Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Perspective: American Democracy is Alive and Well


Charles Krauthammer’s article entitled “American Democracy” which appeared in the Bradford ERA on Friday March 24th is right on and should be required reading for all those naysayers who fear that President Trump is the new Hitler. Quoting Krauthammer “Turns out that the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The strong man cometh, it was feared. Who and what would stop him? Two months into the Trumpian era, we have our answer Our checks and balances have turned out to be quite vibrant.”

 Let me summarize the points that Krauthammer cites to support his case.


  1. The Courts stopped Trump’s temporary ban for undocumented immigrants coming from the countries that President Obama had labeled as dangerous was to develop a stronger vetting process. Although the President has the Constitutional authority to take this action, and the Law by Congress supports it, as well, President Trump is permitting the case to go through the lower Courts where it will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.
  2. The States Republican Governors have been pressuring Congress to oppose the President’s health care reform.
  3. The Congress, having Republican majorities in both houses, would not support the President’s proposed health care reform bill.
  4. The Media is clearly the opposition party, with their front pages covered with anti-Trump editorializing, presented as news. This in contrast as to how the Media lavishingly worshiped Obama.
You add this up and you find that the keys to the separation of powers that the Founding Fathers created in our Democratic Republic are functioning as they should despite what the anti-Trump groups claim Trump is doing to destroy our system.

Put this together with the way “We the People” chose Trump to be our president, via the Electoral College, also a Founding Fathers creation, and you have a system that we can be proud of and should support instead of disparaging with the foulest language one could imagine.

Finally, there are two more things that need to be said to understand President Trump. First and foremost, is that he did not run as a third party candidate as did Ross Perou and Pat Buchanan. Instead he ran as a Republican and won all the way not because the Party high-ups wanted him, because they did everything they could to defeat him, but because “We the People” overcame the Republican establishment and elected him fair and square as our President.

Secondly, is that Trump speaks bluntly and to the point. This is the way the ordinary person in the “We the People” crowd speaks. For example Trump will say, “President Obama wire tapped me”. That is not precisely correct because Obama did not personally break into Trump Tower and place a bug under Trump’s dinning room table.

But consider what probably happened. A Fisa Court approved a surveillance of foreign spies which when implemented probably caught Trump people talking to the people the Fisa Court had approved to be surveyed. Michael Flynn was such a person who was exposed. Who sought the Fisa Court approval? Oh, that was someone high up in the Obama Administration. Ask yourself where the “Buck” stops? President Harry Truman told us: “In the Oval Office on the President’s desk”.  Period. 

Ergo did the Administration order a “wire tap”,i.e, a Fisa Court Warrant, and was it Obama? The answer, it was equivalent to a wire tap, and if the ‘buck stops there”, it was Obama.

Now ask yourself this question. How many citizens know what a Fisa Court is let alone what it does? Fisa stands for “foreign intelligence surveillance”, and it is a court warrant permitting the government to survey foreign spies in the United States. The answer is very very few ordinary persons know. Now, ask yourself, how often you have heard the elite Media tell you what Fisa means. Never.

 Now ask who knows what wire tapping is? “We the People” know what precisely that wire tapping is to survey persons who are suspected of wrong doing. The super educated journalist school graduate only understands precise language. That is why they missed the Trump movement. They never bothered to talk to “We the People” in their language.

 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Perspective: President Trump at One Month


The United States is a Democratic Republic, and President Trump is our duly elected President. He was elected with 306 of the required 270 Electoral College votes. Importantly also, is the fact that he won 30 of the 50 States and at least 2500 of the 3000 counties in the Nation. Hillary did win the popular vote in California, but President Tromp even won half of the counties of California. In other words, he won decisively.  

This is exactly what the Founders had in mind when they set up the Electoral College. They envisioned that the population of big cities such as Boston and New York could out-vote the citizens of the hinterlands. That is exactly what happened in this election. Hillary received the majority of the National votes gaining them from the big cities on each coast. Still she lost overwhelmingly to the hinterland, exactly the way the Founders wanted it. 

President Tromp has been in office a mere five weeks, and despite the democrats in Congress blocking and stalling the proposed members of his cabinet, he has made huge progress on addressing the problems he identified as the major ones and told his supporters that would do something about. To name a few:

  • Authorized construction on the Wall
  • Announced hiring 10.000 new ICE and 5000 border security agents to enforce existing laws
  • Promulgated a program to vet refugees and immigrants from the seven countries in the Mid East countries Obama labeled  unsafe.
  • Eliminated numerous regulations that impede job creation, including a freeze on Obamacare
  • Authorized the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines and unshackled the restrictions on coal mining
  • Withdrew America from the TPP treaty
  • Said out loud: “Radical Islamic terrorism” in his inaugural address
  • Appointed Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court
In addition, he announced plans for replacing Obamacare with a better program, and stated his plan for tax overhaul would be ready in 2-3 weeks.  

More than this accomplishment, he has convened meetings with just about every major group of leaders and experts in the Country such as the Silicon Valley high tech heads, the automotive CEOs and the top union leaders, to name just a few organizations. Adding to this he has met or spoken on the phone with many of the top world leaders. The business community is already responding, and consumer confidence is rising. The rise in the Stock Market reflects this. 

Despite the amazing Electoral accomplishment and despite keeping his campaign promises right out of the starting gate, a substantial number of democrats are in the streets claiming he is illegitimate and calling him all sorts of the worst kind of names. Now, they are not just disparaging President Trump; they are disparaging “We the People”, their working class fellow Americans who voted him into office. The members of this group needs to be respected, because they have been the victims of the horrendous policies of both established political parties that have caused more than 70,000 factories to shut down terminating the working class jobs and leaving a grave yard of rust belts that spans the Nation. 

If the democrats want to change from the Electoral College to election of the President by Popular Vote, they need to know that that will require a Constitutional Amendment. According to Article V of the Constitution: “Whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which in either case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of the Constitution when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States.” Since President Trump won 30 of the 50 States, and Hillary won only 20 States, it seems unlikely that the democrats can round up the 38 States required for such an Amendment. 

The Electoral College is the law of the land, and Donald Trump is our Electoral College elected legitimate President. Therefore, it is the duty of each and every citizen to accept that. As Americans we often may not agree with the occupant, but we always should respect the office of President itself!

 

So, let’s unify and get on with dealing with the business the voters need and want now!!