Beyond the Cusp

February 6, 2018

A Walking Wrecking Ball and the Media

 

The media is completely flummoxed as to what to do about the situation they find the United States to be in currently. They simply are finding the situation improbable, intolerable even, as despite their reporting of all the sins and indiscretions of the President, he is still walking free laying waste to the left at every turn. Their walk through the mystery tour started with the Republican primaries and the first Republican debate. The media scorned and cast him as uncouth, foul mouthed, disrespectful and unworthy of the office of the President. Still, the main label of the night was “Low Energy Jeb,” a name that was echoed by Jeb Bush’s performance. Within the week, Jeb Bush was out of the race. The media continued to castigate him at every opportunity and Donald Trump used their coverage to continue to rename his opponents with the names Trump gave them. There was Little Marco, Lyin’ Ted, 1 for 38 Kasich and whatever caught the attention when repeated by the media. Of course, the media repeated these names as they would hurt Republicans and Donald Trump counted on that. Then on the campaign, he used Lyin Hillary and Crooked Hillary and similar names and used Twitter to spread his campaign. The media tried to make Trump appear to be the one to lose the election big time to depress his voters. If anything, it resulted in suppressing the Hillary Clinton voters. Whatever the media effect, it resulted in the one result they could not understand or even contemplate, President Donald Trump. Not only had their misrepresenting the news and attempts at manipulating the entire campaign season backfired and placed a Republican in the White House, it had placed the man they hated most, the man they loathed and the most uncouth of the candidates according to everything they had claimed. Now they are left dealing with what they wrought.

 

Now the media is facing an ever worse case scenario. Their efforts to paint Donald Trump as corrupt and Russians under the direction of Vladimir Putin interfering with the election assisting Trump being elected is blowing up in their faces. Currently it is starting to appear as if the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice are being dragged down as interfering with the election and working with the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee in efforts to pin Trump and Russia into a frame over some form of conspiracy. But it gets worse for the media as they are beginning to be linked and made complicit in slanting their reporting to assist these efforts. Everything that Donald Trump touches results in some new and additional defeat for the media and the Democrats and a fair number of the Republican establishment. The one thing which appears to be most valid is that wherever Trump treads, the establishment trembles. It matters little which establishment, the Bushes, the Clintons, the Never-Trump Republicans, the elites of the Democrat and Republican Parties, the elite media and now we are on the verge of watching the downfall of the Deep State. What will inevitably be referred to as Memogate, everything has to be something-gate since Watergate, we are going to likely witness an ever-widening conspiracy which will also include the State Department and, from there, who knows where it is going to lead. There are already claims that President Obama may also be drawn into the dragnet being cast and harvesting those who combined to attempt and actually manipulate the election for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump. But there will be some repercussions which will be of potential for great service for the American people if President Trump can manage to accomplish changing one law which has fed the size of government allowing it to become cumbersome and inefficient.

 

President Trump Rumbling with the Deep State

President Trump Rumbling with the Deep State

 

There are rumors, welcome rumors, that President Trump would like to allow for supervisors within the government to be able to give raises on merit while being permitted to cut those whose performance is less than acceptable. Currently, once a Civil Service employee attains permanent status, they become immune to being fired. Another problem in the Federal Government is nepotism. Parents get their children hired onto the government payroll, often in their same department where they are friends and even the supervisor of their newly hired child’s boss which assures they will reach the point after which they become permanent and no longer able to be fired. Needless to point out, when the employees reach permanent status they are no longer required to provide any real service or performance. This leads to the government often needing to hire two, three, four or even more people to produce the work which in the real world, as the non-government employment is referred, would require one efficient and capable worker. This is part of what has led to the rumors and theories as to why the government is so inefficient and bloated with so many workers who accomplish little to nothing, or at least far less than a company outside the government accomplishes with less than half the employees. Trump wants to end the Civil Service immunity to being terminated and return the government to a situation where the workers are held responsible for their own performance. The question will be what to do when you have supervisors protecting lower level supervisors who protect all their employees. There is but one means by which President Trump will ever be capable of reigning in the Deep State, a complete hiring freeze with outside performance reviews deciding which workers are not performing up to a normal expected level. Nothing short of being put on a forced diet can take the bloated monster ensconced in Washington D.C., West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia and across the fruited plains and along the shores and purple mountains majesty and every other nick, cranny and corner of the United States down to something manageable or reasonable facsimile thereof.

 

President Trump has chosen his enemies well and they have decided to take up that role with great zest and enthusiasm, especially the media thus far. Expect the Deep State to work to foil every last piece of the President’s agenda. Between the Democrat Party deciding that they will vote against everything acting as total obstructionists bringing the government to a standstill until they get in power again and the Never-Trump Republicans such as Flake and McCain and company, President Trump may need to wait until after the 2018 midterm elections and hope that he breaks with all traditions and comes away with over sixty Senators who are willing to support his agenda and a majority retained in the House of Representatives. Without this advantage, President Trump will have great difficulty in getting his agenda past the Congress. What will probably frustrate the liberal and leftist media and the Democrats along with the Never-Trump Republicans is that the decision as to whether President Trump manages to get much if not all of his agenda through the Congress and enacted and wins his fight against the Deep State will not fall to any of them but to the American People. The midterm election will be the first step followed by whether or not President Trump is reelected along with the makeup of the Congress and then the final midterm election which would be his final chance.

 

There is one last item which should be discussed briefly and we will try to be succinct. The Democrats have decided some time back that they are the sole people who can be trusted with the power to decide the national agenda. They will do everything within their power to prevent President Trump from accomplishing his agenda. They also are going to fight to attempt on retaining as much of President Obama’s accomplishments as they are able. They will obstruct voting with complete discipline acting as a single negative vote in both houses attempting to utilize the filibuster to end everything from passing the Senate. This is why President Trump will require a sixty vote super majority to get his policies passed through the Senate. The Democrat Party has adopted the policy approach which has been accepted by leftists throughout history very often right before they seize complete power and end elections or only hold show elections assuring they have fixed them such that they appear to have the flavor of fairness but are rigged to allow only Democrat Party rule. The Democrat Party has decided that they will be the only party permitted to decide policy, decide what requires financing, who is permitted to be elected to Congress and the White House, what is considered a fair election, and that they be permitted to go to whatever extent is required such that they retain their majorities and continue to hold the White House. They have reached the end of their rope and are no longer going to play fair. Actually, they have decided they are no longer going to play at all. We wish our American friends of all walks of life luck with holding on to the greatest governance ever devised by man. It has been quite saddening to watch as the great system has faltered and sputtered until it reached this point. We saw its first step when the Democrat and Republican opponents to our run for office both gave paid members of their campaigns to work to prevent us getting any traction which worked as we received 20% against the victor’s 42.2% and the other defeated candidate at 36.9%. What we never understood is how they could spend five million dollars in order to get a job which paid $275,000.00 a year for two years. At least we spent under $35,000.00 so at least had we won we would have shown a profit. But that is where politics has reached in America, spending five million dollars for five hundred fifty thousand in salary, which should make everybody pause as ask what is going on.

 

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February 4, 2018

And What if Trump Wins Again?

 

President Trump has been in a war since even before the votes making him President were finished being counted. As soon as he was declared the winner of the election, he began being attacked with a greater fury. Donald Trump as a candidate based his appeal on his intent to “Drain the Swamp.” Needless to point out, the swamp does not desire draining. The swamp has a multitude of weapons at its disposal as well as numerous allies in Congress, the media and throughout the government. One item which need be explained, the government is not the swamp and the swamp is not the government. The swamp is the upper management of the government and selected middle management who desire gaining entrance into the swamp as new blood is always required in order to replace the old who retire and to feed the swamp enlarging its size, scope, reach and power. There are numerous theories over when and where the swamp was born. It is obvious how it grew. The swamp gained size inadvertently as the government expanded and at some point it became self-aware, some in the upper echelons of the government realized that their reach and orders were beyond the dictation and direct supervision of Congress. They realized that they only needed to answer to one another and once they attained sufficient control in the various departments, they began to run the government independent of any supervision as long as they were careful and moved deliberately and slowly. So, let us make some conjectures as to when and how the swamp became self-aware and then grew to the unwieldy size it has reached currently.

 

The initial references to the swamp came likely earlier than most think and from what they would call an unlikely source. It was on January 17, 1961, during his parting national address when President Dwight David Eisenhower stated, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” President Eisenhower realized the threat to the American people of having control over their own governance being taken away from them. President Eisenhower also warned of a “scientific technological elite” becoming so powerful that it gains control over public policy. The entirety of President Eisenhower’s farewell address which is one of the most prescient such speeches since the historic and venerated parting address by President George Washington. President Eisenhower knew exactly of what he spoke due to his service as the Commanding General of Allied Forces in Europe during World War II where he saw first hand the scope, power and potential of the efforts which supported the allies. He sat in the catbird seat overseeing the manufacturing power and logistics supporting the war effort and realized that much of what was done was not fully supervised and only the general directives of needs simply generated almost automatically the required manufacture of exactly what was required. General Eisenhower oversaw the return to civilian control and manufacturing after the war before running for President where he once again sat overviewing the government side of the winding down of the military and government entanglement. What he witnessed obviously gave him pause leading him to the farewell address including numerous warnings, as he did not desire going into retirement without sharing his insights of the coming dangers. Unfortunately, President Eisenhower, the culmination of his military career which reached the highest rank of Five Star General before becoming Commander in Chief and despite his timely warning, the swamp, the result of the military-industrial complex, still rose from the over-bloated government just as he had feared.

 

 

Moving ahead slightly more than half a century, the American people elected an aging real estate mogul who is brash, impolite, self-absorbed, egotistical and some might add maniacal, unbalanced, crude, rude and completely politically incorrect. He is known as President Donald Trump and from what can be measured, either you love him or you abhorrently revile him. Social media has never been so politically active with one group calling the President every pejorative in the book and even making up a few additional ones while sharing every claim of his misspeaking, taking a misstep, acting boorishly, slighting people for the wrong reasons, being a racist, homophobic, sexist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, arrogant fool who is out to destroy the planet through ecological damage allowing climate change to run wild. And they might claim that these are his good points. Then there are those who love President Trump and relish his every victory as he bests all comers often one at a time while at others in broad swipes sweeping numerous of his insulters with one broad-brush stroke. Those who despise him find nothing of merit no matter his accomplishments while his supporters are rarely put off by his often-stinging rebukes and missteps. His haters look at what he says ignoring his accomplishments while his supporters ignore much of what he tweets and bathe in the warm light of his accomplishments. This is why there can be two so opposite camps whom between them there is not a single agreement.

 

The claims that the United States has never appeared so divided are valid but the arguments that the United States has never been so divided are quite false. Taking those who absolutely despise President Trump and many of these were so enamored over President Obama that they never saw anything he did as having any bad consequences while most who find President Trump so appealing and merit him with great achievements found President Obama as a walking catastrophe who appeared to work to the detriment of the nation with his every effort. Simply stated, the United States were just as divided under President Obama as they are under President Trump with a minority who found both men at the very least, sufficiently palatable to give their vote. Many will claim President Trump only won because Hillary Clinton ran a poor campaign, frightened voters away or the Russians interfered because they desired to make Trump President because they had some deal. Many claim that President Trump is an anomaly who has no chance of ever being reelected to a second term. Many others point to the hope that President Trump is about to be charged with heinous crimes by Special Council Mueller. Finally, some supporters believe President Trump will prove to be a decent President and will be easily reelected. This final group claim that getting the tax cuts approved will very probably assure President Trump being reelected as people vote their pocketbooks. What if this final group is correct, would a second term make any difference in President Trump fighting the Deep State and actually fulfill his promise to drain the swamp?

 

President Trump Rumbling with the Deep State

President Trump Rumbling with the Deep State

 

There is one thing which, if completed, would make all in America better off, if President Trump can actually drain the swamp. Begrudgingly or with glee, one must give President Trump credit for revealing the biases and misrepresentations which plague the American and world medias. Despite the game being thrown open for all the public to witness, there are those who refuse to take note, as they prefer the beguiling sweet tunes where untruths are sweetly spread to actually thinking independently and making decisions themselves. Thinking is apparently something which too many find just requiring far too much efforts and actual thinking. These are the people who read the New York Times or other leftist rags, including but not limited to the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and many others with at least one in every major city, in order to find what to think and how to vote. Then there are those from the other side who read papers such as the Wall Street Journal, Las Vegas Review-Journal and a very small collection of other newspapers supporting President Trump. President Trump did mange the media and its combined hatreds of him to his advantage using them for publicity following the adage that any media is good media and the more the merrier. The liberal media and their hatred was played by Trump to get his campaign coverage where he would invite invectives as long as they also carried his message of power taxes, less regulations, smaller government and most of all his themes of America First and Make America Great Again. This little game he played throughout the primary campaign as he took out one Republican contender after the other until he won and then again in the campaign for President where he used their vile hatred to also carry his message to the people.

 

The one direction which holds any means for President Trump to be reelected will be to deliver on his promises in such a large and obvious way as to be seen unavoidably. President Trump will need to gather voters from two very important groups beyond holding on to those who voted for him the first time. He will need to pull some voters from those who could not find their way to vote for him or Hillary Clinton and either remained home or voted third party. He will also need to win the votes, and these will be the most difficult, from people who decided to vote for Hillary Clinton because they found Trump far too unacceptable for them to cast their votes. Finally, he may also require some votes from people who actively voted for Hillary Clinton for whatever reason. Plainly explained, President Trump will be required to win so convincingly that there can be absolutely no doubt of his victory.

 

Representative Joe Kennedy III from Massachusetts

Representative Joe Kennedy III from Massachusetts

 

That is another of the items which has become evident with the election of President Trump, American elections are not fair and cheating and voter fraud being rampant. We have been fed claims by the corrupted media that the elections in the United States are above any fraud and irregularities. The media in the past managed to disregard small irregularities such as reported in Judicial Review. There are a few ways by which President Trump can win a second term. They all will require that he win by a convincing tally in enough states, the same as he won last time, and thus retain the Electoral College victory. Such a victory could be made far easier should the Democrat Party run a candidate as poorly chosen as the last elections. There has been talk of Oprah running in 2020 on the Democrat ticket. Such a pair matched in a Presidential debate, Oprah and the Donald, who could ask for better folly? Then both Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have hinted at their considering a run which I am sure President Trump would welcome. There are so many others but the one who is the main hope of the Democrat Party just had his going out party giving the response to the SOTU address, Representative Joe Kennedy III from Massachusetts (which we critiqued here). His hopes started with his speech the other night and the responses to it have been as expected with much of the media drooling over the possibility of renewing the Kennedy dynasty while others will find great fault claiming his performance was completely lacking in some vitality or presence. Whichever you subscribe to, be prepared for much more from him in the coming years including possibly reaching for the governorship of Massachusetts. Then again, President Trump might just decide he does not desire a second term, though such is highly unlikely.

 

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January 24, 2018

Congress Allows Government Funding, for Now

 

Congress reached an agreement to fund the government, as most people have heard. Their idea of funding the government is a three-week stop-gap measure and not an actual budget. Reports told that DACA amnesty supporters were furious that the Democrats permitted funding without any guarantee of amnesty. In reality, it should be those supporters of the wall who should be disappointed with this so-called compromise. The DACA amnesty is not the main bone of contention when compared to building protection on the borders. We were wondering if anybody out there has kept count as to how many times the wall has been promised and then pushed off and never considered after gaining the promised prize of amnesty again. Does anybody remember when President Ronald Reagan exchanged amnesty for border security and a wall across the majority of feasible regions to be financed the next session of Congress? We fully expect at some point the Democrat leadership to offer holding a vote next year for funding building the border wall. This is the ruse used by before and even getting to the point of voting for funding initially but when the time was imminent for building, the funding was mysteriously diverted elsewhere. The Democrats have supported a border fence as stated by President Barack Obama in his speech in El Paso, Texas on May 10, 2011. Allow us to first quote the President and then show a picture of his completed fence for discussion. President Barack Obama stated fence along the border with Mexico is “now basically complete.” But he continued on to describe the whining he expected from Republicans over his wall stating,

“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done. But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I’ve got to say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.”
“They’ll want want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.”

Jim DeMint wrote the response to President Obama stating, “Five years ago, legislation was passed to build a 700-mile double-layer border fence along the southwest border…This is a promise that has not been kept. Today, according to staff at the Department of Homeland Security, just 5 percent of the double-layer fencing is complete, only 36.3 miles.” So, was the fence completed as stated by President Obama or do the Republicans have an argument that the fence was not built as promised. Below is a picture of the fence near San Miguel, Arizona, part of the seven-hundred-mile fence described above.

 

Picture of the Fence near San Miguel, Arizona

Picture of the Fence near San Miguel, Arizona

 

The promised double fence, does this really appear to be what was promised? Granted, there are two different sized posts but does that make it a double fence? Then we are told that this fence is designed to stop vehicles from crossing the border. We are willing to bet that most of us were under the impression that the entire idea behind a double fence was to prevent people crossing, with or without a vehicle not to mention it is doubtful that most people crossing at this location are coming across on vehicles from dune buggies to recreational vehicles but rather they would probably be walking. We seriously doubt anybody thinks that this fence would prevent people walking across the border or matches the concept of a double fence by any rational concept of a double border fence designed and built to secure the border. Surprisingly, we actually believe a double fence requires two distinct and separate fences in relative close proximity equally difficult to traverse with an enforcement dirt track between them providing an area for ease of enforcement personnel patrolling in vehicles and responding to sensors and other alarms (see image below).

 

This is What We Believe a Border Fence Looks Like

This is What We Believe a Border Fence Looks Like

 

Now we have cleared up the definition of a double fence, which is why we advise the members of Congress desiring a real double fence include pictures, diagrams and other necessities so there will be no confusion as to what they mean by a double fence. The coming debate over the fence and the DACA refugees who are, and never forget this part, illegal immigrants who face deportation for crossing the border illegally, granted not of their own choosing as their parents brought them when they crossed the border illegally. The pivotal word is illegally. All the claims to the DACA having Constitutional rights are a bogus argument meant to allow these illegal immigrants to get around enforcement by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents. Constitutional rights are for United States citizens which illegal immigrants are not. If the government was to dispatch ICE agents to one of the rallies supporting the DACA individuals and they were to arrest those announcing their being a, “proud child of an illegal immigrant whose parents brought them across the border,” to hold for a hearing and potential deporting, they would be well within legal rights to do so. Such has not been done nor have the ICE agents been ordered to even monitor these events. We guess that perhaps those enforcing the immigration laws are not the heartless beasts described in the media.

 

The DACA illegal immigrants should be treated with dignity and understanding with always in the background the fact that they are illegal perched over the proceedings. Those who were too young to have some say in their being smuggled into the United States should have that taken into account. If a DACA individual has no other criminal record should be permitted to stay once they have shown proficiency in English, United States Laws, the Constitution, and American Customs. But those with further felony convictions or several misdemeanor convictions, those should be deported. It will not be up to us to decide their fate, but they should be given a brief and defined period of time to come and apply for asylum, thus having a hearing on whether they deserve asylum or deportation. Those who do not voluntarily apply for a hearing should be deported as soon as possible after the grace period has passed. Providing hope and a fair and reasoned approach with the promise of fairness is what should be offered but making the grace period’s beginning dependent upon completion of the border fence would also be fair. Exchange of a period of a few weeks or months while requiring the completion of the border wall is only a fair and true offer which if refused would reveal whether or not the Democrats are being honest about the wall and remove their ability to later pull the funding by placing the grace period after the wall being completed. The grace for the DACA “children,” as most of them have grown into adulthood, must be placed as secondary to building the wall so as to finally guarantee the wall being constructed this time around. Time will tell.

 

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