Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance.Twitter -- @ArthurCSchaper
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The Sacramento Bee did their exhaustive study on how well Donald Trump did in all California cities compared to Mitt Romney in 2012.
Trump did worse than Romney in a larger number of otherwise strongly Republican areas.
But in the most unlikely cities, Trump actually exceeded Romney.
Let’s start with the first city of note, in part because I had attended a town hall in that city last weekend: Inglewood.
Inglewood California is a decent microcosm of the political cancer that is eating out California. The city was a wellspring of growth and development. Barry Goldwater actually won Inglewood, even though he lost the rest of the state and 46 others.
President Trump declared that he would repeal the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals Executive Order within days if not on the first day of his presidency.
He has not done it ... yet.
At first, I was extremely upset, and very concerned. Was Trump reneging on a key campaign promise? Was he losing his nerve? Has he stopped listening to the populist conservatism of his inner circle and started listening to the liberal New England family members?
Today, I am not worried about this DACA delay. I do not believe that Trump has lost his nerve. I also agree that he does have a heart, but that does not mean he won’t enforce our immigration laws. Nor does it mean that he won’t do anything to end this DREAMer con artist shell game.
As Presidential contender, all he wanted to do was make nice and preach hollow niceties all while abandoning conservative principles and pushing a smarmy liberalism that taxes us into oblivion and forcing higher spending. As governor of Ohio, he signed off on conservative reforms, but only because of a hard-core, supermajority Republican legislature.
And it looks as if he wants to run for President .... again. Give me a break.
They are a lingering yet cancerous domestic disaster. The rubber lasts for ages, keeping the fire alive far longer than any other substance. Tire fires threaten the quality of life—and life itself. The smoke from a pile of blazing tires can last for months. The haze pollutes the air, damages commerce, and endangers surrounding communities.
And lots of water won’t put them out right away.
In Southern California, we get heat and smoke advisories because of periodic inland fires. At least this year, Governor Brown declared that emergency drought conditions are ending. There’s so much water in California now, even Los Angeles County does not register with drought conditions.
Mid-year 2016, the Sacramento Bee trotted out their same tired line about Prop 187 and the long-lasting damage it caused to the California Republican Party. The media narrative loves to demonize conservatives as anti-immigrant bigots who pushed this agenda so far in 1994, which in turn caused the GOP brand to suffer.
Well, this is welcome news, isn’t it? Organizing for Action has turned into a big fat failure for the Democratic Party.
Who would have guessed?
Those obnoxious organizers are so out of touch with reality. They don’t seem to recognize that working men and women of all backgrounds are barely making ends meet. Democrats really believed that a bunch of spoiled, screaming razor-blade snowflakes invading town halls and lecturing people about their Western, white privilege was going to be well-received.
As a Los Angeles County conservative, I think that Trump’s election and first two weeks of his Presidency haev been the greatest thing to happen to California and the country in 36 years.
Finally, we have a strong leader who is not ashamed to be an American. He wants to fight for citizens. He wants to Make America Great Again. He’s run huge businesses, sometimes into the ground, but he’s also bounced back and risen up to higher heights, much like the skyscrapers in his Manhattan, New York City stomping grounds
He has more than impressed me, and he has assuaged many fears and concerns so far about his commitment to this country, our Constitution, and his solemn promises to put Americans first and uphold the rule of law.
In 2016, Democratic strategist James Carville (who incidentally enough is married to former Republican operative Mary Matalin) played up whatever political acumen and integrity he claimed to have (nil), and wrote another book called: “We’re Still Right, They’re Still Wrong.”
Carville was not original enough to write a new title, but merely modified the old one which had published twenty years ago, when Bill Clinton won re-election, in large part because Republicans failed to field a stronger candidate to challenge Bubba.
They have lost an election which DNC leaders rigged to ensure that their prized queen would win, first through engineering her victory in the primary against Weekend at Bernie’s, then through media frauds and collusion during the General Election.
And Democrats still lost.
Crooked Hillary actually believe that she could lie, cheat, and steal her way through this election, just as Barack Obama had demagogued key issues to shame conservative opponents into silence in the two previous elections.
Conservatives need to understand that our ongoing fights with communistic elements, whether in the media or in public forums, is about a lot more than trying to change the minds of the leftists themselves. They are only interested in entertaining an audience and shaming their conservative, pro-liberty opponents.
This fact of modern political discourse is still lost on a lot of conservatives. Progressive radicals are bullies at their core. They are not interested in discussion. They are not even interested in any kind of an exchange of ideas. It’s not about wisdom at all. It’s about raw power, and silencing opponents, whether through shame or brute force.
I believe in free trade, but ultra-libertarians and free-market proponents ignore the necessary conditions for the rule of law and culture. Libertarian policies cannot flourish in a vacuum, but require a government to protect our rights—Including the rights of the working man. Chinese citizens have few rights, and the freedom of that nation’s economy has not translated into political liberty. Poverty wages are the norm in corrupt kleptocracies, and with that cheap goods for sale on the global market.
I have yet to hear economist and researchers in Washington D.C. think-tanks address that imbalance.
Republicans like Rick Santorum and now President-Elect Donald Trump understand the ruinous impact of skewed trade deals and open borders—and he fought hard against them. He also recognized that an American without a college degree is not necessarily less educated. In fact, looking at the high costs and low return of higher education, one could argue that engaging the real world ensures one’s intelligence.
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