Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Trump Derangement Syndrome is a disease

They first tried to keep Donald Trump from being president. That conspiracy reached the highest levels of the FBI, maybe the highest levels of our government. When that didn’t work they demanded a recount. Then they demanded the Electoral College not seat him. That failed and they moved to impeachment talk, impeachment over nothing remotely resembling an impeachable offense. Then they tried to shout down his policies. The tax cuts would be ‘Armageddon,’ remember? Again they were wrong and the economy is at the best place it’s been in decades.

They thought they had created a lethal issue in family separation at the border. The left-wing media have been exposed for lying to the American people about it. They didn’t tell them that Obama detained children in far worse conditions. They didn’t tell them that 80 percent of the children held in detention came with no parent at all. They didn’t tell them that the viral photo of a little boy in a cage was a fraud or that the little girl, looked down upon menacingly by the president on the cover of Time, was never separated from her mother. In fact, her mother had kidnapped her from her father in Honduras. They didn’t tell them, but word got out. Now a majority of Americans, according to a CBS poll, favor building the wall. This isn’t how this issue was supposed to end.

What’s more troublesome to the left is now, according to a CNBC survey, the majority of Americans favor the president’s handling of the economy. That’s a tipping point in American politics. Pocketbook issues usually hold the strongest sway over American voters. Pretty soon some of the staunchest opponents of Trump will say, “I still think Donald Trump is a vulgarian, but…” Once that ‘but’ creeps into the conversation, it’s all over.

So, there’s only one thing left for those with Trump Derangement Syndrome to do. Sow utter chaos in the country.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, is kicked out of a Virginia restaurant because the owner says she works for an ‘inhumane’ administration. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is screamed at and harassed out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC. Florida’s AG, Pam Bondi, can’t even attend a screening of a Mister Rogers movie without being accosted by deranged anti-Trump fanatics. Maxine ‘Mad Max’ Waters throws gasoline on the fire by encouraging everyone everywhere to harangue Trump administration officials. “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

They’ve lost. Not just their minds, they’ve lost the cause. It’s no coincidence that the better the country does the more deranged they become. America’s prosperity through tax cuts and capitalism is the worst news these people could get. They felt they were so close to fundamentally transforming this country under eight years of Obama only to see most of what he built on sand washed away in a torrent of supply-side economics.

If you’ve been waiting for these Never-Trumpers to calm down it should be clear to you that they’re not going to. The more they see their precious socialist utopia slipping away the more hysterical they become. Many of these people are ashamed of what made this country great. They think capitalism is cruel and capitalists are evil. They despise the direction we’re going.

They see only one option left, and that is to burn society to the ground.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Is separating families at the border cruel?

What is the true meaning of compassion? The left-wing media and their willing sycophants try to tell us it’s not breaking up families yearning to come to America. That notion deserves exploring.

First of all, let’s understand the three reasons, by law, children are being taken from adults as they try to enter this country illegally. ‘Reason One’ is when authorities believe the child is in danger. ‘Reason Two’ is when they can’t determine that the child actually belongs to the adult. And ‘Reason Three’ is when the adults are being criminally prosecuted. Please tell me which of those three you would like to see a child stay with an adult.

One of the many lies being told is asylum-seeker families are being busted up. Take this first line from a article claiming to explain the situation at the border. “As a matter of policy, the US government is separating families who seek asylum in the US by crossing the border illegally.” See anything wrong with that statement? Asylum-seekers don’t cross the border illegally. They present themselves at a border crossing. Those who do are not being broken up. Saying that you’re seeking asylum after breaking into the country is like saying you’re applying for a loan after you get caught in the bank vault. It’s ridiculous.

I just returned from London. What if I decided to run past the customs agent at the airport instead of presenting my passport. You think I might be arrested? And if I were, would I get to take my children to jail with me? I think you know the answer to that.

Let’s make this simple. If you cross the border into the United States you are a criminal. It’s a misdemeanor for the first offense and a felony for second and subsequent offenses. Many of these people are processed and thrown out of the country in the same day. With their children. Those who choose to claim asylum after they’re caught breaking in understand that they will be separated from their children for weeks, if not longer. They make that choice. What kind of parent chooses asylum over their own kids.

Hundreds of people die every year attempting to cross the United States border. Crossing is extremely dangerous because of the heat and criminal element that preys on the illegals. If parents inside the U.S. were to subject their children to something like this Children’s Services would take the kids away from them. Remember that Clinton invaded the Waco compound ostensibly for the children. Where’s the outrage at these illegal parents?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has roundly criticized President Trump’s strong stand against the illegal invasion as “immoral.” What’s immoral is encouraging parents to bring their children across a brutal desert in order to break into another country. That’s the whole point, really. Trump is trying to discourage illegal immigration.

And, by the way, two-thirds of the people who come across the border from Mexico come legally. What’s up with that other third? Chances are they can’t come legally because there’s something in their backgrounds that would prohibit that.

Make no mistake, illegal immigration is the biggest problem we face in the United States. It is a component of nearly every other problem we have. Getting this right is crucial. As the president said, we don’t want to turn America into a migrant camp. There’s a right way and a wrong way to come to America. Encouraging people to come the right way is compassionate. Encouraging anything else is just plain cruel.

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trump can't win with the left-wing media

We should’ve seen this coming. It didn’t matter what President Trump did at the summit with Kim Jong-un, he was going to be dogged by the liberals and the left-wing media. But it truly was historic. We may very well be on a path to a nuke-free NoKo. Who woulda thunk it just a few months ago when Trump was calling Kim ‘Little Rocket Man.’

What the establishment types don’t understand is Trump diplomacy. Here’s how it works. You play ball with him or he’ll crush you. Basically, Trump went over to Singapore with one message: Give up your nukes and we’ll let you live. If you understand Kim you understand that he inherited a country. He’s simply trying to hang on to it. Trump let him know that if he gets rid of his nukes he gets to keep his country.

Then the libs decried Trump’s lack of pushback over human rights. Again, they don’t understand how you do deals. Are human rights important? Sure, but they’re not nearly as important to us as making sure Kim’s not threatening his neighbors and us with annihilation. Human rights can come later. And Trump’s much more likely to be successful along those lines once he’s gained the trust of Kim.

The left and the establishment Republicans continually underestimate Trump. They think he’s a buffoon. They don’t think he’s on their level intellectually, and he takes advantage of that weakness time and time again. The man is shrewd. He knows how to get deals done. He knows how to read people.

Remember how they were all decrying his lack of preparation? And the man shows up knowing exactly what he was doing. The naysayers are trying to actually claim that Trump gave up our defense of South Korea and got nothing in return. He didn’t give up defense of SoKo. Our military’s not going anywhere. They’re just not going to provoke North Korea by buzzing the North’s coastline. I thought it was a brilliant chip to play.

On the issue of human rights, I can imagine Kim visiting America. Trump takes him out for a game of golf and between holes they’re riding in the cart and Trump says, “You know, I’m not trying to get in your business, but I know a thing or two about PR. You’d be much more popular around the world, and your own country, frankly, if you wouldn’t kill so many people. And maybe let some of these political prisoners go. They make you look bad, and I think you’re a pretty honorable guy.” That’s how Trumplomacy works. And that’s what the establishment types can’t wrap their minds around.

Look, whatever these establishment types have been doing for 20 years ain’t working. Trumplomacy is first letting your opponent know who’s boss, gain their respect, then make them your friend. No one wants to be friends with a pushover weenie. Everybody wants to be friends with the cool guy. The guy you’re just a little afraid might kick your butt if he gets angry with you.

The Trump/Kim summit was just the beginning. We got a promise to denuclearize. We’re not stupid enough to lift the sanctions yet. Trump’s going to take it slow and see what happens. What’s for sure is he has absolutely confounded his critics. What else is for sure is if peace does come to the Korean peninsula Trump will never get the Nobel Peace Prize. Maybe it goes to Kim Jong-un or Moon Jae-in. Maybe Kim’s sister, Kim So Hot. My vote goes to Dennis Rodman.

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