Monthly archives "July 2016"

Is This Really The Best We Have?

My wife and I spent the summer of 1974 in inner-city Chicago working with youth from Cabrini Green–the notorious Housing Project.  On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency.  I picked up all four of the Chicago papers that day, including The Chicago Daily News, as I boarded the train to join my wife for a week-end in downstate IL.

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Mike Royko, had a most poignant article about the resignation.  He said Richard Nixon was a most able man whose dishonesty brought him down.  Gerald Ford was an honest man but not particularly able.  Then Royko’s punch line:  “Our brilliant Founding Fathers came from a nation of 2.5 million.  We are now (1974) a nation of 210 million.  Can we not find even one person who is both able and honest to lead us?”

As I look at the two nominees in 2016 I echo Mike Royko–in a nation of 310 million is this the best we have?  Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard writes that Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to run for President. Aaron Burr was corrupt.  U.S. Grant was a great man who had a corrupt Administration but he was not involved.  Warren Harding was not great nor was his Administration but he was not part of the corruption either.  On corruption Hillary stands alone and she is at the center of it.

Barnes feels there has never been such a liar in public service–not Nixon or Johnson.  Not Trump.  Not even Bill Clinton.  F.B.I. Director James Comey really convicted her in the private e-mail scandal and then, shamelessly, failed to indict.  The Clintons got away with White Water and the cattle futures fraud of 1978.  The odds of a small investment like theirs becoming $100,000 has been calculated to be 1 in 13 trillion.   Their formula has been the same when caught red-handed:  Stonewall, confess to nothing and let the public forget.

Hopefully the e-mail scandal and the corruption in the Clinton Foundation will be different.  There is no excuse for this being forgotten.  For those who do not know who Crooked Hillary is (surely there are not many), her corruption must be exposed relentlessly by Donald Trump and the GOP to the point the public cannot forget.

The other editor of The Weekly Standard, William Kristol, writes that Hillary Clinton may be the worst nominee in the history of the Democratic Party though he thinks James Buchanan, Jimmy Carter, and George McGovern may have been worse.  But as heir to the distinguished mantle of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, Donald J. Trump is worse than Hillary.

I am closer to Fred than Bill and will vote for Donald Trump.  He was not our first choice as we favored Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and finally Ted Cruz.  I pray Donald Trump will win the Presidency and prove the Bill Kristols of the world wrong.  His proposed Supreme Court nominees are solid.  Hillary’s will be of the Ruth Bader Ginsberg type. We cannot stand a Court made up of people with no respect for the Constitution for a generation or even another term.

And let us also remember that three of the smartest and most accomplished men in the Republican Party, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh are very high on Donald Trump.  Gingrich was one of the final two on the Vice-Presidential list for Trump.  Personally, I think he was the stronger choice.

Both Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich have spoken on the fact that we are a divided nation.  We are about to find out whether the Far Left of the lying Hillary Clinton (the late William Safire of The New York Times wrote in 1993 that Hillary’s lying is congenital) will prevail or the unusual and unexpected candidacy of Donald Trump will win.  I am hoping for the latter.  We know what we get with Hillary Clinton–ongoing scandal beyond what we can track.  Donald Trump is an unknown wild card;  I pray he will be an Ace.  Hillary is a Joker in the deck and no sensible person is laughing.



Abstain on Trump?

Sixty years ago I delivered The Rocky Mountain News to my entire northern Colorado community of 2500.  Sadly, after 150 years of uninterrupted coverage of the Centennial State, The News folded in the fall of 2009.  This left The Denver Post as the only state wide newspaper in CO, and it is headed in the same direction.

One of the reasons for this is captured in The Post editorial today. The paper calls for the CO delegation to abstain from voting for Donald Trump in Cleveland.   I would be pleasantly surprised if next week they call for the CO delegation of Democrats to abstain from voting for Clinton due to her being a congenital liar as the late William Safire rightly charged in 1993.

I saw an e-mail recently in which the Press was asked why they constantly ask Ivanka Trump about her father’s treatment of women but they never ask that question of Chelsea Clinton.  In their editorial, The Post chastised Mr. Trump for his paltry ground game that failed to capitalize on Hillary’s e-mail scandal.  No wonder people are fed up with the old line Press and cancelling subscriptions to their newspaper.  All this is insulting to their intelligence and their basic sense of decency and fair play.

I wonder if The Denver Post is so busy lapping up Left wing propaganda that they failed to read Donald Trump’s recent speech in which he called Hillary a “world class liar” citing Benghazi and her e-mail scandals.  Among other things he said, “Hillary Clinton has perfected the politics of personal profit and theft.”  On the corrupt Clinton Foundation  he said, “She gets richer making you poorer.”  After the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, Trump said of Obama and Hillary, “We are weak and weakly led.”  No less than tough guy John Bolton (hopefully Secretary of Defense in a Trump Administration) lauded this comment.  I guess The Denver Post missed it.  But a real reporter, Mercedes Schlapp, in a real newspaper, The Washington Times, picked up and reported on it extensively.

Trump’s speeches have also returned to the basics: a populist message of “American First,” that would benefit all Americans of every background including Bernie Sanders supporters.  He said that Bernie was right about insiders rigging the game for themselves to keep the power and the money.  He then added, “That’s why we are asking Bernie Sanders supporters to join our movement, so together we can fix the system for all Americans.  And it’s not just the political system that is rigged against ordinary Americans, it’s the whole economy.”

Donald Trump’s first fund raising letter went out after his speeches and the response raised a record 2 million dollars in 12 hours.  Mrs. Clinton should be scared and GOP delegates should not abstain in Cleveland.  Her opponent has tapped into the frustrations of millions of Americans due to the Establishment, and Hillary Clinton is the face of that Establishment.  She is owned by special interests having personally enriched herself by giving closed door speeches to Wall Street firms and big banks.  Bernie was right to try to force her to reveal the contents of those speeches. Naturally she refused.

Now it will be important for Donald Trump to stay disciplined and on message for the long haul.  Mrs. Clinton is the most unlikable and untrustworthy candidate since Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson.  Trump needs to continue to point to this and to the fact that he understands the plight of so many disillusioned Americans.

Now about The Denver Post. . . . .



Independence Day & Today

On July 4th this year we remembered again the remarkable event of 240 years ago, a turning point in American and human history–the founding of a nation on the principle of human freedom.  In July 1776 in Philadelphia 56 men pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to that ideal.

For more than two centuries, our nation has been defined by these fundamental values and principles.  They are the essence of American exceptionalism.  In signing the Declaration of Independence, the delegates to the Continental Congress showed extraordinary courage, incredible vision and God given wisdom.  They were “endowed by their Creator.”

Let us not forget that this vision required hard work and the sacrifice of an Army outnumbered at every turn to make it a reality.  George Washington wrote on July 2, 1776:  “The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this Army.  Our cruel and relenting Enemy leaves us no choice but brave resistance, or the most abject submission;  this is all we can expect.  We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die.”  It was to inspire his men that Washington ordered the Declaration to be read to the troops a week later, July 9,1776.  My wife and I still read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety each July 4th.

That summer Washington’s army suffered a major defeat and was nearly captured.  Miraculously they escaped and survived–and with it the cause of the Revolution.  More than two centuries later, the insight of the Founders remains as true as ever, and our principles still need defending.

How far we have moved away from the vision of our Founders was demonstrated this week in Dallas, Baton Rouge and St. Paul.  It is heart breaking to see what has happened to the victims and their families.  When we add other forms of terrorism and the refusal of our leaders to even name the enemy, we can see the danger we are all facing. And beyond that the corruption of Bill and Hillary Clinton who want to lead once again.  And once again we see that scandal follows them but never quite seems to bring them to justice.  But, as Billy Graham says, there is another day of judgement on the other side.

To stay on this side of things, FBI Director, James Comey, delivered a blistering indictment of Hillary’s e-mail practices and then outrageously declared that no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges.  One has the feeling that she is “too big to fail,” to employ a phrase she loves to indict banks with (banks from which she and Bill draw millions in speaking fees).  This is one big thing that Comey did not mention in his statement and which the media seems wont to overlook:  The corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the couple’s speaking fees.

FOX News has reported that the FBI was looking into possible intersection between Clinton’s Foundation work and State Department business which may have violated public corruption laws.  When Comey appeared before Congress he declined comment on whether the Clinton Foundation was being investigated.  But doesn’t the e-mail scandal justify investigating possible corruption of the Secretary of State and her Foundation.

For example, The New York Times reported that a Canadian uranium company funneled 2 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation at a time when that company was seeking approval to sell control of the company to the Russian atomic energy agency.  Hillary’s State Department had to sign off on the deal.  She did not disclose the 2 million dollars despite an agreement between Clinton and the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors.

The Washington Post reported that foreign governments donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation even as Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.  This included at least one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama Administration, but what does that matter to the Clintons.  As Donald Trump calls her, Crooked Hillary.

There are numerous other examples of the Clintons being paid extraordinary amounts from foreign sources such as a Chinese business group paying Bill 550,000 dollars for a single speech while Hillary was Secretary of State and U.S. foreign policy was pivoting to focus on Asia.  If the FBI has decided not to pursue an investigation of these unprecedented payments the American people deserve to know why.  And if the FBI is investigating the Clinton Foundation, the American people deserve to know that as well and to know what becomes of it.

Once there was a basic trust between the American People and their government.  That largely ended with the Administrations of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.  That trust was replaced, not with skepticism which is healthy, but with cynicism which is not.  We now seem to expect and accept corruption among our leaders.

Our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the ideals of Freedom.   Bill and Hillary Clinton seem to have pledged their lives to lies to make a personal fortune and to the devil with sacred honor.  And so what if it costs the country?  They are safe and comfortable.  As the late William Safire, speech writer for Richard Nixon and columnist for The New York Times, wrote in 1993, “Hillary Clinton is a congenital liar.”  That has not changed in 25 years.  She is simply older, no wiser nor more moral, and benefiting from a sycophantic press that has not only no curiosity about the Clinton scandals, but cheers them for their brass and their defeating all efforts to bring them to justice.

Heaven Help Us!  As Billy Graham says, “There will be another day.”


Benjamin Netanyahu & Our Yahoo

Back in 1980 I heard a political commentator say that there were only two strong leaders in the world:  Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain and Anwar Sadat of Egypt.  I would add the name John Paul II.  Jimmy Carter was President then and exceeded as a disaster among modern Presidents only by the current occupant of the White House, Barack Obama.

Today the world suffers as there is only one real leader, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.  He intends to save his nation whether we help or not.  Our President seems intent on weakening America, standing with Iran and stiff arming Israel.  This is despicable and dangerous as God blesses those who stand with His Chosen and curses those who do not. (Genesis 12:3, Numbers 24:9)  And Zechariah 2:8 indicates it does not pay to touch the apple of God’s Eye, Israel.  The Assyrians, Babylonians, Romans, Nazis and Soviets all discovered that too late.  Let it not happen to us under a delusional yahoo who can still do much harm.

In 1980 there was a man named Ronald Reagan waiting in the wings.  Today our choices are not that promising. Hillary Clinton may be better than Barack but that is saying very little.  She certainly does not have the skill of her husband, Bill.  He had a relatively successful Presidency for all his foibles which go on today with his recent secret conference (which turned out not to be so secret) with AG Loretta Lynch.

Donald Trump is a wild card given to popping off even as Hillary is buttoned up to the point of embarrassment–if the Clintons are capable of embarrassment.  One has the feeling that Mrs. Clinton says nothing that is not poll tested. About the best that can be said for The Donald was perhaps summed up by Rudy Giuliani.  The former mayor of New York said recently,   “We know Hillary is a failure.  I am willing to take a chance on an unknown like Donald Trump.” That is not exactly a ringing endorsement.  And Trump may also fail but we know Hillary to be a lying incompetent and a shallow opportunist.  And she shows no sign of maturity when it comes to Israel.  Donald Trump promises to stand with our ally in the Middle East.

When Golda Meir (who went to Denver North High School) was Prime Minister of Israel, Richard Nixon promised to guarantee their security.  She replied, “By the time you get here, we won’t be here.”  Like Benjamin Netanyahu, she knew Israel needs to first defend herself.  There is a poem by Stephen Crane which reads:

A man said to the universe,

“Sir, I exist!”

“However,” replied the universe,

“That fact creates in me

No sense of obligation.”

Both Golda Meir and Benjamin Netanyahu understand that the cold universe of nations may not stand with them but God does.  If there was ever a time to pray for our nation to also stand with God and His Chosen surely it is now.  Our survival depends upon it for God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who do not.  Let us stand with Netanyahu rather than our Yahoo.