The Purple GOP and Why it Must Bleed Red Again

By Janice Barlow WELL, IT’S FINALLY HERE. The year of the midterm elections. Instead of being revved up and ready to hit the ground running, Republicans seem skittish. The candidates and Congress members are not red-blooded anymore. They are oxygen depleted and absorbing the blue of the liberals. They are turning purple. Some are announcing their retirement, like Senator Orin Hatch (Utah) who served for 40 years. He certainly should retire though. His most likely replacement at this point is Mitt Romney, another moderate with a slightly better liberty score,…

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Fallacies, Foolishness, Fails And Fictions Of Trump’s New York Times Interview

by Richard Cameron   The New York Times Michael Schmidt’s impromptu interview with President Donald Trump at his Trump International golf club in West Palm Beach was evidence that Trump has not developed any new habits of embracing facts, grasping reality or curbing his instinct to loiter around absurd and unfounded pretensions. The audience that the unscripted interview was intended for, as all of them are – is Trump’s continuously shrinking political base. Schmidt apparently was of the view that employing open ended questions colloquially known as “softballs”, would cause…

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Donald Trump and Steve Bannon: Trophy Hunting The Republican Party

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by Tony Wyman How ironic that President Trump, the man who history may credit with the destruction of the Republican Party, has come out against trophy hunting elephants.  Isn’t that, in effect, what his presidential campaign and his presidency, itself, has been all about? It certainly is for his chief supporters, men like Steve Bannon, who told crowds at the Values Voter Summit in October, “Nobody can run and hide on this one. These folks are coming for you,” referring to rebel alt-right candidates targeting mainstream Republicans opposed to Mr. Bannon’s…

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The Steele Dossier Continues To Gain Confirmation – And Worry Trump, Inc.

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by Richard Cameron As the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller moves forward, it seems apparent that the intelligence report on Donald Trump and the Trump campaign, known as the “Steele Dossier” is gaining in credibility. Experts in the field of investigating criminal operations are widely of the opinion that the Steele Dossier, compiled by former MI6 British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, is a rough blueprint for much of the focus of Mueller’s investigation. That appears evident by the overall picture that is forming of intrigue between Trump…

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Fear And Loathing In The West Wing – Trump Adminstration’s Circular Firing Squad

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by Richard Cameron The story that was disseminated by Trump’s media circus surrogates when General John Kelly took over from the beleaguered ex White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, was that Kelly was going act as a judicious gatekeeper, limiting access to the Oval Office.   The cherry on top would be that the chaos and confused messaging was going to be brought under control and Kelly would be a sobering influence on Donald Trump. From all we can see, Kelly may have accomplished the former to one degree or…

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How Obama’s Giant Ball of Twine Got Trumped in the Budget Contest

By Janice Barlow On my way back from an appointment today, I cringed, but put Rush Limbaugh on the radio as nothing else was on. I wanted to see what he was addressing in his latest ratings grabbing excuse while trying to justify the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Yes, Rush, we know Hillary Clinton is a liberal, a liar, and has a uranium problem. Yes, we know Barack Obama was a huge deficit spending, big government pushing progressive socialist enabler in the form of welfare programs and government controlled…

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Why Bernie Sanders Should Have Been a Professor at a Liberal Arts College

By Janice Barlow Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator from Vermont, ran as an Independent, because, as an admitted Socialist, it is not likely he would have gleaned enough support to make it as far as he did in the last presidential election, nearly defeating his opponent, Hillary Clinton in the primaries. In light of last Wednesday’s tax plan debate with Ted Cruz, R-TX on CNN, where Bernie Sanders kept repeating mantras about the Koch brothers, (he himself was backed by George Soros), and the top 1% getting the biggest tax breaks,…

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Situational Ethics and the Hypocrisy of Judgment in the Last Election

By Janice Barlow We are faced with choices every day. We hear all the time that we should not judge; it is up to God to judge. That’s not the case. It’s up to God to impose judgment, but we discern many times daily. We should, however, not change how we feel about something based on the situation. That is called “situational ethics, “ and it turns us into people who have no solid core values or beliefs. We have become a nation of moral relativists. Some examples will illustrate…

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Danger Ahead! The Runaway Tractor Trailer Rig – Trump’s Presidency

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Runaway Presidency The standard metaphor for anything that is going “south”, that is to say, badly wrong, is a speeding train hopping the rails – an impending train wreck. Since it is so overworked and such a cliché, perhaps we should opt for another analogy to the Donald Trump presidency – the runaway semi-tractor trailer. In this one, the president is the owner-operator of the bigly rig and the rig is the Office of the Presidency and the contents of the trailer is the stability and…

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It’s Not Your Party and You Should Leave if You’re a Conservative: Continue the GOP Exodus

By Janice Barlow Last year, when many of us were knocked off our feet as Donald Trump steamrolled over the other Republican candidates one by one, eventually gaining the nomination, we went into a holding pattern. Many of us were in denial. Some of us decided to just go with the flow and accept the outlier as our new commander in chief, barring a win by Hillary Clinton. Others, like myself, stood against the whole fiasco and stayed off the train, knowing that the GOP platform would never be Republican.…

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