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Closing Thought–23Jul19

Donald J. Trump, His Most Beloved and Respected Leader, has spent most of this time on one immigration issue after another…the Wall, the raids, the cages, etc etc…..

But did you know that Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich, had once BEG the prince of Bavaria to not be deported?

The year is 1905 and Trump had returned to Bavaria from New York and wanted to stay…..

Here is Friedrich Trump’s letter in full, translated from German by Austen Hinkley: 

Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!

I was born in Kallstadt on March 14, 1869. My parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers. They strictly held me to everything good — to diligence and piety, to regular attendance in school and church, to absolute obedience toward the high authority.

After my confirmation, in 1882, I apprenticed to become a barber. I emigrated in 1885, in my sixteenth year. In America I carried on my business with diligence, discretion, and prudence. God’s blessing was with me, and I became rich. I obtained American citizenship in 1892. In 1902 I met my current wife. Sadly, she could not tolerate the climate in New York, and I went with my dear family back to Kallstadt.

The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age.

But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria. We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick.

Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.

In this urgent situation I have no other recourse than to turn to our adored, noble, wise, and just sovereign lord, our exalted ruler His Royal Highness, highest of all, who has already dried so many tears, who has ruled so beneficially and justly and wisely and softly and is warmly and deeply loved, with the most humble request that the highest of all will himself in mercy deign to allow the applicant to stay in the most gracious Kingdom of Bavaria.

Your most humble and obedient,

Friedrich Trump

Just thinking out loud.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

UK Enters The Age Of Trump

Our friends in the UK have been through a process of picking a new Prime Minister….sadly the conservs have picked a Trump-esque clown to run the government.

Boris Johnson will become Britain’s new prime minister on Wednesday. The governing Conservative Party revealed Tuesday that the Brexit hardliner won a ballot of about 160,000 Conservative members to replace Theresa May, who announced her resignation last month, per the AP. Johnson, a former London mayor, had been the heavy favorite. He wooed Conservatives by promising to succeed where May failed and lead the UK out of the European Union on the scheduled date of Oct. 31—with or without a divorce deal. Several Conservative ministers have already announced they will resign to fight any push for a “no-deal” Brexit, an outcome economists warn would disrupt trade and plunge the UK into recession.

May stepped down after Britain’s Parliament repeatedly rejected the withdrawal agreement she struck with the 28-nation bloc. Johnson insists he can get the EU to renegotiate—something the bloc insists it will not do. If not, he says Britain must leave the EU on Halloween, “come what may.” Johnson will preside over a House of Commons in which most members oppose leaving the EU without a deal, and where the Conservative Party lacks an overall majority. He prevailed over British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the race to become prime minister.

If I understand the situation is right now leads the Tories (conservs) if the Queen accepts him as PM he will be invited to the Palace and asked to put together a government.

Brexit should be more in the news over here….Will Boris be a Trump-like demagogue or will he try to unite the country as Trump has NEVER done here in the US or will he be just another foolish person given the reins of government to embarrass the country?

If there is anything I missed or misrepresented then please help us Colonials understand this event.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Are We War Weary?

It is no secret that I am antiwar and have been for damn near 50 years….and I want to see all Americans perk up and realize that we are in constant war with a limited amount of troops….

This country has been at war for 18 years…actually we have been at war somewhere since World War Two…..and in all that time one would think that a country that has been at war for so long would be war weary.

The US has a “war culture” that prevails in any debate on the necessity for war……

For most of the opinion-making class in America today, war is the default position. Representatives of establishment newspapers and TV news operations are not likely to grill someone who favors U.S. military intervention somewhere – anywhere. He or she will have no burden of proof to sustain. But those who oppose a new war or call for an end to an existing one are sure to be treated like oddballs if not traitors. They’d better have an extraordinarily strong defense of their position because the burden of proof will be squarely on them; even a strong defense, however, won’t get the heat turned down.

Need I point out that a presumption in favor of war is toxic to a society that fancies itself free and humane? Continuing wars and readiness to intervene anywhere in the world costs money and, worse, lives. A war state cannot long coexist with strict limitations on government power and spending. Moreover, it impedes people without influence from prospering because military spending diverts resources from consumer investment and production to weapons and other things irrelevant to consumer welfare.

Personally, I see a moral dilemma in war…..

“Why do you kill me?” asks an unarmed civilian being attacked by a soldier. “What!” cries the man with a weapon, “Do you not live on the other side of the water? If you lived on this side, my friend, I should be an assassin, and it would be unjust to slay you in this manner. But since you live on the other side, I am a hero, and it is just.”

This satiric view of war, penned by Blaise Pascal in 1660 [Pensées], boldly expresses the absurdity of killing a fellow human being over a political division. Pascal adds, with heavy cynicism, “On what shall man found the order of the world which he would govern? Shall it be on the caprice of each individual? What confusion! Shall it be on justice? Man is ignorant of it.”

I read a couple of articles that made me think about this situation……I read the Americans are war weary……and to that I say…BULLSH*T (The president word not mine)….recently a bunch of Dems signed a thing that basically says…”Americans Do Not Want Endless War”…..again BS…if they did then why does it keep on going year after endless year?

But here is why I ask the question……

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were among the first members of Congress to sign a new pledge vowing to end America’s “forever wars.”

“The United States has been in a state of continuous, global, open-ended military conflict since 2001,” reads the pledge, which the veterans group Common Defense launched on Monday. “Over 2.5 million troops have fought in this ‘Forever War’ in over a dozen countries—including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Niger, Somalia, and Thailand.”

The five other lawmakers who joined Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, and Warren as the first supporters of the “End the Forever War” pledge were: Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.).

A noble try but Americans are NOT war weary…….as long as about 1% do the fighting there is NO shared experience and the plight of our troops is ignored.

Then the National Interest site published an article saying…..the country is war weary and needs to bring the troops home….I agree with the troop[s part but as far as it being war weary…I disagree……

“Great countries do not fight endless wars,” intoned President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address, and he is right. Certainly, nations that do fight them don’t stay great, which should serve as a powerful warning for American policymakers.

Alas, the Washington blob, the bipartisan foreign-policy elite that has kept the United States at war for years, appears to have learned nothing. Indeed, members of Congress didn’t greet the president’s pronouncement with much enthusiasm. Legislators had voted against his plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan. Members also had opposed his stated interest in doing the same from South Korea. These are the same congressmen who can’t be bothered to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to approve America’s wars, yet they fear the president might end one.

Another “feel good” article that does NOTHING to end the vicious cycle we are in or continuous war……

I would like to see someone get serious about our troops and the endless worthless wars we fight.

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