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PRESIDENT TRUMP FIGHTS BACK

October 13, 2017

AN ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTION

I have no idea who wrote this about President Trump’s lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship.  It came to me via the internet through a friend.  It is presented here slightly edited and shortened:

Friends often ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

We on the right have tried dignity.  There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because,

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THE ETHICS OF A POPULIST PRESIDENCY

October 8, 2017

THE POPULIST PRESIDENCY

The political world certainly has changed.  Just over a year ago after electing a new President, the stock markets began to rise to unprecedented highs (and show no signs of reversing).

This president has caused turmoil within both parties; both have changed markedly in their traditional positions to the point where they are hardly recognizable.  The truth is that neither party expected the results of the election.  This President was elected not by party line, but instead by the people.  We have, in effect, a new party claimed by neither historical one, both of which have polarized internally. 

The Democrats virtually do not accept the results of the election and have moved even farther left, and the Republican “Never Trumpers” have failed to develop a consensus or even support the leader of their own party, and have drawn the ire of

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ETHICS and CONSERVATISM

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CONSERVATISM

Conservatism is not a political issue, nor is what follows intended to be a political statement.  It’s more basic than that.  The foundation for conservatism is history and original intent—a return to the basics, ethics being the most basic.  Anyone can do it.

 

Any society needs a system of rules within which its members can operate to the general benefit. These rules are founded in its values and articulated in its privileges.  The rules of all successful societies including our own begin in ethics and are adapted to the society’s needs and wishes.

Our own rules trace their origin to a paramount need for freedom.  Our laws are founded in a Declaration of Independence from our mother country and empowered by a Constitution written by individuals with a strong ethical and moral base “in order to form a more perfect union.”

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ETHICAL ISSUES: PC and RACISM

August 15, 2017

ETHICS: RACISM AS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Racist!  An epithet guaranteed to raise hackles on both sides of the accusation.  Racism has come to mean ‘whites’ demeaning ‘blacks’ or other groups, a definition worthy of political correctness.

It’s common knowledge that 90-percant of ‘blacks’ voted for Barack Obama in 2012.  That bell-curve is skewed ‘way beyond any reasonable statistical degree of probability known to mankind.  Is it possible that blacks voted for Obama simply because he is black?  Of course it is, and that was clearly the case.  This is a classic example of racism, but is

it called such?  Of course not.  That would be politically incorrect.

The infamous OJ Simpson trial is another case in point.  Simpson was clearly guilty of murder—he admitted it—but was found innocent.  The verdict was racially motivated, another case of racism.  But it

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TRUTH: Let’s Get Metaphysical…

TRUE and TRUTH

Fundamentals (like Truth) can’t be perfectly defined. They must remain at least in part idea, awareness, perception, theory—because they are principles: the source, not product, of definition.

True and Truth are often confused. “I think Bob is stupid” may be true, but the Truth is that Bob may be in fact very smart.  True is an adjective, Truth is a noun.  Truth is, in fact, an absolute—a first principle—indisputable.  Like the Universe—nature itself—everything requires truth to even be (exist) in the first place.  (This means that truth must have preceded even the Universe.) True is a mere modifier with an opposite—false.  Don’t confuse it with truth.  Truth has no opposite, only an absence of itself.

But the concept (of Truth) has to be articulated to some degree so that we can deal with it—after all, that’s

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GLOBAL WARMING: One cannot KNOW anything that isn’t TRUTH

TRUTH: a verified or indisputable fact; verity.  The principle of actuality or actual existence; conformity with fact or reality.    Mathematical certainty (i.e., 1+1=2).  Or another way of putting it: Truth is what remains after everything impossible has been eliminated.  So let’s examine the truth about global warming.

A few years ago it was fashionable to claim that 98% of all climate scientists agreed that anthropogenic global warming (that resulting from man’s burning of carbon fuels) was endangering the very future of our planet.  The fact of 98% of anyone ever agreeing on anything being suspect on its face seemed to be irrelevant, but anyone disagreeing with that announcement was labeled a denier and summarily banished from ‘science’ as a charlatan.

The fact (truth) is that the claim is false.  The number may have been invented by counting all members of all

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