Gettysburg Lessons for Trump’s GOP

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President Trump and his key Congressional allies are making a disastrous mistake in letting their Democratic opponents select the field of engagement for this year’s struggle for control of Capitol Hill. In so doing, they ignore the crucial lessons of history provided by a noble hero of the Battle of Gettysburg 155 years ago.

General John Buford helped deliver a decisive Union victory by grasping the crucial importance of seizing, and holding, the right ground in fighting off an advancing enemy. In the first day of the great battle, the gallant Buford deployed his badly outnumbered cavalry division along the ridges and hills near the village of Gettysburg, resisting the Confederates for crucial hours until Federal re-enforcements could arrive. His insight enabled the Union to hold the high ground that gave them a decisive edge in the three-day battle that determined the outcome of the entire war….READ THE FULL COLUMN AT USATODAY.COM



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  1. Ty  •  Feb 9, 2018 at 1:57 am

    The real scandal is just how thuggishly and gleefully the "rule of law" party seeks to cheat and not obey the law.

    • Rizzo  •  Feb 9, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Wow Ty…. You had to dig pretty deep to uncover and cherry-pick that story, all the while totally ignoring your very own, nationwide, top-to-bottom, lawless party.
      You're a regular Columbo.

    • John D. Fiat  •  Feb 9, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Ah gerrymandering, the practice invented by Democrats that they once boasted about, but now despise because Republicans became better at it. The DEMwits new motto: If you can't beat em', cry and whine until you get your way!

    • Ty needs counseling  •  Feb 11, 2018 at 12:27 am

      Hey Tyrese, nobody looks at your links. But I will give you credit for not posting another link to a youtube video. You discredit yourself every time you do that. I assume your article is picking on what one conservative does, or a small group, or maybe even just a "conservative." And then you want to paint a diverse movement with tens of millions of Americans with a broad brush based on what one or a small group of people did. Your hero Jon Stewart got rich off of that kind of dishonest argument. Is that all you got? Guilt by association? What did Tyrese Sr. do to make you so hateful and dishonest?

  2. Rizzo  •  Feb 9, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Here are the REAL results of TRUE LAWLESSNESS, promoted by leftists.

    San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus Of Residents

  3. Rizzo  •  Feb 9, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Speaking of Gettysburg, I implore all of you to look around and observe what Lincoln warned of, not so long ago… "Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide."

    This reality is all around us and among us. People like Ty, and his ilk MUST BE DEFEATED AT EVERY TURN!

  4. Michael T. Prestonise, M.A.  •  Feb 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Either I am not very intelligent or I am missing something – I thought history was what actually happened. I am (was) under the impression that I cannot change, alter, or otherwise modify what actually happened. Michael Medved makes a rational, logical point – learn from history – don't change it just to fit "today's world". I grew up in as time where rotary phones hung on the walls & people sometimes had to use a "party line" to complete a call. I cannot change that & say, "Oh, that's not how it was – we used our hand held devices to make phone calls". Honestly, I believe our "intellectuals & elites" are becoming more stupid & ignorant by the hour. Is there anyone in the USA who will begin challenging these idiotic notions of "remaking history to fit a liberal narrative (agenda)"? I pray many will start speaking up & standing up for what is true, right, & correct – regardless of the criticism we must endure from the "self-acclaimed morally superior fools".

    • Averien  •  Feb 12, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      History is a lot more complicated than "what actually happened." It is an examination of causes, impacts, and influence– perspectives matter, and there are times the basic facts and assumptions need re-examined, particularly as methodologies improve. Much of Americana, for example, has been largely based on unverifiable anecdotes generations removed from the events in question. When the original source that we can find references no interviews, letters from the historic actors, or other primary sources, it becomes valid to re-examine whether those events actually happened. Additionally, when more information is discovered– or at least put in the spot-light– it can change the entire scope of historic events. Diaries and letters written by blacks during Reconstruction, for example, have profoundly changed scholarly interpretation of what the Reconstruction era actually was, and highlights just how daemonic and evil the original KKK actually was, up to and on par with Stalinistic and Maoist tactics of terror, torture, brutalization, and murder. Much of historic scholarship is re-examining events, and seeing how the narrative was shaped by victors, and if the reality matches that narrative or deviates strongly from it. I say all of this as a very conservative person, but one who is passionate about and makes a living studying and interpreting history, with degrees from the University of Washington. There are dishonest re-interpretations, but there are legitimately honest re-examinations of history that raise questions or problems that genuinely need addressed.

  5. John D. Fiat  •  Feb 9, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Michael never misses the chance to bag on the Confederacy, even if he has to conflate it with something that it has absolutely nothing to do with it. (like this) He has never understood that it was more about state's rights than slavery. But I bet if he knew that a Jew, Judah P. Benjamin was the 1st Confederate State's Attorney General, 2nd Confederate State's Secretary of War, and 3rd Confederate State's Secretary of State, he might change his stance a bit. Sure, The Confederacy are considered the "big losers" to Dems and RINO's but truth be told, they won most all of the battles quite easily, even when greatly outnumbered. They only lost the war because of dirty tactics of the Union like cutting off supply lines, etc. Furthermore, 90% of the African Slave Traders and slave boat owners were Jewish, but of course they never get any of the blame nor do the Africans chiefdoms whom sold them to the traders in the first place. It's only the "white man" who ever gets any of the blame, usually only the American ones at that, despite way more slaves going to the Middle East and Europe. It's time to get over it!

    • Ty  •  Feb 12, 2018 at 6:00 am

      I LOVE it when conservatives make my points for me. Thanks John. To all the potty trained conservatives reading this, take a close look at this prize.

      Confederacy = more about states rights !!!!!

      Absolutely, the states rights to own slaves and not have that "right" taken away.

      And even tossed in the Jews. Must be one of the more rare breed of the Paleocon wing that is linked with Buchanon, or perhaps just part of the standard alt right.

      • Rizzo  •  Feb 12, 2018 at 10:07 am

        Confederacy = more about states rights !!!!!

        Yep, just think modern day California and SANCTUARY STATE Status.
        Think about how those lawless, leftists nullify federal law EVERY DAY!

        Thanks for making my point Ty!

      • Ty  •  Feb 12, 2018 at 2:57 pm

        Once again, another conservative makes MY point for me. Thanks Rizzo!

        There is obviously a deeper level, and not even that deep. Was the confederacy so adamant about states rights because of a deep philosophical preoccupation in a vacuum? No, the great animator of concern for them was the preservation of slavery.

        Are California Democrats deeply wedded to states rights to allow sanctuary cities? Of course not, the underlying drive is a desire to shield illegal immigrants from mass deportation.

        Of note, dear conservatives, is what cause the different people are more sympathetic towards.

        The liberals have many more people that want to protect illegal aliens that have built a life here from mass deportation. The usually southern conservative leftovers from the propaganda of the daughters of the confederacy are more concerned about preserving the honor and respectability of slavers by ignoring history and pretending it was about the STATED layer and not the obvious one.

        I don't know how many times I will have to explain this to you conservatives. People lie, as conservatives you should know this better than any group of people since you lie so often and have chosen the father of lies as your party leader.

      • Rizzo  •  Feb 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm

        Yet another pointless rambling from Ty. You are a typical leftist that lacks any true or real underlying guiding principles.
        Southern democrats nullified federal law, just like modern-day leftists.
        Modern-day leftists promote the secession of California, just like the southern confederates of old.
        Democrats have a long history of lawlessness…. your only guiding principle is give us what we want, when we want it. Today, instead of protecting slavery, you want to protect the "right" to destroy America from within.

      • Ty  •  Feb 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        "SOUTHERN democrats"

        … oh – My – GOD !!!!!!!!!!!

        Rizzo, correct, you used the correct modifier !!!!!!!!! Reality is FINALLY starting to seep through !

        I feel like I've made a difference now, after decades of toiling in the conservative coal mines and enduring multiple variations of black lung, some light is finally shining upon one of the conservative mole men who have preferred the darkness.

        This is progress Rizzo, and I will take it. There may just be hope for you. In another thousand years, you might even decide to vote for Bernie.

      • Rizzo  •  Feb 12, 2018 at 10:01 pm

        Ty… How else would you describe the Confederacy, NORTHERN?
        Today, that same, racist party, just decided to employ their Nullification and Secession tactics on the West-Coast.

        Hopefully, it will start to seep through your Bernie-Skull…. I know it's thick, but at least it doesn't haven't to penetrate any significant amount of hair.

  6. Kevin Meechan  •  Feb 10, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Michael, I agree that Trump should develop some thicker skin and stay on a positive message and not attack every naysayer on twitter but this issue of corruption and weaponizing federal agencies that has carried forward from the Obama administration is an incredibly serious issue that you try to gloss over so as to appear "bipartisan", "reasonable", etc. It is clear (although we don't know all the details yet) that there was an concerted effort to misuse the DOJ, FBI, via FISA to spy on the Trump campaign at least indirectly, mislead the FISA court to smear him and promulgate "russian collusion" once he won the election. And it likely went all the way to AG Lynch or even Obama. This is not a trivial thing. If we want to discourage more of this in the future then it needs to be fully exposed and people legally punished, not allowed to "resign" with full pension like Lois Lerner and others. 3 or 4 high level DOJ officials have "retired" or "resigned in the last week alone, just coincidence, right? I know this a little off topic but it is time you stopped trying to be the David Brooks or John McCain (who would rather stick it to Trump and his own constituents than repeal Obamacare) of talk radio ("reasonable bipartisan conservative") and address this issue head on, rather than pretending it was only about Carter Page prior to the campaign; clearly he was the excuse to get their foot in the door and start unmasking others at a record pace. I agree "THE MEMO" was not a new bombshell but I suspect there will be a lot more evidence in the IG report that is forthcoming. Please stop wimping out on this issue and deal with it. And let's have Trump stick to the high ground as you suggest but the rest of us need to expose this outrageous behavior and deter it in the future.

    • Jim Bird  •  Feb 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Amen brother!!!

    • Rizzo  •  Feb 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm


    • Ty  •  Feb 12, 2018 at 5:55 am

      Trumps high ground is the sewer.

  7. Kevin M  •  Feb 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    By high ground I mean just be quiet and stay off Twitter. Even that would be an improvement. Trump was not elected for his class.

  8. Ty  •  Feb 14, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Here is another lesson for the GOP in general. Never raising taxes = bad.

    • Rizzo  •  Feb 14, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Wow… "BoingBoing" managed to attack 2 of the leftists favorite targets in one article: Tax Cuts and Walmart. Kudos to BoingBoing as they cherry-pick redmeat to feed their mindless followers… all 3 of them, that read "BoingBoing"

      All that said, in terms of K-12 education, Oklahoma ranks ahead of California.
      California ranks damn-near DEAD LAST. I guess it must be difficult to teach when many of your students can't speak English.

      • Ty  •  Feb 14, 2018 at 1:39 pm

        That's great, but it's still not a good look that some of the teachers need to use one of the 5 day work weeks to work at walmart to pay rent because their pay is so low. They were defecting to Texas to get more pay because they were not stupid enough to create a threshold for raising taxes that was so high that as the article said, every tax cut became effectively permanent.

        tax cuts = best policy, always and forever
        oklahoma = teachers need to work at walmart for rent and rely on food drives to eat

        Conservatism/tea party logic taken to its natural conclusion

      • Rizzo  •  Feb 14, 2018 at 1:58 pm

        Here’s a simple question for ya…. how many teachers in HIGH-TAX, SanFran can afford to live where they work? How many side-jobs do they have?
        More Taxes = Shitty Schools
        More Taxes = Unaffordable housing
        Shitty schools + Unaffordable Housing = California

    • Rizzo  •  Feb 14, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      Here is another lesson for the LEFTISTS in general. ALWAYS raising taxes = bad.

      Great teachers leave the San Francisco Unified School District for public school jobs on the Peninsula, in the South Bay or in Marin, where they can make significantly more money doing the exact same work.
      Teaching in a big, urban school district is demanding and stressful, and the sky-high cost of living in San Francisco, coupled with the housing crunch, doesn’t make it any easier. SFUSD teachers often live with multiple roommates or take on second jobs just to get by.
      And forget about buying a home. A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality found that a beginning teacher in San Francisco who saves 10 percent of his or her salary every month would need to save for 30 years just to have enough for a down payment on a median-priced home.

  9. Rizzo  •  Feb 14, 2018 at 11:03 am

    For the guy who’s obsessed with calling people “tribal”, is there any more tribal, information source than BOINGOBOINGO?!?!?!?

    • Ty  •  Feb 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      One of the source articles was the economist

      Are they too tribal too? I bet they are now, since they are going against some of that tea party dogma.

      • Rizzo  •  Feb 14, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        I never said shit about The Economist… Boingo-Boy.
        But, its very telling that you linked to BoingoBoingo and NOT the source material.
        Because, if anybody would take the time to read the source material, they would quickly realize how MISLEADING Ty's Tribal News Source is.

      • Rizzo  •  Feb 14, 2018 at 6:28 pm

        Didn't BoingoBoingo sing "Weird Science"?
        That's all you need to know about Ty.

      • Rizzo  •  Feb 15, 2018 at 8:13 am

        No, wait… I think BoingoBoingo sang, "She Blinded me with Dogma".

  10. Rizzo  •  Feb 19, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city – the more than 20-mile stretch includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains.

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