Tag: President Trump

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If you want to picture the relationship between the 60 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump and the Deep State seeking to unseat him; DON’T picture a Venn diagram. There is no overlap between the two solitudes. Rather, picture a giant amorphous amoeba, geared toward survival. This single-celled organism will galvanize all systems within […]

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In Defense of Dangerous Art


For almost two years, I have submitted occasional opinion pieces to Ricochet. However, for over eight years, under what is obviously a pseudonym, I have blogged a fair amount of political satire. It is not satire that one would describe as light-hearted and jocular. Rather, it is satire that is Juvenalian in mood: a more apt description would be “spitting.”

Before I would post them, quite a few of my satires caused me substantial anxiety: would this be the piece that finally prompts some sort of retaliation? As ridiculous as that anxiety might sound to some, for me it was very real. However, despite that anxiety, I reasoned that “God hates a coward” and posted each one. As far as I know, no retaliation ever came. However, that is probably not because the Democrats are not shockingly petty, vindictive, and intolerant, but rather it is probably because my satires are either too obtuse or too stylistically out of the mainstream to garner anything more than a handful of readers.

In contrast, representing the opposite of obtuse, consider Kathy Griffin’s latest outrageous piece of performance art which co-starred a decapitated in effigy President Trump. And representing the opposite of “stylistically out of the mainstream,” consider her non-apology press conference – a further piece of performance art – that is now posted on YouTube and that I satirically refer to as “Innocence of Kathy Griffin.” And while I’m sure that the content of her presser is now well tread territory, there are two specific comments, one from each of Ms. Griffin’s attorneys, that I believe still merit further attention.

Does the President Need a Secure Phone?


The Associated Press has an article headlined “Trump’s use of private cellphone raises security concerns.” I have three simple questions about this.

  1. Considering that the transcripts of his conversations with world leaders routinely get maliciously and anonymously leaked to the press, does the President really need to use a secure phone?
  2. Is anyone else deeply concerned that the President cannot have a phone conversation with a foreign leader without the transcript being maliciously and anonymously leaked to the press?
  3. Does anyone really think the same media which breathlessly reports every possible piece of maliciously and anonymously leaked information gives one whit about the security of the President’s phone calls?

And a bonus question: How hard can it possibly be to figure out who is leaking transcripts of presidential phone calls? The pool of people with access to those transcripts can’t be that big.

Is Trump the “non-traditional” president who can break through the logjam of the Israel/Palestinian peace process? Foreign Affairs Reporter Joel Gehrke updates the latest from Trump’s Mideast trip, including Trump’s tough talk about terror in the capitol of Wahhabism.

Investigative Reporter Todd Shepherd on Gen. Michael Flynn’s decision to plead the 5th: Good lawyering, or a bad sign for the Trump White House?

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Like many, I have always looked at North Korea as a closed off country run by a dictator that controls every aspect of life for his people. Someone last week on radio described it as the world’s biggest open air concentration camp. Every so often, the leader throws a parade to show off their weapons, and launches test […]

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Trump Donates First 3 Months Salary to National Park Service


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg accept Trump’s donation check from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

During the campaign, candidate Trump promised, “If I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary.” Today, President Trump began to fulfill that commitment. He has donated his first three months of salary to the National Park Service.

Trump’s Joint Session to Congress


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Last night President Trump gave his much anticipated speech to a joint session of Congress. So what did you miss? Well, the speech was on the more restrained end of the spectrum, but there were some interesting things going on.

The President opened by mentioning Black History Month and spate of recent threats to Jewish community centers. He used that to build what he called “a message of unity and strength.” He also mentioned the US sestercentennial in 2026 and asked “[W]hat will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?” The sestercentennial was a theme he returned to more than once, and could be something he keeps mentioning in the future.

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Years ago, I worked for a consulting firm in an administrative capacity. We were worldwide, and consulted to the following: Automotive, Chemicals and Process Industry, Electronics, Energy, Financial Series, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Semi-conductor, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defense, and other markets. If you can imagine any leaders in these fields, we consulted to them, including […]

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Liberal Media Summed Up in One Sentence


An article in today’s Washington Post about President Trump’s Florida rally quotes a supporter on one of the administration’s early moves to preserve jobs in the mining sector:

Several people said they would have liked to see more coverage of a measure that Trump signed Thursday that rolled back a last-minute Obama regulation that would have restricted coal mines from dumping debris in nearby streams. At the signing, Trump was joined by coal miners in hard hats.

Sun Tzu and Big Table Envy


I come from a rather large Italian family. On my mother’s side alone, I am one of 28 first cousins. When I was a kid, family gatherings were crammed into a relation’s house and often spilled out onto their yard. One generation later, our family gatherings are now held in a rented hall or park. To an outsider, it must appear as utter chaos — I know it does to my wife, the only child of only children. But let me assure you, one thing has remained absolutely constant throughout all these years: neither I, nor any of my siblings or cousins, have ever moved from the Kids’ Table to the Big Table — and I am now 51 years old. Of course, I now understand that family tables are separated by generation. But as a kid, believe me, what I understood was Big Table envy.

The Big Table was where all of the cool and important stuff was going on. And to have a seat at the Big Table signified that you were also cool and important. And what kid wouldn’t want that: to be in on what the adults were discussing, to be included? And surely my opinions were needed: each was epic and bound to dazzle them all. But of course, every youthful assumption that I had was utter nonsense: there was almost never anything cool or important going on at the Big Table. And even if there was, then I certainly didn’t have the information or the experience required to participate intelligently. But, such is youth and such is Big Table envy.

As I matured, I read many things that would prove beneficial to me. I read Rand and realized that instead of obsessing over another’s table, that I should revel in my own. I read Hayek and realized that it wasn’t possible for me to know the in-depth circumstances discussed at another’s table. And I read Sun Tzu and realized that some issues discussed at another’s table can’t, won’t, and shouldn’t be shared.

Spiritual Success and Repealing the Johnson Amendment


President Trump declared his desire to do everything in his power to protect religious liberty in a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. The beginning was rather brash, as he declared his desire to attend for “the next seven years,” which earned him some laughs. After being introduced by a friend from The Apprentice, the president asked for prayers for Arnold Schwarzenegger, his less-than-successful successor on the show. He then he turned serious. After explaining how his mother taught him from the family Bible, he spoke of the importance of “spiritual success” over material success.

He declared his desire to overturn the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which effectively silenced minsters from speaking out on political matters through provisions in the tax code. This is not the first time Trump has called for its repeal. For example, he spoke about it in an interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo last summer. And the Atlantic reported on it in August.

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It’s been a long eight years of suffering under a commander in chief who hated us and the country. Obama’s picture was to come down after he vacated the office of Friday, but not everyone has received Trump’s official photo yet. Some bases are taking it upon themselves to use memes from the Internet as […]

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Is Trump Really Committed to Shrinking the Federal Government?


This article from TheHill.com today has set conservative hearts a-flutter.

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned. The changes they propose are dramatic.

The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.