Odds and ends.

Point 1.

Mayors of sanctuary cities claim that their policy has either “no effect on crime” or actually improves the crime situation (because it allows “illegals” to report crimes without fear of deportation). But a 2014 study conducted by ICE doesn’t support such statements. The study found that during 2014, 8,145 individuals were released from jail after arrest due to their respective jurisdictions declining an immigration detainer request from ICE. Of the 8,145 individuals released, 1,867 were subsequently re-arrested a total of 4,298 times and accumulated a staggering 7,491 charges.

Point 2.

I believe Trey Gowdy will become a great leader of the Republican Party. Why is that, ask you? Because, answer I, like Ronald Reagan, he has the ability to encapsulate an entire argument in one brief sentence. Behold!

“For those, like Alexander Hamilton, who once or now wondered if the Judicial Branch would be too weak. Wonder no more.” (Trey Gowdy quote after the Ninth Circuit eviscerated Trump’s immigration order.)

Point 3.

I have never seen an American political figure (let alone a president) with so many hurdles to jump. Mr. Trump has to fight the Democrats, the media, any number of Republicans, the entrenched bureaucracies, leakers, etc, etc. I have no idea whether or not he can prevail. But I want to assure him that The Rugged Individualist believes in the following T. S. Elliot quote (and I believe many other Americans do, as well):

“There is only the trying. The rest is not our business.” So, go for it, Mr. President.

Point 4.

Do you remember this? Obama mostly ran on pretty normal Democratic policies rather than a hard-left agenda. His platform included opposition to gay marriage, promises to balance the budget and a bipartisan foreign policy.


Balance the budget: the debt was $10.626 trillion when Obama entered the White House. On January 20, 2017, it was $19.947 trillion.

Bipartisan foreign policy: Not only was it not “bipartisan,” there was no “foreign policy!”

Personally, I have no problem with gay marriage. But Obama did not “oppose it.”

The Dems loved Obama! By contrast, Mr. Trump is in a headlong race to fulfill every promise he made during his campaign. The Dems hate Trump!

Point 5.

Did you ever wonder how the USA lost its persona as the “melting pot?” The answer is simple enough – the Democrat Party multi-decade drive toward “identity politics.”

John C. Goodman instructs us in his article, Identity Politics: Up from the GRAVE:

  • Grievance defines identity. Convince as many groups as possible that they are “victims” – women, blacks, Hispanics.
  • Retaliation feeds identity. Identity politics needs conflict – unending conflict — if for no other reason than to remind groups that their grievances need to be redressed.
  • Action solidifies identity. Successful retaliation means victory. Victories produce more victims.
  • Identity politics needs conflict. It needs to vanquish those it sees as representing oppression – no matter how small or inconsequential.
  • Identity politics takes itself very seriously.
  • Empathy empowers identity. You’ve heard the phrase, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” In identity politics, this works like a charm. For this to work, one needs to identify “the Oppressor.” The oppressor must also be from a “group” – white male, Republican, heterosexual, etc.

Donald Trump is neither sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, racist, etc. His great sin is that he abhors political correctness. This is an unforgivable sin once one has been inculcated into identity politics.

Point 6.

You probably were unaware because the media certainly wouldn’t report this, but Trump reduced the national debt by $12 billion in his 1st month as compared with Obama who increased the national debt by $200 billion in his 1st month. (And thanks to BC for sending this to me.)

Roy Filly


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