About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Biden & Trump Bring Different Dangers To America

Special counsel Robert Hur's 388 page report entitled " Report on the Investigation Into Unauthorized Removal, Retention, & Disclosure of Classified Documents Discovered @ Locations Including the Penn Biden Center & the Delaware Private Residence of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.," documented the findings of his investigation of Biden's mishandling of classified documents over decades.  The first sentence of the Executive Summary stated "that no criminal charges are warranted in this matter."  

But instead of feeling joy & relief @ this conclusion Biden was furious @ the reference found twice in the report that he was an "elderly man with a poor memory" who could not remember the starting & ending dates of his vice presidency or even within several years the date his son Beau died.

Around 7 PM Thursday, February 8 the enraged Biden called a press conference for 7:45 PM in which he intended to prove to the world "I know what the hell I'm doing."

Biden looked unusually feeble going to the podium in his usual old-man shuffling gait & after giving an angry speech took questions in which his answers 1) mistakenly referred to the President of Mexico when he meant Egypt regarding human aid in Gaza,  2) absentmindedly referred to his late son Beau - "Let me tell you something.  Some of you have commented.  I wear, since the day he died every single day, the rosary he got from our Lady of …" & then was not able to finish the sentence, 3) emphatically stated that "I said I'm gonna be a president for everybody, whether you live in a red state or a green state," & 4) finally turned to the Democrat safe issue of abortion & promptly misnamed the "Roe v. Wade" case as "Roe v. Ward" as in Montgomery Ward & Co.

Not a performance that portrayed the desired image of a strong energetic man in control but rather one of a confused "elderly man with a poor memory" who exhibited "diminished faculties" & "significant limitations" - exactly how the report he was trying to undo had described him.

Hur's accurate report had struck a nerve & forced Biden out of hiding into center stage of public view - a place his wife & handlers have successfully avoided for him for four years for obvious reasons to us all.  Witness: no formal news conference in 4 months, no news conference in three months (in which he took 4 questions), no pre Super Bowl interview, & no addresses after winning the South Carolina primary or ordering attacks on Houthis & Iranian proxies, or showing any public leadership regarding the southwest border, Ukraine, Israel, or Taiwan.  List compiled by Karl Rove except for reference to Taiwan.

Biden also recently claimed to have talked twice to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died in 2017 & former French President Francois Mitterrand who died in 1996.

On Sunday, three days after the Biden press conference an ABC/Ipsos poll conducted February 9 & 10 found 86% of voters think Biden is "too old" to serve another term.  I think the quickly called press conference proved that Biden is not up to finishing this current term.

But Trump is not off the hook either - the same ABC/Ipsos poll found that 62% of the voters think Trump (3.5 years younger than Biden) is "too old" to serve another term as president & an NBC News poll conducted January 26 -30 found 48% had concerns that Trump does not have the mental & physical health to be president for a second term.  

At a rally in Concord, NH on January 19 Trump confused Pelosi & Nikki when he told the crowd, speaking incorrectly about the Speaker being in charge of security during the riots @ the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that “Because of lots of things … like Nikki Haley is in charge of security — we offered her 10,000 people, soldiers, National Guards, whatever they want. They turned it down."  I always maintained that if it was thought that 10,000 National Guardsmen were required to ensure security @ the Capitol on January 6 that the entire protest rally should have been called off just because it was thought to be that unsafe.

During a campaign speech in Derry, NH on October 23, 2023 Trump confused the leaders of Hungary & Turkey when he said “- there’s a man, Viktor Orb├ín, anybody ever hear of him?  He’s probably like, one of the strongest leaders anywhere in the world. He’s the leader of Turkey.”  Of course Orban is the Prime Minister of Hungary.  This Trump snafu is similar to Biden mixing up the presidents of Mexico & Egypt @ the press conference above.  But Trump went on to say that Orban's country shared a border with Russia - which neither Hungary or Turkey do.

Trump & Biden also have in common that they have not participated in any debates.  This only obscures their platforms so that voters really do not know the substance of their positions.  Without the discipline of participating in a debate with Pence, Christie, or Nikki - three people who worked for him & could rebut his answers - Trump has instead roamed the country speaking to adoring audiences @ rallies making all kinds of claims like 1) saying Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if he was president (although he misstated this @ the February 10 rally @ Coastal Carolina University saying the Russian invasion "would've never happened with Putin" when he meant to say "with me"), 2) being able to end the war in Ukraine in 24 hours if he becomes president, 3) saying there would not have been an attack by Hamas in Israel on October 7 if he had been president, & 4) saying that Iran proxies would not have killed three of our military personnel in Jordan if he was president hoping that everyone would forget that in June, 2019 Iran shot down a U.S. military asset (RQ-4A Global Hawk drone) flying over the Straits of Hormuz saying @ the time it "may not have been intentional" but a "mistake" by someone "loose & stupid."  And all this from a man who campaigned primarily in 2016 on building a southwest border wall with Mexico paying for it, yet he couldn't get it done.  If there really is a plan for ending the war in 24 hours wouldn't it be best to share it now?

In line with not presenting the plan to end the misery of the Ukraine war in 24 hours Trump also discourages Republicans working on a southwest border security measure, preferring to wait for him to campaign on Biden's impeachable immigration record while the country continues to be overrun by illegal aliens.

Trump's image as a fighter took a hit when he called for giving Bud Light a second chance after they showed their new WOKE colors & never apologized to consumers for abandoning their apolitical sports emphasis in favor of a transgender influencer spokesman that changed the company image @ a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.  Why would you want to help these types of companies, by giving them the lifeblood of a second chance, when we are finally seeing a little glimmer of ridding ourselves of all the critical theories meant to destroy America?

And last & maybe the worst is Trump saying, regarding NATO members not meeting their financial commitments, that he would "in fact . . . encourage them (Russia) to do whatever the hell they want" to such NATO members because "No, I would not protect  you."  Is a campaign rally 8 months before the election the way to handle NATO finances in a tinderbox world with an inept U.S. president who does not have the mental wherewithal to face a court in a documents case?

It is this coarseness & terribly poor judgement that I am afraid will permeate Trump's second term even more than the first term if he wins - a condition that makes Trump's potential victory more dangerous to America than Biden's.

Consider two leading candidates vying to be Trump's VP - NY Congresswoman Elise Stefanik & Ohio Senator J.D. Vance.   Both have not only supported the stolen election lie but have indicated they would not have done what Pence did on January 6 & presumably as vice president would have found a way for Trump to have won the 2020 presidential election.  Vance outrageously said that "I would have told the states . . . that we needed to have multiple slates of electors, & I think the U.S. Congress should have fought over it from there."  

You don't want these people anywhere near positions of power in our government where they could abuse our glorious Constitution. 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Doug
    As always your analysis is exceptional. I especially am pleased with following statement:

    “If there really is a plan for ending the war in 24 hours wouldn't it be best to share it now?”

    Yes his plan should be shared secretly with Republicans and some Democrats that at minimum would be receptive… then in a bi-partisan way get our citizenry behind this to pressure Anthony Blinken - the guy running our foreign policy. BTW Biden runs nothing of importance. He is simply a mascot.

    For the record my POTUS support has evolved starting with Vivek, then DiSantis, now Nicky Haley. I would take Trump over Biden which would be Obama’s 4th term.

    This is a very strange election year. I do not expect Biden to be the nominee. Gavin Newsome or Michelle Obama would defeat Trump easily. Why can’t the GOP leaders and majority of GOP voters realize this?

    Wishing Nicky Haley $ contributions continue and becomes the Long Shot that becomes the 1st Female president taking office in Jan 2025 and unifies the USA.

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  2. Hi Doug… hope all is well with you and Carol. Read your post and am really sadden by how much worse our situation is with this upcoming election. How do we get out of this mess?

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