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.

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”.

We Are Now What We Were Then!

by Jayne D. Frank

I have spent the last several months researching my family genealogy and it has been gruesome, exciting and a pain-staking effort.  I started this effort to find more about my elusive dad but ended up intrigued about my mother’s side of the family.  The result is that I have learned more in these few months than a lifetime of having questioned my parents and the life lessons learned are priceless.

What we are going through today in 2012, I have learned, as a middle class, is not much different than my grandparents went through.  In the 1800s they were both peasants in the fields of richer landlords and owners in Austria-Hungary, Vysoka and Dacov to be exact.  They had no choice but to be farmers as there were no opportunities for advancement and putting food on the table for their families.  Adding this to the political strife these people were feeling, they yearned for the American Dream – prospects for a better life, of earning your own way and more importantly achieving personal liberty for themselves.

My grandfather and grandmother made their way to America in 1900 in cramped, unsanitary quarters for many days and some of those sharing their Dream never made it. All of my people of Slovakian ethnicity found jobs immediately, but because they were Slovakian, had to settle for the lowest-paying  jobs in the mines and railroads, often working 7 days a week for 14-16 hours a day, and of course their wages were not the same as other immigrants.  The single women who immigrated from this region were able to get work as servants or maids only. When they married, they most often did not work outside of the home or else ran boarding houses for others like them.   My grandparents slaved for some 60 some years in often low-paying jobs, but still they put food on the table for all 11 of their children without Government handouts.  Eventually they owned their own home, and were able to do their own farming, a reality that would never have been had they stayed in Czechoslovakia as it was later called after the War. Additionally, they unquestionably were able to have the religious freedom they would not have had in Europe, to worship when and how they wanted.   To them, the American Dream had been achieved.  They provided an opportunity for their children and grandchildren to do better, to prosper, and to “never go back” to the subservience they had experienced in their early years.

Indeed, my parent’s generation did do much better.  They started businesses, attended college and many became professionals, both male and female.  Even though they went through the depression, real life lessons were learned of thrift, of saving, of planning for retirement.  And in large majorities, they did not plan on and did not rely on the Government as taught to them by their parents’ generation.

Now we come to my generation.  We worked hard all our lives and prospered, providing many more opportunities for our children to choose the life they wanted to lead, continually blessed with the personal and economic liberty in America so hard-fought for by their ancestors.   We worked just as hard as our previous generations, trying to save, taking care of all of  our own needs, and instilling those morals in our children.

That is where the American Dream ends!  The secular Progressives in this Country and abroad have been planning and scheming for years on how to fundamentally change America into their vision.  One of economic equality for all (no matter how low that equally would push people), having no public acknowledgement or worship of God permitted, and having all Americans rely on the Government for their subsistence.   And how these Progressives have accomplished many of their goals! The younger generation in overwhelming numbers no longer sees the needs to acknowledge  any “god,” record millions of people have no prospects of an economic future of prosperity and freedom, and even more millions are permanently dependent on the government to put food on the table and obtain an education.  Workers in America that are doing well by their own hard work are encouraged, if not forced by excessive taxation and regulation by the Government, to give up their earnings for redistribution for the “good of all.” And my generation has seen any accumulated retirement wealth in the form of investments and home equity  virtually eliminated as a result of Government intervention and regulation.

If my grandparents were alive today, they would be turning in their graves!  How hard they fought to flee from the political and economic oppression of Europe and how much they gave up to see future generations not have to be faced with the same glum prospects for their futures.

We are Now What We Were Then!