Charlottesville- a Harbinger of What’s to Come

Charlottesville- a Harbinger of What’s to Come

What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday,  August 12th, has been brewing for quite some time. Extremists, from what is called both the right and the left, joined into battle with one another, armed with lumber and steeped in longstanding hatred. Both sides, the white supremacists/neoNazi/KKK and the AntiFa/BlackLivesMatter/AntiTrump resistance, spilled onto the streets of Charlottesville with a premeditated intent to do battle, and the City of Charlottesville allowed these opposing mobs, so armed, to enter into the streets of this small Virginia city and wreak havoc, as a result. So accommodating to provide the battlefield upon which both extremes of opposing factions waged war, it almost seemed staged right from the start.

When the city council of Charlottesville decided to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a small park, once known as Lee Park and renamed Emancipation Park, opponents to the decision sought to organize protests against the removal and, from court permission, gained permit to stage the protest. Making common cause with these alt/right opponents were representatives of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists intent on doing battle, while opposing forces, well-notified of the planned protest, amassed elements of the AntiFa (anti-fascist) radicals, BlackLivesMatter, and other left wing extremists including AntiTrump resistance. Told to make no arrests prior to the hour that the protest was scheduled to begin, local police enabled armed thugs from both sides to proceed from several entry points to join into the melee that followed.

The fact that the media was all prepared and in place to lend coverage to the expected conflict lends credence and bears witness to the proposition that the riots in Charlottesville were planned and engineered to take place, and that this was done for a reason.

Knowing that the effort to bring down Donald Trump from the Russia inquisition will ultimately fail, and that it is unlikely Robert Mueller will find anything worthy of indictment against the president, those who oppose Trump from both sides of the political spectrum decided on a strategy to play the race card against him. The left, ever seeking to tie white racists to Trump jumped at the chance to create an event that would “expose” Trump for what they imagine to be his underlying approval of these racists. Meanwhile the AntiTrump forces from the right, like Weekly Standard editor Stephen F. Hayes, were all prepared to jump on the president, regardless of what he said or didn’t say, regarding the events taking place Saturday morning.

For his own part, the president neither said nor did anything wrong, in either the remarks he made Saturday, and then on the following Monday. In both instances, he decried racism in all its form, hatred on both sides and espoused the need for people to come together and, hopefully, love one another. Yet, because his Saturday comments did not include specific references and repudiation of white supremacists/neoNazis/KKK, as they later did on Monday, Hayes and his fellow travelers from all sides of the mainstream media joined in their expressed indignation at the president’s initial response, and questioning whether such remarks came too little, too late.

Essentially, every faction opposed to the Trump presidency stood at the ready on a Saturday morning in August to pounce on Trump, regardless of his remarks. Knowing that a riot was about to take place between extremists, both white and black- one that would require a response from the president, it became a matter of “how” they would turn the riot against the president, not “if” they would do so. It is as if there keyboards and cameras have Trump in the crosshairs, ready for the next assault on his presidency. Perhaps this time they will get Trump on the race issue, since all of their other attempts to bring him down have thus far fallen flat.

What wasn’t foreseen was the horrendous automobile assault, perpetrated by a young white driver from Ohio, who was given to Nazi fascination. No one knew what was in the mind of James Alex Fields, that would prompt him to do such a thing resulting in the death of one young woman and injury to many others, but everyone on both sides of the riot’s perpetrators knew that it was based on the visceral hatred that they have for one another. Though the streets are laid quiet, the hatred still burns within the hearts of those who pull both sides of the political spectrum further and further apart.

Pulling down historic monuments of men who fought for what they believed in, regardless of contemporary revisionism, will not serve to unite the widening breach between Americans. Giving space to rioters to destroy property and cause violence will not promote constructive dialog, so badly needed in a divided nation. Tolerance of free speech does not extend to the allowance of anarchy, and there is much blame to go all around for the events in Charlottesville during the past weekend.

It is noted that long before the American Civil War was fought, extremists from both the North and the South- radical abolitionists and fervent secessionists- engaged in the same level of extremism that exists today, and it was those extremists on both sides which led this country to the costliest war ever fought by Americans, with more than 750,000 dead by war’s end.

Unless this country learns well the lessons of its own history, it is doomed to repeat the tragic mistakes of its past, and Charlottesville will only serve to be a harbinger of what is to come…a cultural war turned bloody that will tear us apart.

 

-Drew Nickell, 15 August 2017

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Drew Nickell on Radio Thursday, 10 August 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

 

I will be back on the radio, today, Thursday, August 10th, and filling in for Nora Wahl Firestone on her show at WKQA-AM, Freedom 1110 AM in Hampton Roads, VA. I will be discussing current events surrounding the Trump presidency, the political environment surrounding his administration, and other current events here in the nation and around the globe. Here is a link to that live broadcast :

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What Will They Say?

What Will They Say?

A festering problem

that long’s been brewing,

while we’ve known all along

what Kim’s been doing;

 

The world of nations

passed resolutions,

‘midst endless talk

of retribution;

 

Clinton and Bush

and then, Obama,

all avoided

the inevitable drama;

 

A play that was written

throughout decades past-

A curtain now rises,

a die that’s been cast,

 

And unto Trump

to have to deal

with a nuclear nightmare

all too real;

 

While all the experts

who’ve said “not yet,”

behold the table

which has been set;

 

What will they say

when the missiles start to fly?

What will they say,

when they’re up in the sky?

 

Who will they try

to pin the blame on?

and will it even matter,

once we’re all gone?

 

God help us…

 

-Drew Nickell, 9 August 2017

 

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Venezuela- What Inevitably Happens When Socialism Fails

Venezuela- What Inevitably Happens When Socialism Fails

Regardless of nuance in the different forms of socialism, when it is tried and ultimately fails, the result is almost always deadly.

First there was Russia where socialism was the philosophical reason for the Russian revolution and the impetus behind the creation of the Soviet Union. The world watched as the economic upheavals it unleashed, and its ultimate failure of economic function, led to a brutal Stalinist totalitarianism that resulted in the death of 20 million in the labor camps of Siberia.

Then there was National Socialism, born of the German Workers Party and fermented in the severe depression which followed Germany’s loss in the First World War. The German Workers Party became known as “Nationalsozialismus” and its acronym NS (pronounced “na-zi“ in German) and the movement it spawned, seizing national control of the economy, touched off the costliest war ever fought, and the systemized eradication of at least 9 million people, including 6 million Jews, in the death camps of its own creation.

When Mao Zhedong touched off the Cultural Revolution in China, based in the pursuit of socialism in Asia, it is estimated that as many as 100 million perished in the wake of Mao’s internal war against political adversaries, and inspired socialist revolutions on the Korean peninsula and in Southeast Asia, resulting in the death of millions more. Such pursuit of communism, in the name of socialism, has given the world a madman in North Korea who is now capable of launching intercontinental ballistic missiles into the United States and intends to do so with nuclear payloads.

Attempts at socialist uprisings in the Western Hemisphere have inevitably led to the creation of brutal totalitarian regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua and, most recently, in Venezuela, amongst others. Once the fourth strongest economy in the Western Hemisphere, Venezuela’s march towards socialism in the twenty-first century, first under Hugo Chavez, and since, under Nicolas‘ Maduro, has disintegrated the economy, and brought about a brutal totalitarian regime which has eliminated constitutional rights and imposed harsh treatment of its own starving people. The nation that once led the efforts to free Latin America from the grip of European Colonization, under visionary hero Simon‘ Bolivar, has now descended into chaos and violence as it comes to grips with its own economic failure, as the result of socialist imposition.

In Europe, a more measured and incremental march toward socialism has transfigured an entire economic culture which once gave birth to the concepts of individual liberty and economic freedom. Coupled with an open-door policy towards the migration of millions of refugees from the Middle East, the inevitable result in the soaring social costs of trying to provide all people all things, is pushing towards eventual financial failure. Once this occurs, will the remaining members of the European Economic Community follow Britain’s lead in exiting the alliance, or will the EEC impose more stringent controls on the swelling population and seek further erosion of individual liberty and private enterprise?

All of these examples are curiously missing in the rhetoric of Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), as they urge their followers to pursue what Sanders has called “Democratic Socialism.“ Both of them know the ultimate outcome of that which they seek- the imposition of economic wealth redistribution that will make everyone poorer, more dependent on government and more willing to surrender individual liberty in exchange for services provided. Then, once all the money runs out and the people begin to starve en masse, the government will clamp down on any attempt to dissemble the socialist apparatus and, in doing so, will end constitutional guarantees of freedom and liberty.

The underlying socialist proclivity that is inevitably contained within the globalist, one-world economic movement, once led by Obama, Clinton and both Bushes, during their respective presidencies, as well as in the controlling power bases in both political parties, now have only one thing standing in the way of their own globalist visions…

…and that one thing is President Donald J. Trump.

Any questions?

-Drew Nickell, 7 August 2017

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Rock Bottom- The Lowly Point to Which Both Parties Have Descended

Rock Bottom- The Lowly Point to Which Both Parties Have Descended

It’s a race to the bottom, and whichever party gets there first gets dibs on claiming that it’s they who can boast about hating Trump more.

On the one side we have the Democrats. United in their opposition to the Republican president, they act as one in their singular determination to block any and all initiative coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It doesn’t matter whether or not any singular effort coming from the Trump White House would benefit the country, for as long as such effort comes from Trump, they will oppose, resist, delay and disparage the President in the process. To an extent, this is expected of an opposition party out of power, but it has descended to the point of lunacy on the part of the minion senators and representatives who blindly obey the commands of Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), respectively, in universal opposition to Trump legislative initiative, regardless whether such initiative pursues the greater good of the nation. To be a Democrat is to hate all things Trump, and the rest doesn’t really matter much.

Yet, leading the race to the bottom are the Republicans- specifically those Republicans who are doing everything in their power to delegitimize and marginalize a Trump presidency they have opposed from the very start. This is especially true in the Senate, where at least twelve of the fifty-two Republican Senators are actively driving an effort to bring down the president in any and every way they can. They do so by cowardly backing away from heretofore unified votes to repeal ObamaCare, they once cast at a time when they knew their repeal votes were for naught, under a President Obama when he would surely veto them. Now that a Republican president is in a position to sign whatever they would put forward to repeal, replace and provide the country with a better solution to its healthcare woes, these same cowards run away for fear they might look bad if it doesn’t work, or fear that the media will say they are mean for taking away someone’s health care. Others try to limit their own president’s ability to make recess appointments for fear that President Trump will put a stop to the Bob Mueller/Democrat Lawyers Who Supported Hillary Clinton-led witch hunt and replace Mueller with a non-partisan special counsel, or that Trump would replace his own Attorney General in the interim. Still others pass legislation that would curtail President Trump from leveraging sanctions to conduct foreign policy without the Senate’s imprimatur, in direct opposition to the Constitution of the United States.

These are the “dirty dozen” Republican senators who, with an all-abiding eye of their own leadership, do what they can to stymie the president. These include Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Shelly Moore Caputo (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Bob Corker (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV), John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Ben Sasse (R-NE). Some do so overtly, like Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who is currently writing a book on how to oppose Donald Trump- a duly elected president from his own party! Others like South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham do so covertly, by fully colluding with their Democrat counterparts to propel an ever-expanding probe into whatever they can find on Donald Trump to pursue impeachment of a president that none of them “authorized” to win. It’s plain to see that none of these dirty dozen, nor their leadership in the Senate, give any regard at all to the very real criminal offenses perpetrated by Hillary Clinton and her campaign, with regards to Clinton Foundation pay-for-play, unauthorized dissemination of classified information, and the destruction of e-mail evidence under congressional subpoena. None are concerned about Obama administration’s criminal and targeted unmasking of U.S. citizens caught up in the surveillance of foreign entities. No, they’d rather go after Trump, instead.  So while all of these bottom-dwellers take an extended vacation back to their districts, the investigations they have launched to bring down their president go forward with great zeal and determined purpose.

Then, we have the President- a political outsider, who looks out upon the swamp that is Washington, D.C. It is a city laden with corruption that permeates both parties- an endemic poison that prevents the level of change needed to address the needs of the nation’s people. Even more dangerously, the institution of a “deep state” which dominates every federal department and agency, and which condescendingly looks down upon an electorate who from their stand point, lacks their “expertise” in all matters governmental. It is this deep state- primarily, career federal employees who would sooner leak out confidential conversations that the president has with foreign leaders, and thereby threaten our national security in the process, than allow the very idea of a successful Trump presidency.

In spite of all of this (and for that matter, everyone else including an adversarial mainstream media united in message and purpose to disparage the president), Donald Trump disregards the many forces allayed against him, and pursues his agenda in any and every way he can. With the self-confidence and self-assurance that is his own essential quality, he knows that what he seeks is for the overall benefit of Americans, and he does so to strengthen America’s position in the world. He will keep doing so, as long as he has the support of the people who elected him, regardless of the slime that is the content and dwelling space of his opposition.

After all, Donald Trump has a job he was elected to do- and it’s one hell of a job he must do, if we are going to have a country…politicians be damned.

 

-Drew Nickell, 4 August 2017

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King Rat- McCain Betrays his Own Party and the President, yet Again

King Rat- McCain Betrays his Own Party and the President, yet Again

Brain cancer or not, Viet Nam POW or not, Senator John McCain(R-AZ) is the absolute king of the Republican rats, who will stop at nothing to betray his own party and the first real Republican president since Ronald Reagan.

Flying into Washington late Wednesday afternoon, the senior senator from Arizona mounted his high horse once again to lecture the Senate and the nation about what is and isn’t proper in Senate deliberations…as if he knew. In his self-serving and puerile bombast, he got his digs into the president he hates and pontificated about what he sees as the need for the Senate to work together.

Interestingly enough, the only thing that on which the Senate has come together this year, is their ill-advised and constitutionally-dangerous imperative to restrict President Trump in the management of foreign policy, specifically with regards to Russian sanctions. This is nothing more than a direct slap-in-the-face to the president- one that is unprecedented in U.S. history. Further, he and other AntiTrump Senators, including Lindsey Graham(R-SC) and Ben Sasse(R-NE) have overtly threatened the president that it will be “the end of his presidency” if Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fired, once again undermining and usurping the power and prerogative that is constitutionally the exclusive domain of any sitting U.S. president.

Despite seven years of promising the American people to repeal and replace ObamaCare, seven Republicans (Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Shelly Caputo of West Virginia, Dean Heller of Nevada, McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Rob Portman of Ohio) opposed Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its totality, joining obstructionist Democrats who have vowed not to participate in any measure that would put an end to the worst domestic legislation in history… that was Wednesday night.

Then on Friday morning, July 28th, it was McCain who ignominiously and dramatically threw a visceral thumbs down, joining Collins and Murkowski, to put the final nail in the “skinny-repeal bill,” which only sought to rid the ACA of its employer and individual mandates and medical device taxes. These senators, who all supported Hillary Clinton simply because she was not Donald Trump, are still sticking it to the American people because they remain angry about Trump’s victory in November.

In a word, betrayal- betrayal to their party, betrayal to the president and betrayal to the country.

Recalling the condescension in McCain’s speech on Wednesday, where he said:

 “ …stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television  and the Internet- to hell with them…”

Well, Senator John McCain, “to hell with YOU and the rest of the rats,” too many of whom propagate the Republican caucus in the United States Senate.

It’s high time to vote their sorry asses outta there.

 

-Drew Nickell, 28 July 2017

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A Progress Report and Note of Thanks to the Readers of Drew Nickell

A Progress Report and Note of Thanks to the Readers of Drew Nickell

Two years ago this month, we began an effort to expand the readership of our essays which are catalogued on http://www.drewnickell.com, and which have also been posted on Facebook and are now shared on Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, LinkedIn and Google.

In that time period, our 225 essays have been read over 8,000 times in 68 countries, across six continents- something that we would have thought absolutely impossible only a few years ago.

Drew’s webpage has attracted 4,500 subscribers and his number of Facebook friends has swelled to just over 3,000, with an additional following of more than 500.

None of this would have been possible, but for the support of you- the friends who have offered supportive and constructive feedback, and who have kindly spread the word of our efforts to provide honest commentary on the events that shape our lives.

To you, our cherished friends, we offer our sincerest thanks and deepest appreciation for all you have done at our behest.

As a token of our appreciation, we are reducing the price of the signed and personalized copy of our book, Bending Your Ear- a Collection of Essays on the Issues of Our Times by just over $5.00 per copy. Yesterday’s price was $25.99, and is now available to you for $20.95, which includes sales tax, packaging and postage within the United States.

We will also be having a book signing this Saturday, July 22, from 10AM to 4 PM, at the Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Virginia Beach, located near the Virginia Beach Town Center at 4485 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

We hope to see you there.

God bless each and every one of you for all you have done to support our efforts.

 

-Drew Nickell, 18 July 2017

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