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HOW BAD IS IT?

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So many people are bloviating about politics these days on cable television, the radio and on the internet that Americans tend to pay attention only to viewpoints they agree with or they tune out completely. To make things even worse, the American higher-education system is turning out political dunces who don’t know what every eight-grader in public school knew 50 years ago. But now, however, our presidential candidates all agree things are really bad. That must mean they really are.

To attract attention, professional and amateur political commentators increasingly have resorted to extreme language. The left has accused the right of sins the Nazis and the fascists became famous for. The right has accused the left of totalitarian tendencies communists are known for. So when either side makes an extreme accusation, even when they’re true, they often get lost in the background noise.

The ongoing presidential campaigns, however, appear to be rising above the clammer of the crowed. Republicans and Democrats are telling us that the fate of the nation rests on the outcome of the November election. Little is new in this except for the fact that it appears truer now than any time since the Civil War. Although Democrats have been running the Federal government for the past seven plus years, they want us to believe that every ill that’s befallen the country is the fault of Republicans. Republicans tell us that President Obama set out to transform America, he’s almost done it, all we need is another Democrat in the White House to complete what he began. America will be done for. Don’t get me started on climate change.

Listening to the respective presidential debates this year should be eye opening. Bernie Sanders and Hillary outdid Republicans at Thursday evenings debate, portraying the United States in the direst terms. Sanders says, “Almost everyone is getting poorer.” “Ordinary Americans are worried to death about the future of their kids.” “There is massive despair all over this country.” “Seniors are cutting their pills in half…don’t have decent nutrition…can’t heat their homes in the wintertime.” “A rigged economic system and a corrupt political system have created a moment of serious crises.”

Clinton repeatedly agreed with Sanders that too many Americans are getting left behind. “‘Yes, the economy is rigged in favor of those at the top.” Her main critique of the Sanders critique was that it lacked identity-politics specificity, that it didn’t recognize the unique challenges of “really systemic racism” against blacks, of “hardworking immigrant families living in fear,” of women’s rights that are “under tremendous attack,” of “discrimination against the LGBT community,” even of the struggles in coal country and other downtrodden white communities “where we are seeing an increase in alcoholism, addiction, earlier deaths.’”

So how bad is it, really? Like everything else in life, that much depends on your perspective. Not everyone in America is suffering; and Americans have faced extreme adversity in the past (The Civil War, WWII, The Great Depression) and rebounded. What’s so bad this time is that the America most of us knew and loved growing up already has disappeared and likely is unrecoverable. Demographic diversity, pervasive technological change, political correctness and a culture of victimization have overtaken traditional American values and replaced them with values we do not yet fully understand.

Certainly, change frequently is a good thing. America was better after the Civil war when slavery was abolished. It’s taking 150 years and more to adapt to that change, but still we’re better off. The world is better off since World War II, and the US economy blossomed tremendously after the Great Depression. These changes have led us to believe that no matter what befalls America we will always bounce back better and stronger. What scares us now is that it looks more and more as if this time we won’t.

This election is a seminal one. There is a huge difference between Republicans and Democrats. Your country and your life will change for better or worse. It’s time to get out your bullshit detector and vote. Remember, we get the government we deserve.

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WHY I’M NOT OVERLY CONCERNED ABOUT BARACK OBAMA’S LAME ATTEMPTS AT GUN CONTROL

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American gun owners, I am bothered by President Obama’s and Democrats’ constant attempts at so called “common sense” gun control. Why they can’t understand the facts that stare them in the face befuddles me. Nevertheless, I am not overly concerned. Here’s why.

Large numbers of felons who should be denied the right to purchase a firearm after a background check aren’t. Poor and inconsistent reporting keeps them off the list. Prosecutions for gun crimes has dropped precipitously over the past decade. Etc., etc. We don’t enforce the gun laws we have on the books. Americans don’t understand why we need new gun laws when we don’t enforce the ones we have.

Beyond this, terrorism, the Ferguson Effect (discouraging aggressive policing) and rising crime rates make Americans feel less safe. Law abiding Americans buy guns to protect themselves and their families because they know that by the time first responders reach them, in most cases it will be too late.

Gun purchases and gun manufacturers stock prices are going through the roof not because rural rednecks are buying their tenth and twentieth gun. They are on the rise because more and more Americans who have never owned a gun are buying them. Despite all the anti-gun propaganda, they understand that they are their own first responder.

There will always be a cohort of people, mostly on the left, who abhor guns and would like to eliminate them from society altogether, but they are losing the battle. With every domestic terrorist attack and mass shooting in a “no-gun zone” more Americans buy guns.

Despite Barack Obama’s tendency to ignore The Constitution and the law, there is little he can do with his pen and his phone. The 10 executive measures announced on January 5 are meager and won’t stand up in the courts or survive a Republican president.

I don’t suggest we shouldn’t resist Obama’s and Democrats’ gun-control campaign, we should just buy more guns and more shares of American gun manufacturer’s stock. That sends a powerful message no on can ignore. Gun owners vote, and 2016 is a year to send another message. “Don’t mess with my guns.”

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SCOTT WALKER

220px-Scott_Walker_by_Gage_Skidmore Scott Walker came out on top in a DrudgeReport poll with 47%, way ahead of the other candidates. Democrats, no doubt, are hiring a battalion of character assassins to take him out. Wait a minute, didn’t they already try that in Wisconsin where he won two regular elections and an attempted recall election. Perhaps that’s why he has done so well in the poll. He’s stood up to the best the Dems can throw at him and he’s still standing. Of course, the election is a long way off and those on the left who want to do him in have plenty of time to think up new and creative ways to smear him. His one possible Achilles Heal is that he has little foreign policy experience. How he handles that is important. Finally, as Rush said on today’s radio program, many if not most conservative Republican voters don’t like Jeb Bush and other establishment candidates because they believe that Republican voters (the Tea Party, et al) are the problem. Apparently Scott Walker believes that Democrats and the far left are the problem.

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HAVE WE HIT BOTTOM YET?

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During the nearly five and a half years of the Obama presidency, America has been moving in the wrong direction. The U.S. economy continues to struggle through the longest and slowest recovery from recession since World War II. From Benghazi to Ukraine, U.S. foreign policy has collapsed. U.S. world leadership has receded to a low not seen since the 1930s. Have we hit bottom yet?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WINNING THE POLITICAL PROPAGANDA WAR

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If Republicans continue to lose presidential elections it won’t be only because they failed to garner a sufficient percentage of the growing Hispanic, Asian and African-American vote; it will be because they continue to lose the propaganda war.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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GLOBAL WARMING; A POLITICAL WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

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Speaking in Indonesia last week, Secretary of State John Kerry, said that global warming is “perhaps even the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” Sec. Kerry may or may not be right about the destruction global warming may ultimately cause; but he’s absolutely right about one thin. Global warming is a weapon. It’s a political weapon of mass destruction.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

 

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THE TEA PARTY, ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS AND THE AMERICAN LEFT

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The continuing-resolution/debt-limit battle is over, temporarily; but Democrats and establishment Republicans continue to criticize Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for their hard-line stance on defunding Obamacare. Are they the future of the Republican Party or harbingers of a third-party?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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OBAMACARE, BENGHAZI, THE IRS, THE NSA AND THE 2014 ELECTIONS

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Intense media coverage of the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting has drawn attention away from four big issues that continue to plague the Obama administration—Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservative organizations and individuals, and NSA spying on the American people. Nevertheless, the collective time bomb is ticking. The question is will it go off during the 2014 election campaigns if it goes off at all.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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OBAMACARE: AN AVOIDABLE NATIONAL DISASTER

 

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The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) began as poorly crafted legislation that became a train wreck then turned into a national disaster that will take many years to recover from. Here’s what we should have done and still can do. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA THE JIG IS UP

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The trifecta of scandals plaguing President Obama and his administration will get a lot worse before they get better, casting a paralytic pall over his second term and greatly reducing the likelihood American voters will coronate Hillary Clinton as his successor.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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IS BENGHAZI OBAMA’S ACHILLES’ HEEL?

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The testimony this week of three senior State Department officials before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee could provide information that will blow the Benghazi scandal wide open, or will it be a dud?   As reported by Fox News, appearing before the committee will be three career State Department officials: Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks; Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, the top security officer in the country in the months leading up to the attacks.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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REPUBLICANS MUST LEAD NOT JUST OBSTRUCT

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Democrats and the news media have made much of the “civil war” within the Republican Party. In the aftermath of their 2012 defeat by President Barack Obama, Republicans are bickering among themselves over what went wrong, who’s at fault, and how to revitalize the Republican brand. A much more serious war is taking place, however, between President Obama and Republicans that will determine the future of America. If Republicans want to win that war, the must lead not just obstruct.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE DRONE WARS

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During the George W. Bush administration, Democrats and anti-war groups derided enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) and the detention facility at Guantanamo as inconsistent with American values and a recruiting tool for al-Qai’da. Far fewer of those critics decry the Obama administration’s killing of al-Qai’da terrorists, including American citizens, with drone strikes, despite the collateral damage that is far more detrimental to winning friends in the Islamic world.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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AL QAEDA IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE

 

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Much remains that the Obama administration still hasn’t told us about the terrorist attack on 9/11/12 in Benghazi, Libya. All the facts about last week’s attack on an oil refinery at In Amenis, Algeria have yet to come out. One thing is certain; Al Qaeda is back with a vengeance. Killing them by the thousands hasn’t prevented their proliferation. Perhaps, if the Obama administration hadn’t dismantled the CIA’s detainee and interrogation efforts, we wouldn’t be quite so vulnerable.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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