Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fox News and the Liberal Agenda

Fox News' Megyn Kelly - The Left's Enemy #1
Fox News is pretty much the only broadcast media outlet that currently gives fair play to conservatives. It's only equal time to be sure, but that's far more than anyone else does and it makes progressive socialists apoplectic. To them equal time is favoritism.  Fox News actually works out to be more fair and balanced than virtually anyone else. On Fox you can actually hear both sides of an argument. They don't overly favor anybody and they hire reporters that will take a shot at a pompous pundit or a windbag politician if there's one to be taken. That's what journalists should do. 

It's what Megyn Kelly did to Trump and that pompous, self-important windbag deserved everything he got in my opinion. But honest questions come at a cost, especially when you are up against a well-funded liberal propaganda machine.

The recent so-called "conservative" backlash against Fox is being orchestrated by left wing operatives following Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals to the letter.  

  1. Pick the target - Fox News the only news media outlet that is not openly anti-conservative.
  2. Freeze it - Sew doubt and mistrust among supporters
  3. Personalize it - Pick on Megyn Kelly
  4. Polarize it - Get lots of divisive hate speech going among your enemies (conservatives)

By "fixing, freezing, personalizing and polarizing, the Media Matters, Young Turks and other Soros-funded operatives are attempting to turn conservatives against Fox News (the only real support they have from major news media). In doings so, they hope Fox News will be fickle and become more sympathetic with liberals and perhaps even come over to their side. And they've salted conservative dialogue with clever sniping and false accusations in order to undercut Fox News' influence as much as possible and reduce their viewership. 

Fox right now beats out every other mainstream media including the vaunted CNN and NBC. George Soros and his operatives hate that. They want nothing less than to cut Fox down to size and reduce it's influence on mainstream Americans (who prefer Fox by huge numbers). The pitiful thing is that low-information conservatives are falling for it.

Please don't!

I'm just sayin'.

Tom King, © 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Rise of the Invisible Candidate: Why a Third Party Should Happen

© NPR - 1/29/2016
I've noticed something during the last three elections. Every candidate that I like because they are a solid conservative seems almost immediately to disappear from the media's attention and loses the support of the Country Club Republican GOP leadership. Look at NPR's time chart (right) showing who got to talk at the debate last night. Notice who got the least amount of mike time? Ben Carson is being ignored and I believe it's deliberate.

This appears to be a deliberate tactic to eliminate candidates the GOP big shots don't like. I liked Fred Thompson a lot when he ran. He sounded so much like Ronald Reagan. Then, all of a sudden, everywhere it was "Thompson doesn't have the fire in the belly to be president." Then everybody just stopped paying attention to him. Worse, they pretended he wasn't even there. Later I liked Col. Allen West. He got ignored right away even though he was saying things that made conservatives shout, "Hallelujah!" Same thing happened to Herman Cain. They dug something up on him and then made him disappear. Condoleeza Rice, who, I think, would be a fantastic candidate, can't get any traction either. The Republicans won't give her the time of day. Notice anything peculiar about my "lost" candidate list?

I loved Thompson's wit. I'm sure it terrified the GOP leadership.
Except for Fred Thompson every candidate I've liked lately has been of a certain ethnic background. Now the color of one's skin, in my experience, doesn't bother us Tea Party conservatives at all. In fact, self-identified Tea Party conservatives liked every one of these colorful potential presidential candidates and formed a large part of their base. The trouble is that neither the party, nor the media would give them the time of day.

And before you crank up about how racist the Tea Party is, it's balderdash. The Tea Party has a lot of black members and we're proud to have them. The only racism I've ever encountered at a Tea Party gathering has come from Democrat operatives pretending to be us. It's obvious they weren't. All you had to do was to follow them back to their Priuses after we ran them off for causing trouble and saying stupid racist things. It was pretty obvious where these guys were coming from.

Ben Carson is fearless without the bombast.
This time around, my favorite is Ben Carson. The establishment and media did give him some attention at the beginning because of his populist support and it was good press for Republicans to have a black candidate. Unfortunately, for them, Carson jumped into the lead in the polls and gave them a terrible fright. Then the sniping started and the character assassination began and the Grand Old Party most definitely did NOT come to Carson's defense despite the fact that all of it was made up of whole cloth lies by liberal reporters and George Soros supported operatives like "The Young Turks".

To my dismay, I'm beginning to think the country club elites that run the GOP are a bit uncomfortable with an actual descendant of freed slaves taking over as boss of the party. That really reflects badly on the party leadership. Grass roots conservatives of all colors are firmly behind Carson and behind Ted Cruz as well. These two gentlemen are actual conservatives. The only reason that Ted gets the time of day is because he's a senator and the GOP bosses believe they can control "experienced" politicians. They are deluding themselves, of course, because Ted Cruz has shown every indication that he won't dance the Washington shuffle. The GOP is hoping desperately that Trump will drive him off.

Allen West is simply an honorable man.
People like Carson, however, really frighten them. The very idea of an honest man in the Oval Office badly frightens the Washington good old boy network. Shoot, Fred Thompson scared the hell out of them too because he wasn't very good at marching to the party drumbeat when he was in the senate. And they know that an honest man like Carson will be hard to control if he gets into the big chair. Cruz scares them too, but they think they can better handle Cruz by letting Trump pick a fight with him and then sit back and let them destroy each other while they put their boy Marco Rubio forward as a compromise candidate. And really, the only ones compromising in that deal would be the GOP fat cats who wanted Jeb Bush, not Rubio. But they can't have Bush because the conservative base is being obstreperous and they are afraid to lose that many votes.

So what are they doing about Carson? They've decide to give him the "big ig", hoping he'll go away. But there are a lot of us out there who want a nonpolitician in the White House and we can't stand Trump. Why? Because Trump appeals to the worst in all of us. Carson on the other hand appeals to the best.

We need a party Ronald Reagan would be proud of.
Just once before the Apocalypse, wouldn't it be nice to have the best of America in the White House instead of the worst?  Aren't we tired of congenital communists, crooks, liars, traitors and frauds telling us we need to all become part of the obedient collective?  The folks who voted for Reagan and turned down John Kerry and Al Gore are still out there if you can give us a decent man to vote for. You may not have liked George W., but he WAS a good man and I felt good about voting for him and have been proud that he was my president given all that he's done after he left the White House.

I don't know if the GOP leadership has a color problem or not; perhaps, instead, what they have is a character problem. Steely-eyed conservatives and especially steely-eyed conservative black folk seem to make them nervous. Karma is, they say, an angry beast when it visits. I wonder whether Trump is the Republican Party's visitation by karma?

The leadership needs to listen to the conservative base or they're going to cut their own legs out from under them. Like some ponderous fat man, they're busily trying to build up the party from the "moderate" middle and, if they succeed, like some wildly obese senior citizen, their neglected legs are going to buckle beneath them and the party will topple onto its face.  Certainly if Trump becomes the nominee, rock-ribbed conservatives like me will leave the party and go elsewhere. And before the Ron Paul folk get all atwitter, I can tell you we won't go Libertarian - way too tin-foil hat, those people!

Perhaps, we don't have to cling to a dead elephant OR surrender to jackasses! We don't even need to win a majority. Perhaps conservatives can win control another way. If instead of trying to win 51% of the seats of the House and Senate, we could win control of the government by winning just 20-25% of the seats. What we should really do is create a solid, constitutionalist conservative party.  It may take a while to capture 20-25% of the Congress, but it might be the only chance we have to save our country for a few years longer. We could arm-twist the GOP and, for that matter, the Democrats with a relatively small fraction of the votes. Neither of the Big Two parties would have enough votes alone to form a majority. They'd have to suck up to us in order to get anything done. At the very least we could stop them from writing 76,000 page laws that gum up the economy and stifle innovation, kill creativity and discourage risk-taking.

By pulling together all those frustrated, people out there who are being pushed aside and treated as irrelevant and their invisible-to-the-media leaders into a coherent, serious political party of bright-eyed unabashed conservative Americans, we might just thwart the takeover of our nation by crony capitalist, progressive socialists and other "elite" upper class Americans who think they should rule us all by divine right, genetics or how many billions they have in the bank. 

I'm sick of those people, pushing us around. Aren't you?

Just sayin',

Tom King © 2016

Danish Girl Fights off Rapist; Gets Charged With Crime

© Yahoo News
You know that wonderful socialist Denmark that Bernie Sanders loves so much? Yahoo News carried a revealing story of a 17 year old Danish girl who was attacked, knocked down and almost raped while walking near a Muslim refugee center in Denmark. Fortunately for her, she was able to get to her handy bottle of pepper spray and gave the would-be rapist an eyeful, driving him away and allowing her to escape. 

Apparently Danish girls, who defend themselves when attacked, are guilty of a crime for driving off their attackers. The young woman who was attacked by a would-be rapist, it seems, drove off her attacker with illegal pepper spray. In "socialist" Denmark, it's a crime for girls under 18 to own pepper spray. So, now the 17 year old young lady, not only has the trauma of an attempted rape to deal with, she's being charged with a crime and fined. 

So in this socialist utopia of Sanders', you can be old enough to be raped but too young to own a defensive weapon?

So, let me get this straight. Young girls, if attacked, are to do what? Submit if they are under 18? Try to run away and hope the rapist doesn't stumble and hurt himself? Or should they follow the University of Colorado's advice and pee or vomit on yourself to discourage a rapist. How screwed up is a system that floods itself with angry individuals who feel that because they dislike your decadent culture, that raping your women is somehow appropriate behavior and then discourages women from owning defensive weapons? 

To give them credit, the Danes are moving away from the old socialist system in an effort to save their country's economic and social system. Many Danes have offered to pay the girl's fine and there has been a real uproar from right-thinking Danish people over the incident.

While that's all well and good, it still leaves young girls vulnerable if they are "walking while female" near refugee centers in Denmark.

This point up one of the issues with socialist systems. In order to make the collectivist system work, the government needs a relatively high level of control. To do that, they have to restrict access to any means by which the citizenry could rise up and cause the government trouble. They restrict guns in other words. Apparently, they also restrict pepper spray. Wouldn't want the secret police to get their eyes all stingish, I suppose.

The trouble is, that in protecting itself from law-abiding citizens, socialist governments leave the proletariat defenseless against those who are not law-abiding citizens. You see there are laws against rape too, but the law can't find the rapist. The only one who could be charged with a crime was the victim of the crime itself.

And then there's the problem with collectivism. It doesn't work unless everyone obeys the government and the only way to make sure everyone obeys the government is to disarm them and once you do that, the citizenry can be marched into the gas chambers and the gulags at the whim of the government. The rape victim being treated as a criminal is just the tip of the iceberg - a warning of a much deeper problem beneath.

Are we sure we want to go full socialist with Bernie Sanders or even socialist lite with Hillary or worse crony socialist with Donald Trump? 


I don't think so, but then, that's just me. 

Just one man's opinion,

Tom King

© 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

In Case You Missed It: I Don't Think Trump Is the Right GOP Candidate for the Presidency

First off there's the hair....
I've really gone off on poor old Donald Trump lately - not that anybody important has noticed, nor that he cares. The thing is, this man is very very dangerous, but I'm not sure what we can do about it. People like him. At least a certain kind of people like him; those who laugh at jokes about fat people and farting in large part from what I can tell.

People keep telling me that all I have to do is listen to him speak to fall in love with The Donald instead of listening to what his political opponents say about him. The trouble is that I did take their advice and listen to a couple of his speeches.

It made it worse. That said, it also gave me a world of material with which to make fun of. I'm absolutely certain that comedians across our land and most of Europe and Asia are holding prayer meetings praying that God will help Donald Trump get elected. Making fun of Trump is just way too easy. Comedians will make their careers making fun of him and isn't that just what we need in a president?  Here are a few of my own personal pot shots in case you missed them on Facebook lately. See how easy it is?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Of Bullies, Demagogues and Dictators

I've been trying to put my finger on what it is that creeps me out about Donald Trump (other than his support for what will surely be called Trumpcare, abortion and a xenophobic immigration program).
The fact that Trump bankrupted four companies, conned little old ladies out of their savings, and skinned his partners on deal after deal is part, but not all of it.

The fact that he's a silver-spoon trust baby who portrays himself as a "self-made" billionaire isn't it either. I could have made a billion if I'd started out with 300 million dollars for crying out loud. He's a bragger. So, what politician isn't? Then in one of those worthless debates with a gang of Trump acolytes that I keep getting myself into arguments with, I saw something familiar. It's Trumps followers, then, that clued me in to the psychological dynamic that I believe is going on between Trumps and the sycophantic minions that surround him. I remember that same dynamic well from junior high school.

Junior high, as most of you will remember, is an extremely tribal place usually dominated by the strongest members of the group. Bullies in other words. Bullies achieve power by picking out small skinny, nerdy kids to knock around in front of the others to establish their dominance. Then, once properly impressed with the bully's dominance, other weaker members of the group, desiring personal safety, a sense of belonging, and power, are drawn to the bully as a protector and for his or her approval. The bully appeals to his toadies' fear, paranoia and distrust of anyone different from themselves, as well as to their desire to share in his power, if only at second hand.

Voila'. You have outlined the same technique as used by every tin pot dictator and megalomaniac in human history. And it works like a charm. Those who use this technique are dangerous. Our current president has used this technique throughout what one television reporter accidentally called Obama's "reign". But Obama uses the technique ineffectively. Instead of attacking the weakest members of the culture, he has gone after some of the strongest: rock-ribbed conservatives. He has drawn acolytes, but these acolytes are the most malleable. They were already prepared to follow him when he appeared. They were looking for a liberal messiah and they shared his ideology. He's had less success at charming the demographic in the middle that form the swing vote. As his policies fail, he has not been able to bully the undecideds into submission.

Now let's look at "The Donald".  He starts out with rhetoric attacking the weakest members of society - people that his target audience do not like; namely illegal immigrants. Trump claims he will run them all out of the country and punish Mexico for send them and make them build a wall to keep all those nasty Mexicans in. Then he goes after members they are frightened of. He tells us he will stop ANY Syrian refugees from coming into the country, appealing to the xenophobia of his potential pool of followers. Notice he doesn't "plan" to address immigration, he WILL stop it. Period. Very authoritative.

Next he makes all kinds of other vague promises without any real concrete plans for fulfilling them. He brags about himself proclaiming himself the deal-maker, military genius and financial wizard (no matter how many people have suffered financial ruin as he accumulated his own wealth). He says he can be trusted because he is rich without explaining exactly how his being responsible to no one but himself should be in any way reassuring. He also never mentions that, although he's never taken bribes, not being a politician and all, he certainly has handed out enough "donations" to them (mostly the Democrat ones). Someone explain to me how putting the briber in charge of things improves the situation.

Like the Wizard of Oz's fiery avatar, Trump says, "Pay no attention to that stuff behind the curtain. I am Trump, the great and powerful."  And like the playground bully's band of toadies, the Trump acolytes defend him blindly against the terrible fearful menace of Hillary Clinton (who attended his wedding and whose previous presidential campaign and whose foundation he supported with huge donations).

Politically, Trump is simply a more successful political playground bully. Watch his response to anyone who challenges him. When Ben Carson surpassed him in numbers, he joined Democrats in assassinating Ben's character. No matter that it was entirely bullshit, it hurt him and restored Trump to the top. He's gone after every opponent of his systematically with accusations, innuendo and character assassination. His toadies approved of it all.

I don't mean to demean people who like Trump. I really don't. It's easy to fall in with the group. Everybody wants to belong to the herd. It's very human. We feel safe being like everyone else. America was originally settled by rugged individualists, but over time, the old latent gene pool began to assert itself and people who wish less for freedom and independence and more for a sense of belonging, safety and power became more numerous.  These kinds of people are now a very substantial portion of the American population - a voting block of some consequence.

This particular cadre of individuals - people of the herd as I think of them - have long formed a dominant percentage of the population of the Old World. It's why the Old World is in the shape it's in and why dictators and demagogues do so well in the Old World and in former Old World colonies which grew for economic reasons rather than because colonists came to them seeking freedom.

At long last the herd has grown to a size and is doing what herds do best - following. All they need is the latest bull to step up and tell them which way to go. They are not interested in principled leaders who think things through, who exercise caution, wisdom and kindness. What they want is the biggest loudest bull they can get; someone who will promise them whatever it is they want. Trump appeals to the angry radical right and to so-called "moderates and independents" who are basically people who have no opinion of their own but stand around waiting to sway in whichever direction the latest and loudest bull says to go.

America is about to fall or at the very least to divide in a very violent and ugly way. It is sad to see.

Just one man's opinion,

Tom King
© 2016