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Trump Meets Bob Woodward

September 16, 2020

Bob Woodward’s new book was given prime time yesterday, September 15, on Anderson Cooper’s “Late Night” news roundup on CNN.  Tomorrow is MSNBC’s turn to vilify President Trump, and to swing the 2020 Presidential election into the hands of Joe Biden and increasing the power of the Left-wing within the Democrat Party.

Donald Trump deserves criticism, but not for his “Make America Great” policies. After all, Trump is not alone in advocating a “New Nationalism.”

The peoples of former “Captive Nations” to the Soviet Union–Poland, Hungary, Georgia and even the worst of them, Belarus–are experiencing a rebirth of national consciousness.

This has alarmed the states of the European Union, long wedded to an ideology of “Internationalism” and “Globalism” and that explains the alarm of the Left in the United States and their desire to see President Donald Trump replaced by one of their own.

“Make America Great” smacks of nationalist movements that consumed Italy under Benito Mussolini or, even worse, Germany under Adolph Hitler.

Those fears are well grounded only in the neurotic beliefs and fears of the Left here and abroad because something is happening in several nation-states in Eastern Europe and in the UK. Credit President Trump for understanding that we live in an era of decline and that America needs to regain or reassert its national identity.

The Conservatives in the UK who led the Brexit movement also “get it,” as do nationalists in Eastern Europe who see a way to reverse decline of Western culture by asserting their national identity.

Bye-bye Mayor Bill

September 15, 2020

I was last in New York City after Bill di Blasio was elected Mayor in 2013 and had to watch where I walked due to City streets in need of repair and was annoyed by the prevalence of homeless, some demanding money.

Last week the Warwick Hotel sent a message that they were open for business. I replied suggesting that they should sell their Manhattan hotel and that I would never again visit NYC until the voters of New York kick Bill di Blasio and Andrew Cuomo out of office.

I decided also that I will never visit a New York racetrack nor wager on a thoroughbred race in New York.

From the time I was 13 and attended my first thoroughbred horse race at Wheeling Downs in West Virginia, I have been interested in thoroughbred horse racing.

During my business career, and on holiday with family, I have wagered at tracks in Warsaw, Poland, Florida, California, Minnesota, Maryland, Virginia and New York.

I have a collection of calendars given bettors at Santa Anita in December.

Del Mar, Gulfstream, Belmont, Saratoga, Laurel and Pimlico are places I’ve visited, but now that racing in Australia (Randwick) and Europe (Ascot and Longchamp) can be accessed online, I can enjoy first class races via the Internet and avoid thoroughbred racing in New York. The New York Racing Commission needs to reform thoroughbred racing and wagering in New York.

Jake Tapper’s “Journalism”

September 13, 2020

Jake Tapper’s Sunday, September 13, program on CNN went beyond the bounds of good journalism. Peter Navarro, former UC-Irvine college teacher and trade advisor to President Trump, was “hauled before the Mast” of the USS CNN and advised that he would be thrown to the sharks.

What was featured as an “interview” was a judicial “interrogation” in which the verdict, known in advance, was “Guilty.”

President Trump was guilty of hiding his knowledge of the Coronavirus and is responsible for at least 100,000 deaths that might have been prevented, if Americans were warned in early February that Covid-19 is spread via respiratory droplets.

Navarro attempted to explain a February 9 memo disseminated to President Trump and White House staff that outlined the Trump Administration’s response to Covid-19.  Navarro called it “Breaking News,” but Jake Tapper refused to listen and demanded an explanation of President Trump’s knowledge of how dangerous this virus is and that he admitted downplaying of the threat.

In my opinion Jake Tapper violated the norms of journalistic inquiry and ought to be placed on temporary leave—without pay.

CNN is secure in its knowledge of the First amendment “Freedom of Speech” protections. There too I believe CNN is incautious.  The First Amendment was appended to the Constitution by Anti-Federalists who made it a requirement for Ratification.

That was in 1789.  I would not rely on a protection that can be Amended by Constitutional procedures for Amending the Constitution.  Freedom of the Press can be diluted if enough Americans conclude that American “journalism” is out of control.

Why 9/11 is Remembered

September 11, 2020