Greatest Dodo of Our Time?
That was the headline for Gary Horton’s piece in The Signal Newspaper last week.
In part, he wrote, “Donald Trump and his grey-haired Red Hats are unprepared for the onslaught of a resurgence of common sense and enforcement of American rule of law. Their fall will be much quicker than that of the Dodo.”
What us “grey-haired,” “not yet grey-haired” and even “no-haired Red Hat supporters” are not prepared for is the resurgence of the lack of economic common sense that engulfed our country from 2009-2016. We’re not prepared for a return to business-stifling regulations, high taxes on businesses, and a reverse of personal income tax cuts, all of which would result in a sinking economy that will take years to recover from as it did under Obama.
We are not prepared for almost zero economic growth that went on for years, a record-low labor participation rate, a drop in median family income, a drop in home ownership and a record number of people on food stamps and in poverty.
We Really Aren’t Prepared:
We aren’t prepared for the women liberals who got elected, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wants to propose a “Green Deal,” which pushes for zero fossil fuels within 10 years, 10 percent renewable energy, elimination of all greenhouse gases, and the best one all: costal communities to be provided infrastructure protecting them from rising sea levels! It’s going to take a load of “Green Taxes” to pay for all of this pie-in-the-sky nonsense, and we aren’t prepared for that to send our economy into the abyss.
What we really aren’t prepared for is the high cost of living this far-fetched liberal idealism could reap on our nation, as it is doing in France right now. If the newly elected women libs get their way, we could end up with similar uprisings as a result of left wing overreaction to an arguable belief that climate change is the end all. If that flawed belief puts idealism over people with high energy taxes on hard working common folks the same way it is in France right now, we will have a mess on our hands.
If that’s the common sense resurgence Gary Horton is talking about, I don’t think many Americans would welcome that.
More Dodo Stuff:
Horton: “We don’t want to be lied to, day after day after day, and be expected to simply swallow it all up as ‘fake news.’ America doesn’t want to vilify the press and call them the Enemy of the People. America doesn’t want our politics to be the politics of personal pettiness and attack. We don’t want the executive branch to be run like a monarchy.”
I tell you what we didn’t want during the past years of Democrat control:
*Operation Fast and Furious Program: A government plan that endangered lives by arming drug cartels and thugs south of the border. Later, Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for stonewalling the investigation.
*Benghazi: Resulted in the deaths of four Americans and could have been prevented if proper reaction had occurred with timely help being sent, and then lies from the administration regarding the cause of the deaths, blaming a video.
*The IRS targeted conservative organizations: Lois Lerner, who directed the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Unit, admitted that Tea Party organizations were targeted under the agency. This, despite Obama telling Bill O’Reilly during a Super Bowl pre-game interview (in front of millions of American viewers) that there wasn’t even a smidgen of evidence of IRS wrongdoing.
*Obama’s DOJ seized phone records, as well as phone and email records from Fox News reporter James Rosen: This included phone numbers belonging to Rosen’s parents. Fox News executive Michael Clemente called the DOJ’s actions against Rosen “downright chilling.”
*The Obama administration paid ransom to Iran for hostages, and lied to the American people about it: According to The Daily Wire, the Obama administration claimed that they were giving a total of $1.7 billion to Iran to settle a failed arms deal with the previous Iranian regime, and it just happened to coincide with the release of four American hostages. The Obama administration also didn’t reveal the details of the agreement to Congress. It was obvious though that it was a ransom deal and the Obama administration lied about it.
*Hillary’s email scandal: Clinton’s use of a private email server that was unsecured and stashed in some old bathroom closet. It was later revealed Obama knew about her private email server and communicated with her using a pseudonym. If their email exchanges involved classified information, then Obama and Hillary would have violated the Espionage Act, but no big deal, right? Oh yeah, she got off scot-free, despite committing several felonies, while a Navy sailor spent a year in prison and served six months of home confinement for taking pictures with his cell phone of the inside of submarine for his personal use.
I’m pretty sure most Americans did not want any of this stuff to happen, but happen it did. Does this stuff rise to level of the Trump administration’s perceived misdeeds? You decide.
Horton: “Trump: Obsolete. A failed effort or cause. A flash in the pan. Here today, gone tomorrow Vain, and meaningless. And most importantly, Having become completely irrelevant. The greatest Dodo of our time.”
I sure wish Obama would have been the greatest Dodo of our time. Because the so-called Dodo bird that is our current president has managed to pull off some great things for America that I wish the president before him would have pulled off.
Stock Market reached an all-time high
Consumer confidence at 17-year high
More than 2 million jobs created
Mortgage applications for new homes rose to a 7-year high
Unemployment rate at 17-year low
Labor participation rate sky rocketed to almost a record level
Gutted Obama-era regulations
Ended war on coal
Weakened Dodd-Frank regulations
Reduced illegal immigration
Sanctioned Iran over missile program
Responded to Syria’s use of chemical weapons
Removed The United States out of The Paris Accord
Signed an Executive Order to promote energy independence and economic growth
Signed Executive Order for religious freedom
Authorized the construction of The Keystone Pipeline
Food Stamp use lowest level in 7 years
Would not certify the Iran Nuclear Deal
ISIS lost virtually all of its territory
Recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Oversaw Passage of Tax Reform Bill
We’ll take this kind of a dodo president (Trump) any year of the century!
The mainstream media, libs, Dems, low information folks and those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome are giddy with joy thinking Trump is as good as gone.
They all think because of what’s going on with Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, George Papadopoulos, Jerome Corsi, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort, Trump is nailed to the wall. The thing is, none of what these guys did or have been accused of have NOTHING to do with the Russian collusion nonsense. This stuff is all peripheral crap that Mueller has dug up while he is supposed to be zeroing in on Russian guys and if they teamed up with the Trump team to affect the election.
We’ve spent almost $40 million and 18 months for this? Where’s the beef, where is the there that Rosenstein thought was there when he sent Mueller on this seemingly wild goose chase?
What is really chapping millions of folk’s rear-ends is why there isn’t a Mueller-type investigator tackling the incredible corruption of Obama’s FBI/DOJ, from Hillary’s flawed felony email investigation to the corrupt and deceitful means that jump-started the Mueller investigations, which included huge Hillary supporters as part of the investigation team.
Equal justice for all seems pretty remote these days, and why is it only tilting towards the left side of things?
Quotes of the Week:
“Specifically, what the rioters (In France) seem to be saying is this: We cannot see the benefits you are promising to future generations from cutting carbon emissions. And we cannot survive the taxes you are imposing on us in the here and now. What is happening in Paris carries a message for all Western countries.” (Pat Buchanan)
“In 2014 Mexico arrested one of our Marines, tied him to a bed for 9 months & tortured him for accidently crossing the border. Yet Liberals think we are being mean when our border agents use tear gas to defend themselves from violent invaders throwing rock. Get real.” (Facebook Post)
“Robert Mueller is doing political opposition research, he is not conducting a criminal investigation. He is conducting an opposition research operation no different than the Democrat or opposing political party would run on an opposing candidate. And the express purpose of this is to get Donald Trump thrown out of office. I think that Mueller and everybody associated with him is expressly trying to get Donald Trump thrown out of office even if they can do it without impeachment. I think that’s where this is headed. I don’t think there’s any question about it.” (Rush Limbaugh)
“I’m scared by Trump, by his possibility. I empathize with him. I can’t imagine what his 3 a.m. is like. There is a gathering storm. Everybody feels it. He feels it. His children are in jeopardy and I feel that. I think, what if my children were jeopardy? I would do anything. Anything! To get them out of trouble. So we should be afraid.” (Meryl Streep)
“If I were actually war gaming this, I would tell everyone who is thinking about running, Plan your campaign against Donald Trump, but expect to be running against Nikki Haley.” (Joe Scarborough)
“The United States has repeatedly warned the world about Iran’s deliberate efforts to destabilize the Middle East and defy international norms. The international community cannot keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions,” (U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, on Iran’s test firing of a ballistic missile this past Saturday)
Letter to the Ranter:
Ranter’s Note: The following letter is from The Signal’s contributing columnist, Gary Horton.
Thank you again for all the coverage. Now that the City and District (and just about everything around us) is BLUE – well, it’s kind of nice to have you acknowledge my democratic and progressive column. Yup – you are a stranger in a strange land now. Singing the blues. But I have a couple of issues with your piece, above. Mainly your illogic and flawed analysis in some of your points. Time doesn’t permit all, but here’s a couple for you to reconsider. And maybe retract next week:
- You quoted me, then wrote:
“Most Americans want what Democrats represent, and are repelled and disgusted by Trumpism. Literally, they are disgusted. We don’t want to be what Trump says, is great again.”
Most Americans want what Democrats represent? Maybe a good number do, but to say most is a real stretch. I say millions and millions of Americans are not repulsed and disgusted by Trump, they are grateful for the changes he has effected that have made America greater than it was from 2009-2016.
Doug. “Most” means “most.” Not a “good number” but “most.” In fact, according to NBC News, “With votes continuing to be tallied more than two weeks after Election Day, Democrats hold a lead over Republicans in the House popular vote by more than 8.6 million votes.
That’s the largest total victory in a midterm House election since Democrats defeated Republicans by more than 8.7 million votes in 1974, just months after President Richard Nixon resigned from office in disgrace.”
8.6 million more democratic votes means MOST. And, it flipped 39 red seats blue. A blue wave.
Ok, we cleared that up. Next to clear up:
- You quoted me, then wrote:
“Repulsed women, tired of Trump’s misogynistic behavior and policy, voted en masse. And, they voted for women, for diverse women, for greater representation. And America’s minority groups.”
Hmm … Most women I know in Santa Clarita are Trump supporters, and while they don’t like some of his behavior, they sure like his policies. As far as electing women, hey, that’s great, but most I know vote the mature way; for a candidate they feel is the most skilled to get the job done, without regard to race, religion or gender. That’s the way a democracy operates effectively, and when one votes on the basis of identity, democracy can get wounded.
Doug. Most women you know in the SCV may be Trump voters, but you likely know mostly republican women who are Trump fans. Our District voted out Steve Knight. By almost any logic, more district women voters voted blue than red.
But more so nationally, this election, by far, far more than any other time in American history, voters sent women into Congress. Democratic women. Diverse democratic women. Democrats will have over 91 women in the House. Out of the 237+ Democratic members, only 90 will be white men.
Record women, record minority representation. Record women voting on women’s rights, voting against Trump, voting for reproductive health care, voting to keep old white men out of their reproductive issues.
The math is the math, Doug. You missed on this one.
Oh, a last note: We’re not just blue everywhere, oh my, we also voted for women everywhere. Christy, Katie, our mayor, our two senators…. women, women everywhere…
- Last one for now:
You quoted me and then wrote:
“With this election, vast majorities of Americans said, “We’re done with the self-inflicted wounds on our democracy.”
Self-inflicted wounds on democracy; what does that even mean? How does a democracy get wounded by one man? If it is possible to self-inflict wounds on a democracy, it seems to me Obama did a good job of that, requiring people to have health insurance whether they wanted it or not, with others required to pick up the tab for them, whether they wanted to or not.”
This one is not numeric. It is what it is.
We (a minority of voters in gerrymandered states) voted in the Trump menace, fair and square, with Russian help, in 2016. However he got there, he got there, and enough Americans voted for him to get in. The Trump wound on America is thus, “self inflicted.”
How is it a wound on democracy?
His continued attacks, unabated on our free press. He would shut that down if he could. His constant, constant never ending lying in an office that should uphold the truth. His incivility and divisiveness that threaten the underpinnings of our system. And, his corruption, that is becoming more obvious and proven, and indicted, by the day.
We voted this mess in. Two things are going to happen: Either we won’t get a chance to vote him out, or we will vote him out as hard as anyone has been voted out.
But we did, in fact, (with Russian help) bring this plague upon ourselves. And now the people will end it – and we just started with overturning the house and returning it to accountability and oversight.
There you go. That’s all for now.
I hope you appreciate and accept these corrections.
Best regards, Gary
Ranter’s note: While Gary and I are polar opposites politically, this is an example of civil discourse, as opposed to the toxic remarks we see on Facebook.