LIFE IN THE ERA OF TRUMP
by Burt Prelutsky
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Frankly, ever since Trump was elected and I’ve seen that “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) was a promise and not merely a slogan, I confess I have been gaga over MAGA. One of the many ways that Trump has been different from nearly all of his predecessors is that he has really tried to carry through on his campaign promises.

Fortunately, thanks to executive orders, keeping campaign promises is easier for a president than it usually is for senators, governors, mayors or House members – all of whom require the cooperation of state legislatures, city councils or 217 other people.

Speaking of politicians, whenever I hear one of them talk about the rigors of office, I’m reminded of tuxedo-clad Vegas crooners who inevitably loosen or remove their bowties midway through the act to let an audience composed of steelworkers, farmers and firemen, on vacation, grasp how difficult it is to sing an hour a night for a measly 50 grand-a-week.

⦿  Many years ago, Golda Meir said there would be peace in the Middle East when the Arabs loved their children more than they hated the Jews.

It occurs to me that there could be progress in Washington if the Democrats loved America more than they hated Republicans.

⦿  Whenever I hear a woman complain that men don’t want to date them because they’re too smart and that everyone knows that men can’t stand the challenge to their presumed intellectual superiority.

Because I’m married to an intelligent woman, it’s easy enough for me to see through this presumptuous hogwash. The women whom men don’t want to date are arrogant women who think they’re a lot brighter than they actually are, basing their claims on their ability to parrot the absurdities of numbskulls like liar-Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth dinky-Warren, Joy Behar, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Maddow, Cathy Areu, Jennifer Lawrence and Madonna.

⦿  I don’t really object to members of the media asking Ivonka Trump what she thinks of the women who accuse her father of sexual improprieties. She is a grown-up, after all, and a member of the administration. I only wish it had been equally commonplace for them to ask the same questions of Chelsea liar-Clinton, who is a grown-up and the head of the family’s billion-dollar money-laundering Foundation.

⦿  Because of all the recent attention paid to Rev. Billy Graham upon his death at 99, I was reminded how much I dislike the sound of preaching. I have no reason to doubt the decency of Rev. Graham, but I find that whenever I hear the cadence of someone like him or Martin Luther King, my ears feel as if they’re under assault. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy listening to Donald Trump so much. He speaks in public, even when delivering a speech, exactly the way I imagine he speaks in private.

No disrespect intended, but when public speakers adopt a different voice for the occasion, it strikes me as phony. If the words sincerely spoken aren’t enough to convince me, I figure there is either something wrong with the words or the speaker.

It’s not just in the field of religion, either, that phoniness abounds. Consider those scoundrels who crawl out from under rocks, people like John hanoi-Kerry, who lie about their wartime exploits or who even lie about having served or, worst case scenario, lie about having received the Medal of Honor; as if these pathetic specimens of the human race have the slightest concept of honor.

⦿  The politicians in Washington invariably carry on like headless chickens at the mere rumor of a government shutdown. But, recently the entire federal government shut down for an entire day and unless you were one of those on the federal payroll, I bet you didn’t even notice. It seems it was too windy in the nation’s capital to suit the politicians and bureaucrats, although the peons who work in banks, restaurants, shops and stores, all managed to make it to work.

In case you may have been wondering, the mighty wind wasn’t supplied by the members of Congress, but for once by Mother Nature.

Have no fear, though; everyone was paid with your tax dollars just as though they’d shown up on the job.

⦿   In a cartoon sent me by one of my enablers, a goofy-looking guy is bragging to a woman how concerned he is about women now that Trump is in the Oval Office. In the adjoining box were a series of things that equally concerned liberals have said about real life women: “Burn the NRA’s Dana Loesch at the stake,” “Make the First Lady great again – dump Melania,” “Kellyanne Conway is a blonde bimbo” and “Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a big fat idiot.”

⦿  Every time I hear the deranged Democrats calling President Trump a tyrant, a dictator or an authoritarian, I find myself wondering if they ever pause to ask themselves if they’d actually be allowed to voice such opinions if he were what they claim he is.

The really weird thing is that they usually have a soft spot in their hearts, not to mention their heads, when it comes to real-life villains like Stalin, Mao, Castro, Chavez and Che Guevara.

In fact, it’s not even much of a stretch to imagine they would have nicer things to say about Adolph Hitler than they do about the President. For openers, I can picture their pointing out that among Der Fuhrer’s considerable attributes were, that he was European, a vegetarian and a very snappy dresser.

⦿    In response to my questioning Christian dogma as a prerequisite to entering Heaven, Stephen Hanover of Doylestown, PA, let me know that Catholic nuns supervised his first six years of schooling. In what he believes was the first grade, when the class was informed that only baptized Catholics could make it through the Pearly Gates, he raised his little hand and asked about his next-door neighbor, a non-Catholic but a nice kid.

In response, he was banished to the cloak room.

I wrote back to say that I’d like to think that they reserve the penthouse suites in Heaven for those of us who use our God-given brains to think for ourselves and to ask legitimate questions. But, I rather expect we get banished to the cloak room.

⦿   Another reader let me know that the Second Amendment is an absolute right. I disagreed. I said that there are even limits on the First Amendment. After all, some religions used to call for human sacrifices. Heck, Islam still does.

Furthermore, the First Amendment doesn’t grant you the right to slander or libel someone or to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater that isn’t, in fact, on fire.

There is a right to vote, but that doesn’t mean the feds or the states can’t adjust the minimum voting age or require proof of citizenship.

Others are free to disagree, but I see nothing unconstitutional about requiring people to be 21 years old in order to purchase a rifle or a shotgun. That wouldn’t prevent a father from buying one and letting his son use it, so long as he’d taken the time and trouble to teach the young sprout to use it responsibly.

⦿  Jack Dorsey, the creator of the Twitter universe, has acknowledged that he feels terrible that people have taken advantage of the service to, among other offenses, bully people and spread misinformation. But, he admits that he hasn’t figured out a way to curtail these abuses and has asked the public and his technologically-adept colleagues for suggestions.

Perhaps, like Dr. Frankenstein, it’s incumbent on these technocrats to spend a little more time foreseeing the potential ramifications of unleashing their monsters on the world.
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ALERT ALERT

Hillary Clinton Was Not Formally Under
FBI Investigation At Any Time In 2015-2016

On Tuesday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified in a joint Congressional hearing to the House Oversight and House Judiciary panels about his review of the FBI’s (mis)handling of the Clinton email investigation.

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) came out swinging Tuesday in a a joint hearing held by the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees.

Gowdy ripped into Comey in his opening statement, stating, “we can’t survive with a justice system we don’t trust.”

Investigative journalist Paul Sperry reported Horowitz dropped a bombshell in his testimony.

Horowitz revealed the FBI never named a target or even a subject in the Clinton email probe!

Sperry tweeted: BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. “Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising” for a crim probe

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by the FBI at any time in 2015-2016, tweeted Sperry.

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

“Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising”

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

"Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising"

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: Horowitz revealed that Hillary was never really under formal investigation, never listed by FBI as a "subject" of investigation.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton reacted to this bombshell bias from the FBI.

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

.@RealDonaldTrump is a subject, but Hillary Clinton was never a "subject." Outrageous. Shut the Strzok-Page-Comey-McCabe-Lynch-Yates-Glenn Simpson-Steele-Brennan-Fusion GPS-Muller special counsel "stop @realDonaldTrump" investigation down.

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

tigation’ into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server was a complete sham.

No subjects were named, immunity was handed out like candy and Hillary was exonerated before witnesses were interviewed, including Hillary Clinton herself.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘interview’ with the FBI wasn’t even under oath.

Even more egregious, Hillary discussed pregnancy and babies during the majority of the 2.5 hour FBI interview because one of her lawyers was pregnant at the time.

Inspector General Horowitz also testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.

TEA PARTY TARGET

Targeting Of Tea Party Groups
John McCain’s Staff Director Urged Lois Lerner
And IRS To Engage In “Financially Ruinous”

Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch obtained IRS documents Thursday revealing backstabber Senator John McCain’s former staff director urged the IRS, including the corrupt Lois Lerner to engage in “financially ruinous” targeting of conservative Tea Party groups.

And they did.

The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:

  • Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted
  • At least 5 pro-Israel groups
  • Constitutional groups
  • Groups that criticized Obama administration
  • At least two pro-life groups
  • An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
  • A 180 year-old Baptist paper
  • A Texas voting-rights group
  • A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
  • Conservative activists and businesses
  • At least one conservative Hispanic group
  • IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
  • And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were
  • Conservative

Now this…

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.” Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”

Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.

President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton had this to say about the newly obtained IRS documents showing more proof the agency was weaponized under Obama:

“The Obama IRS scandal is bipartisan – McCain and Democrats who wanted to regulate political speech lost at the Supreme Court, so they sought to use the IRS to harass innocent Americans. The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.”

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.

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