The Week America Remembers …. and Continues to Move Forward

September 11: This week we remembered. Never Forget! Here is a powerful tribute…9/11

Tribute – Disturbed – Sound of Silence

Straight Forward Country Thinking: by Jeff Foxworthy

Are you Republican or Democrat?

If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.

If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat

If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned.

If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.

If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

A Republican down-and-out thinks about how to better his situation.

A Democrat is down-and-out asks who will take care of him.

A Republican not liking a talk show host switches channels.

A Democrat demands that those they don’t like be shut down.

A Republican non-believer doesn’t go to church.

A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.

If a Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands the rest of us pay for his.

A Republican unhappy with an election, grumbles and goes to work the next day.

A Democrat is unhappy with an election burns down a Starbucks, throws rocks at cops and takes two-weeks off for therapy.

If a Republican reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh. A Democrat will delete it because he’s “offended.”

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-Saul Anuzis

Six-Year-Old Saying, ‘Why Don’t We Just Give Everything Away For Free?’ Surges To Top Of Democratic Polls (Satire)

A new candidate has come out of nowhere to surge in the polls in the Democratic primary, and she’s only six years old.

Susie Peters of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was on a local news segment where children gave their opinions on world problems, and she asked, “Why can’t we just give everyone everything they want for free?” The message quickly went viral and really resonated with Democratic voters, propelling Susie from unknown to third in most polls, ahead of Bernie Sanders and just behind Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

“She really has a plan for everything,” said Melinda Carlson, one of Susie’s enthusiastic supporters. “While Elizabeth Warren only has a plan for getting people free health care and free college, Susie has a plan to get everyone free everything. She’s truly a visionary.”

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Trump’s Only Real Weakness Is His Style

If the president can become a bit more presidential, his reelection will be all but assured.

This is the time for President Trump to deprive his enemies of the last weapon that could be employed against him that could cause him any harm: the largely false, but still troublesome, issue of his personality and routine behavior. Other lines of attack have come to naught: Collusion with Russia, accusations of racism provoking outbursts of mass murder (by uttering “racially charged statements,” in the inadvertently Orwellian words of CNN’s most witless talking head, Don Lemon), the verbal recession confected by the world-renowned economists of CNN and MSNBC, all of it has collapsed. Illegal border crossings are in sharp decline as the wall is steadily extended, and Mexico cooperates in arresting the flow of illegal migrants to the United States, all within the framework of a new free-trade agreement and the steady relocation of manufacturing designed for the U.S. market from China to Mexico (and other countries). The only arguments left to the puling and squabbling Democrats are ever more implausible lurches to the left and the lingering sense that Donald Trump, though not the extremist or the incompetent that many had declaimed and predicted, is just not suitable to be president.

It does the president no favors to pretend that there are not still a significant number of people who have an uneasy feeling that although his administration is in policy terms quite successful, and the president has faithfully tried to carry out most of what he promised in the raucous 2016 election campaign, he is yet too bombastic and evidently egocentric to maintain the dignity of his great office. This is a widely held view, even among many who support the president for his policy successes and well-conceived initiatives that are still in the balance, especially trade and other negotiations with China, and the attempted revival of nuclear non-proliferation in respect of Iran and North Korea.

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President Trump, please honor 9/11 by getting the U.S. out of Afghanistan

President Trump, please honor 9/11 by getting the U.S. out of Afghanistan

This Wednesday marks the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. Members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, left the Pentagon in flames and partial ruin in D.C., and crashed a final aircraft in the fields of Pennsylvania, brought down—by true heroes—short of their intended target, likely the White House. In all, 2,996 people were killed (not including the 19 hijackers) and over 6,000 were injured, making it the largest single instance of casualties on American soil in history.

Where are we as a nation 18 years after this horrific act of terror?

We are in Afghanistan, of course. The war in Afghanistan started on October 7, 2001 and has claimed the lives of 2,372 American service people, the most recent of whom, Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz, was killed just this past Thursday by Taliban terrorists.

U.S. soldiers remain deployed without meaningfully outlined goals and no clear U.S. interests at stake. It is as if they have been sentenced to 18 years of dangerous community service, cleaning up areas along the side of a highway littered with IEDs while protecting Afghan citizens against the Taliban.

I mean all of this with the utmost respect for our armed service men and women, appreciating their tireless commitment to our country and their loyalty to our nation. As it’s said, theirs is “not to reason why; theirs but to do and die.”

But the American people must ask why.

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Trump’s plan to stem border crossings gets results

Border arrests are plummeting after Trump crackdown.

President Donald Trump’s plan to force Mexico to stem the flow of migrants across the southwest border of the U.S. appears to be working.

Border arrests, a metric for illegal crossings, plummeted to 51,000 in August, according to preliminary government figures obtained by POLITICO Wednesday, down more than 60 percent since a peak in May. And border watchers say it’s largely because of an agreement Trump struck with Mexico in June. Mexican authorities, backed by the newly formed National Guard, are now cracking down on migrants traversing Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, monitoring river crossings and stopping buses carrying migrants from Central America through Mexico. At the same time, the U.S. is making tens of thousands of asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their applications are considered. The decline in border traffic — if sustained — could amount to a major victory for Trump as he heads into the 2020 election. Perhaps more important, the experimental measures taken by his administration could reshape immigration enforcement for years to come.

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Facts support national popular vote

I wanted to believe the critics.

I assumed their arguments against a national popular vote were valid. But with each new claim, even basic research undermines the opposition to the movement toward a national popular vote to elect the president of the United States.

No, the recent 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling does not affect a National Popular Vote. The ruling dealt with faithless electors, not the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact enacted by Colorado’s legislature and governor.

No, cities would not be advantaged over rural areas. Only one-sixth of the country lives in the top 100 cities. One-fifth live in rural areas. California and New York together only have 18 percent of all voters.

According to the 2010 census, the five biggest cities in the country (New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia) account for only about six percent of the national population.

The top 20 cities account for only about 10 percent of the population. Even the top 50 cities only account for 15 percent of the nation’s population. Big cities could never dominate under a national popular vote.

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“Middle ground” America is disappearing

This week, the Democratic Party in South Dakota announced it was closing its last two offices in the state. The move surprised some analysts and brought criticism from some quarters as an example of Democrats abandoning difficult political terrain.

But a look at the numbers over the past 20 years shows some of the thinking behind those moves. The changes in culture and politics in that time have left an election map that is full of communities that are either deep red or deep blue, with little room for the political space between.

The presidential elections of 1996 and 2016 offer some remarkable evidence.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton won re-election by a large margin, 8.5 percentage points, but the results at the country level showed a much more “purple” map. In more than 1,100 counties, the margins for Clinton or his opponent Bob Dole were within single digits.

In 2016, the national results were very tight; Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by about 2 points over Donald Trump (and, of course, Trump won the Electoral College vote). But there were only 310 counties where the margins for either candidate were in the single-digit range.

That means in 20 years the number of “competitive” counties declined by about 72 percent.

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The Trump campaign is launching its own social networking app to mobilize ‘the army of Trump’ for 2020

President Donald Trump has used Twitter as a digital megaphone throughout his presidency to directly address supporters — and he will soon have another tool at his disposal to get his message out unfiltered. The Trump reelection campaign is launching a social networking app to harness the fervent energy among his legion of supporters, Politico reported.

The smartphone app, which has no release date set, will encourage them to donate, volunteer their time and stay on top of the president’s campaign schedule.

The app highlights a key part of the Trump campaign strategy, which is anchored in circumventing tech companies like Facebook and Twitter that the president has assailed as biased against conservatives.

Digital experts say a key hurdle in launching an app is getting users to download it to begin with, which has doomed plenty of others.

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We Shouldn’t Be Doing Business with Communist China

We didn’t win the (first) Cold War with Communist Russia – by handing them trillions of dollars.

“In 1948, the United States began a campaign of economic sanctions against the Soviet Union that would last more than fifty years….

“For many years, the embargo on the Soviet Union was quite severe….

“(R)estrictions were tightened again after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979. In 1983, Ronald Reagan approved the National Security Decision Directive 75, which set the policy of using economic pressure to limit the foreign policy and military options of the Soviets.”

In 1991, Communist Russia collapsed in an economically-ravaged heap.

And as important: Communist Russia spent the preceding half century limping around far less effectively – because we were denying them trillions of dollars of operating capital.

Contrast this – with how we’ve dealt with Communist China.

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