GEORGIA ON MY MIND!

I was expecting Hershel Walker to lose to Raphael Warnock. To be honest, Hershel Walker came with too much baggage to ignore. That does not mean Warnock was a better choice, he wasn’t. But when you combine the far too real baggage with a campaign based almost entire on the politics of personal destruction, well there you are. It didn’t help that Democrats outspent Republicans two to one. It is a miracle this was even close.

A lot of Republicans want to blame Donald Trump, and they have a point. He focused on “celebrity” candidates, people with very high name recognition. The classic example of that was Dr. Oz. It have been nice if Dr. Oz actually lived in Pennsylvania and Hershel Walker really lived in Georgia. The result is that two celebrity candidates, powered by the Trump endorsement, got hosed by candidates that didn’t come close to passing the smell test.

But before Democrats start crowing, they need to look at a map. This year Democrats only had to defend 14 seats while Republicans had to defend 21. In 2024, the opposite will be the case. Democrats will have to defend 21 seats and Republicans only 10 seats. In addition, Republicans will be defending seats in: Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Good luck with those states Democrats. Democrats will be defending seats in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.  The slogan for 2024 should be “lose two and you’re through.”

The point being that Democrats have a lot of work to do and Republicans have a much easier playing field. There will be some changes, regardless of which party wins. Even in California, Diane Feinstein is 88 years old, well past her expiration date. Angus King is 78, Ben Cardin is 78, Bernie Sanders is 80, Patrick Leahy is 82. Republicans will see change too. Jim Risch is 78. Mitch McConnell is 80, Jim Inhofe is 87, Richard Shelby is also 87, And Chuck Grassley is 88.

Change is coming and it is coming soon. During the past 20 years, the Democratic Party has become increasingly liberal. But that does not mean the new class will share their values. Odds are they won’t. New Democrats running for office are very likely to realize the total failure of the Biden administration policies and of the enormous backlash to the “woke community.” One thing is sure, neither Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi will be the leaders of tomorrow’s Democratic Party.

Once again Georgia put on an election that raises questions, but Brian Kemp was re-elected Governor and Chris Carr was re-elected Attorney general. Don’t assume that Georgia is now a blue or even purple state just because Republicans ran some questionable candidates.

So, while it is depressing to see someone as despicable as Raphael Warnock and John Fetterman elected to the Senate and nauseating to realize these two clowns give control to the Democrats, I am reminded that if this is the best Democrats could produce, their chance of success is also greatly diminished. Sometimes it is darkest just before dawn, but dawn is always just over the horizon.

 

TDM

EXTORTION TIMES!

The real problem with the modern Democratic Party and their fawning supporters in the MSM  is that they consistently cave to blatant extortion by extremely radical people. In most states it is almost impossible to win a Democratic Primary without support of the progressives. The result is that there are extremely few moderate Democrats in congress, and the one who do exist are ignored.

In California, the public sector unions now totally dominate our politics. It is impossible for anyone not supported by the public sector unions to get elected. They routinely demand that Democrats help them get outrageous contracts that cannot possibly be sustained financially. The only question is when this happens, not if it will happen.

Now, the railroad unions had held the entire nation’s economy hostage with the result that Democrats, with the help of some Republicans, caved and gave them everything they wanted. They will still complain.

This is now so bad that anyone who does not tow the liberal line is immediately confronted with protests, sometimes violent protests. These protests are always fawned over and glorified by far too many in the MSM. Now we have a case where 12 people who rioted following the George Floyd protest received a $600,000 settlements for their injuries allegedly occurred because police used excessive force. That excessive force consisted of tear gas, foam, and rubber bullets.

Minneapolis Settles With 12 Hurt In George Floyd Protests | HuffPost Latest News

In addition, the settlement included the following injunction:

The settlement includes an injunction that bars the city from arresting, threatening to arrest or using physical force — including chemical sprays, flash bang or concussion grenades and foam tipped bullets — against people who are engaging in lawful protests. It also limits officers’ use of chemical agents to disperse peaceful demonstrators. And it requires that officers have their body cameras recording and unobstructed while at protests, according to the ACLU.

Keep in mind that this entire situation was the result of extremely inflammatory and highly misleading media coverage. The reality is that George Floyd was restrained because he was high and out of control as a direct result of having taken several drugs, including fentanyl. The medical examiners report showed that he probably would have died anyway, even if police had not been called. The police spent several minutes trying, and failing, to get George Floyd to cooperate in getting into a police car. Instead, he responded violently. The police finally got him restrained and on the ground. One officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes. That video was played over and over again. Few bothered to provide any context.

The media described this as murder by the policy officer and he was convicted of second-degree murder. One does not have to have a shred of sympathy for the police officer to realize that this case was used to create the illusion that police were murdering black men, for no reason, all over the country.

These protests were widely reported by the MSM and praised by people like our current VP, soon to be President, Kamala Harris.

Yet when people went to the capital, to complain about an election that looks to be seriously compromised and begging congress to at least investigate, instead of being praised, they were jailed. They received the same treatment from the Capital Police as the people in the George Floyd protests. One of them, an unarmed female, was shot to death. But this time, there were very different results.

It is considered a near criminal offense to even question the actions of the hero capital police officers. Shooting an unarmed person, completely understandable. Instead of a settlement, they were hounded and hunted down by the FBI and charged with serious crimes. They were subjected to verdicts by a Washington D.C. grand jury that would support the death penalty for a Republican who dared fart in public, if deemed to support Donald Trump.

Unless someone stands up to the “hostage takers” this will get worse, everywhere. Giving in to extortion always results in more attempts at extortion. That only ends when someone stand up to them and says enough. Then, at some point, the honest people shouting their support will drown out the hysterical shrieks from the small minority that has zero interest in free speech or fair play. The last thing they want is to be treated fairly. I should say the second last thing. The last thing they want is for anyone who dares disagree with them to be treated fairly.

We either find someone willing to recognize the problem and stand up to the extortionists or we are doomed. The real problem with the latest fiasco is that no one seems to realize the significance of letting the railroad unions hold the country hostage. Even Harry Truman knew better than that, he called in the National Guard. Lesson learned. Lesson unlearned.

TDM

GIVE THANKS

Perhaps Garth Brooks said it best with his song: “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs. And just because He doesn’t answer doesn’t mean He don’t care. ‘Cause some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”

Republicans were hoping and praying for a massive red wave. Didn’t happen. Didn’t even come close. Republicans do control the House and they will use it to great effect. But the reality is that things are really bad, and they are very unlikely to improve while Joe Biden is in the White House. That bad news is that more bad news is on the way. The good news is that Democrats, which control the Senate and the White House will get most of the blame. If Republicans had gained control of the Senate, the usual suspects would have been demanding they fix things.

Nothing demanded by the MSM, and RINO Republicans has any chance of working, but since when has that mattered? The theme would be “we gave you your chance and you blew it.” But now, since Democrats control the Senate and the White House, there will be more limited opportunities to play the blame game.

Nancy Pelosi is gone and so are her top Lieutenants, we don’t know who will replace this team of clows, but almost anything would be an improvement. Whoever replaces her will definitely have a lot less power.

Donald Trump is also extremely disappointed at the failure of the red wave. He was counting on coasting into the nomination and defeating the remains of Joe Biden. Now it is far from certain that Trump will even be nominated. He is going to be challenged, and even if DeSantis wisely stays out of this, there will be no shortage of candidates. Keep in mind that Biden is now the oldest person to ever be President of the United States and if Donald Trump wins in 2024 he will surpass that record. He is currently 76 years old and would be 78 in 2024. Whether fair or not, at least some of Biden’s incompetence will be considered to be at least partially the expected consequence of his advanced age.

While Donald Trump may not win the nomination, some RINO Republicans who are trying to kick him on the way out are likely to destroy themselves in the process. The new generation of Republicans are not extremely interested in the Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Nicki Haley segment of the party. They may decide to move on from Trump, but only after moving on from the malcontents who made him necessary in the first place. In other words, even if these RINOs manage to succeed in destroying Trump, they will get no reward, only additional scorn.

Among the big losers are the “consultants” who always wax eloquent on how Republicans “should act” only to learn the voting public always prefer real Democrats rather than RINO imposters. This includes people like Frank Luntz, and Karl Rove, who are great at focus groups and charts, but not so good at getting results. I will miss them even less than the irritating arrogant voice of Joe Buck who has succeeded in ruining so many major sporting events.

The MSMS is also changing. It is not that they will become fair, honest, and transparent. It is rather that they are tired of carrying the mail for people only to be embarrassed. When the Republicans finish with the hearings regarding Hunter Biden and the big guy, a lot of people are in for a world class amount of embarrassment. The facts are there. The seriousness is beyond obvious. The only thing lacking was the willingness of too many people in the MSM too willfully ignore the obvious. The day of reckoning is at hand.

Finally, the repeat of vote counting fiascos in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada has alerted a lot of people to the sad reality that if Republicans don’t demand change, nothing else will matter. We either level the playing field or accept the reality of perpetual defeat. Sometimes humiliating defeat is the first step toward the ultimate victory.

Most of all, we need to give thanks for the blessings we did receive. Contrary to what you hear or read from the MSM, no, the world is not at risk of extermination because of global warming. Most of us have good homes, good health and compared to much of the world, a great lifestyle. More importantly, this is still the freest nation on earth. It is a good time to remember the last verse of “I heard the bells on Christmas Day.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

True then, in the midst of the Civil War, when things were beyond dark and dreary. True now. True tomorrow. Give thanks,

TDM

COVER CHARGE

Few people, remotely familiar with the FBI raid of Mar-a-logo can justify the decision by Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a Special Counsel. The grounds for investigating Trump regarding January 6th are even more obscure. It will be hard, if not impossible, to explain why Trump authorized the National Guard, to protect congress, if he intended to have people violently storm the capital. It makes zero sense. In addition, this just seems so cheap, obvious, and unnecessary. One has to ask: “Why bother?”.

REASON ONE – CONVICT DONALD TRUMP

If this is the reason, it is because they are irredeemably stupid. We already have enough information regarding the raid on Mar-a-logo and the January 6th event to know that while they may generate stink and steam, Donald Trump is extremely unlikely to be indicted for anything. With one very important caveat. You could indict any Republican for anything in Washington D.C. and get Grand Jury approval. There is zero chance Donald Trump would get a fair verdict on anything in the D.C. courts.

REASON TWO – DISTRACT DONALD TRUMP FROM HIS ELECTION TO BECOME PRESIDENT AGAIN

If this is the reason, then it is incredibly naïve. If anything, we are now at the point where the more people attack Trump, the more they elevate him.  Why bother to attack people you don’t consider to be a threat? This would only prove that they are still terrified of him, as a candidate. That does not mean this is not the motive, people do tend to repeat the same mistake over and over again, I just don’t think this will have much positive impact for Democrats and it may even backfire.

REASON THREE – PANICK

Since this seems unnecessary and dumb, then panic rises to the top of the list. Not necessarily panic that Trump would win the election, Democrats always underestimate Trump’s appeal. It does not mean they fear him becoming a dictator, even Democrats are not that stupid. No in order to assess the reason for the panic, one must look at the circumstances. Somehow, Trump announcing he is running again doesn’t seem enough. But what if the panic is because Republicans won control of the House and Republicans can start investigating, gasp, Democrats. Bingo, panic away!

That led me to dig a little deeper. As soon as it was clear the Republicans will take over the House, the January 6th Committee quickly announced it would wrap things up by the end of the year. Obviously, they didn’t want real Republicans anywhere near this committee. But with this appointment, it also transfers all the discovery and personnel over to the new “Special Counsel.” We can be sure that any requests for information or documents will be denied, because of an “ongoing investigation.” How convenient is that? In addition, this Special Prosecutor can investigate politicians, which includes any Republicans who dared question the results of the election. Perfect!

The coverup continues. The beat goes on. There is zero chance this Special Counsel will finish his investigation, or prepare a report, prior to the 2024 election. What an amazing coincidence. Of course, no one in the MSM will notice, they will be too busy gushing over the illusionary walls closing in on Donald Trump, again.

Merrick Garland is one of the most politically motivated Attorney Generals in American History and it would be naïve and stupid to even suggest he is doing anything for the right reason. That is not in his DNA. But they may have missed something. Someone has to pay for this, and as of January, Republicans hold all the purse strings. Oops. They can’t exactly fund raise for an “independent” special counsel. They can’t even accept donations. Hmmmm

This is a new group of Republicans, some of which are already making a big impact. These are the Republicans who now own the purse strings and the ability to run investigations, and subpoena people and records. These committees will be run by people like James Comer, not Adam Schiff. They will seek all the facts and treat Democrats fairly. Nothing should frighten Democrats more. They can’t even imagine something as terrifying as equal treatment under the law. This is why they were desperate enough to do something as stupid as appointing a Special Prosecutor to investigation nothing. This is clear a “Cover Charge” and this time, we better all hope it doesn’t work.

 

TDM

A friend recently sent me a very interesting map. The Red and Orange sections allegedly have equal populations. This seems consistent with everything else I have seen from other sources.

One instantly notes that the fringe places have several things in common. They are run by Democrats, they are extremely expensive places to live, there are serious crime problems, and in most cases election results are predictable. Democrats always win. There is one, very recent, exception, Florida. Ron DeSantis won in Dade County. Wait, Dade County, as in Miami-Dade County? Wow! So, what happened.

The answer is Florida Senate Bill 90. It strengthened existing vote ID laws, banned ballot harvesting, and prohibited unsolicited mass mailing of ballots. Seems pretty obvious.

One big change was vote by mail ballots are only sent to individuals that requested them. Each political party, and every candidate, is guaranteed access to observe signature matching reviews by canvassing boards. It also prohibited private money from administering elections by prohibiting election supervisors from accepting donations or grants to fund any aspect of election administration or operations.

Here is a link to the entire law if anyone is interested: CS/CS/CS/SB 90 (flsenate.gov)

This year the polls in Florida closed at 7:00 p.m. Most of the results were published by 8:00 p.m. There were very few disputes. People in Florida went to bed knowing who had won. Now contrast that with Florida in 2000, when the elections were run by Democrats in places like, gasp, Miami-Dade, and Broward Counties. The Presidential election took weeks. There were these remarkable images of election clerks looking through magnifying glasses at individual ballots searching for “hanging chads.” Finally, the Supreme Court got involved, said you can’t just count votes in places where Democrats (Al Gore) are likely to win. That was a 7-2 decision. Then, because everyone was running out of time, the Supreme Court ordered Florida to stop counting with the result that George W. Bush was declared the winner. That was a 5-4 decision.

If you think things are bad now, just imagine 8 years with someone as delusional as Al Gore in the Oval Office. Actually, just reflect on the great results over the last two years and it would probably be pretty similar.

Look at the results this year. What states gave quick and accurate election results. What states are still counting, and specifically what counties in those states are, again, the problem.

It is obvious, the most advanced nation on this earth can’t run an election in a manner than anyone trusts. Remember that Democrats are just as likely to claim an election was stolen as Republicans. The “potential” new Speaker of the House, Hakeem Jeffries, is an election denier who consistently claimed that Donald Trump was not a legitimate president.

Republicans now control the House, and they must seize the day to make elections more efficient, fairer, and more transparent. They could do worse that pay attention to the results in Florida.  Failure to do this and we will continue to have more and more “fringe management” by the same people who are systematically destroying the areas they control.

TDM

GONE GIRL

If you want to know who won and who lost the 2022 midterms, just consider the following. Nancy Pelosi has decided to coast off into the sunset. She will not run for any leadership position in the new House. In addition, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn also withdrew from House leadership. It looks like Hakeem Jeffries will take over as Minority Leader. There are also reports of Katherine Clark taking over position 2 and Pete Aguilar position 3.

Perhaps you have heard next to nothing about any of the above. That would not be surprising, because none of them have actually accomplished anything. But that does not prevent them from being considered rising stars in the Democratic Party, which may say more about the Democratic Party bench then it does about them.

Up until a couple of days ago, both Hoyer and Clyburn were hesitating regarding keeping their leadership positions. Obviously, the handwriting or perhaps hand wringing was on the wall, and they suddenly realized they are all so yesterday. Nancy Pelosi is not someone I admired, but she was a very skilled and effective leader. Like her or not, she ran the Democratic caucus with an iron fist. Whatever Nancy wanted; Nancy got with few exceptions. Those exceptions often paid a very high price for “feeling” independent.

With Nancy in power, Democrats would worked very hard, behind the scenes, to make Kevin McCarthy’s life difficult. It is far from certain Hakeem Jeffries can come close to achieving that. Nancy was getting a lot of heat from people like the members of the squad. But there were afraid of her, so she still got her way the vast majority of the time. No one is afraid of Hakeem Jeffries.

This reminds me of when I saw Willie Brown, former Speaker of the Assembly in California in action. He was finally termed out of office, but before that he was the master of his own universe. I was there to testify at a hearing. One of the members on the committee asked a question Willie Brown did not like. He called a luncheon break. When we came back, Willie announced that there had been a change in committee assignments, this person had been replaced, and by the way, he now had a new office on a different floor. The only thing shocking about this was that Willie Brown did this so publicly. We can be certain that the Nancy Pelosi’s of this world perfected the art of this type of gamesmanship, but usually behind closed doors.

But that is all gone. She remains in office, technically, until January, but she is one gone girl. I doubt that she will do much of anything during the next six weeks. Why bother. So “not my problem anymore.” I expected leadership changes at the speed of light, but this makes light look like a turtle in comparison. This all literally happened while you were sleeping.

We already know who the major players in the Republican party will be. That will be people like Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan, Steve Scalise, and Ellie Stefanik, Most of the Republicans who opposed Trump are gone. They have been replaced by younger, smarter, hungrier people. You will soon learn about a lot more of them. They will be competing, finally, on a level playing field with people like AOC and the squad. If you are a Democrat, this should terrify you. Actually, it won’t actually be level. People like AOC are already finding themselves on the bottom looking up, begging for someone, anyone to notice. No one will. Keven McCarthy gets to be Speaker of the House, but he won’t be another weak Paul Ryan clone. Keven was given the ball and told to pay hardball or else. He got the message.

One of the problems with people who have had almost unlimited power is that they seldom leave gracefully with any dignity. None of the top Democrats who just quit, did so because of the greater good. They didn’t do so, regardless of what they say, to turn over the reins to younger people. No, they left for the simple reason they had no place left to go. They faced two years of despair, where nothing they said mattered. They realized they would be treated by Republicans under Kevin McCarthy the same way Democrats treated Republicans under Nancy Pelosi. No attempt to listen. No attempt to compromise. Just vote after vote, with only Republican votes counting while voiceless Democrats watch helplessly from the side lines. The calls for bipartisanship for the greater good have already fallen on deaf eyes. It is about time. Republicans learned the hard way about trying to negotiate with people who have zero interest in compromising on anything.

Well, I woke up this morning and all the gloating, arrogance of the Democratic Party disappeared within hours. At least Nancy Pelosi, James Clyburn and Steny Hoyer are old enough to remember the Kenny Rogers song. “You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, know when to run.” It is easy to tell who has the winning hand, and who does not. Look who is running away, as far and as fast as possible. Gone Girl. About time.

TDM

THE DON’S EARLY LIGHT

Donald Trump is officially running for President, again. Let the games begin. We can be certain of several things. One is that those who hate him, and that is a very large group, will do everything possible to stop him. We can expect more criminal investigations, based on zero evidence, that are only dismissed after months of bad press. We can expect Trump to continue his long-established pattern of trash talking political opponents. In other words, a repeat of what happened during his first run for President and during his entire presidency.

One thing is absolutely certain, no one has been attacked as viciously and unfairly as Donald Trump. He is never given the benefit of the doubt, anytime, anywhere, on any subject. Up until now, what his enemies failed to understand is that by trashing him, they elevated him. It is quite simple, whether people hate Trump, love Trump, or just tolerate Trump, everyone watches Trump. It is sometimes said that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Trump probably wrote the book on that.

This is hard to predict, but one thing Trump will do is point out, vividly, the failures of the Biden administration. He has no shortage of material. If he can control himself and continue to make his story like he did last night in Mar-a-logo, it would be unwise to ignore him. One reason is that the only person more despised that Donald Trump is Joe Biden. Biden is Trump on steroids, without the competence. If this ends up a campaign between Trump and Biden, don’t bet against Trump.

But it may not be between Trump and Biden. It is far from certain that Biden will be physically able to run. And there are certainly a lot of powerful Democrats who have seen enough and want Joe to leave, one way or the other. On the other hand, there are a lot of Never-Trumper Republicans who feel exactly the same way about Trump. The RINO Never-Trumpers are the same people who have been losing elections for decades. They are, ironically, the primary reason for many people embracing Trump in the first place. Sometimes you are known best by your enemies. Trump has been truly blessed by the quality of those who hate him. In addition to Democrats and the MSM, this includes the cultured elite segment of the Republican Party that still believes gracefully is the highest honor.

But there is another dynamic at play here. I have a lot of friends who supported Trump and thought he made good decisions as President. But lately, they are expressing frustration with Trump because of his self-destructive tendencies. They begin to question whether he is worth it anymore. Ironically when Trump took a couple of cheap shots at Ron DeSantis, the person most impacted negatively was Trump himself. Trashing Democrats and RINOs, who usually have it coming, is great fun. Trashing a very effective and well-respected Republican governor, not so much. DeSantis has not responded at all, which just made Trump’s tirade look small and petty.

Ironically Trump actually has a long list of accomplishments. If he just focused on them, he would do very well. He doesn’t have to exaggerate; the real accomplishments are more than enough. But he can’t seem to resist. Trump, like a lot of other politicians had a deep seeded need to elevate everything he does to a whole new level. He is far from the only one to do that, Biden does it all the time with his ridiculous stories about imaginary accomplishments that are mostly irrelevant. Hillary Clinton does this too, with equally ridiculous imaginary accomplishments. My favorite is that for years she claimed she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, the man who conquered Mt. Everest. The problem is that she was five years old before the climbed Mt. Everest and before that few people even knew he existed.

Things are going to change, and this is going to happen as the speed of light. The current leaders are old and getting older. If Donald Trump were to be elected President in 2024, he would become a lame duck President before he took the oath of office.  People will be looking for his replacement before he has time to rearrange the furniture.

One way or another, there will be a whole class of new leaders in the next few years. Some of the replacements are already visible, others are waiting quietly in the wings. Mitch McConnell is still the Minority Leader of the Senate, but he is not the future leader of Republicans in the Senate. Kevin McCarthy is very likely to be Speaker of the House, but in order for him to stay in power, he must pay attention to the strong conservatives in the House. Things are changing and one way to see reality is to pay attention to the Don’s early light. Two things have already happened that change everything. One is that the House Oversight Committee with now be headed by James Comer, and he has already announced he is coming for Hunter and his dad. About time. The second is that the Washington Post just admitted that the raid on Mar-a-logo was unnecessary and found absolutely nothing:

Federal agents and prosecutors have come to believe former president Donald Trump’s motive for allegedly taking and keeping classified documents was largely his ego and a desire to hold on to the materials as trophies or mementos, according to people familiar with the matter.

That review has not found any apparent business advantage to the types of classified information in Trump’s possession, these people said. FBI interviews with witnesses so far, they said, also do not point to any nefarious effort by Trump to leverage, sell or use the government secrets. Instead, the former president seemed motivated by a more basic desire not to give up what he believed was his property, these people said.

Once again, the walls closing in on Donald Trump, closed on the people investigating him. Just when Democrats thought it was safe to go back into the water, everything changed. Now it will be Republicans in charge of committees doing real investigations and unlike the Schiff nonsense, they actually have a lot of facts and evidence. This time it is Democrats who may be feeling those walls closing in, only with real walls.

Those who write Trump off are ignoring history. His personality is unlikely to change, but what goes around comes around and it is coming around big time. Once again, Trump may find himself buoyed by those seeking to destroy him, only to elevate his importance. It is as simple as this, the more they attack him, the more obvious that they fear him. The Don’s early light is “I’m still here and the more you attack me the more you risk destroying yourselves.”

Here comes the sun. Enjoy the view.

TDM

AGENT ORANGE

It is clear that Donald Trump is not taking the mid-term election results well. He has claimed full credit for anyone who won and blamed everyone but himself for anyone who lost. He is taking cheap shots at anyone he thinks might possibly stand between him and the coveted Republican nomination for 2024. Some of them, like Glen Younkin, will fight back. Others, like Ron DeSantis will just ignore him. The usual class of RINOs are gathering to try and defeat Trump, one last time. It is understandable why so many people don’t like Trump. He is famous for tooting his own horn, failing to realize that, in some cases, he is just drowning out deserved praise he was already receiving. This is going to be interesting. One thing is certain, the Don is not likely to go quietly.

But the bigger problem is that we are already getting advice from RINO republicans famous for losing elections. They passionately believe that being reasonable and seeking compromise with Democrats is the secret to success. They are wrong. Democrats have zero interest in compromising with Republicans. During the last four years, while Nancy Pelosi was in charge, there was zero attempt to compromise about anything. Instead, bills were passed on strict party lines in both the House and the Senate. They got zero Republican support, other than from people like Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski who just love caving in, for the better good, just when victory is within grasp. One thing Republicans need to learn is to just do what you said you would do, without regard to how Democrats feel about anything. For one thing, this is necessary, because Democrats never ever compromise. They would rather the country fail than to see a Republican win. It is in their DNA.

Some have suggested that Republicans should focus on passing good laws and getting things done. That is naïve. Unless Republicans win control of the Senate, which now seems unlikely, the Senate will block everything, unless Republicans surrender in the worst conceivable way at the worst possible time. Then, even if they got by the Senate, Joe would promptly veto it anyway. So, what they should do is vote on what they want, and let the Democrats vote against it and move on. But they should also use the power of the Speakership to investigate things that desperately need investigation. They should start with reforming the January 6th committee, to investigate the failures by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. They should form a committee to investigate election integrity, not by pretending there is nothing wrong, but rather by documenting the facts and exposing the American people, and the MSM to those facts. The facts, although ignored, are still facts. And they should also investigate Hunter Biden, and people like Adam Schiff and others. Democrats never hesitate to investigate a Republican. Republicans should not hesitate to investigate a Democrat who deserves it. The only difference is that Republicans should focus on facts and not hyperbole.

They absolutely should investigate election integrity and demand action to transform our elections to something that people can trust. They owe it to themselves, they owe it to the American people, and they even owe it to Democrats. Just do the right thing, for the right reason.

Barry Goldwater is given credit for saying that: “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” That was actually written by his speech writer, Karl Hess. But it has never been truer. If we do not stand up for liberty, true liberty, then we are doomed. If we do not hold truly evil people accountable, then we are doomed. This does not mean that we should assume that all Democrats are evil and that all Republicans are virtuous. That is simply not true. But we must recognize those who have zero interest in playing by the rules and who are only interested in raw political power, with no regard to how it is achieved, and we must stop them.

Until Democrats start being willing to negotiate in good faith, Republicans should not negotiate with them. Compromising with evil is not a virtue.

Republicans need to change the messaging on abortion. They need to agree to limitations in the event of rape and incest and the life of the mother. Those cases are extremely rare, and they are not the real problem. The real problem is the thousands if not millions of abortions done primarily because the pregnancy is considered to be inconvenient. Most people are opposed to abortion, and if Republicans stop fighting about a small insignificant number of exceptions, they will leave Democrats with only one, losing argument, that abortion does not involve the killing of an innocent life. That is an argument they cannot win. We must take away the false moral argument based on an extremely small number of rare, but truly horrific circumstances allowing the truly evil to pretend this is the higher moral ground.

Finally, Republicans need to wake up. Democrats stole the 2020 election. They stole the 2022 midterms. They used the same methods, in the same places, in the same way. If they are not stopped, they will continue doing this. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, fool me every time and welcome to CNN. We know exactly what Democrats do, when they do it, and where they do it. It is not that Republicans are pure as the driven snow, they aren’t, it is just that Democrats have perfected the art of the steal. Failure to realize that is an enormous mistake. If we really care, we need to develop a strategy to make this impossible. Before it happens, not after it happens. Every poll shows that the vast majority of Americans want fair and honest elections. That includes most Democrats.

Most of all, we must accept the reality that Donald Trump, agent Orange, has become an unnecessary distraction. We owe him a debt of gratitude, for addressing issues everyone else ignored and for keeping his promises. But, whether fair or not, Democrats and their fawning supporters in the MSM have made this all about Donald Trump. They hate him, and he lives within their heads. That is fun to watch, but this is bigger than any person, including Donald Trump. And, recently, he has forgotten what made him so effective and is increasingly focused solely on himself. It is easy to understand his frustration and anger. No one has been treated more unfairly than him. But the issues facing this country are far more important than any individual, and that includes Donald Trump.

He is unlikely to go quietly, but the values he fought for are far more important than the ego of one individual. We cannot be distracted from the vital issues facing us today, even by someone to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for having the courage and the wisdom to listen to those who had been ignored by both parties.

Agent Orange saved a lot of lives in Vietnam. It also killed a lot of servicemen who were exposed to it. Both are true, both are important.

TDM

WELCOME HOME

When Vietnam Veterans meet each other, they often say “welcome home” rather than “thank you for your service.” There is a reason for that. Vietnam veterans were not welcomed home. At least not in a way that generates positive memories. I still remember when I arrived in LAX, after my last tour in Vietnam. I was exhausted, from spending three tours flying on combat missions and from the long flight home from Vietnam. I just wanted to go home. But there to greet me in the airport were some hippy looking malcontents who spit on me and called me a war criminal. I have talked to many Vietnam veterans who describe very similar circumstances. This didn’t have the impact on me they expected, I just laughed at them and walked away. I realized that these clowns had no concept regarding what was going on in Vietnam and they couldn’t begin to understand words like honor and courage. They were not worth one minute of my time.

When I finally got home, my next assignment was at Offutt AFB, hear Omaha, Nebraska. One of the first things we were told upon arrival at Offutt was to not wear our uniforms off base. We were told that would just make us a target. There were no parades, no celebrations, no welcome home parties. We just left a war zone 24 and returned home to people who didn’t have a clue regarding what we had seen and done. At best, people felt sorry for us.

I still remember a day, over 25 years later, when I was shopping at a store in San Rafael. I was wearing a jacket with a Vietnam Veteran patch my wife had sewn on the jacket. It was the first time I had ever worn anything identifying me as a Vietnam veteran. I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and there was an older woman standing there, she said “thank you for you service.” I was absolutely stunned. It was the first time anyone thanked me for serving in Vietnam. I almost cried.

Things are better now. Vietnam veterans are treated with more respect. We are often thanked for our service. But we still never received the welcome home that other veterans had received when they came home from previous wars. I have another shirt, that I seldom wear. It says: “I am one of those guys you hated while I was fighting for you. I have forgiven you, but I have not forgotten.” I seldom wear this, because although this is accurate, it is not something I wish to dwell on.

A few years ago, I was in a car with a friend of mine, who unbeknownst to me had been an anti-war protestor. Somehow the subject of Vietnam came up, and I told him about some of the things I saw over there. I told him about the brutality of the NVA and the Vietcong, particularly toward civilians. I talked about interviewing some survivors of when the NVA and the Vietcong took over Hue, for a while, during the Tet offensive. Since I was a Vietnamese linguist and spoke Vietnamese, I was often the “only” American they had ever met who could understand what they needed to say.  This person who was normally very talkative didn’t say anything. Then very quietly he said: “I’m sorry, I didn’t know.” I was too stunned to respond.

That is the real tragedy of the Vietnam War. Not that we didn’t come home to a hero’s welcome, just surviving, and making it home was more than enough. The real tragedy of Vietnam is that so many people remain oblivious to the evil we were fighting over there and the horrible price paid by the Vietnamese people who foolishly believed the United States was a trustworthy ally.

When I meet someone who escaped from Vietnam, often at great personal sacrifice and risk, and they learn I still speak some Vietnamese, they almost always want to tell me their story. Some of these stories are beyond shocking. I came to realize that the people who paid the highest price was not necessary those who fought in that war, but those who had to endure so much when we just quit on them. I remain stunned that so many of them love this country and are very loyal Americans. They would be more than justified in being bitter and angry. I sometimes apologize to them, on behalf of our government, for abandoning them. They always appreciate that. They did feel abandoned, but they felt something else too. A deep appreciation for the better life that awaited them if they could somehow make it to the United States.

When Donald Trump proposed having a big veterans day parade in Washington, D.C. that would have been really special. If he had invited all Vietnam Veterans to say “thank you for your service” we would have showed up in droves. The parade was cancelled, partly because Democrats opposed anything suggested by Donald Trump. It is too bad, because it could have been very special and might have healed a lot of wounds.

At least now there are few people who admit to being anti-war protestors. Most people do say “thank you for your service”, and they mean it. That is a good thing. But when you see a Vietnam Veteran, don’t say “thank you for your service,” although we always appreciate that. Say “welcome home.” It will mean more than you can possibly imagine.

TDM

THE MOURNING AFTER

It is impossible to celebrate the results of the mid-term elections. Something is very wrong here. When 75% of the people think the country is headed in the wrong direction, why would they vote for Democrats. Why would anyone consider voting for someone like John Fetterman to be their senator. The answer is easy, just look at the map. The same places that produced unbelievable results in 2020 produced unbelievable results in 2022. Does anyone really think that elections run in places like Philadelphia are even close to fair and honest. Does any anyone suffer from the delusion that elections in Detroit are pure as the driven snow. Does anyone believe places like Milwaukee and Madison even pretend to be fair. Does anyone trust the vote count in Atlanta? The sad reality is that for Republicans to win, in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona, they must win by margins so large that Democrats can’t steal enough vote to make up the difference.

However, this does not mean that Democrats won. They didn’t. Republicans will control the House. A lot of those new Republican congressional representatives are a whole new breed. They are going to demand change, including change within the leadership of their own party. They aren’t coming to Washington on a mission to go along to get along with the same ole, same ole. Republicans may also win the Senate, although that is too close to call as of this morning.

Another big loser is Donald Trump. Every poll shows the same thing. People hate Joe Biden, but they also hate Donald Trump. They tolerated Joe because he is very old and may not even last out his first term in office and few would consider him likely to serve another six years. No one wants him replaced by Kamala Harris.  But incredibly, Joe Biden remains the person least likely to lose to Donald Trump, and that is all that matters. The hatred of Donald Trump, whether deserved or not, is all too real.

No candidate, no person, has endured more unfair, unrelenting personal attacks than Donald Trump. None of them has worked, but all of them have inflicted damage. All of us are sick of seeing this and equally sick of Donald Trump responding with cheap, sometimes unnecessary, verbal attacks. There is no doubt that if he runs for President, again, the assaults will become even more severe and unrelenting. If he is elected, there will be an addition four years of this. There is zero chance he will be able to unite the country behind him. This is really unfortunate because Trump actually accomplished a lot while he was President.

If Trump is smart, he will delay announcing his run for the President and possibly consider just riding off into the sunset. Many of the candidates he endorsed won primary elections, but they are not winning in the general election. Even if they do win, it will be by the slimmest possible margin. If he withdraws now, he will have had a major positive impact, unprecedented impact on this country. If he is no longer a threat to become President, people will quickly tire of the unrelenting personal assaults on him.

The bottom line is that everything has changed. Republicans will win control of the House. Nancy Pelosi will be sent off into the sunset, and at her age, never to return. Even if Democrats hold the Senate, they won’t be able to do anything other than block Republicans. Some Democratic senators are likely to cross over because they realize that would be a huge mistake.

Republicans will take over House committee, which will immediately end the sham January 6th committee, will remove people like Adam Schiff and Erik Swalwell from positions of power and hearings in the house will be far more balanced with people asked tough questions. There will be investigations regarding Hunter Biden, and they will be devastating.

There will also be major changes in the MSM. We have already seen some of this and we will see more in the future. The current group of anchors and reporters will be replaced by a new class, guaranteed to be different than their predecessors. One of the few things certain in life is that each new generation will be deliberately different than their parents. Sometimes the change is good, sometimes it is bad and sometimes it is horrible, but change is inevitable.

A lot of people, in both parties, looked at Florida and went wow! Four years ago, Ron DeSantis won by less than 1%. His opponent in that race was Andrew Gillum, who is currently under indictment for charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements. This year his opponent was Charlie Crist, former GOP Governor of Florida. Crist lost by close to 20 points. Republicans also won all across the board, all across the state, including in places like Miami Dade where it used to be unsafe for Republicans to go outside at night.

This happened because Ron DeSantis focused on doing his job and getting things done. He also ignored advice from older, wiser, heads and reopened the state, kept the schools open and the results are that Florida did just as well with Covid than other states that followed the non-scientific science by locking things down, forcing everyone to wear masks, and mandating questionable vaccines while accomplishing nothing other than the destruction of their state economies. The result was that thousands of people moved to Florida from places like New York and when they got here, they voted for people like Ron DeSantis. In other words, they not only voted with their feet, but they also voted with their votes.

It was depressing to see these results, until I realized something very important. Democrats still own this, all of it, and if they can’t turn things around, which they can’t, the real Red Wave will happen is less than two years. The only thing that can prevent that now is Donald Trump, and if he gets out of the way, Democrats will be left standing on the shore, watching an unprecedented Red Wave unable to distract people by screaming insults at Donald Trump.

TDM