Message to fundraisers

I am annoyed and disappointed with the fund raising currently going on. I am not annoyed that funds are being raised, I am annoyed at the endless bombardment of drivel flowing like torrent though my email in box.

I am annoyed to be getting requests for my “opinions” that turn into a) a form to put me on a mailing list for even more emails or b) a request for money. If you are not interested in my views and opinions then I am not interested in sending you money.

For sure this is probably going to sound surprising, I guess. I donated to a couple of campaigns in the last general election including Ted Cruz and DJT. And though my donos are on the miniscule side I believe in supporting candidates with more than just an attaboy on Facebook. I will be donating to the DJT campaign during this election season and possibly to a couple of the senate campaigns – maybe.

But here’s the thing. If you wish to get me interested in your campaign there are some steps that you need to take:

1) Tell me what are the things we are going to get done.

2) Tell me why they matter and don’t use memes and waffle.

3) Lay out what your overall philosophy is and how I can expect you to react to the world and to things that happen in this country.

Here are some things you need to avoid

  1. I delete, automatically, any fund raising email I get that starts off by telling me what the Democrats or Liberals or your “opponents” are doing.
  2. I delete, straightaway, any email that comes from an email address that cannot be replied to.
  3. I delete, swiftly, any email that contains a survey.
  4. I do not donate to SuperPacs or anything other than the actual campaign. If your email does not include those specific assurances. Again – it gets deleted.

Seriously GOP – you need to establish a messaging infrastructure that answers peoples questions, can do more than just shout loudly for money and can actually deal with adults.

Why so uninterested?

I think it fair to opine that Donald J. Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential election was a truly stunning achievement.

Since that time the people that dislike the 45th President have seized on every manner of reason as to why it happened. ranging from tinfoil conspiracy theories about Russian interference to the unfairness of the Electoral College and almost anything in between.

But what I find more concerning is the apparent lack of interest from the GOP as to why Donald Trump is President.

The only truly insightful work I have seen has been from Salena Zito whose brilliant book “The Great Revolt Inside the Populist Coalition reshaping American Politics” . This is a book everyone should read and it should have been the blueprint for an engagement across the USA by the GOP. But it has not. Why not?

Must read.

I reside in a Conservative congressional district, I have not received one communication from the GOP, State or National, even vaguely interested in finding out why I and my wife voted for Trump. I have received plenty of interest in “send money”.

The GOP needs to do something radical – actually talk to the grass roots . Not the “consultants” not the “pollsters” not the “analysts”. Stop trying to get predigested “analysis” but take the time to LISTEN. You might be surprised.

Oath Breakers

I am genuinely curious.

When any person is sworn in as a Congressman they must take the oath of office.

That oath includes these specific words;

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Now I am a total busybody when it comes to the 1st and 2nd Amendments of the Constitution – they are, for me, the bedrock that helps guarantee a Constitutional form of government.

Part of the Constitution of the USA

So when I hear or see Members of the “Democrat Group Think Herd” aka the current group of molluscs masquerading as “Democrat Part Presidential Candidates” laying out what they intend to do to hamper law abiding citizens from owning guns and bearing arms – I wonder.

I wonder how they can take an oath to uphold the Constitution while loudly announcing that they do not intend to do that? There is not much wriggle room – at all – in the amendments for the federal government to interfere in the rights of Citizens.

How do they get away with it? Is it not perjury to swear an oath when you have already stated you are not going to uphold it? How are these people permitted to swear to something falsely?

Democrat Party Presidential Candidates rectally insert heads in unison.

The Group Think Herd collectively known as the Democrat Party Presidential Candidates have shown that they would much rather throw themselves under a dung cart rather than admit that President Trump just gave a master class in how to negotiate.

The inundation of our southern border by waves of illegal immigrants has been stretching our Border Patrol Enforcement to the limit over the last months with various paerties reportedly supply money to groups to “sponsor” them to march to the USA. President Trump has been trying to get a handle on the issue while the Democrat Controlled Congress does nothing except to run investigations of the President and complain loudly about how badly the illegal immigrants/shady ‘refugees’ are treated.

The President declared a national emergency to get the barrier built on the border only to have low level federal judges busily trying to stop this from being done and supporting motions to block it.

Finally President Trump informed Mexico that tariffs were going to be applied on its exports to the USA. Sizeable tariffs.

One day ago the Mexican Army arrived on Mexico’s southern border to prevent migrant caravans from transiting Mexico to the USA. Mexico is also going to receive refugees awaiting decisions on their status – back in Mexico.

A stunning move from DJT – it did not cost the US Tax payer a single dime. It put the onus on our ostensible trading partner and ally, Mexico, to start doing its job properly.

And the Democrats? Their Group-Think Herd? Uniformly complained about what the President had done.

Bear in mind that most people in the USA think illegal immigration is a major problem. But it seems self-evident that what the American people want is of absolutely no interest to the Democrat Party Presidential Candidates. Instead of praising a leader who has taken smart action they, all of them, tucked their pointy heads up their own backsides.

Conversations with Liberals – a tip or two

I responded to a comment in a thread where someone posting about how a relative of theirs was always coming out with liberal claptrap like “ we need to get rid of the electoral college”. The person who wrote the comment did not want to get into an argument with a relative and was just venting.
 
But this is a real problem for a lot of us. Here is a test – how can you tell if someone is a Vegan? The answer? Don’t worry they will tell you. Repeatedly. Liberals always feel obliged to bring forth their talking points.
 
How do you deal with it? The answer is simple and, yes, effective.
 
Do not argue.
 
In response to the lame liberal point, make a conservative point of your own. It need not have ANY relationship to what the person said. Believe me.
 
Every Conservative need to have a good list of conservative wishes or ideas. The more radical the better. When a lefty advances a kook position just nod and then respond with one of your own.
 
Example Twit: “I think the electoral college should be abolished”
 
You: “Ah. I think the Department of education needs to be eradicated and the budget savings diverted to border control”
 
Or
 
You: “ Ah. I think there must be a balanced budget amendment as our highest priority”
 
Or
 
You: “We need to get Chevron overturned and take the power away from Government agencies”
 
Or
 
You: “We need laws that make people who declare a place a gun free zone responsible for any shooting that happens there”.
 
It sounds kind of ridiculous and funny but it is not. We need to fill up the conversation with conservative talking points. Not arguing about leftist talking points.

Mitt steps on his…

It is not often that we are given the chance to see a man in full hubris mode step hip deep into his own sewage.

Mitt Romney managed it. He is a freshman Senator – never having served in the Senate or the House – he arrives making pronouncements about what he thinks is wrong about President Trump. Not about what he can do in the Senate to advance the GOP, no indications of a willingness to be part of a team. Just instant opinion.

What makes it worse is that Romney is criticizing the man who did what he, Mitt Romney utterly failed to do – Trump won the Presidency. For someone like Mitt, who failed so badly at it, to make his first priority criticizing the guy who won is a faux-pas of the worst kind.

Badly done, Mitt. Badly done.

Ocasio-Cortes – the small storm in a very small teacup

With the advent of the Democrats taking control of the US House there have been numerous commentaries, memes, digs at the freshman Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes but at the same time she gets a lot of conservative airplay for her insane drivel which in turn gives her greater play among liberals.

Why is she being given such air-time? Why are so many people determined to show what an idiot or inexperienced tyro, she is?

There is NOTHING about this lady which indicates she is capable of putting together legislation and getting it through – but it does not matter if she does, the legislation would not even be taken up by the Senate. So why are so many people wasting so much time on her?

All the hysteria is doing is increasing her name recognition. It is making her seem “important” than she is and giving the Democrats a photogenic person who can be promoted to the Liberal faithful (who, we should remember, don’t actually study or care about policies but care about being seen to vote for the right “identity”).

This is a waste of space and of effort on behalf of conservatives. We are not going to defeat AOC in her district so why are we fighting this instead of coming up with creative ways to win back the seats that were Republican and now are not?

Demographics and the future

Mark Steyn has been the Cassandra of Demographics. He has, on many occasions laid out the bleak and terrible future that lies ahead thanks to the trends laid out by Demographics. His commentaries and articles continue to be overlooked and ignored for the most part. He is hated by the left because he predicts disaster and has done for a decade or more . And, given the last three or four years of evidence – he has been proven right.

Cassandra was a prophetess of Troy in Greek Mythology – given the gift to accurately predict the future but cursed with the fate that no-one would believe her.

Mark has pointed out that the trends of demographics are not speculation but arriving fact. The children in grade schools now are going to be the workforce in 15 and 20 years time. This is not something conjured out of thin air – it is just numbers. In a recent post on his website:

https://www.steynonline.com/7981/the-biggest-issue-of-our-time

He mentions, as an example, that the most popular boy’s name in England is now Mohammed (various spellings).  Think about that for a second.

In that same article he also says;

“But if you have those European differential rates of birth, things change very quickly. The 90 percent post Christian Euro secularists who have 1.3 children per couple and the 10 percent Muslims who have 3.5 children per couple, which is estimated to be the European Muslim average. The 90 percent and the 10 percent will have the same number of grandchildren. That’s to say the 90 grandparents will have 38 grandchildren and the 10 Muslim grandparents will have 32 children. In two generations. It happens very fast.”

If you did not grasp the implication of the math in the quote – read it again. The youngest generation currently entering the population will be just under 50% of that demographic.  In France in 20 years from now – nearly half the young working population will be from the Muslim demographic.

There are many ramifications from this and no-one, except for Mark Steyn and a few other bloggers, is even addressing the issues.

“The avalanche has already started – it is too late for the pebbles to vote” (From Babylon 5)

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture has to be the single most boring title I have yet used in this blog. But it is a subject that is fraught with passion for many people.

This, to me, is one of those initiatives beloved of policy makers that must have sounded good in whatever committee room they were in.

“Those drug dealers! They use their ill gotten gains to pay for fancy schmantzy shysters to get off!”

“You’re right but what can we do?”

“We can freeze their assets when they are arrested so they cannot use it to wriggle away. If they are found innocent with their public defender then they can get their money back”

And just that easily we have turned prosecutors, AGs, police chiefs and Sheriffs into unlicensed, unsupervised and relentless tax collectors. They collect their taxes by seizing money and assets from public people – some accused of a committing a crime, some not. Like the Mob, the takings are shared upwards and downwards, and an innocent person can find themselves fighting an entire system to get their property returned to them.

And I have been disturbed to find that Jeff Sessions – whom I had considered to be a Conservative is very much in favor of this grotesque practice of taking money from the public BEFORE any conviction.

I am not any kind of a lawyer – I do not understand how this procedure can pass any kind of muster as “Constitutional” I just do not. But it would appear that now there is far too much budget wrapped up in this subject for anyone in the “Judicial-Criminal Complex” to want to upset the applecart. If the Attorney general of the US is all for it – I doubt he is going to get much pushback from all the people who report up to him.

But no matter what weasel wording is used – it is not Conservative. It is not something I wish to be associated with and I will agitate and push to get rid of it wherever I can.  It is not “rule of law” it is “misrule of law”. I have no problem, at all, with a convicted felon having his ill gotten gains seized by the state AFTER  he or she is convicted.

 

Enough of being collegial

Well OK [name removed] – let’s be honest. the first campaign that the Dems and Libs ALWAYS wage is that the current GOP POTUS is “stoopid”. It was the campaign waged against Reagan (Ronnie Raygun and the rest of it) GWB and now Trump. That simple fact alone should give us all pause.

I do not know Trump at all. From my cultural upbringing as a Brit he is almost the epitome of every caricature we get exposed to about crass Americans. And believe me that exposure is continuous.

Would Trump have survived against the Dems that Reagan had to deal with? I cannot answer that question – would Reagan have been able to survive the onslaught of sewage that Trump is enduring? Both questions are unanswerable.

I have become, over the past few months, totally disillusioned with Bill Kristol and the Weekly Standard because of their relentless use of meme writing to attack Trump.

As I have said before – when the primary campaign started I was a Scott Walker person. Nancy and I have supported Scott in our small ways for a long time. To my mind he is one of the finest examples of Conservative political executives that we have had in a very long time. I was saddened when he pulled out of the contest so early though I came to appreciate that it was a very smart decision on his part. Ted Cruz was, for me , the next best . In terms of Conservative legislative thought, action and sheer energy, he is a leading light but I did have some reservations about his experience as an Executive.

Even now I am not always, or even often, comfortable with President Trump’s style. I find his live speeches very hard to listen to for example. But I have never assumed that he does or says what he does because of “stupidity”. I find it an endlessly fascinating piece of people watching to see how Trump brings cognitive dissonance to so many people. He is fairly successful as a business man, surviving and flourishing in a cut throat and competitive environment. He ran a two year political campaign that defeated BOTH political establishments – with ease. And he did those campaigns cheaper than his opponents. Yet somehow, just like Reagan, he is portrayed and spoken of as “stupid”? Doesn’t this make you stop and wonder for a minute?

How did someone so crass and so dumb blindside almost everyone? You say that he would not have survived against the “quality of democrat Reagan had to deal with” . Using an unfalsifiable “test” is a rhetorical device and a fallacy as I am sure you are aware. In my opinion – and really this is JUST an opinion, I do not know if any of the other Republican candidates could have won this recent general election even against such a flawed candidate as Hillary, He did it. How does your comment about “Forrest Trump” deal with that outcome? Some fictional character fails upward and that is the explanation for a real life victory by a real ife person? Oh, come on.

I never expected that kicking over the applecart and trying to drain the swamp was going to be an orderly, friendly and warmly collegial affair. I am sick to death of the warm collegiality of a corrupt DC establishment. I am sick to death of electing GOP Majorities and seeing those smug gits fail their way to glory and let down the very people who voted for them.

I am sick to death of watching “conservatives” cut and run because the battle gets hot and people say nasty things about us.

I am sick to death of watching conservatives take the histrionics and theater of the left seriously.

If it takes someone who can out-insult them, outlast them and out maneuver them to get this job started – so be it. I will put up with his taste for diet coke rather than wine, his extra scoop of ice cream, his occasional OTT twitter performance. I would rather have that than the platitudes and mealy mouthedness of what was on offer from a lot of the candidates (Jeb Bush being my favorite target for this).

What I see is opportunity to achieve some serious conservative goals – not everything maybe, but some progress at long last. And yet I see some Conservatives mired deep in the morass of trying to make this all fit within some gentlemanly non threatening and polite framework that only exists in the Pollyanna Conservative Mindset.