Politically Speaking – July 24, 2018
It may come as a shock to many this week. However, let me start this column by saying I was disappointed in the statement our President made to Vladimir Putin during the meeting between the two in Helsinki, Finland as he defended Putin from claims of election interference. I was also disappointed in him pointing a finger at the FBI and CIA, although both agencies have questionable behavior and have been less than fair to Donald Trump, especially the FBI. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, two wrongs never make a right. And across the board in the last survey, only 33% of Americans approved of the statements he made.
But within 48 hours, Trump was stepping it back and admitted he misspoke. That’s more than former President Obama did when caught on an open mike as he said to a Russian diplomat he’d have more latitude after the election. Actually, his exact statement was, “This is my last election … After my election I have more flexibility.” Where was the outrage?
The fact remains that Donald Trump’s policy against Russia has been very, very strong.
It’s a fact that when Trump says there’s never been a president as tough on Russia as he has been, it’s not just rhetoric, but is the truth. This administration has been tougher on Russia than any president in the post-Cold War era.
In military spending alone, Trump sought to add $1.4 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 to the European Deterrence Initiative, a military effort to deter Russian aggression. That’s a 40% increase from the last year of the Obama administration.
This president also agreed to send lethal weapons to Ukraine, a step Obama resisted. Trump also gave our forces in Syria more leverage to engage with Russian troops.
The Trump administration has also imposed sanctions on dozens of Russian government officials. Trump has aggressively promoted U.S. energy exports. And just last week, even though Trump’s actions speak louder than words, he said, “If we could develop a relationship which is good for Russia, good for us, good for everybody, that would be great.”
And to that I agree. And who would disagree, except the far left, who have been upset since Trump won, without Russian interference as much as the left would have you believe.
Trey Gowdy III, a former federal prosecutor serving as the U.S. Representative from South Carolina, said last Sunday morning he has not seen one shred of evidence of collusion and that this President has not colluded with Russia and neither has anyone else. Going back to what Trump has said all along, “This is nothing more than a witch hunt.”
On to the new mouthpieces of the Socialist Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. When I say that, trust, I’m not putting all democrats in that category. There are still, fortunately, some conservative democrats left.
So less than four weeks after stunning the political establishment in a New York House primary, 28-year-old socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her sidekick, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stepped on the national campaign stage from New York to the Heartland. Their platform is pure socialism, pointing out “change is tough,” when it comes to what they stand for, like forgive all student loans, get rid of ICE, open borders, free housing for all, ending capitalism, and medicare for all. In my opinion, they should both go to Venezuela. Welcome to the far left!
I wonder what our founding fathers would think. I know what I think, and it’s not printable.
In closing, the 2018 election is just over 100 days away. If the far left keeps it up, they’ll give this one away, especially when the 28-year-old socialist, Ms. Cortez continues to look and sound like an idiot. Her latest comment was, “The reason the unemployment rate is so low is everyone has two jobs.” Someone needs to muzzle her.
Until next week.