Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump gettin' 'er done

Is your head spinning? I know mine is. President Donald Trump hit the ground running his first day in office and didn’t look back. Freezing government hiring with the exception of the military, canceling the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, temporarily suspending all contract and grant awards through the EPA, ripping all vestiges of ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ from the White House website and replacing it with a common sense energy policy, putting Ajit Pai in charge of the FCC which all but ensures net neutrality is dead, gutting the most damaging Obamacare mandates. He’s been moving at mind-numbing speed. Heck, at this rate, he may cram four years into a month.

But there’s so much yet to be done. Within his first 100 days Trump will cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities, establish a mandatory minimum prison sentence of two years for anyone violating a deportation order, put in place “extreme vetting” for anyone coming from a terrorist-sponsoring country, label China a currency manipulator and end their trade abuses, green light the Keystone Pipeline, lift restrictions on America’s energy reserves, cancel all payments to the U.N. climate change programs and divert that money to America’s water and environmental infrastructure. 

Then there’s tax reform. The shift will be monumental. The most important change will be reducing the business tax rate to 15%. It’s now at 35%, the highest in the industrialized world. That alone will mean billions of dollars infused into our economy and millions of jobs created.

I continue to hear people say they hope he works with the Democrats. Have they lost their minds? All of the above changes are a direct result of horrific Democrat policies. If you’re trying to fix Washington, the last thing you do is compromise with the people who broke it.

If this sounds like an intractable position, it is. Too many politicians take pride in how often they reach across the aisle. Republicans are famous for doing that and drawing back a nub. Thank goodness Donald Trump is not a politician. He was elected to fix things, and fix things he is.

If there’s one thing you can give the Democrats it’s the fact that they don’t waste an opportunity. When President Obama took office, he joined with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in implementing the Democrat agenda. And why not? The American people showed the poor judgement of putting the Democrats in charge of both houses of Congress and the presidency. They took full advantage of their good fortune. That’s how we got Obamacare and a slew of bad laws and policies that Trump is now having to clean up.

They even tried to pass cap-and-trade. Even the Democrats in the Senate couldn’t go quite that far. It wasn’t for lack of trying. At the time, I referred to the Pelosi-led House as the Kamikaze Congress. They knew the American people would wake up, and they were going to do as much damage as they could in the short time they had.

Now the American people have sent Trump to Washington to clean it up. They didn’t send him to be timid or compromising or bipartisan. They sent him to Washington to do exactly what he’s doing, rip as much of Obama’s legacy out by the roots as he can.

We tried this failed experiment of the government doing everything for everybody. It was a colossal failure. Dependence sounds all warm and fuzzy until you find yourself under the smothering blanket of big government. Trump is here to set us free.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Show.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What really drives the anti-Trumpers

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of my time in the car switching between Fox News Channel and CNN on satellite. I heard a promo for some channel with ‘master storytellers’ and was intrigued. Not really knowing what to expect, I switched over. What I found were two people still whining about the election.

They were going on about what a joke Donald Trump is. One mentioned that conservatives always claim that when Democrats are in office our friends don’t respect us and our enemies don’t fear us. They wondered aloud how much our enemies would fear a clown like Trump. I guess the promo was accurate. These were two master storytellers.

The conversation gave me a glimpse inside the mind of the injured snowflakes who just can’t seem to get over the election. Then I hit upon the basic reason why. They truly believe the biggest threat to the United States and the entire planet is global warming. That’s bound to strike fear in the hearts of our enemies. They believe President Obama was really doing something about it. Now they see Trump undoing it all and they really believe we’re all going to die.

I recently decided to watch actress Leah Remini’s docuseries called Scientology and the Aftermath. I sat down to watch the first episode and ended up watching all seven. Not only was I stunned by what I saw, I was struck by how similar Scientology is to the global warming movement.

Remini talked about what drew her to Scientology. It was an almost euphoric feeling that she and others inside the so-called religion were saving the planet. Scientology gave her life purpose. She was working for the greater good. This is identical to what I hear from adherents to the manmade global warming theory. Mind you, I’m not talking about the great numbers of people who just blindly accept the science as settled. I’m talking about those at the core of the movement.

Remini’s docuseries highlighted the wild claims made by Scientologists. They trot out examples of inner city youths whose lives are snatched from a life of crime because of Scientology. They claim Scientology heals all sorts of physical and mental ailments. Much of what they say is either greatly exaggerated or completely fabricated, yet followers lap it up and repeat it at every opportunity. 

The L. Ron Hubbard of global warming is Al Gore. His god-like status among the global warming alarmists is scary. Like Scientology, Gore makes all sorts of wild claims, like sea levels will rise twenty feet this century and all the polar bears are dying. He set it all to ominous music in his movie, An Inconvenient Truth. Nothing Al Gore predicted in his 2006 film has come true. Now he’s releasing a sequel, and his adherents will, in all likelihood, lap it up with equal vigor.

But the aspect of Scientology that really hit home with me was the consequence if you left it. Remini documented dozens of cases where those who dared speak ill of ‘the church’ were harassed and their reputations destroyed. That’s exactly what happens to any scientist who dares question the theory of global warming.

Dozens of highly respected scientists have turned on the theory of global warming only to have their reputations savaged. They are accused of shilling for ‘Big Oil’ and cast out into the scientific wilderness. Proponents will shout you down and call you names. Scientific debate is now regarded as heresy. Sounds eerily familiar.

Scientology is a cult. I fail to see how global warming is any different.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The real story about 'Russian hacking'

There's so much you’re not being told about the alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). First of all, let’s get something out of the way. Nobody “hacked the election,” as the left-wing media are telling you. No vote totals were changed. No electoral votes were stolen. There are two separate hackings. There’s the DNC hacking that came to light last summer and got Debbie Wasserman Schultz fired as chairman of the DNC. Those e-mails showed her colluding with others inside the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign to ensure Hillary won the nomination.

The other hacking is of John Podesta’s Gmail account. Podesta was Hillary’s campaign chairman. Podesta fell for a phishing scam that gave the hacker access to his e-mail. By the time the general election rolled around, the DNC hacks were ancient news. The only hacks that were in the news leading up to the election were the Podesta e-mails. The intelligence assessment makes absolutely no mention of the Podesta hack. Curious, isn’t it? The left-wing media have conjoined the DNC and Podesta hacks as if they’re the same. They’re not.

The report clearly states that it “does not and cannot include the full supporting information.” That’s because doing so would reveal that it was CrowdStrike, a company hired by the DNC, not U.S. intelligence agencies, that determined the DNC hacking came from the Russians. CrowdStrike is funded by Google, a benefactor that is neck-deep in Hillary donors and supporters. It’s the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse. In fact, the FBI says the DNC refused to turn over its servers for examination. The DNC says that’s not true. They say the FBI never asked for the servers. The bottom line is intelligence agencies never saw for themselves that the Russians hacked the DNC. They relied on propaganda, not intelligence.

In the “Sourcing” section of the report, they state their judgements are based on “our understanding of Russian behavior.” They do not source the actual DNC servers or computers because they never saw them.

Furthermore, the intelligence assessment of the hacks specifically states “we did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.” Nothing had more influence on the election than the Access Hollywood leak. That certainly cost Trump millions of votes. Nobody’s the least bit curious as to who was trying to influence the election there. It was Hillary’s campaign that kept trying to link Trump with Putin, and remember, it was a company hired by the DNC that came to that conclusion, not U.S. intelligence agencies.

Another interesting note is the report singles out the RT network (Russia Today) as a Russian “government-funded outlet.” They accuse RT of focusing on Hillary’s e-mails and accusing her of “corruption, poor physical and mental health, and ties to Islamic extremism.” In other words, reporting the truth is somehow criminal. Oh, and no mention that the darling of the left wing, Larry King, does a show on RT.

In fact, the bulk of the report focuses on RT as a propaganda arm of the Kremlin advancing issues like anti-fracking and pro-Occupy Wall Street programming. Couple that with the negative Hillary coverage and it sounds like the Bernie Sanders network. The report reads like an editorial from the New York Times. It’s long on hypothesis and accusations and devoid of facts and substance.

Everybody is focused on the DNC and the Russians while we should all be concerned about the real problem. Our U.S. intelligence agencies have been breached by partisan hacks. 

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Now hear this! We are not a democracy!

I know you’ve heard your entire life about our “democracy.” I hate to be a nitpicker, but we are not, nor have we ever been, a democracy. We are a republic. You’ll note that we pledge allegiance to the flag, and “to the republic for which it stands,” not the democracy. But “democracy” is used so much by presidents and candidates that it’s become almost interchangeable with “republic.” Almost.

What prompted me to make this important distinction was an interview on Fox News with a supposed political science professor from the University of North Carolina. He made the outrageous claim that North Carolina is no longer a democracy because Republicans seem to have a lock on the general assembly. Forget that the new governor is a Democrat, somehow North Carolina’s political system is now akin, according to this professor, to “Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone.” The good professor apparently still suffers from Post-Trump Stress Disorder.

Where has the professor’s outrage been? Last century North Carolina had exactly two Republican governors. When Republicans took over the general assembly in 2010, it was the first time they had done so since 1870. It seems that “democracy” is only in peril when Republicans are in charge, not when Democrats have a 140-year lock on the general assembly.

Of course, the epicenter of the professor’s discontent is the transgender bathroom bill that requires people to use the public bathroom in state-controlled buildings that aligns with their plumbing. I know. Ridiculous, huh? The fact that a university political science professor thinks we’re a democracy gives us all a special glimpse into the mindset of liberal academia. Basically, they prefer mob rule to a representative republic. 

So, what’s the difference between and democracy and a republic? A democracy has been described as two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. In a republic, the individual is sovereign. The sovereignty in a democracy is in the group. 

This is one of the prime drivers behind abolishing the Electoral College. It doesn’t seem fair to those with a mob mentality that the lamb should be protected from the wolves. In the founding fathers’ infinite wisdom, they foresaw the stronger, densely populated areas running roughshod over the smaller states, so they built in a little extra strength for the smaller states to fend off the wolves.

Time was when you never heard a president refer to the United States as a democracy. That changed under the great progressive of the early 20th century, Woodrow Wilson. Henceforth, presidents have increasingly used “democracy” in place of “republic.” Our founders most assuredly knew the difference and frequently warned of sliding into a democracy.

Alexander Hamilton said, “If we incline too much to democracy we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of dictatorship.” He cautioned in his last letter that “our real disease is democracy.”

Thomas Jefferson said, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule.” John Adams begged us “remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.” James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers that democracies “have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

The Constitution declares, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.” 

Benjamin Franklin was asked after the Constitutional Convention what type of government was chosen. “A Republic,” he said ominously, “if you can keep it.”

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.