Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Blissful Moment We'll All Remember, Savor

And YOU Think Size Doesn't Matter, Huh?

Shifting Plates, Creating Breakthroughs From Chaos

"And so, now, it begins. And it simply has to be repeated: We have never had a political moment like this in our lives. We have never had a president like this, such a norm-breaker, in all the ways we know. We are in uncharted seas.
"His supporters, who flooded Washington this week, were friendly, courteous—but watchful. Two Midwestern women told me separately that they used to be but no longer are Republican. They’re something new, waiting for a name.
"They like Mr. Trump the way you learn to like someone you hired and will depend on. They judged him as exactly what’s needed to cut through the merde machine of modern Washington. He is a destabilizer; he shifts the tectonic plates; in the chaos that results, breakthroughs are possible."
Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal, 1/20/17

A Couple Of Pertinent Facts You May Not Know



School choice works.
The more choices parents have for their children, the better it is for everybody!

This Is Just Too Cute Not To Watch



Keep an eye on Barron Trump as he plays an adorable game of peekaboo with his nephew on Inauguration Day and tries to get the kid to give him a high five.  Adorable!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

C'mon, Now, C'mon -- You Can Do It . . .

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And You Say THIS Is Gloomy? Huh? Really?

Some are calling it dour and dark and gloomy.
But it really wasn't any of those things. Not at all.
What it was, for some people, was shocking. It jolted them. It left them a bit breathless, And it even scared a few people.
And that's precisely what it was meant to do. It was meant to jolt the establishment -- to knock some of wind out of its sails. And it was meant to scare the elites -- the Washington know-it-alls; the clubby, entrenched bureaucrats; the groupthink media yappers; the tassel-shoed lobbyists, the lifer officeholders; the special-interest peddlers; the panderers and deceivers and slippery snake-oil merchants; the whole damned bunch of 'em.
It was also meant to deliver a clarion call to the American people, particularly the forgotten ones who don't count themselves as part of any special or protected group. These are the people who were left along the shore long after liberalism's ship sailed into its make-believe world of love beads and Birkenstocks and kumbaya.
As a jolt and a prod, President Trump's Inaugural Address succeeded. It was totally on-target. It did what it supposed to do, delivering a bright, decisive populist anthem which said: It's over now. Today, "we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People" while adding that  "the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."
Here are some other key observations that need to be noted from this very forthright and powerful speech:

  • God is once again back at the center of our national life, under the capitol dome, in the White House and in the words of our leaders. President Trump's inauguration was bookended by a record number of prayers and the new president invoked the deity, speaking of the "almighty Creator" and declaring "we are protected by God."
  • Identity politics is over. The speech contained no direct mention of specific racial, ethnic or religious groups; no mention of gender; no mention of sexual orientation -- none of that. Instead, it spoke to all of us as one, unabashedly declaring: "we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag." Also missing was the coveted liberal term "diversity". The message is clear. Our nation will no longer be balkanized; groups will not be pitted against one another only to benefit the establishment and the elites.
  • Unapologetic patriotism is the order of the day. Inauguration day was replete with numerous patriotic touches from President Trump's declaration that "a new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions" to his promise that "from this moment on, it's going to be America First." And all of this was reflected in the many military units and first responders that participated in the parade along with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and similar groups.
  • Globalism is passé. The president made very clear that we will not take responsibility for the rest of the world and we will not engage in nation-building. He acknowledged "the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first" and added that "we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow." He's saying that we will  put our own house in order and lead by example, period. This echoes the nationalistic tone of his whole campaign.         

Those who found the speech dark or gloomy must not have heard some very vital, hopeful, unifying, aspirational elements. Here are a few:
"This moment is your moment: it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country."
"We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans."
"We are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land."
"America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work -- rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor."
"When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, 'How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity.'"
"Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again."

"We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow."
"So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again."
If these words aren't hopeful enough for you, then you are surely missing something. Indeed, you may only be hearing what you want to hear.
This was a brave, spirited, stirring address -- one that charts a bold new path for America. As befits an Inaugural Address, it avoided specifics and instead painted in broad strokes. Audaciously, it offered a pablum-free, no nonsense prescription for the nation. It cautioned that "we will face challenges. We will confront hardships," but still added that "we will get the job done."
 If you were expecting to be caressed with a feel-good message and a gentle pat on the head, this was not the speech for you. The world that President Trump expects to usher in will be a world free of participation trophies, soft-touch moments, convenient excuses, free throws, mulligans and hall passes.
Finally, the speech was blessedly brief. With very few exceptions, no significant speech need be more than 16 minutes long. That's the sweet spot. And, with clear language, short sentences and memorable lines, President Trump came in right on the money: 16 minutes!

The Contrast Could Not Be More Stark . . .

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Moment We Fought For, Longed For . . .

A Stirring, Thrilling Populist Anthem For A New Era

Following is President Donald J. Trump's complete Inaugural Address.
We have highlighted portions which we believe to be particularly significant.

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you.
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another -- but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
For too long, a small group in our nation's Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished -- but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered -- but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes -- starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation -- and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
For many decades, we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; we've defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it's going to be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body -- and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work -- rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world -- but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones -- and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity."
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear -- we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action -- constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, We will make America strong again.
We will make wealthy again.
We will make America proud again.
We will make America safe again.
And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.

Proclaim It Loud And Clear For ALL To Hear!


The President and
Vice President of the
United States of America
Donald John Trump 
and
Michael Richard Pence
God bless them and
God bless America!

Free At Last, Free At Last, Thank God Almighty



TODAY, we're FINALLY free at last!

Now THIS Is Someone We Can Admire!