Random Ramblings: January 20, 2018

Readers’ Advisory: This post is about politics today. It is not diplomatic in the slightest. Proceed at your own risk!

Well here we are friends, it’s the first anniversary of the Inauguration of Donald Trump as president− how’s it going so far?

It depends on who you ask!

If you’ve been with me for a while and you read these ramblings, you might recall that I wrote more than once that the hissy fit of the far Left over Mr. Trump’s election would get a lot worse before it ended. Well, that turned out to be right on the mark didn’t it?

The hissy fit continues unabated.

Over the past year we’ve had endless accusations and investigations, not to mention charges of derangement and mental imbalance. We’ve had a spate of irresponsible lawsuits and legal claims, and protests and marches. There has been violence perpetrated by the far Left including violence at the Inauguration itself followed by violence in Berkley, California and other communities perpetrated by Antifa, and how can we forget the Democratic Party activist who opened fire on Republican Congressmen at baseball practice nearly killing one of them, and the Democratic party activist who attacked a Republican U.S. Senator with a club breaking 5 ribs and nearly killing him?

Of course, reporting of the fact that these loons have clear Party connections was a bit slim.

According to the Media Research Center, news reporting about Mr. Trump is 90% negative. If the reporting is not biased, how can that be?

In the past year, the stock market has risen a record 32%, unemployment has dropped like a rock as businesses are expanding like we have seldom seen in such a short time. Consumer confidence is at its highest level in a very long time as real income has risen faster than we’ve seen in decades. In normal times, these stories would blast everything else out of the news cycle, but this time only the financial media bothers to mention it.

Very interesting.

Mr. Trump doesn’t help his own cause as we all know too well. With his adolescent outbursts and juvenile Tweets, he provides more than enough cannon fodder for his opponents. Sadly, I must report that the man simply isn’t very likeable in his demeanor.

As I write this in the predawn darkness here in the American Heartland, the Government is shut down. We’re shut down because one party in U.S. Senate is blocking a temporary measure to provide funding for governmental operations over a completely unrelated issue that nearly everyone in Congress agrees on. Does this move make any sense to anyone with an honest brain?

No, it does not. This is the “Resistance” at work. Remember that?

Oh, come on, how can we forget the “Resistance Movement” that the Congressional Democratic Leadership signed onto a year ago with a promise to block everything Trump wants to do. They need DACA reform passed, Trump wants it passed in a comprehensive form, they must block comprehensive reform, so they attach DACA to a spending bill to keep the government in business and go to the mat− that’s the play. And why shouldn’t the Democrats resort to such a tactic?

They will get away with it once again because the news will dutifully report that Trump is the problem, and you will blame the whole thing on him, instead of those who are really responsible.

Unless the Republicans cave, of course, and there is still time for that.

We’ll see…

One person said something intelligent yesterday, it was Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana who said:

Our country was founded by geniuses, but it’s run by idiots

Yep, that pretty much says it all!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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11 Responses to Random Ramblings: January 20, 2018

  1. William Haney says:

    A few questions….

    Your thoughts on calling Haiti and other countries “S***holes” and we need more from mostly white Norway? Also, playing golf on MLB Day while previous Presidents volunteered on that day. Including Bush.

    Your thoughts on the “Me too” movement? These women are victims of the inappropriate sexual behavior of entertainers, politicians, media, and even a sports team owner. Sounds legit to me. It brought down one of my favorites (Matt Lauer).

    Did Oprah’s speech politicize it as she called for women that a new day is coming for women and men who support it. Plus numerous complaints about Trump including paying off a porn star.

    As a parent of a daughter in a public high school in Illinois, I am greatful for Governor Rauner for coming up with a budget for Illinois. Sounds like Mike Madigan is becoming a liability for Illinois and their Democrats.

    • Don Merritt says:

      We really need to do lunch one of these days soon Wm; I miss our weekly visits!
      1. As you know, I am not even close to being a Trump fan- see last week’s Random Ramble for my comments on that remark, but if you’re short on time… he’s a complete jerk.
      2. I think it’s about time that this sort of misbehavior is dealt with properly so I am all for “me too”. Yet at the same time I am concerned about the potential for abuse and political weaponization of it. Be careful in the workplace my friend, for right now an accusation = a conviction.
      3. I think Oprah’s apparent attempt to use wronged women for political advantage is disgusting.
      4. I think that Mike Madigan and his party have been liabilities for Illinois for decades now!

  2. William Haney says:

    Also, I am thinking of buying the book, “Fire And Fury” by Michael Wolff. Sounds like some good stuff about the Trump White House and possibly Steve Bannon.

  3. gaustin00 says:

    Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don’t help. I think that about sums it up ya’ think?

  4. We’re feeling it a bit because our GRANDson joined the military with high ideals and we felt through prayer and such that the Lord was leading him. We STILL believe that, but now if this keeps up, he will not be paid Feb 1 though he must still do his duty as an MP in the Army. What I want to know is when the government goes back on it’s contract with the American people, why is it the American people can’t take those directly responsible to task!? Rhetorical question really, but it begs you to wonder how our government that was blessed by God Almighty could stray so far from God principles into the utter corruption we see at work daily! I know we can go to the ballot box, but there should be something, just like a employers recourse to fire insubordinate and unproductive employees. Government politicians have forgotten they answer to the people and WE pay their salary.
    Brother Don, I am with you, in prayer and speech! I know that our HOPE and TRUST in is the Lord, but we deserve in the natural what we are paying for! It will definitely keep us Christians on our knees and seeking wisdom from on high!!! Love you in Christ, brother!!!

  5. I remember, in years past, when the republicans shut down the government that the media was trumpeting (no pun intended) the hardships it was causing citizens world wide. The lack of similar coverage now is deafening.

  6. Citizen Tom says:

    Well, it looks like the Democrats caved. They didn’t, of coursed. They just decided their strategy was backfiring. So they cut their losses, and they will try something else.

    Getting an amnesty for the dreamers is important to them. If Trump wins are the illegal immigration issue and gets the economy booming, that permanent underclass Democrats need to win elections disappears.

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