Go big or go home

“Great American Flag Project” (using just a few less Legos than my kids have in our basement…)

Thank you and a prayer over this past Memorial Day to all our veterans who gave all.

And hope everyone had an enjoyable long-weekend as well…

 

Old news / New news

Being President of the United States is so…passé…these days. I mean anyone can be President, amirite?

As a matter of fact, that is the trope put out to every kid before bedtime, right? Anyone can be President. Maybe even YOU, young Donald. Or even YOU, young The Rock.

But to be a Founder. That’s something.

To be one of a very select few, THAT’s a bigger deal than simply having access to the launch codes.

Looking back at an October 2016 appearance by The National Review’s Jonah Goldberg’s on This Week with George Stephanopoulos…

Jonah and George and some others were discussing the upcoming disastrous 2016 Presidential election where Donald Trump gets trounced by Hillary Clinton, and then goes on to create his own network and doesn’t “play nice” with the shadow party Republicans.

Jonah goes on to say (in October 2016, mind you):

Goldberg: We could see…I would PREDICT that we are going to see a new party emerge.

Because there is just no way that you can reconcile people, like me, who want a limited government, individual liberty, Constitutionalism — with a populist, ethno-Nationalist…

Stephanopoulos: Is it the end of the Republican Party?

Goldberg: It’s entirely possible.

This is still interesting stuff.

Many see the coming 2018 mid-terms as a disaster for the Republican party — though mainly in the House, as the Senate looks safer.

Does the traditional conservative side of the party still see Trump in the way Goldberg described him?

Sure.

Though it is difficult to find a Republican who is generally willing to support President Trump — but wouldn’t also claim to want “limited government, individual liberty, Constitutionalism”.

That’s sort of the problem party coup-plotters would have.

But say the GOP DOES lose the midterms like Goldberg was predicting Trump would lose to Hillary. Does President Trump goes his own way? In order to “keep winning” he’d have to make deals with the Democrats, thereby diminishing his Conservative cred (though somehow Reagan made that work).

And in the end, maybe room for that new party?

Or at least an effort towards one?

Remember when someone — someone loved by National Review — proposed that an alternative to the Republican nominee be sought? (And then just a wee bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth ensued.)

Well Politico recently interviewed Nebraska’s junior Senator and asked him what the Republican Party stands for today.

His response: “I don’t know.”

Asked for one word to describe the Republican Party, he again came up with two: “question mark.”

Hmm. Whither the Republican Party, eh?

Go big or go home.

 

Dennis and Jonah

On that note, Dennis Prager (of the great Prager University, among other ventures) writes in National Review about “Why Conservatives Still Attack Trump“.

Jonah Goldberg, seemingly one of those conservatives Prager speaks of, isn’t digging it.

Neither argument seems fully-baked.
As noted above, probably not the last of it.

 

Early campaigning

Maybe too quick on the draw when noting that Senator Deb Fischer doesn’t have an opponent yet for 2018.

Something called “Nebraska Awake and Rising” seems to have a candidate named Douglas Whitmore who is and/or may be running in 2018.

Sure this is all based on a Facebook page with 90 “Likes”…but still!

 

“…one so true…”

Hey, and good-on the Nebraska Radio Network’s Brent Martin for his mention of Senator Fischer’s meeting with the Secretary of Agriculture at her ranch.

Still curious that much of the press in the Eastern part of of the state more-or-less ignored this visit.

But there’s always time to catch up…

 

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21 comments

  1. FAC says:

    Nothing wrong with randomly thanking veterans, but Memorial Day is for remembering those who died in service to our country. Veterans Day, November 11, honors all veterans.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Sure it was. Can anyone say, with any level of certainty, what the Republican party stands for in light of the nomination and election of Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Non-Partisan-turned-Republican Donald Trump?

  2. TexasAnnie says:

    Well if the Republican Party is withering, good. And we don’t need the damnable Democrats either. I urge everyone to think and vote as Independents.

    But really, y’all, Ben Sasse presents himself well from the perspective down south here. I’ve been reading this blog a long time and I never read any credible complaint about him here. Just that he opposes Trump, can’t repeal the ACA (neither can the whole Republican led govt.) and you don’t like the placement of his teeth…

    • The Grundle King says:

      While I agree with your comments on Sasse, I’m curious about your ‘damnable Democrats’ comment…because I’ve yet to see you post any comments that would put you at odds with the Democrats. If there’s something they’re doing that you don’t like, you sure do a good job of hiding it.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Actually, my complaint has been in plain sight all along: The Democrats exploit the disadvantages and disabilities of others when they campaign; but they rarely follow through with their platform pledges once elected. Then it’s business as usual, just like the Republicans…

  3. Anonymous says:

    In pulling out of the landmark Paris Climate agreement, the United States will abandon 194 other forward thinking nations while joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only three nations to reject the agreement.
    It should be noted, Nicaragua didn’t sign on because it didn’t think the agreement went far enough.

    Okay, your turn now.

    Your turn to apologize for this deplorable, incurious, inept yet wantonly ruinous P.O.S.
    A 70 year old professional grifter and lech with a day-glo orange spray-tan that leaves in it’s wake only the white (pride) ring of little goggles around each beady eye. An unwitting pretender sporting a universally derided from-the-bottle Butterscotch Blonde pompadour.

    • anonymous says:

      Because government is not always the answer.

      Smart businesses around the world aren’t waiting. Influential global companies have begun taking advantage of the opportunities – they are using renewable energy, deploying innovative low-carbon technologies, sustainably sourcing resources, working on innovative and transformative solutions, and more.

      Every area of industry will be impacted by climate change. And because necessity is the mother of invention, business knows what that means. In the new climate reality, businesses that can innovate and take advantage of the low-carbon transition will be the ones that secure a sustainable future.
      wbcsd

      I might also point out, even though some what behind in alternate energy and having few to any incentives, Nebraska is rapidly catching up. Both Facebook and Google have required and been assured the majority of their energy use will be renewable.

      Only when the people believe climate is an issue will it command attention and change. And we are seeing that in business. And unlike government who routinely make promises and leave them unfulfilled, business shows their priorities with action. Even the US military is making plans regarding climate change. And we see no orders given to them to do anything different. As we see,
      to rely on government is a fools errand. And we see governments change and governmental policies change. The change is being made by those who count, the capitalistic folks.

      Just like discrimination against the LGBTQ folks is not against state law. Big business’ and many more medium and smaller business’ already have policies to support the LBGTQ group. It is market driven and business react much faster and more reliably than government.

      So now maybe you can explain why you think government is the answer to all problems when it has proven to not be so.

      • Anonymous says:

        When governments around the globe – in countries other than the United States – are working hand in hand with businesses to fund research and support the advancement of innovation, technology, and hard asset build-outs, it makes it remarkably challenging for companies in the U.S. who lack similar assistance to compete.
        From the very start American entrepreneurs are saddled with a deficit and forced to compete on a wholly unfair playing field.

        China dominates the solar industry.
        Siemens, a German company and Vestas, a Danish company have established themselves as the world’s premiere players in wind energy.

        Now, add to the opportunity cost already incurred at the hands of an obstructionist GOP, the arrival on stage of America’s Great White Dope and his bible thumping, anti-science minions. A band of miscreants who are not only failing to support true American ingenuity, they are ACTIVELY assailing the efforts of both our military and our entrepreneurs to both prepare for the realities of a changing climate and to stake a claim in the prosperity its technologies will enable.
        It was just a few weeks ago that your president* signed an Executive Order on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth”, a fossil fuel lobby crafted bit of chicanery which represents an all-out attack on climate solutions.
        You can read about this reach around to the fossil fuel industry and ignorant bit of genuflection to a neanderthal GOP base at the Union of Concerned Scientist’s blog in a post titled:
        “President Trump’s All-Out Attack on Climate Policy”

        Or you can simply google any article ever written about our new head of the EPA, Scott “Pay Me Now” Pruitt, a blatantly overt tool of the Big Oil Oligarchy.

        The United States government – the people of America – have ALWAYS been willing to aid private industry in its effort to tackle big problems.
        We’ve ALWAYS been willing to wisely invest in endeavors that hold hope of improving our lives, easing suffering, protecting our amazing planet and hopefully leaving behind for our children a slightly better world.

        But Donald Trump and the Plutocrats that own the modern GOP are willing to shit all over that ideal, as well as America’s middle class & working poor, if it means an extra 0.4% profit on their next quarterly statement or another million (or thirty) in their next annual bonus.

      • anonymous says:

        he is your president too,

        I guess if he is my president he, by your definition, is your president also. So keep going off on that stereotyping and bigotry, I guess that invalidates the rest of your rant pretty much. No objective criteria just hysterical spin.
        But what the heck. We are known as a debtor nation. We have trade deficits and investment deficits with most of the world’s big guys, including Europe, Canada and China. Over $400 tgo Europe alone. The simple answer being, they all make something our citizens want at a cheaper price and now better quality. So what? Do you think we can compete with everybody over everything? And that problem started long before this administration.
        Agreements like NAFTA have been good for Ag and terrible for manufacturing. So all your bluster about such things, as I pointed out above, are meaningless. So, when you come up with some real answers, then I would like to read them. I doubt you can do that without the animus you can’t seem to stop putting into your writings.
        And by the way, remember, as countries retreat back into themselves, it is the business community who are the real globalists. And that the consequences from that are not that good for countries such as ours.

        But try and explain again why government is such a good thing to rely on? Evidently you do admire the protectionists practices of many of our “allies”. And the fact they have been sucking at our government’s teat for a long time. And whether you believe me or not, I have realized that fact a long, long time ago. If NATO is made up from so many good allies, let them shoulder more of the load for their own defense. Especially since the last administration cut our military to the lowest level in decades. Our military would have a hard time protecting the border of Nebraska from the Pine ridge reservation.
        e.g. If the majority of construction equipment is built in Europe, then maybe they should do it all. Our biggest problem being that our biggest and almost only export is our wealth.

      • anonymous says:

        he is your president too,

        I guess if he is my president, by your definition, he is your president also. So keep going off on that stereotyping and bigotry, that invalidates the rest of your rant pretty much. No objective criteria, just fear mongering.
        But what the heck. We are known as a debtor nation. We have trade deficits and investment deficits with most of the world’s big guys, including Europe, Canada and China. Over $400 million with Europe alone. The simple answer being, they all make something our citizens want at a cheaper price and now better quality. So what? Do you think we can compete with everybody over everything? And that trade deficit problem started long before this administration.
        Agreements like NAFTA have been good for Ag and terrible for manufacturing. So all your bluster about such things, as I pointed out above, are meaningless. So, when you come up with some real answers, then I would like to read them. I doubt you can do that without the animus, which invalidates your writings, you can’t seem to stop putting into your writings.
        And by the way, remember, it is the business community who are the real globalists. And that the consequences from that are not that good for countries such as ours. We don’t compete well in that category either. Because some believe that business can fund a lot more than they do. Just look at Connecticut to see the consequences of that philosophy.

        But try and explain again why government is such a good thing to rely on? Evidently you do admire the protectionists practices of many of our “allies”. And the fact they have been sucking at our government’s teat for a long time. And whether you believe me or not, I have realized that fact a long, long time ago.
        If NATO/Europe is made up from so many good allies, let them shoulder more of the load for their own defense. Especially since the last administration cut our military to the lowest level in decades.
        And the good old days you hold so dear with the good old boys system it encompassed is what got us to where we are at today.
        As they say, the good old days were not all that good.

  4. anonymous says:

    RFLMAO,

    “But Donald Trump and the Plutocrats that own the modern GOP are willing to shit all over that ideal, as well as America’s middle class & working poor,”

    I guess you really don’t understand. With your identity politics, the middle class realized the progressives shit all over them a long time ago. That’s why they don’t vote Dem any more.

    And failure to not understand such shifts in attitude are what made the Dems and progressives a non relevant entity. But I can’t wait to see what happens if the Dems don’t change their strategy. The only thing that can save the Dems are the Repubs. It is a vicious circle. Both sides trying their hardest, when in charge, to lose that power.
    Amusing to watch the new ways they find how to do that. I take your writings as a preview. And it promises to be very entertaining. The WWE has nothing on you folks. Except their language is not as foul. chuckle,

  5. Anonymous says:

    Grassley and Ernst say the AHCA is dead-on-arrival in the US Senate. There may be little changes to the ACA, like little mouse nibbles on newspaper (or whatever a bill is written on these days) but nothing substantive.

    Trump will likely use the Obama approach and simply look for executive wiggle room in existing law to bollix the ACA up. Predictions of the ACA’s demise will come true because every intrinsic fault will be exaggerated to the greatest possible extent, so as to destroy it.

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