The patience… it runs out

I wonder how much more of this we’ll see in the months ahead:

A Make America Great Again rally that began with a dove release to symbolize peace turned violent when supporters were doused with pepper spray by anti-Trump protesters in Southern California…

In addition to the angry scuffles on Huntington Beach, protesters clashed with MAGA marchers in Philadelphia and in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. There were also rallies across the country in Lansing, Boston, and Providence, Rhode Island.

The pepper-sprayed marchers were seen cringing in pain as other supporters clad in Trump t-shirts helped them. One man in an army green Trump hat angrily chased a protester with an American flag.

Read the entire piece at the link above, and note the many photos of the event.

For decades, traditional Americans have been called racist… and shrugged it off.

For years, openly anti-American groups have hurled insult after insult at our nation’s history and heritage… and were ignored as kooks with nothing better to do.

In recent months, juvenile idiots pretending to be protestors have blocked freeways, vandalized stores belonging to companies that publicly seem to agree with their politics(?!?), and the rest of America looked on and began to ask “what the **** is going on?”

Now we have black-clad, masked “protestors” interfering with the free speech rights of Trump supporters, to the point of open assault (that’s what using pepper spray is — and if not used in self-defense, it’s a crime).  In this case, a few Soros minions learned the hard way the patriots are finally losing their tolerance for this sort of thing.

More of these lessons are needed.

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The world needs the U.S.

…more than the U.S. needs the world.  And it’s about time we started acting that way:

Approximately 30 countries are refusing to accept the deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes in the U.S., according to Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar.

While these countries are refusing to accept the deportations of these criminals, the U.S. government is still issuing visas and student visas to citizens of those countries, according to the Texan congressman. There is already a law on the books which allows the U.S. to hold visas from a country that is not taking back its criminals, but according to Cuellar, the U.S. is not enforcing it.

“We’re not enforcing it, which is amazing. So now my intent is to go back to our committee on appropriations and affect their funding until they do that,” Cuellar told Sharyl Attkisson, host of Full Measure, in an interview.

Cuellar, a Democratic member of the House Committee on Appropriations, told Attkisson that the Supreme Court has ruled that illegal immigrants arrested for criminal activity can only be held for a certain period of time before they must be released.

And releasing illegal criminal immigrants puts the U.S. population at risk.

As others have already noted, our response to this intransigence should go beyond refusing to issue any kind of visas to countries that won’t take back their criminals.  We should also halt any foreign aid that goes their way (which we shouldn’t be in the business of anyway), as well as putting a 100% tariff on any goods imported from that country.

The United States has the largest economy in the world and its third-largest population (after China and India).  We have a wealth of natural resources, and technology such as fracking is allowing us to access even more of this potential.  Simply put, the world needs access to our market and economy far more than we need anything from overseas.  Were it not for the debt we’ve recklessly assumed over the last half century (much of it from playing GloboCop), we could stand utterly independent of the world.

Want to make America great again?  Send all known illegal immigrants to Guantanamo Bay (which our last president unwisely all but emptied) until their home nation agrees to receive them.  Let’s stop pretending foreigners enjoy the same Constitutional rights as citizens.  They are endowed with the protection of life, liberty (as long as they are law-abiding) and the pursuit of happiness (subject to being in America’s interest to accept them).  As long as there is a foreign national being held because of their country’s refusal to take back deportees, cut off all access to the United States and its markets.

And while we’re on the subject, killing the H1-B visa is long overdue.

It’s time the American government (all branches of it) put America first.  We don’t need “citizens of the world” running our country.  We need patriotic, hard-headed realists.

The GOP doesn’t seem to have many of those.  Making America Great Again will require action in the 2018 election, too.  Do you know how your representatives are voting?  You should.  Don’t count on Trump to change the direction all by himself.  Even if he did, that way lies future problems with executive overreach.  Punish the globalists in Congress, and give Trump a legislature he can work with.

Then let’s let the world tend to itself for a while.  We’ve been bailing it out since 1917.  After a century, we deserve to shed the role.

Quote of the Day

While listening to Trump’s address last night my overall impression was favorable, with a couple of concerning objections (more on that in a later post).  But since there’s a lot of talk in the air about increasing defense spending, and expanding the war on ISIS and related groups, this quote in Foreign Policy magazine is well worth pondering:

As a soldier, I welcome additional funds for training, personnel, and equipment.

But as a citizen I have concerns. Money will not fix what ails our military. ((emphasis added))  We don’t have a supply problem, we have a demand problem created by poor strategy. We have a military doing missions often beyond its purview, acting as the lead government agency in areas it is not qualified to do so, bearing impossible expectations in the process. As military professionals, we fail if we don’t achieve national goals (end states); the corollary to this is simple, we must demand clear and achievable goals. Our lack of both skews defense decisions.

The entire piece is deserving of your time and attention.

GOP panic? Good!

The insiders grow increasingly nervous this election cycle:

Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them.

See, that’s most of the problem right there: the goal of the ‘elites’ is to defeat the candidates who are resonating with the public!  Not to take a principled stand on something like, oh, say, limited government, or secure borders, or rolling back the surveillance state.  No, the ‘elites’ are only interested in ensuring their continued hold onto power, no matter what form that takes.

So here we go again with the scare tactics (conveniently inserted into the second paragraph of the story):

Party leaders and donors fear that nominating either man would have negative ramifications for the GOP ticket up and down the ballot, virtually ensuring a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency and increasing the odds that the Senate falls into Democratic hands.

And that would be different how, exactly, from another ‘establishment’ GOP administration?  Raising the specter of a Democratic win has become the last refuge of a useless opposition party.  It’s emotional manipulation more worthy of an abusive relationship than a national party.  Never forget the original amnesty deal in the 1980s occurred under St. Ronald of Reagan — and we STILL couldn’t secure the borders!  Never forget that another GOP president — George the Second — inflicted one of the largest entitlement programs since the Great Society, expanding the government’s role in providing prescription medication.  The elder Bush squandered the public support generated by a popular war — Desert Storm — instead of using the invigorated Bully Pulpit to demand we get our domestic house (including our finances) in order.  The recent Republican Congress handed Obama ‘fast track authority’ to once again sell our our nation economically.  And those “safe” GOP nominees like McCain and Romney simply ensured one of the worst Presidents in our nation’s history got not just one, but TWO terms in office.  Way to go, establishment!

News flash for the GOP ‘elites:’ an entire generation old enough to remember Reagan has seen that you talk a great game but deliver NOTHING of substance when it comes to true conservatism.  Rather than stay true to the ideals of individual responsibility and minimalist government, you’ve gotten sidetracked with “big tent strategies” and pandering to demographics.  Well, there’s one demographic both you and the Democrats seem determined to ignore: the traditionalist Christian, Anglo-Saxon heirs of those who built this country in the first place.

You feel no need to listen to us anymore?  Fine… that works two ways.

Other nations are finding ways to express their desire to return to their roots.   “God, honour, homeland” — as Vox points out, there are worse causes.  There’s an old saying: “lead, follow, or get out of the way.”  The GOP not only isn’t the solution — they are now a large part of the problem, as demonstrated by their constant attempts to repress the “Tea Party” and any other expression of a desire to claw back the government.  They’re past their sell-by date, and need to get out of the way.

Glad to know I’m not the only one long since done with them.  I may occasionally vote for someone who happens to have an (R) after their name, but it won’t be out of brand loyalty and it certainly will happen only after careful individual scrutiny.  As for the ‘party’ apparatus, they’ll get nothing from me ever again.

Let the voter beware.