The 24 -Hour News Cycle in America Contributes to Division and Hysteria.

By: Richard H. Frank

The competitive nature of the News Media in America today has created an atmosphere of mistrust and skepticism of almost everything being reported by journalists in their quest to be first. The hell with accuracy, verification of sources and the truth. Thus we now have the term “Fake News” attached to anything having to do with politics. The latest examples include reports of children being torn from the arms of their mothers as they seek asylum at our southern border. Where are the report about these alleged asylum seekers having uprooted their children and exposed them to the riggers and dangers of the journey from their country of origin to our border? Where are the stories of how these illegal aliens are schooled in the words to recite in order to be allowed to remain in the United States pending a judicial review of their claim for asylum? The big lie is that Zero Tolerance is to blame and that Trump is some sort of monster intent on punishing the innocent and not that the Obama policy of Catch and Release is paramount to open borders for anyone accompanied by a child.

Yet the Media is content to blame Trump instead of placing the responsibility on Congress to pass legislation to clean up the mess that they created in the first place. The truth is that reporting the truth does not increase ratings as does showing demonstrations across the country for the abolishment of ICE by ill-informed activists. For the Media further division of the citizenry and creating hysteria among activists and anarchists is just good for business.

Then there are the reports that North Korea is not living up to their promise to de-nuclearize as they promised in the June 12th summit with President Trump. It has been less than 30 days since the meeting took place and the Media is intent on diminishing any accomplishment that Trump may have achieved. Without any proof or evidence they are reporting how the North Koreans are increasing their facilities to further their nuclear research. Somehow they have forgotten that for the past 60+ years there has been virtually no dialogue between the North Koreans and the U.S. and that which did occur resulted in the American government bribing the North Korean regime, only to have them abandon their promises.

Somehow they forget to report that Donald Trump has given the North Korean regime nothing in return for their promise to de-nuclearize and has stated he will walk away and impose greater sanctions on them should they fail to live up to their commitment. But since all of the actions have not occurred in less than 30 days the Trump haters in the leftist media will seize upon anything to show Trump policy has failed.

And now there is the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy and the pending announcement for his replacement. The Democrats in Congress are in meltdown mode claiming that no replacement should be announced pending completion of the mid-term elections. Additionally they are claiming that any candidate currently on the list made public by Trump prior to his election in 2016 should be disqualified since they are all pro-life. Somehow they and the media are so invested in the Court decision on Roe vs Wade that they forget that Trump is looking for a Constitutionalist to fill the vacancy. An individual who represents someone Progressive Democrats will never vote to confirm. Abortion is a stain on this Nation and the Constitution. It is indeed “The Great American Holocaust” with thousands of unborn lives torn from the womb without any regard to their “right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Instead the liberals in Washington care more about the right to due process for illegal aliens’ invasion of our country. These persons are not refugees fleeing from civil unrest in their country of origin but are trying to subvert the law and avoid the process for legal immigration and citizenship in America.

Somehow the Media, both print and electronic, prefer to avoid telling the truth and instead continue to incite division and hysteria among the people in America.

Whatever Happened to “One Nation Under God” ?

By: Richard H. Frank

Something has changed radically in the “United States of America” that my brothers and I grew up in and served in our military to protect. Politically there seems to be no respect for the positions taken by opposing parties and the principles upon which this nation was founded. Instead we are living in an age where demands are made to strip our history of anything viewed as racist or objectionable to some particular minority or class of individuals in the country. Freedom of speech is somehow being turned upon its head and becoming freedom from speech. Respect for the very institutions that made this nation great is undermined by anarchists and supported by many members of the elite media. No longer are ideologies vastly different between only the North and the South, but are now between the East and West Coasts, leaving the vast center of the nation isolated in pursuit of the prosperity they are equally entitled to under our Constitution.

Viewing America from the outside an observer would think the country has evolved into two separate nations neither of which is sovereign unto itself, nor has definable borders that may be defended. These are the makings for a bloody civil uprising that will eventually pit Constitutionalists against anarchists and a failing of the rule of law in America. Those of us old enough to remember Nikita Khrushchev’s prediction in the 1960’s that “America would be destroyed from within” may live to see that day is at hand.

Then there is “Social Media” the product of the digital age we live within. Designed as a communication tool with which people could communicate and find common ground to foster friendships and understanding between the races and other nations, Facebook and Twitter have become the digital mega-voice for everyone with an opinion to vent their feelings. No matter how constructive theses social communication tools were envisioned to be there are those that choose to abuse and subvert their intended use. Take for instance the unsubstantiated sexual abuse charges against dozens of celebrities, media personalities and politicians causing them to lose their careers without being able to face their accusers and without a day in court. So much for innocent until proven guilty. Tweeting anonymously has become the art of slandering another person without the fear of repercussion. Somewhere along the way we have lost our moral compass not to mention any religious doctrine “to do unto others as we would have them do unto us”.

Unfortunately, for those of us that remember a much different America we are placed in a category of those that will not accept change according to Barack Obama’s saying that we “cling to our guns and bibles” as opposed to relinquishing our hard-fought for freedoms. The liberal progressives would surrender to the Orwellian vision of having “Big Brother” cater to our every need. Big Brother being the all-powerful Federal Government. Today we find ourselves trapped halfway between a rock and a hard spot with the Federal Government controlling the livelihood of over 61 million senior citizens dependent upon Social Security and Medicare for our existence and health care. The political elites in Washington D.C.leverage their bargaining position to achieve power using seniors as pawns in their game of political chess. Threatening a government shutdown is the favorite ploy of both political parties in order to achieve some politically expedient objective. They would risk withholding entitlement payments to 17% of the population to get what they want. The more government controls the individual the better the liberal progressives like it and their march for Big Brother and total domination. Draining the swamp in Washington D. C. is just the beginning of what the founders envisioned for our nation. The slippery slope of issuing executive orders in lieu of legislation created in congress and signed into law by the President moves one step closer to Big Brother having total disregard for the Constitution of the United States of America.

If the Chief Executive (the President) doesn’t like the constraints the Constitution places upon the government, then he should champion an amendment to the Constitution and refrain from legislating through issuance of Executive Orders. Thank God we have term limits on the Office of the President. Any single Presidential term would more than likely expire before amending the Constitution in most cases could be accomplished.

As for “One Nation Under God” I fear that the liberal progressive creation of “separation of Church and State,” never mentioned in the Constitution, may in fact have become a defacto construct in law. The acknowledgement of God in the public square or any petition to the deity in our schools is now viewed as a cardinal sin against the state. Given time and the direction of our courts it will not be long before the mention of God will be stricken from the very documents upon which this great nation was founded. I can only hope for posterity that I am wrong.

I wonder how future generations will honor this country should it no longer be required to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” or, to stand while singing “The National Anethum”? Maybe the pledge and song will be as depicted in Orwell’s 1984 to Big Brother.

Intolerance by Liberals in America!

By: Richard H. Frank

If the “Constitution of The United States” doesn’t suit the ideology of liberals in this country they will attempt to use the judiciary to rewrite the Constitution. For example, I cannot find language in the document specific to demand the separation of Church and State. Yet liberals have subverted the language contained in the First Amendment to insist that the “Ten Commandments” not be displayed on any public property. Public schools are forbidden from conducting prayer or using the term “God” in any manner that might offend the agnostic. And heaven forbid if any community across this vast nation should dare to display the Nativity Scene during the Christmas season. Just how far will America stray from the founding principles contained in our “Declaration of Independence” and those clearly stated in the “Constitution?”

The political elites see themselves as a ruling class “all knowing” and better equipped to determine what is best for the citizenry. They view history as something that must be altered in an manner consistent with their ideology and that is politically expedient for them to remain in office. What hypocrites!

Suddenly there is a movement among the left in this country intent on removal of any symbol that historically records the actual history of this nation. It seems to have started with State legislators deciding that displaying the Confederate flag on public property was somehow racist. Wasn’t the Confederacy real? Didn’t over 500,000 Americans die during the Civil War? I guess we should pull any reminder of that historical period in America from view, just as protesters are tearing down statues commemorating leaders of the confederacy during that time.

What would the response of the media and far left be should the far right attack the memorials erected in memory of Martin Luther King? Their attack on organizations such as the KKK and Neo Nazis and White Supremacists would be unrelenting and rightly so. The same should be the case for any attack on individuals or memorials depicting the true historical roots of this Nation. If we allow those in power to subvert free expression in speech or memorials we are surrendering our very freedom as a people.

Unfortunately, we have very short memories and are too lazy to study history unless it is depicted in a three-hour series on television or an movie that becomes the true basis of our understanding and must be accepted as fact. Thus we are destined to repeat the same mistakes of the past that cost millions of lives around the world. Politicians stand up and denounce the Holocaust of the twentieth century yet condone abortion as a right under the Constitution that has claimed a hundred times the lives taken by the Nazis during World War II.

On college campuses we see demonstrations against free speech where conservative values may not be aired for fear that they may change someone’s mind or ideology. Speakers are shouted down and property destroyed with no accountability for those committing these intolerances nor the institutions allowing them to take place. Whatever happened to justice under the law? If we don’t like the law we just ignore it. Thats Anarchy! Next if liberals don’t like the books in University libraries I guess we will just burn them. Sound familiar? Read the history of Germany in the 1930’s.

I fear we are becoming a nation of illiterates content to accept whatever the media presents to us in a 30-second sound bite as gospel. We are on the road to teaching our children to become mind-numbed robots entering a period of history akin to Orwell’s “1984”.