Author: Alex Christy

Donald Trump’s Nationalism vs. True Patriotism

Conservatives do not usually cite Mother Jones as a go-to source for political commentary. But the folks at Mother Jones have unearthed a hilarious quote from Donald Trump.  The man who brands himself as the man to “Make America Great Again” by winning his battle against political correctness, doesn’t much care for the concept of American exceptionalism (emphasis mine): I don’t like the term. I’ll be honest with you… I don’t think it’s a very nice term.  We’re exceptional; you’re not.  First of all, Germany is eating our lunch. So they say, ‘Why are you exceptional? We’re doing a lot better...

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No, the VA is not like Disney

Every once and a while, somebody says something so outrageous you have to double check to make sure you heard them correctly.  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald did just that last week.  The VA Secretary said that When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important?  What’s important is what’s your satisfaction with the experience? Aside from the fact that long wait times are generally synonymous with unpleasantness and inferior service, the comparison of caring for the nation’s veterans to an amusement park ride is disgraceful.  For their...

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A Recap of the Libertarian National Convention

Some conservatives are searching for a third party or alternate candidate. Not willing to throw their support behind Donald trump or Hillary Clinton, they have looked elsewhere this year. Enter the Libertarian Party, which held their party’s convention over Memorial Day weekend.  The Libertarian Party has worked hard to recruit anti-Trump conservatives this year, but at their convention they did what capital “L” Libertarians always do: make fools out of themselves. The Libertarian Party nominated former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for the second cycle in a row. In a limited sample size, Johnson polls an average of 7.5% against Clinton...

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Trump’s Nomination and What We Should Learn

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for President, it’s time to do the quadrennial, “What We Learned” reflection on the nomination of Donald Trump. What went wrong? I, like many of you, would vote for the Easter Bunny before I would vote for Hillary Clinton.  But, like many of you, if serious and significant changes are not seen in the next six months, I also cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump. As someone who strongly opposed Trump’s candidacy, I believe there are still things we can learn, despite the fact that Donald Trump makes snake oil salesmen look like...

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Lessons from Brazil

For years, various observers of international politics and national development have called Brazil an emerging power on the world stage.  There’s just one problem, as Charles de Gaulle pointed out many years ago; that “Brazil is the country of the future… and always will be.” Under Workers’ Party President Dilma Rousseff the economy shrank 3.8% in 2015, leaving Brazil with a deficit of 11% of GDP and, with the Brazilian spending 90% on entitlements, that is unlikely to improve.  The economy is expected to contract another 3.8% this year. The list of Brazil’s problems only gets longer. Rousseff has now...

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