What is a spy? Would MLK like Donald Trump? And much more...
What is a spy? Would MLK like Donald Trump? And much more...

A few observations on Spygate, the NFL, Martin Luther King, press spin, the vanishing polls, only the FOX, the lost Civil War, liberal insanity and, of course, sex.

What is a spy? The Democrats contend that the entire Spygate controversy is nonsense.  There may have been “sources” or “informants” placed inside the Trump campaign by the FBI, but these were not spies –sayeth the propagandists for the Trump resistance movement.  The best place to start unraveling the word game is with the dictionary.  It defines the noun spy as “a person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy or competitor.”  In the verb form, it means to “work for a government or other organization by secretly collecting information about enemies or competitors.”  The brouhaha over the unmasking of the individual or individuals planted in the Trump campaign also provides convincing evidence that he, or they, were well spies.  In claiming that the unmasking could threaten the lives of these people or COMPROMISE OTHER PROJECTS IN WHICH THEY ARE INVOLVED SERRIPTITIOUSLY, the Democrats and the bureaucrats are admitting that these folks are really professional spies, not informants.  They did not come forward as whistleblowers but were assigned to infiltrate the campaign by the FBI.  In yet another leap of logic, the Democrats and intel folks say that they were only seeking information about Russians.  If that is true, why all the accusations about collusion with Trump people?

The NFL compromise that solves nothing: In the latest search for an acceptable compromise to the National Anthem kneeling controversy, the NFL will now require all players “on the field” to respect the old Star-Spangled Banner by standing in silence – or singing along, if they like.  The operative phrase is “on the field.”  Those players who wish to protest the Anthem for whatever reason will not take to the field until that final phrase, “the home of the brave,” has ceased to echo through the stadium.  Of course, this solves nothing.  It only provides an alternative means to show disrespect.  I am betting that those who appear only after the Anthem will be roundly booed and the backlash will continue.

Would Martin Luther King like Donald Trump? Steve Bannon momentarily escaped political exile to make a statement that has the undies of a number of the black television personalities in a bunch.  Bannon said that he believes that Martin Luther King would be “proud of Donald Trump.”  Putting words in the silent mouths of historical figures is both a common and generally shameful practice. (I recently criticized MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell for appointing himself as spokesperson for Jesus Christ).  Most of those critical commenting on Bannon’s statement took an oh-my-god,-how-can-he-say-that attitude. Despite that knee-jerk reaction, Bannon may have a case to be made.  Most people are not aware that MLK was a great admirer of Richard Nixon – voted for him. King and Nixon worked closely on the Republican Civil Rights Bills of 1957 and 1960 – of which most people are not aware.  King spoke out against the identity politics that is reflected in the rhetoric of guys like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.  In every speech, every protest, every sit-in, every demonstration, every march – whether in Selma, Mississippi or Chicago, Illinois – King fought against the racist oppression of the empowered Democratic Party.  I would not presume to say that King would be “proud” of Trump, but I do believe, he would be inside the White House working with him to eradicate the last vestiges of institutional racism in our major cities.

The perspective of the press. Susan Page, D.C. Bureau Chief for USA Today, recently claimed that Trump should stop beating up on the elitist media because … here comes the spin … “the public is tired of it.”  I think she may have it backwards.  I would argue that the public is tired of the constant over-the-top Trump and Republican bashing that goes on 24/7 on certain media outlets.  Page went on to say that after the election, everyone accepted the results.  There was no effort to overturn the vote.  WHAT?  The #NeverTrump resistance movement commenced immediately.  There were efforts to force recounts in key states.  Then there were those attempts to have the electors break their promise to vote for Trump based on the results in their states.  How about that insane attempt to have the Congress refuse to allow the Inauguration to go forward?  In fact, not since the election of 1876 has there been a more concerted effort by Democrats to block an election of a President. That one ended with the infamous Compromise of 1877.

Where have all the polls gone, long time passing?  It takes a while to “see” what is not there.  It is just me or has there been a dearth of polling information on all those news channels?  A few weeks back there was a bit of an uptick in President Trump’s approval ratings – and now nothing.  It seemed when Trump’s ratings were straight-lining in the mid-30s, there were reports of numerous polls on an almost daily basis.   This was also true of polls that showed Democrats with a huge lead going into the 2018 election.  But a few weeks ago, that dropped into the margin-of-error.  But now?  Nothing.   And, while we are on the subject … even in those days of constant reporting of polling results, they never seemed to cover other subjects of interest.  How does Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer rate with the folks in fly-over America?  While Congress probably polls very low, which party does the public dislike more?  I wonder how the general public rates the Big Seven (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post)? 

Out FOXing the competition. We can get a partial answer to the question I posed at the end of the previous item by looking at ratings.  While the Big Seven keep referring to FOX News as some sort of far-right outlier, the public seems to feel differently.  FOX News consistently outperforms CNN and MSNBC.  In fact, CNN’s claim to be “the most trusted name in news” is news to the public.  In the April ratings, the top 23 slots are divvied up between FOX and MSNBC.  CNN does not hit the chart until 24th place with Anderson Cooper.  In the important morning hours, FOX and Friends ranks 14th, with Morning Joe coming in at 26 and CNN’s New Day at 41 – with less than half the FOX audience.

Donny Deutsch forgot the Civil War. Donny Deutsch is a regular on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.  He is billed as a branding expert.  Why that qualifies him to comment on all things political, I have no idea – unless it is his uncompromised disdain for Donald Trump. In one segment, Deutsch predicted that if the President was impeached and removed from office, the Trump people would take to the streets, too.  According to Deutsch, for the FIRST TIME EVER we will have a Civil War.  Apparently, branding school does not offer history classes.

Liberal insanity knows no bounds.Uber liberal freelance journalist Rob Rousseau is the latest personification of left-wing excessive idiocy and deranged Trump hatred.  In response to the President’s metaphorically referring to the heinously brutal MS-13 gangs as “animals,” Rousseau took to Twitter to declare: “I would rather my daughter dated a member of MS-13 than a member of the Republican Party.”  As one might expect from the nutty radical left, Rousseau hedges his prima fascia senseless claim since he does not even have a daughter.

Just wondering.  Why is grabbing a woman by the knee criminal sexual assault and violent demonstrations – with arson, vandalism, looting and personal injury – are just protests?  This seems to be the liberal rule from Berkley to Palestine.

And speaking of sexual assault. Did you know that the new feminist theory is that sexual assault can be charged if the woman decides that she regrets agreeing to engage in consensual sex? A woman using the name “Grace” in an interview in online magazine, Babe, claims that she was sexually “violated” after she had consented to give oral sex to actor Aziz Ansari.  Other extreme feminists have jumped on this novel notion that a woman can say no after saying yes AND actually engaging in sexual activity.  Makes me wonder if there is a statue of limitation on the reversal.  Can she decide five years after the fact?

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and political issues. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, and he has served as a consultant to the White House under Presidents Nixon and Reagan. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress and lectured at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Florida Atlantic University, Knox College and Hope College. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.


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