The State Of Our Union, 2019

6 02 2019

 By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

There is reason to believe that President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address to the American people—delivered before the Congress in the Capitol on Tuesday evening, February 5, 2019—was one of the finest by a U.S. president.  It is worth watching in its entirety, uninterrupted by political commentary[2]:

© 2019, Timothy D. Naegele


[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see www.naegele.com and Timothy D. Naegele Resume). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., www.naegele.com/whats_new.html#articles), and can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See https://youtu.be/BYU5VE2c6Ps

Also, the written text of the President’s speech is available.

See https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-state-union-address-2/ (“President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address”)


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16 responses

6 02 2019
Thomas Simakis

Tim, yes, I agree. One of THE best speeches I have ever had the pleasure to watch!

I loved when our President said we must end division, resistance, revenge and retribution and imbrace cooporation, compromise and the common good. To see Ocasio Cortez face of hate, pouting, anger and her immature disposition, was sooo satisfying!!! Who in the Hell does she think she is?

A freshman 1 term congresswoman (oops) congress child with a 4th grade grasp of economics and politics) was priceless. It disturbed me however to see young people so angry and they do not even have a clue that they have been used and exploited by their liberal education. Time and time again she puts her foot, well feet, hands, any body part she can fit, in her mouth! It amazes me that she can get elected. It’s really scary ! Hoping God will continue to have mercy on the USA and shine a bright light on the rats and they will go off into the wilderness!

I would just be so excited to one day meet you and have coffee with you. peace and health to you Sir.

Thomas Simakis.

P.S.
Yes my Dad was at Normandy also and told me stories about that landing. So I was emotional during the part honoring those WWII vets.

Oh, I think Ms. Cortez said something about starting WWII a few weeks ago! Those darn liberal teachers!!
🤪🤪

6 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Tom, for your comments. I agree completely.

Recently, a college professor who has taught in California, Colorado and elsewhere talked about how students are being indoctrinated with Leftist teachings.

He brought up the subject; I didn’t. Yet, they were being indoctrinated when I was in college and law schools too. Then, they meet the cold, hard realities of the outside world; and oops, often lights go on in their thinking.

6 02 2019
H. Craig Bradley

CORTEZ CONQUERED AMERICA ?

Rep. Ocasio Cortez represents the far left component of the Democratic ( Marxist) Party of America. However, a determined minority can, over time, dominate the scene. So, we should not underestimate what she represents (Communism). Ms. Cortez is the head of the spear. If not her, then someone just like her such as Senator Elizabeth Warren.

If enough voters buy-into her extremist social policies and those of her like-minded (Millineal) peers who advocate a 2% annual “wealth tax” on all your assets including IRA’s and 401 (K)’s, then a free and capitalist economy will fast disappear into poverty and dilapidation, as was the case with Eastern Europe prior to 1990.

We may never become quite as bad as Venezuela is today, but we are a candidate for another Argentina, with our very own Eva Peron to lead us to the promised land. All it takes is enough gullible and low information voters to make it happen. Don’t ever let it just happen without a fight.

6 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Yes, I agree, Craig.

7 02 2019
thomas simakis

I think, ( hope) there are enough of us to counter those ideals of socialism and marxism. What really concerns me is there are so many of them in our government. We allowed this to happen because over the decades, we have accepted failure from our elected officials. I think Donald Trump woke a lot of people up and THAT is their fear !
No reason why everyone can prosper in the Trump economic system which is just common sense. I could not help but think Nancy Pelosi’s expressions were “ the party is over for them! I’m hoping! 🙏🏼🙏🏼💲💲👍🏼👍🏼

7 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again, Tom, for your thoughts.

The Dems are a vicious crowd, who will use every trick known to mankind to win.

As I have said many times, when I left the Senate and became an Independent, I concluded that the Dems were “evil” but smart, while the Republicans were “Neanderthals,” dumb and spineless.

I have never changed that conclusion.

6 02 2019
H. Craig Bradley

FEEL’IN GOOD IN THE HOOD

Besides the mountain of unpayable debt our state and Federal governments have already taken-out at low rates, the Student Loan Debt Issue needs reform, as well. There is well over $1 Trillion in Unpaid Student Loans Outstanding, 1/3 in arrears and not dischargeable under current Bankruptcy Laws.

See, e.g., https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/markets-by-sector/interest-rates/student-loans-the-economic-time-bomb/

Therefore, President Trump NEEDS to address this important pillar of our economy and release these debtors after proper legal process. If PG&E, as irresponsible as their Board of Directors are, can do it, so should Student Loan Debtors and their parents/families. Its a drag on the economy until reform occurs, as is the “Affordable” Care Act (Obama Care).

Unfortunately, at least in California, there are no current alternatives to ACA Compliant Health Insurance Policies, as the State Insurance Commissioner won’t permit non-compliant (w/ACA) insurance products to be offered in this state.

After three attempts in 2017 with Republicans controlling all three branches of government, repeal of ObamaCare proved to be a non-starter. Subsequent EXO (minor) reforms of ACA by President Trump have not changed the picture in most states. Act of Congress (Law) is hard to get around in most cases.

So, until we turn 65 (Medicare), we are stuck with this huge drag on the economy. It is estimated GDP may be -1% lower due to the financial costs of ObamaCare. ACA compliant health insurance policies are about 150% over-priced compared to pre-Obama Care passage ( prior to 2010).

Economic growth (GDP) over 3% will be very hard to come-by until more financial reforms are enacted by Congress ( A near impossibility). All that is left is to talk the talk and HOPE. However, President Trump can inspire and if enough Republicans AND Independents agree, then we get a second term of relief before the pendulum swings back to the far left and we see collectivism with a vengeance in future years. Its still waiting for us in the wings like a lion .

6 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments.

First, I do not believe that the student debt should be forgiven or wiped out, or that the borrowers should be allowed to go through bankruptcy. They knew the rules when the loans were taken out; and now they should be forced to live with them.

Who is at fault? The students who took on massive debt, and never realized that reality would hit some day, and they would have to pay it back; and that they might not have jobs that would provide enough income to pay down/off the loans.

Many are starting young families, and have mortgages, etc. to pay; and they are struggling. Should they be forgiven their mortgage debt too? Not in their lifetimes. The same should be true of their student debt.

Also, the colleges and universities are at fault. They pushed the student loans to increase their coffers, and fund their Leftist-tenured professors; and they saddled their students with oppressive student debt in the process.

As I have written before, such educational institutions are dinosaurs, just like newspapers.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/are-colleges-dinosaurs (“Are Colleges Dinosaurs?“) (see also the comments beneath the article) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/are-colleges-dinosaurs/#comment-7616 (“Grad-School Loan Binge Increases Debt Worries”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/americas-newest-civil-war-2017-and-beyond/#comment-14564 (“Newspapers Are Dead, Not Dying“) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/is-google-becoming-microsoft-or-worse/#comment-15829 (“Boycott The Leftist Wall Street Journal”); see also https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/least-educated-state-california-no-1-percentage-residents-25-and (“Least-Educated State: California No. 1 in Percentage of Residents 25 and Older Who Never Finished 9th Grade; No. 50 in High School Graduates”)

Second, what about America’s elderly poor? Surely they deserve protections and benefits more than those who are trying to shirk their student debts, which they willingly incurred.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/poverty-in-america/#comment-14447 (“Too Little Too Late: Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans”)

Third, the Leftist biases on university campuses today must be eliminated, period, or not one penny in government funding should go to them ever again.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/are-colleges-dinosaurs/#comment-12550 (“86 Percent Of University Presidents Cite Negative Effects Of Liberal Political Bias On Campus”)

Fourth, what about credit card debt? Should that be eliminated too?

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/the-obama-great-depression/#comment-10570 (“Americans Have The Highest Credit-Card Debt In History”)

Fifth, what about bailing out all Americans who have incurred too much debt? Where does it stop?

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/poverty-in-america/#comment-10290 (“24 Percent Of Americans Do Not Have Single Dollar Saved For Emergency”)

A fascinating side issue is how did Barack Obama pay for his college educations (e.g., Occidental College in Los Angeles, Columbia University in New York City, Harvard Law School) and his travels in the United States and abroad (e.g., Kenya) before he earned his first penny? Most of us could not have afforded what he did, as well as supporting his extensive illegal drug habits.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/is-barack-obama-a-racist/#comment-9962 (“Barack Obama’s Sex And Drugs Past”)

Lastly, we have discussed California before. It is truly hopeless, both governmentally and legally.

10 02 2019
Don Brown

Hi Tim,

The solution for the current mountain of outstanding student loan debt escapes me. For the long term any solution should take into account the unusual structure of incentives underpinning the student loan program. These are not like a normal loan with a lender and a borrower. In case of student loan lending we have the schools very much in the middle. The schools receive the money, but have no consequence if they fail to deliver a quality education that leaves the student with a skillset enabling the repayment of the loan. No one, the student borrower, the lender, or the school knows whether the classes and instruction they provide will in fact in the future result in a productive borrower able to repay the loan. And the schools don’t care because by the time of any default years have passed. One result of this is the the schools are incentivized to take in and keep as many students as possible regardless of the students performance. In fact it is difficult for a student to fail in most schools as long as they try.

The solution, therefore, over the long term is to put the schools back in the lending relationship. Specifically they should be on the hook for some percentage e.g. 5 to 25%, of the amount owed when the borrower goes into default regardless how many years in the future.

The new liability would change the incentives considerably with the schools taking an active interest in the quality of instruction, but also the content. Schools would have to approve of all loans up front and give consideration to the numbers going into particular programs. No doubt STEM would continue to be fully funded. However, how many communications majors, or women’s studies, etc could a school afford before its financial situation would be threatened?

There are broader reasons for such a change. One reason we’ve had this explosion of frivolous far left activity among academics is that it’s funded by unlimited availability of student loan debt. Attach consequences to schools maintaining these types of studies and they would be downsized if not entirely disappear within a few years. School administration would take an interest in controlling how many of these majors they produced, and would as a result drop many faculty and their departments to focus on those that will produce graduates able to repay their loans. We would still have history majors, women’s studies majors just no where as many as now and the quality would be there.

10 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Don, for your fine comments and suggestions with respect to the future.

Rude awakenings may be ahead. If a significant rise in online educations occurs (e.g., as a result of existing educational institutions offering online degrees that do not require physical attendance at their campuses), this may change the “college experience” radically.

In many ways, undergraduate college educations have become “social experiences,” with actual learning/education taking place later in specialized graduate schools (e.g., law, medicine, business).

More and more Americans (e.g., the Middle Class) are being priced out of and cannot afford colleges for their kids without “crippling” their retirement years financially. At some point they may say “no more” and “enough,” and tell their kids to get cheaper online educations while working full-time.

Perhaps the bottom line is that the government should not have gotten into the student loan business. Like families who lose their homes when economic downturns occur, student borrowers and/or their families may suffer the cost and humiliation of defaulting on student loans.

“Easy money” periodically fuels homebuilding and home buyers, until economic downturns bring reality to bear with a resounding stud and, yes, heartaches. Realtors who came onboard in easy, booming times drop out and are gone from the industry.

Lastly, the colleges may “pay the piper” for having encouraged reckless student borrowing and extravagant spending. Why have professors teach the same class repeatedly when it could be taped once (or periodically, as new developments occur) and available on YouTube or its equivalent?

. . .

P.S. Let me add some facts that you may not be aware of. At UCLA, a university that both of us know well, there were approximately 115,000 applicants for its most recent incoming freshman class. It was the most sought-after university in the nation; and a family member of mine applied with a 4.67 GPA (and outstanding activities and recommendations) and was rejected.

I was dumbfounded, and thought that perhaps foreign students made the difference, but was informed that they constituted less than 10 percent of those accepted. Also, I was informed that the school was overwhelmed, and only grades and test scores counted (e.g., no qualitative considerations mattered).

6 02 2019
Richard Schultz

Tim, I absolutely agree. It was his best presentation to date. I just might vote for him again. Who wrote his elegant speech?

6 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Richard. Hopefully you do vote for him. 🙂

The speech has been well received.

See, e.g., https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/02/poll-stunner-76-percent-of-viewers-approve-president-trumps-state-of-the-union-speech-72-percent-approve-his-immigration-ideas/ (“POLL STUNNERS: Both CBS and CNN Polls: 76 Percent of Viewers Approve President Trump’s State of the Union Speech; CBS: 72 Percent Approve His Immigration Ideas”)

Normally, speeches like this are truly a “team effort,” with contributions from the White House staff, the Cabinet and affected agencies, with each one signing off on the final result . . . or at least providing input.

An old friend of mine was Nixon’s key speechwriter, and moved to San Clemente with him, as well as being Reagan’s key speechwriter later.

I have tried to get him to write an autobiography, but he does not need the publicity or money; and I expect he will never write it. He would have to “name names” and point fingers, and that is not his style.

I tried to get an old movie mogul friend of mine to do the same, but he begged off and never wrote it. I even offered to help him, but he graciously said no.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/jerry-perenchio-kind-and-caring/ (“Jerry Perenchio: Kind And Caring”)

Thank you again for your great article.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/get-out-now/ (“Disasters In Montecito: Get Out Now!”)

7 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Melania Trump Is A Real Woman, The Women Who Wore White Are Not

Melania Trump

Emily Goodin has written for the UK’s Daily Mail:

First lady Melania Trump entered the House chamber Tuesday night to a standing ovation from lawmakers wearing a black military-style suit with gold buttons and black leather gloves.

She removed one glove to shake hands with guests in her box overlooking the House chamber.

Her $2,390 black Burberry outfit was in sharp contrast to the white that women Democratic lawmakers wore to celebrate the suffragettes.

The first lady watched President Donald Trump give his annual State of the Union address from the first lady’s private box overlooking the House floor.

It was her first official public appearance since she joined her husband on his visit to U.S. troops in Iraq on Christmas Day. She was seen this past weekend when she and the first family traveled to Mar-a-Lago.

She joined lawmakers in applauding her husband as he arrived on the House floor and she removed both gloves for his remarks.

Joining her as her guests were the children of a couple allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant, a child bullied because he has the last name ‘Trump’, and a recovering opioid addict.

Combating bullying is part of her ‘Be Best’ initiative.

Melania Trump stopped to greet Joshua Trump, who is of no relation to the first family. He sat two spaces down from her during the president’s address.

But it was a late night for the sixth grader, who dozed off during the speech, only to be jerked away when the president was applauded for different lines.

The evening’s event began around 9 p.m. and ended around 10:30 p.m.

Melania Trump sat next to 10-year-old Grace Eline, a cancer survivor, who was bright-eyed through the long night.

She arrived alone for the second year in a row, a break in traditional protocol that was news when revealed last year. This year, the White House offered a preemptive strike and noted the first lady’s separate departure on the president’s public schedule for the day.

Last year, the first lady was facing the public after porn star Stormy Daniels claimed an affair with her husband, which the president has denied.

Melania Trump wore white in 2018 a marked contrast to the tough image she presented this year in her black ensemble.

The White House on Monday posted a list of those invited by the President to sit in the gallery during the speech at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

They include the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of Gerald and Sharon David, the Reno, Nevada couple whom authorities allege were killed by an undocumented immigrant who broke into their home last month.

Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 20, has been arrested in connection with the Davids’ killing. He is also alleged to have killed two other people.

The couple’s daughter, Debra Bissell; their granddaughter, Heather Armstrong; and great-granddaughter, Madison Armstrong, will be guests of the President and First Lady Melania Trump.

Matthew Charles, who was released from prison after he was sentenced to 35 years for selling crack cocaine and other drug-related offenses, will also be a guest of the White House.

Charles ‘found God’ while incarcerated and also became a law clerk, according to the White House.

Grace Eline, a young girl who was successfully treated for brain cancer, will also be in the gallery for the speech.

As will Ashley Evans, a recovering opioid addict who relapsed after she gave birth to a daughter.

Evans is set to mark 13 months of sobriety. Next week, she will be reunited with her daughter full-time, according to the White House.

Elvin Hernandez, a special agent who works for the Department of Homeland Security, will be at the speech as well.

The President will likely highlight Hernandez’s experience in helping combat human trafficking by organized crime groups.

Two of the guests are connected to the horrific October 2018 massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Timothy Matson of the Pittsburgh Police Department was part of the SWAT team that responded to the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, where 11 people were killed.

Matson suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the leg.

Judah Samet, a member of the Tree of Life congregation, will also be attending the State of the Union.

Samet, a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Israel after the Second World War and fought in that country’s War of Independence, avoided death after arriving four minutes late to the synagogue.

He was stopped by police for parking in a handicapped spot. By the time he had arrived to the synagogue, the shooter, Robert Bowers, 46, had already opened fire.

When he was just seven years old Samet and his family were rounded up in Hungary by the Nazi secret police, the Gestapo, in 1944 and put on a train to Auschwitz.

But he was re-routed to Bergen-Belsen when Czechs blew up their train tracks.

He spent 10 months in the camp before his family was released, just before the Allies liberated the camp.

The White House has also invited Joshua Trump, who is of no relation to the President.

Joshua Trump is a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware.

According to the White House, Joshua has been ‘bullied in school due to his last name.’

Joshua’s parents have told of how they had to pull him out of school and change his surname because he has been relentlessly bullied since the 2016 election.

His father, Robert Berto, home schooled him for a year.

When Joshua became old enough to go to middle school, the family reentered him into the mainstream system but they say the bullying started again.

Now they have taken the unusual step of having his name changed from Trump to Berto in the school’s database.

The Trumps have also invited Alice Johnson, a mother-of-five, grandmother-of-six and great-grandmother of one who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of drug dealing in 1996.

It was her first conviction and some of her co-conspirators testified against her in exchange for plea deals.

At the urging of Kim Kardashian, President Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence. She was freed from prison in June after serving 22 years behind bars.

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s guest for the State of the Union address is a woman who cornered Sen. Jeff Flake on live television to protest his support for Brett Kavanaugh.

Ana Maria Archila, who lives in the star freshman Democrat’s New York District, said she will wear white and a pin that the congresswoman gave her that says, ‘Well-behaved women rarely make history.’

‘I never thought I’d be excited about being in the same room with Donald Trump,’ said Archila, co-executive director of the left-leaning Center for Popular Democracy.

Ocasio-Cortez invited her a few weeks ago, she said, adding, ‘We talked about making sure that we, with our presence, express the dignity of people who are under attack from this administration, the resilience. We will try to communicate that with the way we show up in the space.’

Kavanaugh, now a Supreme Court justice, is also expected to attend Trump’s address. Justices typically attend such speeches delivered by the president who appointed them.

During Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in September, Archila and another woman confronted Flake in a Senate elevator and, live on CNN, yelled at the Arizona Republican for his intent to vote for the appellate court judge.

Kavanaugh had been accused by Christine Blasey Ford of pinning her to a bed and groping her when the two were teenagers in the 1980s.

Flake later said he wanted to delay the Senate vote to give the committee time to investigate. He ultimately voted to confirm Kavanaugh and is now retired from the Senate.

Kavanaugh angrily denied the accusation and was confirmed to the high court.

But Ford’s and Kavanaugh’s emotional appeals to the Judiciary Committee were a cultural watershed amid the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh’s patron was Trump, who also has been accused of groping more than a dozen women and denies it.

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6672183/Melania-dresses-military-style-black-State-Union.html (“Melania dresses in a $2,390 Burberry military-style black for the State of the Union in pointed contrast to Democratic women in white“) (emphasis added; biographies of honored guests and videos omitted)

Melania Trump standing
[Melania Trump and Grace Eline]

9 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Somebody Up There Likes Donald Trump [UPDATED]

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written:

If the pollsters at CNN and CBS are correct, Donald Trump may have found the formula for winning a second term in 2020.

His State of the Union address, say the two networks, met with the approval of 76 percent of all viewers – 97 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of independents and 30 percent of Democrats. Seventy-two percent agreed with the president’s plans for securing the border with Mexico.

Trump was not only unapologetic in defense of his wall. He seemed to relish savaging the rising radicalism of Democrats on two critical issues many Democrats have, since their 2018 triumph, seized upon: abortion on demand, right up to the day of birth, and soak-the-rich socialism.

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Trump thundered. “America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”

“America will never be a socialist country,” Trump roared, as the camera focused in on the scowling face of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The GOP ovation was thunderous, the Democratic silence revealing. Understandable. For, as in the 1972 Nixon landslide, Democrats appear to be coming down with “McGovernism.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rookie sensation in Nancy Pelosi’s House, has called for a U.S. income tax rate of 70 percent. As California and New York City have state and local tax rates of 12 percent that are no longer deductible on federal taxes, their most successful residents could be forced to fork over four-fifths of all income every year in taxes.

Some Democrats have called for an 80 percent federal tax rate. New Yorkers who earn $1 million a year would be allowed to keep less than a dime of every added dollar they earn.

Sanders would impose a 45 percent tax on all estates over $3.5 million, rising to 77 percent on estates worth $1 billion.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed a wealth tax to scoop off 2 percent of all the wealth of folks whose net worth reaches $50 million, and 3 percent of all the wealth of every billionaire, every year.

To ex-Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a potential rival in the presidential race, whose New York is witnessing an exodus of its wealthy to Sun Belt states, Warren’s ideas represent a gospel-of-greed stupidity.

Says Bloomberg: “If you want to look at a system that is not capitalistic, just take a look at what was perhaps the wealthiest country in the world and today people are starving to death. It’s called Venezuela.”

Democrats have also embraced the cause of “Medicare-for-all.”

Asked how private health companies that now insure 177 million people would fare under her health-care system, Sen. Kamala Harris was dismissive: “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”

Trump also delivered in-your-face defiance to feminists who seek to guarantee unrestricted access to abortion on demand.

Recalling the celebration, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s guarantee of abortion rights up to the moment before birth became law, Trump declared:

“Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.

“These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world.

“And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth. To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life.

“And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God.”

Has any president, in any State of the Union, made a stronger statement in defense of life?

Are Democrats losing their minds? Only 13 percent of Americans believe in letting babies be aborted up to and through the ninth month of pregnancy. In what states are infanticide and socialism winning issues?

In this writer’s home state, Virginia, the resignation of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, for “racism,” is being demanded by state and national Democrats, because he put on blackface for a Michael Jackson imitation at a dance 35 years ago.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, whose ancestors were slaves on the Revolutionary War plantation of Lord Fairfax, has been accused of sexually assaulting a young woman at the Democratic convention in 2004.

The next in line to succeed the governor, the attorney general, also a Democrat, has just admitted to wearing blackface when he was in school.

And Sen. Warren, says the Washington Post, listed “American Indian” as her race on a State Bar of Texas registration card in 1986.

Yet, according to her DNA and the Cherokee chief, she ain’t one.

Somebody up there likes Donald Trump.

See https://www.wnd.com/2019/02/has-trump-found-the-formula-for-2020/ (“Has Trump found the formula for 2020?“) (emphasis added); see also https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/429207-trump-divides-democrats-with-warning-of-creeping-socialism (“Trump divides Democrats with warning of creeping socialism“) and https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/10/democrats-stumble-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-green-n/ (“‘Impractical’: Democrats struggle to defend much-mocked Green New Deal”—”Critics on both sides of the aisle have questioned the Green New Deal’s demand to phase out fossil fuels by 2030; retrofit all U.S. buildings; implement a federal jobs guarantee; overhaul the transportation sector with high-speed rail, and provide universal health care”)

It warrants repeating the President’s words:

All children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God.

As I have written:

An abortion is a criminal act: infanticide. Each of the mothers and the doctors and others who have participated—or participate in the future—in the taking of human lives should be arrested, tried, convicted and . . .

Abortion is the taking of a life!

. . .

IF any exceptions are to be made, they should only occur in the case of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is at risk.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-3298 (“55 Million American Babies Killed Since Roe v. Wade“)

Lots of us began as Democrats, but will never vote for one again.

Baby at 12 weeks
[Baby at 12 weeks]

11 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Trump’s 52 Percent Approval Jolts Washington

David Martosko has written for the UK’s Daily Mail:

Donald Trump’s job approval rating among likely U.S. voters hit 52 per cent on Monday in a daily tracking poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports, the polling organization he uses most frequently to promote himself.

That number is his highest since March 6, 2017, less than seven weeks after he took office. It has been even longer since Trump’s ‘strongly approve’ and ‘strongly disapprove’ numbers weren’t under water. They were even at 39 per cent on Monday.

Overall, 47 per cent of likely voters disapprove of Trump’s Oval Office performance. That’s a low water mark since November 2, 2018.

Monday’s numbers came from surveys conducted during the three weekdays following the president’s State of the Union address. It’s not unusual for presidents to get a polling ‘bump’ after the high-profile annual address.

Trump could use the groundswell now more than ever: A Friday deadline looms for the White House and congressional Democrats to hash out a budget deal to avoid a second government shutdown.

Asked what Monday’s numbers mean, a senior Democratic House aide confided on background: ‘I don’t know yet if it’s horrible, but it sure isn’t good.’

The White House, however, seemed pleased. Trump himself tweeted an image of this story at the top of The Drudge Report, an influential news aggregation website.

The principal battle is shaping up, as it was in December, over the [president]’s demand for money to continue construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democrats are pledging to yank their purse-strings tight, while Trump has an ace up his sleeve: a threat to declare a national emergency and build the wall with existing funds Congress appropriated last year.

Trump often cites Rasmussen as a rare example of a trustworthy poll, suggesting others are operated by ‘fake news’ out[l]ets that are slanted against him.

The president won 46.1 per cent of the votes cast in the 2016 election, prevailing on the strength of a commanding majority in the Electoral College.

Rasmussen’s Monday numbers suggest Trump could have a majority of Americans behind him and a leg up on his winning position from two years ago.

The president’s approval had been sliding in recent weeks, reaching a low of 43 per cent in the Rasmussen poll as the recent government shutdown wore on.

An average of presidential approval polls maintained by Real Clear Politics now has the president at 42.4 per cent.

That suggests he still has a steep hill to climb at a time when most Americans still blame him and congressional Republicans for the shutdown – and Washington is growing skittish about the possibi[l]ity of a repeat performance Friday night.

The most dire polls included in the current RCP average belong to Reuters and Quinnipiac University, which found last week that just 38 per cent of Americans approve of Trump’s work in the White House.

There are three recent polls that show a whopping 57 per cent disapproving of the president.

Leaders of Congress from both parties, however, consistently fare even worse in national polls.

Unlike most broad samples, which draw from all American adults, Rasmussen surveyers accept responses only from self-described ‘likely voters.’

The Rasmussen survey since November has been the only national poll that records the public’s assessment of the president’s performance every weekday. Gallup ended its competing daily tracking poll last year and now only reports monthly averages.

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6691891/Trumps-approval-rating-likely-voters-soars-best-23-MONTHS-52-cent.html (“Trump’s approval rating among likely voters soars to his best in 23 MONTHS at 52 per cent after State of the Union address as border-wall shutdown talks intensify“) (emphasis added; graphics and videos omitted); see also http://m.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_feb11 (Daily Presidential Tracking Poll – Rasmussen Reports: ” 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance”—”Trump’s highest level of approval since shortly after his inauguration”)

15 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Will Diversity Be The Death Of The Democrats? [UPDATED]

Democrats are losers

Lots of us began as Democrats, but will never vote for one again. Many of us walked away from the party years ago. Others have left recently, or are leaving now.

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written:

Both of America’s great national parties are coalitions.

But it is the Democratic Party that never ceases to celebrate diversity — racial, religious, ethnic, cultural[, gender] — as its own and as America’s “greatest strength.”

Understandably so, for the party is home to a multitude of minorities.

It is the domain of the LGBTQ movement. In presidential elections, Democrats win 70 percent of Hispanics, Jews and Asian-Americans, and 90 percent of African-Americans.

Yet, lately, the party seems to be careening into a virtual war of all against all.

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring of Virginia have both admitted to using blackface.

Northam imitated Michael Jackson’s “moonwalk” in a 1984 dance contest. Herring, in 1980 at the University of Virginia, did a blackface impression of rap icon Kurtis Blow, who called it ugly and degrading.

The resignations of both have been demanded by Virginia’s black leadership. Northam and Herring, however, are defying the demands.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, only the second black ever to win statewide office, has been charged by two women with rape. And the demands for his resignation are growing louder and most insistent.

Yet if Fairfax is forced out, while the white governor and white attorney general get a pass, black leaders warn, all hell is going to bust loose.

The Democratic Party of Virginia was already convulsed over all the monuments, statues, schools, parks, highways and streets that bear the names of slave owners, Confederate soldiers and 19th- and 20th-century segregationists.

Across the Potomac, Ilhan Omar, the first ever Somali-American to serve in Congress, and a Muslim, ignited a firestorm last week when she gave this as the reason Congress faithfully votes the AIPAC line on Israel: “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

The reference is to $100 bills, on which Ben Franklin’s face appears. The line is a rap lyric from a 1997 song by Puff Daddy.

Omar was saying Congress has been bought.

The House Democratic leadership demanded and got an apology from Omar for her use of an “anti-Semitic trope.”

But Omar now has company in the House. Palestinian-American Rep. Rashida Tlaib, also a Muslim, shares and airs her views on Israel.

The problem for Democrats?

These provocateurs are magnets for media. They speak for a rising minority in the party that regards Israel as an apartheid state that oppresses Palestinians. And they find an echo among millennials on the party’s socialist left.

As Thursday’s Washington Post headlined, this Omar flap “could forecast a Democratic divide on Israel.”

Indeed, it may have already done so.

When Senate Republicans proposed legislation to allow states to refuse to hire individuals or contractors who support the BDS movement to boycott Israel, Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders all voted no.

The four say they are supporting freedom of speech to condemn Israeli policy. But to others it looks like a progressive Democratic blessing for those urging that Israel be treated the same way Ian Smith’s Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa were treated.

Within the Democratic coalition, Asian-Americans are now in conflict with blacks and Hispanics over admission policies at elite schools and universities.

Asian-Americans are “overrepresented” where students are admitted based on test scores or entrance exams. Black and Hispanic leaders are demanding that student bodies, regardless of test scores, look like the community. And if this requires affirmative action based upon race and ethnicity, so be it.

The LBGTQ community is now in court demanding all the rights and protections of the civil rights laws of the ’60s. This will bring gay groups into constant collisions with religious communities that adhere to traditional moral views on homosexuality.

The minorities of color in the Democratic coalition are growing, as the base of the GOP is aging and shrinking. But these minorities are also becoming more rivalrous, competitive and demanding. And the further they move left, they more they move outside the American mainstream.

The pledge of allegiance this writer recited every day of school, reads: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Today, the antifa left desecrates the flag, as liberals praise NFL players who “take a knee” during the national anthem. Militant migrants march under Mexican flags to protest border security policies. The “republic” has been by “our democracy.”

We are no longer “one nation … indivisible” We have almost ceased talking to one another. As for “under God,” added in 1954, Democrats at their Charlotte Convention sought to have God excised from the party platform.

“Liberty” has been supplanted by diversity, “justice” by equality.

But as Revolutionary France, Stalin’s USSR, Mao’s China, Castro’s Cuba and Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela proved, regimes that promise utopian and egalitarian societies inevitably reveal themselves to be undertakers of freedom, America’s cause.

See http://buchanan.org/blog/will-diversity-be-the-death-of-the-democrats-136436 (emphasis added); see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/the-state-bar-of-california-is-lawless-and-a-travesty-and-should-be-abolished/#comment-16042 (“The State Bar Of California Is The Most Corrupt And Diabolical Trade Association Of Its Kind In The United States, And Must Be Abolished“)

Perhaps the Democrats’ decent began in earnest with the election of the racist, anti-Semite Barack Obama.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/is-barack-obama-a-racist/ (“Is Barack Obama A Racist?“) (see also the extensive comments beneath the article) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/ariel-sharon-is-missed/#comment-12626 (“DEMOCRATS ARE ANTI-SEMITES“) and https://spectator.org/the-lefts-anti-semitism-problem/ (“The Left’s Anti-Semitism Problem“)

Seemingly it is building to a crescendo now—or nadir—the likes of which have not been seen since the days of George McGovern.

Whatever its path, the Bernie Sanders of this world must be sad. Their once-loved party has moved to the far-Left of them.

The Republicans have no reasons to gloat or celebrate, at least until they have purged their ranks of the despicable Paul Ryan and others of his ilk.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/it-is-time-for-trump-supporters-to-fight-back/#comment-15494 (“Paul Ryan: The GOP’s Devil Incarnate“)

Paul Ryan

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