Universal desires?

© 2018 Jim Spence - Often opposing attorneys, to keep trials from going on forever, will stipulate to what both sides can agree on as irrefutable facts. Sadly, there are no stipulations regarding current events today.
What does America want? What do Americans universally agree about? You would think there would a few things that are universal, things that transcend politics. There seems to be only one thing that is nearly universal in America. Ask one hundred American adults if our system of government in Washington D.C. needs changing, and ninety-nine will say yes, we need change. Hold that thought.
Another question arises. If you talk to those in what might be broadly labeled as “conservative circles” what do people want besides a change in Washington? There are four major ideas within these circles that stand out. 1) GOP types want steps taken to make sure nuclear powers never escalate war dangers. 2) They want freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. 3) They want a solid growth rate in the economy so prosperity is available for those willing to work and save. 4) They want laws enforced so it is safe to move about. They want these things for themselves, their family members, and for all law abiding citizens.
What about Democrats? Do Democrats agree with the four major desires listed above? Let’s take a look. 1) Do Democrats care about the threat of nuclear war? In theory Democrats care deeply about preventing nuclear war, but……they don’t actually care deeply enough to affirm the idea that Trump’s friction reducing talks with Putin and Kim reduce the threat of nuclear war. In the end, all Democrats brush aside efforts made by anyone other than a Democratic Socialist to defuse the threats of nuclear war. They do care about the threat of nuclear war, but they care about the threat of losing political power more. 2) What about freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution? How do Democratic Socialists feel about these? Again, when asked, the initial response of any Democrat will tend to suggest they care deeply about freedom. However, Democratic Socialists treat the freedom guarantees in the Constitution as if they are vague and flexible. They do this because they only want freedoms protected selectively. On college campuses all over the nation, Democrats oppose freedom of speech if the speaker figures to say something they disagree with. This not really support for the 1st Amendment, this is a totalitarian desire for the freedom to squelch the speech of those they disagree with. Freedom of speech protects the right to disagree, it does not demand agreement as a pretext. Democratic Socialists say they care about freedom, but they care about holding and exercising political power more. 3) What about a nice growth rate in the economy? Democratic Socialists, when asked, will pretend they care about opportunities and solid economic growth. However, they can be found praising sub two percent GDP growth while denying the value of four percent plus GDP growth every day. They routinely deny the value of significant increases in wages for working people. Democrats say they care about growth, but they care about holding power more. 
What do Democratic Socialists say about lowering crime rates? Again, and in theory, Democrats will always “say” they desire less crime. But in reality, they are sympathetic to movements that make excuses for criminal behaviors and are deeply suspicious of all law enforcement officers. Democratic Socialists will passionately decry isolated incidents when bad cops commit crimes against citizens, while never decrying the astounding murder rates in virtually every large Democrat run city in America.
Let’s go back to the thought we were holding. What about the one universality of thought that says all Democrats and Republicans believe Washington D.C. is broke and we needed a change in the system? Democrats will say they wanted a change in the system. They will say they want a reduction in the threat of nuclear war. They will say they want freedom. They will say they want a strong economy. They even say they want less crime. What Democrats say may well be things they think they hold true in their minds. But their behaviors betray their words. They want power more than they want all of these things. 
Why would this be so? The answer is simple. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Dianne Feinstein is the best example of this phenomenon, at this moment in history. Feinstein should be universally denounced, but half the nation wants power more than it hates corruption.
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Let's give the Kennedys a chance to comment

© 2018 Jim Spence - Someone posed an interesting question worth pondering. It goes as follows. What would the Kennedy family representatives say if they were asked about the thirty-six year old claims made by activist Democrat Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week.
The smart money says most of the Kennedys would say that if only Kavanaugh had gotten drunk, invited Christine Blasey Ford into his car, drove the car into a lake, which caused her to drown, and then left the scene of his drunk driving crime, everyone in the Democratic Party could justify looking past the allegations made against Trump's nominee.
However, the Kennedys might add, since Ford survived her "ordeal," didn't mention it to anyone for decades, can't remember dates or locations, never filed any charges, and supposedly wanted to remain anonymous, until the timing of her decision to come public would just happen to trigger the delay of Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee beyond the upcoming election.........unlike vehicular homicide, this is a serious situation. They would probably pretty much agree that despite the fact that America already voted Trump president, Democrats need to stop Trump's nominee, because.....you know......Democrats respect women and the GOP doesn't. Of course all of this is speculation, except for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. The circumstances of her death and the Democrats reaction are a matter of public record.




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The cover-up is imploding

© 2018 Jim Spence - There are no depths to which Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, and Mark Warner won’t sink. There are no lies too insidious for them to tell. After relentless calls from Democrats to get to the bottom of the Russia investigation, these four bald-faced liars are doing everything in their power to keep basic government documents from public view. A letter signed by all four of these reprobates was sent Tuesday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats. They are demanding a delay of the declassification and release of documents related to the so-called Russian collusion scam they have been running, after pretending all along they want it all out on the table.
The problem for these four Democrats is they realize that what is about to be revealed is going to confirm everything being written on this site and in many other places around our country. It was the Democrats working in the CIA and FBI during the Obama years who colluded with the Clinton campaign to conjure up the Russian narrative to smear and frame Donald Trump.
Within the backdrop of what the Democrats are trying to do to smear Judge Kavanaugh and delay his nomination right now, it should come as no surprise that the Democrats have engaged in these horrific breaches of basic ethics. What is rich is that now that these records are going to be made available for public viewing, these very same slime bags are feigning “profound alarm” that these documents are going to be released.
Yes, the cover up is unraveling. It is unraveling and imploding because Trump won in 2016. Had Hillary won, these facts would have never seen the light of day. Trump has finally ordered the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to declassify twenty-one pages of a June 2017 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application used to unjustly spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The application is nothing but a pack of lies made up by people on the Clinton payroll with the FBI and CIA stamps of approval plastered all over them. Additionally, Trump has ordered the declassification of FBI notes from interviews used in connection with surveillance applications, including notes from interviews with Bruce Ohr, the partisan Democrat who met numerous times with Christopher Steele, the co-author of the anti-Trump dossier that was bought and paid for with Hillary Clinton campaign funds. Ohr’s text messages are also going to be released as are ALL Russia-related text messages from disgraced former FBI officials James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page.
We already know from an independent Inspector General report that these Democrats were leaking garbage lies including “classified garbage lies” to their buddies in the print and broadcast media for a couple of years to damage Trump. Now they are upset that Trump has asked these government agencies to truly help the public get to the bottom of this matter, by simply spreading every document out in open view, so everyone can draw their own conclusions.
Democrats are dreading this eventuality. To hide their dread, Democrats claim they want to prevent harm that could result from these disclosures. They want to prevent harm alright, harm to themselves.
What was going on in the Obama White House, Justice Department, and CIA are some of the most egregious abuses of power in American history. It is so sad that our public education system, including higher education, is so brainwashed and biased towards Democrats that they cannot see that Democrats are scrambling desperately to cover their tracks. It is more pathetic that the free press minus Fox does not want to report the truth either. The deep state is very real and the totalitarian tactics of Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, and Mark Warner should help everyone understand why it was critical that decent Republicans like Howard Baker stepped up and showed a corrupt Richard Nixon to the door for engaging in much less troubling behaviors.
Sadly, there is not a single Democrat who is willing to admit that their leader’s efforts to hide documents from the American people is absolutely sinister. And amusingly, these last gasp cover up efforts will not succeed. The truth is coming out and the cover up is imploding.

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Feinstein: another Kavanaugh accuser will step forward

© 2018 Jim Spence - The list of accusers of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for sexual misconduct is growing. Last week there was just one accuser, an admittedly biased anti-GOP partisan who hated Antonin Scalia.
This time it may well be clear to all Democrats in America that Donald Trump's nominee for the vacancy on the Supreme Court has crossed some very serious lines in terms of personal conduct.
Reportedly, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has a second witness to call on for testimony regarding Kavanaugh's deeply flawed character. Apparently, this new witness will state in no uncertain terms that the judge is unfit for public office.
According to aides working for Senator Feinstein, the senator, in her efforts to save America from Judge Kavanaugh has uncovered a smoking gun of evidence that this nominee has a proclivity for assaulting women.
The alleged Kavanaugh attack that Feinstein is referencing this time, occurred fifty-one years ago. And according to the California senator, this time the victim, who Feinstein personally convinced to come forward, actually has a picture documenting the entire "deeply troubling" incident. It seems this witness was working as a server at Hooters at the time when Kavanaugh brazenly assaulted her in public.
Feinstein is expected to appear at a press conference later today and suggest that now that she has incontrovertible evidence in the form of an actual picture of the assault fifty-one years ago, it should completely confirm the previous undocumented claims made by Christine Blasey Ford of an assault committed thirty-six years ago by Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh has not examined the latest picture yet, and is withholding comment until he can do so.
Who knew?

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Christine Blasey Ford: She's no Kathleen Willey

© 2018 Jim Spence - It is already time to update the story on Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his “accuser.” Her name, which the Democrats leaked to the media after playing coy with this important "new" information, is Christine Blasey Ford. Ford is nothing more than the latest prop in the “stall the Kavanaugh nomination game.”
It seems that Ford is ummmmmm..a registered Democrat and a left wing activist. She has contributed funds to many hard left political causes including the non-profit Act Blue. Act Blue is a nonprofit group with an open hatred for anything having to do with Republicans and Republican judge nominees. Act Blue actually sells itself as a high-tech fundraiser for Democrats. And fundraiser it is. The organization has raised $2.66 billion all for DEMOCRATS over the last fourteen years. A quick look at the Act Blue website tells you everything you need to know about Christine Blasey Ford. Act Blue is involved in developing and implementing fundraising technology for the left. On their website they say: 
“Our mission is to democratize power and help small-dollar donors make their voices heard in a real way. We develop top-of-the-line fundraising software and offer simple, intuitive tools to help campaigns and organizations connect with new and existing grassroots donors. As a result, nonprofits thrive and Democratic campaigns get more donations through Act Blue than any other platform. Together, we build powerful movements. That’s why a majority of Democratic Senate and House campaigns — along with the DCCC, DSCC, DGA, over one-third of statewide campaigns, and advocacy organizations around the country — have chosen Act Blue. But we’re so much more than a tool set. Together, we’ve raised $2,665,617,634 for Democrats and progressive causes in just 14 years."
Here is the scam. Democrats are using Christine Blasey Ford, with her remarkably hardcore Democrat pedigree, to go after a GOP Supreme Court nominee and stall his confirmation process.
Democrats are feigning deep concern about what she alleges happened thirty-six years ago when she and Kavanaugh were attending different high schools.
Amazingly, the Democrats as they broke this scam to the media, forgot they completely ignored or ridiculed the allegations made by another Democratic partisan. That would be Kathleen Willey, who told her story of the sexual assault she endured not in high school, but in the White House. It had been perpetrated by a sitting president, one Bill Clinton. Clinton was not a political opponent of Willey’s. He was the guy Willey actually volunteered for because she mistakenly “believed” in him. Democrats could not have cared less about what Willey had to say. On the other hand, now Democrats have managed to regain their sense of concern over Christine Blasey Ford’s 36 year old accusations. Her being a committed left wing activist who is going after people she clearly sees as her enemy seems to bolster the ability of Democrats to contrive some faux concern.
Despicable.

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Dig up a false witness

© 2018 Jim Spence - In Exodus chapter 20 we read, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
When all else fails in national politics, just find a partisan somewhere who is willing to allege sexual assault. This is the final page of the Democrat’s political playbook. We have seen this over and over again. And now, we are seeing it with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as he sails through the nomination process for the Supreme Court.
This judge has pristine professional credentials. Because the man cannot be touched for any legal opinion he has ever written, character assassination is the Democrat's plan. Is it really any surprise that California’s Diane Feinstein just happens to have come across a woman, who miraculously decided to come forward, after telling nobody of an alleged assault by then teenager Brett Kavanaugh for more than three decades, that he did these terrible things to her? What a strange coincidence.
Americans should understand what is happening here. Democrats in Washington D.C. are so power starved right now, and so used to stabbing indiscriminately (metaphorically), that have lowered their standards of behavior to those of the poisonous serpents.
Elections aren’t held every four years or even every two years. Elections are held every day. Senators like Diane Feinstein, not only do fundraising twenty four hours a day seven days a week, when they perceive the need, they provide people willing to lie for them. The tactics people like Feinstein and Chuck Schumer employ are so filthy and so insidious that even cohort Ruth Bader-Ginsburg was lamenting the process. Ginsburg, a former ACLU attorney who was no doubt going to vote for the advancement of socialism at every turn when Bill Clinton nominated her, was approved on a vote of 96-3 back in 1993, with one Democrat not showing up for her confirmation vote. Ginsburg suggested last week that decency was in short supply during judge confirmation hearings twenty-five years after her confirmation. She is right.
To be fair, the GOP tends to refrain from character assassination of judges. Both Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, Obama's socialist nominees, were spared the sort of thing Judge Kavanaugh is facing. Though more GOP senators voted against Obama's nominees than they did with Ginsburg, they did not sink to smearing the ladies personally.
Things are different today. When all else fails today's Democrats trot out aging partisan females and allege sexual assaults of the nominee/candidate they want to fail. Make no mistake; there is a price for all of us to pay when Democrats behave like this. It takes a much more coarse, confrontational, and combative person to be willing to jump into the cesspool we call American politics today, simply because there is no fair play.
Is this the kind of America Democrats think we want?
America needs to wake up and understand that government has become so big and so powerful that it is THE BATTLEGROUND in the country. Businesses that compete by innovating and providing great products and services that make life easier for all of us still have their place. However, big government can overpower any successful business with great products if it has a mind to do so. And this is the objective of the Democratic Party now. Democrats want to dominate all aspects of our lives. Only the U.S. Constitution and decent judges can protect us from their domination schemes.
Democrats including both of New Mexico’s senators are now calling for a delay in the vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, which is of course what this absurd scheme was always all about. If the GOP caves in on this, they will provide even more incentive for those willing to bear false witness against their neighbors.
Washington D.C. is indeed a nauseating place and Democrats continue to sink to new lows in terms of disposing of all integrity and honor.
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It is no wonder the New York Times and Washington Post work so hard to get Trump


© 2018 Jim Spence - There is no wonder the New York Times and the Washington Post are doing everything they can to hit Donald Trump hard every single day. The Times and Post find themselves entangled in one of the most damning scandals in American history.
In the Watergate scandal, hardworking and persistent investigative journalists uncovered the deep corruption of the Nixon administration while being stonewalled by the government. In 2018, both the Post and the Times have been caught conspiring with powerful deep state Democrats working at the FBI and CIA in the Obama administration. After the Clinton campaign schemers manufactured an absurd anti-Trump “dossier,” these major newspapers colluded with pro-Democrat employees at the FBI and CIA to advance the Clinton’s tainted political narrative.
People who think Trump is abrasive and obnoxious are correct. However, when Trump calls out the press as "the enemy of the people," he has a point. Obviously, Trump should not be lumping all members of the media into the same category as the shameless Times and Post. But most certainly, these two newspapers are up to their eyeballs in corruption. According to recently released texts that were once exchanged by government employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the newspapers have been colluding with the deep state.
The evidence trail has evolved from being deeply suspicious to a smoking gun. It all began to unravel for the Times and Post with the removal of Peter Strzok from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation team. It became even clearer when the Inspector General’s office, which investigated the actions of FBI employees, found that many had received “improper” gifts from New York Times and Washington post reporters and editors. What was the trade that was made? These newspapers offered gifts to many FBI employees for their leaking of classified information that was actually lies conjured up by Clinton campaign schemers.
It should come as no surprise that the Times and Post and many other mainstream media outlets never bothered to mention the report filed by Justice Department's watchdog. It was a scathing attack on FBI behaviors that implicates both newspapers. No doubt the broadcast networks were leaked to also.
The I.G. wrote. "We have profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered during our review. These leaks highlight the need to change what appears to be a cultural attitude among many in the organization."
Calling for a change in attitude at the FBI is the tip of the iceberg. These people need jail time and the people in leadership positions at the New York Times and Washington Post should be completely replaced by people with ethics and integrity.
Consider the enormous volume of evidence. Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s text to former FBI agent Peter Strzok are astonishing: “Oh, remind me to tell you tomorrow about the times doing a story about the rnc hacks.”
Strzok responded with surprise because the New York Times had already run a story based on leaks he knew about: “And more than they already did? I told you Quinn told me they pulling out all the stops on some story.”
Then Strzok added…..“Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried, and political, they’re kicking into overdrive.”
These activities are felonies. FBI employees are found to be leaking falsified information conjured up by the Clintons so these lies get parroted by their buddies in the media? Are you kidding? Again this comes straight from the report of I.G. Michael Horowitz who said after investigating the FBI, "We identified instances where FBI employees improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events.”
The FBI’s collusion with the New York Times and Washington Post to smear Trump occurred according to Horowitz, at "all levels of the organization."
"We have profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel," Horowitz said.
The fact that the Times and Post and all other media outlets except Fox don’t report these damning facts, strongly suggests this is actually the kind of America the leaders of these news outlets want.
Count me out. Nobody should want Trump to cram the FBI and CIA full with political hacks and then use the enormous power of these agencies to leak lies to cronies in the press designed to manipulate the public sentiment for upcoming elections.
It is disgusting that these media outlets are involved in these crimes. It leaves nobody left to report on them except Fox. The press should always be free......and free from corruption too. Where have their standards gone?

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Obama: the P.T. Barnum of ex-presidents

© 2018 Jim Spence - There is good news and bad news for Barack Obama and his struggle to remain relevant about anything. The bad news is he is the most financially illiterate ex-president in the history of our country. The good news is financial illiteracy still appeals somewhat to the American masses thanks to a failed public education system, pop culture, and a U.S. news media that is on a mission to prop up the Obama's historical reputation.
Last week Obama tried to take credit for the booming economy that has emerged thanks to all of the pro-growth policies enacted by Trump. Like a carnival barker, Obama weighed in on all the good economic news. “When you hear how great the economy is doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started,” Obama proclaimed like the emperor who was wearing no clothes.
Well, at least he conceded the economy is flying. No other Democrat will even do that.
After the 11 previous recessions going all the way back to the Great Depression, the U.S. economy has recovered all the lost jobs in an average of only 27 months after each recession began. It took the U.S. six years to recover the job numbers lost when Obama stepped in. Post-recession GDP is usually attained within a little over a year after a recession ends. America’s GDP took 3½ years to rebound to prior levels under Obama's choking big-government anti-business polices.
So here is the reality. With an absolute economic rebound/layup handed to Obama, real domestic GDP growth averaged just 2% over his entire eight years.
Know this, recessions come and recessions go. Recessions are actually good news if you are the incoming president and you win during the other guy's recession. History is pretty simple on this point. The U.S. economy under any other leader except Obama would have come roaring back from the 2008-09 recession. Obama's results are the most historically awful ever, thanks to his seizing of healthcare for Washington D.C. bureaucrats to run. The sorry economic performance under Obama explains why he presided over the greatest decimation for the Democratic Party in the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, state governor counts, and also in state legislatures.....in history.
The real economic recovery Obama tried to steal credit for last week started the moment the markets realized Hillary Clinton was not going to be able to continue Obama's foolish economic policies after 2016.
Like him as a person or not, Trump has engineered sweeping deregulation across many sectors of what used to be a red tape-stricken U.S. economy. His policies have been like jet fuel. There are jobs offered EVERYWHERE. U.S. workers are doing better than they have in decades.
Instead of the big-government woes created by Obama’s entrenched bureaucrats, who were strangling investments in business and in business confidence, increased confidence was finally unleashed again in America. Within six months of Trump’s inauguration annual growth in GDP had surged past 3% and it is now running at over 4%.
Sadly, Obama was never about encouraging workers or rewarding industriousness. He was more about increasing taxes on the industrious and active workers to fund giveaways for the unambitious and the deadbeats. Obama never has in his entire lifetime, thought it might be important to figure out what sort economic policies would help with job creation and rising wages. This explains the reason why we never saw amazing increases in real wages for working people.....like we have seen over the last 21 months. He had eight years and he BLEW IT.
Watch the news, go to a current events class at any public school in America, or drop by most higher education facilities in the nation and you won’t hear a peep about these realities. What you will hear about instead, is how terrible life in America is with such a despicable jackass in the White House.
Trump may well be a despicable jackass. However, his policies make things better for working people.
On the other hand, Obama is the P.T. Barnum of ex-presidents and the news media, the public education system, the higher education system, and the entertainment business are the customers at his ridiculous circus.
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Let's get real about the state of the nation

© 2018 Jim Spence - It is time for all Americans to make some concessions regarding the state of the nation. Let’s begin with the vast majority of Senate and House Republicans. They don’t mean what they say and John McCain’s vote on Obamacare seals this assertion. Ruling class Republicans manage their political franchises like McDonalds owners manage their fast-food restaurants. They maximize their campaign revenues and take advantage of modern branding imagery tactics to shape how they are viewed by the masses.
Donald Trump is a political enigma. He insults when courtesy would suffice. He picks fights where peaceful efforts would do just as well. And when he isn’t exaggerating and puffing for what he perceives as his own good, he actually tells the truth. When he tells the truth he does so in such an abrasive way that he infuriates those who cannot grasp the basic reality of what he says.
Democrats can be separated into two distinct groups. The ruling class of Democrats seems compelled by political franchise management demands to increasingly embrace absurd ideas. Often these Democrats will raise millions of dollars appealing to the most uninformed idiots in the nation. Newer Democrats are unapologetic socialists who haven’t got a clue how many times socialism has failed in human history. Bolstered by an amazingly biased big government and anti-business public education system, people who know next to nothing, are making inroads in Democratic Party primaries by displacing their deceptive counterparts who make up the ruling class of their party.
Perhaps the most fascinating element of America in 2018 is just how ignorant pop culture has become. Take millionaire filmmaker Michael Moore for example. Moore and many others, particularly those who work in the print and broadcast news segments, like to pretend that somehow the Trump era is similar to that of the era when Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany. Moore and his fans engage in the most insulting display of historical ignorance possibly imaginable. Their assertions are so insanely inappropriate to the memories of millions of massacred Jews it is difficult to overstate. Trump himself celebrates his grandchildren, who are being raised Jewish by his daughter and son-in-law.
There is much more stupidity to the outrageous anti-fascist narrative being foisted on America every day by the media, the public education system, and the entertainment industry than immediately comes to mind. The most noteworthy fascists in human history were Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco. All three completely controlled the media in Germany, Italy, and Spain. They squelched any negative coverage of what they did. Journalists who did not adhere were executed.
Ummm….let us all start to get very real about what is going on in America. First, Trump has unleashed GDP growth rates that are the envy of the entire world. Anyone in America who wants to work can get a job. Real wages are rising for working Americans at the fastest pace in memory.
Let’s see…..what else is going in in America. Roughly 90% of the American press crucifies Trump every single day. When Americans wake up they wonder what is next in the Trump trashing campaign. And the press is powerful. It is wearing America down and their abuse of Trump is taking its toll.
Admittedly, much of what Trump battles over with the media could be mitigated somewhat if he would just keep his big mouth shut. But let us not mistake this situation, which Michael Moore and other socialists engage in intellectual masturbation over. America is not experiencing some sort of fascist nightmare. If we were living a fascist nightmare, journalist’s bodies would be getting fished out of the rivers like they were in Germany, Italy, and Spain eighty years ago. And Michael Moore? He'd weigh 100 pounds less because he would be on a state-mandated diet in a jail cell instead exercising his right to free speech. Let's get real.


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Take a sharpie to your Nike merchandise


© 2018 Jim Spence - This little blurb might be worth sharing with friends and families in the face of a national athletic gear dilemma.
Last week Nike’s management team made the decision to cram their political views down their customer’s throats. Astonishingly, Nike's management has decided to elevate Colin Kaepernick to hero status, suggesting he "sacrificed everything." Sacrificed everything eh? Most people would suggest that distinction should be reserved for those who have died in epic battles against crime and totalitarianism. It seems ironic to many that Kaepernick would in fact be jailed in most socialist/totalitarian locales for expressing the same views he does here when it comes to bashing the fundamental fairness of America. Some guys just can't stand winning and it is time to slap that same label on the Nike management team. Some might say there must be something in the water in the Portland/Beaverton area that causes the majority of residents to lose their minds and do stupid things.
My view is different. Like those in the NFL commissioner’s office, these people running Nike knew they were taking a calculated gamble when they lionized Kaepernick. It would seem they are trying to appeal to those in the market for athletic gear. And most certainly not all of their customers are 60+ golfers who purchase comfortable shirts, shoes, and hats to provide sun protection for their heads.
One of my golfing buddies last week wondered aloud what he was going to do with some of his Nike products as he also finds Colin Kaepernick to be one of the biggest phonies in the national spotlight.
Thinking about this situation all week led me to a decision. I wear wide brim hats to protect my ears from the harsh New Mexico sunshine during my golf outings, dog walks, and gardening activities. My wide brim Nike hat is the most comfortable wide brim I have, and it also offers me the most protection. I wasn’t about to throw away something so functional just to provide a muted little political response to a company that is now insisting that its management team can shove its warped political views down my throat.
Other American companies provide options. Thank God for the Newell-Rubbermaid, the company that makes Sharpie permanent markers. With just a little effort I was able to convert my old wide-brimmed Nike hat into a still very much usable head protection product that I am also comfortable wearing in public. I will wear the former Nike hat pictured above until it wears out. However, from this moment forward there will be no further purchases of Nike products......EVER.

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