Advice our politicians never should have forgotten.

When I started blogging I always preceded my posts with a few quotations. I’m not sure why I stopped doing that. Below are advice and admonitions that our politicians have likely heard but consistently ignore.

[Source: The 25 best quotes about politics, by John Hawkins]

The left has a penchant for “equality.” Those on the right value equality, as well, but understand what Aristotle taught us nearly 400 years before the birth of Christ. “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”

Plato, Aristotle’s mentor, cautioned, “The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.” That, my friends, pretty much sums up Washington’s approach to everything. That they had to borrow $20 trillion, thus far, to “fix” everything doesn’t seem to enter their calculus.

More recently, one of our great political and economic thinkers, Thomas Sowell, instructed, “There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.”

At the founding of our nation there was a “once-in-the-history-of-mankind” coalescence of brilliant men who gave us our Constitution. They also shared much wisdom about governance.

  • “That government is best which governs the least.” (Thomas Jefferson)
  • “Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” (Thomas Jefferson)
  • “There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” (James Madison)

One of the most frequent questions posed to the librarians at the Library of Congress is “How many federal laws are there?” You may be shocked to realize THAT NO ONE KNOWS! The Library of Congress website freely admits that trying to tally this number is nearly impossible. The United States Code currently has 51 titles, each with multiple volumes. And, of course, that does not include the much larger volume of case law or regulatory provisions.

Over the course of the Obama presidency we heard much about his association with Saul Alinsky, the founder of modern community organizing and author of Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. Thus, while I detest nearly all of his philosophy, even Mr. Alinsky isn’t always wrong: “The preferred world can be seen any evening on television in the succession of programs where the good always wins — that is, until the late evening newscast, when suddenly we are plunged into the world as it is. Political realists see the world as it is: an arena of power politics moved primarily by perceived immediate self-interests, where morality is rhetorical rationale for expedient action and self-interest.”

I hope you will consider these quotes as you bear witness to our nation’s “leaders.”

Roy Filly

 

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Thoughts for the day.

Thought #1:

The last few weeks have been good for Republicans in polling. The Democrat double-digit lead in the so-called “generic ballot” has slipped to as little as 5 points in some polls (and that was reported by CNN whose reporters had to take a healthy dose of diazepam before they could utter the sentence).

Thought #2:

Question: Which recent president did the media hail as Lord God Almighty? And which president has the media reviled as Satan incarnate? I’m sure my readers answered Obama and Trump in that order.

However, this news item on polling made me laugh out loud. According to Rasmussen polling (and they are certainly a well-regarded polling group) President Trump is more popular at this point in his presidency than Barack Hussein Obama at exactly the same point in his presidency (February 9, 2010). Obama’s Job approval was 44% while President Trump came in at 48%.

Ain’t that a hoot!

Thought #3:

It’s not news to my readers that the press (and apparently the FBI and DOJ) were “in the bag” for Hillary. But this observation seems to have been missed.

Thought #4

Today seems to be “polls day.” So here’s one more. And again, this poll is not from a right-wing organization, but none other than the Harvard-Harris Poll. It appears that voters across both party lines are in agreement with President Donald Trump’s immigration priorities.

This poll is considered to be weighted appropriately to broadly represent the US population. The poll showed that, in fact, each of the pillars of Trump’s compromise with the Democreeps was broadly popular. In particular, a whopping 79% said the believed “immigration priority… should be based on a person’s ability to contribute to America as measured by their education and skills.” 

Ain’t that kick in the head, Democreeps!

Roy Filly

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Immigration then and now.

You have seen me write often that my father was an immigrant. I am very proud of him and that fact. He and his family were part of the immigration that occurred in the early 20th century. That group of immigrants arrived in very different circumstances from the group that arrived in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Yes, of course, they arrived from quite different parts of the world, but that is not the fundamental problem. Were the immigrants of my father’s time more educated? Had they prospered in their home nations to a greater degree than later immigrants? Did they speak English? (They only spoke English if the emigrated from an English-speaking nation.) The answers to each of these questions is a definite, “No.”

Why was the Statue of Liberty emblazoned with the quotation, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”? Should that quotation be erased as we negotiate a new “immigration law?”

[Source: Immigration lies and hypocrisy, by Walter E. Williams]

Let’s for the moment forget that my father came to the United States legally and many of the immigrants in the latter half of the 20th century did not. Aside from “legal status,” education, and language skills there is a very big difference between when my father came to the United States and when the later groups came.

Was this difference the “fault” of the immigrants. No. Indeed, it was our own fault. And what was this “big difference,” ask you? Simple, answer I. In the first half of the 20th century there was NO WELFARE STATE. Immigrants like my father either worked or starved. That is no longer true. Call it “harsh,” but that’s the way it was.

They knew that getting a good job required English-speaking skills. They recognized from their own struggles that education was key to providing for one’s family and they made d*mned sure that their children went to school.

There is another big difference between immigrants of my father’s era and today. The children of today’s immigrants (again, let’s forget legal status for now) are taught “multiculturalism” in school. They are taught that one culture is no better or worse than another. Anything else is “deplorable racism and xenophobia.” As a result, some immigrant groups seek to maintain the cultural values of the very nations whose failures they fled – failures that led to the poverty, corruption and human rights violations in their home countries.

I always find Dr. Williams thoughts to be helpful and recommend you read his article in its entirety.

Roy Filly

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Climate modeling: What a joke.

The global warming alarmists love their climate models. Scientists have been making projections of future global warming using climate models of increasing complexity for the past four decades. These models employ atmospheric physics and biogeochemistry. Does that sound complicated? Good guess.

Therefore, one might also guess that the complexity may make these projections WRONG! The following video describes this complexity. The person explaining the implications of this complexity is a physicist and climate expert with superb credentials.

The global warming alarmists have their counter arguments lined up:

  • 97% of climate scientists agree (a claim that is patently false)
  • this scientist is not a “climate” scientist

The problem for them today, however, is that this video is about complexity in climate modeling. This expert certainly is more than qualified to discuss this aspect of “climate science.”

And thanks to ALF for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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Dems: Here’s a good plan. Sue, sue, sue.

While 0.6 percent of the U.S. adult population are lawyers, 41 percent of the Congress are, mostly Democrat Congressmen. Members of Congress are sixty-eight times as likely as all American adults to have practiced law. The United States represents 5 percent of the world’s population and 66 percent of the world’s lawyers. Further, 97 percent of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association go to the Democratic Party.

So what do lawyers do? They sue!

[Source: In 8 years of Obama, GOP AGs sued 46 times. Democrats already sued Trump 35 times, by Fred Lucas]

Democrats are on track to file a record number of lawsuits against one administration. Already the Democrats have set a record for most lawsuits filed against a presidential administration in a single year.

Let me count the ways:

  • The new tax law
  • Travel restrictions
  • Net neutrality
  • Pull back on environmental regulation
  • Immigration

And, of course, they are ever so proud of themselves. The Democratic Attorneys General Association has declared on the front of its website: “Democratic attorneys general are the first line of defense against the new administration.” Translation: We intend to slow the progress toward Making America Great Again.

Just last year Democrat Attorneys General initiated 35 multistate lawsuits against the Trump administration. By contrast, during the entire eight years of the Obama presidency Republican AGs initiated a grand total of 46 suits against his administration.

I saw the Republican lawsuits as an effort to force Obama to follow the Constitution. The Democrat suits appear to be end runs around the Constitution. California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed 24 different lawsuits on 17 subject areas. Wow! His is a state that is home to more than 10 million illegal aliens and among his suits are DACA, the border wall, immigration enforcement, and sanctuary cities. Wow! What an exemplary law enforcement official.

Boy am I ever proud to be a Californian. Yuck!!!!

Roy Filly

 

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One place your tax dollars go (down the drain).

Since our founding the United States government has done some unspeakable things to Native Americans. However, those things happened a long time ago.

Nonetheless, their is sufficient guilt about these historic episodes that our government has been trying to help Native Americans. How do they help them, ask you? Not very effectively but very expensively, answer I. Before I get to the specific subject of today’s post it is vital that you look over a previous post.

I recommend that you read the entire post, but at very least rapidly scroll through the list of government programs in the footnote designed to “help” Native Americans. Just take a “measure” of the length of the list and note the dollar amounts next to each program. I guarantee it will take less than 30 seconds to peruse the list. I do not recommend having breakfast first. If you do, have a bucket next to you before you begin.

Now let us turn our attention to just one Tribal Nation and one element of that massive spending – the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA). Importantly and admittedly, the NHA receives the largest share of taxpayer assistance for homebuilding than any other tribal entity in the nation. Also, I am virtually certain that this organization tries their best to help the Navajo people. The problem is that they do a really crapy job of it.

[Source: Report on the mismanagement by Navajo Housing Authority, by Senator John McCain and staff]

This new report released by Senator John McCain (R-AZ where the Navajo Nation resides) details the findings of a three month investigation into allegations that the NHA mismanaged federal housing grants provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Before we examine the report we need the following datum: the median price of a new house has risen to a record high of $345,800. Of course the record high was just reached. Ten years ago the median price of a new house was only $232,100. Now, let us look at the results over the past decade for the Navajo Housing Authority:

  • NHA received over $803 million in HUD-issued Indian Housing Block Grants
  • The NHA built a total of 1,110 homes over those 10 years
  • Average cost of each home = $723,000

When will we ever learn? I rest my case.

And thanks to BC for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

 

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Finally, identity politics takes a hit.

I have written many times that the Democrat Party push toward identity politics was hurtful and dangerous to our nation. Almost unnoticed President Trump’s administration took a first step back toward “e pluribus unum.”

[Source: Trump Administration Strikes a Blow Against Identity Politics, by Mike Gonzalez]

Our last President (thank God he’s gone) proposed “a grouping” that makes no sense unless the purpose is to further divide the nation into ethnic identity groups. He proposed that that Census add a category for “Americans of Middle East and North African descent.”

The Trump administration’s Census Bureau announced their decision last Friday to stop this further slide into becoming a fractured republic. One more nail in the coffin of the Obama’s efforts to divide our nation.

Mr. Gonzalez makes a point that had never occurred to me. “The breakup of the country into government-created ethnic categories has been a negative byproduct of the civil rights era, and the opposite of the equality the 1964 Civil Rights Act itself set out to create. As one of the foremost historians of the period, University of California, San Diego professor John Skrentny, put in his book “The Minority Rights Revolution,” policymakers and bureaucrats:

carved out and gave official sanction to a new category of Americans: the minorities. Without much thought given to what they were doing, they created and legitimized for civil society a new discourse of race, group differences and rights. This new discourse mirrored racist talk by reinforcing the racial differences of certain ethnic groups.”

How perceptive of Professor Skrentny. However, my hatred for identity politics arises from the fact that the Democrat Party weaponized this notion for political gain. Their desire to hold power allowed them to rationalize a political philosophy that destroyed “e pluribus unum.” That simple phrase is a large stone in the foundation of our great nation.

Thank you President Trump for, at least, throwing a counter punch.

Roy Filly

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Res ipsa loquitur.

The memo has been declassified and is out. I, and I am confident that most of my readers, have read and thought about the memo. Also, the blogosphere and news media are falling all over themselves to “comment” on the memo. So I will keep my own opinions brief.

Although my professional training is as a physician, I have done a fair bit of medicolegal work. In that capacity I learned the legal application of the Latin (footnote) phrase “res ipsa loquitur.” The translation to English is “It speaks for itself.” Legally, for example, if your friendly neighbor comes over to hold the ladder for you as you replace some missing shingles on your roof and you drop your hammer on his head, you are at fault. The action “speaks for itself.”

My friends, the memo “speaks for itself.” One does not require a law degree or knowledge of the internal workings of the FBI or Department of Justice to realize this was ever so wrong.

Rather than comment on the obvious I will confine my remarks to the question: Why would FBI professionals do this? The ran a huge risk.

Victor Davis Hanson focused on this aspect in a recent article and I believe he nailed it. The FBI actors in this melodrama believed that Hillary was a shoe-in to win the election. They didn’t need to worry about investigations into their “activities.” There would be NO INVESTIGATIONS. Who would be interested in Donald Trump “conspiring” to lose the election?

The various pundits and left-wing media outlets like the New York Times tracked various pollsters’ models. They were certain that Trump’s odds of winning were dismal (respectively 15 percent, 8 percent, 2 percent, and less than 1 percent).

As Mr. Davis Hanson puts it: “The players probably broke laws and committed ethical violations not just because they were assured there would be no consequences but also because they thought they’d be rewarded for their laxity… Most elite bureaucrats understood the Clinton way of doing business, in which loyalty, not legality, is what earned career advancement.

Sad. Sick. And probably exactly right.

Roy Filly

Footnote:

I took four years of Latin in high school. After Latin was essentially removed from virtually every high school curriculum in the nation I read an article by a former Latin teacher, who necessarily had to switch to teaching trigonometry. She pointed out that hardly a week went by that she didn’t use her knowledge of Latin to help herself and could not remember the last time she used trigonometry to help herself. I thought about it and realized she was exactly correct and I was a living example.

 

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Politics in cartoon form.

In case you missed it, the President had his annual physical examination. He was found to be both physically and mentally fit. The “media” wasn’t happy about the news.

The Democreeps leaked a phrase from a closed meeting in the Whitehouse to embarrass the President. More on Democreep leaks momentarily. Of course, CNN loved it.

The Democreeps are “selective” in what they leak. I am beginning to understand why Nixon had a “plumbers unit” in his Whitehouse.

Democreeps closed the government for lawbreakers. Did they really think that was a winning strategy?

I have a budget. Do you have a budget? The federal government passed its last budget in 2009. Since then it’s been a series of shorter or longer “continuing resolutions.”

Personally, I was hoping the shutdown would last long enough to balance the “budget.” Oh, sorry. I forgot. WE DON’T “GOT NO STINKING” BUDGET!

You do understand why the Democreeps want citizenship for illegals, don’t you?

Let’s see if I have this straight (please feel free to comment). The miserable Obama economy was George Bush’s fault. But the Trump economic boom is really due to Obama’s policies. Did I get that right?

Schumer and Pelosi to Trump: “Don’t show me olive branches, we don’t know nothing about no stinking olive branches. We don’t need no stinking olive branches!!” (I seem to be perseverating on the movie, Treasure of the Sierra Madre.)

Truculent children… and they want to lead the nation.

Roy Filly

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There was a “news dump” by the DNC during the SOTU address.

The Democrat National Committee under the “stellar leadership” of Tom Perez (and Keith Ellison) should be raking in the dollars. Their constituents hate our President. So how’s that going? It turns out it’s going SO BADLY that they hid their report to the Federal Election Commission by sending it during President Trumps State of the Union Address. (And obviously this was reported by Michael Ahrens.)

With $6.3 million cash on hand and $6.1 million in debts, the DNC is essentially INSOLVENT. But they still believe they will take the House and the Senate in 2018. Maybe they they can afford a mailer in three districts.

Elections are not “all about money,” but money helps! As with “virtue signalers” everywhere, they never put their money where their mouth is.

Roy Filly

 

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