: the 21st century version of the Nixon Watergate tapes).  Fast forward to today's analysis of the political landscape, "Now the real fun is about to begin" where Mr. Pruden laughable claims that Mitt Romney may be jumping into the 2016 presidential race due to Jeb Bush's flagging popularity.  Did he forget the other 13 Republican unmentioned contenders currently registering in the polls already vying for the nomination or did he take a page out of Brian Williams' helicopter-under-fire playbook and for kicks-and-giggles spin a tall-tale?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Trump: chauvinist not misogynist

The powers-that-be at Fox News are ratings geniuses and the proof is in the pudding: Twenty-four million people (7.9 million in their prime advertising demographic of 25 to 53); the highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of all time and the most-watched presidential primary debate ever. The contest, moderated by Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, was lively and exciting, pulling no punches (which is exactly as it should be).  I had expected little more than a vacuous beauty contest, but what was clearly demonstrated was the astonishing breadth and depth of the Republican bench.  Any one of them would make a superior leader to the dead weight we have now or the progressive, Sal Alinsky, big government radicals populating Hillary's inevitable coronation.

I applaud Megyn Kelly for her pointed, prosecutorial questions directed at front-runner and political lightning rod Donald Trump.  When Ms. Kelly said, “Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women.  You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” her assessment was a fair one.  It was also a viewer's bonanza: Mr. Trump should well know anything transmitted in the Twitter universe (or on the internet) is “out there” forever in the public domain.  And when running for U.S. president—a big boy or big girl job if ever there was one—virtually any question under the sun regarding public statements, actions or behavior of a candidate should be fair game.

For all of his vast material resources, Mr. Trump is ego-driven, lacking humility and any semblance of class.  His wealth and social position—which he freely lords over the less successful (a.k.a. everyone else) that he feels attacked by—makes the basis of his chauvinism (or feelings of superiority) economic posturing.  Therefore, while the target of his vitriol can be, and often are, successful women like Megyn Kelly or Rosie O'Donnell, it is not exclusive to that category of person.  He is actually an equally opportunity offender (much in the same crude mold as provocateur and shock-jock Howard Stern) and not a true misogynist in the traditional sense of the word.

Republicans need a bold contender: a non-politically correct truth-teller to reclaim the White House in 2016 that much is obvious.  As past is prologue, in 2012 Mitt Romney lacked a fighter's passion and failed to inspire 3.5 million Republicans to the polls.  However, Mr. Trump is the other extreme, a brawler who likes to fight for its own sake.   I suspect that lack of measured restraint—a plus when intimidating in business, but a deadly character flaw in the finesse of politics—is likely to ultimately be his Achilles heel.  In the long run though it does not matter, in the flameout of “The Donald's” afterglow, attention will fortuitously be cast on the legitimate hopefuls like Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson.

Fox News got the whole enchilada: tough, thought-provoking questions and candid candidate responses, a spirited debate for the record books, high viewership and a likely kingly sum in advertising dollars.  Beyond that and despite ill-founded objections, the event was balanced.  While it is true that some candidates got more attention or face-time than others, no undue favor was evident to any candidate.  Contrast that to the typical fare of the MSM that is hopelessly biased in favor of Democrats (think of the Romney-Obama debate when moderator Candy Crowley interjected her pro-Obama opinion into the proceedings regarding when Benghazi was first labeled a terrorist attack.)  Indeed, Fox News' program is the new gold standard in political debates and should readily be copied by the other networks.

My only disappointment is that Mrs. Clinton (Socialist Bernie Sanders and the motley crew of other nondescript Democrats) was not on that stage to take an even more well-deserved grilling.  Benghazi, Server-gate, Charity-gate, Planned Parenthood, other lies and alibis: my mind boggles at the forever lost possibilities.  Does anyone seriously believe that future MSM moderator-led debates will challenge the Democrats in any meaningful way or ask them anything remotely controversial?

It will be a yawn-fest: a typical liberal press love-in like the soft consequence-free cocoon the coddled Mr. Obama has enjoyed for the last six and a half years.  The American people will learn nothing new and the myths and propaganda of the Democrats will be carefully reaffirmed.  One hopes Mr. Trump will still be around the debate stage to shake things up with Hillary.  I doubt he has the temperament to be president in 2016, but to knock Mrs. Clinton off of her precarious perch is a job he was born to do.

Twitter: @DavidHunterblog

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Two illegals to CA city council

California: the land of nuts and flakes and loony politicians is at it again.  Los Angeles' Huntington Park City Council has appointed two undocumented illegals to serve on the committee.  (A move naturally supported by City Mayor Karina Macias).  A legal citizen rightly yelled to the assembled councilmembers: “You are out of order.”  Despite that, Councilman Jhonny Pineda, who joined the organization in March, specifically chose illegal aliens Frank Medina (health and education) and Julian Zatarain (parks and recreation) as political payback for working on his election campaign.  Another woman said: “We’re sending the wrong message: you can be illegal and you can come and work for the city.”  Well, they won't technically be paid as that is prohibited by federal law.  On balance though the Feds have no authority to determine city policy.

Mr. Pineda, whose actions already demonstrate he is not among the law-abiding, promises that his illegal appointees will have "no power" to determine city policy.  Therefore, their purpose must be a pro-illegal alien political statement as well as warm bodies to rubber stamp what is likely to be Mr. Pineda's lawless agenda.  He said: “We need to make sure that we bring everyone together to the table here in Huntington Park so that we can make sure we’re sharing the same vision.”  The contours of that vision remain unclear other than the fact that Mr. Pineda on the campaign trail promised voters that he'd create opportunities for that city's sizable undocumented population.  One hopes that Mr. Pineda will not forget the needs of actual citizens in his fervor to socially engineer the community to his dystopian design.

Love making leopard slugs? ("John Kelly's Washington," The Washington Post, August 6th)

Have the dog days of August finally changed species?  It appears so, in columnist John Kelly's convenient driveway: the love nest of mating leopard slugs.  When songwriter Cole Porter penned "Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it," slugs were obviously not foremost on the lyricist's mind.  Who cares except obscure Smithsonian scientists if slugs do it?  In a column dedicated to Washington—a cultural and political mecca—one wonders what triviality is next on Mr. Kelly's agenda.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Re-arm airline pilots and soldiers

The Washington powers-that-be have seen sense—a truly rare occurrence for politicians inside the beltway bubble—on a bipartisan agreement (Senate Bill S. 1594, The Arm All Pilots Act of 2015, Rand Paul (R-KY)) to re-arm airline pilots: a safe, inexpensive and highly effective deterrent to terrorist acts (that the Obama Administration is naturally against).  Now, that the light had dawned on this specific issue, perhaps our elected representatives will extend the same goodwill to the other 'white hat' elements in our society: legal gun owners (residents of DC) and soldiers on military bases and in recruiting centers.  Getting rid of the gun-free decals on schoolhouse doors—a foolish policy that makes our children fish in a barrel to any would-be gun-toting goon—is also a good idea.  America is simply too big—vulnerable targets are everywhere—for traditional (and already beleaguered) police forces to handle everything.  Indeed, that is the purpose and wisdom of the Second Amendment: firearms in the "right" hands promote public well-being and make would-be criminals think twice.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Deconstructing the Trump phenomenon

From the perspective of all of us “average Joes,” I think it is fair comment that virtually anyone running for U.S. president these days is, by definition, a shameless self-promoter—with something of a God-complex—or a loose screw.  With the multitude of problems in the world, who would want the pressures that come to bear or that fish bowl existence?

Although likely to flame out as shooting stars are wont to do, Mr. Trump is channeling the very real “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore” sentiments of the unhinged UBS news anchor Howard Beale (a fictional character played to Oscar glory by Peter Finch in 1976’s Network).  And the political powers-that-be on both sides of the aisle better take heed: it is not the first time a long-shot political neophyte has caused a populist phenomenon that has led to the White House.   

That being said, the MSM is squarely taking aim at “The Donald,” busy crafting another superficial bogeyman of a monopoly comb-over caricature (only minus the mustache and the monocle).  This is the same playbook effectively used to pigeonhole Romney as an out of touch/white/rich/Republican elitist.  Sound familiar? However, unlike Mr. Romney (who was too busy playing the gentlemanly elder statesman to take the gloves off and fight for the presidency), Mr. Trump gives as much guff as he gets. 

Whether viewed as good, bad or indifferent, Donald Trump is the genuine article, himself: a colorful, bombastic creature of Capitalism—and the fundamental American principles of freedom, self-determination, free-speaking and respect for law—rather than a bowing apologist traveling the world on bended knee (Obama) or the blasé blamer of Benghazi (Hillary) on the nonsensical, a video.

I don’t know if the scribe of “The Art of the Deal” is truly electable—only time will tell­—but there is no doubt more than six years in that the American people have gotten a raw deal at every turn with the disastrous Obama administration.  Mr. Trump has the skill set to do much better: in the true Machiavellian fashion of exaggerating one’s hand, outright lying or otherwise outmaneuvering one’s opponent across a bargaining table, Mr. Trump excels.  And unlike the leading Democratic nominee (who has likely bartered favorable government influence to cronies to amass a personal fortune known as the “Clinton Cash” scandal), “The Donald” has a legitimate and undisputable track record of success.  After all, one’s name doesn’t end up on the side of Manhattan skyscrapers for nothing.

Detractors of Mr. Trump criticize him for his brashness (as if plain-speaking is some kind of Orwellian thought-crime in the Democrat’s politically correct nomenclature), because of his willingness to shoot from the hip by call things what they actually are.  An important example: border-jumpers are an underclass of illegal alien “invaders,” not misunderstood immigrants.  That is precisely what is causing “The Donald’s” surge in the polls.  It turns out Americans find refreshing people who take the common sense approach (little seen inside Washington’s elitist beltway bubble) of forcefully articulating what the suffering, silent majority of average citizens, like me, is thinking.  The surprise here is one needn’t have the warmth or charisma of a Ronald Reagan; one resonates to the truth of the message even while remaining unsure about the caliber of its speaker.

Indeed, Americans are beyond fatigued with the “don’t trust your lying eyes” mantra of hell or high water agenda-driven progressive Democrats.  The electorate is starved for truth-telling leaders who will level with them, especially when most circumstances in the future are likely to be quite dire.  That’s not Barack Obama and it’s certainly not Hillary Clinton: Democrats who have gotten a complete pass for every equivocation, every outright lie and every sleazy scandal thus far.  

Similarly, the MSM attacks Mr. Trump for his social status, but largely ignores the fact that “public servant” Hillary is also famous and fabulously wealthy, living in mansions, riding in private planes and limousines.  Certainly, Mrs. Clinton’s lavish lifestyle does not disqualify her from her obsessive presidential ambitions.  However, the difference between the two is as Mr. Trump is already a self-made  billionaire—possessing all the money, fame and power of perhaps an incorruptible Midas—while Hillary (and her aptly named former president hubby, Bill) have repeatedly attached dollar signs to their self-serving loyalty.

In many ways, Mr. Trump is the wild card in American politics.  But, so was Barack Obama when America took a terrible gamble on him, twice.  Yet, “The Donald” is not likely to be the petulant, empty-suited, dilettante of a joker Mr. Obama has turned out to be or the entitled, greedy, “queen of mean” that is Mrs. Clinton’s reputation.  If elected, maybe Mr. Trump will actually work for the greater good of the average American.  If so, that’s more than most currently in public office are doing.

Twitter: @DavidHunterblog