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On Keeping America Great


June 19, 2020 --

The lead, this posting of LPR, will review aspects of President Trump's commencement address to the graduating cadets at West Point, June 13. But, in quoting from the president's address, LPR can't help but begin by taking note of comments concerning the address, from The New York Times, and noteworthy silence about the speech, from the paper. 

What is the new slogan going about from the left, these days? Silence is violence?  The left's silence about violence dishonors the fundamental principles on which the country was founded.

The Times reported that Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark A. Milley had resisted the president's threat to use federal troops "to put down demonstrations against racial injustice" that the Times called "predominantly peaceful but marred at times by looting and rioting." 

The paper added that the resistance from Secretary Esper and General Milley left "a deep schism between the commander-in-chief and the military." 

Later in the report on the West Point commencement, the Times noted that Mr. Espere and General Milley did not attend.  

The Times  however, did not mention that Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville were among the officials who did attend, and were singled out by the president along with West Point Superintendent  Lt. General Darryl A. Williams.  (Gen. Williams, appointed West Point superintended by President Trump, is the first black head of West Point.) 

The paper did mention that the defense secretary sent a video of congratulations to the graduating cadets, but seemed intent on mentioning  the "fraught  moment" in the history of civilian-military relations, pointing to the belated positions taken by Secretary  Esper and Gen. Milley on ending the rioting, and their willingness to rename army installations named for Confederate generals.

The failure of the Times to note the presence at West Point of the Army secretary and Army chief of staff suggests to LPR that the new motto for the Times should be "All the news that fits its agenda."

The paper did quote an allusion by the president to the current turmoil, "'When times are turbulent,  when the road is rough, what matters most is that which is permanent, timeless, enduring and eternal.'" 

Immediately preceding that observation, the president told the graduating cadets that America's survival and "endurance of civilization" depends on people like you.  "It depends on people who love their country with all their hearts and energy and soul." 

The president continued, "It depends on citizens who build. sustain, nurture and defend institutions like this one; that is how societies are made and how progressed is advanced."  The president went on, "What has historically made American unique is the durability of its institutions against the passions and prejudices of the moment." And then he remarked on the need to focus on the permanent "[w]hen times are turbulent."

President Trump cited General Ulysses Grant, General Douglas MacArthur, and Gen. George Patton as "great leaders [who] were not afraid to say what others might say about them. They didn't care. They knew their duty was to protect their country. They knew the Army exists to preserve the republic and the strong foundations upon which it stands: family, God, country, liberty and justice."   

LPR has no doubt that the president includes himself in the company of leaders who don't care what is said of them as they defend the country and its traditions that they love.

The Times's account of the president's speech included his assertion that "We are ending the era of endless wars."  The paper, however, did not mention the promise from President Trump, "We are not the policemen of the world", nor did it mention his quoting Gen. MacArthur: "'In war, there is no substitute for victory."

LPR sees the speech as a challenge to the American people: do you want an America where the mindset is "Blame America First," and arson and looting are defended merely expressions free speech transformed into progressive action? Or do you want an America based on the fundamental principles that motivate West Point graduates: family, God, country, liberty and justice, in the context of Duty, Honor, Country?"

LPR asks its clickters, and requests them to pass along this question to family and friends: What is wrong with the message of President Trump's Commencement Speech to the men and woman of the United States Military Academy. Class of 2020? Won't this message Keep America Great?


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LPR Endorses
Rep. Eliot L. Engel ...

June 19, 2020 --

LPR Endorses Rep. Eliot L. Engel...

 ...for re-election in the Democratic primary to the House of Representatives from the 16th District of New York,    Congressman Engel has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1989 and is the current chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. 

As chairman, Mr. Engel believes that politics stops at the water's edge and therefore believes in serving on a bipartisan basis with Rep. Michael McCaul, (R. Tex.) the ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committe.  Facing a stiff fight from radical Democrats who seem not to put America first and are not friendly to Israel, Chairman Engel deserves re-election to the House of Representatives.

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Birthday Greetings

June 19, 2020 --

Happy Fourth of July,
Happy 244th Birthday, You Wonderful United States

LPR believes we could use some  traditional Fourth of July concerts, this COVID-19 year, to uplift and unify the national spirit.

May the Spirit of America be heard this July Fourth over the anti-American tumult of the nay-sayers

From the LPR Archives - July 5, 2007: Old Glory seen here flying outside Yankee Stadium …


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The excruciatingly painful hypocrisy of the left as exemplified by Bill de Blasio

June 19, 2020 --

Why should we discount any comment concerning public policy from New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio? 

Because he banned funerals, citing COVID-19, at the end of April, while at the beginning of June, he did nothing to prevent protests spurred by the killing of George Floyd, other than to urge that they be "peaceful."

(By the way, as one source pointed out on the internet, there were three funerals for George Floyd. While Jews attending the funeral of a rabbi were threatened with arrest by de Blasio.)

Are we to conclude that there is some magic quallity to COVID-19 that makes it harmless provided, only, that masses of demonstrators shout the words "silence is violence" as they ignore  executive orders (proclaimed mainly by Democrat authorities) that non-essential people (otherwise known as "deplorables" ) stay at home?

LPR recalls that protests against lockdowns were disparaged by the same people who had no words of criticism for "peaceful" mass protests against "systemic racism."  By the way, where are the "hot spots" of "systemic racism" to be found in the U.S.?


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Report on LPR Visits through 6/16

June 19, 2020 --

China leads in visits, with more than 3,000. The U.S is only second with 511 and Ukraine is third with 100 visits.  LPR hopes that the people of Ukraine will circulate the idea that President Zelensky calls on President Trump to broker a multilateral peace plan involving Ukraine, Russia, Venezuela and the U.S. 

This plan would have Russia withdraw from Venezuela and end its support for Ukraine separatists in Donbass.  President Maduro would step down in Caracas. The U.S. would get NATO to pull back from the borders of Russia. The parties to this agreement would normalize relations, including the return of Russia to a reconstituted G8. LPR calls on populist conservatives in the U.S to tell family, friends and neighbors about LPR, to increase U.S. visits which remains disappointingly low. 

LPR believes a significant increase in U.S. visits will demonstrate continued support for President Trump's campaign to drain the swamp, which would include putting foreign policy in the hands of the president, where it belongs, and away from the deep state that wants to maintain tensions with Russia. 

LPR also has a hunch that the deep state would like the Chazniks in Seattle to become a second Maidan, with the aim, certainly, of driving President Trump from office as the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine forced President Yanukovych into exile.


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On Renaming Forts Named for Confederate Generals

June 19, 2020 --

Maybe some of the naming of southern forts for Confederate generals was not meant as a compliment.

Consider General Braxton Bragg.  He did not have a good reputation as a general,  nowhere near that of Gen. James Longstreet, yet Longstreet is only a road in Fort Bragg. 

Could naming the entire installation for Bragg have been intended as an inside joke? 

It seems to LPR that if the naming were serious, the name of the installation would be Fort Longstreet. Longstreet, by the way, convinced General Lee at Appomattox that his pre-war friend from West Point, General Grant, would be magnanimous to the South. Grant's wife Julia Dent, was a distant relation of Longstreet, who attended their wedding and may have been a groomsman.  And at Appomattox, he renewed his friendship with Grant, and eventually became a Republican, voting for Grant as president.

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Say No to An Orwellian World

June 19, 2020 --

The Wikipedia entry for former Defense Secretary James Mattis indicates that he supported the policy, recommended by a Maine Corps chaplain, of giving chilled bottles of water to protesters in heated climes, on the theory that it is difficult to hurl rocks while drinking chilled water in 120 degree heat. Gen. Mattis might have considered drinking chilled water before he sent his anti-Trump screed to The Atlantic magazine. What could he think he would accomplish by accusing the president of dividing the country? Succeeding in creating a military coup to overthrow President Trump? The president's love of the United States, and the honor he pays his oath of office, is there for all to see, in his stirring commencement address to West Point's Class of 2020.  

Victor Davis Hanson, in the June 7 issue of National Review, "Not-So-Retiring Military Leaders," takes issue with retired generals and admirals who feel free to denounce President Trump.  LPR recommends that LPR clicksters google Hanson by name, artricle title and magazine name, and read this incisive article which, among other things, suggests that retired military officers entitled to pay, like active personnel, violate the Universal Code of Military Justice when they criticize the president.  It is not consistent, after all, with the Constitution to topple the commander-in-chief by military coup.  That is the stuff of a banana republic, or a dictatorship, not the stuff of constitutional government.

LPR, incidentally, sees nothing wrong in President Trump's walk to St. John's Church,, with Bible in hand, to honor a house of worship that had been set on fire by hoodlums. Neither does LPR regard this walk,as Gen. Mattis, and others called it, "a photo op." Probably those who denounce the president for walking over to the church have been denouncing him since January 20, 2017, when he walked over to the podium, at the Capitol, to take the oath of office.

We seem to be living in Orwellian times, when truth is turned on its head.   In the world Orwell described in his novel "1984" -- "War Is Peace," "Freedom Is Slavery," "Ignorance Is Strength."  And "two minutes hate" are held daily at the workplace. The recent months of Covid-19 lockdown, interrupted by protests, peaceful and violent (and in violation of the lockdowns) suggests these real life Orwellianisms proclaiming: "Free Speech is Hate Speech," "Common Sense Is Racism," "Government By Decree Is Democracy."

Conservative columnists  Michael Goodwin, in the New York Post, and Kimberley A. Strassel, in The Wall Street Journal, have recently chided President Trump for acting in a way leading to his defeat for re-election, November 3rd.  Rather than chide the president for drawing fire from "persistently hostile" sources, to borrow a term from Winston S. Churchill, explaining, not long after World War I, why he did not listen to the anti-government press, conservative journalists should, along with Republican members of Congress,, and conservative citizens at large, stand up in support of the president when he comes under  predictably invidious attack from the left.

Acknowledging, in her June 12 Wall Street Journal column, that the stakes, November 3rd, are high, Ms. Strassel wrote that the president has to decide how much help he wants to get. LPR would turn her words around. 

Because the stakes for November 3rd are so high, Ms. Strassel and all conservatives must decide just how important it is that they help President Trump get re-elected. 

LPR would add that the failure to re-elect President Trump would make an Orwellian world a reality in the U.S.A.


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The Travails of
Michael Flynn (Cont.)

June 19, 2020 --

Last LPR, this website was hoping that the travails of former National Security Affairs Adviser Michael Flynn would have ended by now with his exoneration by a three-judge panel on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals.  Instead, news reports indicate that the Circuit Court panel seems inclined to return the matter to District Court Emmet Sullivan to decide.  Returning the matter to Judge Sullivan would take the case to mid-July, and likely, longer for final disposition.  At that point, if Jude Sullivan insists on sentencing Flynn on his guilty plea that the government, together with Flynn, now wants to withdraw, it appears to LPR that Flynn's option would be to try to return the case to the appellate court that was unwilling to end the matter now.  If the appellate court was unwilling to rule in Flynn's favor now, why would it rule in his favor later?

Accordingly, it the appellate court returns the matter to Judge Sullivan now for disposition, is Flynn 's only realistic option an attempt at expedited review by the Supreme Court?   And if 
the Supreme Court would not take on the matter this summer, should Flynn get unfavorable rulings in the appellate court, and then back before Judge Sullivan, would Flynn have a chance, again, at a favorable ruling at the Circuit Court, or Supreme Court.   Wouldn't drawn-out proceedings keep the case alive during the election campaign?  Would the courts tolerate drawn-out proceediings?

There is, of course, another possibility:  that if the case goes back to the district court, the president ends Flynn's travail with a pardon.  

A presidential pardon would bring the media down on the president's head, but what wouldn't?  LPR is convinced that Flynn did not act counter to U.S. policy under President Obama when he spoke with Russian Ambassador Segey Kislyak, at the end of December 2016.  All that Flynn was trying to do was persuade Russia to change its policy toward the U.S.  It was the Obama administration that wanted to increase tensions with Russia -- as parting "gift" to the incoming Trump administration.  To the extent that the Flynn matter was politics, the politics of the matter was fashioned by the Obama administration.  The courts ought not punish Lt. Ge. Michael Flynn because the Obama administration sought to play politics at the expense of the Trump administration, as it was about to take office.  And if the courts insist on playing politics with the Flynn affair and, to boot, violate the separation of powers principle -- by forcing a judicial prosecution on the Justice Department, the president is well justified in putting an end to the matter by pardoning his former national security affairs adviser.

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Observations You Won't Find In The New York Times

June 19, 2020 --

From Jason L. Riley, in his column in The Wall Street Journal, June 17:   "Most black people know that George Floyd is no more representative of blacks than Derek Chauvin is of police officers.  They know that the frequency of black encounters with law enforcement has far more to do with black crime rates than with racially biased policing.

They know that young black men have far more to fear from their peers than from the cops.  And they know that the rioters are opportunists, not revolutionaries."

Mr. Riley concludes, "Unsafe neighborhoods retard upward mobility and poorly policed neighborhoods are less safe. A conversation that doesn't acknowledge that reality is hardly worth having."

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June 19, 2020 --

President Pardons Cadets …

In the course of his remarks to the 1007 members of the West Point class of 2020, President Trump absolved, "effectively immediately," all cadets who had not completed walking off punishment tours for minor offenses.  The transcript of the speech indicated that this act of absolution was met with applause and laughter, not political protests.

President Lauds the West Point Class of 2020 on Athletic Accomplishments …

President Trump also congratulated the Class of 2020 on ending, in its first year, Navy's 14-year winning streak in the 2016 Army-Navy football game.  The president also noted that in the two succeeding years, Army won the Commander-in-Chief Trophy [the military academies' football trophy]. The president also congratulated the class on winning one thousand victories for the Black Knights, including three bowl wins, 13 NCAA appearances, and a Women's Rugby Championship.

A Military Milestone …

On June 9, the Senate unanimously (98-0) approved President Trump's nomination of Gen. Clarence Q. Brown as chief of staff of the United States Air Force.  Gen Brown will be the first African-American to lead a branch of the U.S. military.  LPR will note that Gen. Brown's nomination sharply rebukes those who maliciously accuse the president of being racist. Gen. Brown succeeds Gen. David Goldfein who was the second Jewish Air Force chief of staff.

LPR wonders …

Will the voters really elect a "hidin' Biden?"

Seattle's CHAZ Gets Renamed …

The occupied section in Seattle called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, has been given a new name.  It is now called the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, or CHOP.  LPR suggests that the occupiers might be called Chopniks.  In the old days, this type of resident would, LPR believes, have been called a "squatter."  LPR understands that the Chopniks have the tacit approval of Washinton Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.  LPR understands, further, that President Trump is not amused by this occupation.

A Question from LPR as President Trump Resumes His Rallies …

Will the resumption of the president's rallies, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 20, be the significant development, while John Bolton's book is regarded, generally, as just a tempest in a teapot?

Maybe the president is making a mistake … going to Bushie Karl Rove for campaign advice. LPR thinks he should stick with a "drain the swamp" campaign,  because he really hasn't drained it yet.


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