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With the latest attack on Donald Trump regarding his plans for Independence Day, I became even more sharply aware of the blatantly deceptive words and actions of the Left. Yes, I know it’s all about politics, but they are so willing to do just about anything—including physical and verbal attacks—that they border on demonstrating a type of psychosis.

It’s difficult to separate their lies and fears from their arrogance.

The latest attack on Donald Trump’s plans for today were all about what he might do. The complaints about expenditures (when the Left won’t provide funding for the children at the border) is a joke. Their assurances that Trump would use the opportunity to grandstand about himself and the Republican Party, all examples of predicting the future. They criticize the demonstration of military power when many of the most dangerous countries in the world only appreciate power shown in its most visceral form.

These people were unwilling to call the border crisis what it is: a crisis, for goodness’ sake! They tried to claim that Trump would misuse the humanitarian aid, thus they wouldn’t approve it without a way to slap his hands if he didn’t use the money exactly as they said. Then, after delaying approval of the funds, allowing the crisis with the illegal aliens to deteriorate beyond the incomprehensible, they finally approved $4billion—and then finally traveled to the border the very next day and decried the conditions—and blamed Trump! Will the American people see through their deceit and irresponsibility?

I’m sick of it. And sick at heart. Today should be a glorious celebration of this great country, our values, and our freedom.

But I’m going to close my eyes and take a deep breath for just a moment; I encourage you to do the same. Let’s do our best to put aside the delusions and deceptions of the Left and remember how incredibly fortunate we are to be citizens of this great country. Let’s remember the dedication of our Founders, the sacrifices of our military and those leaders who still trust in the American people.

G-d Bless America.

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  1. James Gawron Thatcher

    Susan Quinn: Yes, I know it’s all about politics, but they are so willing to do just about anything—including physical and verbal attacks—that they border on demonstrating a type of psychosis.

    Suzy,

    Right on target. Happy 4th of July. You’ve earned a happy 4th. They’ve earned a good swift kick in the…

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:05 AM PST
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  2. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher

    Too many Americans believe the lies. American exceptionalism has come to mean America is uniquely bad. 

    I have not raised my kids that way, but who knows what the culture will have taught them.

    God Bless America. 

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:05 AM PST
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  3. Unsk Member

    Timely post Susan.

    The Left may not realize it but they are starting to really jump the shark on far too many issues to the point of derangement. Only a complete historical nitwit could criticize our Declaration of Independence. From a historical point of view, the American Declaration of Independence was one of the great moments in not just American history, but in world history for it unleashed around the world countless movements that led to freedom and human rights for hundreds of millions, if not billions of people that are still flourishing today.

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:06 AM PST
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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: Yes, I know it’s all about politics, but they are so willing to do just about anything—including physical and verbal attacks—that they border on demonstrating a type of psychosis.

    Suzy,

    Right on target. Happy 4th of July. You’ve earned a happy 4th. They’ve earned a good swift kick in the…

    Regards,

    Jim

    Thanks, Jim. A happy 4th to you and yours.

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:06 AM PST
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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Unsk (View Comment):

    Timely post Susan.

    The Left may not realize it but they are starting to really jump the shark on far too many issues to the point of derangement. Only a complete historical nitwit could criticize our Declaration of Independence. From a historical point of view, the American Declaration of Independence was one of the great moments in not just American history, but in world history for it unleashed around the world countless movements that led to freedom and human rights for hundreds of millions, if not billions of people that are still flourishing today.

    Yes, and millions of them from around the world aspire to come here, too, @unsk. Some of them, even legally!

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:08 AM PST
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  6. Brian Watt Member

    Beyond the expected Leftist critics, the beclowning of those in the NT ranks including those at Reason magazine who imagined that tanks would be “rolling through the streets” and have been apoplectic comparing Trump to dictators even alluding to his presumed genital inadequacy — even though only 4 stationary armored vehicles will be on display in D.C. — has been quite entertaining to witness. From Reason:

    Tanks rolling through the streets don’t make America great. Presidents cosplaying as third world authoritarians surrounded by generals don’t make America great. If anything, they show the world that America is in decline. And an angry hegemon that feels the need to stand on its tiptoes in front of the mirror is not strong, but it can be dangerous.

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:11 AM PST
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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Beyond the expected Leftist critics, the beclowning of those in the NT ranks including those at Reason magazine who imagined that tanks would be “rolling through the streets” and have been apoplectic comparing Trump to dictators even alluding to his presumed genital inadequacy — even though only 4 stationary armored vehicles will be on display in D.C. — has been quite entertaining to witness. From Reason:

    Tanks rolling through the streets don’t make America great. Presidents cosplaying as third world authoritarians surrounded by generals don’t make America great. If anything, they show the world that America is in decline. And an angry hegemon that feels the need to stand on its tiptoes in front of the mirror is not strong, but it can be dangerous.

    Seriously, it makes me want to gag. I’m almost embarrassed for them. Almost.

    And they call it Reason–why??

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:18 AM PST
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  8. EJHill Podcaster

    This is not my work but I offer it as a public service for this particular holiday:

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:25 AM PST
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  9. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Beyond the expected Leftist critics, the beclowning of those in the NT ranks including those at Reason magazine who imagined that tanks would be “rolling through the streets” and have been apoplectic comparing Trump to dictators even alluding to his presumed genital inadequacy — even though only 4 stationary armored vehicles will be on display in D.C. — has been quite entertaining to witness. From Reason:

    Tanks rolling through the streets don’t make America great. Presidents cosplaying as third world authoritarians surrounded by generals don’t make America great. If anything, they show the world that America is in decline. And an angry hegemon that feels the need to stand on its tiptoes in front of the mirror is not strong, but it can be dangerous.

    Seriously, it makes me want to gag. I’m almost embarrassed for them. Almost.

    And they call it Reason–why??

    Because they think they are better than everyone else

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:27 AM PST
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  10. philo Member

    Unsk (View Comment): … the American Declaration of Independence was one of the great moments in not just American history, but in world history…

    [Emphasis added]

    The accuracy and appropriateness of your very specific wording here is much appreciated.

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:30 AM PST
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  11. Old Buckeye Member

    “They tried to claim that Trump would misuse the humanitarian aid, thus they wouldn’t approve it without a way to slap his hands if he didn’t use the money exactly as they said.”

    Susan, I’ve noticed this down to level of individual Democrats. My bleeding heart sister-in-law reacted in a similar way when she and her coworkers took up a collection for one of them who was down on her luck. They expected her to pay the water bill or the car payment but instead she bought Christmas gifts for her children. The nerve! That wasn’t what that money was for.

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:38 AM PST
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  12. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Old Buckeye (View Comment):
    Susan, I’ve noticed this down to level of individual Democrats. My bleeding heart sister-in-law reacted in a similar way when she and her coworkers took up a collection for one of them who was down on her luck. They expected her to pay the water bill or the car payment but instead she bought Christmas gifts for her children. The nerve! That wasn’t what that money was for.

    No wonder they’re skeptical of Trump. A lesson I learned when someone was down and out, was that I wanted their bills and I would send in the checks.

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    • July 4, 2019, at 8:53 AM PST
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  13. DonG Coolidge

    In everyday life there is less derangement than we see online. I guess most people are able to suppress their dark feelings in real life. 

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    • July 4, 2019, at 9:02 AM PST
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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    DonG (View Comment):

    In everyday life there is less derangement than we see online. I guess most people are able to suppress their dark feelings in real life.

    I think, too, that the average persons don’t want the people around them to think they are insane. It’s amazing what we can hide when we care what others think of us, @dong

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    • July 4, 2019, at 9:22 AM PST
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  15. Brian Watt Member

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    • July 4, 2019, at 9:32 AM PST
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  16. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DonG (View Comment):

    In everyday life there is less derangement than we see online. I guess most people are able to suppress their dark feelings in real life.

    I think, too, that the average persons don’t want the people around them to think they are insane. It’s amazing what we can hide when we care what others think of us, @dong

    Sadly, that is the miracle of the internet; our most ill-considered thoughts and impulses are laid bare and ripe for picking up. 

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    • July 4, 2019, at 5:33 PM PST
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  17. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    “We support the troops…but, not, y’know any of their stuff. Or the stuff they do, the way they think, poor victims who couldn’t go to college.” 

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    • July 4, 2019, at 5:35 PM PST
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  18. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    TBA (View Comment):

    “We support the troops…but, not, y’know any of their stuff. Or the stuff they do, the way they think, poor victims who couldn’t go to college.”

    Grrrrr! Not at you, @robtgilsdorf, but at the nasty stereotypes that are used, especially against our military. Those are the men and women who protect those folks. It’s so disrespectful.

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    • July 4, 2019, at 5:55 PM PST
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  19. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    “We support the troops…but, not, y’know any of their stuff. Or the stuff they do, the way they think, poor victims who couldn’t go to college.”

    Grrrrr! Not at you, @robtgilsdorf, but at the nasty stereotypes that are used, especially against our military. Those are the men and women who protect those folks. It’s so disrespectful.

    At risk of drawing fire and ire from those I admire, I sort of get where they are coming from. It’s been decades since there was a draft, and even then, the plan was to not go because it wasn’t…’cool’. 

    Our troops – who I deeply respect – are protecting us, but in such a distant and tenuous way that most people have lost the sense of there being anything dangerous to be protected from. 

    Lions will eat people, given enough opportunity. A smart village will make efforts to keep the lions away. If they are extremely successful, to the point that none of their people ever see a lion, over time the creature will become mythic and the threat will eventually be dismissed as imaginary. 

    To be sure, a threat can be overstated or oversold, but I believe that the fall of the USSR has allowed a lot of young people to believe that there was never a threat in the first place. 

    I would add that we almost never declare a war, rarely ‘win’ in a clear sense, and teach our citizens through school and media that war is always a bad option and (media) soldiers tend to go nuts and generals tend to warmong. 

    It’s a wonder our troops get any respect at all. 

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  20. aardo vozz Member

    Old Buckeye (View Comment):

    “They tried to claim that Trump would misuse the humanitarian aid, thus they wouldn’t approve it without a way to slap his hands if he didn’t use the money exactly as they said.”

    So all of a sudden the legislative branch is concerned about where the money goes? This reminds me of a line from the movie “Spartacus”:

    Batiatus: “Come with me. See to it that I don’t misuse the money.”

    Gracchus: “Don’t be ridiculous! I’m a senator.”

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    • July 4, 2019, at 7:17 PM PST
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  21. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    FDR rolled tanks through the streets of DC for his 1941 Inaugural Parade.

    As did JFK.

    And, of course, GHW Bush had that massive parade after Desert Storm, including M1A1 Abrams tanks.

    https://youtu.be/EE-KEBEaA6M

    That last one of, course is what is really behind the “Orange Man Hitler” fake freak-out. That was the first occasion when American soldiers were greeted with cheering crowds in our streets since WWII.

    The Vietnam veterans all of a sudden found themselves being invited to the next Veteran’s Day parade, which suddenly became a big thing again, with military equipment driven by troops, in addition to the usual high school marching bands and such. It is this rebuke the left hates, hates with the heat of a thousand suns.

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    • July 5, 2019, at 1:10 AM PST
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  22. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    TBA (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    “We support the troops…but, not, y’know any of their stuff. Or the stuff they do, the way they think, poor victims who couldn’t go to college.”

    Grrrrr! Not at you, @robtgilsdorf, but at the nasty stereotypes that are used, especially against our military. Those are the men and women who protect those folks. It’s so disrespectful.

    At risk of drawing fire and ire from those I admire, I sort of get where they are coming from. It’s been decades since there was a draft, and even then, the plan was to not go because it wasn’t…’cool’.

    Our troops – who I deeply respect – are protecting us, but in such a distant and tenuous way that most people have lost the sense of there being anything dangerous to be protected from.

    Lions will eat people, given enough opportunity. A smart village will make efforts to keep the lions away. If they are extremely successful, to the point that none of their people ever see a lion, over time the creature will become mythic and the threat will eventually be dismissed as imaginary.

    To be sure, a threat can be overstated or oversold, but I believe that the fall of the USSR has allowed a lot of young people to believe that there was never a threat in the first place.

    I would add that we almost never declare a war, rarely ‘win’ in a clear sense, and teach our citizens through school and media that war is always a bad option and (media) soldiers tend to go nuts and generals tend to warmong.

    It’s a wonder our troops get any respect at all.

    This is a very thoughtful and valuable set of ideas, TBA! We do still have troops all over the world, though, and although people can question whether they should be there, they are serving a purpose. So the question is, how do we keep alive the idea that a country must always have a military? How dangerous do our enemies need to be to convince people that we must always have a prepared and present military? I don’t know the answer . . .

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  23. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    At risk of drawing fire and ire from those I admire, I sort of get where they are coming from. It’s been decades since there was a draft, and even then, the plan was to not go because it wasn’t…’cool’.

    Our troops – who I deeply respect – are protecting us, but in such a distant and tenuous way that most people have lost the sense of there being anything dangerous to be protected from.

    Lions will eat people, given enough opportunity. A smart village will make efforts to keep the lions away. If they are extremely successful, to the point that none of their people ever see a lion, over time the creature will become mythic and the threat will eventually be dismissed as imaginary.

    To be sure, a threat can be overstated or oversold, but I believe that the fall of the USSR has allowed a lot of young people to believe that there was never a threat in the first place.

    I would add that we almost never declare a war, rarely ‘win’ in a clear sense, and teach our citizens through school and media that war is always a bad option and (media) soldiers tend to go nuts and generals tend to warmong.

    It’s a wonder our troops get any respect at all.

    This is a very thoughtful and valuable set of ideas, TBA! We do still have troops all over the world, though, and although people can question whether they should be there, they are serving a purpose. So the question is, how do we keep alive the idea that a country must always have a military? How dangerous do our enemies need to be to convince people that we must always have a prepared and present military? I don’t know the answer . . .

    I don’t know either. War is dynamic and peace is sclerotic. 

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  24. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Susan

    I know you are only writing this because of yesterday’s events – the military coup organized by Trump which happened at the end of the July 4 “celebration”, along with his suspension of habeas corpus – and your desire to not be sent to the dissident re-education camps. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.

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    • July 5, 2019, at 9:09 AM PST
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  25. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Susan

    I know you are only writing this because of yesterday’s events – the military coup organized by Trump which happened at the end of the July 4 “celebration”, along with his suspension of habeas corpus – and your desire to not be sent to the dissident re-education camps. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.

    Thanks, Mark!! I knew I could count on you!

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    • July 5, 2019, at 9:40 AM PST
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  26. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    I heard Trump say that he hoped yesterday’s celebration would also promote the military, so that people would be reminded of these great services and even join up. Good for him!

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    • July 5, 2019, at 9:45 AM PST
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  27. Concretevol Thatcher

    Susan Quinn: I’m sick of it. And sick at heart. Today should be a glorious celebration of this great country, our values, and our freedom.

    I’m completely sick of it too…… I try to tune it out as much as possible.

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    • July 5, 2019, at 11:55 AM PST
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  28. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Good to see you, @concretevol! Hope you had a great 4th!

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    • July 5, 2019, at 12:18 PM PST
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  29. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Beyond the expected Leftist critics, the beclowning of those in the NT ranks including those at Reason magazine who imagined that tanks would be “rolling through the streets” and have been apoplectic comparing Trump to dictators even alluding to his presumed genital inadequacy — even though only 4 stationary armored vehicles will be on display in D.C. — has been quite entertaining to witness. From Reason:

    Tanks rolling through the streets don’t make America great. Presidents cosplaying as third world authoritarians surrounded by generals don’t make America great. If anything, they show the world that America is in decline. And an angry hegemon that feels the need to stand on its tiptoes in front of the mirror is not strong, but it can be dangerous.

    Seriously, it makes me want to gag. I’m almost embarrassed for them. Almost.

    And they call it Reason–why??

    Because they think they are better than everyone else

    Accurate. Being smug does not mean being right. I’m assuming that, whenever the shooting actually starts, Reasons editors will busy themselves trying to determine which side will win, so they can spasmodically oppose the next status quo.

    So rad, Reason. So rad.

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  30. Joe Boyle Member

    As unit leader in the Army, preparing for a big show was a leadership nightmare. Inspections, cleaning, and changes to changes were all great fun. But the most fun was each level of the chain of command added 30 minutes to the be in place time. I hated every minute of prep and loved every minute of the performance. A Division Pass in Review is an impressive, proud sight and gave me a chubby every time.

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    • July 6, 2019, at 9:44 AM PST
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