The BBC reports Europeans are quite alarmed (“a nightmare for Nato’s European countries”) because Donald Trump has stated that if elected president he may withdraw a guarantee of protection to Nato countries that do not “fulfill their obligation” to the US.
First, let’s categorically affirm that the United States should unconditionally come to the aid of Nato countries under attack as to fulfill our treaty obligations under Nato. Nevertheless, what Trump said to justify this policy makes a lot of sense.
Second, Nato was established with the US for the collective defense of European countries threatened by the Soviet Union during the cold war. The Soviets and their central and Eastern European allies subsequently formed their own defense Warsaw Pact. But the Soviet Union and Lenin’s Russian communism and collectivism have already been discarded to the dustbin of history. Despite Vladimir Putin’s saber-rattling, there is as much authoritarianism and definitely more collectivism in the European social democracies than in Russia today. Besides Nato, some European nations are part of the EU, and they should be investing more in their own defense and protecting their...
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments were totally inappropriate for her position as Supreme Court judge. Justice Ginsburg (photo, left) should no longer serve as an Associate Justice as she has forfeited her impartiality in future decisions, particularly, if Donald Trump is elected president. Ginsburg stated on reflection that her comments were “ill advised.” By whom? Is this another Clinton move to influence the election? Ginsburg, who was a Clinton appointee, knows what she did was wrong. Either she is not in control of her faculties to have made such statements or she was induced to make them, likely by the Clintons. Either way she is unfit to continue as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. However, if Hillary wins, it would be another example of the Clintons’ infiltration (and subversion) of the Judiciary, the FBI and the Attorney General’s office in their administrations.
Further, the Director of the FBI, James B. Comey (photo, below), should resign, as he too offered an inappropriate conclusion to the data the FBI investigation uncovered about Hillary’s violations of handling secret information. Comey issued a long list of violations of...
I do not mind disagreeing with a fellow conservative when he happens to be local columnist Erick Erickson. Erickson has become the self-appointed arbiter of the limits of “respectable” conservatism. Anyone transcending beyond those limits is to be ostracized, as has happened with his attacks on Donald Trump (photo, below). But Trump happens to be the man chosen by GOP voters in the primaries, including Hispanics, to lead the Party at the convention — despite Erickson! I disagree with Trump on numerous issues; most prominently is the fact he has severely fractured the Republican Party, violating Reagan’s axiom of not attacking fellow Republicans. But Trump has also done some good, like breaching the monolithic wall of political correctness and reigniting freedom of speech — necessary activities for the cause of liberty.
Trump very unfairly has been likened to Hitler and accused of being a fascist by other liberal journalists, but as Dr. David Stolinsky, a Jewish scholar, has pointed out: “Trump is not a Nazi nor anti-Semitic. Two of his children are married to Jews, and one converted to Judaism.” As for fascism, Dr. Stolinsky further writes: “If fascism comes to America,...
Protesters riot outside Trump rally in San Jose, California. – News report, 2016
Teenage boy flees from anti-Trump mob, is tackled to ground, then is refused help from fire truck, but finally reaches San Jose police — who had done nothing to aid him. – News report, 2016
San Jose police chief admits allowing rioters free reign so as not to “insight” more violence. – News report, 2016
San Jose mayor blames Trump for violence by anti-Trump demonstrators. – News report, 2016
Mob throws eggs and bottles at woman who supports Trump. – News report, 2016
Rioters claim egged woman was insulting them. – News report, 2016
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell blames Trump for woman being egged. – News report, 2016
Jews beaten and Jewish businesses trashed on Kristallnacht, but officials blame Jews for the violence. – News report, 1938
I grew up in San Francisco, about 50 miles from San Jose. When I was a kid, it was usually pronounced “Sanozay.” Gradually it became “San Hozay.” Now some newscasters are beginning to...
The common man could sense that a change was passing over the nation, that something in the soul of the people was dying, that a pristine state of simplicity, likened to that of our first parents, was being destroyed by the forces of an active evil.”
On July 7th a sniper gunned down five police officers and wounded seven others in a rampage that is still being pieced together. Our race baiting president, his hate-spewing Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the compliant leftist media all have blood on their hands. As expected, we now must endure listening to each of these individuals and organizations as they wax eloquent about how this is a terrible tragedy and how we must all rid ourselves of hatred and anger. Of course this is then incorporated into a tired message about a need for gun control.
And as expected, we have the handwringers—those either on the Left or the entirely clueless, who mutter incoherent babblings expressing confusion about how this could have happened and what could have led up to this—as if it is a big mystery. During Barack Obama’s entire presidency he has done everything in his power to racially divide...
It is bad enough for Supreme Court Justices to throw political shibboleths in private conversations or even in speeches on the lecture circuit, but it is even more egregious when they show their political bias openly in public statements to the sensationalist media and immerse themselves in disgraceful political controversies. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has done just that and generated a shameful political scandal of behemoth proportions.
Justices are supposed to be above politics and political scandals, and, like Caesar’s wife, above suspicion, when it comes to political prejudices. This past Monday, Justice Ginsburg told CNN that Donald Trump “is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego."
She went further in a New York Times interview, when she said that a Trump presidency “would be unimaginable.” She went on, “I can't imagine what this place would be — I can't imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.” She added, "For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don't even want to contemplate that."
And this is not the...
On Independence Day weekend California Governor Jerry Brown, with the stroke of a pen, created several million brand new criminals in the once-Golden State. Before jumping on a plane for a European vacation, he signed six of the eleven gun control bills sent to him by the one-party lynch mob that California’s legislature has become. All six laws will go into effect next year. They create new crimes that will be committed simply because of Governor Brown’s signature, not by any actual misdeeds of hapless Californians against person or property.
Especially alarming is Senator Loni Hancock’s (D-Berkeley) magazine confiscation bill, SB 1446. This new law is notable in that it creates a new crime out of what the legislature previously declared perfectly legal—owning magazines that hold more than ten rounds. They had outlawed the manufacture, sale, and importation of greater than ten round magazines, even as the rest of the country continued to allow them. But the ones currently owned were still allowed.
No more. In a classic and calculated plunge down the slippery slope, Senator Hancock, whose contempt for gun...
This is a commentary written in response to an article published in Surgical Neurology International and penned by the retiring neurosurgeon Dr. Clinton Frederick Miller that was highly critical of American medicine. He opines that a major overhaul, or rather overturn, of the American health care is necessary to correct the myriad of alleged abuses he perceives in the system. In his quest for reform, Dr. Miller also made a pitch toward supporting ObamaCare as a stepping stone in the implementation of socialized medicine in the US.
My friend and colleague Dr. Russell L. Blaylock has already written an excellent rebuttal as far as moral and political implications in Dr. Miller’s treatise to the effect “While some of the observations in the article may be correct, the type of liberal/left proposals to solve the problems are harmful.” Dr. Miller argues several points that are misleading and tendentious. Thus, I agree with Dr. Blaylock’s statement. Moreover, when Dr. Miller blames the free market for the problems in the US medical care system, I would argue that the reality is quite the opposite. A two‑level cervical fusion may cost $11000, but if the free market...
I find it helpful to look back occasionally at our progress in the culture war waged by organized medicine against gun owners. The players change and language evolves, generally in an attempt to mask the gun-grabbers’ true intentions. But one force for gun control has remained constant. The American Medical Association (AMA) still wants to ban gun ownership by regular citizens, although it will still vigorously deny it, even as it moves toward its goal.
Even today, the public still views the AMA as a solidly conservative and unified professional association of America’s doctors in all 50 states. This perception is still strong years after the AMA morphed in the 1990s from that generally accurate description into an oligarchic, self-sustaining, entrenched management-operated liberal activist group. Coincident with that transformation has been a steady decline in membership. In the 1950s 75% of doctors were AMA members. As of 2011 membership had hemorrhaged to only about 15% of practicing doctors.
There’s every reason to suspect the dramatic shift in AMA’s mission can be traced to its becoming independently wealthy and no...
Sometimes politics becomes boring, even for a political junkie like me. Sometimes an election season exceeding a year is just too long, even for so crucial an election. Sometimes the mind wanders, seeking something more exciting though not more important. Sometimes we wonder whether important things are being hidden in plain sight.
Donald Trump as a Clinton double agent
Suppose you were a brilliant politician. Suppose you had a devious, even Machiavellian mind. Suppose you were seeking a second eight-year sojourn in the White House. Suppose you felt you were cheated out of it in 2008 by an upstart named Barack Obama. Suppose you didn’t intend to let that happen again. Suppose you had a golfing buddy named Donald Trump. Suppose your name was William Jefferson Clinton.
Is it beyond the realm of the possible that Bill contacted his friend Donald — in strict secrecy, of course? Is it inconceivable that he said something like this?
Don, here’s the deal. You run for the Republican nomination for president. You barge into their little clique of pre-approved candidates like a bowling ball into a neat array of pins. You call them names, you yell and shout,...