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Mark Caserta: Did West Virginians elect Trump out of ignorance?

29 Jul

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Jul 28, 2017

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According to the West Virginia Secretary of State, more than 45 percent of our state’s voters are registered Democrats, with only 30 percent registered as Republicans.

Given that stark contrast, how does one explain nearly 68 percent of West Virginians voting for Donald Trump and only 23 percent voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election?

Now, this is quite the conundrum for liberal Democrats in our state who vehemently despise President Trump and are working diligently to convince others his election was a fluke.

Do liberal Democrats expect us to believe the Russians hacked into West Virginia’s voting machines and changed votes? Or do progressives simply believe most West Virginians are simply too ignorant and “deplorably old-fashioned” to make the right choice and elect someone who would continue the failed policies of Barack Hussein Obama?

After all, Obama was quoted in The Huffington Post in 2008, speaking of his difficulty in winning over working-class voters in the Midwest, “It’s not surprising then they get bitter,” Obama said. “They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Yes, some of us are adamant about clinging to both our guns “and” our religion. And woe be to any liberal attempting to remove either from a West Virginia conservative.

But do liberals truly believe West Virginians were prospering under the leadership of arguably the most liberal president in our nation’s history? Do they really believe liberal ideology was working in West Virginia?

Well, weren’t good living wage jobs on the increase in our state? Weren’t liberal policies growing our state’s labor force? Wasn’t the average household income of West Virginians growing under Obama? Didn’t we feel much safer as a nation and less afraid of terrorist attacks on our own soil? Weren’t most West Virginians pleased with Obamacare?

Weren’t West Virginians happy with the impact progressive policies were having on our state?

Anyone intellectually honest enough and halfway knowledgeable would respond with a resounding, “Are you kidding?”

So, why would liberal Democrats (who often suggest they’re the most intellectual among us) seek a continuation of liberal policies? What could possibly be their reasoning?

I submit the progressive desire to elect Hillary Clinton and now to delegitimize Donald Trump have little to do with improving our jobs, income, security or even healthcare.

I believe it’s about advancing their liberal ideology, which we all know includes removing the core, conservative, Christian values most West Virginians hold dear.

Perhaps (much to the chagrin of liberal Democrats) West Virginians are, indeed, some of the brightest among us. Perhaps we’re so well-grounded in our belief system that we refuse to allow our state to falter beneath the weight of liberal oppression. Perhaps West Virginians embody the very best in America.

And just perhaps, it isn’t the 68 percent of West Virginians who elected Donald Trump who are the ignorant ones, after all.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

 

Doug Smith: Retrospection provides purpose in affirming the presidency.

6 Jul

 

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Doug Smith:  Free State Patriot history and social editor

7.6.2017

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Donald J Trump is the President of the United States.

I am not a big Trump fan. My first article about him concluded he is something of an ass. I have altered that opinion only in this: he is a complex ass. Anecdotal evidence shows impulses of compassion and generosity I had not witnessed. Of course, impulse is the key word with President Trump.

So, I wish 2016 had turned out differently. I wish Ted Cruz had run stronger.  I wish Marco Rubio had not forever sullied himself to conservatives by his sell out to the Washington insider crowd in the Gang of Eight on Immigration. I wish that the GOP leadership had not been breaking promises for 2 decades to the point that their own base rebelled and created 1st the Tea Party, then the year of the Insurgent. I wish that we had not had 17 GOP egos so inflated they could all convince themselves they had a shot at the White House. I wish the Democrat Party of JFK and Scoop Jackson had not declined to the point that it elected a radical, considered a Socialist, and given its soul to Clinton Inc.

But if wishes were horses, beggars should ride.

The Dems have done what they have done. The GOP, having made meaningless gestures while having no stomach for a real fight for the base, and having run the entire New England Patriots as their 2016 primary field, found the air was let out of the campaign, and ripe for the taking for a media savvy guy. (Yes, I know, that is a real groaner!)

It is what it is.

Donald J Trump is the President of the United States.

I’ll pause here while progressives reading this tape their skulls back together.

So, not my first choice, but most adamantly my choice over HRC, President Trump is the guy in charge.

But not, it seems for the Democrats. I had thought that the Bush Gore debacle of 2000 was a fluke. I had hoped that after enough years to realize that, yes, Bush Did win the Presidency, thin but fair and square, and after all the recounts and court cases and even recounts by the NY Times, turned out to be the legitimate winner, they would quietly slink off and think about how to win elections.

That turned out not to be the case.

Bush derangement syndrome continues unabated. Hillary Inc operates on the Vito Corleone principle “Ask your friends, they’ll tell you I know how to repay a favor. “Hillary just needs a little favor. The Presidency. Bernie’s folks were shocked that the rules were ignored to get him out of the picture in favor of Dona Hillary. They should not have been. They should have asked Susan McDougal just how much one is supposed to give so that the Clintons can get that to which they feel entitled.

Sadly and dangerously, BDS has not healed, but metastasized. We briefly went through the Get Bernie phase, and right on into Trump Removal Disorder. TRD began about 9 pm on November 8, 2016.

The transformation has been disturbing. They have become Gollum. ( We hates it forever, Precious. Thief! Baggins!)

Oh! Give that to us, Deagle, my love.

Why?

Because we wants it. (That did not end well, for Deagle: he was murdered for the Precious.

The point is, we may draw one simple analogy from the tales of Middle Earth to the present day Left: intense desire for power, coupled with a maddening hatred of any who would take it from you, in any way, or in any degree, leads to madness.

To this day, there are those on the Left who will maintain that Gore was robbed by SCOTUS in 2000: and Bush was never a “legitimate” POTUS. (This despite vast evidence showing this was most emphatically not the case.)  This delusion, or madness, permitted them to manufacture and believe any sort of slander or falsehood about GWB: The Air National Guard falsehood, blood for oil, Bush Lied People Died, Valerie Plame, 9/11 was a Bush family inside job. All demonstrably false, all believed to this day by portions of the deranged, maddened Left.  In their madness, their hatred of Bush permitted them to justify undercutting the country for the “greater good” of putting power back in their hands.

There were, and are, legitimate criticisms of Bush. He was a big government, big spending, progressive Republican. For those like me, on the conservative Right, these were a corruption of what the party of Reagan was supposed to be about.

So, kudos on the war, criticism on the spending.

My other, remaining criticism of Bush was his decision to remain above the fray, and not hit back at his detractors, even the ones who were blatantly lying.  That permitted Bush Derangement Syndrome to continue, and grow, from an aberrant emotional disorder, easily treatable, into the full scale, widespread, psychosis that it is today.

Which brings me, as inevitably as tofu curdling on a liberal’s countertop, back to Trump. If Bush chose to suffer in silence at the criticisms, deserved or not, of his detractors, Trump has found the polar opposite position. On the one hand, bravo! Don’t let liars and slanderers get away with it any more. Hit back, hard and often.

On the other hand, please get a handler to put a filter on your mouth and tweets. Make sure you are correct before you speak. Don’t give them ammunition to use.

However, Donald J Trump is the President of the United States. I have little doubt that Progressives who read this will need some Alka Seltzer. But it is a fact. Hillary did what she does: she lost. Dramatically. Repeatedly. It might be time to reexamine some operating principles, if you want to win again.

But…

Donald J Trump is the President of the United States. And to make it worse for the Left, you do not get to impeach him because you don’t like him. You don’t get to invoke the 25th Amendment because he lacks manners.  The easy rejoinder to that attempt must be that one of your own, in fact the father of your movement, Woodrow Wilson, was not removed after a severe, debilitating stroke, with left Edith Wilson as de facto President, so a little case of Twitter Tourette’s will not suffice.

The comparisons to Andrew Jackson abound. The crude, uncouth outsider, with flashy, notable success, who is willing to call the Right Honorable Gentleman a Dirty Scoundrel has a certain appeal at any time. 

After many years of elitist condescending to the plebes, broken promises, and an increased misery index, a Jackson or a Trump are perhaps inevitable.

They make for good copy, but not, perhaps, for good governance. Still, there is something to be said for the high fever, causing the folks to lance the boil that has made them sick. So, running the risk once more of analogy, Progressivism, Big Government, all the Leftist bent toward controlling the power and the wealth of a nation: they are the ever-growing boil in the flesh of the Republic.

Trump, or perhaps not simply Trump, but the 2016 “Year of the Insurgents”, these are the high fever.

The inflamed rhetoric, and the violence of the Leftist groups in the streets, well these are the red and painful boil that is increasingly hard to ignore.

But the cure is, as it has always been, to lance the boil and drain the pus.

Needling them with Twitter does not seem to be the way. When a deranged man attempted to shoot Andrew Jackson, the President beat him with his cane until the attacker was subdued by Davy Crockett. 

Perhaps a cane and a coonskin cap would be more effective than a cell phone?

Mark Caserta: Trump busy negotiating on behalf of Americans

28 Apr

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

April 28, 2017

 

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As President Trump rights the ship of U.S. foreign policy steered dangerously into troubled waters by the Obama administration, both friends and enemies alike are rapidly re-assessing their relationship with the United States.

Trump’s execution of his “America first” policy is something the world hasn’t seen in over eight years. And while it’s the antithesis of his predecessor’s “apology and appeasement” ideology, it may also be the most resolute approach we’ve seen from any U.S. president since Ronald Reagan.

Throughout his entire campaign, Donald Trump was harshly critical of China, accusing its leaders of manipulating their currency, making it difficult for America to compete economically. As president, he’s maintained his tough stance on trade relations, but is working to build a relationship with Chinese leadership that will be conducive to fair trade negotiations.

You see, what liberals portray as failure, Donald Trump sees as simply the first step in negotiation. Successful negotiations often begin with incredulous offers and distant terms. That’s simply a natural part of the process. Afterward, if there is enough at stake, accomplished negotiators will work toward “win-win” solutions for both parties.

Trump’s recent meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping was reportedly a huge success and helped foster an unexpected relationship between the two men. A recent Fox News column by Andrew O’Reilly shared an expert’s perspective.

“This meeting will set the tone in looking at the strategic framework between the U.S. and China for the next few years,” Robert Daly, the director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, told Fox News. “China wants to know what President Trump’s framework toward Beijing will be and if he is a man they can work with.”

Following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent Moscow meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the Russian government surely came away with a clear understanding that despite liberal and mainstream media attempts to brand President Trump as a Russian “apologist,” they’re no longer dealing with an ill-prepared community organizer, but rather with a man determined to successfully negotiate on behalf of the American people.

A recent U.S. News column reported, “President Donald Trump says the U.S. is ‘not getting along with Russia at all’ and relations between the two global powers are at an ‘all time low,'” following U.S. response to the Syrian chemical weapons attack. The piece went on to say Trump is “hopeful he can improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin but ‘we’re going to see what happens.'”

And following eight long years of declining U.S. – Israeli relations, a column in The Times of Israel by Gavin Rabinowitz reports officials are enthused about the prospect of making the alliance between the two nations “greater than ever.”

As a skilled negotiator, Donald Trump understands negotiating from a position of strength. He’s currently establishing a principled foundation from which to advance his agenda.

Right now, world leaders are simply taking it all in, trying to figure out how best to deal with this new U.S. president. But rest assured, he’s negotiating on behalf of Americans.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger and Cabell County resident.

Mark Caserta: Trump fulfilling promise to protect borders

22 Apr

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

  • Apr 21, 2017

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Like him or not, Donald J. Trump says what he means and means what he says regarding illegal immigration and making America great again on the world stage.

Trump’s recent job approval ratings are soaring! A Rasmussen poll shows 50 percent of likely voters approve of his performance since taking office.

A Washington Post column, by Maria Sacchetti, reported illegal immigration arrests rose 32.5 percent in the first weeks of Trump’s presidency. According to the report, this included illegals with criminal records, as well as those who are simply undocumented.

According to statistics requested and reported by The Post, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 illegals, mostly convicted criminals, from January through mid-March, compared to 16,104 during the same period last year.

Liberal Democrats like to use the word “compassionate” when weighing the dilemma of removing illegal immigrants from our country. As with nearly every other progressive position that places the weight of “pivotal political posturing” on the shoulders of law-abiding citizens, liberals constantly kowtow to any demographic that can envision pulling a voting lever.

Simply put, when weighing compassion against national security, one must make the tough call, for a compassionate decision for one group of individuals can result in devastation for another innocent sector. It’s called unintended consequences.

Here are some dreadful examples of serious crimes from the Federation for American Immigration Reform website, committed by illegals, not far from our readers.

In December 2015, a 40-year-old illegal, Michael Garcia, was sentenced to four life terms for the rape and sodomy of two children in Alabama. In August 2016, a Salvadoran illegal gang member was convicted of murder in Virginia for the brutal stabbing of an individual suspected of being an informer for law enforcement. Jose Torres was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 20 years.

In February 2017, 29-year old Ricardo Garcia was sentenced to 20-29 years in prison after being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in North Carolina in 2015. Garcia lured the girl into his car on the pretense of giving her a ride.

Four decades of mass, illegal immigration have devastated our nation, largely due to the passage of Ted Kennedy’s Immigration Reform Act of 1965, changing immigration laws and widening the gate of entry into the United States.

Additionally, in 2012, Barack Obama signed an executive order providing deportation amnesty to illegal immigrants already in our country. His order expanded the concept of “prosecutorial discretion” allowing millions of illegals safe harbor.

Liberals have been working for years to increase illegal immigration in the U.S.

According to the Pew Research Center, there were over 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States in 2014. Who knows how many there are now?

Thank goodness, President Trump expeditiously wiped out nearly all of Obama’s immigration policies in January with executive orders unleashing ICE agents to enforce immigration laws and punishing sanctuary cities by withholding government funding.

A nation must protect its borders. And we must know who is here illegally.

President Trump is working to fulfill that promise, and Americans are pleased.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

Mark Caserta: Democrats weave tangled web regarding Russia

10 Mar

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Mark Caserta: Free State Patriot editor

March 10, 2017

 

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Following Donald Trump’s early successes as president, it appears the only tool left in the Democrat “thwart Trump” arsenal is the blind accusation that Russia successfully influenced the 2016 presidential election, rendering Trump’s presidency invalid or questionable at best.

While common sense doesn’t appear to be a fluent competency among liberal Democrats, let’s apply some toward examining this dilemma.

Hillary Clinton has hardly presented herself as a formidable foe to the Russians.

In March 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a symbolic red “reset” button in the hopes of improving our relationship with the Russians, following a standoff over the country of Georgia in 2008.

For a while, relations appeared more amicable as Russia offered its cooperation in Obama’s Iran nuclear deal and the subsequent sanctioning of Iran’s nuclear program. But the Russians clearly didn’t intend to honor Clinton’s olive branch.

I’m confident Russia was aware of the inept nature of the deal when it offered its spurious support. By early 2014, any perceived Russian cooperation had completely diminished following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea and his support for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

In short, with whom do you suppose Putin would rather negotiate, a “manageable” Hillary Clinton or the man who wrote “The Art of the Deal”?

And Democrats may have taken the label of hypocrite to an entirely new level when they accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions of having inappropriate contact with Russia’s ambassador during the Trump campaign.

Last week, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) took to the floor of the Senate and revealed “30 Democratic senators met with the Russian ambassador in 2015 to pitch President Obama’s nuclear Iran deal, all while supporting Democratic presidential candidates” as reported in a Kerry Picket column in “The Daily Caller.”

And speaking of inappropriate dealings with Russia, it was President Obama, in 2012, who was caught on a live microphone asking outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to relay a message to Vladimir Putin to give him more “space” until after his election when he would have more “flexibility.”

The obvious inference is that an untimely proclamation of Obama’s intentions would adversely impact his re-election. And don’t forget a 2016 congressional investigation concluded Barack Obama sent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to an Israeli group that used the money to prevent the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary election, as reported in a July 2016 column by Stephen Dinan, in The Washington Times.

And to culminate a troubling week for Democrats, this past weekend President Trump requested, as part of the Russian probe, that the congressional intelligence committee investigate a potential Obama administration request for the Trump Tower to be wire-tapped during the 2016 campaign.

Oh, what a tangled web Democrats are weaving.

One must ask, how does this Democrat witch hunt benefit the American people? Does this bring back jobs, lower taxes or spur affordable healthcare? It doesn’t, but that doesn’t matter.

This isn’t about Democrats winning for Americans. It’s solely about winning for themselves.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger and Cabell County resident.

 

Mark Caserta: Liberals trying to slow down the Trump train

10 Feb

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Mark Caserta: Free State Patriot Editor

February 10, 2017

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Winning the 2016 presidential election was possibly the single most important conservative victory in my lifetime, for many reasons. But paramount to the win is the pending balance of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Liberals, having been reduced to lamenting, ad nauseam, the election of Donald J. Trump, will no doubt seek to bog down the pace at which our new president is working to re-align our nation with our founding fathers’ original intent.

And look for them to do so using the federal court system.

The progressive movement has been notorious for attempting to fundamentally change interpretation of the U.S. Constitution for political gain. The assertion that “any” individual, regardless of religious affiliation, has a constitutionally protected right to enter our country illegally, without comprehensive vetting, is fundamentally and constitutionally unsound.

Citing the First Amendment as justification for violence, property damage and rioting in the streets is simply unabashed lawlessness and nothing short of domestic terrorism.

Understand, our nation’s top security leaders already have told us we don’t have an adequate system of vetting individuals from terror-ridden countries. Last year, FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committee that we could “query our database until the cows come home” but if Syrian terrorists have never been on the law enforcement radar, it won’t do any good.

As a candidate, Trump pledged to protect Americans through “extreme vetting” of people from countries representing significant terror concerns. His recent executive order temporarily banning travel from these countries was simply fulfilling a promise to the American people.

But despite the fact voters decisively elected a president willing to compromise Washington political correctness rather than the lives of Americans, some on Capitol Hill are willing to stay the course.

Last Friday, a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary nationwide restraining order on Trump’s executive order, questioning its “rationale.” The Department of Justice is appealing the ruling, but this may be one of many such cases eventually decided by the Supreme Court.

Currently, the Supreme Court (operating shy one justice since the passing of Antonin Scalia) is fairly balanced. Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are arguably extremely liberal, while Samuel Alito, John Roberts and Clarence Thomas are widely considered conservatives. Justices Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy could be considered moderates.

But two of the justices (Ginsburg and Kennedy) are over 80 years of age, and Breyer is 78. The remaining justices range in age from 55 to 67. Besides the replacement of Justice Scalia, we could see any number of Supreme Court nominations by the current administration.

President Trump intends to nominate Supreme Court justices who will not attempt to “legislate” progressive views from the bench. And obviously, a GOP-controlled Congress and conservative-leaning Supreme Court would be beneficial to his cause.

Trump could, in fact, determine the court’s balance for decades!

So, while the left may be successful at “slowing down” the Trump train, Americans will ensure he succeeds.

Liberals can get on board, but they may have to “sit in the back seat,” just as President Obama suggested in 2010 that Republicans should do in likening running the economy to driving a car.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

 

Mark Caserta: Trump continues to work for the American people

3 Feb

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“Political correctness” has seen its day in Washington. “America first” is the new defining vernacular on Capitol Hill, without regard to progressive disapproval.

Just as Donald J. Trump promised the American people, he is methodically addressing debilitating liberal policies which have been crippling our nation and making us increasingly vulnerable to terrorist attack.

Last week, President Trump continued his decisive approach to returning our nation to the rule of law by fulfilling his campaign pledge to fight illegal immigration, which arguably catapulted him into the GOP nomination and ultimately a monumental presidential victory.

 “We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States,” Mr. Trump told Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees in a brief speech after signing the executive orders. “… A nation without borders is not a nation. Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders.”

Following the ceremonial swearing-in of Homeland Security Director, John Kelly, by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s pen immediately went into action, signing two more executive orders protecting our nation’s sovereignty.

The president’s first executive order called for the construction of a wall along our southern, U.S.-Mexican border. It also provided the DHS additional resources, including 5,000 additional border agents, to stop illegals from entering the United States without “inspection” or “admission.”

Following Trump’s executive action, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted his praise of the president’s decision to build a wall along the border per a column in the Washington Post, by William Booth.

“President Trump is right,” Netanyahu wrote. “I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.”

Trump’s second executive order bolstered the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch of the U.S. government and its ability to enforce existing immigration laws.

Multiple news agencies, including CBS News, reported Trump’s order reinstated the Secure Communities Program, which ICE “uses to target undocumented immigrants, directs the State Department to withhold visas or take other measures to ensure countries take back” illegal immigrants.

The order also strips federal grant money from sanctuary cities that harbor illegal immigrants, despite opposition from liberal mayors across the United States who vow to maintain their sanctuary city policies.

Liberals have no justification for allowing unvetted, illegal immigrants across our borders – period. And subscribing to the progressive mantra of “compassion” and “inclusion” is dangerously nave.

 Most Americans know this isn’t about inclusion, but rather about building a dependable voter base. Liberal Democrats have successfully manipulated the passions of Americans into believing they were the “party of compassion” for too long.

Sadly, this counterfeit compassion is largely responsible for borders which may have already been breached by a terrorist cell intending mass casualties within the U.S.

The inconvenient truth of the matter is that progressives are willing to “bet your life” just for a vote, and Americans have had enough.

Liberal Democrats and the GOP establishment had better take note of the resounding message voters sent last November.

There’s a new sheriff in town and he’s working for the American people.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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