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If the American people seem increasingly disgusted with both major political parties, that’s due at least in part to the tendency of each of the two sides to look backward rather than forward.

The Democrats have become utterly obsessed with the so-called “Russian Connection,” trying to expose alleged collusion between the Trump team and the Putin regime in a desperate and distracting effort to discredit President Trump’s victory. Meanwhile, the president and his aides have tried to change the subject by attacking Barack Obama for allegedly ordering election season wire-tapping, even slamming the former-president, in one early-morning tweet, as a “sick and bad guy.”

The public deserves a more constructive focus from both parties on jobs, economic growth, national security, tax reform, crime and terrorism. That sort of focus will help President Trump to build broad support by emphasizing a brighter future, rather than joining Democrats in pointless, partisan rehashing of the recent past.

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  1. Carol Cooley  •  Apr 9, 2017 at 2:00 am

    I agree with you that President Trump stay focused on real issues and move forward. He cannot progress if he continues to go toe to toe with opponents. This is a waste of time! Obama is not on the stage, and everyone needs to get over it. There is a lot going on now with the Syria problems. This will be a good opportunity to put Mr. Trump in a leading light, although it is so terrible that it should be happening to innocent people at all. We must pray for these innocents as well as for our nation and president, to be focused and lead as we should. We had a time where we sought to fall back and let others lead. This doesn't work. Like it or not the US is a strong nation and should be in front. Overall, I think our purposes are mostly good and we have to act because there are so many entities out in the world that are so intrinsically evil. If we act weakly they will think our armor and then do worse. No, the best way to fight is to act from strength.

  2. Rizzo  •  Apr 15, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    So much for "Love Trumps Hate"
    The left are the most vile, hateful people anywhere.

    http://www.theamericanmirror.com/video-trump-supporters-beaten-agitators-berkeley-rally/

    • Ty  •  Apr 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Antifa is the equivalent of the Klan on the left, just arrest them and be done with it. That is not representative of liberalism at all. Even the previous Berkeley protest with Milo had peaceful liberals protesting, and then the antifa thugs came in mucking things up.

      But if you want to keep pointing to the worst examples that are tangentially related to the bulk of liberalism, go ahead. It's an easy tactic people fall into, myself included. Don't attack the enemy fighter that looks like he has himself together, target the cripple, with one leg, no arms, blood dripping from the sides, and after that is defeated and shown to be too feeble to stand up to you you go around declaring how superior you are.

      That is what taking potshots at antifa is like. Congratulations, insane people on the far far far far FAR left are insane and violent. You're still wrong about healthcare. Did you think one was linked to another idea? Think again.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 20, 2017 at 12:28 am

        No Ty… you are wrong on Healthcare.
        If you want to know what single-payer Utopia looks like, look at the V.A.
        But don't let reality get in the way of your liberal dreams.
        Just make people equally miserable and life will be good… Right Ty?

      • Ty  •  Apr 20, 2017 at 4:51 am

        I had a relative that got much better care from the VA in Los Angeles than his HMO. And there are far more examples of universal healthcare than the VA, or Canada. Those are the only two conservatives know about since they don't do much reading and those are the ones talk radio shills harp on. And like all good conservative parrots who repeat what their masters tell them since thinking and analyzing things for themselves is too hard, they know those two examples have problems in some spheres, at some times. Ergo we should not ever craft a universal healthcare model.

        Great logic. Company executes a business strategy, it fails, conservative in the room concludes the problem was executing a business strategy rather than the specific implementation and details of that particular strategy.

        I am so glad I am not that mentally broken with my own thought processes.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

        Like the Klan? Are you kidding me? The Klan is denounced by ALL good, thinking Americans. Liberal/Leftist not only accept these violent, anti-free speech, hate-mongers… They are defined by it. Leftists, along with their media buddies and friends in Academia promote this type of activities. Name one leftist leader who has denounced this Anti-American, Anti-Free Speech violence.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 24, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Allow me to clarify Ty… when I said "Leftist Leaders", I meant ELECTED LEADERS… not talk-show hosts with an audience of you and 15 others.

        The left's support of this Anti-American BS comes mostly in the sound of it's deafening SILENCE.

        Do just a cursory search of Democrats and opposition to Trump… You will find that your party will march, riot and destroy for almost anything.

      • Ty  •  Apr 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm

        I responded with links to multiple examples of liberals calling antifa and left wingers on campus out, but the comment was moderated. Perhaps blocked for too many links, but the examples are on my side, there are numerous cases of prominent liberals calling this stuff out.

        Antifa is a rounding error of liberal thought.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 27, 2017 at 12:20 am

        I saw your links… All talk-show losers that nobody watches.
        No elected leaders denouncing these people and their tactics.
        And, who can forget the ELECTED Left's full-throated support for BLM mobs?
        Don't run from your base…. These are your people!

  3. Jim Bird  •  Apr 18, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Thank you Rizzo for always pointing out the truth! I am no longer able to listen to any longer to Michael on the radio. He always equates the two Party's as equals and never has ever mentioned issues like wiki leaks, Clinton's selling 20% of US uranium to Russia, Clinton's cashing in $2 billon worth of laundered US taxpayer dollars (mostly through terrorist countries) when they ended their phony Foundation. Obama will launder $20 billion.

    The atrocities of the Clinton's, the Obama's and the Democratic Party are literally endless and continue on a daily basis. They are vicious thugs and utterly corrupt and we Republicans are forbidden from pointing out the truth?!? It is so obvious and Michael never gives up blaming Trump for tweeting the truth or some other trivial bs. Mike is a great guy – I just don't get anymore. Time has passed him by. WHAT'S WRONG WITH BOTH PARTIES MICHAEL IS THE DEMOCRATS MICHAEL!!! AND IF THE GOP DOESN'T GIVE TRUMP "REPEAL AND REPLACE" and
    HUGE TAX CUTS and HUGE CUTS IN GOVT SPENDING NOW – RIGHT NOW DAMMIT – THEN TRUMP WILL START HIS OWN PARTY. DO YOU THINK TRUMP WILL SIT ON HIS ASS FOR SIX YEARS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY RYAN DIDN'T HAVE AN "REPEAL AND READY"????? The incompetence of GOP is truly stunning. It cannot be measured or explained on any scale known to man. Trump is a normal human being. He is the epitome of what being an American means. What he is not is a coward or a lawless thug who is a cheerleader of cop assassinations.

  4. Harvey Homan  •  Apr 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I'm waiting for Obama to be exposed as a the Marxist he is. Read the definitions of Marxism and Communism and lay these as a template over what Obama did and tried to do as president, the nationalization of health care, his race baiting and other attempts to control the means of production and divide Americans. Given the reigns, Obama functioned unabashedly as a communist in our midst. Why those in the mainstream media haven't or won't pick up on this is frightening. It appears, Democrats, the mainstream media, and many so called Republicans are in fact in favor of socialism. They've declared war on our constitution and every principle America was founded upon. Well, A lot of Americans get this, with the proof being the results of this last election. Go Trump go. And God be with you!

    • Ty  •  Apr 24, 2017 at 6:04 am

      Hey Harvey, question, since you clearly have no idea what Marxism and Communism is even having read the definitions.

      Was The National Bank championed by Hamilton a Marxist institution? What about the federal reserve?

      What about a local utility operated by a municipality? Marxist? It's sure as hell is not private. Does that imply it's a communist structure?

      We have a mixed economy. Most of it is capitalism, but we have some socialized elements. This is what people prefer, even a majority of conservatives.

      Incidentally, to a common point that private industry is ALWAYS better than anything government touches, take a look at the fiber roll out of Chattanooga TN.

      https://arstechnica.com/business/2015/04/comcast-brings-fiber-to-city-that-it-sued-7-years-ago-to-stop-fiber-rollout/

      The private company was over half a decade late with gigabit fiber, and they are still more expensive. But I'm sure paying double for similar speed is really worse since it's controlled by a local municipality, and from conservative dogma and the missing 11th commandment from GOD, anything government touches is intrinsically worse.

      Do I even need to think and analyze the specific cases? NO !!!

      I'm a Conservative! I do not HAVE to think! I get to just recreate my assumption from first principles with no need to test and verify, because whatever I assume is true and reality, IS reality.

      Such an arrogant people. Very Trump like, So many assertions treated as facts of the world. I believe it therefore it's true.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 24, 2017 at 10:01 am

        Ty… You understand that it would be terribly difficult to describe anything Hamilton did as Marxists, since Karl didn't write your Bible until about 50 years after the death of Hamilton?
        This is the problem when dealing with historical illiterates, who's primary education is derived from Broadway plays. But, to your point, Hamilton's position on a National Bank was highly controversial at the time, and many notables opposed it.

        The real question for you Ty, is what are legitimate functions of government… and where are these functions defined?
        Should there be any limits on government… and from where are these limits defined?

        We know governments can create the illusion of doing good for ALL the people (i.e., a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.) but, what is it, REALLY, that a Constitutional Republican form of government should be doing and is allowed to do?

      • Ty  •  Apr 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        I am less restrictive of what I want to allow the federal government to engage in.

        Defense and promoting the general welfare. That last can include things like restricting the dumping of chemicals into rivers and lakes, or spewing filthy ash into the air. It can include things like social security and universal healthcare.

        A key point here is that I am not a conservative, I do not presume (and it is a presumption on your part) that literally EVERYTHING government touches turns to ash or is made worse. Anyone who truly believes that ought to be an anarchist. Anyone who believes government does everything better ought to be a communist.

        I get the sense that a large chunk of conservative rhetoric mirrors anarchist rhetoric about the role and effectiveness of government, even if in reality most conservatives are far less hostile to plenty of government in the economy and society. I enjoy calling these examples out, because I hate liars, and conservatives on talk radio and the callers tend to be some of the most confused people and the most prone to exaggerations and lying around. The endless hyperbole how the "LEFT" wants to take over everything, how we are all socialists and communists (not true – in fact EITHER a confusion out of genuine stupidity or a LIE).

        I have zero problems with business and enterprise, with some constraints of course. I do not want a cap on anyones income, but I might want a minimum wage adjusted based on region (might be better to leave that to states, where conservative states will have a lower minimum since no one wants to live in those areas and cost of living is lower). In liberal areas of conservative states, like say, Austin Texas, where people actually WANT to live and can better thrive and prosper vs the outback and sticks that are withering and DYING (i.e. conservative regions) the minimums can be higher.

        Conservatives confuse this kind of restraint with some north korean/stalinist dictatorship, how dare I, some arrogant controlling liberal demand what minimum wage a company can offer?

        I do not do anything, society does, through our representatives. Business has thrived in plenty of places with a higher minimum wage, it is a lie to suggest it has not, but conservatives love to lie about reality.

        Did Hannity or Mark Levin rant about something on talk radio? Then it must be true. Supplicants, so little thinking for themselves.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

        So, no constraints and no limits. No Constiutional foundation for anything, just whatever Ty wants and thinks is appropriate.
        Got it. Thanks for your thoughtful answer.
        Somebody should elect you Dictator!

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 25, 2017 at 6:11 pm

        And… not "everything" that government touches is shit, just the Unconstitutional things that it was never intended to do.
        Additionally, because government has its hand in almost everything, it is growing increasingly incapable of fulfilling its Constitutional duties.
        Here's an assignment for you Ty… name just one thing that isn't touched by the all-intrusive hand of government.

      • Ty  •  Apr 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

        Laws are still limited by the constitution, but conservatives take a far more restrictive eye since they tend not to want to laws that affect the nation as a whole. They lie about their motivation by pretending it is about adhering to the constitution, but that is the tail wagging the dog, they take a more originalist and restrictive eye towards laws vis-a-vis the constitution because they are less likely to support those laws in the first place.

      • Ty  •  Apr 26, 2017 at 3:01 pm

        What isn't touched by government? Most of society and life. There are far more constraints placed upon people by the economy and their social interactions than government. If you are talking about something as broad as taxes and commerce, then yes, government is everywhere money is exchanged beyond the black market, but that is not an illegitimate function. What did you decide to do today? How did government prevent anything you wanted that is not related to taxes? Are you talking about traffic laws that prevent you from speeding? Or running red lights? Those are constraints on the freedom of men, but pale in comparison to the freedom of travel of a car to go just about anywhere you wish. If we looked at the value and freedom of movement and travel derived from having a car and contrasted that with the constraints of government and rents on that car like registration fees and regulations around how the vehicle is operated, the positive value DWARFS the constraints of government, the freedom of motion DWARFS everything else.

        But the conservatives, sick diseased minds that they are, focuses only on the constraints, the missing tiles, the roadblocks and speed bumbs, never mind the vast stretches of open roads and freedoms.

        Is government telling you want to preach in church? Sometimes conservatives come across as some sort of albinoid/vampiric people, where government is the light of the sun and to most it is around 70 degrees, but to them they act like they will blister and to the libertarian extremes burst into flames. Some of the most delicate and brittle people around.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        So, thank you for pointing out the fact that government interfers with almost every aspect of life. Whether it's illegitimate regulations, or bastardized interpretations of the Constitution, everything from your toilet to your lightbulbs, to the type of car you are allowed to drive is ALL controlled by the all-knowing, all-loving hands of the government leviathan.

        Anyone who can interpret The Constitution to find the right to perform abortions, redefine marriage and force people to buy healthcare has ZERO understanding and/or respect for The Constitution.

        So, PLEASE, spare us all from your nonsense that "Laws are limited by The Constitution".

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 26, 2017 at 5:34 pm

        And, who could forget, The 33rd. and a third Amendment that clearly states: Government shall make no law infringing upon the rights of mentally ill people with Gender Dysphoria from using whatever bathroom or locker-room they deem appropriate at the time and place of their choosing, while self-identifying.

      • Ty  •  Apr 26, 2017 at 7:31 pm

        Like I said, delicate snowflake conservatives pretend they are living in some oppressive gulag because their tax rates are 35% vs 32% or 20% or whatever. You're not oppressed. You're just brittle people who can't get on with life. People prefer to live in liberal cities and liberal states. And the bigger conservative states like Texas have most of the wealth and dynamism in the LIBERAL cities like Austin.

        Those areas are HIGHER tax cities than the surrounding more rural areas of Texas. Higher sales taxes, MORE money TAKEN from the citizens on every transaction, MORE laws restricting the freedom of men within Austin than the rural areas of the state, and yet, people still CHOOSE to live in the more dense LIBERAL cities. What does that tell you? That plenty of people like the trade off of density and more restrictions when it comes to more economic activity and proximity.

        The conservatives that do not, wallow in the dirt patches of the nation and get left behind. And oh they complain. Keep complaining, you have all the power, but it won't change the FACT that lower taxes does not magically make a location better off and more prosperous. That is a conservative lie, keep drinking that poisoned coolaid. And suffer for it.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 26, 2017 at 11:01 pm

        Ty

        I never even mentioned Taxes. But, since you want to talk about "oppressive taxes", and "gulags", I'll address it again for all you historical illiterates. Of course taxes are inextricably linked to freedom. Just as the great thinkers of The Enlightenment addressed, money represents labor, more precisely money is the fruit of one's labor. It was broadly described as "property". And the first and most important reason for the existence of a country is to protect property… not to confiscate it.

        All people are put on this Earth for a limited time. Much of that time is spent working and making money. Taxes are government taking the fruits of ones labor (property), essentially taking a percentage of one's life.

        Money (property) belongs to the people who earned it, not government. Those who earn it, gave their blood, sweat and tears for it… and most importantly their limited time here on Earth. So, you better believe that people are going to fight for what they rightfully earned. Just like the Founders, conservatives know that at the heart of every argument against economic freedom and property rights, is an argument against freedom itself… I would encourage you to read about The American Revolution.

        There is no doubt that taxes are a legitimate part of America… when used for legitimate purposes and honored by utilizing it with minimal waste, abuse and fraud. Unfortunately, this can not be said for the American tax system and the government programs it supports. NOBODY will ever spend money more wisely and with more care, than the person who earned it. Almost 50% of Americans pay ZERO federal income taxes. During the revolution, the battle cry was "No taxation without representation". Today, I say "No representation without taxation".

        Taxes are oppressive. They punish achievers, reward idleness and failure, and encourage people to be less productive. It is fair to say that slaves were taxed at 100%. So, why should I be satisfied with being 35 or 32 or 20% a slave?

        Class dismissed…. don't go away mad, just go away and quit embarrassing yourself.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 28, 2017 at 10:02 am

        Oh boy Ty… this doesn't look too good for your dumb-ass worldview either.
        But take heart, like all good liberals, you seem totally impervious to facts, logic and reason.

        Comparisons of the Census Bureau's updated domestic migration estimates for all counties within metro areas, which were then grouped by population density. The 146 most densely populated counties lost a total of 539,000 residents to other parts of the country over the 12-month period ending in July, representing the largest decline in recent years.

        At the same time, many more suburban counties are now welcoming more residents. Less densely populated metro area counties experienced another uptick in domestic migration last year.

        http://www.governing.com/topics/urban/gov-urban-counties-lose-population-2016.html

      • Ty  •  May 1, 2017 at 12:19 am

        I count a lot of suburbs as connected and related to larger metro areas.

        https://johnstonarchitects.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/pop_lg.jpg

        If you have to travel 10+ miles out of the metro area, then you might be able to say you are some isolated suburb, but the rest suck off the teat of those LIBERAL engines.

        You see all that white space? (figuratively and literally) Those are Trump areas, conservative areas by and large. THAT is where I am talking about that no one wants to effing live. Austin is super popular, as is Charlotte, and so are the nearby suburbs for those who want to live CLOSE to that LIBERAL center of power but want more space and less cost for a home.

        The point still stands. Those spikes, THOSE are the liberal areas of the nation, and we are the areas that are lifting up the economic activity higher.

        I'd bet if we calculated the gdp of each locality by whether they were liberal and conservative, and multiplied the total by the percentage of the area that was liberal or conservative, the liberal areas would DECIMATE the conservative areas. Because we don't cluster in the back waters. some areas are mixed so those would be mostly a wash. It would be an interesting stat to see.

    • Rizzo  •  Apr 26, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      Allow me to address your other strange obsession with the population size and density of a state or a city as being evidence of greatness or superiority. It's a wacky premise and worldview, but let's go with it. You mentioned Austin, Texas as being great because it's so large. But, you fail to mention that Houston, San Antonio and Dallas are all bigger…. So what? What the hell does any of that prove?

      A better measure of how well a state or city is doing, is looking at migration patterns…. (No, not the illegal kind you libs prefer, from outside of the US), but state to state migration of US citizens. And guess where the BIG Exodus exists? It's ALL the Liberal-Utopian-Paradises. Liberals are like locusts. They eat-up and destroy everything in their path, then they migrate to greener pastures (Republican States… patches of dirt in your twisted worldview) and start destroying those states.

      Liberals seem incapable of learning. They never seem to make the connection between their policies and the failures they create.

      http://www.governing.com/gov-data/census/2010-census-state-migration-statistics.html

  5. Rizzo  •  Apr 20, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Your V.A. anecdotal example is appropriately noted.
    Now please educate yourself on the overwhelming evidence to the FAILURE of the V.A. and why it's obvious that government bureaucracies should not and can not effectively deliver quality healthcare in America.

    • Jim Bird  •  Apr 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Amen brother, having witnessed it up close and personal during Vietnam! Then, going on active military duty for "premed" undergraduates, was a way to go to Medical School for free. But virtually 100% of that group never became military "lifers" – they left as soon as their initial termed contract was completed.

      • Rizzo  •  Apr 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm

        You better watch what you say. You might make Ty's head explode, and the collective heads of like-minded leftist, liberals. Only with government-run, bureaucratic control, can we reach Utopia. The more individual freedom we surrender, the more perfect our society can become.
        Just ask Ty… I'm sure he will tell you all about it!

  6. Rizzo  •  May 6, 2017 at 11:56 am

    "conservatives pretend they are living in some oppressive gulag because their tax rates"

    I wonder what "Conservative" Wesley Snipes thinks?
    – In 2008, Mr. Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns. He was sentenced to three years, and reported to the McKean Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Pennsylvania, on December 9, 2010. He finished in 2013 at the adjacent prison camp, a minimum security Club Fed as inmate number 43355-018.

    Oh yeah… But there are no oppressive gulags administered by the IRS.

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