‘New socialism’ won’t move America forward

In his State of the Union message, President Trump felt compelled to assert that we are not — and never will be — a socialist country. Democrats in the room smirked. Many Democrats tout platforms of “social justice,” and some proudly proclaim themselves as socialists.

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Trump’s Russia collision … in Venezuela

Some say collusion. Some say collision. While Congress and the White House are playing tit-for-tat over border security and the wall, it’s possible that President Trump may have launched a strategy that will do infinitely more for America’s southern border security and drug interdiction than anything currently conceived of or discussed by Congress and the media.

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Building walls to keep out migraines

OK, I admit it. I like to discuss public issues and that seems to give people headaches. Lately I’ve been discussing walls. I like President Trump’s proposed southern border wall and that sends my friends in California digging through their ample supplies of ibuprofen.

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2019 will be a mess for America, thank God

As we stare into the coming abyss of 2019, we should try to be calm. A wildly fluctuating stock market, global trade wars, economic collapse, threats of nuclear war, brewing terrorism, continuing investigations of the Trump campaign, calls for impeachment, political stalemate between Republicans and Democrats, increased hostility and shrill accusations positioning candidates for the 2020 election, dysfunctional government, the loss of American prestige in the world, catastrophe everywhere.

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Sacre Bleu state — a warning to progressive politicians in California

The “yellow vest” riots in Paris should alarm Democrats, especially the new progressive governors in blue states like California. As with the president of France, today’s liberals believe they have a mandate to solve the problems of the world, only to learn that all politics are local. The electorate, while entertaining ideas at the extremes, always gravitates toward the center and its own vested interests.

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Getting politics out of the pit

Politics since 1972 has seemed to harken back to the Edgar Allen Poe story, “The Pit and the Pendulum.” As with the narrator of the story, in the pit and tied to a table, Americans have been treated to watching politics as a razor-sharp pendulum that swings back and forth between two extremes, slowing getting closer and closer to slicing them and the country into pieces.

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Up is down and down is up: The new political vocabulary

In Wonderland, Alice was heard to say: “I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny it’ll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downwards.” Wow, America is in Wonderland. Half the country sees the other half as upside down.

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Elizabeth Warren and the new communism

The death rattle of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential hopes, and possibly the Massachusetts Democrat’s political career, has suddenly emerged in her Accountable Capitalism Act, which would mandate that 40 percent of the directors of large companies be selected by the employees.

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Treason! The new party game that everyone is playing

Here come the ghosts of Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn. There is no longer room for reasoned debate in America. If you’re feeling uncomfortable and unable to defend your ideas, just censor all discussion with “I won’t listen to this because… ,” “You’re a Nazi,” “You’re racist,” or, most popular, “You’re a traitor/agent of Russia.”

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In defense of Trump’s policies

Last week, I wrote an Open Forum defending President Trump’s foreign policies based on their objective results. Since then, there have been two major developments.

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