Interesting Items 11/14 -
Howdy all, a few Interesting Items for your information. Enjoy –
In this issue:
1. Trump. Wow, what a week. Donald Trump was elected president in a return to Republican turnout elections of yesterday. This one was the most significant win since Bush 41 in 1988 in terms of Electoral College votes. With it, Trump also held the senate and the house majorities, though both were winnowed down a bit. With few exceptions, the win was not polled, not expected, and not appreciated (by the media, democrats, Hollywood or any of a thousand usual suspects). So, what happened? Looks like the non-voting whites finally got off their back sides, turned out to vote, and pulled the lever for Republican since the last time they did it in 1984. I had wondered the last couple of months if this was shaping up to be a wave / movement election like 1972, 1980 or 1984. The reaction by the left was shock, dismay, tears and violence. They made the predictable call to abolish the Electoral College. They claimed that Trump didn’t win the popular vote, which is an interesting claim at its face. What happens with elections is that absentee ballots are not counted unless the margin of victory is less than the total of those ballots. Typically, they break around 67 – 33% toward the Republican candidate (military and people who work for a living). Had they been counted in 2000, Bush 43 would have won the popular vote also. Finally, there were at least 3 million illegals who voted this election. Cleaning up voting and the voter rolls ought to be a very important early item on the agenda. This was a wave, a significant rejection of Obama, his policies, the media, the Clintons, and the damage they have done to this nation for the last decade. Who voted? How was it done? Trump turned out working class whites, flipping a large number of counties that had voted Obama twice in the Midwest. This flipped PA, OH, IA, IA and WI. Trump also picked up nearly as many Hispanics as Bush 43 did in 2004. He increased black votes for the Republican presidential candidate by 2%. How did he win? Instead of dividing people into groups, he treated them all as individual citizens and preached a positive message. He also fought back when attacked, each and every time. He rejected identity politics. Scott Adams decided Hillary had lost when the only thing she had in her bag of deplorables at the end was a reprise of Trump the sexual predator shtick. Republicans lost two incumbent US Senators, Kelly Ayotte (NH) and Mark Kirk (IL). Both publicly disavowed Trump after the Access Hollywood tape got dropped. Joe Heck (R) lost his bid to replace Dingy Harry Reid by doing the same thing, getting beat by Reid surrogate Cortez Masto. Here in AK, Lisa Murkowski managed to turn what should have been a slam dunk win over Joe Miller and 4 minor candidates to a 44 – 30% squeaker over Joe Miller who jumped in as a Libertarian at the last minute. Like the three wannabe US Senators above, Lisa also disavowed Trump. Too bad for her. http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37922587
2. Alaska. Time to change the red blue state legislature map for Alaska, as democrats managed to flip the State House from solid Republican to democrat. As you read here previously, democrats ran a very expensive throw them all out campaign this time around with lots of union money and lots of money from Bill Walker friends and allies funding campaign groups aimed at flipping enough seats to put them in charge. The state senate did not lose a seat and has a veto override majority now in place. State Senator Cathy Giessel who was targeted by the head of Alaska AFL / CIO Vince Beltrami won a narrow victory. She is one of the harder working and competent legislators out there. It will be nice to see her back in Juneau. Things did not go so well for state house races, as we lost a pair of Republicans, Liz Vasquez here in Anchorage and Cathy Munoz in Juneau. Liz was beat by one of 11 so-called independents, a young guy named Jason Grenn, who claimed to be a long time Republican. Munoz made the mistake of standing up for a criminal, asking the court for leniency and was flayed for it. Even as a very liberal Republican, she was not sufficiently conservative for Juneau which is now prepending their name with the phrase “People’s Democratic Republic of”. There were another couple races that were less than 100 votes between the two candidates but it looks like the incumbent Republicans retain their seats. Both of them do good work and it will be good to have them back on the job. After all the dust settled, there were 17 democrats, 21 Republicans and 2 so-called independents. After the election, three of the Republicans, members of the former Musk Ox caucus walked across the aisle and decided they wanted to caucus with democrats, handing the democrats control of the house. The two independents not unexpectedly decided to caucus with democrats, giving them a 22 – 18 voting majority and control of the house for the first time in decades. This is going to be a very interesting legislative session. http://mustreadalaska.com/house-organizes-dems-in-drivers-seat/
3. Riots. What is an election without the requisite riots in blue states and the cities that control them? It took less than a day for the democrat rent-a-mobs to form up and start blockading interstates, fighting with police, breaking in and looting businesses (Portland). There was even the random white guy beat by black thugs for voting for Trump. There were a lot of people who voted for Trump without being fully on board with anything he said he wanted to do. Every time a riot, a snowflake, a college or university leader panders to the political left because Trump won, there will be a finite number of those people who are suddenly convinced they did indeed do the right thing. There was a teen in a Trump beat by fellow students during an anti-Trump walkout at Montgomery HS in Washington. There were over 25 arrested in Portland, half of which never even bothered to vote last Tuesday. Make no mistake, these are rent-a-mob riots, funded by democrats and Soros backed organizations. Signs used in these riots have been seen in other riots and protests earlier in the year. The rioters are being hired to do this. They are being paid. They are being supplied with signs. And they are getting bussed from riot venue to riot venue. Pay? Pretty good apparently, with paychecks approaching $1,500 / week being reported. http://www.inquisitr.com/3707564/post-election-riots-are-anti-trump-demo...
4. Jackson. In my lifetime, I remember three previous movement elections which the Republicans turned out a substantial number of people who normally do not vote. They are Nixon’s win in 1972, and Reagan’s two wins in 1980 and 1984. I felt for a couple months that this time around was shaping up to be much the same thing and it ended up being an accurate observation. So, does this mean that I think Trump is the second coming of Nixon or Reagan? I don’t think so. I think we have to go farther back than that, all the way to the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828. Remember that Jackson got the most electoral votes in the 1824 presidential election in a field of four. The election went to the House. Deals were made and John Quincy Adams was elected president. Jackson was incredibly bitter and spent the next four years railing against the “corrupt bargain” that elected Adams. Jackson ran as candidate of the common man, against what he described as the corruption that cost him the 1824 election. He raised up a personal army and took Washington by storm. I think Trump is more Jacksonian than anything else and the change from a globalist outlook to an American-centered outlook is going to be the hallmark of his presidency. Additionally, the election of 1824 saw the splintering of the dominant Democratic – Republican party into four splinters. The old Federalist Party had collapsed following the War of 1812. Jackson’s successful faction went on to become the Democrat party of today. Henry Clay’s faction went on to become the Whig party. I think Trump and his supporters remake at least the Washington DC portion of the Republican party and complete the grass roots takeover that has been rolling at the state level since Obama was elected in 2008. Should be a lot of fun to watch.
5. Soros. Who might the new administration target in the not so distant future? I would suggest one of the globalist elites, the destroyer of national currencies, the funding of terrorist political organizations, one George Soros. Mr. Soros has been spending tens to hundreds of millions stirring up all manner of trouble this election and previous ones in an attempt to create the sort of chaos that vultures like him thrive upon. He is funding Black Lives Matter. He funded the Occupy movement. He is funding the current series of rent-a-mob riots in blue cities protesting the outcome of the election. He has chosen to play in the realm of governments. Perhaps it is time for governments to start playing with him. If it were up to me, I would propose a black operation that would target his wealth and simply make it disappear. Once it is gone, so also does Mr. Soros, into a convenient Black Site never to be heard of again. When you choose to war against governments, be not surprised when governments decide to make war against you in return. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/11/heres-proof-soros-money-funding-...
6. Future. So, what does the future hold for a Trump administration? Once conservatives finish with schadenfreude of drinking liberal tears, it is time to get to work unwinding the corruption that has grown and festered in Washington DC since the Clintons rode into town on in 1992 following Iran – Contra “Independent” counsel Lawrence Walsh’s last minute indictment of SECDEF Caspar Weinberger less than a week before the election. So how do we do the deed? It is clear that Republican congressional leadership is not up to the task of leading the swamp draining and will sit back while President Trump takes the lead and all the incoming hostile fire. And what does Trump have to use? He has a fully weaponized federal bureaucracy, albeit one infested by democrat political operatives from top to bottom. All the sudden, democrats and their media enablers are interested in separation of powers and checks and balances. Good luck with that, girls. The thing is that Obama and the democrats got lazy after their two yearlong free ride from 2009 – 2010. After voters turned the Pelosi House over, Obama and the democrats went to Plan B – doing everything via stroke of the pen rather that congressional legislation, though there was a lot of foolishness fully funded by an endless series of omnibus spending bills at the end of each year. But governing with a phone and a pen means that anything done via those techniques can be undone via similar action. All the onerous Obama Executive Orders? They can be repealed via the stroke of a pen. And it can be undone via a big bang technique with a single EO simply listing everything that needs to be undone. Obama’s rules and regulations can be undone via a number of methods. Anything that did not go through the complete rule making process including the full comment period, gets pulled on process grounds. For decades, the greens have been playing a little game filing lawsuits and then getting their cohorts in crime in the targeted agency to sign a friendly consent agreement that either implements something they want or repeals something they don’t. No reason we can’t do the same thing. All EPA climate regs can be withdrawn if the scientific foundation for them – CO2 is a pollutant – is changed. Change that scientific finding and the entire house of cards comes crashing down. What do you do with a fully weaponized federal bureaucracy infested by democrats? There are a couple things that come to mind. One would be a simple reorganization to remove everyone hired during the last 8 years. Another would be to threaten to repeal JFK’s EO allowing federal employees to unionize. This would gut the public employee unions for civil service. Make no mistake. This will be a very nasty, very bloody war. But it appears that the incoming Trump administration is positioning itself to join it.
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