In Memorium: George H.W. Bush

This was a special man.

He showed courage throughout his lifetime along with honesty, integrity, dedication, grace, competence, compassion, charity, friendliness and a love of life that he was quick to share with others.  He was fortunate to find in his wife Barbara a soulmate who mirrored his character traits and who provided him with rock solid support during the lifetime that they shared together.

Here in Maine he was loved and respected as much for his retirement time in our state and the community of Kennebunk as for his service to our nation.

Where in politics today can you find a politician of this stature?  It is sad to be so difficult to attempt (and fail) to answer this question.

RIP Mr. President and let us never forget that in his own words his most important titles were “husband, father and grandfather”.

And so we mourn the passing of a fine man whose like we will be most fortunate to ever see again.

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The Winds They Are A-Blowin’

Had I not watched some live coverage from FOX News of President Trump’s recent overseas trip I would have known little about it since the continuing barrage of hysterical attacks insisting the President has proved to be a traitor to America by establishing “back door” connections with the Russian government has dominated the “news” for the last month.

In addition reports insist that he has undermined our nation’s best interests during his address to a gathering of NATO members in Brussels by asserting that only five of the organization’s members have lived up to a 2014 agreement stating that all participants must spend a minimum of two percent of their GDP on defense.

Not to mention the President’s refusal to join a Group of Seven (G7) leaders in pledging to support the Paris Climate Agreement and a visit with Pope Francis that produced a picture of a smiling President standing next to a decidedly sour-faced Pilate.

This negative narrative engineered by the mainstream media neglects to acknowledge the red carpet treatment that President Trump received during his visit to Saudi Arabia and his reaffirming U.S. support for Israel while visiting the Western Wall in East Jerusalem and expressing his desire for peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.  It was entirely refreshing during these two visits to mark the courtesy and respect shown to the President, a far cry from the manner in which his predecessor was received.

Other accomplishments are equally ignored such as the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and the resumption of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines. Executives in the steel, coal, and manufacturing industries are reporting a new confidence not seen in years, very preliminary statistics concerning economic growth, labor participation, energy production, the stock market, and business and consumer confidence are all positive, and it is reported that in illegal immigration has dropped by 70 per cent. The stock markets continue at a record-breaking pace.

Efforts continue to construct a more advantageous replacement to the Affordable Care Act and the President has made it clear that significant changes need to be made in Defense spending in order to ensure protection for our nation and compliance with our promises to assist our allies.

You might think that all of this could be classified as good news and widely disseminated but instead an unholy alliance of the Liberal Left, the mainstream media, a conglomeration of special interest groups, and the Washington Establishment (to include the “Never Trump” Republican/Conservative branch) continues their jihad to de-legitimize a duly appointed President by taking every opportunity to highlight his “character defects”, smear his family and associates by defamation and lies and obstruct his policy agenda without regard to its potential benefits to America and its citizens.

Quite likely this pathological reaction stems from the recognition by these factions of the danger that this Presidency poses to their closeted, profitable, entitled little universe.  It is utterly unfathomable to these people that the new President appears to have none of the traits of a “successful” politician nor do his actions conform to the norms that the establishment feels that they have created for inhabitants of the Washington “swamp”. Donald Trump uses Tweets in the same fashion as both Roosevelt and Carter employed their “fireside chats”, a direct line of communication with the nation’s people.  Or at least a significant portion of them.

Ironically, it is only in a free society that such contradictory and destructive behavior could be encouraged let alone condoned and even labeled “Patriotic”.  Cultural Marxism has taken root to the extent that the exponents of “critical thinking” are those most intent on reverting to the “reptilian brain”, the source of emotion, rather than exercising the portions of the brain devoted to logic and reason.

Barack Obama loved to flaunt the self-bestowed mantle of an agent of change.  What he and so many others of our self appointed aristocracy have ignored is the fact that the winds of change are capricious and will continue to blow and not always in the expected direction.




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Sure could use a little good news ………

Brings to mind the song sung by Anne Murray some years back.

“I rolled out this morning.  Kids had the mornin’ news show on”; “There’s a local paper rolled up in a rubber band.  One more sad story’s one more than I can stand.”;  “Just once how I’d like to see the headline say, ‘Not much to print today, can’t find nothin’ bad to say.'”; “How I want to hear the anchor man talk about a county fair and how we cleaned up the air, how everybody learned to care”.

That kind of sums it up for me.

I talked with my youngest son today and he told me that he had long ago given up paying much attention to the news.  Too much negativity.  He is concentrating on making a good life for him and his new wife and hoping to use his talents as a graphic designer to maybe make a difference somewhere outside of his growing family circle.

Yesterday afternoon my wife and I paid an infrequent visit to live theater and viewed a stage production of “Pippin” which has been billed as “a high-flying, death-defying hit musical full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of WICKED.”  And, “This unforgettable new production will lift you up and leave you smiling!”

It sure did ….. even though it took both of us a little time to catch on to what this was all about.  And we agreed that we walked away with a new understanding about how while youth and inexperience sometimes lead us to imagine and pursue grand scenarios based on how we see ourselves as exceptional people destined for exceptional lives, we not infrequently find deep satisfaction in discovering that “ordinary” lives and activities prove to be deeply rewarding.

So, I did a quick search for what I think is “a little good news”.

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims continue to drop after peaking in 2008-2009.  In my home state of Maine businesses gearing up for the tourist season are reporting that there are more available jobs than there are applicants even with significant numbers of out-of-state workers (including none-citizens) applying.

Coal miners are going back to work in large numbers in Kentucky and Tennessee

The American Steel industry is showing signs of improvement.

Many industry-smothering executive orders and regulations from the Obama administration are being overturned.

The National Anthem and the Canadian National Anthem are still rendered (sometimes quite beautifully) prior to the beginning of professional hockey games involving teams from those two countries …… and during the Stanley Cup Playoffs each completed series features the opposing teams shaking hands no matter how hard-fought and occasionally acrimonious the contests may have been.

Locally:  A regional Boy Scouts Jamboree was well attended in my home town of Freeport, ME.  My local Masonic Lodge is looking forward to our next monthly public supper that provides not only a home cooked meal at a reasonable price by also an opportunity for some of our older residents to get out and socialize with their neighbors.

The majority of support (93.3%) for American art consisting of nonprofit performing arts groups and museums comes from the private sector (including 8.4% from corporations) while all government, including Federal and local, contributions amount to 6.7 percent.  With the National Endowment for the Arts contributing 1.2 percent the defunding of this particular agency would hardly result in, as described by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof  “(how) the Romans must have felt in 456 A.D. as the barbarians conquered and ushered in the dark ages”.

Darned if I don’t feel a little bit better.  How about you?


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Mea Culpa

I am indeed guilty of a lack of faith by questioning now-President Donald J. Trump’s potential to defeat not only Hillary Clinton in her egomaniacal quest for the White House but also the vast majority of the mainstream media, the “Washington Establishment” (both parties), most members of the “entitlement” voting block, government and civil unions, Democrats in general, and the Left in all its virulent and hysterical forms.  Yup, he was not my first choice as a candidate and many questions for me continued to surface over his conduct and “Presidential-timbre”.  But faced with the prospect of Hillary and Bill Clinton once again in a position to pillage and loot America I cast my vote in hope that a miracle was in store and our nation would have the opportunity to escape the ravages, restriction and ennui imposed over eight years of rule under an inept, anti-American miscreant.

I have never been so happy to be wrong in my evaluation.

It is alone worthwhile to relax and observe the nearly total demoralization of President Trump’s opponents, the caterwauling, weeping, gnashing of teeth, the other-worldly retreat into their hastily constructed cocoons while impotently lashing out with ludicrous accusations of everything from a Russian takeover of municipal voting machines to FBI collusion in plotting to defeat a poor, helpless victim of the ever-present “Right Wing Conspiracy”.  Liberalism has been described as a “mental illness” and the reaction of so many of those apparently terrorized by the prospect of this new President really does indicate leanings in that direction.

For those with an open mind, and there are many of all political persuasions, races, religions and creeds, the general reaction appears to be “let’s give this guy a chance”.  After all, he is a successful businessman and perhaps it is time to give a results-oriented individual the opportunity to solve some of the problems facing our country that the elites and the political class have ignored for so long in favor of advancing their own interests. President Trump has promised to steer government toward working for the best interests of the American people.

Perhaps the results of this latest election will truly result in the long-awaited “hope and change” that was promised and fecklessly abandoned eight long years ago.

Why not give him a chance?

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Will We learn From Past Mistakes?

This November voters are faced with momentous decisions.  We are nearing what could be the most important, vital Presidential election that Americans have faced in many decades. Will the voters continue to base far-reaching political consequences on mainly emotional urges rather than factual information and careful evaluation?

As an independent, or “unaffiliated” voter, I profess no Party loyalty although due to my Jacksonian leanings (to include anti-elitism and egalitarianism, tough-on-crime stances, stubborn adherence to traditional views on social issues including acceptance of government assistance for “deserving” members of our citizenry, skepticism of Wilsonian nation-building projects but a willingness to fight to protect our nation when threatened, and drawing a sharp distinction between members of our nation and those unwilling to assimilate into our culture) I prefer the policies of the right rather than the left.

Nonetheless, I maintain that in reality there are not two political parties labeled Democrat and Republican that constitute our political class in America, but instead only one major political party in our country; The Party of Incumbents.  This self-appointed elite group pretends to manifest divisiveness, while collectively pursuing their main objective – to remain in power and enjoy the privileges of their exalted positions while avoiding their constitutional responsibility to manage the concerns of our nation.

They are slavishly aided and abetted by a motley crew made up of sycophants, bureaucrats, a majority of the academic world and most of the media who make a very comfortable living stirring up never ending controversy with the aid of so called “moderate” politicians such as the RINO’s Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe and “Independents” such as Senators Bernie Sanders and Angus King.  Even notable publications who labor under the conservative label, The National Review and The Weekly Standard for example, are sufficiently terrified of the perceived threat from the outsider Donald Trump that they devote reams of copy to degrade his campaign for the Presidency.  And of course there are the “Never Trump” Republicans who blindly subvert the efforts of their own Party, in effect supporting Hillary Clinton by rejecting the legal choice of their Party members.

In so many previous elections, this collusion has produced a choice between two representatives of the “Washington Establishment” with the election of either guaranteeing that the corruption and decay continues unabated.  Therefore our “representative government” features an Executive Branch which is arguably the most corrupt, inept and unconstitutional in the history of our country, a Judicial Branch that has been so thoroughly politicized that some of its members openly take part in the elections process and rewrite statutory law, and a Legislative Branch (Congress) that has abdicated its oversight responsibilities in regard to the other two while avoiding its major duty to create and make adjustments to the rule of law that distinguishes America from all other governments.

Today we are faced with a world in upheaval: rampant economic distress in many nations; chaos among the volatile national elements that  constitute the Middle East; the breakdown of international borders and the accompanying refugee crises; growing threats of territorial encroachment on their neighbors from both Russia and China.  And perhaps most urgent, a growing cultural war that employs terrorism as its favorite weapon in a resurgent campaign with world domination as its goal.

Our past Presidential and Congressional choices have led us to the disintegration of a once proud nation, internal division along racial and social lines, and deterioration of prestige and power in the eyes of both allies and enemies.

And once again we are faced with two choices.

I am not willing to place my trust for the next four years in a thoroughly unlikable, monumentally hypocritical, frighteningly avaricious, strikingly incompetent, completely lacking in moral or ethical stature individual only because “it is time for a woman President”.  Blind desire for the politically correct image of a minority head of our nation led to the election (twice, astoundingly) of perhaps the least well-prepared presidential candidate available and look where that has landed us.

There are those who say that election of Hillary Clinton to the Presidency would result in simply “more of the same”, but I would differ.  In my opinion her election would produce an unparalleled catastrophe that would guarantee the demise of America.  She has already proven that though foreign governments contributing millions of dollars to The Clinton Foundation during her tenure as Secretary Of State that her insider influence is readily available to not only other nations, but also to the “Wall Street plunderers” that she has so vociferously denigrated but from whom she eagerly accepts hundreds of thousands of dollars in obscene fees for minimal speeches – not to mention the campaign contributions from the one percent of “obscenely wealthy” constituting the “rich” (a group that she has now joined shortly after leaving her stint as First Lady).  Such unbridled greed would be an irresistible lure for our enemies both foreign and domestic.

The recently concluded Democratic Convention paints a most revealing picture of what a nation with Hillary Clinton in its top leadership position can expect.  Uniformed law enforcement was noticeably absent within the confines of the convention hall, but several mothers of departed minority miscreants slain during altercations with police were paraded before the delegates.  No American flags were initially posted within the hall. Hysterical devotees screamed their approval as speaker after speaker castigated the evil Trump while forgoing any solid platform that would address the problems that our nation and its people face.

Which brings us to our only other choice, someone who the Washington establishment, which consists of the Party of Incumbents and their fellow travelers to include bureaucrats, most of the media and a distressing number of corporate and financial entities, lives in abject fear of.  Only a year ago we were assured that such a buffoon, a mere real estate mogul, a vulgar nouveau riche cretin would never become the Republican challenger that would face the anointed Queen Hillary.  For some of us acquainted with major conflicts the old adage that “the best-laid battle plans last only until the first shot is fired” (along with Murphy’s Law) applies in spades this time around.

Would Mr. Trump be my first choice as a candidate for President?  Nope.

But many of us are convinced that “Washington is broken” and that corruption runs wide and deep.  The simple fact that the leadership of both “political parties” is terrified that an outsider has gained enormous popularity is enough to compel me to take a careful look at the potential that Donald Trump has to change the ways that Washington adopted. If nothing else, a President Trump might create enough opposition to galvanize Congress into actually uniting to do the work that the voters elected them to do.

Trump has a solid record of achievement in the business world as do the other members of his voluble and attractive family.  Despite the desperate attempts of his opponents in both parties to picture him as ignorant, reckless, unstable and undependable, he most likely will appoint competent people (rather than ideologues) to help set the United States back on the right path.

Make no mistake: electing Hillary Clinton will ensure another four to eight years of the decline, divisiveness, and angst that bedevil our once proud and successful nation. Defeating her and the oppressive, anti-American behemoth that the Democratic Party has become.  Keep in mind that the Democrats always bombard their opponents with accusations of ill behavior in order to cover up their own moral and ethical transgressions.

As with all politicians focus on what they do, not what they say.

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Time To Begin Sorting Things out

First off; I agree with columnist and radio personality Larry Elder in that I am an “ABC guy”, that is to say “anybody but Clinton”.  Her monumental litany of lies, distortions and obfuscations over decades in high profile positions should be reason enough to disqualify her for any government position – let alone the Presidency – if for no other reasons than a lack of honesty and ethical behavior.  Not to mention her failure to perform competently in her previous official duties at every level.  Of course in these times all of those faults seem to be a prerequisite for political office.  Her willingness to sell out America while Secretary of State for foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation and her raking in millions of dollars in speaking fees to Wall Street entities have set the greed bar at an astronomic level.  How can such a person be trusted to act in the best interests of America?  The Clintons have at best proved amoral and rapacious and putting the White House back under their control would be disastrous for our nation.

On to Bernie Sanders.  I can understand why young people with a limited knowledge of the negative historical impact of Communism worldwide (due in great part to the Leftist/Socialist infestation of our educational community) ould be attracted to his untruthful portrayal of the Socialist Utopia waiting for all committed believers.  As for the older portion of the faithful, they finally have the chance to vote for a product of the Marxist movement that for so many years has declined to show its true colors.  Yesterday I saw one of the few “Bernie” bumper stickers that I have noted in the past couple of months.  What really had me agape were two of the other stickers that I noted on the same vehicle.  One had to do with “Peace”, the other insisted on “Co-exsistance”.  Considering the brutality of Communism worldwide that has resulted in the death of millions I am unable to fathom the mindset of whoever was driving that car.

What a shame that these two are what the Democratic Party is offering to lead the United States.

The Republicans continue to employ their circular firing squad which has narrowed a hodgepodge assortment of perennial contenders, moderate Governors, and several “outsiders” down to three remaining candidates.

Donald Trump, I am sorry to say, has yet to evince any true leadership qualities but  depends instead on bluster and demagoguery that prove divisive rather than constructing the unity that Republicans need muster in order to win the Presidency.  This would seem both ironic and short-sighted in that the current inhabitant of the White House is the most divisive President we have seen since the Eisenhower era when this particular characteristic began to be measured.  Although he has pinpointed dismay with the current administration’s ineptitude and raised the ire of many citizens to a fever pitch, Trump has yet to promote any concepts or plans to rally moderate Democrats and other voters.  Rabble rousing without solutions, questionable ethics, braggadocio and limited people skills are not reassuring when assessing the minefields both national and international that await the next President.

Ted Cruz has allowed himself to be sucked into Trump’s blame game and is currently mired in the mud pit with the front-runner.  This takes away from Cruz’ arguably better credentials and overshadows his stance as an anti-establishment reformer.  That is unfortunate because Cruz seems to offer some good ideas and potential solutions to employ should he become President.

John Kasich is a sitting Governor for the state of Ohio.  He served nine terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio’s 12th congressional district from 1983 to 2001.[5] His tenure in the House included 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee and six years as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was a key figure in the passage of both welfare reform and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.  He has been described as a “moderate Republican” and up until this point has won only one state (Ohio) in the delegate race, seemingly unable to connect with voters on a national basis.  He could be reasonably described as part of the “Republican Establishment”.

There is a good chance that the Republican National Convention will be a slugfest in a number of ways, mainly because the GOP establishment is hysterical over the prospect that Trump will have the required votes to qualify for the nomination. That could well precipitate a “brokered convention” that would attempt to award the prize to someone of the party bosses’ preference.  Such an attempt might prove the death knell for the GOP as a national party and ensure another eight years of Democratic mismanagement at the highest levels.  You would think that the GOP could understand that their primary concern would be to defeat Hillary rather than to perpetuate the Party of The Incumbents.

I believe that a ticket of Cruz and Kasich could best accomplish a Republican win. The problem is getting those two to set aside personal ambitions for the good of the nation. When has that ever been a politician’s major concern?

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“Battle Lines Being Drawn” (Buffalo Springfield, 1966)

Yesterday in Chicago would appear to be a harbinger of things to come and that bodes ill for America.  The minions of the Left turned out in all their virulent glory to once again clearly demonstrate that their insistence on “tolerance” is hypocrisy in its meanest form. The anarchists were in full cry, rabid in their denouncement of a presidential candidate daring to attempt to hold a rally in one of the most corrupt and failing bastions of Democratic rule in the nation.  All of the enemies of America were on parade, from the ignorant and clueless students to the professional agitators of (the now openly Communist supporters of the Marxist Bernie Sanders) and the stridently racist groups such as La Raza and Black Lives Matter.  The First Amendment rights of the candidate and his supporters were thoroughly violated through an organized and successful attempt to intimidate a group of citizens whose sole purpose in meeting was to express their political support for a candidate of their choice.

And this farce was crowned by efforts by the demonstrators, the media, and even the so-called Republican candidates Cruz and Rubio to affix the blame for all of the commotion on Donald Trump and his supporters.  The Republican Party has achieved a new low.  One can only speculate on what effect their craven actions might have on the upcoming Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio.  Will busloads of protesters appear in force with their slogans and chants and will the Republicans grovel to their demands and perhaps even cancel the event?

By now there should be no question in any rational person’s mind that the Left (not to mention the Washington Establishment and the Incumbent Party) truly fears the message that Donald Trump has clearly put together and that an increasing number of Americans support: many of us are fed up with being (a) ignored by our so-called leadership and (b) equally resentful of the bullying tactics employed by the numerous special interests groups masquerading under the cover of political correctness.

Rather than coalescing around a common goal to resist the plan to destroy the United States, to prevent the continuance of our decline that electing another Democrat as president (a Communist or a crook?), the Republicans have again constructed a “circular firing squad” to ensure failure in the upcoming election.

Our country has been brought to a tipping point sooner than I expected.  Our enemies, both external and internal, are making bold moves after determining that the internal rot consuming our society has weakened our national resolve to the point that America is ripe for the final “change”.

The war is now out in the open.  Going along to get along should be a thing of the past.  Is it not now obvious that our enemies are never going to be satisfied until our Representative Republic is destroyed and replaced with some form of despotism?  Either we capitulate or resist.

Personally, I plan to be a part of the resistance and will do whatever it takes to defeat whichever Democrat is presented for coronation in November – not to mention targeting for defeat every damned political elite at every level that I can identify.  Bring it on!

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