Trump, Kushner, and Double Standards

Let us engage in a little thought experiment.

Let’s say that Hillary had won the election. And, a couple of weeks before the inauguration, news comes out that she’s going to name Marc Mezvinsky (Chelsea’s husband, therefore Hillary’s son-in-law) as a White House adviser. How do you think Trump supporters would react?

I think it’s pretty obvious many of them would be screaming bloody murder about nepotism and many other things.

Yet, Trump is reported to be naming his son-in-law to a White House adviser’s job, and I’ve not seen a peep out of the Trumpeters.

So, I guess it’s OK with the die-hard Trumpeters for Trump to do this.

But there’s more to this than a double standard. When another Democrat takes the Oval Office — and it will happen at some time, no party ever has a permanent lock on the Presidency — if he or she appoints family members to White House positions, the GOP will not be in any position to complain without being hypocrites.

This is the legacy of Trump.

The Value of Saying “Merry Christmas!”

So, it’s that time of year when many people refuse to say “Merry Christmas,” preferring the politically correct “Happy Holidays.”

Now, why do I think we should say “Merry Christmas”? Simple. Because that’s the holiday we’re celebrating! Yeah, there are Hanukkah celebrations and Kwanzaa and maybe even Festivus, but come on, the tradition in America is that Christmas is the major winter holiday.

Some might say that there are so many holidays in one month that using “Happy Holidays” is more “inclusive.” Well, look at February… Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday… but do you ever get or give a bright red heart full of chocolates that says “Happy February Holidays”? No, you give or get Valentine hearts!

Another reason is because it’s high time we push back against the SJWs and Christophobes that want to push every mention of Jesus, or Christ, out of the common language. When you get right down to it, they object to Christmas because of the first six letters of the word. It’s time to put that word back into conversation.

So, if you’re in a store and they wish you a “Happy Holidays,” just return their greeting with “Merry Christmas!” Don’t be mean about it, but don’t back down from saying what you wish. And keep in the back of your mind that “Holidays” is a shortened version of “holy days.” That’ll help you keep smiling as you say it.

The Double-Standard of the Trumpeters

Many of the Trumpeters — at least those that were politically aware prior to January, 2016 — have been known to use this video to characterize the people who supported Obama and, by extension, Obama himself.

However, these same people seem to be having a problem with this video.

Now, let us be honest here. The Trumpeters are trying to have it both ways, but they can’t. If it’s wrong to use videos of supporters to indicate the kind of people a given politician attracts, then it is always wrong. If it’s right and proper — and I think it is — then it is always right and proper.

In politics, it’s almost always the leftists that want the double standards. Just look at the Democrats on sex scandals. If a Republican is alleged to be involved in one, then It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (great song, by the way). But a Democrat? Nothing to see here, it’s just sex, let’s everyone just MoveOn (.org)*.

And now the Trumpeters are doing the same thing. But I think there’s another motivation. I think they’re upset that we are starting to see how many Trumpeters are alt-reich (another way of saying alt-right, one that I think is far more apropos) types. And that knowledge getting out scares them.

Trump Will Not “Drain The Swamp.” Trump IS The Swamp!

So, the Trumpeters are all agog about how Trump will “drain the swamp.” They need to take a good hard look at the transition team he’s assembling.

First, there’s Reince Priebus. If ever there was a swamp-dweller, it’s Priebus. But Priebus has been on the Trump Train since at least January when he famously removed NRO from the debates for writing not-nice things about The Don, so this is his reward.

And that’s just the start:

…[T]he Trump transition team is a who’s who of influence peddlers, including: energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist for Koch Industries and the Walt Disney Company; adviser Eric Ueland, a Senate Republican staffer who previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs; and Transition General Counsel William Palatucci, an attorney in New Jersey whose lobbying firm represents Aetna and Verizon. Rick Holt, Christine Ciccone, Rich Bagger, and Mike Ferguson are among the other corporate lobbyists helping to manage the transition effort.

This is nothing new. Trump supported swamp-dwellers Reid and Pelosi, not to mention Gang of Eight members Chuck Schumer (D), Dick Durbin (D), Bob Menendez (D), Lindsey Graham (who might as well be a D), and John McCain, who calls conservatives “wacko birds.”

Trumpeters, of course, say you gotta be a swamp-dweller to drain the swamp… but that is in marked contrast to what they said prior to November 9, where you had to be an outsider! In short, they’re moving the goalposts.

America’s Saul Election

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying since Tuesday night, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the closest parallel to what’s happening in America right now is something that happened to Israel in the Bible.

The story starts in 1 Samuel 8, when the Israelites demand not to be led by God, but by an earthly king. Samuel takes this request to God, and God replies with a series of warnings about what kind of king they would have. They said, in essence, we don’t care, we want what we want and we want it now!

So, God let the people pick their king. They picked Saul, solely on his public appearance, not what was in his heart. And if you’ve read your Bible you know what kind of a king he was.

We have just elected a reality TV “star” based only on his recent public statements. Every time his older statements — like saying that Hillary would make a great President — they are brushed aside. Yet those are a valuable insight into the man.

Also troubling is his immediate call for a $1 trillion — yes, that’s trillion with a “T” — porkulus package. We know these “stimulus” things never work, Obama tried one and it was a huge flop. But Trump seems to think that he can do it better. That’s the mindset of the people who want to keep trying socialism over and over despite it’s many failings… they just think it hasn’t worked because they weren’t in charge.

I fear for my nation. I can only trust that God has a plan.