Donald Trump may never have a better day as President. Only a re-election party on the night of November 3, 2020, could possibly offer the same vindication as the 36 hours in which two foundational strands of his political career are combining in a sudden burst of history.
In which even CNN – despite their predictable carping – is forced to admit that “Trump is building a substantial presidency that in many ways looks like a historic pivot point, despite its extremely controversial nature,” and further conceding that
“It will be up to voters in November and in 2020 to decide which of the two interpretations of Trump’s presidency – an era of conservative achievement or a disastrous national distraction – becomes dominant.
“But it already seems that Trump’s grand design will be difficult for a future President to quickly reverse.
“Less than two weeks ago, foreign diplomats at the United Nations laughed at Trump when he boasted about the historic sweep of his presidency – and there was no doubt that he was, as usual, exaggerating.
“But it’s also no longer possible to credibly argue – despite the distracting blizzard of controversy, busted decorum and staff chaos constantly lashing Washington – that there is not something significant taking place that is changing the political and economic character of the nation itself.”
I was a latecomer to the “Trump Train,” not climbing aboard until Hillary let loose with her “Deplorables” comment. But I’m happily onboard, now, and looking around for a shovel to help pour on the coal…
(Yeah, I know this picture depicts a diesel. Work with me, here… lol!)
We have a new Justice on the Supreme Court! After a grueling and viciously partisan nomination battle, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as the newest Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: the only court mandated in the Constitution (which provided for others to be created by Congress). On this day, Saturday, October 6, 2018,
“Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice in a private ceremony Saturday just hours after the Senate voted to confirm him, solidifying conservative control of the highest court in the land for years to come and ending a bitter battle over his nomination.”
“The confirmation delivered a major win to President Donald Trump, who defended his embattled nominee when sexual assault accusations were leveled against him. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
“Kavanaugh’s confirmation was not just a chance for Republicans to shift the court to the right for what could be decades. It was also a test of how public officials responded to the raw emotions unleashed by the #MeToo movement amid accusations from Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teens. He said the incident never happened.
“That controversy will likely be scrutinized even further with the Nov. 6 midterm elections a month away, giving Democrats have a chance to take control of one or more chambers of Congress.”
Needless to say, this will provide considerable motivation for the Democratic base to get out to the polls for the 2018 midterm elections, just a month away on November 6th – but the conduct of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee and elsewhere in Congress, as well as their supporters on the streets, will also galvanize the conservative base. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how this plays out in November!
“Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice Saturday, hours after the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him. The quick swearing-in enables Kavanaugh to begin work immediately in advance of arguments at the court Tuesday.
“The court says Kavanaugh took the oath required by the Constitution and another for judges that is part of federal law in the same room where the justices meet for their private conferences. The 53-year-old justice’s wife, children and parents were in attendance.
“Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial one. Kavanaugh is replacing Kennedy on the bench and once served as his law clerk.”
I, personally, am convinced that – despite determined and actually despicable attempts by Democrats (who are becoming increasingly indistinguishable from the hard Left) to derail the nomination – the system worked as it should and the decision reached (albeit by a very small margin) in the Senate was the correct one.
Is now-Justice Kavanaugh perfect? Of course not! No human is. But was there any legitimate, verifiable reason to preclude him from being appointed to the Supreme Court? No, there was not.
And was Judge Kavanaugh qualified for the appointment? Eminently. The Democratic attempts to smear him and delay any appointments to the Supreme Court until after the elections (which they think and hope will gain them control of at least one House of Congress – as I say, we shall see about that!) were more than just wrong-headed; they were vile. And as for Christine Blasey Ford, her memories were disjointed and often contradictory; it seems clear to me that if she is not flat-out lying about what happened, she is mistaken as to the identity of her attacker.
“Nothing was as expected. A real rape had taken place but it wasn’t the one everyone was talking about. It was simultaneously a rape of Judge Kavanaugh, his family, and the American people themselves. The collateral damage was Dr. Ford, her friends, and her family. And the perpetrator was the Democratic Party, principally their Judiciary Committee members, their ranking member, and the minority leader.”
He is speaking metaphorically, of course; but the outcry over Kavanaugh was a travesty of justice; it was a gross abuse of Constitutional procedures (the Senate’s duty to give “advice and consent” for Presidential nominations); and if it had been allowed to succeed, it would have set a horrific precedent: one in which unsubstantiated, uncorroborated allegations would have become the new standard of “proof,” and anyone, anywhere, any time, could have their honor and integrity impugned, their personal and professional reputation besmirched, their family traumatized, and their life potentially ruined simply because someone chose to make such an allegation.
In light of this, what is really depressing about the vote is that only one – one! – Democratic Senator, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), crossed the line and voted for Kavanaugh. Every other Democrat in the Senate was either too ideologically blinded, or too frightened, to understand or appreciate how close we came to a very frightening outcome.
It was only this year – in fact, just before the primaries – that I finally did what I probably should have done years ago, and switched my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Thank God I did. I would have hated to have been associated in any way, shape, or form, with the circus we’ve seen the last few weeks. A member of one of my Facebook groups posted a comment by Aaron D. Wolf, contributor to the conservative Chronicles Magazine, who wrote,
“The worst mistake Republicans could make right now is to try to make friends with the Democrats or the media again. This is how conservatives always lose when they win — snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Forget restoring bi-partisan dignity to the Senate. Harris, Booker, Feinstein, et al. are revolutionaries. The media are revolutionaries who hate traditional morality and culture, foment chaos, disturb the peace, and want to replace the traditional American majority — white and black… Pass state laws that would garner ACLU suits that would challenge Roe in ways amenable to the jurisprudence of the SCOTUS majority. Also, build the wall. Give voters something worth voting for.”
I agree. I have always been a moderate, a conciliator, one who seeks to bring people together. But there is a time for conciliation, and there is a time for standing one’s ground; for standing for principle. This is that time. Just a few days ago, I had written in my personal journal, and then posted in another Facebook group, the following:
I think it is time – and well past time – that we stop calling today’s Leftists “liberals,” and call them what they are: radical extremists, neo-Marxist revolutionaries, who are utterly determined to pull down, not only what THEY see as “white male privilege” (it’s amazing how many women and people of color I interact with every day, who do NOT see it that way, at all), but everything they see as linked to it – up to and including American culture, society, system of government, jurisprudence, and everything else about it.
Christianity not least! And of course, this is just part of a larger assault on the West as a whole, and its history, heritage, and culture. We are in a war, even if it’s not a shooting one… yet. I pray it doesn’t come to that! But it may, if the lunacy of the Left continues to build. At least (to change metaphors slightly) the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh has put another finger in the dike. I pray it may hold!
“SCHWANGAU, Bavaria: On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the traditional Colomansfest takes place, which is always held on the second Sunday of October. With the Colomansfest, the tradition of the Horse Ride goes back to the 16th century. More than 200 splendidly dressed horses – ridden by traditional wearers [wearers of traditional costume] – take part in it. At 9:00 o’clock the cavalry train is formed at the town hall and led by the music band Schwangau and accompanied by the music band Weissensee in the direction of the pilgrimage church St. Coloman. In favorable weather, the Holy Mass is held with all riders and visitors outdoors. At the end of the Mass, Coloman’s relic is followed by a solemn equestrian event, followed by a three-hour tour around the church, which the clergy and political guests of honor perform in decorated carriages. Guests of honor this year are Markus Ferber (MEP), Angelika Schorer (MdL) and Schwangau Second Mayor Johann Stöger.
“The pilgrimage church of St. Coloman is dedicated to a saint – Saint Coloman [Irish Colmán]. According to legend, he is said to have been an Irish prince who undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. His path also took him through our area. In July 1012 Coloman came to the area of Stockerau, the former border area between Bavaria and Moravia. Because of his foreign clothing and language, he was suspected as a spy, tortured, sentenced to death and executed. Soon his innocence turned out. Because miracles took place on his corpse, the then sovereign ordered on October 13, 1014, the solemn transfer of the bones from Stockerau to the collegiate church in Melk. When the horse ride took place for the first time, is not known. However, it may be assumed that the first hunts took place in the 15th or 16th century, possibly even going back to the beginnings of the pilgrimage. The importance of Colomansfest in village life may be seen from the fact that in 1552, Emperor Charles V granted the owner of Hohenschwangau the right to set up and hold a market “annually and for eternity” on Coloman day. Based on this market right, stands on this feast day at the church stalls with drinks and snacks, because it is a tradition to cultivate the cosiness after the church.
“Colomansfest on Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Schwangau: – from 9 clock, installation of the riders at the town hall of the community Schwangau – 10 clock service at the pilgrimage church of St. Coloman – 3 pm Rosary On Saturday, October 13th, the Colomanstag will be celebrated with a mass at 10 o’clock and a rosary at 14 o’clock in the pilgrimage church of St. Coloman. A small service provides for your physical well-being.”
Here is a video on the subject of St. Coloman himself:
And here is a video of (parts of) the 2013 Colomansfest:
3. Say “excuse me” when bumping into someone, or interrupting.
4. Put down your electronics when someone comes into the room.
5. Look people in the eye when speaking to them.
6. Let others finish speaking before you speak.
7. Shake hands firmly.
8. Say “yes, ma’am” and “yes, sir” when talking to grownups.
9. Greet people with “hi” or “hello” and “how are you?”
10. Open doors for others.
If just these ten concepts – which seem to be among the most basic and classic forms of politeness, with the modern addition of number 4 – were inculcated into children on a consistent basis, across the board, the world would be a much more pleasant place!
(It’s not on the list, but I would also add, if you’re seated and an older person or a pregnant woman has no place to sit, get up and offer them your seat; and I would append to number 6, if you must interrupt, say “excuse me, please,” and wait for them to acknowledge you. I did add “or interrupting” to number 3 – basically any time you bother or inconvenience someone – and “or hello,” which is a little more formal, to number 9.)
These rules instill basic courtesy and politeness, and they apply to adults no less than to children. But how can we expect adults to be courteous and polite, if they were not taught so when they were young? “Train up a child in the way in which he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” as the good Book says!