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.

 

Let’s help “Make America Great Again” together! Join FSP in supporting President Trump this Thursday, in person!

29 Jul

Join Free State Patriot in supporting President Trump at Big Sandy Arena this Thursday 7 pm!

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Well, Free State Patriot (Doug and I) invite all patriots and Trump Supporters to join us at the Big Sandy Arena this coming Thursday to support our president, Donald J. Trump.

Here is the link to reserve your tickets on your mobile device Better hurry. You can only reserve 2 tickets per cell number.

More details to come on where we will meet so we can stick together, hopefully.

Again, better hurry. The Big Sandy Arena may not be big enough…

LET’S MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN – TOGETHER!

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/huntington-wv

 

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Doug Smith: A “Better Deal” with whom?

26 Jul

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Doug Smith:  Free State Patriot history and society editor

July 26, 2017

 

 

So, the Democrats, party of the New Deal, The Great Society, All this and World War, too, have decided to solve their problem (nobody votes for them anymore) with a “Better Deal”.

Hmm. Really?

Well, I have not written a book about deals, nor have a stayed in a Holiday Inn Express recently, but I have made and observed a few deals in the past 60 years and offer some observations and lessons learned.

  1. Who you make a deal with matters. I have made business deals with people I had reason to mistrust, but a desire to trust; an alcoholic, a thief, a chronic liar. (not all the same person!) Those deals have, predictably, gone south.
  2. Examine your motivation. I made those bad deals because they promised a lot that I wanted. I wanted those things badly, for reasons of my own, but they were a little too good to be true. In perfect hindsight, I should have passed.
  3. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Trust your gut.
  4. Deals offered by Democrats have a poor track record. (The 7 years of broken promises by my own party, the GOP, is a subject for another time.)Wilson ran on a strong anti-war platform: “Too Proud to Fight. “, “He Kept us out of the War” (WW1, if you were wondering.)  He was inaugurated Jan, 100 years ago, for his second term. And in April, he went to Congress to launch the US into WW1.

    Reagan made a deal with the Democrats in 1983 for $ 1 of tax increases for every $ 3 in spending reductions. So, the Dems promised, and sent him a budget including the tax increases, which he signed. Reagan noted in his memoirs, and I note now, 34 years later, that we are still waiting for any Democrats, anywhere, at any time, to ever reduce spending on anything.

    Bush 41 made a deal with Ted Kennedy that he, Bush, would break his “Read my Lips, No New Taxes” pledge, in exchange for which Democrats would lower spending a commensurate amount. (Note that at that time, they still had not come through on those promised to Reagan, Bush’s predecessor.)  As noted, we are still waiting on those spending decreases.

    Since I have written at length about it, I won’t belabor the point too much, but Barack Obama s shovel ready jobs, which he laughed off, are still not done or filled, the 2500 a year savings never happened, we cannot keep our Doctors or plans, and whatever else it may have done, the “Affordable Care Act did not make Health Care either more affordable, or more available. Indeed, it had nothing whatsoever to do with “Care” but a great deal to do with “Insurance. “(Also, worth noting that the Insurance companies heartily signed on to a deal with a Dem that promised to assure them that 350 million people, under force of law, would be customers. And how did that work out for them?)

  5. Which brings us to a lesson learned by observations: if you make a deal with someone who does not keep their word with others, don’t expect them to keep their deal with you.
  6. Deals made with other people’s money are easy for the deal maker, (the Dems), enticing for the beneficiaries (their voters), brutal for the people whose money they spend (Me. You, if you pay taxes.) and once again, too good to be true. (See 3, above. See also Detroit, Illinois, black youth unemployment, minimum wage workers in Seattle.
  7. There is no real wealth, other than the fruits of labor. That is what we work and do. We assign an arbitrary value to gold and diamonds, yet if I were to lock you in a room with all the gold and diamonds you wanted, and nothing else, you would starve. You could not build a car with it, except if you used it to build a factory, buy raw materials, and hire workers. The Gross Domestic Product, the yardstick of the wealth of a nation, is not about the number of zeros at the Federal Reserve, (on the ledger, not the people. Yea, I know, cheap shot.) It is about the goods and services we produce, and the value that potential buyers assign to them, and are willing to pay, in their own valuta, time, or work to obtain them.Only in the Garden of Eden was all that a man and woman needed available to reach out and take. Only in the Garden of Eden was sex available, commanded, and totally without consequence, all the time. Only in the Garden of Eden was there no need to work, and produce.

There, and in the yearning for that which was lost, which comes to be expressed in the Utopian fantasies from Plato to Marx to Wilson to Obama.  And time and again, throughout history, there have been those who try to overturn the natural order, and operate on Eden Standard Time, the way we wish things were, instead of the way they are.  Every attempt has been met with failure, and disaster, and misery.

So, the Democrats’ promises are based on the Utopian ideal: we can replant the abundance of Eden and make it grow, we can go back to how it was, and make it happen again, just put us in charge.

And they reject the promises attached to the Eden story, because they contain unpleasant realities they wish to reject: By the sweat of your brow will you eat bread, until you return to the dust, for of dust you were made, and to dust you shall return.

To accept that means to accept that men will not be perfect, that we are subject to a higher power, and that we must obey certain rules.  Progressives, notably Democrats, do not want any rules but their own, and certainly not those rules.

But that pronouncement is not all bad. You Shall eat bread, by the sweat of your brow.  Not such a terrible thing. You no longer get the Eden deal, because you broke that one. But you do get this one: You won’t go hungry, but you must work for it now. But the Democrats keep trying to establish the Eden Deal, and, failing the power to do so, find it to fail over and over.

Tragically, the lesson they learn is not that it won’t work, which is has not for millennia. No, they come away saying, if we do the same thing over and over, we will eventually get a different result.

Einstein called that insanity.  So, it is. And so, is making a deal with the Democrats, whether you are a President or a voter.

 

 

 

Democrats release policy agenda cheered by progressives | McClatchy Washington Bureau

25 Jul

In an attempt to prove they are about more than saying “no” to President Donald Trump, the party’s congressional leaders gathered Monday in this small Virginia town to unveil an agenda they hope will unite Democrats for the foreseeable future.

Source: Democrats release policy agenda cheered by progressives | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Mark Caserta: Is hatred of Trump spurring fake news?

22 Jul

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Jul 21, 2017

 

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Americans are being inundated with allegations of so-called “fake news.”

Are media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post really attempting to unethically influence how Americans feel about our country and our president?

Now, I believe most major media outlets have been guilty, at some point, of trying to “influence” rather than report. Frankly, politicians attempting to exploit the media’s increasing significance to their advantage may have actually sparked this conundrum.

But it’s my strongly held belief that the election of Donald Trump has so dramatically crippled the progressive movement in our country, we’re now seeing members of the mainstream media frantically attempting to gain some sort of relevant foothold as they slide down the slippery slope of “trumpery.”

Thankfully, some remain who covet the principles and ethics of true journalism.

A New York Times best-seller written by veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson titled “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote” exposes what Amazon Book Review called “diabolical tactics of Smear artists and their outrageous access to some of the biggest names in the political media.”

In the book, Ms. Attkisson shares antics of operatives corrupting the political process and “discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.” The following excerpt describes the world of the “smear artist” and how the mainstream media play an integral role:

“In the distorted world of the smear artist, things are very different. Up becomes down and down is up. It’s Alice in Wonderland and somewhere down the rabbit hole there’s a tea-sipping Mad Hatter stirring the pot.”

This “upside down” world sounds hauntingly familiar.

Attkisson shared one of her most memorable “smear attempts” she observed during her lengthy journalism career in a June column in Breitbart. Of course, it involved Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“It’s impossible for any outsiders to know exactly how the Clintons became adept at engineering smears to deflect from their controversies,” Attkisson said. “One of the earliest smear campaigns perpetrated by the Clintons began even before Bill announced he was running for president, when Hillary was busy devising a preemptive strike against women rumored to be involved with her husband.”

But even during that volatile period, my recollection of reporting was there was always a sense of “fair play” and fair reporting from most major news outlets. Some stories may have favored a player or two, but I can’t recall ever seeing a complete willingness to shed all ethical precepts to destroy a man.

Donald J. Trump didn’t need this presidency. He had everything he needed. He simply knew America would not survive four more years of liberal policies and decided to place everything on the line to save a nation from collapse.

Sadly, because of his patriotism, he and his family have been unabashedly attacked by liberals, so filled with hate, they can’t see straight.

I call that a political “hate crime” that should be punishable by viewer discretion.

Liberals: Either get on board, or get out of the way.

We have a country to save.

 

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger and a Cabell County resident.

Doug Smith: Trump haters don’t need any help from the right

16 Jul

It’s time to shorten the learning curve of this presidency

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Doug Smith:  Free State Patriot history and social editor

July, 7, 2017

 

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So what to make of Trump Jr s meeting with a shady Russian, associated with the Obama administration, and banned from entry, but granted a waiver to enter, in time for the meeting, by an Obama buddy in NY District Court.

Well, the knee jerk reaction is to defend his move because

  1. Hillary , Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Obama himself all did far worse with Russians, in a way that truly did damage the interests of the United States. ( all true)
  2. The Democrats never cared about any of it, or even acts of true treason when it was one of theirs, and cared not a whit that the Russians were trying to toss stink bombs into our political process, as long as they thought the Hillary would win. ( again, true)
  3. The whole Russia narrative has been nothing more than an attempt by the Democrats to roadblock Trump’s agenda, and if possible, remove him from office. ( also true)
  4. Character assassination is all they have, because they have been losing elections so badly for so long, and this is their only chance to maybe, maybe, pick up control of one House of Congress in 2018 and keep Obama s damage going, and blame it on the GOP. ( reasonable conclusion)
  5. The longer they keep this nonsense up, the less the chances that the GOP will repeal Obamacare, cut taxes, or pass any meaningful legislation. ( again, true)
  6. After 8 years of Obama, we have a break coming, and for better or worse, our break is Trump.

All these things are true, and make conservatives, myself included, tend to jump to defense of Trump, perceiving the attacks on him to be attacks on us, and on our desires for positive change in the country. The perception is correct.

The conclusion is not.

Sean Hannity has spent months, incorrectly, defending former Submariner Christian Saucier, who is serving a year in prison for taking pictures of classified areas of his Nuclear Submarine. Hannity’s defense is that Hillary did far worse and got away with it, thus Saucier should get away with it as well.

That is a very slippery slope. And Hannity, who I agree with on many things, is dead wrong on this.

As a Submariner, I do not want to send the message to any sailor that security no longer matters because of Hillary. Nor do I want to send a message that fooling around with the help is OK now because Slick Willy. If we choose the Clintons as the arbiters of our future morality, we are doomed. And damned.

If I had been on ET1 Saucier’s Court Martial, I would have voted to convict him, strip him of all rank, and send him to prison. He was old enough to know better, and he violated a major rule of security. Our standards on Submarines are not dictated by the Clintons. We are better than that. That is why we come home alive.

Donald Trump Jr showed an appalling lack of common sense. A seasoned politico would have sensed a set up ( which it seems that it was. ) The people he dealt with were unsavory, the information offered was not necessary ( everyone knew what Hillary is) , and appearances matter.

Now. Was it illegal? Clearly, not. Was it unethical? Again, no. He did not ask anyone to steal or reveal Hillary s dirty laundry. He was intrigued to hear what it was.

Was it a stupid, boneheaded move?

To quote Sarah Palin, You betcha.

He took a risk for no gain, and in a stupid 15 minute sit down, gave ammunition to the enemies of his Dad to keep stirring the commode a while longer. He contributed to another day or 3 of delay in important legislation.  He showed himself to be a neophyte, which we knew. POTUS is also a neophyte, who needs to surround himself with seasoned people who can help him avoid such minefields.

Then, of course, like father like son, they have a tendency to dance around the truth and make things sound better for themselves. Even an innocent exchange can be suspect when people wonder how many more shoes must drop.

There are 3 ways to handle such information.

  1. No comment. Mr. President, will you PLEASE for God s sake learn that phrase.
  2. The truth, but only as much as necessary.
  3. Lies and evasions.

The Trumps often choose 3, even when it is not necessary. And they tend to dribble out the truth.  That is a bad habit which they must break. When your positions and assertions and message are constantly shifting, one never knows when the Real Donald Trump answer is out there. Just as Democrats found themselves passionately defending Bill Clinton right up to the point that he admitted a lie, Republicans have found themselves defending a Trump position, only to find that he has changed course on a dime and left them to fall on their faces.

Somebody needs to oversee messaging from the White House. Someone with a big stick, and freedom to beat anyone over the head with it. Is a lot of the invective thrown at Trump undeserved and frustrating? You betcha.  Could he reduce unforced errors with better message discipline? Dang right.

So, what about Trump Jr and his meeting with Boris and Natasha?

It was not illegal. In terms of ethics, it was certainly far cleaner than Hillary s work with the Ukrainians to find or manufacture damaging stories about Trump. In the former, he was coming to see what was offered, in bad faith as it turns out, that could help. In the latter, Hillary was actively seeking and paying for help to get or manufacture, as they did, a story.  Stay away from the sausage factory, it will spoil your appetite.

What is was, and remains, is a stupid, rookie mistake. He should have run that by a senior political operative before answering. But there were none. The allure of the outsider campaign meant that everyone was a rookie, and they were likely to fall into some traps. Well, he did. Now we know the formula to move on past it, as demonstrated by Hillary. “I made a mistake. In retrospect, it was a dumb move and I would not do it again. “

Will it be enough for the Left? Well of course not. The only thing that would be enough for the Left is for the entire administration to resign, and for Congress to appoint Hillary as POTUS. (Be careful what you wish for.) Of course, that is not going to happen.

For the Trumps, perhaps a few lessons might be learned.

  1. Be careful about hiring family. Just because you love and trust them does not mean they are right for the job, and firing them is tougher than with a stranger.
  2. Fighting back is all well and good. Better yet, is avoiding traps. There are plenty of people with experience in the political arena in which you are swimming willing to advise you. The ones you have are not serving you well. Find one who will, and stop doing stupid stuff, and get your people confirmed, and get your agenda passed.
  3. If it seems too good to be true, it is. Don’t be gullible.
  4. And from an old Cold Warrior, a cursory reading of history would tell you this: Don’t trust the Russians.

The establishment in DC, the press, and the Dems are not going to ever love the Trumps, or conservatives. And they will damage or destroy President Trump if they can.

 

President Trump and his son, and other advisers, should stop helping them.

Mark Caserta: US future bright despite liberal skepticism

14 Jul

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Jul 14, 2017

 

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A mentor once reminded me that “being under attack is proof you present a threat to the opposition.”

If true, then Donald J. Trump must be an ominous threat to the progressive movement.

Frankly, I’m not sure if “the moon is in the Seventh House” or if Jupiter is aligned with Mars, but it certainly seems to be the dawning of the age of liberal collapse.

Void of anything substantive to hang their hats on, liberal attempts to hinder the success of Trump’s presidency have them grasping at straws and are quite telling as to where their allegiance lies.

And isn’t the irony as thick as molasses in wintertime when liberals call Donald Trump out for his “lying” and “scandal”?

Where were these folks the past eight years when the truth was embarrassingly lacking in the Obama administration and scandal was the news of the day? Prevarication was leveraged by Barack Hussein Obama and his minions like nothing we’d ever seen! But liberals seemed willing accomplices if it fundamentally changed America.

To date, no matter how often I challenge any liberal to defend Obama’s lies in passing Obamacare, none has accepted the challenge. How hypocritical to ignore the “Politifact Lie of the Year” and nibble at crumbs with President Trump!

Imagine if Donald Trump had manufactured an equitable number of lies in forcing major legislation on Americans adversely impacting their lives and our nation’s economy. Progressives would be having the panic attack of the century!

And it’s nothing short of laughable for anyone to question Donald Trump’s qualifications to be president of the United States! Can anyone say “community organizer”? Don’t insult my intelligence.

Until liberals are ready to admit Trump’s “lack of political” background and his political “irreverence” won him his party’s nomination and the presidency, they’ll be irrelevant for years to come.

The great news is, as I travel through coal mining communities in Logan, Mingo and Raleigh counties, I talk to people excited about the return of mining jobs and prosperity for families. I talk with business owners excited about the proposition of becoming profitable again, eager to hire people and grow their industry.

And I talk with families, once again, filled with pride in their country and in their president.

President Trump’s recent trip to Poland and his magnificent oratory in Warsaw was a glimpse at a powerful presidency. The president’s speech helped reposition America as a global power, reaffirmed our commitment to our allies, and validated our resolve in defeating our enemies.

A recent column by Michael Barone in The Washington Examiner stated Trump’s speech showed “that an American nationalist can appreciate and admire another nation’s nationalism.”

How refreshing it was for our president to step on the global stage, unapologetic about America’s exceptionalism, yet able to garner the support and respect of other countries.

Perhaps it’s time for progressives to spend as much time and energy helping this president return our nation to greatness, as they do sulking and attacking his every move.

Believe me, President Trump is just getting started.

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

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