While our hearts go out to those killed and injured amidst violent conflicts between white supremacist and Neo-Nazi demonstrators and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, VA one thing is clear: bigotry and racial hatred were the primary causes of the casualties. That fact must be firmly and clearly stated, and roundly condemned by our leaders.
Of course, there is plenty of blame to go around. Protesters and counter-protesters alike were responsible for outbreaks of fighting and violence that presaged the tragedy that we sadly witnessed, in which a man drove a car into a crowd of people, killing one woman and wounding several others. What is known thus far about the perpetrator, judging by published excerpts from his social media postings and photographs of him at the Charlottesville march, is that he appears to have strong political leanings. And what’s more, the man has a name: his name is James Alex Fields.
The sentiments that presumably drove Fields to commit such a horrific crime also have names: bigotry, racial animosity, white supremacy, and possible neo-Nazism. We must be clear about naming the evils in our midst, calling them out and banishing, lest they, through want of identification, imbed themselves unconsciously into our own souls. When the spirit of evil – one that we all as humans struggle with – becomes so strong that it finally spills out of our souls and into the streets, things have reached a critically dangerous point of development. Our response must be to immediately name it and shame it; we should not let it just slither away under the obscuring shade of moral equivalence.
While the President and other leaders of the Republican party were quick to condemn the violence on ‘many sides,’ that was not enough. While there is certainly more room for tolerance and humanity on both sides of the argument over the removal of Confederate symbols, that is a subject for another discussion. As it pertains to the events of Charlottesville, clearly it was the sentiment of racial hatred and bigotry which struck the fatal blow. Our leaders, including especially the President of the United States, absolutely must call out this evil by its name, clearly and loudly. There should be no room for doubt that we roundly abhor these sentiments in our midst, and unambiguously repudiate the violent and evil acts that arise from them.
In the onerous aftermath of the first war, Germans became humbled both by the war tax that had been imposed upon them by Europe, and also the moral tax upon their age-old warrior culture. Germans strove and strafed under post-war conditions that rendered them an outsider status they had not experienced since before the fall of the Roman Empire.
It was these dignitary harms rather than the absolute hardship that ultimately turned the tide against European solidarity. It is worthy to note that similar indignities and not absolute deprivations also drive our American hunger for greatness. We have always enjoyed an absolute abundance, but it is only now that we have come to rely upon a certain prominence. We are at a stage in our development where we cannot have both simultaneously. Either we resign ourselves to our own ingenuity, or we resolve to answer the call of international emergency in the spirit of mutually assured survival.
That is the cusp upon we now pause. Our President has issued a call for a return to our former splendor, and that requires an inward focus. But we also have global commitments that will not diminish just because we ignore them. More fundamentally, our economy is subject to a real interdependency that tends to diminish our claims to absolute primacy. We are because the entire world is.
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Whispers of a 2020 challenge to President Trump are wishful plants by know-nothings. A challenge may come from inside the GOP, but if it does, John Kasich will lead not Tom Cotton or Sasse. Trump has maintained over 75 percent approval with registered Republicans, and despite the mainstream media constant attacks and attempts to undermine his administration, voters have seen through the masquerade.
President Trump has made it very clear that he plans to run for reelection again in 2020. And I suspect that he will receive the same amount of support that he received in 2016, and if nothing is accomplished by then, it will be because of Democrat obstruction and the mainstream media's false narrative about the president's policies. The media continues to prey on fear, but after awhile people will see through their slanted jargon.
Under President Trump, the stock market has seen record highs, jobs are coming back, and he has deregulated industries, relieving the burden on many of our small businesses and allowing them to thrive again. There are many positive things about the Trump presidency that are being blatantly ignored because of bias, but that won't stop those of us who support the president from continuing to stand with him as he 'Make America Great Again!'
Let’s put party politics aside for the moment, and consider the effect of radically altering the health care environment on the American people. By CBO estimates, the various Republican plans would have removed coverage for between 22 and 30 million Americans. That is not what we ultimately wanted to achieve as a nation. We ultimately all want a situation in which Americans are healthy and productive while enjoying a health care system that is robust and fiscally sound.
As Senator McCain rightly chided us, is going to require work. The arcane and deliberative rules of the Senate were designed by the Constitution’s framers to force broad consensus and incremental change. We are not a kingship, but a Republic that stands united or falls in division. That is the grand bargain we struck when we declared ourselves a free people and threw off the autocratic rule of the England’s monarchy. By design, achieving the goal of democratic rule by, of, and for the people requires more than merely the stroke of a pen or an executive order. Winning is achieved, not merely, in the outcome of the legislation that is produced, but in the process by which legislation is produced.
The mainstream media has continued to portray this "White House under siege!" storyline, which doesn't reflect reality. President Trump has made necessary changes to his communications shop so that he is better able to communicate to the American people. This biggest dilemma for President Trump has been communications. His communications team has typically been all over the place, not properly communicating or defending his message. With the appointment of Scarammuci, I expect this to be a game changer for the president.
It will be interesting to see how the media deals with Scarammuci going forward. In a few weeks, I think we'll slowly see things change at the White House for the better. And when it does, it will be interesting to observe the media's position. What false narrative will they create this time once things begin going smoothly? I guess we'll have to wait and see, but I won't be holding my breath.
As I continue my sea travel journey throughout Europe, I am so reminded of our early critical bonds and alliances.
America ultimately secured her hard-won independence, and endured little interference from her European cousins, bound as they became within colonial entanglement and internecine strife. There did come a time, however, when cousins were called upon to aid their familial bonds. World War I was such a necessary occasion – and surely Americans viewed this as an engagement limited to rendering aid and supply. Nonetheless, Europe’s losses in men and capital were so costly that it affected the prosperity of entire generations and, if truth be told, laid the foundations for World War II.
The Palestinian Authority just made an announcement about cutting welfare payments to families who live in the Hamas- controlled Gaza Strip. I cannot help but wonder if it is simply a cynical PR stunt.
After all, less than two weeks ago on July 2, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted on the official Fatah Facebook page promising never to cease financial compensation to terrorists, even if it means losing his presidential title:
"'Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary (rawatib) of a Martyr (Shahid) or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people, including the prisoners, the Martyrs, the injured, the expelled, and the uprooted.' [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas."
On the one hand, President Abbas just avowed his undying financial support of terrorists and their families – an unwavering commitment to the monetary glorification of terrorism.
Yet, on the other hand, the Palestinian Authority’s Welfare Ministry under President Abbas is making newfound pledges to intensify its pressure on Hamas in the Gaza Strip by slashing monthly stipends received by approximately 80,000 families, to allegedly be followed by additional cuts at later stages.
Plain and simple, this represents the epitome of the Palestinian Authority’s leadership of hypocrisy that the Israelis have been warning about for decades.
That is why it comes as no surprise that President Abbas was reportedly irate in the aftermath of his recent meeting in Ramallah with Jared Kushner, senior White House official and son-in-law of President Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, who serves as an international negotiator for President Trump.
During this meeting, Kushner, who is serving as President Trump’s chief Middle East adviser, made what we as Americans would consider a perfectly reasonable request: asking the Palestinian Authority to halt payments to convicted terrorists and their families.
President Abbas reportedly took great personal offense to this request. This leader who is supposed to be Israel’s future partner in peace? A man who has been and remains at the helm of championing the notion that terrorists who kill and harm innocent Israelis should be rewarded rather than punished?
President Abbas not only refused to consider the U.S. demand to stop paying salaries to convicted terrorists and their families, but accused the Americans of siding with Israel.
Making ongoing payments to the families of terrorists is a moral outrage and the world deserves to know the truth. It is simply unconscionable that the Palestinian Authority actually rewards, rather than discourages terrorists, naming public squares in their honor and providing blood money payments to their families.
Mahmoud Abbas’ leadership is devoid of all ethical decency, and only serves to embolden terrorists, incite unprovoked violence, and foment a culture of Palestinian hatred toward Israelis.
When it comes to considering Abbas a worthy partner for peace, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been down this dangerous road too many times before.
And with the Trump Administration’s efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Prime Minister Netanyahu made an important public attempt to once again warn the international community about President Abbas’ two-faced policies of deceit. A few days ahead of the Palestinian President’s contentious meeting with Kushner and Greenblatt Netanyahu tweeted:
“Palestinian President Abbas tells the world that he educates Palestinian children for peace. That’s a lie.”
The truth is that each new generation of Palestinian youth, starting as young as kindergarten and even preschool, is poisoned with anti-Israel myths and anti-Jewish lies. And this abhorrent brainwashing process is breeding a violent, hate-inspired generation of children who are trained to believe that becoming a terrorist is a legitimate way to secure the financial future of their families.
As young Palestinian girls and boys grow up, they are taught to believe that the use of terrorist tactics that harm innocent Israelis is a justified means to secure financial stability for their families.
The Palestinian Authority is intentionally manipulating the early childhood education of its own youth, and hijacking the innocence of its own children with lessons of hate that encourage terrorism targeting Jews and the destruction of Israel at all costs.
The powerful propaganda machine run by Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority is compounded by the fact that corrupt PA officials pocket money, maintain poverty-stricken conditions for their people, who in turn seek terrorism and financial compensation for attacks as a way out of their desperate situation.
Abbas’ resolute policy to keep funneling money to terrorists, and to continue glorifying them as martyrs makes the future of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations seem unattainable.
The Trump Administration’s efforts to demand the cessation of salaries awarded to Palestinian terrorists by the Palestinian Authority is one of the first and most necessary steps toward even skimming the surface of the prospects for peace.
Hard not to lay some of the blame at the White House door as it pertains to health care reform. We need a healthcare system that works, and Obamacare isn't working, at this point, I wouldn't be against President Trump having a summit and inviting Democrats to fix this and open some comity. We cannot continue to work on policy in a partisan way. The American people deserve so much more than that.
At some point, our leaders need to get over their egos and hyper-partisan jargon and pass something meaningful that will help the American people instead of hurting our wallets. Enough is enough; it's time for them all, Republicans and Democrats to step up and do what they were elected to do or go home. We need a new slogan: Do you job or go home! This has dragged on long enough, and it's time for our leaders, including the president to be adults and get something done!
I'm on vacation in Tuscany, and as I look out across this beautiful place and meet so many wonderful people, I can't help, but realize that there is no place like home. Despite the political drama that currently has captivated the country despite all of the tension and strife we remain the greatest country in the world. As I travel, people are still so fascinated with America asking about the things they see in the movies from western movies about Texas to New York to LA the curiosity about what makes America so great doesn't seem to go away.
I wanted to write this blog this morning because I wanted to assure you that we are still the beacon of the world. The media may continue to divide and conquer, but at some point, we all need to wake up and realize that we're Americans and to be an American around the world means something; It's something we should all be proud of and embrace. The mainstream media is using us all as pawns to create record breaking ratings and gain advertising dollars convincing us all that the world looks at us in such an unfavorable light, but the reality couldn't be any further from the truth.
We need to wake up my friends and safe enough choas, it's time for us all to work together because the world is watching and they need an America that is strong and continues to lead from the front, but as long as we allow the media's interest to supersede the interest of the nation we will continue to be in trouble. Just remember, to say that you're an American around the world means something and it's a badge of honor we sould never take granted, now let's right this ship because the world is watching.