In the 2016 race, June belonged to two outsiders who could not be more dissimilar.
Bernie Sanders is a socialist senator from Vermont and Donald Trump a celebrity capitalist and legendary entrepreneur and builder.
What do they have in common? Both have tapped into what the bases of their respective parties believe is wrong with America.
Bernie is the Willie Nelson of national politics, a leftist voice of a working class whose jobs and factories have been exported and whose wages have stagnated as banksters and the Davos-Doha crowd amass mammoth fortunes by playing games of three-dimensional Monopoly.
The 73-year-old Sanders may have no chance of beating Hillary. But the size of his crowds testifies that he speaks for millions.
Trump's success comes from the issues he has seized upon — illegal immigration and trade deals that de-industrialized America — and brazen defiance of Republican elites and a media establishment.
By now the whole world has heard Trump's declaration:
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems to us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
Politically incorrect? You betcha.
Yet, is Trump not raising a valid issue? Is there not truth in what he said? Is not illegal immigration, and criminals crossing our Southern border, an issue of national import, indeed, of national security?
Women and girls crossing Mexico on trains are raped by gangs. The "coyotes" leading people illegally across the U.S. border include robbers, rapists and killers, who often leave these people to die in the desert.
"State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America" by this writer in 2006 cited researcher Heather Mac Donald of Manhattan Institute. She reported that two-thirds of the 17,000 outstanding fugitive felony warrants in Los Angeles were for illegal immigrants, as were 95 percent of 1,200-1,500 outstanding warrants for homicide.
Of 20,000 members of the 18th Street Gang operating across Southern California, 12,000 were illegal immigrants. One of the Beltway Snipers, who terrorized the D.C. area, shooting 13 and killing 10, was a 17-year-old illegal immigrant from Jamaica, John Lee Malvo.
The reaction to Trump's comments has been instructive. NBC and Univision dropped his Miss USA and Miss Universe contests. Macy's has dropped the Trump clothing line. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is talking of terminating city contracts with Trump.
The reaction of Trump's Republican rivals has been even more instructive. Initially, it was muted. But when major media began to demand that GOP candidates either denounce Trump or come under suspicion or racism themselves, the panic and pile-on began.
As The Washington Times relates, at a July 4 parade in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush said Trump "doesn't represent the Republican Party or its values. "I don't assume that he thinks that every Mexican crossing the border is a rapist. ... So he's doing this to inflame and to incite and to draw attention, which seems to be his organizing principle of his campaign."
Sen. Marco Rubio also found his voice. Trump's comments "were not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive." Imagine that, "divisive" politics.
Ex-Gov. Rick Perry said Trump's remarks were "offensive," as "Hispanics in America and Hispanics in Texas, from the Alamo to Afghanistan, have been extraordinary ... citizens of our country." But most of the Hispanics at the Alamo were in the Mexican army of Santa Anna, not under Col. Travis, and hardly "extraordinary citizens of our country" as Texas did not even belong to the USA then.
Sen. Ted Cruz on NBC's "Meet the Press" took a different stance: "I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration." "The Washington cartel doesn't want to address that. The Washington cartel doesn't believe we need to secure the border. The Washington cartel supports amnesty, and I think amnesty's wrong."
Trump "has a colorful way of speaking," said Cruz, "It's not the way I speak. But I'm not going to engage in the media's game of throwing rocks and attacking other Republicans." Cruz might have added, "like Jeb and Rick and Marco are doing."
What Trump has done, and Cruz sees it, is to have elevated the illegal immigration issue, taken a tough line, and is now attacking GOP rivals who have dithered or done nothing to deal with it.
Trump intends to exploit the illegal immigration issue, and the trade issue, where majorities of middle-class Americans oppose the elites. And he is going to ride them as far as he can in the Republican primaries. In the coming debates, look for Trump to take the populist and popular side of them both. And for Cruz to stand by him on illegal immigration.
Americans are fed up with words; they want action. Trump is moving in the polls because, whatever else he may be, he is a man of action.
(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 08:35
To The Daily Sun,
Not sure what it takes to get people involved in their community, or in what could be the late, great country called the USA.
It is nice to see that City Councilor Brenda Baer will continue to represent Ward 4. As for me, a Ward 5 resident, "as the older lady in Maine said years ago" quoted by John Silber (Mass) , "I don't vote, it only encourages them!"
My councilor voted against my wishes when he voted to hit the taxpayers with "Pay As You Throw". Thank the Lord, Mayor Mike Seymour heard us and allowed more time for the volunteer recycling to work! Wherever we go to drop off — it is a good place to see many of your neighbors.
For me to vote at the municipal election would only encourage them, as if they had done a good job.
From my years on the City Council and after, my opinion is that Opechee Park is the jewel of parks. Tax dollars and volunteers. Leavitt Park in Ward 6 — same story. The city just a few years ago re-discovered Wyatt Park. If Tardif Park is hanging in there it is due to the volunteers!
Now, it would be a great idea for vets, and other interested parties to fight for Memorial Park. Put my name with that of Earl Beale and his remarks in this paper on July 8. Thanks to the American Legion (with help from VFW), we can continue to give high school seniors +1 year of opportunity to take advantage of a shot at the national spotlight. Ask the big leaguers if they played Little League and Legion ball, and for most of them, the answer is yes. I would rather watch a young man from Gilford, Belmont, Moultonboro, or Meredith who are playing against a talented team from around the state, and the national tournament — future pros, and names we recognize!
So, Brenda, I am asking you to lead the effort to make your colleagues understand that there is a lot of baseball at Memorial since the 40's, and they deserve at a minimum what others, including Robbie Mills Park, are getting.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:59
To The Daily Sun,
When you vote for an incumbent, you are perpetuating our government as it is now — nothing will change. The next three sentences will tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:
1. We are advised not to judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.
Here is another one for you.
2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, the second one did not. Think about it.
Last but not least.
3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans? No pay raises for military and cutting our military lower than WORLD WAR II. We are not stopping payments to illegal aliens, such as the monthly payments for each child, money housing, food stamps, health care, and free education, while we struggle to make ends meet.
What is the matter with this country? Not the country we know any more. They also can now vote. Is that nice of our government, or what? The government is flushing us down the toilet while others suck the system dry. Are we the people not tired of this?
Obama has ruined this country and the American dream. Hillary is only going to continue where he leaves off. So everyone better smarten up before she continues the damage already done by Obama.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
News report: "Prairie Fires in the West Continue to Burn". With severe drought the fires have burned tens of thousands of square miles since April and without rain may well jump the Mississippi by late October. Fires along the western edge of the Rockies are not expected to burn past the end of September.
Of course these "headlines" never made it into print as the Europeans hadn't arrived to publish them, and after they did it was a few hundred years before they made it out to the "West" to even know that they were burning.
Of course, by then enough CO² had been released over the previous 17,000 years to further warm the planet causing seas to rise some 300-plus feet allowing the Europeans to launch their boats across the ocean and stumble onto the continents.
Today's headlines of forest fires, floods, and other disasters are aiding in the writing of a new chapter in earth's history. The fires burn, the wind blows, rain falls because humans on this planet (especially those in what is known as the USA) are causing the "climate to change" by burning fossil fuels and loading the atmosphere with that most dangerous chemical CO². (water vapor comprises 98 percent of greenhouse gases, CO² only 2 percent)
Though information on any subject is widely available on the Internet, people seem inclined not to check the validity of the climate changers' claim of human cause. Especially in the face of "official government" propaganda. Reference Tom Karl Director of NCEI at NOAA. My letter to the editor of Feb. 27, 2015, page 4 presented data available on the ice ages which show the norm for the earth is warm/hot.
So even if the oceans rise 20 feet in the next 100 years that is only one-sixteenth of the rise since melting of the two miles deep ice over Canada began 17,000 years ago. Adherents of human-caused climate change want the 300-plus million in the USA to compensate for what the 2-plus billion in China and India are doing to the atmosphere.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:51
To The Daily Sun,
Watching and reading the mainstream media these days is like reading Alice in Wonderland presented as historical documentaries. The current president is a proven liar and incompetent, while the leading candidate for the Dem nomination looks to be a dishonest, untrustworthy sneak who is very likely guilty of influence peddling, taking bribes from foreigners and breaking regulations if not laws while acting as Obama's Secretary of State.
I read somewhere that Ann Coulter once said liberalism is a mental disorder and I'm not sure she was far from joking. After all look at the way things are being viewed by the left's media these days. All cops are suspect or criminals, all criminals are victims, 90 percent of the young blacks killed are killed by other young blacks, over 80 percent of interracial violence is committed by blacks against whites but whites are presented as racists hunting down blacks.
Also, some of us remember "Fast and Furious", where Obama and Holder sent hundreds of assault rifles to the drug cartels all while trying to take all the guns away from honest American citizens. Then, too, we still see thousands of illegal immigrants coming across our boarders and immediately getting public assistance and their children promised free collage educations while our kids come out of collage with staggering debt.
Meanwhile, Obama is negotiating with Iran, the leading exporter of terrorism, caving in on every point and giving the radical clerics a clear path to obtaining nukes. Let's not forget the promise made to bring people together in America in a post-racial presidency, but look how divided and polarized the nation is now.
What can be expected when Obama has Al Sharpton, a true racist and agitator as his chief adviser on race relations.
Political correctness is used as a club to blister those who would speak out against these truths. Smears and slanders substitute for honest debate by those on the left when they can't defend their positions or positions or actions of their leaders. And still after seven years of Obama's rule there fallback is to still blame Bush and call conservatives racists and the Tea Party radical.
Ann was wrong, no mental disorder here, just nasty, evil power-hungry Marxist socialists using any means to justify their ends. Anything to destroy America and claim the spoils.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:47