President Trump Challenges the Left on Immigration [Video]

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President Trump challenged the Left on his address to the nation Tuesday evening, January 8, 2019. The actual words were addressed to the American people and Democrats in Congress, but the challenge is directed to the Left.

Trump’s challenge is twofold. A challenge to recognize the danger and respond to the crisis at the border.

How was this spoken to the Left? The Democratic party is now completely subservient to the Leftist agenda swept in by the 2018 mid-term elections.

Recognize the Danger of Illegal Entry

The southern border of the United States has been a conduit for dangerous activity for many decades. This danger comes in various forms from the threat of terrorists crossing to human trafficking to the deadly drugs heroin and fentanyl.

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The President highlighted these dangers in his speech including the stories of people such as California Patrol Officer Ronil Singh. He was shot and killed by an illegal alien, Gustavo Perez Arriaga.

A tragic irony of this case was that Singh was a legal immigrant who had recently become a citizen. The Stanislaus County Sheriff noted that he believed strongly this could have been prevented.

As for whether Singh’s death was preventable, Christianson noted that had law enforcement previously been able to report the suspect to Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of his criminal record, the loss of life might never have occurred. …under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would’ve been prevented, prohibited from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you protect a community.”

Sheriff Christianson is right. President Trump took to the airwaves to inform the public about the need for border security that includes a physical barrier.

Moreover, he sought to open the hearts and minds of his opponents in Congress. He noted the hypocrisy of the Democratic leadership who had voted to fund a wall in the recent past but now opposed it simply because it was this president proposing it.

He pled with them to do the right thing, to respond with the best interest and safety of the American people first, as it should be. They should not only recognize the danger but work to respond to this crisis in defense of this nation they are sworn to protect.

Respond to the Immigration Crisis

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President Trump’s response has been clear from day one. He wants a real physical barrier at the border as well as more border agents and any technological means available to solve the crisis at the southern border.

As he showed in his statement, the president is willing to treat the situation as a true crisis that threatens national security. So much so that the government “shutdown” will continue until this threat is handled adequately.

The president called on the Congressional Democrats to join him is addressing the border crisis. The sad truth is that the Democrats are not interested in either recognizing or responding to the reality.

The only responses given so far are verbal nonsense combined with insults toward both Trump and his supporters. However, this has not always been the case.

As the president mentioned, a large majority of Democrats voted to provide funding for physical barriers in 2006. The Secure Fence Act became law then, however, it has yet to be fully funded.

The Democrat response to the speech is being almost universally mocked on social media. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and minority leader Senator Chuck Schumer produced a response so bad that former Clinton advisor James Carville said,

They could have given the Gettysburg Address and it wouldn’t have mattered.

However, one phrase used by Schumer has gained some attention. He called the situation at the border, “a manufactured crisis.”

The implication is that President Trump created a crisis which didn’t exist. While this is what the Left wants to hear and repeat, it is untrue.

Yet, in one way, Schumer is correct. The crisis today is real and growing, but it was also ‘manufactured.’

The manufacture of this crisis began in 1986 when the Left hoodwinked President Ronald Reagan. He agreed to a limited amnesty for illegals in exchange for real border security.

I think there’s a lot of blame to go around and spread around for decades,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director for the conservative Center For Immigration Studies. “There isn’t one person responsible.” Instead, he said, the problem lies in how the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986 was implemented. He described the passage of the bill as something of a “con-job” that allowed millions of immigrants in the country illegally to have legal status with a promise of workplace enforcement and other measures to curb future illegal immigration. But that didn’t happen, he said. And there was little incentive to follow through on promises of strict workplace enforcement, he said, once millions of people were legalized.

Thus began the illegal immigration woes we have today. As has been the case with every measure since the amnesty gets granted but enforcement of measures to curb illegal entry never happens.

The Left Controls the Democrats

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The new rising star of the Democrats universe is New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is a committed Socialist whose left-wing radicalism is being embraced by the party.

Her position on the southern border crisis in the recent past has been to call for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement altogether. She believes the only immigration ‘crisis’ is that America doesn’t let everyone into the country, that is, she favors open borders.

Moreover, AOC went even further when she was interviewed on MSNBC. She advocated the abolishment of Border Patrol and that the Trump administration should get no funding for border security because it had committed human rights violations.

Yet those were not the most outrageous of her statements. She also claimed that illegal migrants were more of an American than legal citizens.

In the actual address, there was falsehood after falsehood and we have to make sure that we get our facts straight. Everyday immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans …the women and children on the border seeking refuge and opportunity in the U.S. with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.

Notice that AOC conflated illegal and legal immigrants in her statement, as leftists routinely do. It was false to claim that Trump said “immigrants” when he specifically stressed the illegality of their status.

It was inaccurate, idiotic, and insulting for her to claim illegals were somehow more American than citizens. Moreover, did AOC realize she was also disparaging legal immigrants who have become citizens with her words?

The Left’s message to the legal immigrant seems to be “we have no concern for you who obey the law and respect the mantle of ‘American citizen.’ ”

That is the view representing the Socialist wing of the Democratic party, and they are in the ascendency. AOC herself has been hailed as the future of the party, and she is as Leftist as they get.

She finds a home in Congress alongside Democrats “Mad” Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, and Cory “Spartacus” Booker. Moreover, they only represent a much larger number which grew in 2018.

The one proposal of “Medicare for all” would be the second most expensive program ever attempted by the United States. The only one more costly would be the “Green New Deal” program championed by, you guessed it, AOC herself.

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As an aside, AOC’s claim that the president’s speech was riddled with falsehoods is itself false. Much like the other leftist outlets so-called “fact-checks” of Trump’s speech.

Make no mistake, the Left is the controlling influence among Democrats today. Trump’s challenge is aimed directly at them and we can be thankful for that.

This speech will continue to force the Left to reveal their Socialist agenda to America at large. Open borders advances that agenda with a steady stream of people dependant on the welfare state.

The increase of illegal aliens along with the push to give them voting rights combine to provide a ready-made voting block for the Left. While this may help leftist Democrats gain a stranglehold on political power, it ignores the demonstrable damage Socialism would inflect upon America.

Trump’s challenge to the Left also presents an opportunity for conservatives to stand with him and against the virulent Left. Perhaps even a chance to finally see a secure border and the beginning of the end of a true national crisis.

Wisdom calls out in the street, she shouts loudly in the plazas; at the head of the noisy streets she calls, in the entrances of the gates in the city she utters her words: “How long will you simpletons love naivete? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?” Proverbs 1:20-22 NET

D.T. Osborn

Sources: NET Bible, Biblical Studies Press, copyright 1996-2016

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The Illogic and Idiocy of ‘Never Trumpism’

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Recently the publication “The Weekly Standard” ceased to exist. Its publisher, Bill Kristol, has been famous as a ‘never-Trump’ conservative.

I must confess I never really understood the phenomena of never Trump conservatives. The group began by not giving the president a chance to enact any policy and now continue complaining about him despite his performance on actual issues and policy.

Those who declared and remain never-Trumpers and consider themselves conservative have specific issues with Trump himself. Recently a particular article revealed not simply what these issues are, but how far this group will go to never support Trump.

A Never-Trumper’s List

Here is part of the aforementioned article by Sarah Quinlan,

I remain #NeverTrump and there is almost nothing Trump could do to convince me to vote for him in 2020.

Never TrumpMs. Quinlan is upfront as she writes this toward the start of her writing. She makes the point that she says “almost,” only because there are things Trump could do, but surely would never do, to gain her support.

What are her requirements? Let her speak for herself.

It’s possible he will sincerely apologize for all his past behavior; promise to treat people with respect — even when he disagrees …make genuine attempts to right past wrongs; drop his tariffs and end his trade wars; work to improve relations with our allies; …denounce the alt-right and neo-Nazis, rather than be pressured into doing so; …focus on the Russian and North Korean people being wronged than on complimenting their leaders; treat asylum-seeking individuals, legal immigrants, and, yes, illegal immigrants with compassion, not cruelty — even when enforcing the law; take initiative to control our mounting debt crisis instead of dismissing it; and stop tweeting, among other actions.

This list epitomizes the illogic and idiocy of ‘never-Trump’ reasoning. The complaints that aren’t simply about personal taste have little or no substance behind them.

Never-Trumpism is Illogical

The ‘never-Trump’ position is the exclusive possession of some conservative Republicans. However, their reasoning does not jibe with conservatism itself.

Examine Ms. Quinlan’s objections, for example. Many of them are simply complaints about personality and style rather than substance.

Never TrumpLogic would dictate that what was done as president should be more concerning than whether or not his tweets might be insensitive.

A bedrock conservative principle is that smaller government is better than larger government. President Trump has done more to reduce the size of the Federal Government than anyone in memory.

The past two years have been the greatest period of deregulation in modern times because of Trump. Anyone embracing real conservatism should be cheering this president on if we really believe in smaller government.

Any objective examination of Trump’s actual accomplishments in the first half of his first term would find much to be pleased with. His support for the military and law enforcement is strong.

His fiscal policy is free-market conservative and the economy is booming. He has been consistently pro-life in action and speech.

He has set records for conservative judicial appointments in but the first half of his first term. That doesn’t include his first two Supreme Court appointments and a possible third in 2019.

No not all that the president has done is unqualified conservatism. But on these large important issues, Trump has been solidly conservative.

Do conservatives believe that these make America better or not? If so, being never Trump is either illogical or insincere.

It is unlikely the ‘never-Trump’ crowd is insincere. Insincerity would not have persevered this long.

The illogic of ‘never-Trumpism’ means it is based on flawed thinking. Flawed thinking which also leads to foolish, or idiotic, thinking.

Never-Trumpism Is Idiocy

Never TrumpIt is never very smart to embrace illogical thinking. However, ‘never-Trumpism’ goes beyond that to idiocy.

‘Never-Trumpism’ is a form of a self-defeating action. Its goal is supposed to be the preservation of conservative political philosophy.

Yet, the action taken toward this goal is to not vote for a person who actually works to implement conservative action. Moreover, they vow to never support this person because his style isn’t pleasant enough.

If that was the extent of their behavior, it might be only marginally dumb. However, ‘never-Trumpers’ also actively oppose this president. Writing for The Federalist in 2017, Julie Kelly shows how Kristol fits this description,

One day into Trump’s administration, Kristol declared he would not get used to the “unprecedented vulgarization” of the presidency. He’s mocked Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, and Ivanka Trump. He referred to Trump’s immigration executive order as “Breitbart-like boob bait for the bubbas” and compared Trump’s presidency, less than one month old, to President Nixon’s second term. Then this shot a few days ago: “Honest Q for conservatives who aren’t just working with or around Trump, but rationalizing him: In your heart, don’t you know you’re wrong?” Wrong about what? Nominating an education secretary who supports school choice? Rolling back burdensome, costly federal regulations? Prioritizing national security? These are all things conservatives support.

This means that there are those calling themselves conservative who would rather witness the defeat of conservatism than have Trump as president. They prefer to join the Left and accelerate the destruction they bring to America.

They prefer to let the socialist Left destroy the economy and press an immoral social agenda down the throats of the American people than ever side with Trump.

That is the folly of never-Trumpism. The greatest conservative president of modern times would chastise Kristol, Quinlan et. al for their behavior.

Reagan’s 11th Commandment

Never TrumpIn my considered opinion, President Ronald Reagan was the greatest president of my lifetime. Whether you agree or not, it is at ĺeast consensus that Reagan was the greatest conservative president of modern times.

One of his many oft-quoted sayings became known as his ’11th Commandment.’

“Thou shalt not speak ill of thy fellow Republican.”

By this, Reagan did not mean Republicans were above criticism. He meant rather that even with some disagreement in the party, the alternative is far worse for America.

Therefore, party unity should prevail over personal disputes. The history behind Reagan composing his 11th has some similarities to today’s political disputes among Republicans.

The GOP was divided after the defeat of Goldwater to Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Some had been vocally opposed to Goldwater’s nomination, and Reagan aimed his 11th commandment their direction.

Clearly, Donald Trump the primary candidate was not shy about criticizing his fellow Republicans. Mostly he did so in reaction to others criticizing him, staying in character as a “counter-puncher.”

There were many conservatives who didn’t care for Trump then, this writer included. His comments and demeanor were not what was imagined by many.

However, that all changed necessarily when Trump won the nomination. Or at least it should have.

Once he became the Republican nominee, Trump should have had consistent conservative support if only because the Democratic alternative was a certain disaster for America.

Never-Trumpism Is Potentially Destructive to America and Beyond

Never TrumpAmerica thrives in substantial, measurable ways today because President Trump has taken steps in line with conservative principles. A ‘never-Trump’ position would deny the nation substantial economic benefits, a smaller tax burden, a stronger military, and more that a Trump presidency has so far provided.

A look at what a ‘never-Trumper’ in high office will be like is coming this year in the person of new Senator Mitt Romney. The newly-elected Utah Republican decided to give a preview of his coming service in an anti-Trump tirade op-ed in the Washington Post.

It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. …But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.

Bear in mind that Trump aided Romney’s bid for the Senate in Utah. During that campaign, Romney appeared to have mended fences with the President.

So, his first act as a freshman senator is to repay Trump’s favor with a public scolding featured in a leftist paper?! All of it, again in never-Trumper fashion, is style over substance.

Buck Sexton made this excellent point when discussing Romney’s attack on his January 2, 2019 radio show. Sexton noted that he thinks Romney is priming a run for the presidency in 2020 and that Trump would soundly defeat him.

However, should Romney run a third party candidacy,

He’s just gonna hand the presidency to the Democrats… At what point do the results just not matter to the never-Trumpers because they’re so in love with their own sense of righeousness and their need to be right?

At what point indeed? Will it have to be when America vaults headlong into Democratic Socialist submission before conservatism is ‘pure’ enough for never-Trumpers?

Will Kristol and fellow never-Trumpers feel vindicated if the country is decimated as a result? I suppose they could say “I stayed true to my principles to the end.”

These opponents of President Trump may be well-intentioned, but as the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Should never-Trumpers succeed they will have hastened America down that road to destruction.

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Ecclesiastes 5:1 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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8 Hopeful Trends Entering 2019

New Year 2019

The last piece focused on the ‘bad’ news as 2019 rushes upon the world. Here we will examine the ‘good’ news of hopeful trends at the conclusion of 2018.

These are the eight most hopeful trends in society entering 2019 as I see them, from 8 to 1. What do you think?

8 The New ‘Populist’ Movement

One hopeful trend is the emergence of a new ‘populist’ movement worldwide. The Leftmedia is not fond of this term which they use in a derogatory manner, as if it was evil to be a populist.

However, the term has a specific definition which varies according to whether or not it applies to a specific political party. Populism when it is used as a general term is defined as follows,

  • ( lowercase ) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.

The key item in this definition is “antiestablishment.” It is important to note that from Brexit to the presidency of Donald Trump and any number of political upheavals, all are opposing the political “establishment.”

The Left is caught in a bit of a role reversal, as they are now the ‘establishment,’ of both parties. After five decades of trying it the Left’s way, the people of many western societies have had enough.

It is a populist revolt against the Left which has been gaining steam in 2018. Though the opposition is fierce, it is heartening to see freedom loving people around the world pushing back as 2019 is upon us.

7 The Rise of Alternative Social Media

New Year 2019In the last piece, I chronicled a bit about the disturbing habit that the MSSM (Main Stream Social Media) had of banning conservative accounts. A hopeful trend countering this was the rise of several alternative social media platforms in 2018.

The negative attention garnered by Google, Twitter and Facebook in 2018 spurred many to seek other online outlets for expression. Here is a little bit about some alternative social media sites I spotted in the past year.

Alternatives to Google include DuckDuckGo as a search engine and protonmail.com for Gmail. They both take steps to ensure privacy and exclude censorship of viewpoints.

There are some good alternate sites to Facebook and Twitter which emerged strongly in 2018. One is MeWe.com and the newest from Canada is the Underground Social Network.

Other promising social media alternatives gained prominence in the past year, such as Gab.ai along with Snippy.com. In all of these cases and others which will appear in 2019, people are searching for social media that honors both privacy and real freedom of speech.

Finally, a new social media platform which merits a mention is Minds.com. It uses blockchain technology to assure the freedom and anonymity of its users and is the same tech behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

This is but a partial list of social media choices outside the MSSM purview. Hopefully, 2019 will see more competition blossom to challenge the Silicon Valley corporate Left.

6 The Growth of Conservative Media

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By ‘conservative media’ I don’t mean Fox News. They have exhibited leadership and garnered the #1 ratings in cable news for many years by giving conservatives the opportunity to compete in television.

Fox News is the cable news king in ratings, but they remain one conservative port in the sea of leftism. They are outnumbered on television by the MSM and other cable networks.

Other media arenas, such as talk radio and online video saw enormous growth in 2018. Talk radio itself has undergone significant changes with the spread of satellite radio like Sirius XM.

The big news in the ‘talk’ world has been podcasting. The rise in podcasts and live internet streaming of radio programs has been the most significant new factor in this media during 2018.

In every arena, established or newer, conservative talk shows dominated the airwaves in 2018. According to Talkers.com, 7 of the top ten “heavy hitters,” in talk media were conservative.

Most know the familiar names such as Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. However, new young faces arose in 2018 to carry the mantle including my pick to watch for in 2019, Buck Sexton.

The most important development of 2018 in the talk media arena was the recent merger of CRTV, a conservative online network, with The Blaze TV, a competing conservative network. As of December 3, 2018, the two became Blaze Media and it is now,

the largest independent conservative multi-platform media company in the U.S.

5 The Persistence and Growth of Anti-Jihadism

New Year 2019Here is another little-noticed beacon of hope in 2019. Anti-Jihadism is reflected in the increasing number of watchdog organizations dedicated to bringing the truth about radical Islamists and their heinous goals.

Three such organizations making waves online are “The Geller Report,” by Pamela Geller, “Jihad Watch” by Robert Spencer, and “Winds of Jihad.” The main author on the last website goes by the humorous nom de plume Sheikyermami.

One story from December 30th at Jihad Watch demonstrates why an alternative like that exists. The title was “Facebook bans Franklin Graham as Palestinian Mission to Berlin glorifies jihad murderer on Facebook.”

Yet Facebook will deny any bias against Graham or for Islam. The account honoring the jihadist is gone from Facebook, but not because they took it down.

Facebook has just banned Franklin Graham, apparently for the crime of posting Christian material. But note that Facebook did not take down the Palestinian Mission to Berlin’s post glorifying Leila Khaled. The Mission took it down itself under pressure from the German Foreign Ministry. Jihad is fine with Facebook; Christianity, not so much. …The mission removed a Facebook post featuring the image of hijacker Leila Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

In another recent instance, Pamela Geller writes about an ISIS “Muslima” in Germany who is charged with murdering a 5-year-old ‘slave girl.’

A German Muslima first left Germany in August 2014 and traveled to Iraq to she joined the Islamic State. She worked for Islamic vice, the group’s self-styled morality police, where she would patrol the city parks of the Isis-occupied cities of Falluja and Mosul. ..The 27-year-old German citizen and her husband purchased the child as a household “slave” when living in then Isis-occupied Mosul in northern Iraq. “After the girl fell ill and wet her mattress, the husband of the accused chained her up outside as punishment and let the child die of thirst in the scorching heat,” they said in a statement. “The accused allowed her husband to do so and did nothing to save the girl.”

Without anti-Jihadists like Geller, many would never know that slavery is legal under Islamic law. It is a hopeful sign that these voices are out there, sounding the alarm and will continue to do so in 2019.

4 The Rise of the ‘Watchdogs’

2018 was a year that saw the emergence of various ‘watchdog’ organizations keeping tabs on the government, corporations, and the media. Two noteworthy such watchdogs are Project Veritas and Judicial Watch.

Project Veritas specializes in video ‘stings’ of organizations which deceive the public. Judicial Watch uses the legal system to expose corruption in government.
During 2018, Project Veritas began to focus on voter fraud in anticipation of the mid-term elections. Here is one of their videos exposing the political corruption in 2018.

Judicial Watch uses the courts extensively to hold the government to account concerning following the law. In particular, JW wants to make the government legally accountable and transparent.

Their motto is, “Because no one is above the law.” One example of their sterling work in 2018 involved suing the Department of Justice to force them to reveal costs associated with the Mueller investigation.

“The Justice Department, the FBI, and Special Counsel Mueller continue to operate as if they are above the law,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The American people have a right to know how much taxpayer money is being thrown at Mueller’s massive investigation. Judicial Watch has never before seen this level of secrecy surrounding the operation of a special or independent counsel.”

Both JW and PV are doing yeoman’s work in helping keep government the servant of the people, and accountable as such. It is encouraging to see that they and others will be continuing such watchdog efforts in 2019.

3 Trump Continues to Reshape the Judiciary

New Year 2019The political battle of 2018 was certainly the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Time will tell whether or not he rules consistently as a constitutionalist, but this seems to ensure a conservative SCOTUS.

However, it is the large amount of Trump judges appointed and approved at the next federal level that is a hopeful trend. According to the Washington Times,

President Trump is smashing the record for appointing judges to the powerful federal appeals courts with 29 picks confirmed…The 13 circuit courts of appeals, which have 179 judgeships, are the key middle ground between the district and the Supreme Court. With the justices hearing oral arguments in perhaps only 80 cases a year, that leaves much of the heavy legal lifting in the circuit courts, where rulings set precedent on issues such as gun rights and immigration in their respective parts of the country.

Should this pace continue as it has, largely under the leftist radar, it has the potential to make the judiciary conservative for decades to come. Though the Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives in 2018, they gained seats in the Senate.

Since the Senate is in charge of the confirmation process for federal judges, the president has the opportunity in 2019 to exceed his remarkable totals in 2018. He has the chance to keep America tethered to the Constitution and its principles, and that is hopeful indeed.

2 Donald Trump Is Still President

New Year 2019When Donald J. Trump was elected 25+ months ago, there were a lot of people who didn’t think he would last this long.

In fact, desperate plans to prevent him from even taking office cast doubt upon whether or not Trump would officially assume the presidency. Remember the attempts to persuade electors not to vote as the people they represent voted and overturn the election?

President Trump has survived the worst onslaught of media attacks and bias in the history of modern politics. That is indisputable fact.

In the face of the Leftmedia’s maniacal assault, the president has thrived in most areas of actual performance. Moreover, his political foes on the Left continue to desperately try anything to take Trump down.

President Trump has proven more than capable of dealing with such pressure thus far. From the Russia ‘collusion’ narrative without a shred of evidence to the ridiculous charges of racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, he has withstood the storm.

As we plunge into 2019, a challenge against Trump’s promised border wall is taking place in the form of a partial government “shutdown.” With God’s continued blessing, the president will stay the course and the wall will happen.

Which brings us to the first and most important hopeful ‘trend’ into 2019. The fact that the Lord God is still on the throne.

1 God Is Still on the Throne

37749571852_1b6424edb9_qThe best of the hopeful trends is saved for last. Of course, this fact is not really a trend as much as an eternal reality.

Here is the everlasting fact to bring hope to the most hopeless. God is still and forever will be on the throne of all creation.

This is a wonderful hope when in the midst of troubling times and when encountering hardship. God reminded Job of His presence and power when Job was frustrated and suffering.

From chapter 38 through 41, God presents the argument of the sovereign Creator. It opens Job’s eyes and he sees that God is about,

…things too wonderful for me which I knew not. Job 42:3 KJV

God is on His throne and working in all kinds of ways that we “know not.” What we do know from His Word is that He causes all things to,

“work together for good to those that love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV

God’s purpose is the ultimate good for all things universal and personal. He is not thwarted by any turmoil in society, nor by any schemes of the enemy.

Let 2019 be a year of hopeful expectation that God is working His purpose for good. And may we all come to be among “those that love the Lord.”

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, King James Version, Public Domain

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Elevating Emotion and Marching Toward Slavery in America [Video]

Scales of justice should be balanced with evidence

The entire world has been witness to a disgraceful display during the hearings concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The outrageous protests during the actual hearings contributed to a circus of Leftist anger cloaked in ridiculous costumes.

By this juncture of the Trump presidency, most observers have grown used to such clownish behavior. The fact that it can and does escalate to violence from the Left is also growing disturbingly common.

However, the depths of disgrace to which the Left can sink was not yet plumbed. That was revealed after the hearings were over and a vote for Kavanaugh was likely.

False and salacious accusations of sexual assault were then sprung by a Democratic Senator and a delay in the vote was demanded. It was the beginning of elevating emotion over reason and evidence to destroy a good man and a nation in the process.

Comparing Left and Right

I commented on this fiasco of a process in response to one of my favorite bloggers’ posts about the Kavanaugh hearings. In the comment, I noted that this kind of thing was never the case when a Democratic nominee for SCOTUS is up for approval.

 

Protest against Kavanaugh

Protestors claiming Kavanaugh is a rapist

 

However, one person took strong objection to that observation. She brought up the case of Merrick Garland from the Obama era saying that the delay and refusal to hold hearings was comparable to this salacious circus with Kavanaugh.

 

There is no moral equivalency here. The immoral behavior is ensconced firmly on the Democratic left, as they have demonstrated aptly since the 2016 election.

Garland wasn’t subjected to sensationalized examination of his high school yearbook. There was never an accusation of sexual assault or gang rape leveled at him.

Garland didn’t have threats leveled at his family. He wasn’t cursed at and mocked by protesters, some of whom were violent.

In short, Merrick Garland was never the target of personal character assassination by the Republicans. Nor would that have happened were hearings conducted for Garland’s nomination.

Credibility Is Not by Emotion Alone

The delay was to accommodate the accuser who at first insisted upon anonymity but then agreed to testify and tell her side of this “new” story. Actually, not so new, as the Senator actually had the written accusations in hand last July, two months prior to the hearings.

 

Senator FeinsteinIn the first place, this casts doubt on the sincerity of Senator Diane Feinstein of California. It seems apparent she wasn’t interested in even bringing this forward at all unless it needed to be used to stop Kavanaugh from becoming confirmed.

It is also evident that Feinstein had virtually no concern for the welfare of the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. If she did, I wouldn’t know her name and neither would anyone else.

Moreover, this terrible farce will not serve to help real victims of sexual crimes. Instead, it will make it harder for accounts to be believed even if the stories are credible. So much for the Democrats helping women.

The media coverage almost unanimously characterized the Senate testimony of both the accuser and accused as “credible.” That is incorrect.

According to Dictionary.com, a credible statement is  “capable of being believed; believable.” What, then, determines whether or not a statement is believable?

Emotion alone cannot determine believability. Emotion can influence believability, but it cannot determine what a credible statement is.

Ms. Ford may have produced compelling testimony, but a lack of evidence voids its credibility. She could not recall the time or day or month the assault happened. She could only narrow it down to the summer of 1982, she thinks.

She wasn’t sure where the attack happened, just that it happened at a party at a house she can’t locate for anyone. She not sure who else was there, except perhaps one friend of Kavanaugh’s.

Before her testimony, Ms. Ford had never said she was absolutely sure she had been groped by Kavanaugh. During her testimony, she claimed a renewed surety that it was Kavanaugh.

Evidence Is Essential for Credibility

Justice with evidenceKavanaugh’s denial is not simply emotional, it is supported by real substance. His testimony presented evidence to bolster believability.

He produced his meticulously kept daily calendar for the summer of 1982, during high school. He also has sworn statements from his acquaintances to both his character and his activities in high school.

This is evidence which can be easily verified. Credibility, in this case, belongs to Kavanaugh and not Ms. Ford.

Unfortunately, the Senate Democrats have already accomplished one of their primary goals. Kavanaugh was to be seated after confirmation this past Monday but didn’t happen.

The new goal is to delay until the midterm elections. The legitimizing of feeling over fact here has made that goal within reach, and it could be the beginning of rampant injustice.

If emotion is given the power to make any accusation credible then the evidence is useless. If evidence becomes useless to determine guilt or innocence, anyone the powerful dislike can be accused and punished without any evidence.

All that is required is a finger pointed angrily toward an enemy with the words, “I accuse you of …” You pick the crime. It may begin with sexual violations, but it won’t stop there.

That describes the system of justice employed by the worst despotic regimes in history. Emotion overruling evidence has sent people to the Soviet Gulag and the Nazi concentration camps.

When emotion rules the day, a mere accusation is enough to condemn innocent people. In fact, we don’t have to look at history in other lands to see the process in operation.

Truth Is Not Male or Female

TruthThe new mantra since the #MeToo movement came to fruition is ‘I believe women.’ It means that women should automatically be believed when making allegations of sexual assault.

Why is this the case? Because society has been assured that no woman would lie about such a terrible crime against their person.

However, most people know this is not reality. After all, there are famous cases of women making false accusations of sexual crimes in America, and men suffering unjustly as a consequence.

Take, for example, the infamous case of false rape allegations against the Duke Men’s Lacrosse team in 2006. This video from 2007 gives an accurate account of what really happened.

Both the media and the Duke professors quickly jumped to the accuser’s side and aided and abetted the public destruction of innocent men.

All of the accused players are involved with the Innocence Project, which uses DNA evidence to overturn wrongful convictions. Said Reade Seligmann, upon his exoneration:
“This entire experience has opened my eyes to a tragic world of injustice I never knew existed. If police officers and a district attorney can systematically railroad us with absolutely no evidence whatsoever, I can’t imagine what they’d do to people who do not have the resources to defend themselves.”

Lest we forget another case closer in time, there are the false rape allegations at the University of Virginia in 2014. What began as a Rolling Stone article about a gang rape on campus ended up with a lawsuit against the magazine by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

The truth is that women lie and men lie about all kinds of things, including sexual assault. That is the reason facts, evidence, witnesses, and corroboration are required or injustice will pave the path to slavery.

Elevating Emotion Over Evidence is Extremely Dangerous

False idea of guiltDisregarding evidence in favor of emotional testimony is an extremely dangerous practice. The setting doesn’t have to be in a courtroom to make it so hazardous.

The court of public opinion is perhaps worse than a legal venue. That is because the public arena has far fewer rules than a court of law.

The only regulation in a free and open society which prevents an injustice is self-regulation. Unless one exercises restraint, laws are just words on paper.

If emotion overwhelms self-restraint, any law can and will be broken. Moreover, anyone can be severely hurt and not just physically.

The destruction of a person’s reputation and livelihood can be even more damaging than physical attacks. As someone once asked, “Where do you go to get your reputation back?”

The potential of this public attitude is truly a cause for great alarm. If the people become convinced that the accused is not ‘innocent until proven guilty’ it will be because evidence has been jettisoned by emotion.

When that happens, individuals in power that oppose the Socialist Left will be targeted and accused of some egregious behavior in order to be rid of them. After that is successful a few times, groups of adversaries will also have accusations aimed at them.

Some of the targeted groups will have formerly favored the Left’s agenda of Socialism. However, they will be taken down also because of their lack of fervor for eliminating the opposition.

Eventually, the majority will adjust to a society of J’accuse. They will be properly primed to grant authority to someone who will remake America into a third-world nation.

Accusing fingerAnyone who objects will have an accusatory finger pointed at them, and their family and friends. They will all be eliminated one way or another.

The fear of this will pervade the culture. The nation will be reduced to two groups. Those who go along with the government masters, and those who refuse.

Those who refuse will also consist of two groups. Those who run and hide or those who are punished.

Then, a nation that was once the wonder of the world and the flagship of freedom will fall. The Left’s march toward slavery will be complete.

That is why the power of the emotional accusation is so dangerous and goes far beyond the Kavanaugh hearings fiasco. Because if the Left can triumph here, they can and will attempt greater action to advance their evil.

Deu_19:15  A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. Deuteronomy 19:15 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles 2001

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Leftist Abuse of the First Amendment [Video]

The Constitution Is Non-negotiable

President Donald Trump pulled the security clearance of Obama’s former head of the Central Intelligence Association John Brennan on August 16, 2018. According to the Left, this was a violation of Brennan’s First Amendment right to free speech.

Moreover, this is just the latest egregious move by the president to silence dissent if you believe the screeching of leftists in politics and the Leftmedia.

Yet, the facts do not support their complaints against Trump. Rather, they show that the Left routinely abuses the First Amendment for their own purposes.

The Form of the First Amendment

The text of the First Amendment reads,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, or to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was crafted to help ensure five different fundamental freedoms, religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly, and to petition the government.

The Left of recent years has engaged in abuse of at least four of those rights. Here we will examine the first two of these leftist abuses of the First Amendment.

Abuse of the Freedom of Religion

166642911_123b31c585_mThe first freedom delineated in the First Amendment concerns religion.

 

 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

Every freedom is qualified by the condition that “Congress shall make no law…” which would restrict that freedom. The tragedy of modern jurisprudence is that this meaning has been expanded and twisted out of recognition, but that’s another article.

The Left in America has consistently abused the free exercise clause. This is done by claiming that almost any public venue must be free from religious expression, or the government is endorsing or establishing a religion.

A recent episode in Colorado illustrates the Left’s determination to abuse the freedom of religion. It involves the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips.

Phillips had recently won a case against the Colorado Human Rights Commission at the Supreme Court. The Commission attempted to force him to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding against his religious beliefs.

SCOTUS rightly recognized that the government could not force Phillips to act against his sincerely held religious faith. Now, the Commission is after Phillips at the behest of a transgendered person who desired a cake to celebrate his ‘transition’ to female.

After the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips went all the way to the Supreme Court, he is in yet another asinine legal battle after refusing to bake a cake celebrating a person making a transgender conversion.

This newest idiocy serves only the purpose of trying to destroy religious opponents of the Left. It is outlandish enough for even leftist comic Bill Maher to pose a pertinent question in partial jest during his monologue.

“Is there only one bakery in Colorado?” Maher asked.

The obvious implication is that this particular bakery is being targeted by the Left’s anti-religious idealogues. That is abuse in its very essence.

A Selective Defense of Freedom of Religion

5402352896_31c50b2016_qHowever, in even more recent times the Left has taken to defending, the public expression of one religion, the religion of Islam. Here is one case from a recent article by Pamela Geller about a pro-Islam piece in USA Today.

 

“So, what actually subjugates Muslim women? It’s not Islam or hijab, but instead racism and Islamophobia.” So says Dalia Mogahed.

Really? Islam doesn’t subjugate women? Geller observes,

The sharia, which mandates that women cover their hair, is the only brutal, murdering ideology that gets such overt support. What other ideology that oppresses, persecutes, and subjugates gets such sanction? Whereas the crime is not condemned, just those pointing out the crime

Why, indeed does the Left seem to make an exception for Islam? Is it their own fear of seeming intolerant to a minority? Whatever the reason, there is a bitter irony in this action.

Should Islam succeed in its goals in America, the freedoms the Left says they value will be snatched away in an instant. Today’s naive idealist followers of an ephemeral Marxist paradise are no match for the ferocity of Jihadists nor the strictures of Sharia law.

Abuse of the Freedom of Speech

281730063_4e23efe9b8_mThe next bit of the First Amendment adds this to the list of freedoms Congress can’t touch.

 

 

…or abridging the freedom of speech

A plain reading of this amendment reveals that Congress, now judicially interpreted to mean the government at any level is not allowed to censor speech with certain exceptions.

For example, speech that might incite a violent riot or uprising is not protected by the First Amendment. Therefore the government can intervene to silence such speech.

The Left engages in abuse of this freedom in particular perhaps more than any other. Their tactics are simple.

Leftists loudly critique any speech from political or cultural adversaries and demand they be silenced. However, any methods the Left employs, including violence, are pushed as legitimate expressions of free speech.

There has been a multitude of examples which really began to up the violence quotient starting in 2017 with the rioting of Antifa at the University of California, Berkeley. This violent ‘protest’ was severe enough to prevent one Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay conservative, from speaking there in February of 2017.

Silencing the Opposition in the New ‘Public Square’

Modern technology has provided another tool for the Left to attempt suppressing free speech from conservatives. The public square is no longer the open arena.

6325794474_c2d28f6968_mSocial media has become the new ‘public square’ for America and the world. The meteoric rise of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter allowed expressions and opinions to flow freely, at least initially.

That freedom spurred almost exponential growth. At first, the voices of the Left were dominant and conservatives were tolerated because of their relatively small numbers.

The conservative presence on social media began to grow rapidly and steadily gain influence. This was especially the case during the eight years of the Obama administration.

However, it took the surprise election of Donald Trump to propel the Left toward the silencing of conservatives in the new public square. In their view, it was the conservatives who prevented Hillary Clinton from being elected, and that was intolerable.

It also awakened the Left to the sizeable social media clout being wielded by conservatives and the effectiveness of their critiques of leftist philosophy and policy. The Left is now responding in the only way they can.

Since they can’t prevail in the war of ideas, they attempt to shut down opposing speech on the internet. A most egregious instance of this is the virtual banning of videos from Prager University by YouTube and Facebook.

The Case of Prager University

One of the first reports about possible censorship of Prager’s material concerned the ‘banning’ of some videos on YouTube’s platform in October of 2016. It began with a relatively small number, 21, of the educational videos.

YouTube has gotten in on the anti-conservative act. Prager University, which was created by conservative radio host Dennis Prager and offers short educational videos on a variety of topics from a Judeo-Christian perspective, has charged that Google-owned YouTube has been censoring a number of its educational videos by classifying 21 of them as “restricted.” Video titles such as “Are the Police Racist?,” “What ISIS Wants,” “Did Bush Lie About Iraq?” and “What is the University Diversity Scam?” have landed under YouTube’s “restricted mode.”

Prager’s short presentations involve a multitude of subjects and have never featured violence, any exhortations to violence, rudeness, sexually inappropriate material, racism, or vulgarity of any kind.

Here is one of Prager University’s offerings that are not “restricted” by YouTube at the present.

Nevertheless, at present, the active censorship of Prager U has expanded on YouTube and Facebook. 

Last Thursday, Prager University issued a public statement alerting its millions of Facebook followers to the fact that “our last 9 posts have been completely censored reaching 0 of our 3 million followers.

Facebook later apologized for this claiming that the censoring was a “mistake.” However, the harm was done, even though Facebook restored the videos. Moreover, they still have not explained how this “mistake” happened. Thomas Gallatin offers a reasonable explanation.

It’s increasingly clear that Facebook’s post-2016 algorithms are tilted against conservative perspectives, which are too easily flagged by trolls as content containing “fake news” or “hate speech.”

When the major providers of the space for a new ‘public square’ decide only one point of view is permissible, free speech is effectively eliminated there. Next time we will look at the abuse of freedom of the press and freedom to peaceably assemble, as well as possible solutions to the problem.

Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. John 8:43 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
The Constitution of the United States, National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2009, 2012

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Song ‘New President #T’ apropos the Trump Inauguration and Presidency

Michel Montecrossa’s New-Topical-Song ‘New President #T’


 
The New-Topical-Song ‘New President #T‘, released by Mira Sound Germany on Audio Single, DVD and as Download, is Michel Montecrossa’s USA President Song apropos the Trump Inauguration and Presidency. It is a song looking beyond smallness into the greater meaning of U.S.A. Presidency.

Michel Montecrossa says about his New-Topical-Song ‘New President #T’:
“THE U.S.A. PRESIDENT MUST BE A PERSON WHO IS CONSCIOUS OF THE TRUE DESTINY OF THE U.S.A. TO BE THE LEADER TOWARDS HUMAN UNITY.
THE U.S.A. PRESIDENT MUST BE GOVERNED BY THE WISH TO HELP TO MAKE REAL THIS HIGHEST AND NOBLEST IDEAL OF MANKIND BY TAKING THE LEAD IN THE BUILDING OF THE UNITED STATES OF PLANET EARTH FOR THE GOOD OF ALL.
THEN THE WAY IS OPEN FOR CREATING LASTING PEACE, PROGRESS AND HAPPINESS ON EARTH.”

 
NEW PRESIDENT #T
New President, new power. / New action, new intentions. / And I hope for sure: / new also the direction.
New President in our country. / New President in another country. / New President in any country. / New President – who is that?
One President there is / almost no one knows, / looking after all the things / human and more.
New President, wherever you are. / New President, whoever you are: / take the lead. Show the way / of the one I mentioned.
Don’t be another fool / believing himself to be someone / without really knowing the one: / Don’t be such a fool.
Don’t be another President / but be the true one / telling truth, bringing peace, / working for World Union on this Earth.
New President, new power. / New action, new intentions. / And I hope for sure: / new also the direction.
Lyrics & Music: Michel Montecrossa, © Mira Sound Germany


 
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New President #T

New-Topical-Song & video ‘Talking America First Is A Good Idea’ apropos Donald Trump USA President

With his New-Topical-Song ‘Talking America First Is A Good Idea’, released by Mira Sound Germany on Audio-CD, DVD and as Download, Michel Montecrossa expresses his hope that the people of the USA and their president Donald Trump understand the importance of the USA for the future of the world. The world destiny of the USA, as Michel Montecrossa sees it, is not Americanism, but to be a leader on the way to building the United States of Planet Earth which would be a free World Union expressing a complex unity based on diversity and free self-determination. According to Michel Montecrossa it is up to the people of the USA and their president Donald Trump to work for the realization of this noble vision and to understand the true historic meaning of the USA and do the best for its fulfillment.

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Talking America First Is A Good Idea

Michel Montecrossa says about his New-Topical-Song ‘Talking America First Is A Good Idea’:
“At the time when I wrote my New-Topical-Song ‘Talking America First Is A Good Idea’ Donald Trump became the President of the USA. With this election it is up to the people of the USA and their president Donald Trump to give to the slogan ’America First’ its true meaning as a first step to World Unity, as a moment of reflection on humanity and the world’s need for peace, sharing and giving. ’America First’ is a good idea if it means a moment of gathering strength to evolve the USA into a considerate and compassionate nation of wisdom and joy that is truly capable of building a better tomorrow of Love, Peace and Freedom for all the world. I hope that the future of the USA is not the future of Americanism, but a future of safety, prosperity and peace for all nations which is responsibly protected by the USA as the most powerful nation on present earth.“

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Song Lyrics

Talking America First Is A Good Idea

“America First!” is a good idea
if it’s the first step to World Unity,
the Unity of the Americas,
of Europe and Eurasia
and the first step of building
the United States of Planet Earth.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it’s a moment of reflection on humanity,
on the world’s need for peace,
sharing and giving
and looking forward to
the United States of Planet Earth, you know.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it means a country of warmth and generosity,
of safety, prosperity and peace
as the first step of building
the United States of Planet Earth.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it don’t mean violence,
if it don’t mean hatred and oppression
but a better tomorrow
of love, peace and freedom for all the world.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it means a country of wisdom and joy,
a country that’s considerate and compassionate
and on the way to building
the United States of Planet Earth.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it’s a moment of reflection on humanity,
on the world’s need for peace,
sharing and giving
and bringing nearer
the United States of Planet Earth, you know.

Music & lyrics: Michel Montecrossa, © Mira Sound Germany

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The new US President

The US has a new President;
The man many said would never be president,
Has become the president;
The man many criticized and condemned,
Has become the president;
The man many said was not qualified to be president,
Has become the president;
The man who said he would be president,
Has become the president;
The man who said Donald Trump would be president
Has become the president;
The man many thought should be stopped,
Has become the new president;
The man many tried to stop,
Has become the new president;
Who does this not inspire?

#donald-trump, #inspiration, #motivation, #poem, #president

New-Topical-Song & video ‘Talking America First Is A Good Idea’ apropos Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wanting to be USA President

With his New-Topical-Song ‘Talking America First Is A Good Idea’ Michel Montecrossa expresses his hope that the people of the USA might understand the importance of the USA for the future of the world. The world destiny of the USA, as Michel Montecrossa sees it, is not Americanism, but to be a leader on the way to building the United States of Planet Earth which would be a free World Union expressing a complex unity based on diversity and free self-determination. According to Michel Montecrossa it is up to the people of the USA to choose a president that is capable to work for the realization of this noble vision. But above all it is the people themselves that have to understand this true historic meaning of the USA and do the best for its fulfillment.

http://www.audiomack.com/song/mirasoundgermany/talking-america-first-is-a-good-idea

Michel Montecrossa says about his New-Topical-Song ‘Talking America First Is A Good Idea’:
“At the time when I wrote my New-Topical-Song ‘Talking America First Is A Good Idea’ Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wanted to become the President of the USA. With this election it is up to the people of the USA to give to the slogan ’America First’ its true meaning as a first step to World Unity, as a moment of reflection on humanity and the world’s need for peace, sharing and giving. ’America First’ is a good idea if it means a moment of gathering strength to evolve the USA into a considerate and compassionate nation of wisdom and joy that is truly capable of building a better tomorrow of Love, Peace and Freedom for all the world. I hope that the future of the USA is not the future of Americanism, but a future of safety, prosperity and peace for all nations which is responsibly protected by the USA as the most powerful nation on present earth. In this way my song ‘Talking America First Is A Good Idea’ is a song-prayer for all of us and our children wherever we might be on earth.“

Song Lyrics

Talking America First Is A Good Idea

“America First!” is a good idea
if it’s the first step to World Unity,
the Unity of the Americas,
of Europe and Eurasia
and the first step of building
the United States of Planet Earth.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it’s a moment of reflection on humanity,
on the world’s need for peace,
sharing and giving
and looking forward to
the United States of Planet Earth, you know.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it means a country of warmth and generosity,
of safety, prosperity and peace
as the first step of building
the United States of Planet Earth.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it don’t mean violence,
if it don’t mean hatred and oppression
but a better tomorrow
of love, peace and freedom for all the world.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it means a country of wisdom and joy,
a country that’s considerate and compassionate
and on the way to building
the United States of Planet Earth.

“America First!” is a good idea
if it’s a moment of reflection on humanity,
on the world’s need for peace,
sharing and giving
and bringing nearer
the United States of Planet Earth, you know.

Lyrics & Music: Michel Montecrossa, © Mira Sound Germany


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Talking America First Is A Good Idea

Radical candidate

The Republican candidate in the White House race this year, Donald Trump is a radical candidate. He has radical ideas. His platform is radical.

Some Americans subscribe to this platform; but many Americans do not seem to buy it. It does not square with the values on which the American nation was founded.

I have followed reactions around the world and many people do not appreciate Mr. Trump’s radical views. Many think that if he became president the world would become more unsafe right on day one.

America is generally seen as the leader of the world; and many expect her to  go for bridge-building among people and nations not walls- building.

The path Mr Trump has taken is one that will make the US not only to be distrusted, but hated and isolated in the world.

A lot of those who are watching the unfolding of today’s business in the United Sates at a distance are comforted by the fact that many high level personalities in Mr. Trump’s party have distanced themselves from his campaign. This is reassuring; and an indication that this leader of the free world is still ready and able to assume leadership in advancing the values which the world most needs.

Mr. Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton has opted for a moderate approach; and it is very evident that the majority of right thinking Americans are on board her train.

Daily prompt: Radical.