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Random Thoughts this July


July 19, 2019 --

Mid-July has the worlds of international golf and tennis turning to the United Kingdom. We have already had the Wimbledon championships with Romania's Simona Halep defeating Serena Williams for the women's title and Novak Djokoovic outlasting Roger Federer, for the men's crown, in the longest Wimbledon final, lasting 4 hours and 57 minutes.

(In the fourth round, Halep defeated the 15-year old sensation Coco Gauff, youngest qualifier in Wimbledon history.)

Next, from July 18 to July 21, will be the British Open at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

(And then, too, this July there is the Jeremy Hunt - Boris Johnson battle for U.K. prime minister, with voters being members of the Conservative Party)

Also July 21, Ukraine will hold parliamentary elections, and President Volodymyr Zelensky's Servant of the People Parthy is expected to win more than 45% of the votes. President Zelensky was reported, July 11, to have spoken by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the view of renewing Ukraine peace talks, this time to include the United States and Great Britain along with Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia.

LPR likes the idea of participation by the Trump Administration in Ukraine talks, if only to make up for the Ukraine meddling of the Obama administration, reportedly led by assistant secretary of state Victorial Nuland. It is to be hoped that such expanded talks will talk place before the end of summer.

On July 24, Robert S. Mueller III is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, and LPR expects that radical Democrats will use the occasion to press for impeachment of President Trump, while Republicans will try to find out why Mr. Mueller did not look into anti-Trump bias as the chief motivating factor of Russiagate, which may be defined as a disinformation campaign to smear the president as an agent of Putin.

LPR has a hunch that radical Democrats want to utilize Mueller's report to promote impeachment talk as the presidential campaign approaches the primary season.

LPR agrees with the argument of president's counsel that Congress has no right to expose merely for the sake of exposure, nor does Congress have authority to bootstrap the Mueller Report into a legitimate subject of legislation.

LPR expects, however, that nothing will deter radical Democrats from their goal of subverting the 2016 election result and seeking to force the removal of President Trump -- and perhaps, in this regard, they are encouraged by a U.S. role in the successful ouster of Ukraine President Victor Yanukovych in February 2014.

For a person afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome, the president regularly assaults the Constitution and has, quoting Roger Cohen in The New York Times, July 13, "contempt for the rule of law, a free press, an independent judiciary, gays, minorities, women's reproductive rights, the safety of migrant children, truth an decency." This Cohen column is typical of the anti-Trump disinformation campaign carried out by the media, led by The New York Times.

Further evidence of anti-Trump bias is evident on all the Sunday morning news interview and discussion programs -- with the exception of Fox News, which, nevertheless, regularly includes anti-Trump observations.

Impeachment was on the mind of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich), from the time she took office, last January. as she took office, Rep. Tlaib said that a day or two before she told her son, "we're gonna go in their and impeach the motherf---ker. She elaborated in a Detroit Free Press op-ed that she co-wrote, setting forth a range of questionable "impeachable offenses." The column asserted: "We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offenses, including...obstruction of justice, violating the emoluments clause; abusing the pardon power, directing or seeking to direct law enforcement to prosecute political adversaries for improper purposes, advocating illegal violence and undermining equal protection of of the laws...etc. etc For Rep. Tlaib, it would seem that the president must be impeached simply because is the president, because the radicals want to control presidential power. Tlaim cohort Rep. Ihlan Omar (Minn.) was quoted in The Wall Street Journal, July 15, as telling a gathering of leftwing activists in Philadelphia: "'We aren't in the business of asking for power, we're in the business of grabbing power'" (Is that a way to express one's commitment to democracy?)

July 14, a presidential tweet elicited more calls for impeachment. In a tweet apparently intended to criticize the radicalism of Rep. Tlaib, and her colleagues, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Ilhan Omar, the president said, in part, ""Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it can be done.'" In an earlier tweet, the president indicated that the four congresswomen "Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, 'RACIST.'" (Mr. Trump might have been referring to the suggestion from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to The Washington Post that Speaker Pelosi had singled out "women of color.") The president did not back down on Monday, suggesting that if the congresswomen don't like the United States they should leave.

What these congresswomen clearly do not like is the fact of President Donald Trump. This is not to suggest that the president should put an end to tweeting, but he might give others a chance to defend him against unjustified attack, indeed against attacks which carry the threat of undermining our democratic traditions.

For example, on July 15, President Trump got support from an ally, Senator Lindsay Graham (S.C.) Appearing on "Fox and Friends, (Fox News Channel), the senator referred to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez "and this crowd"as "a bunch of communists," and agreed that they hate the United States, and Israel, and are "anti-Semitic and anti-America." Sen. Graham advised the president, "Don't get down -- aim higher," and instead of talking about them "personally, [t]alk about their policies." (An aide to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was quoted as saying that the Green New Deal was concerned less with climate change and more with changing the country's economic system.)


Red Line

Mona Charen protests
a bit too much

July 19, 2019 --

A "Never -Trumper" is generally regarded as a Republican who is opposed to the very idea of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. Mona Charen has been a Never Trumper since 2016, when she mafe it clear that she loathed Mr. Trump. Writing in Politico July 7, Ms. Charen told Democrats, via Politico, that they can win her over by proposing legislation "in the constitutional way. No sweeping, federalism-smashing plans to overhaul everything in the name of your preferred policies."

She told Democrats that their House victory in 2018 was "not a left-wing triumph," but was gained by attracting "Republicans and independents who voted Democrat. In other words: Voters like me."

But this admission is puzzling for the indication that Ms. Charen, in 2018, voted for a Democrat candidate for a House seat.

If she were indeed a conservative and a Republican, why would Ms. Charen vote for a Democrat candidate to the House of Representatives? There is a political acronym to describe Ms. Charen -- RINO. (Republican in name only.) LPR prediction: If the president is re-elected, the Never-Trumpers will drop the pretense and declare that they are joining the Democrat party.


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An excerpt from President Trump's July 4 Address

July 19, 2019 --

"As we gather this evening in the joy of freedom, we remember that we all share a truly extraordinary heritage. Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told: the story of America. It is the epic tale of a great nation whose people have risked everything for what they know is right and what they know is true. It is the chronicle of brave citizens who never give up on the dream of a better and brighter future. And it is the saga of thirteen separate colonies that united to form the most just and virtuous republic ever conceived. "

Considering the outcry over an image on the Betsy Ross (13 colonies) flag on Nike sneakers, it's a wonder there has been no criticism of the president for referring to "the saga of thirteen separate colonies," some of which were slave-holding.

The president's address was carried live only by Fox cable. LPR wonders if the broadcast networks have established the precedent to oppose live coverage of any presidential appearance as "partisan," including the State of the Union address.

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On the Commission on Unalienable Rights -- and New York Times Bias

July 19, 2019 --

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo wrote an op-ed column for The Washington Post, July 8, announcing a Commission on Unalienable Rights. Questions that the commission will address include: "What are our fundamental rights? Why do we have them? Who or what grants these rights? How do we know if a claim of human rights is true." Mr. Pompeo calls the work of this commission "urgent," noting, "Rights claims are often aimed more at rewarding interest groups and dividing humanity into subgroups." He went on to say: "Human-rights advocacy has lost its bearings and become more of an industry than a moral compass. And 'rights talk' has become a constant element of our domestic political discourse, without any serious effort to distinguish what rights mean and where they come from." He concluded with the aim of clarifying "our understanding of human rights in a manner that will both inform and better protect essential freedoms.

Roger Cohen is typical of the anti-Trump forces who insist on conjuring up the worst possible explanation for Trump thoughts and deeds, in his July 13 Times column contended that "No plausible reason for this strange initiative has been given." Cohen continued: "Trump, having shown willful neglect toward human rights, now wants to redefine them." Among the administration's actions Cohen challenged was its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Cohen did not inform readers, however, that the Trump administration withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council because of its anti-Israel resolutions and mindset. Behold the political content of The New York Times: unlimited anti-Trump propaganda. But, after all, the paper committed itself to anti-Trumpism no later than August 2016.


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Congratulations to Matthew Wolff

July 19, 2019 --

Matthew Wolff, in winning the inaugural 3M Open, in Blaine, Minn,, two months after gaining the NCAA single's title, became just the third golfer to win both the NCAA championship and a PGA title in the same year. The others are Tiger Wood and Ben Crenshaw. Wolff, 20, won the NCAA title as a U. of Oklahoma sophomore, in May, and turned pro shortly after. He won the 3M Open in his fourth PGA tournament, and gained his victory in dramatic fashion, winning the event on the last hole with a 26 foot putt that gave him an eagle, and a 21 under-par 263 for the tournament.

The 3M was not a qualifying tournament for the British Open so Wolff cannot compete at Royal Portrush this year.

LPR expects, however, that Matthew Wolff will qualify for many majors, including the British Open, in the future. Brooks Koepka, with a six under par, was 65th in the 3M Open. He is, of course, going to Royal Portrush.


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One More Thought This July

July 19, 2019 --

LPR misses the view of the night sky that was visible above Camp Wabigoon (for boys) and Camp Wahanda (for girls) at the top of Spencer Road, near where it meets Smith Hill Road, in Winsted, Connecticut. Each night the sky was bright with the Milky Way, the Big Dipper, uncountable twinkling stars now not visible above New York City. When the moon was full, the light was bright enough to cast shadows on a darkened field next to Wabigoon (used by senior campers for "sneakouts" ) And on a few occasions, one could even see, in August I think, the Northern Lights shining beyond the hills to the north. Six decades have elapsed, but the memory has not dimmed. To LPR clicksters: if you live under a star-filled sky, don't take that sky for granted; it is a special gift.



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July 19, 2019 --

Eliciting an "illicit" reaction?

The New York Times, July 13, in a piece mentioning former Speaker Paul D. Ryan's criticism of President Trump, cited in a new book, included this --

"Mr. Ryan's comments appeared almost to be designed to illicit a rejoinder from a reactive president...."

Concerning the Presidential Debates …

The next political debates will be July 30/31 (CNN), followed by debates on September 12/13 (ABC), and, thereafter one debate each month until April 2020, LPR expects that by 2020, the anti-Trump vitriol expressed in the Democrat debates will become tiresome and indeed a turn-off to voters in fly-over country, particularly if the economy stays strong.

What about antifa …

Rush makes a good point that the left does not criticize antifa. Indeed the so-called "squad" is never asked if they agree with antifa's resort to violence. If asked, would probably call them freedom fighters.

I'd go along, too, with Rush's point that the crowd as the NC rally said the chant in a good natured, spirit of the moment way. Consider the spontaneity of it all. Leftists, as expected, would tar the Trumpeteers as nascent storm-troopers. Antifa better resembles the brawling brownshirts of Germany, 90 years ago, or so. Cf., too, Omar's claim that the president is a fascist. Because a leftists spouts nonsense doesn't make the remark credible.


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