Tag: George W. Bush

Build “the Wall”

 
A section of the Wall near El Paso, TX, January 19, 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Real walls matter, so long as they are observed and backed by effective enforcement of boundary rules. This is true for the most modest private property and for the most powerful nation. We have seen several encouraging developments in American national sovereignty and regional security in the past week or so. These developments ranged from at least a temporary green light for border wall construction, to an important power in the hemisphere declaring Hezbollah a terrorist group.

Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the government, President Trump’s administration, relief from the lawfare of another black robed leftist in the 9th Circuit. The very short 5-4 decision was largely on a technicality, choosing to rule that the plaintiffs likely lacked standing. Doing so keeps arguments on the merits alive for the 9th Circuit appellate panel, thus letting the Supreme Court consider both fact and law in light of a more fully developed court record.

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Alas Acosta

 

Is Alex Acosta a tragic figure? By Paul Mirengoff’s account at Power Line Blog, rehearsed and elaborated over the past two years, Alex Acosta is a man on the make, a social-political climber. His aspiration: the comfortable security and status of a federal judgeship. To gain that prize, Mirengoff claims, Acosta spent his time in both the George W. Bush and Trump administrations carefully not offending powerful Democratic Party interests. That is, Acosta passive aggressively sabotaged his presidents’ stated policies. Maybe so, maybe no.

Alex Acosta was invited to walk out with President Trump Friday morning, addressing the press alongside the president. This was a resignation, but one in which President Trump and his Secretary of Labor would concede nothing. What he and President Trump got was a sound byte summary of unheralded achievements that matter to real Americans.

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Truth Cries Out

 

Walking through downtown Mesa, AZ, the Monday after the Mueller report news broke, one of the public art statues leaped out at me. A newsboy stands astride his stack of newspapers, waving a copy over his head and shouting out the news. The front page has a one-word headline, all caps and bold: “TRUTH.” What a contrast to the sordid state of our current “journalism.”

The background is littered with paint cans and construction barriers. This is part of a facade renovation for downtown Main Street. How much more does our news business need renovation?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America fume after a federal judge decides the debate over whether women should have to register for the draft has gone on long enough and rules the all-male draft is unconstitutional. They also defend California Sen. Dianne Feinstein after supporters of the Green New Deal […]

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It is quite interesting to note that both President George W Bush and President Obama utilized the National Guard to secure the borders when it was believed that there was an emergency requiring such use. Here is a link to the citations, and Also this document provides a legal background for understanding the military’s role […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see polls showing Republicans inching ahead in the Tennessee and Indiana Senate races, and other key pick-up opportunities are also in reach. They also hammer President Trump for tweeting his objections to the death toll listed for last year’s hurricanes in […]

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I have been thinking about how Trump does politics for a long time now. It seemed to me at first that Trump was a just a populists. He was similar to other populists before him and his uniqueness was driven not by his political philosophy but by the circumstances. Populist are always unique to their […]

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While the FBI is losing important text messages (and a nation’s good opinion), I found on YouTube this clip of one of the last White House Correspondents’ Association dinners of George W. Bush’s presidency (2006). The impersonator, Steve Bridges, passed away in 2012. From the “Here I am” 30 seconds in to the end, it’s […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for painfully explaining to reporters and the public what the family of a fallen service member goes through and why he was stunned at Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson going public with her condemnation of President Trump’s […]

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Article about George W. Bush ranting against Trump. This makes me sick. Like George Will (another George W!) he likes Obama better than Trump. This is a serious problem in this country. We have people who worry more about decorum than actions. Leftist anti-American actions with nice decorum win out with these incompetent Republican politicians. […]

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Ned Ryun; Writer for George W. Bush, CEO American Majority

 
“Democrats are in a world of hurt”.
On this episode of Whiskey Politics, we discuss Neil Gorsuch, the Democrats awful hand for future elections, American Majority and the next generation of activists, Donald Trump and of course, no interview with a George W. Bush administration official would be complete without discussing W’s legacy.
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There’s an on going issue of marketing Islam to non-muslims and how western countries try to market their concerns to the Islamic world. I’ll try to describe part of it… Former President George W Bush recently gave an interview on the Today Show with Matt Lauer. W was there to promote a book, but Matt […]

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Does Hillary Really Think the Bush Tax Cuts Caused the Great Recession?

 

Hillary There were two reality-challenged economies theories presented at last night’s presidential debate. Donald Trump reiterated his theory that the US has been on the skids for 40 years and trade agreements are to blame. It’s more likely most Americans are far better off than they were in the 1970s, and trade is one reason why.

Hillary Clinton had an economic theory of her own. Talking about Trump’s tax cut plan, Clinton said, “Trickle-down did not work. It got us into the mess we were in, in 2008 and 2009. Slashing taxes on the wealthy hasn’t worked.”

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Kick Me, Kill Me

 

kickmeIt seems that the Republican establishment will never learn the lesson of the schoolyard: Act like prey, get treated like prey; Allow a bully to slap a “kick me!” sign on your back, expect his flunkies to line up behind him at the invitation. The Democrats, however, do understand this lesson: both to appease fellow-traveling tyrants and to further their own agenda, they have slapped a “kick me!” sign on America so often that doing so is practically in their party platform. And while the Democrats appease their fellow America haters, the Republicans, while paying lip-service to the dangers of appeasement, insist on “reaching across the aisle” to those same Democrats and slapping a “kick me!” sign on their own backs. The Republicans then they wonder why their base — ungrateful for all their “great work”… work that happens to come with a constant and mocking kick from behind — has abandoned them. Their base understands that a bully emboldened and unchecked seldom stops at just the occasional sadistic kick.

This era of Republican appeasement of Democrats began as soon as Ronald Reagan left office and George H. W. Bush assumed it. It was then that President Bush introduced his policy of a “kinder, gentler conservatism.” And it is this policy, in one form or another, which has informed and advised the Republican establishment ever since: a refusal to even deign to put on a pair of gloves and enter the ring. And with each Republican sniff and refusal to fight, the Democrats have become emboldened. They have not only dropped their gloves, they have left the ring and now hang out in a back alley, brass knuckles and baseball bats at the ready.

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Obama’s Partisan Memorial Speech in Dallas

 

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Obama DallasYesterday, a memorial was held in Dallas for Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa, the five police officers killed in last week’s shooting. President Obama spoke, as did former President George W. Bush.

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Orgy of Guilt

 
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Mohamed Bailor Jalloh (Photo credit: Facebook)

The Islamic State, you have to acknowledge, is on quite a roll. Over the July 4th weekend, the FBI arrested a northern Virginia neighbor of mine, Mohamed Bailor Jalloh. He was apparently plotting a Fort Hood style attack and told an FBI informant: “I just want to live a good Muslim life and die as a Shaheed [martyr].”

Jalloh was thwarted, but around the globe, fellow admirers or members of ISIS have been inflicting chaos and death at an accelerating rate. Just in the past 24 months, ISIS-inspired killers have struck the Brussels airport, a Tunisian beach resort, the Istanbul airport, a Paris satirical magazine and a kosher market, a Christmas party in a San Bernardino office, a Russian plane flying over the Sinai, a restaurant catering to westerners in Bangladesh, Paris cafes and a concert venue, a nursing home in Yemen founded by Mother Teresa, and a gay nightclub in Orlando — to name but a small fraction of the hundreds of attacks. The list doesn’t count the horrific beheadings, sex slavery, forced labor, crucifixions, and other murders ISIS has committed in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

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An Olive Branch to Trump Supporters: My Foolish Voting History

 

shutterstock_315507101I’m a committed #NeverTrumper but, more importantly, a servant of Christ who believes in treating my neighbor as I would myself. That principle applies especially to contentious times such these on the Center Right. Before I condemn anyone else, I have my own — sometimes laughable — presidential voting history to remind me that I have absolutely no cause to even think about chucking a single stone at anyone here on Ricochet for making a different decision this time around than I have.

I wasn’t old enough to vote for Ronald Reagan, so the 1988 race the first presidential election I voted in. I supported Pat Robertson in the primary. (I told you I had no cause to even touch that first stone, so just start laughing now. I’ll wait). I was fine with George H. W. Bush getting the nod and voted for him, thinking I’d get Ronald Reagan’s third term. I was wrong, but he wasn’t Michael Dukakis, though he was — and is — a stand-up guy with an impressive military record.

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Dear Canadians My wife, Cate, and I attended a hippie wedding last Saturday up on Hornby Island in Supernatural British Columbia. It was fun and well attended. An old friend of ours got married to a man who looks to be a wonderful man and we hope they live out their days in wedded bliss. More

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