Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Conservatism, Economics, Education, Free Markets, Freedom, History, Humor, Law, Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism, Regulation, The United States
Freedom is messy. The unexpected is always happening. You never know what someone will do, or what they might say. Republicans celebrate freedom of speech, gritting their teeth at offensive speech, but recognizing that their freedom to be offended also protects our ability to speak out about political abuse of any kind. progressives want to repeal the first amendment so that people are not free to disagree with them. That’s why they came up with the idea of “hate speech.”
“Hate speech” was supposed to segregate out speech that disagreed with or offended them so much that it exceeded the boundaries of that which was protected by the free speech clause of the Constitution. Also if you killed someone or beat someone up while saying something vile, then they would put you away for longer.
You have perhaps noticed that calling people “deplorables” does not apparently qualify as hate speech, nor do the tweets and Facebook rants in response the election of Donald Trump, even those about assassinating him, though the Secret Service frowns on that.
This year has also seen a significant rise in the occasions when innocent children in college refuse to hear an invited speaker who might disagree with their ideas. Neither students nor their adult supervisors seem to realize that an educational institution is where you are supposed to have your ideas challenged. Not just disagreed with, but challenged. If you graduate from a college and have never had your ideas challenged, you have wasted your time and your money, and the professors who did that to you have failed in their most essential role. There are no “safe spaces” out in the real world, and businesses do not supply puppies and cookies to soothe you when you have been offended. And businesses will offend you. That’s one thing you can count on in this messy world.
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Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Conservatism, Domestic Policy, Economics, Economy, Education, Free Markets, Freedom, History, Politics, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: American Exceptionalism, Senator Ben Sasse, The Founder's Intent
Here’s Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) speaking at CPAC 2016, on March 3 2016 talking about classical conservatism, and how you rank the order between American, Conservative, and Republican. Good speech and real food for thought.
Filed under: Conservatism, Election 2016, Free Markets, Freedom, History, Humor, Liberalism, Politics, Television | Tags: A Billionaire?, A Successful Businessman?, Donald Trump
John O’Sullivan is a prominent British conservative political journalist who was once speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher, and is an editor for National Review. Can’t vote here, not a citizen, but a visitor. He remarked “But it’s obvious that this election cycle is about Trump rather than about the other candidates. He has come from nowhere and surged ahead of the pack. My suspicion is that he didn’t originally expect to be a contender for long and was surprised when he established a strong lead. But he overcame his surprise and began to do things candidates do – put out position papers, etc. – while sticking to his unique style of campaigning, namely riffing entertainingly on the day’s news, jabbing opponents with sharp verbal sticks, and treating his audiences like neighborhood friends.” I thought that a particularly sharp observation.
Holman Jenkins said “They say they like Mr. Trump because he tells it like it is, except he doesn’t. They say he is politically incorrect, but he is factually incorrect.”
“The Donald may be as surprised as anybody by the way his campaign has taken fire — his utterances certainly suggest so.”
He likes riding the wave and may be unable or unwilling to get off. He launched this adventure purely to accrue value in his lifelong personal brand-building pursuit.
That doesn’t mean he ever seriously thought about being president, having to do the job. And one way that might become apparent is when, after winning the nomination and celebrating his personal triumph, he turns to the GOP and its donor armies to see what they are willing to do to win him the presidency. If it’s not as much as he would like—if he would actually have to fulfill his promise to finance his own honest-to-goodness presidential campaign, which could cost $1 billion—that’s when things get hinky.
That’s a second observation that Trump was just fooling around with a campaign, and then people took him seriously, so he’s going to see how far it can go.
Have you ever known a real con-man? I have. He was, for a time a new manager in the department where I worked. Everybody liked him because he was so personable. They thought he was great, but one day one of his stories touched on something I actually knew about. It was a complete and deliberate lie, for no reason at all. It wasn’t much longer before he departed, fired for some irregular problems with his expense accounts. That was my first hustler. It’s not comfortable to have been taken for a fool, even though I wasn’t alone.
From Bloomberg Business: 2/26/2016
Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the casino operator founded by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, emerged from bankruptcy court protection on Friday and is now a subsidiary of billionaire Carl Icahn’s Icahn Enterprises LP.
Trump opened the Taj Mahal in 1990. The parent company continually struggled with debt, and Trump Entertainment filed for bankruptcy court protection in September 2014. The filing coincided with a protracted downturn in betting in Atlantic City that led four of the city’s 12 casinos to close. It was the Trump casino businesses’ fourth time in bankruptcy.
From Jim Geraghty at National Review: “What if Trump Doesn’t Have Billions?” “There’s a good chance we’ll never see his tax returns.”
Trump told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show a year ago that he would release his tax return shortly, as soon as they were completed. A few years ago he refused to release “un-redacted tax returns, even when it could help him win a $5 billion libel lawsuit against a New York Times reporter. Forbes magazine estimated his net worth after 80 interviews and many resources as less than half of what he claimed last year. Others with direct knowledge of his finances think his net worth is closer to $150 -$250 million. Still comfortably wealthy but not a billionaire.
Trump said that was a lie and sued, lost in court, appealed, and lost again. The case dragged on because he would not turn over the tax returns. So the likelihood that they will be released to the public is slim.
Bloomberg Politics, February 24, 2016 “A Look Inside Trump’s Global Deals Exposes Trouble in Many Spots” In Panama, condominium owners are trying to fire him. In Canada and Turkey, his business partners want to cut him loose. In Scotland and Ireland, he claims to be making millions on his golf courses, but so far is losing money. In Toronto the Toronto Tower Owners want Trump out.
“Donald Trump says his organization is in talks on more than 100 deals, 85 percent of them outside the U.S., and that if elected president he will bring to international relations the savvy he has demonstrated as a global deal maker.”
The article suggests that an examination of his operations shows that while he has made millions selling his name, he has chosen inexperienced or questionable partners, and there are legal conflicts amid claims of broken promises and empty apartments. Trump disputes the claims.
- Trump Mortgage (announced 2006, closed 2007)
- Trump Steaks (2007-?)
- Trump Vodka (2006-2011)
- Trump: The Game (1989-1990, 2005)
- Trump Ice (Shut down 2010)
- Go Trump.com (2006-2007)
- Trump Magazine
- The New Jersey Generals (1983-1985)
- Trump Airlines (1989-1992)
- Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. 4 bankruptcies (1991, 2004, 2009, 2014)
- Trump Tower Tampa (2006-2007)
- Trump University (2005 -2011) Current lawsuit for fraud
“Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected” by Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal, 2/25/2016
I don’t know. Donald Trump seems to me to be a hustler. Too many lies, too much Big talk. Everything is going to be Great!, Beautiful! He knows how to do that. He knows how to fix that. But he never tells us how, or who is going to pay for it and how. There are some really big problems in the world and we have no hint about how Trump might address them.
Filed under: Conservatism, Domestic Policy, History, Humor, Law, Politics, Progressivism, The United States | Tags: Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Mitch McConnell, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
According to The Washington Examiner’s Paige Winfield Cunningham, “Congress typically approves election-year Supreme Court nominations.” According to The Federalist’s Gabriel Malor, “There’s Ample Precedent for Rejecting Lame Duck Supreme Court Nominees.”
According to New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, a ‘powerful member of the Democratic leadership’ Senate Republicans should follow the example Democrats set with Anthony Kennedy and help President Obama fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Appearing today on This Week, Schumer Warned Republicans not to follow Senate Majority Leader “Over the cliff” and refuse votes on any Obama nominee.
Senator McConnell, Schumer said, “doesn’t even know who the president’s going to propose and he said, ‘no we’re not having hearings, were not going to go forward to lead the Supreme Court vacant at 300 days in a divided time.”
“We Democrats didn’t do this,” Schumer said.”We voted 97 – 0 for Justice Kennedy in the last year of Reagan’s term.
Senator Charles Schumer in July, 2007: “No George W. Bush nominee to the Supreme Court should be approved, except in extraordinary circumstances.” Nineteen months before a new president was set to be inaugurated.
“Schumer cited ideological reasons for the delay.”
“They must prove by actions, not words, that they are in the mainstream rather than we have to prove that they are not,” Schumer said at the time.
Filed under: Capitalism, Conservatism, Economics, Economy, Free Markets, Freedom, Heartwarming, National Security, Politics, The United States | Tags: New Hampshire Campaign Stop, Nice Response!, Senator Marco Rubio
A campaign stop in New Hampshire, and Marco Rubio has a very nice response to a question from an 11 year old girl. Would be nice to see a lot more of this on the campaign trail.