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    Thomas Sowell
    Dec 13, 2016

    We are now in a kind of political no-man's-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky -- and nowhere more so than in times like these.

    What we can do, however, is assess where we are, and what some of the opportunities and dangers are.

    The opportunities are many, which is to say that many things are in desperate need of changing, beginning with rebuilding our dangerously neglected and undermined military forces. The monstrosity of ObamaCare needs to be gotten rid of, not just cosmetically adjusted.

    Our fundamental freedoms under the Constitution are at stake in the choice of the next nominee to become a Justice of the closely divided Supreme Court. We need someone with both the depth and the strength to resist the pressures and the temptations that have seduced too many supposedly "conservative" justices, over the years, into betraying Constitutional principles.

    The current hysteria over "fake news" -- including hysteria by people who have done more than their own fair share of faking news -- shows the continuing efforts of the political left to stifle free speech in the country at large, as they already have on academic campuses.

    These are just some of the opportunities the incoming administration has, now that the Republicans finally have control of both Houses of Congress and the White House -- which is to say, now that they no longer have any excuses for not doing what they said they were going to do, when they were running for election.

    Opportunities are of course also challenges, and few of these challenges can be met without paying a price. Will the slim Republican majority in the Senate put bipartisan cooperation ahead of the Constitution, when it comes to choosing a Supreme Court Justice based on principles, rather than on avoiding a nasty fight with the Democrats?

    The same question arises when it comes to repealing ObamaCare. Democrats threw bipartisanship to the winds when it came to passing ObamaCare. Republicans who wanted to have an input on this sweeping legislation were bluntly reminded of the outcome of the elections. "I won," President Obama told them.

    Now that the Republicans have won -- not only the presidency but also the Congress, as well as most governorships and state legislatures across the country -- do they have the guts to do what they were elected to do?

    Surely no one can be unaware that one of the reasons why such an unorthodox outsider as Donald Trump won the Republican nomination, and then the election, is that Republican voters were fed up with the repeated betrayals by the Republican establishment, going all the way back to President Bush 41 and his betrayal of his bold assertion: "Read my lips, no new taxes!"

    What do we know, at this point, about the people being tapped as nominees for key positions in the incoming Trump administration? By and large, they are of a higher caliber than usual, especially General James N. Mattis who has been selected to become Secretary of Defense.

    The love of rhetoric by both the media and Donald Trump has caused General Mattis' nickname of "Mad Dog Mattis" to become a distraction from the facts about a man of both high intellect and a great concern for the troops he commanded. He has, for example, taken it upon himself to personally visit many families of those who died fighting in the battles he led.

    As a personal note, I have had the privilege of having discussions with many military people who have visited the Hoover Institution over the years, and have been impressed with officers of many ranks, including General Mattis. The young officers I have encountered are head and shoulders above so many young people of similar ages who are graduates of even our most prestigious colleges and universities.

    The liberal media are already expressing worry about the number of military people being considered for key positions in the new administration. They would be worried about anyone who has not been brainwashed in the political correctness that reigns among the intelligentsia.

    The key individual in any administration, however, is the President -- and that remains the key mystery in the new administration.

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    Where are we? We're here. Because, no matter where you go, there you are.

    That digression aside, prior to taking office, Trump has done more than Obozo

    has done in eight, long, Trillions wasting, years.
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    Where are we? We're on the edge of o ur seats, entertaining twin emotions. First, decompressing from the paralyzing fear of a Hillary Clinton presidency, and Second, giddy with optimistic anticipation over the possibility of making America great again.

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    "Now that the Republicans have won -- not only the presidency but also the Congress, as well as most governorships and state legislatures across the country -- do they have the guts to do what they were elected to do?"

    I suppose we'll find out by the way they handle the Sanctuary City War that is looming. Here's a real chance to take back America and our communities and streets from the La Raza/Reconquesta crowds. I guess a decision is going to have to be made: Are we America (USA) or a Global Community Nation.

    Congress is a huge political coward. I don't have much faith, if any, in their resolve. They piss their pants from the threats of snowflakes and Illegal Immigrant "voters".

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    And here on the eastern seaboard in the good ole People's Republic of NJ, Rutgers students are demanding that a statement be written by school officials stating that no immigration agents will be permitted on campus. I can just see the school police pee themselves when the National Guard shows up.

    And Newark and Jersey City, maybe others as well, have declared themselves sanctuary cities. They issue special ID cards to ILLEGALs so they can get discounts at city businesses, while legitimate citizens of the cities have to pay full price. And, with their precious little cards they also have access to. . . you guessed it; Healthcare, ER visits etc..

    And while we are on the subject of ILLEGALS; the liberals want to call them "undocumented" and offer amnesty and free everything because they illegally came into our country. So, if I rob a bank, I should just claim that it's an undocumented incident and demand amnesty and be set free, right?

    With every ILLEGAL that is rounded u and sent back to whatever country they came from, there is another job opening for a US citizen. With every ILLEGAL at a college that is nabbed and sent back home, another seat opens up for a US citizen. Ding, ding, ding. What a concept.

    Look, I believe that the immigration system is corrupt. And even if someone comes here "illegally" and truly wants to become a US citizen and contribute to this great nation, we should assist them. We should work to make the system less expensive and less corrupt. But I also believe that if someone comes here illegally and just wants to take what they can, join gangs, fuel illegal activities etc. . . while we pay their tab, we should kick them in the ass and throw them the hell out. The other option is to use them as moving target practice. But I am feeling a bit humane today

    Best way to determine my intent is to threaten my family or myself. Best advice I can give is: Don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulm667 View Post
    ... Rutgers students are demanding that a statement be written by school officials stating that no immigration agents will be permitted on campus….
    Evidently, they don't teach Civics at Rutgers. The stupidity of Millennealania is staggering.

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.-Thomas Jefferson


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