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Posts Tagged ‘Tea Party’

Making Sense of the Trump Election

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 20, 2016

With the presidential election behind us, pundits attempt to analyze and explain the results.  Some on the Right interpret the Trump victory as a conservative mandate.  Others on the Left blame Hillary Clinton’s poor campaigning skills or the low intelligence of voters for the loss.  Such conclusions from both sides miss the greater meaning of the election, which is a continuation of the political paradigm shift worldwide.

In the United States the shift began with the Tea Party after Obama’s first election.  It continued with Democrats losing power in both subsequent mid-term elections.

trumpThe United Kingdom voted for Brexit, to disconnect themselves from the European Union.  Similar to the US presidential election, expert pollsters indicated Brexit would not occur.  Just like in the United States the People proved the experts out of touch.

The paradigm shift is the result of the failure of Progressive governments to meet the needs of the People.  While governments bailed out banks in 2009 to the benefit of the wealthy, and continually come up with social programs for the less fortunate, they have ignored the needs of the middle class whose financial well-being has been eroded.

The forces that led to Brexit and the election of Donald Trump will continue to pick up momentum.  As governments continue with the same failed policies, they will lose legitimacy and be voted out.  These forces will likely lead to the breakup of the European Union, as well as increased European nationalism.

John Mauldin recently published an article titled This Could Be Our 1989” that helps explain the eroding authority of Progressive governments.  He begins by quoting Jeffrey Tucker of the Foundation for Economic Education who correctly said:

“All these details of the Trump platform are still important, but strike me as less relevant to what we can expect going forward.  The more I look at it, the less it seems to me that the election results are less about what Trump believes and more about what he represents: a fundamental shattering of an old paradigm.  And I’m finding the widespread commentary that this represents some kind of triumph of racism, misogyny, etc. etc., to be superficial and even preposterous.  And you know this if you visit with any regular voter.

What lies in ruins here is not common decency and morality – much less the character of a whole people and nation – but rather an anachronistic, arrogant, entitled, smug, conceited ruling elite and ruling paradigm.  You can see this in the clues that show that the vote was not so much for a particular vision of one man, but against a prevailing model of managing the world.” [Emphasis added.]

Mauldin then goes on to offer some logical conclusions relating to not only the Trump election, but also the paradigm shift in political power unfolding before us.  This includes:

  • When I read (somewhat bemusedly) that the halls of power in Europe are in an uproar over our election, I think that they should be. Not because Trump is now president but because elites everywhere – the people who “know” how the world should be run and expect the “little people” to stay in line – are an endangered species”.  Yes, these elites have much to fear as they watch their base of power disintegrate.
  • “It is up to the leadership of countries and communities to make sure that everyone is protected – equally – and to do so without burdening future generations with the task of paying for the solutions they come up with.” For decades governments worldwide have ignored the plight of the middle class who are now revolting at the ballot box.
  • The old institutions are not up to the task of managing a world awash in massive and ever faster technological and social changes that are not leaving us enough time to adjust. We went from a world where 50% of us worked on family farms to where less than 2% do today, but that took 8-10 generations.”  Many of the institutions that Mauldin is referring to were created shortly after World War II.  It is not surprising that they are not working in this rapidly changing world.  Expecting the ruling political class to implement change that while necessary, would diminish their power, is illogical.  It is also not surprising that the old guard claims that incoming change endangers society.

Mauldin concludes that those shaking at the idea of a Trump presidency should “get a grip”, reminding us that the power of US presidents are quite limited by the Constitution.  While Progressives, including the current president, have suggested that the Constitution should be a living document that can be morphed to their political agenda, many in this country, including real conservatives, conclude otherwise.  Strict interpretation of the Constitution and the powers it gives the office of the presidency inhibits any president, including Trump, from significant overreach.

The American People have spoken.  They are demanding change and have elected Donald Trump to carry out that mandate.  Time will tell if he is up to the task.  Should he not, he will be voted out by the same group that have given him the office he will shortly command.


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Liberal Professor Compares Tea Party to Nazis

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 9, 2014

Academia is supposed to be a place where ideas can be debated and studied openly so that open minds can come to informed conclusions.  Unfortunately, in many colleges today that is not the case.  Instead, Leftist professors use positions of power to intimidate and indoctrinate those they are supposed to teach in order to pursue their own political agendas.  While this has been going on for decades, today’s inexpensive video recording technology has exposed this travesty.

Dr. Blake Armstrong of South Texas College, Weslaco, Texas, is a psychology professor who was recently caught red-handed pursuing his Leftist agenda.  Knowing that his remarks were political and not educational, Armstrong asked students not to “tell anybody” about his so-called lecture.  However, one student flipped on a video phone camera saving the professor’s inappropriate lecture for cyberspace, as posted below.  Armstrong’s Tea Party bashing comments included:

In 1931, which was really interesting, the Nazis — people were kind of tired of them.  They’ve been around since 1920, 11 years now.  They’ve won seats — they’re like the tea party!  That’s such a good example,” and “but in the sense of how they politically came to power, there’s a good analogy there.  That eventually people realized, ‘Oh, these Nazis are a bunch of nuts,’  ‘These tea party people are a bunch of nuts.’  I mean, the analogy really is a good analogy.”

It is fair to disagree with the Tea Party’s Libertarian views as well as its strict interpretation of the Constitution.  However, to compare them to Nazis is not meant to spur intellectual discussion, but rather demonize some Americans in an effort to thwart legitimate debate.  This is all too often the goal of liberal academia.

Many industries are today being revolutionized and made less expensive for consumers through new technologies.  The higher education industry has so far avoided this mainly due to governmental interference whose manipulation of student debt (loans) has allowed the inefficiencies to continue.  This is why cost of higher education increase has outstripped inflation for decades.  It has resulted in the current aggregate student debt exceeding $1 trillion, an amount greater than all consumer credit card debt.  This unsustainable economic path will soon be a controlling factor for Progressive educators, such as Blake Armstrong.  Students will start demanding real education that betters their lives, rather than accepting police indoctrination.  However, since Dr. Armstrong likely never took Econ 101, he is oblivious to the unstoppable forces of supply and demand that will ultimately act to curtail lame educators such as he.

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IRS Scandal Growing

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 27, 2014

The so IRS scandal involved the Internal Revenue Service targeting organizations with anti-Obama leanings, delaying their tax-exempt status.  This lessened donations to anti-Obama candidates during the 2012 presidential election campaign.

It is not surprising that the IRS has pro-Democratic and Leftist bias.  The Democratic Party stands for increasing the size and scope of government.  IRS workers (of government employees) from the bottom to the top are more likely to see their personal income increase, along with their power, when Democrats control government.  In addition, the Democrats are pro-organized labor.  This leads to an incestuous relationship between government unionized employees and that Party.  These unions donate substantial funds to the Democrats, who once in power, are in charge of negotiating the same unions’ contracts.  This bizarre relationship should be illegal given the flagrant conflict of interest between the two and the People they are supposed to be serving.

When the scandal broke in 2013, President Obama went on the offensive acting incredulous about the obvious misdeeds of the IRS.  His comments after reading the IG’s report included:  “Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it,” and “it should not matter what political stripe you’re from. The fact of the matter is, the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity“. It is incredible just a year later how different the President acted and what he has since said. Just a half year later while when asked by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly: “So you’re saying there was no corruption there at all,” the President morphed his earlier stated of anger into saying: “there were some bone-headed decisions out of a local office” and more incredibly: “not even a smidgen of corruption.” These two stated positions cannot coexist.

Initially, the IRS with the backing of the Obama Administration, blamed the IRS’s illegal actions on a few rogue agents in Cincinnati, Ohio. That dog didn’t hunt very long. It has since been learned that high-level IRS employees in Washington, DC, including Lois Lerner who has taken the Fifth, refusing to testify in front of Congress, were involved in a scheme to thwart the rights of organizations with anti-Obama political views.

Fast-forward another few months and the scandal is starting to snowball into something bigger. First, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a sworn statement before Congress said that the IRS would turn over all Lois Lerner’s emails to Congress. A few months later in June 2014 he informed Congress that two years of Lois Lerner’s emails that were requested are gone because her hard drive was destroyed. (More incredibly, six other relevant IRS employee’s hard drives were also reportedly destroyed at the same time.) During his June testimony, Koskinen with attitude that demonstrated disdain for Congress and the People, testified that he learned of Lerner’s hard drive destruction in April, but he did not correct his earlier testimony to Congress until six weeks later during this testimony.

This past week the story gets more bizarre when it was learned the supposedly destroyed Lerner hard drive was merely scratched. In addition, while Koskinen previously testified that the backup tapes for the Lerner hard drive were destroyed, that testimony has since been changed indicating that backup tapes may actually still exist.

Included below is a video of IRS Commissioner Koskinen being grilled by Congressman Trey Gowdy, and experienced prosecutor prior to entering Congress. This exchange not only shows a lack of contrition by the IRS for its illegal behavior, but also an attitude that is at the very least bordering on obstruction of justice.

The IRS scandal has growing legs. Recent polling indicates that 70% of Americans want this matter thoroughly investigated to its completion. The IRS’s and the Administration’s stonewalling since day one has resulted in damning facts being trickled out. Between congresses investigation and some civil suits that are ongoing, it is likely that even more damning facts are yet to come.

As time moves on the IRS scandal is feeling more like the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s. It is already known that high level IRS employees used the power of the IRS to attempt to change the political landscape during the 2012 election. This is a dangerous and scary proposition on its own. However, there is likely even more. Already produced emails indicate pressure from certain Democrat Senators and Congressmen on the IRS to go after conservative political action groups. There are also emails between the IRS and the Justice Department on similar issues. Given the facts already exposed, it is likely that politicos in the White House were involved with the IRS’s illegal actions. That leaves the question of how high in the White House this goes. The answers are likely in September as the Country focuses on the November midterm elections.

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Chris Matthews Going Positive on Tea Party

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 12, 2014

The incompetency of the Obama presidency has been a sad, if not interesting story to watch.  During the early days the Administration’s blunders that included Solyndra crony capitalism, lack of follow-through on the BP oil spill and the Benghazi debacle, Obama’s Leftist allies including those in the mainstream media either ignored the issues or blamed them on “phony conspiracies” created by opponents

With the culmination of one crisis after another that have included the IRS targeting political opponents, the VA hospital catastrophe, the ill-advised and ill handled Bergdahl for terrorists exchange, and now the potential disintegration of Iraq, even some of Obama’s staunchest allies are starting to waiver.  No more is this evident then with Leftist and former ardent Obama supporter MSNBC news commentator Chris Matthews.

In yet another sign that Matthews has become disenchanted with the incompetence of the Left in Washington, Matthews made some unusually positive comments about the Tea Party and conservative congressional candidate David Brat who recently defeated Congressman Eric Cantor in the Republican primary.  Matthews’ comments included:

Well, first of all, I don’t think you can assume that the liberals are smarter than the conservative professors.  I think that’s crazy talk like that and it’s exactly the kind of attitude conservatives can’t stand. I don’t know which professor is more popular, but that doesn’t mean it’s a better professor, first of all.” [When asked about Brat and his intellectual skills during the interview.]

Secondly, I was listening to Brat last night, I listened to him today, I think he’s very sophisticated for a politician.  He’s certainly up to the ranks in most politicians I’ve ever dealt with.  He speaks in a speculative manner, in an intellectual manner, he can handle any debate on this program or my program.”

So this looking down our noses at Tea Party people has got to stop.  They have a message, they are as American as any liberal is, and they are really angry at the failure of the system.”

Matthews is unusually on target and concluded that “…  looking down our noses at Tea Party people has got to stop.”  Translation: The Left’s grand experiment of the past six years that included significant growth in an already expansive government has failed.  This will likely lead to a strong political reaction in the other direction and the American Left better accept it.

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Leftist Virginian Politician Equates Tea Party with Rapists

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 10, 2014

Jennifer Wexton, Democrat, is running for the State Senate in Virginia.  In one of her recent TV advertisements included in the video below she equates those that disagree with her politics to rapists.

Wexton’s close the discussion tactic is becoming typical in what is today Leftist logic.  How sad and how dangerous.


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JFK and the Tea Party

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 21, 2013

It is often proffered that the mainstream media has morphed into a propaganda wing for Leftist politics in more recent years.  However, there is evidence that the Leftist bent of the media has been ongoing much longer, but perhaps previously in a more sophisticated and gentlemanly fashion.

The Boston Globe writer Jeff Jacoby has posted an interesting piece titled would “Democrats Embrace a JFK today?”  Jacoby points out that while Kennedy has been canonized by the Left after his assassination, his politics were anything but Leftist.

When John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35th president of the United States, he championed many policies that are today promoted by the Tea Party.  This included:

  • Across-the-board cuts of the personal and corporate tax rates.
  • Significantly cutting tariffs to promote international trade.
  • JFK once called city property taxes “confiscatory”.
  • As for big government programs, Kennedy said during his 1960 campaign: “I do not believe that Washington should do for the people what they can do for themselves through local and private effort.”
  • During his first inaugural address, Kennedy said: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”  Just image a Leftist like Obama making such a statement.

Kennedy was also a proponent of a strong military.  As president he said: “We must refuse to accept a cheap, second-best defense“.  JFK significantly increased the military budget as a percentage of GDP.

In the decades since his assassination, the mainstream media has created the false narrative that Kennedy was a liberal.  This was a deceptive attempt to take advantage of JFK’s martyrdom legacy to promote the Leftist agenda.  However, JFK distanced himself from liberalism.

Look Magazine called JFK a “young, wealthy, and conservative John Fitzgerald Kennedy”.  During an interview in 1950s, Kennedy was challenged by the media concerning his “true liberal” credentials to which JFK replied: “I’d be very happy to tell them I’m not a liberal at all .…  I’m not comfortable with those people.”  FDR’s widow, Eleanor, went so far as to publicly state that she could not back Kennedy as the Party’s presidential nominee.

JFK’s ideology indeed had more in common with today’s Tea Party than what is now promoted by the radical Left Democratic Party headed by Barack Obama.  It is curious that JFK remains a hero of the Leftist media while the Tea Party only receives its scorn.  This bizarre abuse by the media says a lot about its disingenuous behavior.  The acquiescence of the academic intelligentsia to this dichotomy is one indication of its moral decline.

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Tea Party: Radical or Principled

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 18, 2013

You got to give it to the Left’s ability to create the narrative (propaganda) within the media.  Along with President Obama, the Left has painted Republicans as obstructionist, while at the same time created the narrative that they are bipartisan.  How preposterous.  Neither side (party) is bipartisan nor should they be.  Political parties are created to support a political view(s).  If Americans were indeed bipartisan there would be no need for multiple parties.

The word “bipartisan” is bantered around often by the Left and its allies in the media.  This Blog proffers the view that bipartisanship inhibits the advancement of societal growth.  Imagine if bipartisanship prevailed between Lincoln, Republicans and the proslavery Democrats prior to the US Civil War. The North would have allowed the South to continue the use of slaves.  How about if prior entering World War II bipartisanship was used to satisfy the demands of isolationists?

Perhaps the best example of the failure of bipartisanship is the United Nations.  It is so much easier to list its failures that its accomplishments.

One of the more outrageous and disingenuous claims of the Left is that the Tea Party is radical.  If true then these Leftists must also believe that our Founding Fathers and the Constitution are radical.  Main themes of the Tea Party include fiscal conservatism and smaller government.  To paint these visions as radical is a horrifying aspect of how far this Country has descended into creeping socialism.

A recent exchange on CNN between, video below, started when reporter Michael Holmes called the Tea Party “radicals”.  CNN’s Jim Acosta appropriately responded: “Well, Michael, I mean, first of all, let’s be careful about using the term ‘radical,’ because a lot of those folks feel like they’re standing on principle today, even though they didn’t come out on top in this.”  It is obvious that Leftists believe that one must agree with their Progressive policies to be principled.  What a convenient way to stop open debate.

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Senator Coburn Gives MSNBC a Lecture on the Tea Party

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 4, 2012

Senator Tom Colburn, Republican from Oklahoma was recently interviewed by a panel of MNSBC Leftists.  The panel attempted to take on the good Senator and instead received a well-deserved spanking.  Among other issues, the panel attempted to paint the Tea Party as an off-beat and radical group, for which Coburn offered an appropriate rebuke.

While viewing the Colburn interview below, listen to the Leftist journalists giggle like silly teenagers on subjects that should be of very serious concern to the Country.  They once again show the Left’s disdain for anyone that disagrees with their agendas.  So much for civility.

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Senator Lugar Given the Boot

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 9, 2012

Dick Lugar, Republican, lost his bid for a seven term in the Senate during the Republican primary this week in Indiana.  Lugar was defeated by Tea Party backed Richard Mourdock.

Lugar outspent the challenger by 3 to 1.  His defeat was in part due to Mourdock’s Tea Party backing.  However, it follows the anti-incumbent movement that has not only hit the United States since before the last midterm election, but Europe as well as indicated in recent elections in France and Greece.

In addition, a minor scandal erupted when it was reported that Lugar did not own a home in Indiana.  When visiting his home state, Lugar bill the taxpayers for hotel expenses.  The Lugar campaign blamed this on a staff error

Lugar is 80 years old and has been in the Senate since 1977.  These two facts and demonstrate a perversion of the governing class in Washington.  While many enter politics with the best of intentions, they too often are corrupted by power, money and fame that come with being a Senator or Congressman.

Irrespective of one’s political views, the People won when Dick Lugar lost his primary battle. While we cannot expect the politicians to place turn limits on themselves, we the People can enforce such limits at the ballot box.

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Occupiers’ Los Angeles Protests Results in Budget Cuts

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 22, 2011

The Occupy movement has gained traction across United States over the months since they began, but they have yet to coalesce around announced goals or objectives.  More recently the movement created the theme “We are the 99%” indicating disapproval on wealthier Americans.  However, the Occupiers offer little in solutions beyond a general theme that those that have should give to those that have less.  This is poorly camouflaged Socialism which is proven a failure in redistributing wealth in the long-term so many times in the past.

An example of the misplaced actions of the Occupy movement was reported yesterday by CBS Los Angeles.  The City of Los Angeles’ Mayor Villaraigosa announced he is required to cut the budget due to costs incurred as a result of the Occupy protests in Los Angeles.  This includes $400,000 to repair City Hall’s lawn damaged by Occupiers and $700,000 for the police action required to clear out the Occupiers.  In addition there were heavy cost for hauling away debris and cleaning graffiti from the defaced City Hall walls and trees.

The cuts required to Los Angeles’ budget will hurt the most needy in that city.  Such acts bring into question the true motivations behind the Occupy movement.  It also makes a shambles of the Leftist media’s attempt to compare the Occupiers with Tea Partiers.

The real enemy of both the Occupiers with Tea Partiers is the same; an out-of-control government that is run by politicians and bureaucrats more interested in perpetuating their own wealth and power and the good of the Country

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