Thoughts

Not really having much time for the next couple of weeks, I thought I would post the following for your consideration:

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Trump?

This past week has confirmed to me that Donald Trump is unsuited to lead this country.  Yes, there are people that would flame me for that statement, but bear with me.

Donald Trump has definitely tapped into the disgust that Americans have for their elected representatives, and the apparent failure of the representatives to lead and respect the Constitution.  Instead, the representatives seem to be wedded to their party’s ideological mindset, and “business as usual.”  This is extremely apparent in his various speeches leading up to this past week’s debate, of which he was a no-show.

Instead, giving the reason that he did not want to be subjected to questions from one of the moderators (of which he has a public tiff with), he was across town raising money for veterans.  Good reason, bad decision…

By bowing out of the debate for what I would consider to be a very childish reason does not show a maturity that I would expect of a leader that has the responsibilities of leading this country.  Trump is loud, obnoxious, and has a great deal to say about a great number of things, especially when he is campaigning.  But running away from a confrontation with a person that he has a beef with?

Let’s just throw in his political affiliations he has had in the past just to muddy the waters a bit, his past views on various issues before he started running for President, and I have to come to this conclusion:

I just do not see Trump as presidential material.

Yes, he is a successful businessman.  Yes, he’s poking his fingers in the political pundit’s eyes.  Yes, he makes speeches that electrify the crowds.  He says what we want to hear.  But I just do not see where Trump in the White House is good for the country.

With that being said, if Donald Trump is the Republican nomination for President, then I will vote for him – what the Democrats are proposing on their platform will continue to damage this country.

God help us all.

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No More Clintons

Watching Hillary Clinton, aka “The Hildabeast,” over the past few months as she campaigns for the nation’s highest office, and more revelations of her email server’s contents & hacking leaves me with a sense of déjà vu.  It just piles on to the history of this person’s lack of character from her days as an attorney fired from the Watergate scandal for engaging “in a variety of self-serving unethical practices in violation of House rules.” (Jerry Zeifman) to the present day.  It leaves one wondering how a person that has been involved with so many scandals, surrounded by so much controversy, and over so many dead bodies (literally) still has the chutzpah to seek the Presidency.  I’m surmising that she has as much ego and megalomania as the person currently residing in the White House.

The déjà vu comes from this post from the Hildabeast’s last run at the White House in the 2008 Election, and this article that I’ve lost the link & reference to:

Lest we forget . . .

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.

Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration.

Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.

Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.

Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

Many younger votes will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.

Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.

Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle was: She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.

She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.

Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.

Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath.

After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, China, and artwork she had stolen.

What a swell party – ready for another four or eight year of this type low-life mess?

Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next. But to her loyal fans – “what difference does it make?”

Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven!

What is so disturbing is the blind loyalty of her supporters.  If her supporters looked back at the history of the Hildabeast, and the accounts that have leaked out about her personality, what rational person would ever back her unless there is blackmail and the promise of untold power and riches?  However, Hillary’s track record of rewarding supporters is less the stellar.  Destruction, prison, and death seem to be the rewards for being associated with this person.

The Democratic Party has a problem.  If Hillary withdraws (unlikely) or is indicted & imprisoned (more likely), the Democrats do not have a viable candidate, no matter what the Bernie Sanders crowd thinks.  If they tap Joe Biden as their candidate, then Sanders will most likely sue as he has put large amounts of time, energy, and money into his campaign while Biden hasn’t done anything to this point in time.  O’Malley isn’t even in the picture.  This will put the Democrats into a very bad position, and in more chaos than what they have been currently experiencing.

But if Hillary is nominated, one of the first ads that I would consistently run as a Republican candidate would be a version of the “3AM” add from 2008.  Hillary has a past, not a good one, and the Republicans need to shed the light on every one of her misdeeds and missteps.

I shudder to think of a Hillary presidency…

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Concealed Carry

Lately, I’ve been running across articles that express exactly what I’ve been thinking.  The following is a Letter to the Editor to the Boston Globe, and is eerily parallel to an experience that I had in a restaurant a couple of months ago.  Just replace “train” with “restaurant” and you’ll understand.

And for the record, I wouldn’t be wearing a Patriots hat…


TO THE man I sat next to on my way in to Boston:

When I boarded the commuter rail, you were already in the midst of a spirited phone conversation and didn’t seem to care about how loud you were talking. You were talking with someone about the Paris train attack and the growing epidemic of gun violence in America.

You spoke about the “murderous NRA” and “bloodthirsty gun nuts” who were causing our schools to “run red with blood.” You spoke profanely of the Republicans who opposed President Obama’s call for “sensible gun control,” and you lamented the number of “inbred redneck politicians” who have “infiltrated Capitol Hill.”

I found myself amazed at the irony of the situation. While you were spewing your venom, I sat quietly next to you with my National Rifle Association membership card in my wallet and my 9mm pistol in its holster. You were only 12 inches away from my legally owned semiautomatic pistol. I suppose I didn’t look like the “bloodthirsty gun nut” you thought I should be. It apparently didn’t register to you that I could so cleverly disguise myself by wearing a fleece coat, Patriots hat, and khakis.

So, to the angry liberal who sat next to me on the commuter rail: I don’t hate you. I don’t have any ill feelings toward you. I don’t wish to do you harm. And I don’t regret sitting next to you. On the contrary; I feel bad for you. It must hurt carrying that much hate inside of you.

You obviously have strong opinions about this hot topic. So, let me say this as plainly as I can: If a bad guy with a gun had decided to walk onto that train and start shooting people, I would have been prepared and able to use my gun to defend my own life and the lives of everyone else on that train, including yours. Although you may hate me, a gun owner, I would risk my life for you.

Opinions and ideologies make a pretty thin shield against the bullets of a madman. Your liberal self-righteousness and ignorance may have made you feel superior and comfortable, but during that 40-minute train ride to Boston, my gun kept you safe.

A. Linden

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Plumbing Karma

Unabashedly borrowed from Conservative Tribune.


Only weeks after leaving office on Jan. 20, 2017, former President Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Troy the Plumber to come out and fix it.

Troy drives to Obama’s new house, which is located in a very exclusive, gated community near Chicago where all the residents have a net income of way more than $250,000 per year.

Troy arrives and takes his tools into the house. He is led to the guest bathroom that contains the leaky pipe under the sink. Troy assesses the problem and tells Obama that it’s an easy repair that will take less than 10 minutes. Obama asks Troy how much it will cost. Troy checks his rate chart and says, “$9,500.”

“What?! $9,500?!” Obama asks, stunned, “But you said it’s an easy repair. Michelle will whip me if I pay a plumber that much!”

Troy says, “Yes, but what I do is charge those who make more than $250,000 per year a much higher amount so I can fix the plumbing of poorer people for free. This has always been my philosophy. As a matter of fact, I lobbied the Democrat Congress, who passed this philosophy into law. Now all plumbers must do business this way. It’s known as the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act of 2014’. I’m surprised you haven’t heard of it.”

In spite of that, Obama tells Troy there’s no way he’s paying that much for a small plumbing repair, so Troy leaves. Obama spends the next hour flipping through the phone book calling for another plumber, but he finds that all other plumbing businesses in the area have gone out of business. Not wanting to pay Troy’s price, Obama does nothing and the leak goes un-repaired for several more days. A week later the leak is so bad Obama has had to put a bucket under the sink.

Michelle is not happy as she has Oprah and guests arriving the next morning. The bucket fills up quickly and has to be emptied every hour, and there’s a risk the room will flood, so Obama calls Troy and pleads with him to return.

Troy goes back to Obama’s house, looks at the leaky pipe, checks his new rate chart and says, “Let’s see, this will now cost you $21,000.”

Obama quickly fires back, “What? A few days ago you told me it would cost $9,500!”

Troy explains, “Well, because of the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act,’ a lot of wealthier people are learning how to maintain and take care of their own plumbing, so there are fewer payers in the plumbing exchanges. As a result, the price I have to charge wealthy people like you keeps rising. Not only that, but for some reason the demand for plumbing work by those who get it for free has skyrocketed! There’s a long waiting list of those who need repairs, but the amount we get doesn’t cover our costs, especially paperwork and record-keeping. This unfortunately has put a lot of my fellow plumbers out of business, they’re not being replaced, and nobody is going into the plumbing business because they know they can’t make any money at it. I’m hurting too, all thanks to greedy rich people like you who won’t pay their ‘fair share’. On the other hand, why didn’t you buy plumbing insurance last December? If you had bought plumbing insurance available under the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act,’ all this would have been covered by your policy.”

“You mean I wouldn’t have to pay anything to have you fix my plumbing problem?” asks Obama.

“Well, not exactly,” replies Troy. “You would have had to buy the insurance before the deadline, which has passed now. And, because you’re rich, you would have had to pay $34,000 in premiums, which would have given you a ‘silver’ plan, and then, since this would have been your first repair, you would have to pay up to the $21,000 deductible, and anything over that would have a $7,500 co-pay, and then there’s the mandatory maintenance program, which is covered up to 17.5%, so there are some costs involved. Nothing is for free.”

“WHAT?!” exclaims Obama. “Why so much for a puny sink leak?!”

With a bland look, Troy replies, “Well, paperwork, mostly, like I said. And the internal cost of the program itself. You don’t think a program of this complexity and scope can run itself, do you? Besides, there are millions of folks with lower incomes than you, even many in the ‘middle class’, who qualify for subsidies that people like you must support. That’s why they call it the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act’! Only people who don’t make much money can afford it. If you want affordable plumbing, you’ll have to give away most of what you have accumulated and cut your and Michelle’s income by about 90%. Then you can qualify to get your ‘Fair Share’ instead of giving it.”

“But who would pass a crazy act like the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act’?!” exclaims the exasperated Obama.

After a sigh, Troy replies, “Congress… because they didn’t read it.”


Obamacare is working just like the fictional “Affordable Plumbing Act.”  This is also how Socialism works, which does its damnest to redistribute wealth.  Last, think of the progressive tax system that is in place in this country – especially since tax season is just around the corner!!

Wouldn’t it be nice if the people passing the laws were affected by those same laws?

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