What have we learned from Election 2016 and its aftermath?

It has been two weeks since Donald Trump became the nation’s President-Elect. Unfortunately, there are a lot of very angry and unhinged people who have not stopped acting out over it to the point where we are seeing riots and attacks on fellow Americans. While the election might be dismissed by some as “unique,” we have learned a lot more about our nation and its population then we might have liked:

Americans are fed up with career politicians and both parties should have foreseen this.

Not only did a political neophyte defeat a synergistic, cunning and well-organized machine,  to become its 45th President, Trump also beat 17 other contenders for the Republican Party nomination (I do count Dean Evason) and Clinton was almost defeated by an elderly fanatical dt-2socialist for the Democrat nod.  Still, this should not have been a surprise at all.

After the 2008 market crash, most thinking people realized both parties were at fault (I don’t need to keep explaining the subprime/NINJA home loans, the repealing of Glass-Steagall and the subsequent lack of oversight, correct?), they wanted real change in Washington. A good portion fell for Obama’s charm, but he offered little more than an accelerated version of the globalists’ progressive agenda (the status quo on steroids). In response, Continue reading

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We should fear for our future, but not for the reason you are being told

Television news reporters, pundits and other members of the Fourth Estate have been in quite the quandary trying to figure out how, despite many of their best efforts, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States of America. You hear terms like “bigotry,” “hatred,”

Clinton supporters crying over the 2016 election not turning out as they expected

Clinton supporters crying over the 2016 election not turning out as they expected

“Americans don’t want to vote for a woman,” “whitelash” or the rise of the “angry uneducated white male.” Honestly, while many of the news media, the Saturday Night Live writers and the Hollywood Ditzerati predicted landslide victories for Clinton, one could have easily seen President-Elect Trump gaining ground to make the race very close in the last three weeks before November 8th through his outreach to forgotten populations, skepticism over Secretary Clinton’s politicking and the fact that a large portion of Americans wanted to elect someone outside the realm of the career politician. The win might have been a surprise to everyone aside from The Amazing Kreskin, but the closeness of the election should not. Over the past two days, we have heard from the Left and some loud celebrities about how horrible life will be in America because Trump is everything the media told them he was to get Clinton elected as if they were all in a collective meltdown. Many of those people have said they fear for our nation’s future with a Trump presidency. Looking at the state of the nation only a few days after the 2016 election, one should fear for the future of America, but for different reasons.

It is often said that it is important to invest in our youth because they are the leaders of the coming decades. While once inspiring, that thought should now breed abject terror. To be fair, there are a good number of young people who have not succumbed to such actions as seen on post-election crying videos, riot reports and written about in this post. Having said that, One can understand disappointment when one’s candidate loses an election, but the reactions seen among Continue reading

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An open letter to Hillary Clinton from us in the Basket of Deplorables

Dear Ms. Clinton:

You recently again stated in front of an audience of very wealthy and emotionally needy supporters that half of your opponent’s supporters are, hil1in fact, “deplorable,” “racist,” “sexist,” “Islamophobic” and “homophobic.” You also cried about his tweets hurting people’s feelings.  Perhaps this is what you really think of those not up to your level of wealth; maybe you were providing entertainment for your big-money donors or you were feeding the fragile egos of your target psycho graphics. We understand this as we know the people for whom you are aiming.  Who you do not know are the people you consider “deplorable.” I suppose I am in that basket due to my pointing our the following in this letter:

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9 Reasons why Trump and Sanders are good for politics

They are fun to watch, good for laughs and can rile up crowds. At first, they were novelty candidates who could only gain

U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press availability at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York September 3, 2015. The pledge is an agreement with the RNC to not to run as an independent candidate if he loses the Republican Party nomination, a party official said, despite Trump's earlier refusals to rule out a third-party bid.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTX1QZ9K

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fringe support. Donald Trump and Bernard Sanders, once thought of as comic relief, are serious front runners with a true chance to win the Republican and Democratic Party primaries, respectively. In the past, such characters would start to falter, but these two have prevailed and are clear favorites. Both men spew out one-liners as they are facts, they make outlandish promises and it appears the two are making a mockery of the electoral process. Still, no matter how bad either of these two men might be perceived by critics for the presidency, both Trump and Sanders came at a time when they are needed; their presence in each primary are good for politics for many reasons:

1, Regular voters are tired of large financial interests owning politicians, and are finally standing up to that part of the system

One of the things people complain most about is the money in politics. Hoe many times does one hear a disgruntled voter say, “they are bought and sold to the highest bidder.” Followers of both men do not seem to care that Trump says and does things on the campaign trail that makes one believe he is trying to lose the primary and Sanders does not understand basic economics and math. Both men are perceived as Continue reading

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Benghazi Hearings: Hits, Misses and Coming Attractions

Social Media has been abuzz again after the grueling 11-hour long Benghazi committee grilling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with both Democrats and Republicans claiming victory as if it were all a game. Predictably, bloggers on the right praised Gowdy’s tenacity and the questions from Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio while bloggers on the left were benghazi-hilaryworshiping Clinton’s mostly calm demeanor and responses throughout and celebrating the lack of new insights found. On the mainstream social media, annoying memes and childish prattle were plentiful.
Despite the results of the hearing, the probe will continue after Clinton’s testimony and reveal as much of the truth about what happened as they could find. In our instant-gratification society, however, the general population is attempting to either demand immediate answers or draw their own conclusions as fact before the investigation is complete. This is generally the stage during long fact-finding missions where those in one party are accused of having deep-rooted political motives while the other is accused of stonewalling. Rep. Gowdy also took a PR hit recently when his Congressional Majority Leader Kevin McKinney claimed the committee turned into a mission to undermine Clinton’s Presidential candidacy. This leads to eventual public apathy over an issue benghazo-gowdythat is part of a big and ugly scene overall in Libya and much of the rest of the Middle East today.
The terrorist attack in Banghazi, killing four men, has become an emotional issue on both sides of the political fence. People have abandoned reason once again in favor or hyperbole, taunts and snark. While this is home court for Hillary Clinton and her supporters, the larger issues at hand are completely lost within amid the playground fights.
To be fair, Gowdy’s committee (theatrics from Rep. Elijah Cummings notwithstanding) did attempt to get some answers to real concerns over the attacks and attempted to focus on some of what Clinton needs to answer for:

1. Why, on and around the significant date of September 11th, was security not upgraded?
This is an obvious move, one Clinton as Secretary of State and President Obama should have made sure would happen at all embassies in the Middle East. Symbolism is important to terrorist organizations who want attention. Had Clinton and Obama made the right call on this, more Americans than now would still not know where Benghazi (or Libya) is located on a map.

2. Why, as soon as the attack was made, the first move by Clinton (and Obama) was to divert the narrative toward the party’s favorite scapegoat, white racism, and try and force American citizens to believe the murders were a reaction to a little-known YouTube video?
Seriously, virtually nobody saw this video. It would seem the administration and/or State Department believed they could take attention away from their dropping the proverbial ball on this one by manipulating the media and public to battle over race again. Clinton and Obama both need to answer for this.

3. Why did Clinton put as much effort into covering up the issue rather than taking the lead and respond through strength afterward?
Americans no longer want to hear excuses (aside from sycophants from both parties who blindly support their “teams”). Clinton might have looked a lot better to the public by standing tall and telling everyone the truth about who was behind the attack. This would have taken any media attention away from the horrible mistake made if people believed she would do her best to insure it would never happen again.

4. Four people’s deaths were absolutely preventable.
The naiveté of the Obama Administration was the direct cause here. The Washington leadership and the media openly celebrated the so-called “Arab Spring” and its series of uprisings. Unfortunately, most of those actions opened up opportunities for the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS. The welcoming attitude of the West to the New Look Middle East greatly emboldened Radical Islamists. Had the State Department been rightfully wary of the resulting dangers (and the chaos in Libya should have been something of a tip-off), the requested upgrade in security would have prevented the deaths of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens; information management officer Sean Smith; and two security officers who were former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty — as well as this entire costly investigation.

While the need to find the right answers is important, on the surface is looks like the Gowdy-led committee has not found a lot of information and allowed the media to switch focus from the important points of the issue to the e-mail controversy. T his allowed the media narrative to switch to the length of the investigation, the meager findings within the e-mails and the financial waste of the committee hearings. While Gowdy insists he is on the side of right, the slow pace could seem conveniently concurrent with the Presidential campaign.
As if the Benghazi hearings were not already mired in controversy and have seemingly veered off-mission, Democrat Congressman Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the bi-partisan committee, has been jumping into the spotlight. Cummings has been prone to some anger issues when debating and his participation in recent weeks has been no exception. Flailing wildly over while accusing Gowdy of “framing” Clinton combined with his on-camera antics over the issue in recent weeks has turned the hearings into a circus. On a side note, there are a lot of left-leaning blogs claiming the CIA says Gowdy altered Clinton’s e-mails, but the only source of that information comes from a letter written by Rep. Cummings. The blogs posting this as fact are merely spreading hearsay.
This leads us to the next question: What will come of the hearings. There will be a fair number of winners and losers out of this:

Winners:

1. Hillary Clinton. Let’s be fair, she performed fairly well on camera at her testimony this week. No matter what happens with the hearings, she and her team have the clout and ability to spin the narrative in her favor as long as Republicans are involved somewhere. This has already raised her profile on social media and the “Vote for Hillary because she is a woman” crowd is flexing its muscles again thanks to Joe Biden’s announcement that he is not running and the inevitable fall of Bernie Sanders when it is time to choose someone who can actually handle the position of Leader of the Free World.
2. Trey Gowdy. Despite the way the hearings go, Gowdy will still come out nicely. He will be a Republican hero for being able to lead on this (being in a party that has a plethora of people reluctant to lead at all) and would raise his own political profile. If a Republican wins the Presidency, Gowdy will likely get the federal judgeship he seeks.
3. The Cable News Channels: People were watching, even through Karsashian news.

Losers:

1. Kevin McKinney. He passed on running for Speaker of the House and threw Gowdy under the bus without being privileged to enough information to make the conclusions he did. He was destined for notoriety if he would have even tried for the Speaker nomination. His actions will make him much less effective politically in the future.
2. Taxpayers. It all costs money. Lots of money. While the truth needs to be found, the length of the probe is adding to the bill. It is easy to fault Gowdy and the committee over this, but a long refusal to co-operate with investigators by the Clinton camp also extended the process.
3. People who can’t stand annoying and misleading political memes. We all lose here.

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Armchair Observations: What we can take from the CNN Republican Party Presidential Debate

After watching the Wednesday, September 16 Republican Party Presidential Debate on CNN, here are some things we can take out of it:

Both FOX and CNN were more interested in a wild show than a real debate.

CNN could have taken a higher road than FOX did in their televised Republican Party Presidential debate. Republican_Debate_September_2016_AP_imgStarved for ratings, however, CNN’s moderators, Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt either could not or did not care to control the participants as many of them attacked each other wildly. The moderators might not have ganged up on Donald Trump as much as Megyn Kelly did, but there were too many superficial and lazy debate questions as opposed to offering an antidote to the usual coverage of the candidates by asking all serious issue-oriented questions. Perhaps the vast majority of Presidential debates over the past two elections were a reflection on an overall dumbed-down reality show-oriented society.

Donald Trump may have some good ideas, but his temperament seems a bit off for a man who wants to be President.

Understanding that Mr.Trump is the proverbial king of the mountain among the array of Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood: poor attempt at damage control could have been avoided

Many of our Harbinger readers have seen the tenth video (below) released by The Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s alleged tracking of body parts from aborted unborn babies, which had been released earlier today. This is another video presenting proof of such action straight from members of Planned Parenthood, many of them with leadership roles.
ppf00245_4Naturally, the series of videos caused major outrage among anti-abortion activists and many other Americans. On the other side, political defenders if Planned Parenthood were shocked not that it happened, but that someone would have the nerve to expose the group’s actions.
It matters little what one’s feelings toward or against the organization are as by both legal and moral standards, such trafficking is wrong and indefensible on the part of these members of Planned Parenthood. Clearly, there are shenanigans within the organization and for that it is very easy to condemn the whole group. Still, and this is not to excuse them, it must not be overlooked that these people seem to believe they are doing the morally right thing and it is important to understand this issue from all points of view. Parts of aborted fetuses can be used to save the lives of others. Therefore, it stands to reason that while the trafficking of fetal tissue is illegal, perhaps already-living people might have been given a better chance to survive their own illnesses as a result. Continue reading

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September 11, 2001 – Never forget, but were the fallen truly honored?

Most Americans who were alive at the time of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. remember where they were at the time. Every year, ceremonies are performed in New York to pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the three Ground Zero locations and to honor rescuers. tt2Watching even a portion of any of those events reminds us of what is great about America.
What unfolded after the attacks, however, exposed some of the best and worst of many in this great nation. For the first time in decades, the majority of Americans came together in something of a solidarity with each other after finally realizing an attack from a little-known enemy could happen successfully on U.S. soil. America also showed something It had lacked since the Cold War: strength. From the swift military action taken to the Taliban in Afghanistan (with almost unanimous backing from Congress) to the symbolism of George Bush’s perfect strike throwing out the first pitch at a Yankee game, the sleeping giant known as the honest, hard-working people of Continue reading

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Kim Davis: A lesson in political self-awareness

By now most everyone has heard about Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who would not issue marriage licenses to gay people despite the Supreme Court’s decision on the issue earlier this year. There have been various opinions on this by many and the expected social media vitriol by the usual Keyboard Conan types.

kindavisWhere I stand on this widely over-exposed non-story is consistent with other issues of such matters: each person is allowed to have and express his or her own beliefs and opinions on anything, but when it comes to doing a job one is hired to do, one must either do the job or leave it if morally opposed to a portion or all of its tasks. Therefore, while Ms. Davis has the right to protest what she believes is wrong, refusing to do her job was improper. She could have taken other measures, like resigning and making her feelings known. She could have led a peaceful protest afterward, but chose to do something that would get private sector people canned instantly. Had a drug store counterperson refused to sell condoms or aspirin due to his or her religious beliefs, then that person would have been reprimanded or unceremoniously given the pink slip. Continue reading

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