What’s the Difference…?

…between Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama ?

Martin Luther King believed in his heritage—as an American.

He believed that every person born in America inherited the full rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States. He spent his career and often risked physical abuse fighting for that single goal.

Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up in an America which taught every child to cherish our Founding Fathers, our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our heritage. So there was little irony that Dr. King arose as a black leader who celebrated America.

After black Americans sacrificed and died alongside white Americans during the Second World War, and when soon after the economy expanded so rapidly offering black Americans economic opportunities which had been unimaginable to their parents, they demanded that alongside those opportunities, they now be guaranteed the rights to vote and to participate fully as Americans—not as second class or inferior Americans.

King arose as a catalyst for the cause of political and social freedom. During many marches, speeches, and even during his time in jail, he wrote of the duty of Americans to accept blacks as full Americans, as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and promised in the Constitution.

In his most famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, King spoke of his children playing side by side with white Americans, without any condemnation or malice.

Although he did not live to see the result of his work, King succeeded. Black Americans are lauded in entertainment, sports, and business. Most of our biggest celebrities over the last 35 years have been  black: from Michael Jackson, Oprah, and Michael Jordan to Robert L. Johnson, the Williams Sisters and Puff Daddy, up to Beyoncé, JayZ, Samuel L. Jackson, and Barack and Michelle Obama. They are lauded for their successes, and children across the nation look up to them.
So why is Dr. King different from President Obama?

You can go in to almost any public school across America and see a life-sized-mural of a grinning President Obama with arms folded standing in front of an American flag with a smaller picture of Martin Luther King, Jr in one corner and Frederick Douglass in the other corner.

But the difference between Obama and King is crystal clear: Dr. King believed in America. He rarely gave a speech or interview without expressing his reverence for the Constitution and the urgency of fulfilling its promise to all Americans.

Dr. King used his faith in God and faith in the goodness of Americans to expand opportunities for a suppressed minority. Obama did the opposite.

President Obama has spent his career voicing disdain for the Constitution and insulting Americans. He spent the last eight years ignoring or leap-frogging clear constitutional law and precedent to force his vision of a transformed society onto a shocked America.

Obama regularly claimed the mantle of Martin Luther King, Jr.

But only one man loved America.

— the Beltway Bandit

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Best Summation of Obama So Far

Tuned to the Chris Plante Show today, I listened as he pondered Obama’s legacy, and then asked listeners to call with their opinions.

One man called in and said, ” Kennedy put a man on the Moon, and Obama put a man in the girls’ bathroom.”

— The Beltway Bandit

The Easiest New Year’s Predictions Ever

Thank God 2016 is over!
Honestly, it was only exhausting because we had to spend the year trying to keep The Media’s stories straight on why Hillary Clinton was so grand, and why Donald Trump was so sleazy. But to be honest, the stories changed more often than the weather!
 
So as we take a well-earned long and deep breath before we open our eyes to a new calendar tomorrow morning, here is the easiest list of predictions for a New Year ever assembled…
 
 

1. Barack Obama is never going away. But he will continue to say insipid things about the country he never bothered to learn anything about: America.

2. The Washington Press Corps will awaken from its 8-year slumbering slathering love-fest with Barack and Michelle.
The group of lazy journalists will be stunned to learn that many politicians have milked the government system to become rich.
They will be shocked when they find out that there is unending waste, fraud and abuse inside government agencies,  that the bureaucracy is an apathetic out-of-touch and unresponsive mess, and that the federal government runs an annual deficit.
 
3. The unemployment rate will jump to 9% by March 1st, and will be well over 10% this Summer.
 
4. Black-American joblessness will materialize from nowhere.
 
5. Homelessness will reappear out of nowhere.
 
6. The drug epidemic sweeping America will arise from nowhere.
 
7. The number of illegal aliens living in America will jump from 12 million to 30 million.
 
8. Hillary and Bill Clinton no longer have any reason to speak to each other again, 
but will have an uncomfortable glance-and-nodding acquaintance at future birthday parties for their grandchildren.
 
9. Charles Schumer will suddenly become the smartest, most powerful, most shrewd, and most important man in Washington, because he alone can stand up to the maniacal fascist sexist greedy capitalist monster residing in the White House.
Already known on Capitol Hill for his froth-at-the-mouth lust to be in front of any TV camera, Schumer will now grace the covers of The New Yorker, Washingtonian, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Time, Newsweek, and even People  magazines with those shadowy photos where he grimly stands tall in his suit and tie, with his arms folded in stern resistance to the Republican destruction of America. He will always appear high on the vapid and annual “The Most Intriguing People” list.
We will hear his surly voice every day on radio and TV news broadcasts as the voice of the reasonable opposition.
He will be invited as the Guest of Honor to every party in Georgetown, McLean, Chevy Chase, Manhattan, Hollywood, and the Hamptons.
He will be invited to speak at dozens of college graduations starting this coming May.
And although he has spent his political career stepping over congressmen and senators to steal the limelight, stab others in the back, grab credit and point fingers as the situation suited him, he will suddenly be the go-to-guy for reporters who want to hear “candor” about what really goes on in Washington. 
10. Just like all users of the ridiculous communications tool, Donald Trump will continue to get in trouble using his twitter account.
–The Beltway Bandit

The Perfect Veep

Trump is making me cringe.

He has spent two weeks doing public events with potential vice presidential candidates. We’ve seen him with Washington politicians, both men and women, as they smile and chat together in front of the cameras.

It’s his way of giving each one a test-drive before asking them to join him on his presidential bumper sticker.

He even spends his time with a guy like Senator Bob Corker, who famously changed Senate rules to allow a treaty to not be called a treaty, just so President Obama would not have to submit the Iran Nuclear Treaty–er, uh, “Deal”–to the Senate and have it rejected.

Then Trump shows up with Newt Gingrich. Yikes!
Ol’ Newt–and yes, he is old: 74 years old at last count–hasn’t done anything in politics since he was voted out of the seat of Speaker of the House during the Lewinsky Scandal in the late 1990s. Sure, he writes a lot of books, and must mint money on the lecture circuit. But he hasn’t done or said anything innovative since he won the Speaker’s Seat in the landslide election of 1994.

If Trump wants to pick an old white has-been as his running mate, why not choose Romney?

But if Trump is smart, there is only one choice: Sheriff Dave Clark of Wisconsin.

Here’s why:

  1. He’s calm, concise and articulate
  2. He’s pro Law-and-Order without being in your face
  3. He’s a vigorous proponent of the 2nd Amendment
  4. He’s really good on TV, and has lots of experience doing interviews
  5. He is a serious man
  6. He’s really tall
  7. He’s melanin efficient
  8. the base loves him: he will REALLY fire them up

In these bleak times when the President of the United States insults police forces all over the country, Americans crave a man who is the direct opposite.

There is a powerful vacuum of leadership when it comes to our civil society. By very calm example of American Manliness, Sheriff Clark fills that void.

–The Beltway Bandit

 

 

 

 

The Biggest Loser

How sad!

After a year of campaign hype in Iowa from the Mainstream Media about Trump! Hillary!

A little Carson! Now a little Fiorina!

No, no: now Bernie! No, no: more Hillary! No, no, no: more Trump!

After settling in on hyping the big three, The Media’s daily polls they relied on to promise a Trump Romp and a Hillary Trouncing turned out to be—completely wrong.

Huh—imagine that. I hope they didn’t pay those pollsters in advance…

But it turns out that they missed the biggest failure of all: the demise of Martin O’Malley.

Martin who??

Yeah, I know, the rest of America asked the same question. He was the governor of Maryland.

The governor of what?
Maryland. It’s that tiny little state right outside of Washington DC that is California in miniature: overflowing with political lunatics who think it’s okay for boys to go to into The Girls’ bathroom; who are confident that having a fifth of its population which can’t speak English is progress; and where the government taxes its citizens when it rains.

You read it right: Martin O’Malley pushed through a tax which calculates how much rain falls on your property, and then sends you a bill for it. Homes are taxed; shopping centers and doctor’s offices are taxed; even churches are taxed for their rain. The only ones exempted from the tax? Government buildings.

Maryland’s slogan used to be “The Free State”, adopted during the Civil War because it voted to stay in the Union. But thanks to Governor O’Malley’s management, Marylanders now call it “The Fee State”, because he raised taxes 44 times in the 8 years he lived in the Governor’s Mansion.

Oh yeah, and during those 8 years, Maryland lost 8,000 jobs and 2,000 businesses. He tried to ban guns too; but because of a strong rural electorate (even on the Democrat-side) he was only able to force through suffocating gun restrictions in an already gun-unfriendly state.

The internationally famous Beretta army pistols were manufactured in Maryland. Because business taxes skyrocketed under O’Malley, they publicly warned that they could no longer afford to stay in Maryland. But the state never contacted them to try to negotiate their tax bill, or to figure out how to keep them and their hundreds of manufacturing jobs in the state. They moved their factory to Tennessee. The week they were moving, the local papers published a couple stories about the move. When asked about the loss of the factory and its Maryland jobs, O’Malley is reported to have said to one of his staff: “who needs them?”

O’Malley has spent his entire political career doing exactly what the European Socialist Wing of the Democrat Party has demanded. As city councilman and then mayor, he poured an unending stream of cash into welfare programs in Baltimore. As governor, he manipulated the state budget to take money from every other county in the state to feed the needs of that declining city. He allowed violent crime to percolate, and copied the Clinton model by blaming Republicans for all that city’s ills (even though the Democrats outnumber them 2-to-1). He raised taxes again and again yet businesses fled the state, as did many Marylanders who moved to West Virginia, Delaware and Virginia.  He raised the State’s sales tax by 20%. And yet during his 8 years, the state consistently ran a deficit.

During his gubernatorial reelection campaign, he was asked about the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens living in Maryland, and specifically about all the welfare money being spent on them. He scolded the interviewer for insulting these people. With his typically sleazy smile, he explained that they shouldn’t be called such an insulting term. They were not illegal aliens, but “New Americans”.

He was the perfect copy of the Obama model: correct on unions, correct on multiculturalism, correct on a constantly expanding government, and most important, aggressively correct on abortion. He even spent all of 2014 and 2015 clawing his way onto every Sunday-morning political show to promote Obama’s agenda, in a dual effort to increase his national visibility and to kiss up to the president in hopes of gaining his endorsement during this campaign.

With those credentials, he thought to himself, how could he NOT be the obvious choice as the Democrat’s next presidential nominee?

So during this Presidential Primary Campaign, Marylanders have watched with giddy delight as O’Malley earned a consistent 1% in the polls.

Radio host Chris Plante chuckled, “Ol’ Marty is only one percent higher in the polls than I am, and I’m not running!”

During a campaign stop last Fall, O’Malley was asked about his stuck-in-the-mud poll numbers. He smiled his little metrosexual smile and told the reporter he was glad that he hadn’t peaked too soon.

So when I learned this morning that he had dropped out of the presidential sweepstakes, and was saddled with a half-million dollars in campaign debts, I was very sad.

I wanted so desperately for him to be accountable to the voters in the Maryland Primary on April 26th. It would be so delicious for him to finish in 3rd Place behind the European Socialist and the soon-to-be indicted former Senator—here in his home state.

The Democrat Party voters would reveal what they honestly think of him.

Nothing would have been more satisfying than giving him another ego crushing one-percentage-point in his overwhelmingly-Democrat-leaning home state.

—The Beltway  Bandit

 

Trump! Trump! Trump!

A breath of fresh air!

A man who speaks his mind!

A man of conviction—whoa—wait a minute…

 

These three comments typify those which have flooded internet message boards since early last Summer. While I nodded to myself over most of those I’ve read everywhere, the last one stopped me cold.

You can say a lot of things about why Trump is wildly popular; but “a man of conviction” is absolutely not one of them.

The big reasons Trump is popular are clear:

First, he believes in America, and obviously loves his fellow Americans.

Second, he believes in winning.

 

Ever since President Reagan left the White House 27 years ago, there has not been a single Republican who has proudly (and boastfully) projected these two qualities. Except for Jesse Helms, every congressman, senator, governor and presidential candidate has always tip-toed through the minefield of interviews with the two national overlords of public opinion: the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Because of these two publishers’ clout in manipulating what is broadcast on the Nightly News, every Republican has spent these past three decades hunched over in fear of being targeted as an enemy of what those two papers find distasteful, wrong, or bad about America. Once challenged, they never fight back. Americans have noticed this persistently cowardly presentation of what they believe, and have spent election after election fighting when their candidates won’t.

Trump does the direct opposite. He bashes the News Media. He talks back to a reporter who tries to talk down to him, and he plays the TV Media like an expert violinist. Americans have noticed, and enthusiastically support him because of it.

My favorite Trump success is his daily stabs at political correctness. Watching reporters and pundits clutch their chests in fabricated outrage is becoming my favorite entertainment!

But Trump should be running as a Democrat. He believes in big government, has funded and voted for liberal causes his entire career, and is VERY shaky on his belief in private property and more important, his constitutional perception of eminent domain.

Watch the Pixar movie “Up!” The first 15 minutes are taken directly from a case where Trump sued an old lady in 1993 to force her out of her home in Atlantic City, New Jersey so he could build a giant new building. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Coking).

He beat her too. Does anybody think that case won’t come up in the General Election?

Worse than that, he continues to demonstrate his comfort with Huge Government.

Just this morning he told ABC News that while ObamaCare “is a disaster!” he would fix it: with a different government program that works. We’ve been watching them tinker with Big Government Healthcare in Europe for 60 years now. It doesn’t ever get any better, just more expensive. But because he “cares about people”, Trump’s health-care-bureaucracy will be more efficient than Obama’s. Does anyone who has ever filled out all those government-required-forms at the hospital really believe that?

If Trump ran as a Democrat, he would have quickly eliminated Clinton as a viable candidate last September. He would have kept Sanders in the race just to make him look stupid. He would be drawing 85% of Democrat voters, with gushing praise from the Democrat Party’s pundits. Instead, he has sparked their sheep-like wrath, because with Democrats it’s always tribe above everything else.  He would also have at least 40% of Republican voters, because of his unabashed candor. Unlike any candidate in either party, he has drawn support from blue collar workers, the chronically underemployed, and even blacks.

Who was the last politician who achieved such broad support?

But as a Republican, no one knows who he really is, because he has never supported any constitutional cause, either with his money or his mouth.

As one Republican supporter explained: “We like him because talks American!”

Except for Herman Cain, Sarah Palin and Ben Carson, who else has done that?

The other reason Trump is popular is because Congress has ceded most of its power to huge federal agencies to do its job.  Read the soon-to-be-published book Bureaucratic Bombs to see how bureaucrats spend their time writing rules to micromanage the lives of everyday Americans; something forbidden in the Constitution. Will Trump accelerate this trend like Obama, or will he halt the arbitrary bureaucracy, call it what it is and eliminate this “rulemaking”, as bureaucrats like to call it.

I’ll bet he will do just as Obama taught him: continue to bypass Congress, write Executive Orders to get what he wants done, and then go on The View and blame “those stupid congressmen” for not understanding what Americans really want.

We’ve spent the last 7 years watching this game. When Trump continues to do the same thing, we will be firmly down a road which permanently makes Congress a secondary force to the power of the President.

And let’s not forget the end game here: getting Ted Cruz and Rand Paul appointed to the Supreme Court.

These two men are powerful advocates for The United States Constitution, and will be passionate defenders of it against the anti-Constitutionalists now serving on the bench.  Does anyone in America really think Trump will appoint a pro-Constitution justice to the Supreme Court?

I like Trump—a lot. I absolutely love his chutzpa!

But we’ve seen this movie before—three times, in fact.

There have been popular uprisings around the United States over the past two decades. The first time was in Minnesota. People were so frustrated at their unresponsive state government that they elected an outsider and complete political novice, Jesse Ventura.

The second uprising was in California, when they elected Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The third was in New York City. Not so much a popular uprising so much as a manipulation of the “conservative” label. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg got himself elected by being the only candidate on the Republican side of the ballot, and then flooding the city with campaign cash.

But in all three cases, the well-known-celebrity talked a great can-do speech swimming in common sense. Once elected, all three forgot what they promised, and were complete disasters.

Like Trump, Ventura trash-talked his opponents, and ended up a loud-mouthed embarrassment.

Like Trump, Schwarzenegger was a well-known celebrity who, once elected, caved to the unending stampede of liberal rants and union demands. He was a lame-duck eunuch halfway through his first year in office.

And Bloomberg—my goodness. He spent his entire term micromanaging New York: you couldn’t own a gun, couldn’t smoke, shouldn’t drink soda, shouldn’t use salt, shouldn’t drive a car…

Meanwhile, he pretty much ignored constitutional voting violations all over his jurisdiction, yet jumped to the TV every time there was a terrorist attack so he could blame Americans.

People got sick of Ventura’s public tantrums real fast; of Schwarzenegger’s tough guy image even faster; and of Bloomberg’s micromanaging in a New York Minute.

How it starts is how it goes, and I see Trump as the billionaire blend of all three of these men. Each one is famous, rich and loud.

And not one has a conviction in his body.

–The Beltway Bandit