Thursday, June 30, 2016
This proverb, that has been attributed to Mark Twain, has some real relevance during this presidential campaign season. Both major political candidates have accused each other of lying. Is one or both right? Or, is one more prone to be called a liar than the other?
Well, let's take a look. Donald Trump has a tendency to brag, bluster, and exaggerate when making statements, but people seem to think that he is not a “congenital liar” (aside from their other perceptions of him), but the same could not be said of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, who was dubbed a “congenital liar” by the late N.Y. Times columnist William Safire, way back in 1995.
Since Hillary Clinton has been associated in politics for approximately 30 years, she has a written and verbal record of things she has said or done, over the years, to conjure up the charge of being a “congenital liar”, as labeled by William Safire. In fact, recently a Quinnipiac poll asked people to say the first word that came into their mind when the name Hillary Clinton was mentioned. The first three answers, as reported by the poll, were #1 – liar, #2 – dishonest, and #3 – untrustworthy. That's a major burden that Hillary Clinton will have to carry into the presidential campaign. Will she be able to overcome this perception of being untruthful? Only time will tell.
Up until the present time, Hillary has insisted that her private e-mail server was legal and approved for her in conducting her duties as Secretary of State. But, according to the State Department inspector general, she did not get permission or would not have gotten permission to use a “private” e-mail server in the conduct of her duties of Secretary of State. In addition, she signed a State Department directive, the day she started as Secretary, regarding her using exclusively a State Department sanctioned e-mail server. She now states that she does not remember signing that statement (this seems to be a recurring “problem” for Hillary - not remembering certain inconvenient facts). Does anyone really believe that she was that unaware of this protocol of the State Department? In fact, during her tenure as Secretary of State, she even sent a memo to underlings in the State Department stating that they should not use private e-mails in the conduct of their duties. I guess this is a case “of do as I say, not as I do”. To her it seems that the law applies to everyone else and not to her (and her husband, Bill Clinton too).
This was just the latest of her contradictions (a/k/a lies) that has dogged her over the years. Look at another one of her flip-flops over the years. It seems that she will say or do whatever her audience wants to hear in order to gain favor and win votes. Remember in 2008, when she appeared in a nationally televised session with the Rev. Rick Warren, when she stated unequivocally that she was in favor of traditional marriage, between one man and one woman, because of her strongly held religious beliefs. I guess her “strongly held” religious beliefs changed in 2015, when she came out in favor of same-sex marriage. Was she lying about her religious beliefs in 2008 or did political considerations take precedence over her “strongly held” religious beliefs that she told Rick Warren and the national T.V. audience?
Her opponent, Donald Trump, has made some comments over the past year that she has referred to as him being a liar, but what she considers lying could be construed as Trump being an exaggerator, being a self-glorifier, and a boaster, but not a person who blatantly lies to gain an upper hand in the face of known facts.
It is safe to say that we all lie to some extent. Some could be called “white lies” and some could be called “whoppers”. The comments made by Hillary generally fall into the category of being “whoppers”. It seems that when Hillary tells a lie, she really believes it to be the truth. In other words, it is pathological in her case which can be called a case of “cognitive dissonance” ( which is defined as the mental conflict that people experience when they are presented with evidence that their beliefs or assumptions are wrong).
So, the proverb of “Figures Don't Lie, but Liars do Figure” fits Hillary Clinton to a tee, and to think that she might be our next president, boggles the mind. She has zero credibility, both domestically and internationally. Let's hope that saner heads will prevail in the upcoming election and Hillary will not become president.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Here are things that gall me, no end.
The image of Obama mincing down the stairs of Air Force One and returning the sharp salute from the squared-away Marine standing at attention, with a sloppy, girly-salute that is obviously a meaningless, throw-away gesture meant only for the White House photographers. Knowing how vehemently this Commander-in-Chief openly despises the Military, it is tantamount to a slap in the face of every man and woman on active duty and every veteran, by this hypocrite who bows so deeply from the waist and so reverently to the vicious, anti-Semitic, anti-American Royals in Saudi Arabia.
The farce of Secty of State John F. Kerry, being lauded by the Liberal press as, ‘The highest-placed official in this Administration to visit Hiroshima’, the site of the first atomic bomb dropped on Japan, that led to the end of WWII in the Pacific. Kowardly Kerry spent 4 months in Viet Nam, carrying a rifle and a video camera to film himself, braving the flora & fauna of the jungle. Then, his disgusting performances upon his return home to heap kudos upon himself and his three unsubstantiated Purple Heart Medals with endless appearances on TV, spouting a string of fabricated narratives about atrocities he witnessed first-hand so he says, perpetrated by American soldiers.
The image of Meddler-in-Chief & Faux Diplomat, Barack Hussein Obama and an enormous entourage of family & Government flunkies, popping around the world in Air Force One, like a story-book Potentate with his Palace Guard & Court Jesters - on a non-stop series of Fool’s Errand trips all across the Globe, to apologize for anything he can think of, all at the cost of many, many millions of taxpayer’s dollars - with nada, absolutely no valid reason for any of it.
And, the most egregious, disgusting image of all - This pitiful excuse for the Head of State of these United States, presenting himself to the people of Hiroshima and ripping open the scab that it has taken 71 years to be formed over the horrors that attended the dropping of ‘The Bomb’ in 1945. Despite reports that he won’t, I am willing to bet that he issues some kind of apology or makes a mockery of the facts that led President Truman to okay the use of this ultimate weapon of destruction – in the sure knowledge that if it did indeed, work – it would most likely end the war with Japan. We know that it did work. The Japanese people know that it worked. The rest of the World knows that it worked. None of this matters a damn to Obama. He is working on his legacy and anything he thinks can add even the tiniest bit of luster, regardless of what he has to do, regardless of what he has to say – and regardless of the cost to the American people and the legacy of the United States, you can bet your bippee, he will do it or say it. And, if it chafes relations between the U.S. and Japan, that’s O.K., too.MORT KUFF © 5-23-2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Can you imagine if the loosely knit patriotic Tea Party conducted themselves in the manner that the “Black Lives Matter” group conducts themselves today, all hell would've broken loose in the “lame stream media” and vicious condemnation would prevail and the Tea Party would be vilified from pillar to post. Not so with the BLM thugs. Excuses for their violent confrontations with police and ordinary citizens seems to be the rule, by the Democrats and the media, rather than the exception. Even Pres. Obama has shown little outrage over the tactics of this militant, anarchist group called “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) (and other similar radical groups).
When the BLM groups (and affiliates) rant, “Pigs in a Blanket, Fry 'em Like Bacon (referring to police officers), or chanting, “What do We Want, Dead Cops , and When Do We Want it, Now”, and “Hands Up Don't Shoot” (referring to the justified killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a police officer), they are stirring up racial unrest that is becoming a cancer on our society, mainly in our inner cities with large minority populations. Look at what is happening at the Donald Trump rallies, the anarchists including BLM, La Raza (a Mexican group who's name means “The Race”), the S.E.I.U. union thugs, and some Bernie Sanders supporters, are trying shut down Donald Trump and his political message. These are not peaceful protests, they are mostly “Rent-A-Mobs” financed, in part, by that billionaire anarchist, George Soros, the patron saint and big financial contributor to the Democrat Party.
It seems that most all these disruptions and violence is emanating from the left side of the political spectrum. You don't see comparable right-wing groups disrupting Hillary or Bernie rallies as it is not in their DNA or nature to be unlawful in their actions (just like the Tea Party conducted themselves). The Republicans and Conservatives don't have any Al Sharpton's, Jesse Jackson's, or BLM, or Eric Holder's causing mayhem across the country. The principal cheerleader (by not condemning these anarchist groups) is none other than our Pres. Barack Hussein Obama. He, on several occasions, has railed against the police, without knowing all the facts, thus exacerbating an already volatile situation. Almost all his interference seems to be on behalf of the black community regardless of the facts involved, and against law enforcement officials, and the cop on the street. He, according to many, has become the most racist president in modern times. When he first ran for president, he claimed that he would be the greatest race unifier in history, but he has become the most divisive. During his tenure as president, race relations, in our country, has reached a new low and seems to be going lower.
In addition and conjunction with his support for black anarchist groups, he has also engaged in class warfare, pitting rich against poor; man against woman; coal companies and miners against the EPA and loony environmentalists, and, you could deduce from his actions, wrong over right (no pun intended).
As mentioned earlier, look what is happening today as we gear up for the upcoming election for president. At rallies, mostly Trump rallies, mobs of people representing certain radical groups, have fought with police, harassed Trump supporters, and caused much property damage. Where 'o where, has been our president (on a golf course?), while our political system is being turned upside down? Why isn't he using the bully pulpit of the presidency to quell these attempts of limiting or stifling free speech?
Unlike his predecessor George W. Bush, Obama has jumped in feet first and has started partisan campaigning on behalf of the Democrats and against the Republican nominee, Donald Trump and the Republican Party. It has been almost 8 years and Pres. Bush has yet to “bad mouth” Pres. Obama. Whether you agree or disagree with all that Bush did as president, you must recognize him as person with “class” as compared with his successor, Pres. Obama, who seems to put his foot in his mouth month after month while complaining about his treatment in the press and by his adversaries.
In conclusion, as the BLM anarchists are given free reign, because of their minority status, to conduct themselves in such a lawless and disruptive manner, we will see more and more disruptions right up till the election in November. The big loser in all these shenanigans will be the American people. May God help us survive.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Liberals have a knack to come up with mendacious slogans, to
put forth their agendas. A prime example is, "hands up, I give up!"
is a description of something that never happened. "Black lives
matter" is the deception to depict eighteen year old 6'5", 289 lb
Michael Brown, a felonious bully as an innocent child.
The latest open border farce is, "build bridges, not walls!"
The families of the many slain Israelis and those of the victims in
Paris and Brussels who were murdered because of globalization
wouldn't agree. Kate Steinle would still be alive if that bridge to
sanctuary city, San Francisco was torn down.
These are divisive vehicles borne from a weak leader's ideology,
who doesn't heed the advice of knowledgeable experts, but
continues to pursue failed tactics, pandering to his liberal base
and entities profiting in his sympathetic stance on their behalf,
who counter our country's interests with dire results.
The President's mindset and whom he has endorsed to replace
him, bear the responsibility for the Boston marathon bombing
and San Bernardino and Orlando massacres that happened on
It's the failure of his administration to identify and separate the
renegade factions from mainstream Islam and treating it as a whole,
that brings fearing it would offend all Muslims, by criticizing the
radicals. The President's family tree with Islamic twigs appears to
show proclivity to Islam and lame action.
It is also the failure of mainstream Islamists to denounce Sharia
tenets and political intrusion contaminating good intentions that
shown at Mohamed Ali's funeral.
Cancer cannot be destroyed with an aspirin and a Band-Aid. It can
only be eliminated by aggressive attack. Unwilling to act by the
liberal establishment, offering containment as treatment will
leave the terror continually open to flare-ups down the road.
Political correctness stymies solutions by negating profiling as a
tool to pinpoint the culprits, used effectively by Israel's security
forces at airports and check points.
Conservative column from George Giftos
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Democrats (represented by Hillary and Bernie) have been making promises that, in practicality, cannot be fulfilled by either of them if either one gets elected president. They are the epitome, or poster people, of the “Free Stuff” Party (a/k/a the Democrat Party).
Both Hillary and Bernie have never held a private sector job or position, on a regular basis, where they had to hire and fire, meet a payroll, and to make decisions about making a profit (profit to them seems to be a dirty word). They have been sucking on the government “teat” most all their lives, but they claim that they have the knowledge and experience to turn our economy around (I thought our economy was booming according to Obama?), without any business experience whatsoever (I guess they are following the Obama model).
Hillary has been riding the coattails of her husband (a/k/a Slick Willie) for over 30 years, and Bernie was without a permanent job up till the age of 40 when he was elected Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and he has been on a government payroll ever since.
Look at what these two politicians are offering the electorate. Free college tuition, relieving college graduates of their student loans, free health care, and free this and free that, all being paid for by the government treasury even though we are approaching $20 trillion of national debt. Their proposals would add another $19 trillion to the national debt making us likely to have a massive default which would put us on the road to becoming a third world nation. In addition, both of these spendthrift politicians want to raise the minimum wage by federal decree. They don't realize that that policy would cause more unemployment, which in real terms is over 10% now. The people they are claiming to help, the first time worker or the unskilled worker, would be the worst hit because many businesses would be unable to meet that increased payroll mandate. Besides, it would have a “ripple up effect” for workers already employed. Wouldn't these people who are starting out in the workforce and seniors supplementing their incomes, be better of being employed at $8.00 per hour rather than unemployed at $15.00 per hour? The social consequences of having more of our youth unemployed, would be a social disaster, as many will turn to crime or have to go on the government dole to make money.
These two Marxist/Socialist presidential wannabes, don't realize that every promise that they make there will be a price to pay, and it won't be pretty. Suppose they were using their own money instead of the government's money (our tax dollars), do you think they would be so generous in offering the “freebies” they are touting to the voting public just to get their votes? Is the Pope Catholic?
This whole manner of making promises you can't honestly fulfill, reminds me of a third grade election for class president, as the winning student candidate runs on the platform of “free candy” for all if he/she is elected class president. The same with Hillary and Bernie. If either gets elected, the country will be the loser as they will be creating a bubble that will have to burst sometime in the future. So, my friends, don't fall for these offers of something for nothing, the price we'll pay will be catastrophic.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann