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Mr. President, please speak, not tweet, to the people

 

November 19, 2017 --

Reaction to the Democratic gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey point to what the lead editorial in the November 9 Wall Street Journal called "The Anti-Trump Wave." The lead story in the November 9 New York Times declared "The American suburbs appeared to be in revolt against President Trump...," and referred, in the headline to "SUBURBAN ANGER/ AT TRUMP...."

What, LPR wonders, are that "Anti-Trump" voters so mad about -- a rising stock market, reduced unemployment, stable fuel prices, cutbacks in regulatory rule imposed not by Congress but by President Obama with his phone and his pen?

Is the heavy-handed campaign on the left, joined by GOP Never Trumpers, based mainly on hatred for Donald J. Trump, having an impact on voters, generally? How many hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, would the vast media war on President Trump amount to -- if tabulated?

LPR calls on President Trump to address the American people from the Oval Office -- not by tweet -- and respond calmly, and, indeed, eloquently, to the non-stop campaign of political hate directed against him throughout his presidency and, indeed, well before.

LPR believes that the country needs this speech as rallying point for the people who made Mr. Trump their duly-elected president, to point up the mean-spirited nature of "The Resistance," and to persuade congressional Republicans that it is time they supported President Trump in his campaign to give voice to the politically voiceless, to those desparaged by leftists as "deplorables" -- and, indeed, to make America great again. The way of the left would consign the American people to a future of national misery and demoralization. Lead the American people, Mr. President, by revitalizing our legacy of liberty and let them appreciate how it is you, not the left, who defends our Constitution and the liberties it was established to protect.

 

 
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On the Left's Political Hate for Republicans, as well as the President and his Voters

November 19, 2017 --

Any Republican who thinks that the focus of political hate on the left is aimed only at President Trump is clearly mistaken. Republicans might consider merely the opening sentence of the October 15, 2015 lead editorial in The New York Times, "The Grown-Ups take the Stage," --"It was impossible not to feel a sense of relief watching the Democratic debate after months dominated by the Republican circus of haters, ranters and that very special group of king killers in Congress."

This is not to deny the venomous nature of Trump-hate, which extends beyond the president to his family. Just consider the November 12 article in the Times's Sunday Review, on Shalane Flanagan, women's winner of the New York City Marathon, November 5, which reached out to send a barbed comment to Ivanka Trump!

And four days later, a November 9 editorial asserted that "the president stews in a hate-filled bubble, appealing only to the shrinking fraction of Americans unrepulsed by his behavior." Hmm. Looks like on the left. Trump-hate extends to anyone who voted for President Trump.

Actually, what has President Trump done, as president that is so terrible -- apart, of course, from having been elected, for which the left ought to blame the voters of the states that gave the president his Electoral College majority? 

After all, no newspapers that are anti-Trump have been closed down; no one who mocks the president has been jailed. 

(Compare this traditional American  record of freedom to the stifling of liberty in, say, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe, where,  The New York Times reported, November  10, that  Martha O'Donovan, 25, a U.S. citizen was arrested for, among other things, insulting President Robert Mugabe, 93.   The New York Times, November 15 reported that the Zimbabwe military has "taken custody" of Mugabe.  In a follow-up story, November 16,  on the Zimbabwe military's move against Mugabe, who has been in power since the country became independent in 1980, the Times reported that Mugabe suppressed his opponents, "often brutallly.") 

By the way, Rasmussen reported, November 13, that the President's approval ratings are moving up -- to 46%.

 

 

Red Line

From President Trump's November 7 address to the National Assembly of South Korea, in Seoul

November 19, 2017 --

What South Koreans have achieved on this peninsula is more than a victory for your nation. It is a victory for every nation that believes in the human spirit. And it is our hope that someday soon all of your brothers and sisters of the North will be able to enjoy the fullest of life intended by God.

Your republic shows us all of what is possible. In just a few decades, with only the hard work, courage, and talents of your people, you turned this war-torn land into a nation blessed with wealth, rich in culture, and deep in spirit. You built a home where all families can flourish and where all children can shine and be happy.

This Korea stands strong and tall among the great community of independent, confident, and peace-loving nations. We are nations that respect our citizens, cherish our liberty, treasure our sovereignty, and control our own destiny.

We affirm the dignity of every person and embrace the full potential of every soul. And we are always prepared to defend the vital interests of our people against the cruel ambition of tyrants.

Together, we dream of a Korea that is free, a peninsula that is safe, and families that are reunited once again. We dream of highways connecting North and South, of cousins embracing cousins, and this nuclear nightmare replaced with the beautiful promise of peace.

Until that day comes, we stand strong and alert. Our eyes are fixed to the North and our hearts praying for the day when all Koreans can live in freedom.

Thank you. God bless you. God bless the Korean people. Thank you very much. Thank you.

(Source:  CNN)

 

Red Line

Let's End Federalism?

November 19, 2017 --

The lead editorial in The New York Times, November 8, "Let the People Pick the President," marked the first anniversary of the election victory of President Trump by calling for, effectively, doing away with the Electoral College method of determining the winner of the presidential election. The paper complained, "The existing winner-take-all system, which awards all of a state's electoral votes to the popular-vote winner in that state, no matter how close the race, is deeply anti-democratic."

The solution for the Times: "states agree to award all of their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote." And the voters in the individual states...be disregarded? Why would states agree to have their voters disregarded by being merged into the national pool?

Seems to LPR like a recipe for ending the federal nature of the USA -- without even an amendment calling for the ultimate political transformation of the Republic -- into not only a uniform political entity but, probably, a one-party state, as well, the better to lord over the people.

 

Red Line

The New York Times and the Constitution

November 19, 2017 --

The New York Times editorial page, November 12, called on President Trump to “Please Read The Constitution.” Interestingly, the Times, in an editorial it published November 20, 2014 apparently chose to misread the Constitution, urging President Obama to act on immigration without regard for the Constitution, noting that President Obama plans to act “under executive authority” and make “major changes to immigration policy, including shielding several million unauthorized immigrants from deportation…because he has given up waiting for Congress to act.”

The editorial did not cite the provision in the Constitution authorizing presidential action when Congress does not act. There is no such provision, of course.

 

 

Red Line

On Being Thankful this Thanksgiving Day, November 23

November 19, 2017 --

LPR is thankful that the political reality described by the left, at present has nothing to do with the actual state of liberty in America. We have a duly-elected president, not a dictator.

We have a president who loves his country and her people, and who faces an establishment that is intent on retaining its advantageous position lording over the people instead of supporting the concept of popular government described by Lincoln as government of, by and for the people.

In brief, LPR believes that much of the opposition stems from the president's intent to "drain the swamp." Indeed, LPR is thankful that America has a president who stands with the people, not with the elitists, those seeking the "ambitious sacrifice of the many to the aggrandizement of the few."

Happy Thanksgiving Day.

 

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LPR Photo Observations

November 19, 2017 --

An autumn carpet in The Bronx.

Lenox and Libby with leashes.
Should Henry Hudson be taken off his Bronx pedestal near the Hudson River?

Or Columbus from Columbus Circle, NYC?
 
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Now we have angry leftist voters? . . .

A New York Times editorial, November 9, commented that Democrat Ralph Northam, elected governor of Virginia, defeating Republican Ed Gillespie, "and down-ticket candidates energized voters on issues big and small -- and knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors to translate outrage into votes."

LPR has a hunch the "outrage" it has in mind has less to do with "issues big and small" and lots more to do with the fact that Donald J. Trump is president of the United States.

The November 9 Times editorial also quoted Northam as saying, "'We live in a very diverse society,'" adding, "'It is getting more diverse every day. It is that diverse society that makes this country great.'"

But where is political diversity in the media? Michael Goodwin, in his November 5 New York Post column, pointed out that the "dozen Op-Ed columnists" at The New York Times "are all Never Trumpers." Goodwin commented, "That's either a remarkable coincidence or a litmus test for hiring." Goodwin added that the Times behaves "like a party propaganda outlet [and] takes a coercive approach to anyone with a different view. Objections are demonized as heretical."

 

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