Trump and the Media

President Trump is in office doing what he feels are the right things to do. His loyal followers are still faithful to him. Who are his loyal followers? I am and I’ll attempt to describe me; I believe there are many like me who still believe in him and still trust him. I’m sure there are other loyal followers who fit into different descriptions but I can’t estimate the numbers or the specific descriptions. If the election were held today, I think President Trump would win, I think there is still that much support for him out in the country.

I’m a Conservative Republican who believes that we need a smaller government with less spending and lower taxes. I also believe in the free market, let businessmen and women run their businesses with as little government intervention as possible and the economy will grow and business will thrive. I’m also not a fan of professional politicians, they’re not public servants they are public leeches. I want term limits and I want to rotate good people from the public into and out of public service positions as often as possible.

If you want to make a living as a white collar thief, I want you to get a job at a bank or a large company and embezzle from your employers up close and personal like the private sector white collar thieves have to do. Elected representatives have legalized their graft and procedures so they can steal the money from the public piggy bank in broad daylight as we all stand around and watch. Those slimy bastards have got to go. This is why I trust in and believe in President Trump. He’s a successful outsider, we need more like him.

The media doesn’t like President Trump and they want him to fail, the Democrats don’t like President Trump and they want him to fail, the Republicans don’t like President Trump and they want him to fail, so they do everything they can to make him look bad, to make his life miserable, and to make the public lose confidence in President Trump.

Here’s my analogy to make this crystal clear; The ACME Manufacturing Company. The ACME Manufacturing Company was a family owned business for many generations, able bodied men and some women from the family were long term employees of the business. The entire extended family used the company as a piggy bank to support all their bad habits and poor decisions.

Due to a turn in the economy and some poor business decisions what was once a thriving and growing organization was now in trouble. The ACME Manufacturing Company was sold to Donald Trump. Donald Trump recognized that the company had a path to success and it could become profitable again when the right decisions were made and the right plans followed. Donald Trump started to turn the business around, debts were paid and profits were rolling in. 

The family piggy bank was ripe for picking again, but the family didn’t control the piggy bank any more. Donald Trump has to go, the family must have control again to run the company into the ground and to plunder the corporate piggy bank. The family starts plotting and scheming how to get rid of the man who fixed their piggy bank so they can get it back.

The democrats hate Trump because he beat their candidate Hillary. Trump believes in too many things that the democratic party can’t defend so he has to go and one of their own has to replace him. 

The republicans hate Trump because he is an outsider and he doesn’t owe them anything and they can’t control him. His success will highlight the need for change that the republicans have been promising to deliver but never do. Trump’s success will prove that the republicans haven’t even tried to deliver what the people want because it will upset their free rides and their position with the media. The republicans need him to fail so they can be back in charge of whatever they think they were in charge of. 

The media hates Trump because he was successful getting elected when they worked very hard to ensure that he couldn’t be successful. They overplayed negative reporting and minimized positive reporting of all things Trump during the campaign. Hillary got as much positive reporting and as little negative reporting as possible, but Trump still won.

Trump pushes back and doesn’t look for media approval. The republicans are weak milk toasts because they crave media approval, Trump spits in the media’s eye every chance he gets.

President Trump highlights the impotence of the media, he doesn’t back down, he challenges them. He is the 600-pound gorilla in the room and they aren’t, He is rude crude and socially unacceptable, but he’s the President and he doesn’t need their approval or want their approval, they are not even equal to pond scum. They’re irrelevant they’re not trustworthy; they’re not honorable. They’re actively trying to push President Trump out of Office and they’ll fail.

The main stream media was in decline before the presidential election and they’re now sinking fast. We see it every day as they report the fake news, they get excited about a story that will bring down the president but it turns out to be a nonevent. They believed their own fake news until its proven false, which takes two to three days. Back when we had Edward R. Murrow it only took a couple of hours to fact check a story because he was a professional reporter who had an ethical code that he believed in and followed.

Today’s media punks have abandoned their long held code of ethics. When you abandon your ethics and your integrity you abandon your hope of success. Without integrity you can only achieve fleeting success not lasting success. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time and that’s what happens when the media abandons ethics. We’re at the point where they have to fool all of the people all of the time and it’s not working.

Every event President Trump has is packed with supporters. As the media and the left push hard to get him out the supporters stand strong and believe in the President.

The media is in free fall the President is on the rise.

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The Violence in Charlottesville

The violence in Charlottesville was avoidable, it happened because law enforcement failed to maintain the peace. “Unite the Right” had planned a protest event several months in advance and applied for permits for their protest. The permits were applied for on May 30, 2017 with the stated purpose to voice their opposition to the city’s decision to rename Lee Park to Emancipation Park and to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee.

On June 5, 2017 the City of Charlottesville renamed two parks Lee Park became Emancipation Park and Jackson Park (named after Stonewall Jackson) to Justice Park. These parks are within two blocks of each other in Charlottesville.

On June 13, 2017, the permits were approved for the demonstration on August 12, 2017. Unite the Right may have a message that many others see as ugly or even hateful, but our Constitution guarantees them the right to stand in a public square and shout what they believe in. We don’t have to agree with them but we do have to support their right to say it. When we fail to protect their right to free speech we put our own right to free speech in jeopardy.

The First Amendment doesn’t only protect the speech that we all agree with, but it also protects the speech that most of us strongly disagree with. I don’t have the right to turn off your access to free speech because I don’t agree with your speech, but you can’t turn off my access to free speech because you don’t agree with my speech. Speech regardless of content is protected. Hate speech is protected.

Every time it’s been challenged the Supreme Court has upheld that we all have freedom of speech even if the speech is considered hateful by most who hear the speech. Content is irrelevant, we all have the right to speak our minds.

Unite the Right applied for a permit and the permit was approved; they legally met to express their opinion in Emancipation Park that was formerly known as Lee Park. The topics to be discussed were irrelevant, the Constitution guaranteed their assembly and speech.

The group called Antifa also showed up and their intention was to protest the content of Unite the Right. This group did not apply for a permit and they did not intend to provide a counter argument to the message delivered by Unite the Right. They came to disrupt and shut down the message they disagreed with. The Constitution guarantees their right to assemble but the City of Charlottesville requires a permit for that assembly. The permit informs the city of the need for city services to support the assembly. Law Enforcement, Sanitation, even the Fire Department needs to be aware of public gatherings so they can provide the services that are required.

It’s important that we summarize where we are at this point. Unite the Right was prepared to meet and protest the name changes of parks and the removal of a statue and to share what many believe is the hateful messages that that group believes in. All of that was legal and proper.

Antifa decided to show up and disrupt a legal gathering because they disagree with the message. This is not right on several levels. First off Unite the Right has the right to speak a hateful message if they choose to and Antifa does not have the right to infringe on the rights of others.

Local Law Enforcement had an obligation to keep the peace, but they failed. Unite the Right had a permit to assemble and exercise their freedom of Speech, but they were denied their constitutional right to free speech because local law enforcement failed to protect them from those who chose violence, Antifa. The counter protestors from Antifa do not have the right to shout down someone else’s free speech, but they did, and that choice led to violence. I believe that the violence started with Antifa and then escalated as Unite the Right met violence with more violence, but the details of this violence are less critical than the fact that the violence occurred.

Adequate numbers of law enforcement resources were present, but they were not effective at keeping the peace. Law enforcement knew that Unite the Right was holding a demonstration, and they had to know Antifa was going to be aggressive toward the message that they don’t agree with. Law enforcement should have kept the groups separate; that’s how you maintain the peace, you keep two groups who are filled with hate away from each other.

Law enforcement failed to keep the peace, but we aren’t sure why; it could have been that leadership in the state didn’t want to anger the Antifa and agreed with their opposition to the message that Unite the Right wanted to send. It could have been that law enforcement was just incompetent and had no idea how to maintain the peace. It could also have been the result of the Ferguson Effect; which is law enforcement being reluctant to enforce the law because of fear that politicians will not support their efforts after the fact. Nationwide there has been a significant drop in engagement of law enforcement with the public because political support is weak. Individual police officers are afraid the actions they take will not be supported by police leadership or politicians.

Regardless of why law enforcement failed, the failure led to an escalation of violence until a supporter of Unite the Right killed one and injured sixteen.

A second summary of this story shows that Unite the Right had permits to protest and they were prepared to voice their message in a law-abiding time and place. Antifa came in and initiated violence to stop Unite the Right from voicing their message. Both sides engaged the other with escalating violence until one side went too far and caused a death and serious injuries.

Law enforcement failed to maintain the peace. Local and state government intervened before the event by declaring it an unlawful assembly before the original protest after approving the permits. This infringed the right freedom of speech that the Constitution guarantees all of us. Local and state government should have intervened and prevented Antifia from assembling near Unite the Right. We may hate their speech but we must respect their freedom of speech; law enforcement had an obligation to protect their rights but didn’t.

I’m disappointed in President Trump because he didn’t speak clearly on this subject. He never endorsed the beliefs that Unite the Right espoused, and he never clearly defended their first amendment right to freedom of speech. The media and the republicans are all condemning him because he didn’t denounce their hate message strong enough to satisfy their sense of right and wrong. His sin is not agreeing with the message of a group who has an ugly message, his sin appears to be that his sense of outrage wasn’t strong enough.

The victims in this story are clearly the woman who was killed and those who were injured, but President Trump isn’t at fault for the violence. State and local government and law enforcement are solely at fault for allowing the violence to occur when it was clearly avoidable. We the people have given authority to our local and state governments specifically to keep the peace. We all have the right to free speech, we all have the right to gather and assemble with like-minded people, none of us have the right to shut down speech we don’t agree with.

President Trump placed blame on both sides and he was right to do so, but he should have condemned law enforcement for failing to maintain the peace. Competent law enforcement would have avoided the conflict and saved the life that was lost.

Hate speech is still protected speech, we must remember that, none of us can determine what is allowed and what is not allowed that leads to censorship.

Had law enforcement done the job properly the gathering would have been small, the ugly speeches would have gone with very little notice and no one would have been injured.

Had law enforcement done their job, Antifa would have gathered without a permit and been dispersed and segregated from the lawful assembly of Unite the Right. Their message away from Unite the Right may or may not have gotten much attention, but there would not have been any conflict and there would not have been a death and multiple injuries.

Keep in mind we are condemning the president because we are unhappy with the intensity of his outrage of the hate speech that Untie the Right has to right to share in public.

Also keep in mind Republicans who could have supported the Constitution and helped the president clarify his message failed to rise to the occasion, they condemned the president because they are intimidated by the media and their own lack integrity. They should have helped the president highlight that the freedom of speech is a freedom we all have even when we don’t like the message. It’s more important to defend an ugly message than it is to defend a pleasant message, because that’s how strong our freedoms are.

This tragedy is the result of poor, weak, incompetent local and state government. They failed to maintain the peace that they were obligated to maintain.

The public outrage is the result of the media’s hatred of President Trump and their desire to make him look small and incompetent. Unless you read carefully and unless you look very hard the average citizen believes that President Trump agrees with the hate messages that Unite the Right speaks. The President condemned the message in no uncertain terms, but unless you dig deep that’s not the impression you get from the media.

The President placed blame on both sides; Unite the Right and Antifa, because they engaged in violence against each other, and he was right to do so. It’s my opinion that the President did not condemn local and state governments and law enforcement as strongly as he should have because they failed to maintain the peace. That is the most significant failure of this event. State and local government failed to keep the peace as they are required to do.

I blame everyone involved because no one is standing up for and defending the Constitution. Unite the Right enjoys as much freedom as I do, they have the right to speak hatred and bigotry all day every day.

We have become too politically correct that we are focusing on the content that we don’t agree with and ignoring the freedom that we are all guaranteed. President didn’t do as good a job of communicating that message as well as he should have and members of his staff have done a poor job of keeping him on the narrow message trail they want him on, but no one has focused on the Constitution. We all enjoy the freedoms that are guaranteed. The presidents team should have helped him articulate that message clearly, because the media will only condemn him for anything he says.

The republicans who failed to identify the freedoms that Unite the Right have and were denied are despicable puppets of the media and not servants of the people they represent. Their lack of integrity disgusts me and reminds me why Donald Trump won the election. Politicians are slimy and disgusting.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Donald Trump Jr didn’t do anything wrong. Someone sent him an email saying that they had dirt on Hillary. No political operation would not chase that information. The fact that Trump Jr., the son in law, Kushner, and the campaign manager, Manafort attended the meeting indicates that they didn’t see anything wrong with what they were doing.
I don’t see anything wrong with what they were doing. Someone offered dirt and they wanted to see just what kind of dirt was available. The fact that the source involved high level Russians is only incidental; if the source was identified as a one eyed fat gypsy, they still would have attended the meeting. 

They were interested in the dirt not the source. Now the whole world wants to blame Hillary’s loss on an unfair advantage that Trump got from the Russians they are all excited that the source of this information was a Russian. 

Here are the facts:

Trump Jr. did nothing wrong by attending this meeting.

The exchanged between Goldstone and Trump Jr. used the following language, (official documents, “Crown Prosecutor of Russia, very useful to your father, part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump). No matter how badly they want to stretch this into collusion the facts don’t support it.

The meeting never provided any dirt and was over in twenty minutes with no follow up.

There is nothing here to be ashamed of. The attackers are clinging to the fact that the Russians were named in the email and that MUST be the smoking gun.

This was a nonevent when it happened and it’s a nonevent today.

Who would you indict for this meeting and what would the charge be? The answers are no one and there are no charges.

The hoopla will die down by this weekend. After the Sunday talk shows they will find a new hoopla to play with because this one is a dud.

 

 

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The Public Watchdog and the Low Information Voter

 

Watchdog journalism is when the press reports clearly and accurately the events going on in the world. Journalist report the news of local, state, national, and international events and they became the eyes and ears of the people.

The Press was expected to act as a force outside of the clergy, the government, and the business world to report the news to the common man about what was happening in the world. The Press was identified as the Fourth Estate. A resource available to the individual, to the voter to know what was happening around them because they had to work and support their families. The press was the truth finder for the individual.

Wikipedia describes The Fourth Estate as: The Fourth Estate (or fourth power) is a societal or political force or institution whose influence is not consistently or officially recognized. “Fourth Estate” most commonly refers to the news media, especially print journalism or “the press”. The term makes implicit reference to the earlier division of the three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners.

The freedom of the press was so important to life in a civilized society our Founding Fathers wrote the First Amendment to secure freedom of speech to support the press in their efforts to be the public watchdog.

Wikipedia says Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through various mediums, such as electronic media and published materials. Wherever such freedom exists mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state; its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections.

A shoemaker or a widowed mother couldn’t be at a public rally or at the seat of government to witness their elected representatives as they made law that would impact their daily lives. The shoemaker or widow couldn’t be out in the streets to witness a horrific crime that could also impact their lives. The press in the form of a newspaper could inform them adequately.

The ability to read a paper and stay current with the events of the day allowed the individual to vote responsibly on election day. Reading the news and understanding the facts became a regular part of the individual’s day.

The free market as well as the freedom of the press made that possible. Different newspapers with different reporters and editors give the newspaper or the magazine a personality, a flavor. This caused some papers to have a larger circulation than others. Over time we gained a trust in the reporters and the papers.

As time passed and we developed radio, TV, cable news and the internet our choices got more difficult.

Journalists developed a set of standards.

Wikipedia says this about Journalistic Standards.

Journalism ethics and standards comprise principles of ethics and of good practice as applicable to the specific challenges faced by journalists. Historically and currently, this subset of media ethics is widely known to journalists as their professional “code of ethics” or the “canons of journalism”. The basic codes and canons commonly appear in statements drafted by both professional journalism associations and individual print, broadcast, and online news organizations.

Standards:

  1. Reporters are expected to be as accurate as possible given the time allotted to story preparation and the space available, and to seek reliable sources.
  2. Events with a single eyewitness are reported with attribution. Events with two or more independent eyewitnesses may be reported as fact. Controversial facts are reported with attribution.
  3. Independent fact-checking by another employee of the publisher is desirable.
  4. Corrections are published when errors are discovered.
  5. Defendants at trial are treated only as having “allegedly” committed crimes, until conviction, when their crimes are generally reported as fact (unless, that is, there is serious controversy about wrongful conviction).
  6. Opinion surveys and statistical information deserve special treatment to communicate in precise terms any conclusions, to contextualize the results, and to specify accuracy, including estimated error and methodological criticism or flaws.

With our variety of news sources available we should expect the same personality or flavor of each news source. More Variety and more choices should produce a better product. It’s my opinion the product has developed into irrelevance.

Too many journalists have completely abandoned even trying to maintain journalistic standards, we used to be able to take the facts from the newspapers or news reports. We used to know that the facts were the facts and the news was the news. Now we can’t believe any of them. There are so many choices out there about what the facts are if one or two tell the truth and do follow journalistic standards they are lost in all the noise.

The media has abandoned being the pubic watch dog, they’ve stopped reporting the news and have started trying to shape the news. They don’t want to tell us what happened, they want to tell us how to think and what to believe.

Far too often I listen to a speech or watch a briefing given by a government official and then see a report or read an analysis of the same event and wonder what they saw because it didn’t resemble what I witnessed.

We have too many low information voters in the world. They still believe what they see on the news or found on the internet. The public watchdog is not providing facts, they’re making up the mind for the low information voter. They are corrupting reality by abdicating their responsibility of being the public watchdog.

Too many in the main stream media are dishonest and disloyal to the individuals who rely on them to find the truth and inform us accurately.

I have more faith in a Ouija board and a crystal ball.

 

Gino DiCostanzo

 

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The Opposition is out of Touch

 

Pat Buchanan has an excellent article called “The Impeach-Trump Conspiracy”

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/06/09/the_impeach-trump_conspiracy_134146.html

The opposition and in this case, it’s the democrats, the media, and the Never Trumpers are so incensed that Trump won the election they are trying to undo the election of 2016. This paragraph from the article sums it up pretty well.

“Seeking a rationale for its rejection, this city has seized upon that old standby. We didn’t lose! The election was stolen in a vast conspiracy, an “act of war” against America, an assault upon “our democracy,” criminal collusion between the Kremlin and the Trumpites.”

It’s their opinion that the election was decided even before the polls opened on November 8. Hillary had already been anointed and the only step left was the inauguration. The voters were incidental to this process. Hillary was president, end of story.

The Electoral College disagreed with their conclusion and President Trump won.

This could not be a function of fair play and an honest election. There had to be an unseen force that cheated Hillary out of her due!

This is the same story that caused the following Gold Ethical Dilemma:

You are playing in the club championship final and the match was all square at the end of 17 holes. You had the honor and hit your ball a modest two hundred fifty yards to the middle of the fairway, leaving a simple 7 iron to the pin. Your opponent then hits his ball, lofting it deep into the woods to the right of the fairway. Being the golfing gentleman that you are, you help your opponent look for his ball. Just before the permitted five-minute search period ends, your opponent says: “Go ahead and hit your second shot and if I don’t find it in time, I’ll concede the match.” You hit your ball, landing it on the green, stopping about ten feet from the pin. About the time your ball comes to rest, you hear your opponent exclaim from deep in the woods: “I found it!” The second sound you hear is a click, the sound of a club striking a ball and the ball comes sailing out of the woods and lands on the green, stopping no more than six inches from the hole. Now here is the ethical dilemma: Do you pull the cheating bastard’s ball out of your pocket and confront him with it or do you keep your mouth shut?

 

The Hillary campaign believed the game was fixed and fixed in their favor. How fixed was it? I don’t know that we will ever know exactly. WE do know that the Democrat Party clearly sabotaged the Sanders campaign to favor Hillary, we also know the media and Lynch / Comey were trying to skew the election in Hillary’s favor. We also know the democrats consistently oppose voter ID Laws for a variety of inconsistent reasons claiming that it will surprises voting, but the same ID Requirements are necessary for travel, banking, and public assistance. Nothing there seems to be suppressed by ID Requirements.

The Hillary campaign was confident they cheated adequately to win and since they lost it could only be because of cheating, the possibility of losing to an honest election is not possible.

That shows how are out of touch the media, the democrats and the Never Trumpers are. There are too many middle Americans who feel that they are ignored and not cared about by the elite. We’re taxed too high, they don’t care about our jobs, and they only see us for our contributions to the public piggy bank. They don’t see us as a big enough voting block to make a difference. Trump did, that’s why he’s president!

Their anger and hatred for an outsider being in charge blinds them to reality. Their anger and hatred is their closest associate right now and they will not see reason and prudence. As they lose their credibility and their relevance they will slowly fade away.

They expect President Trump to self-destruct, but that’s what they are doing and they don’t realize it! Maybe the beating they’ll take in the 2018 elections will open their eyes.

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The Cowboy Code

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As I’m getting older I’ve been reading westerns, especially those written by Louis L’Amour. Cowboys and Cowgirls lived good decent lives. And they lived by a simple code that guided them through life:

  • Live each day with courage
  • Ride for the brand
  • When you make a promise, keep it
  • Your word is your bond
  • When your friends are in trouble run towards them not away from them
  • Talk less and say more
  • Remember that some things are not for sale
  • Take pride on your work
  • Do what has to be done

 

Let’s look at these one at a time and relate them to our elected officials.

Live each day with courage. Our elected empty suits could really be effective if they lived by this. What kind of courage do they need? I want to see them demonstrate the courage to live by what they promised those who voted for them and especially for those who are paying taxes. I want to see them demonstrate the courage of their own convictions. When they speak I want them to say what they mean and what they believe and then live and act by those beliefs. Say what you mean and live by what you said, don’t change your position when you speak to different groups or when your handlers tell you to change what you believe.

Ride for the brand means that you’re loyal to your organization, the brand identified who owned the cattle. When you rode for the brand you felt an obligation to support your organization in every way possible. Loyalty and respect for your organization and the other members of that organization. Loyalty and trust are important at home and in public. Elected empty suits rarely ride for the brand; they ride for the highest bidder. Not necessarily for a crude cash payment to buy their vote, but by adjusting their position on a topic to adjust their vote in ways that don’t support or defend what they said when they were running for office. The tax payers and voters in their districts are their brand, they must show loyalty and respect to their brand.

When you make a promise, keep it. Your word is your bond. How simple is this to live up to? When you say something to get elected, do what you say. You said it in public to people who trust you, doing what you say should be an easy thing to live up to. Representing yourself as a decent hard working representative of the taxpaying public should make it easy to do what you promised. Do what you said you would do, every time, no exceptions. I can forgive stupid; I won’t forgive disloyal or untrustworthy.

Your reputation and credibility are built on your past actions. Lie to me today, and then try to sell your lie as a practical application of your public efforts on the tax payer’s behalf is a lie and will be seen as a lie by those who expect you to live by the code.

When your friends are in trouble run towards them not away from them. Personally and professionally stand by your family and friends. Stand by your family and friends no matter what. Friends and family make mistakes, sometimes serious mistakes, as far down as they go they need friends and family to help pick them up when they stumble. Friends do define you, but we can’t control the actions of our friends and we can’t choose our family. You don’t have to condone what they did wrong, but you can stand by them to help them get right after they fall. Run towards them never away from them. I won’t vote for a fair weather friend, anyone who turns against you for standing by a friend in deep deep trouble isn’t worth keeping with you. Do the right things regardless of what some people think.

Talk less and say more is good advice for everyone. Elected empty suits can learn from this. Most questions can be answered by a few simple words. Long multisyllabic responses to simple questions are a clear sign you’re lying. Most responses should be yes, no, I won’t do that ever, or I will do that every time I get a chance. A longer response only sets you up for an opportunity to do something different after you’re in office.

Remember that some things are not for sale. This should be obvious, but from what we’ve seen with elected officials they obviously need a reminder. Your word is your bond, when you make a promise you keep it, the respect and loyalty you are expected to have for the tax payers and voters who put their trust in you should be enough to keep you as an elected official to be your own man or woman while in office. Party leaders, campaign contributors, wealthy people in your district who want something special, which may not be in line with the position you took while campaigning for office. Don’t let your position change and have it appear you sold something that should not be sold. What you sold was the trust the tax payers had in you and their respect for you as a man or a woman.

Take pride on your work, be proud of who you are and who you represent. You’re riding for your brand and you should be proud that your friends and neighbors trusted you to represent their best interests. You should be proud that they trust and respect you. Do the job with pride and stand by your words. Make them proud that they voted for you. The tax payers in your district are paying for what you’re voting for, the voters in your district voted for you. Not all voters are tax payers, take care of your tax payers as well as your voters, but make sure you are mindful of the burden you’re placing on the tax payers.

Do what has to be done. Some jobs are difficult and some cause you to get beaten and bruised along the way. Do what has to be done and do it well. Do the right thing for the right reasons no matter what. You may have to take some lumps as you do the right thing, but do it and do it right. Make the tax payers who voted for you proud that they voted for you. If you have to take some lumps and bruises along the way make sure they are on the front of you, not on your back. Get hurt going towards the danger not running away from it.

If you want my vote, Cowboy up and ride for your brand!!

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Good Vs Evil

Roger L Simon published an excellent article in PJ Media. “Leakers and Journalists Are Destroying Our Republic” He explains that there are people within the government who are committed to causing the Trump administration to fail. They leak information that causes the administration to look foolish, inept or criminal.

The media will publish information as if the information that leaked is a serious threat to the nation. They depend on the low information voters to accept the information and accept it in the mean spirit that it was delivered.

Not enough consumers of news are patient enough, or skeptical enough to read what’s in front of them. The media is telling me that Trump is corrupt and here’s the proof. That’s the attitude too made consumers of the news have.

Here’s the example Mr. Simon used:

“We have an epidemic of leaking in our society unlike anything I have seen in my lifetime. It’s approaching Plague level — but with no vaccine in sight.

The latest, at this typing, is that Jared Kushner is under investigation by the FBI.  Here’s the headline at CNN of an article signed by no less than four authors (it takes a village) –Evan Perez, Pamela Brown, Shimon Prokupecz and Gloria Borger: “FBI Russia investigation looking at Kushner role.”

Too many consumers of the main stream media’s report would read this and assume that President Trump’s son in law is being investigated for criminal activity with the Russians during last year’s presidential campaign. However, Mr. Simon continues:

 

“Who leaked that and what did they tell them about the president’s son-in-law? Has Jared been selling us out to Putin?  It certainly sounds that way.

Well, not really. Look no further than the second and third paragraph and you discover:

Points of focus that pertain to Kushner include: the Trump campaign’s 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner’s own contacts with Russians, according to US officials [ i. e. leakers] briefed on the probe.

There is no indication Kushner is currently a target of the probe and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing. [bolds mine]

In other words, there’s no there there other than leaks that continue to pour out, even after the installation of the supposedly confidential investigation by Special Counsel Mueller. How repellent and, frankly, illegal is that? Has Mueller launched a leak probe of his own? He should.”

 

The headline is intended to make the low information voter believe that the President’s son in law was colluding with the Russians during the campaign. Too many consumers of the main stream media’s reporting don’t read that far into an article and many wont connect the dots. The only purpose to this CNN report is to cast a shadow on the President’s son in law and for that alleged stink to attach itself to the President.

In the long run the main stream media is going to lose this battle of smearing the President.

President Trump has a much better chance of being successful at fulfilling his campaign promises than the main stream media has of smearing his reputation and performance to a point that he can’t function or is impeached.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines credibility as “the quality or power of inspiring belief” The organizations that make up the Main Stream Media are in the business of reporting facts. As they distort, misrepresent, and mislead the public as to what the facts really are their credibility suffers.

Without credibility, how can an organization that sells facts stay in business.

 

This doesn’t even address The Society of Professional Journalist’s Code of Ethics. The preamble of the code states:

“Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.” It goes on to say:

“The Society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media.”

It lists seventeen statements such as:

“Recognize a special obligation to serve as watchdogs over public affairs and government. Seek to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open, and that public records are open to all.”

They’ve abandoned their ethics to bring down the sitting president because their standard bearer couldn’t win a fixed election.

President Trump is doing his best to live up to his campaign promises. He’s trying to make America great again. The democrats with the help of the main stream media are doing everything they can to cause his failure and removal from office.

This is a classic duel of Good Versus Evil. The President is trying to do what he thinks is right and best for the country. President Trump won the election, his beliefs are what count now, he’s entitles to set the agenda.

Years ago, the opposition was referred to as the loyal opposition. I can’t see using that term today. I don’t see loyalty in the opposition.

The opposition has deliberately abandoned their ethics. They’ve deliberately abandoned fair and impartial treatment of all public figures. They’ve deliberately chosen to shape the facts as they want them shaped not to report the facts and serve as a public watchdog.

In this battle between Good and Evil the Good will win and Evil will lose because the opposition has abandoned the right to win by abandoning their ethics.

Ethics keeps us honest, without ethics they will go too far and they will sink so deep, they will stray so far from credibility that they will self-destruct as Good to move forward and wins.

 

 

 

 

 

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