India and America should be the best of friends.

This article is in honor of President Trump’s trip to visit India and Prime Minister Modi.

What’s the most populous democratic country in the world?  If you answered The United States you’d be wrong…, it’s The Republic of India!

That’s right…, India.

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Even though India and America a half way around the globe from each other and quite different culturally, we are the two biggest democracies in the world, and that desire to be free and to self-govern is what should naturally bind us together.

Both countries have social issues they are dealing with, but I feel, in general, our hearts and desires are in the right place and well-intended.

Both countries are also dealing with a constant erosion of their democracy.  The proponents of socialism, communism and totalitarianism never rest.

Both countries also had to gain their freedom from the British Empire.

India, or The Republic of India, is a “constitutional republic” just like The United States is.

India has three branches of government, executive, legislature and judicial, just like The United States.

America has 50 states, while India has 28.

While American culture, and our democracy, has only been around for a few hundred years, Indian culture has been around for over 5,000 years! Although their democratic government has only been around for 70 years, since 1950.

Another thing India and America has in common is both countries have elected leaders recently that are considered anti-establishment, and pro-business.

In India’s case we’re talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  And in America’s case we’re talking about President Donald trump, of course.

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According to David Aaro and Ronn Blitzer of Fox News, “President Trump and first lady Melania visited the Taj Mahal Monday, hours after the U.S. leader gave a rousing speech to more than 110,000 at a cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, India.”

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“Trump, who once owned the Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City, N.J. which was inspired by the Indian landmark, had never visited the Indian site until now. The President’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were also on hand, taking photos in front of the building.”

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“Earlier, Trump was greeted by large crowds at the rally where he announced a $3 billion deal that will send state-of-the-art military helicopters to India.”

“The rally, titled ‘Namaste Trump [Hello Trump],’ was a sequel to the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event [President] Trump held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston last September.”

“[President] Trump’s motorcade passed seemingly endless crowds in Ahmedabad with many cheering and waving American flags on the way to the 110,000 capacity Sardar Patel Stadium where the rally was conducted.”

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“The largest cricket stadium in the world appeared to be full, with banners displaying the Trump’s name throughout.”

“Before Modi and Trump came out on stage, the song ‘Macho Man’ by the Village People was heard playing in the stadium. When the music stopped, they arrived on stage, and both leaders held the arms of each other into the air.”

Ha!  Macho Man!!!

“Shortly after each country’s national anthem played, Modi began speaking to the crowd about shared values and ideas as Trump sat in his chair beside Melania.”

“When Modi handed the podium to Trump, the president thanked those in attendance for the welcome he received, adding that he and Melania would remember the hospitality given.”

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‘“America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people,’ Trump said.”

‘“I am pleased to announce that tomorrow our representatives will sign deals to sell over $3 billion in the absolute finest state of the art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces,’ Trump said.”

‘“The United States and India are also firmly united in our iron-clad resolve to defend our citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism,’ Trump said. ‘Both of our countries have been hurt by the pain and turmoil of terrorism…’”

“[President] Trump gave his predictions on poverty and the future of India on the heels of a 2019 United Nations Development Program report which said that 271 million people were lifted out of poverty from 2005 to 2017.”

‘“India will soon be the home of the biggest middle class anywhere in the world,’ Trump said. ‘And within less than 10 years, extreme poverty in your country is projected to completely disappear. The potential for India is absolutely incredible.’”

The potential for America’s and India’s friendship is also “absolutely incredible.”

America and India could make an impressive tag team as we move into the future.

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Russian interference?!  Did you say “Russian interference” again?!  You did, you did say “Russian interference” again?! 

Is the fake news, liberal propaganda, really serious about this…, again?!

Really?!

It’s only February!

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Please don’t tell me we are going to have to listen to this fairy tale garbage again for the next 9 months, leading up to the November election.

Please!

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And then after President Trump wins it’ll be déjà vu all over again as well with this Russian crap…, again.

I guess our only hope is that CNN and MSNBC will have been completely discredited by that time and shut down.

According to Jim Acosta, Zachary Cohen, Dana Bash, Jeremy Herb, Jake Tapper, Alex Marquardt, Paul LeBlanc, Vivian Salama and Kaitlan Collins of CNN, “Russia is looking to help Trump win in 2020, election security official told lawmakers.”

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Is there anyone at CNN who didn’t contribute to this piece of liberal propaganda?

Just sayin’!

“Washington (CNN) – The intelligence community’s top election security official delivered a briefing to lawmakers last week warning them that the intelligence community believes Russia is already taking steps to interfere in the 2020 election with the goal of helping President Donald Trump win, three sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.”

Okay, people…, time out.

Let’s stop for a minute and think about this.

Let’s stop for a minute and use our brains.

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First, the fact that Russia wants to mess with our election is a given.  No news there at all.

But second…, you’re telling me that Russia wants to help President Trump get re-elected?

The Russians want to help the same President Trump who has the U.S.’s economy roaring?

The Russians want to help the same President Trump who has rebuilt America’s military to the strongest it’s been in our history and the strongest currently in the world?

The Russians want to help the same President Trump who has overseen the U.S. become oil independent from the Middle East?

The Russians want to help the same President Trump who has established a new branch of our military, The Space Force, which has been created to guarantee the U.S. has dominance in space over countries like Russia and China?

The Russians want to help the same President Trump who has placed embargos and other economic restrictions on them and many of their “friends” around the world?

That President Trump?

That’s the President Trump “The intelligence community’s top election security official” is talking about?

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Excuse me Ms. “The intelligence community’s top election security official” if I call you out for what you obviously are…, just another liar and “deep state” tool who is being used to spread anti-Trump propaganda.

“Last week’s briefing, led by election security official Shelby Pierson and first reported by The New York Times, addressed the overall picture of Russia’s efforts, including hacking, weaponizing social media and attacks on election infrastructure, one of the sources said.”

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“The briefers said Russia does favor Trump, but that helping Trump wasn’t the only thing they were trying to do as it was also designed to raise questions about the integrity of the elections process, the source added.”

And of course the democrats want to lay the groundwork about the “integrity of the election process” in order cover their butts and fit their narrative after the democrats get annihilated in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections.

Please refer to my section above again as to why the Russians would, of course, favor President Trump.

Acosta, Cohen, Bash and Herb of CNN continue, “Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — which the US intelligence community believes was aimed at boosting Trump’s candidacy and hurting his opponent, Hillary Clinton — led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The prospect of interference in 2020 will further test US defenses against foreign meddling, which Trump has repeatedly downplayed as he has dismissed any suggestion that Kremlin influence played a role in his election.”

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Okay…, please, let’s take another time out here.

I’m sorry, but wasn’t the “Russian collusion hoax” been put to bed?

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Wasn’t the fraudulently initiated Mueller investigation completed, after wasting two years of our time and coming up with NOTHING regarding President Trump and “Russian collusion?”

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And again…, I’m sorry but wasn’t it President Obama who was aware of this “Russian election interference” in 2015 and 2016 but did nothing about it?

Wasn’t it President Obama and his deep state minions who were aware of this “Russian election interference” in 2015 and 2016 and failed to inform candidate Trump about it, but rather used it as an excuse to spy on his campaign and then frame him with the “Russian collusion hoax?”

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Ha!  It’s funny how I never hear that mentioned by any of our “friends” in the fake news, liberal propaganda media.

Again…, let’s take a moment and use our brains here.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to believe that the Russians would be more inclined to “help” the democrats’ front runner, Bernie Sanders?

According to Joseph Simonson of The Washington Examiner, Bernie Sanders has been quoted as saying, ‘“I don’t mind people calling me a communist.’”

Hmmm…, well, that’s interesting.

“Although Sanders has refrained from self-identifying as a communist, his ties with far-left Marxist groups go back decades.”

Hmmm…, well, that’s interesting as well.

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“The Washington Examiner reported last May on his ties with far-left political parties such as the Socialist Workers Party [SWP]. During his time as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he littered his office with newspapers and pamphlets from revolutionary organizations.”

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) is known as the communist party in the United States.

“In 1980 and 1984, Sanders endorsed SWP presidential candidates Andrew Pulley and Mel Mason. Their presidential platforms included promises to dismantle the entire U.S. military and nationalize most industries.”

Hmmm…, wouldn’t these be things Russia would be excited about getting behind as opposed to President Trump’s accomplishments and policies?

“Sanders was later investigated by the FBI concerning his ties to the SWP, although charges were never brought.”

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As we know, charges are never brought against liberals, democrats, socialists and communists…, only conservatives.

And on a final note, according to Michael Kranish of The Washington Post, “The just-married socialist mayor from Vermont was on what he called “a very strange honeymoon,” an official 10-day [in 1988] visit to the communist country [Russia], and he was enthralled with the hospitality and the lessons that could be brought home.”

Just “enthralled!”

“The trip garnered brief mention in the 2016 presidential campaign, but earlier this year, a video from a Vermont community television station was posted online that showed a few minutes of Sanders’s unlikely celebration with the Soviets.”

“As he stood on Soviet soil, Sanders, then 46 years old, criticized the cost of housing and health care in the United States, while lauding the lower prices — but not the quality — of that available in the Soviet Union. Then, at a banquet attended by about 100 people, Sanders blasted the way the United States had intervened in other countries.”

“Sanders declined to be interviewed for this report.”

You don’t say?

I’m sure the fake news media will eventually make a Russia-Bernie connection in an effort to railroad Bernie out of their nomination process as well.

The liberal establishment is so predictably pathetic it’s laughable.

So, they’re going to be telling us the Russians are supporting both Bernie AND President Trump?

Like I said…, laughable and unbelievably shameless.

WINNING!

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“The Swamp” or not “The Swamp,” that is the question.

I find it funny that we have “swamp rats” out there, running around, trying to portray President Trump as part of “the swamp.”

They are absolutely shameless.

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Please, think about it.

Here we have lifelong Washington bureaucrats, lifelong establishment politicians and their mindless propagandists trying to insinuate that President Trump represents “the swamp.”

Seriously?!

President Trump, who was not even a politician until 2016?!

President trump, who won the 2016 election with virtually no support from anyone in Washington, virtually no support from anyone in politics, or virtually any support from anyone in the media?!

Does that sound like someone who is a “swamp rat?”

Does that sound like someone who “the swamp” supports?

The answer is NO and NO.

What we have here is just another example of the old Nazi propaganda strategy of accusing your opponents of that which you are doing, or identifying them as you should be identified.

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What is our latest example of “the swamp” rearing its ugly head?

According to Joshua Nelson for Fox News, “White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said on Tuesday that calls for the resignation of Attorney General [AG] William Barr from former Justice Department employees are not ‘surprising’ given the constant opposition to President Trump’s agenda.”

‘“It’s been proven time and time again. There are obstructionists all across this government who are working against the president,’ Grisham told, ‘Fox & Friends.’”

There’s no question about that, Stephanie.

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We’ve seen mystery “whistleblowers,” hostile witnesses, hostile unnamed sources, and unsupportive bureaucrats galore permeating the departments and staffs within the executive branch.

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“Grisham’s comments came after more than 1,100 former Justice Department employees signed an online petition urging Barr to resign and praising the four prosecutors who withdrew from the case of former Trump adviser Roger Stone after what they perceived as interference from the White House, Politico reported.”

And how do you communicate or get communication from “over 1,100 former Justice Department employees” in a matter of days?

Why, you just access your friendly “swamp” database…, shoot out a couple emails…, and shazam…, you’ve got an on-line petition urging AG Barr to resign for no defensible reason at all.

‘“It didn’t surprise me. A lot of those [petitioners] are career [employees]. There are many people who hailed AG Barr when we first appointed him and he’s been doing a great job,’ Grisham said.”

“Signatures for the petition include recent Justice Department employees and some dating back to the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, according to the news outlet. The signatures were gathered by Protect Democracy, a nonprofit legal group that had also gathered signatures for a letter claiming Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report presented enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.”

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Protect Democracy Group, huh.

The Protect Democracy Group obviously has access to that “swampy” database.

From “Protect Democracy’s own website: “Our democracy is facing threats we haven’t seen in generations. Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting attacks, from at home and abroad, on our right to free, fair, and fully informed self-government. Together, armed with our Constitution and the rule of law, we can fight back and protect our democracy from those who would do it harm.”

If you dig a little deeper you’ll find that “Protect Democracy” is so far from “nonpartisan” that it isn’t funny.  Their statement is just a ruse to allow them to enjoy a tax-free status.

We really need to do away with this tax-free status for political groups…, but that is a different topic for another day.

In reality, “Protect Democracy” is just another anti-America, anti-Trump, pro-democrat, pro-socialism, group, used by the left to spread its poisonous propaganda.

‘“The president has made clear his position on many different cases but he leaves AG Barr to do his work. He’s made it clear that the two things are separate but the president will always, always tell the American people what his opinion is,’ Grisham said, adding she has heard nothing about Barr potentially stepping down.”

“Grisham said that it is just another example of the ‘constant barrage of corruption that goes against the president.’”

Yes, folks…, “the swamp” wants AG Barr to resign because of his egregious capitulations with The President, which really don’t amount to anything at all when compared to President Obama’s Attorneys General, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.

David Keene of The Washington Times wrote, “President Barack Obama’s attorney general who once described himself as his president’s “wing man” showed up on television over the weekend to brag that unlike [former] Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he had the pleasure of serving a president ‘I did not have to protect.’ The man is either suffering from early onset dementia or lying to rewrite history!”

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“As those outside the confines of the Democrat Party might remember, Eric Holder has the distinction of being the only attorney general in history ever held in contempt of Congress. The charges stemmed from his stonewalling and lying to Congress as he scrambled to keep investigators away from any evidence that might link a major Obama administration scandal directly to the White House.”

“Maybe that’s what a president’s ‘wing man’ does and Mr. Obama certainly got protection from Mr. Holder whenever he needed it. Mr. Holder has actually always been prone to confusing loyalty to the law and to his boss for decades.”

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I don’t recall over 1,100 former or current Justice Department employees signing any petitions against Holder, or the “Protect Democracy” Group crying about President Obama’s abuse of power.

They’re nonpartisan though…, of course.

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These political hacks seem to be saying that an Attorney General, whose boss is The President, cannot communicate at all with that same president.

This has not been the case throughout history, but it is apparently the case regarding President Trump and his AG.

President John F. Kennedy’s AG was his own brother, Robert!  Do you think these two ever discussed anything?!

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Do you think Robert Kennedy had his brother’s back?

Again…, please…, let’s take a step back from this democrat alternate reality world and deal with precedent, truth and reality.

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Jeff Bezos – “I have not yet begun to waste my money!” 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion to “fight climate change.”

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Like Chris Rock said, “You know Jeff Bezos is rich, when he can get a divorce and he’s still the richest man in the world!

How exactly do you “fight climate change” with your money though?

Exactly who do you give your money to or what can you buy that will actually effect the global climate in a positive way?

And how would you measure that?

How exactly would you know if you’re doing any “good…,” whatever that is?

Reggie Wade of Yahoo Finance reports that, “Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, is committing $10 billion of his own money to fight climate change through the creation of the ‘Bezos Earth Fund.’”

Ohhh…, that’s what you do…, you create a fund!

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“The Amazon CEO announced the launch on Instagram, asserting humans can save the Earth by using an inclusive approach that combines the efforts and resources of all stakeholders.”

Well said, Jeff…, well said.

Wait…, what?

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‘“We can save Earth. It’s going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation-states, global organizations, and individuals,’ the post stated. I’m committing $10 billion to start and will begin issuing grants this summer. Earth is the one thing we all have in common — let’s protect it, together.’ A post shared by Jeff Bezos (@jeffbezos) on Feb 17, 2020 at 10:00am PST”

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Again…, what exactly would these “collective actions” be?

I could tell you exactly what you could do to fight global pollution…, but “climate change?”

“Bezos, who has a net worth of $130 billion, is no stranger to the climate change fight. In September 2019, the Amazon founder announced: ‘The Climate Pledge,’ which stated that the retail behemoth’s ultimate goal is to become carbon-neutral by 2040.”

Well, okay Jeff, but the Earth is supposed to end in like 2030…, soooo.

Maybe get with Ocasio-Cortez and her people, and see about moving up that timetable.

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“At the same time, Bezos has been criticized about contributions made by himself and Amazon. Observers recently accused Bezos of being stingy after he donated $690,000 toward relief efforts related to devastating wild fires in Australia (which experts link to climate change). And Amazon, which Bezos founded in 1994, routinely pays an incredibly low tax rate on billions in profit.”

What kind of jerk donates ONLY $690,000?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He should be ashamed.

I mean, c’mon!

Well, the “experts” were right in a sense.  The wild fires in Australia were set by “climate change” proponents and enthusiasts, just to hurry the process along…, because “climate change” would have caused the fires on its own eventually anyway.

Yes folks…, you can’t make this stuff up.

That’s why the fires in Australia suddenly disappeared from running on the fake news 24/7.  As soon as they stopped fitting the “climate change” narrative, they got about as much coverage as President Trump’s historic economic numbers…, ZERO.

“Former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang praised Bezos’s initiative.”

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‘“Good for Bezos pledging $10 billion to fight climate change. But it’s going to take nation-scale resources and policies to genuinely shift consumption, adaptation and mitigation.’— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) February 17, 2020”

Thanks for clearing that up Yang.

Nothing personal, Yang…, but if you could never get over like 1% support in the polls, were you ever really a “real” candidate?

I mean, couldn’t anybody get less than 1% in the polls without any effort at all just by saying they’re a candidate?

Just sayin’.

 

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Wooo! Was I watching “WrestleMania,” WWE Wednesday Night “SmackDown,” or the democrat debate?!

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Like WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) superstar “Road Dogg” Jesse James says, “Oh, you didn’t know? You’re a$$ better call somebodyyyyy!”

And the democrats who should’ve “called somebody” were Michael Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar.

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Bloomberg should have called 911 and Klobuchar should have taken a page from “Who wants to be a Millionaire” and “asked the audience” or “phoned a friend!”

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According to Mary Anne Marsh [Mary Anne Marsh is a Democrat political analyst and a principal at Dewey Square Group in Boston where she provides strategic counsel for Fortune 100 companies, non-profits and political campaigns.] for Fox News, “In fierce Democratic presidential debate, 1 winner and 5 losers.”

Ms. Marsh’s bio indicates that she is an extremely biased liberal, and I would argue the democrats had no winners in this debate.  The only real winner here was President Trump!

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I felt her overall take on the debate, however, was pretty accurate.

“Multibillionaire Michael Bloomberg landed in Las Vegas like a highly anticipated show on the Strip. But when he took to the stage with five competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday night, their debate immediately became an Ultimate Fighting Championship [UFC] match.”

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., landed the most blows and won the night [This is debatable. I would say she wasn’t really attacked by anyone because none of them feel she is someone to worry about anymore!]. Warren would not be ignored or denied [This means the debate moderators failed to stop her from being a blabber mouth and time hog.] Warren flattened Bloomberg out of the gate using his own words against the former New York City mayor and he never recovered. As a result, voters got to see the real Warren, who was the front-runner last fall. And they saw the real Bloomberg, not the filtered one seen on paid TV ads and in social media.”

Have you realized yet that Ms. Marsh is an Elizabeth Warren fan?

“Warren’s strong performance helped her at a time when she needs it most and hurt Bloomberg so badly that he may not recover.”

This I agree with.  The whole world saw that Michael “The Emperor” Bloomberg has no clothes!  He was unmasked as a fraud, a hack, and not ready for prime time.

In Marsh’s opinion, “There was one winner [Warren] and five losers at the end of the debate – Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and Bloomberg, who turned out to be the biggest loser of all.”

“With Bloomberg standing to her right Warren landed a left to the jaw with a shattering exchange using his own words about women against him. She then used his nondisclosure agreements, the stop-and-frisk tactic employed by police primarily against minorities when he was mayor, and his vast fortune estimated at more than $60 billion against him too.”

“Bloomberg’s performance was a disaster. He was not the Bloomberg of his ads in this debate – and that’s now a big problem for him.”

“Warren exposed the real Michael Bloomberg and it was not a pretty picture.”

“It was Warren’s relentless challenge to Bloomberg on a host of issues – including his treatment of women who worked for him and his refusal to release them from nondisclosure agreements – as well as his treatment of people of color with his stop-and-frisk policy.”

“Bloomberg’s attempts to apologize and explain only made the situation worse. His apology came off as more about convenience than sincerity – and that will register with voters too.”

“Finally, Bloomberg also sounded a lot like President Trump when asked about releasing his tax returns, raising issues about his lack of transparency.”

“Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist who represents Vermont was repeatedly questioned about his lack of transparency regarding his medical records, his recent heart attack and the cost of his “Medicare-for-all” plan.”

Mayor Pete “Buttigieg is the leader in delegates at this early stage from his strong finish in Iowa and New Hampshire. He used the debate to land a few blows on Sanders, with whom he’s locked in a delegate fight.”

“The former mayor also hit Klobuchar, who he is competing with for moderate voters…,” and they “… had a number of exchanges in their fight for moderate voters.”

I particularly liked when Mayor Pete referred to Klobuchar’s previous inability to name the president of Mexico, even though she is on trade and immigration committees in the Senate.

Her response was, “Are you mocking me?” and “Are you calling me dumb?” Obviously attempting put Mayor Pete on the defensive while trying to gain some sympathy for herself.

I would say, “If the shoe fits, wear it, Amy!”

Bam!

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Former Vice-President “Biden did nothing to help himself. He looked like a tourist in Las Vegas rather than someone who should own the stage.”

Ha!

“Biden did little if anything to reassure voters he’s the best one to take on Trump or stem his slide in the polls. And that’s more bad news for Biden in this race.”

Bloomberg did manage to land a blow on Bernie, however, when he said, “Sanders, the best known socialist over here, happens to be a millionaire with three houses.”

Boom!

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The truth hurts, right, Bernie?

The truth hurts in general for all of these democrat candidates.

And that’s the truth!

Wham!

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I’m actually looking forward to the next democrat debate.

I’m sure Mini-Mike Bloomberg can’t say the same!

 

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Hee Haw! Hee Haw!  Are these people and their “service” animals making jackasses out of the rest of us?

“Ooh, ooh, ooh, ah, ah, ah, ah!

That’s a big “YES” in Capuchin Monkey language…, another popular “service” animal.

I’ve heard multiple stories now about questionable “service” animals and questionable use of these animals.

I believe it’s time for MrEricksonRules to rule on the correct way of looking at this whole “service” animal situation.

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The latest story regarding “service” animals revolves around a horse!

Yes…, a horse.

According to Lee Brown of The New York Post, “A Michigan woman startled other passengers on a recent series of flights when she brought aboard a mini-service horse and traveled with him in first class to California.”

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“Ronica Froese made the journey starting on Feb. 7 with her equine companion Fred, who was specially trained to make the high-altitude trip, according to WXMI.”

If you say so, Ronica.

‘“I paid an arm and a leg for tickets, but I did so because it was Fred’s first time and I wanted him to be comfortable,’ Froese told the station.”

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‘“I wanted him to have the most room.’”

Oh by all means!

Let’s make sure the horse is comfortable!

I haven’t been comfortable on a flight since 1977!!!

“Froese, who has trained Fred — who dressed in a sleek suit that made him look like a Lucha Libre wrestler — to be a therapy and a service horse, said everyone was ‘sweet as pie.’”

And “There ain’t no education in the second kick of a mule” either.  Right Ronica?

“She said that the ‘experience was way better than I actually anticipated.’”

That’s because I wasn’t sitting anywhere near you, Ronica!

Believe that!

“Fred’s flying days may soon be a thing of the past, however, with the US Transportation Department recently announcing plans to tighten the laws so that only dogs actually trained to help the disabled qualify for flights.”

“Surprisingly, Froese seems to agree in part — telling WXMI that the system is ‘out of control.’”

What?

Please tell me more.

‘“It’s a very abused process — there are a lot of untrained service animals on the plane that are not trained,’ Froese told the station.”

Oh…, and Ms. Froese knows this because, how?

‘“It’s definitely an abused system, but the sad part is what the DOT is looking at doing, they are looking at excluding me as a handler from taking my horse on the plane,’ she said.”

I agree it’s definitely an “abused system” as well, Ronica…, but you, of course, are not doing any of the abusing.

You and your horse, I mean.

You and your horse sitting in first class on an airplane, I mean.

I really don’t think I’m that far out of touch with our society today, am I?

Maybe I am.

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If flying on a passenger jet next to horses, cows, pigs, snakes, etc. is now okay these days, then I guess “I” am the jackass!

But I really don’t think so.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, “The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).”

So they’re adding to and modifying the law without worrying about going through that old bothersome Congress, whose job it is to make the laws.

Having unaccountable, unelected, Washington bureaucrats creating their own legislation is a troubling habit that Obama era “regulators” grew accustomed to.

The Americans with Disabilities Act [Law] was enacted in 1990 under George H. W. Bush.

“Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.”

“A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.”

“Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.”

“Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”

What was that again?

“Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”

So “providing comfort or emotional support does not qualify” when determining the need of a “service” animal.

Okay.

I just wanted to make sure we were clear about that.

“Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. For example, in a hospital it would be inappropriate to exclude a service animal from areas such as patient rooms, clinics, cafeterias, or examination rooms. However, it may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from operating rooms or burn units where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment.”

“When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.”

Hmm, that’s interesting.

Soooo, someone parking in a “disabled only” parking spot has to display a “disabled” parking tag, but these people cannot be questioned in the least bit?

That doesn’t seem appropriate to me…, but let’s proceed.

“Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility, for example, in a school classroom or at a homeless shelter, they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility.”

I’m kind of not getting how “they both should be accommodated.” In a situation regarding allergies, both parties would not be able to be in the same space.  One of the parties would, by definition, have to be denied access.

It happens, people.

The world cannot be completely fair, or even fair at all in some cases.

Adults understand this.

And what was all that talk earlier about, “It may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from operating rooms or burn units where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment?”

I guess there’s compromising an environment and there’s compromising an environment.

“Establishments that sell or prepare food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises.”

That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

“In addition to the provisions about service dogs, the Department’s revised ADA regulations have a new, separate provision about miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”

Remember what I said before about these unaccountable bureaucrats adding to and modifying the law without worrying about having to go through Congress…, whose job it is to make the laws?

Well, here you go.

When the law was originally passed, it was limited to service dogs only.  The law was never intended to allow horses or any other animal the designation of a “service animal.”

Yet, here we are.

In many cases, people intentionally confuse “service animals” with “comfort animals,” “emotional support animals,” or “therapy animals,” in order to get additional allowances or considerations that they are not necessarily entitled to.

In fact…, the Americans with Disabilities Act itself does not actually define or address service animals at all!  Animals are not even mentioned in the statute, but concepts like “reasonable accommodations” and “reasonable policy modifications” are established there, which opens the doors to a world of interpretations.

“Until 2010 the DOJ and DOT regulations defined service animals the same way (“any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability …”). In 2010 DOJ revised their regulations and eliminated the “other animal” part of the definition; now only dogs can be considered service animals under DOJ’s rules. A service animal can be any type, size, or breed of dog, but cannot be any other type of animal.”

“Cats, monkeys, goats, rats, snakes, rabbits, pigs, or other types of animals, regardless of whether they have been trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities or how well-behaved they might be, are not considered service animals under DOJ’s rules.”

In addition those animals listed above, we have seen iguanas, ferrets, parrots, squirrels and ducks claimed to be “service animals” as well.

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Please don’t get me wrong.

I love dogs, and I don’t have a problem with most animals.

I just don’t think animals belong in the cabin on a passenger jet, for any reason, period.

Not when the airlines are already treating us like a bunch of sardines when they pack us in there!

 

NOT WINNING in the service animal, support animal, and therapy animal arena at this time.

 

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Well, well, well…, look at what liberal “pot” is calling a liberal “kettle” black!  

Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News says, “MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd is facing backlash on Monday night for suggesting that supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., are part of a ‘digital brown shirt brigade.’”

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According to urbandictionay .com, “brown shirts” are, “Soldiers in Hitler’s storm trooper army during the Nazi regime. They were called this because of the colored shirts they wore.  To call someone a ‘brown shirt’ is to call them a Nazi soldier, usually hinting that they oppose human rights or freedom.”

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“During a panel discussion on Sanders’ surge ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Todd cited a column critical of Sanders’ online support,” Wulfsohn added.

‘“I want to bring up something that Jonathan Last put in The Bulwark today,’ Todd began. ‘Here’s what he says, “No other candidate has anything like this digital brown shirt brigade. I mean, except for Donald Trump. The question that no one is asking is this; what if you can’t win the presidency without an online mob? What if we now live in a world having a bullying, agro-social media running around, hobbling everyone who sticks their head up is either an important ingredient for or a critical marker of success?”’”

Ya.., the other democrats only wish they had “on-line mobs” like Bernie does, or even more so, like President Trump has!

“He continued, ‘I know that everybody’s freaking out about this, but you saw the MAGA rally that’s preparing around here. There are people coming from three or four states on that. That’s real — and this is like Bernie.’”

Uh…, not quite.  You would be more correct that Bernie is like President Trump…, only on a much smaller scale.

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“That sparked major backlash on social media, with the hashtag #firechucktodd trending on Twitter.”

Fire Chuck Todd?!

Why, they’re not claiming he’s “fake news” are they?!

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In Chuck Todd’s defense, I’m sure he was just following marching orders…, sticking with the “brown shirts,” military type theme.

What we have here is a case of the democrat establishment “throwing some shade” Bernie’s way.

They have to incrementally attack Bernie, because Bernie will not be allowed to win…, let’s make that clear.

I mean Bernie isn’t even a democrat after all…, he’s an “independent.”

He’s allowed to get into the mix, and to bring voters to the table…, but he’s not allowed to actually win.

“Sanders’ national press secretary, Briahna Gray, blasted the Nazi-inspired comparison.”

‘“Digital brown shirt brigade.’ That’s how our Jewish candidate’s supporters are being described on the MSM [Main Stream Media]. The contempt shown for ordinary people is really something,’ Gray tweeted.”

Unless, of course, that “contempt” is directed at Trump supporters! Then it’s acceptable.

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I’m sure “The Squad” members, led by AOC, would not have any problem with the anti-Semitic and idiotic Nazi undertones here.

“Todd faced similar blowback in December insulting Trump voters by suggesting they ‘want to be lied to since they believe in fairy tales — like Noah’s Ark.’”

Excuse me…, but what in the hell are you talking about, Chuck?!

You’re insulting every Christian out here by calling The Bible a “fairy tale,” and then questioning their intelligence.

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“On a special installment of ‘Meet the Press,’ Todd spent much of the show focused on the spread of ‘misinformation’ in the media landscape.”

Oh really?  Conveniently leaving MSNBC, CNN, and all the rest of the liberal media out of that “landscape,” no doubt.

“But, during a panel discussion, he pointed to a letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader from January 2019, something Todd thought was a ‘fascinating attempt’ to explain why so many Americans support President Trump.”

Oh, please…, enlighten us all with your “fascinating” explanation!

“The letter read, ‘[W]hy do people support Trump? It’s because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales. … This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good. … The more fairy tales and lies he tells the better they feel. … Show me a person who believes in Noah’s ark and I will show you a Trump voter.’”

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Aha.

Ok…, show me someone who believes money grows on trees…, that Socialism will solve all of our problems…, and that the earth is going to end in 10 years…, and I’ll show you a liberal democrat.

‘“This gets at something, Dean, that my executive producer likes to say, “Hey, voters want to be lied to sometimes.” They don’t always love being told hard truths,’ Todd told New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet.”

Yes, we know Chuck.  Democrat voters are especially represented here!

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‘“I’m not quite sure I buy that,’ Baquet immediately responded. ‘I’m not convinced that people want to be lied to. I think people want to be comforted, and I think bad politicians sometimes say comforting things to them.’”

Ya don’t say, Mr. Baquet…, ya don’t say.

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More “Swampy” Nursery Rhymes!

The Second Edition of MrEricksonRules’ “Swampy” Nursery Rhymes!

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I know you’ve all been waiting patiently for this.

Well, here it is!

This much anticipated second edition of my “Swampy” nursery rhymes pays tribute to the sad democrat presidential candidates still in the race.

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A farewell to Elizabeth Warren, aka “Pocahontas,” aka “the bag lady,” ala “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.”

 

There was an old bag lady who thought she was cool,

She had so many supporters she started to drool;

Thoughts of becoming the president they grew in her head,

But her lying and stupidness quickly put that to bed.

 

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A Rhyme for “Crazy” Bernie, read to “It’s raining; it’s pouring.”

 

Bernie’s whining and roaring.

The OLD man is boring.

He may be the frontrunner after primary two,

But be prepared, Bernie, cuz they’re gonna screw you!

 

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A Tribute to another OLD friend, “Sleepy” Joe Biden, sung to “Hush, little baby don’t say a word.”

 

Hush, Creepy Joe-oe don’t Say a Word,

Cuz every time I hear you you sound like a turd.

 

And if your statements don’t make sense,

They’ll be ignored or blamed on Pence.

 

And if Barack won’t endorse your race,

Then that’s a real slap in your face.

 

And if you can’t actually win a state,

Then dropping out may be your fate.

 

And if your campaign just isn’t meant to be,

It’s not like a big surprise to me.

 

Barack said, “You don’t have to do this, Joe,”

You should have listened and just stayed home.

 

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Another ode to “Sleepy” Joe, sung to “Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone.”

 

Oh where, oh where has Sleepy Joe gone?

Oh where, oh where can he be?

With two 5th place finishes to start the race,

Oh where, oh where can he be?

 

Oh where, oh where has Sleepy Joe gone?

Oh where, oh where can he be?

He still thinks that he’s leading the pack, but,

Oh where, oh where can he be?

 

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My rendition of “Lazy Mary will you get up?” for Amy Klobuchar.

 

Lamey Amy, won’t you give up,

Won’t you give up, won’t you give up?

Lamey Amy, won’t you give up,

So early in the run-ning?

 

No, dear socialists, I won’t give up,

I won’t give up, I won’t give up.

No, dear socialists I won’t give up,

So early in the run-ning.

 

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And we can’t forget Mayor Pete!  Read to “Little Bo Peep.”

 

Ex-Mayor Pete has lost the blacks

And doesn’t know where to find them.

If he leaves them alone

They’ll never come home

And he won’t any more elections.

 

Ex-Mayor Pete, he searched for the blacks

But didn’t quite know how to find them.

He looked everywhere

From here and to there

But still couldn’t get them to vote for him.

 

Ex-Mayor Pete began to weep

And lay down to rest for a while

He fell fast asleep

While counting is black sheep

Then dreamt they came home with a smile.

 

I hope you enjoyed this second edition of MrEricksonRules’ “Swampy” Nursey Rhymes!

Stay tuned for my third edition in the near future.  I’m working on more good ones already!

WINNING!

 

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What would the world be like without The United States of America?

Imagine if you will, a world without The United States of America.

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The world would definitely be quite different today without The United States of America.

Who knows how Britain, France, Spain, and then Mexico would have carved up North America.

Would Hitler have ever been stopped?

Would the Jewish people have been completely exterminated?

Would anyone have gotten in the way of Soviet Union, spreading communism around the world?

Would Christianity have been squashed?

It’s definitely very interesting to ponder what our world would be like if The United States had never come into existence.

And there would not have been a United States, as we have come to know it, without one man.

George Washington.

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As President’s Day and George Washington’s Birthday approaches, I would like to give George Washington his due.

George Washington has been called “the father of our nation.”

That is definitely true…, but he was much, much, much, more.

George Washington was an AMAZING man.

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He deserves our attention and our admiration, without a doubt.

George Washington had a strong moral character and he was considered a person of impeccable character.

“He is polite with dignity, affable without formality, distant without haughtiness, grave without austerity; modest, wise and good,” observed Abigail Adams, the wife of Washington’s vice president, John Adams.

Washington’s lofty reputation was upheld by his actions. He refused to be paid for commanding the Continental Army, only requesting to be reimbursed for expenses, and he resigned his military commission after his popularity surged at the close of The Revolution, putting his allegiance to the republic ahead of a desire for personal gain.

Washington was impressive in stature and in presence, as well.

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As befitting a military hero, and make no mistake he was a hero in every sense of the word, Washington cut a formidable presence. A contemporary in the 1750s described him as “measuring six feet two inches in his stockings and weighing 175 pounds.  His frame is padded with well-developed muscles, indicating great strength.” The admirer also praised Washington’s “commanding countenance,” as well as his “graceful” and “majestic” movements.

By the time he became president, the 57-year-old Washington was certainly less agile but even more imposing at upwards of 200 pounds.

Let’s take a closer look at George Washington.

George Washington was born at his father’s plantation on Popes Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on February 22, 1732.

To put this into perspective, The Mayflower first arrived with the Pilgrims in 1620…, so George Washington was born about a hundred years or so after that.

His father’s name was Augustine and he ran a very successful plantation in the area.

George’s mother was his father’s second wife.  Her name was Mary.

George had two older half-brothers, three younger brothers and two younger sisters.

Growing up, George Washington’s family owned a lot of property, but they were still not considered “rich” for the times.

When George was eleven years old, his father died, leaving most of his property to George’s older half-brothers. The income from what remained was just enough to maintain Mary Washington and her children. As the oldest child remaining at home, George undoubtedly helped his mother manage the Rappahannock River plantation where they lived. There he learned the importance of working hard and working smart.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, George never attended college or received a formal education. To augment his studies, George taught himself through reading and experimentation.

Sounds a lot like Abraham Lincoln, doesn’t it?

Arguably, the two most important men in American history never even went to school, much less college.

Again…, amazing.

Before the age of sixteen, George Washington copied out the 110 rules covered in “The Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior.” This exercise, now regarded as a formative influence in the development of his character, included guidelines for behavior and general courtesies.

Eager for adventure, George wanted to join the British Navy, but his mother refused to let him. Instead, he accompanied a man named Fairfax as a surveyor to the unexplored wilderness of the Virginia frontier.

Had George been allowed to join the British Navy, there probably would not have been a United States of America. Thank you for that Mrs. Washington, and it’s a good thing George listened to his mother!

At seventeen years of age and largely through the Fairfax influence that he had cultivated, George secured an appointment as county surveyor for the newly created Virginia frontier county of Culpeper.

In the fall of 1753, the Governor of Virginia, Robert Dinwiddie sent 21-year-old Major George Washington to deliver a message to the French, who were creeping South and encroaching on Virginia’s territory, demanding they leave the area. With the help of a frontier guide and local Indians, Washington reached the French fort, Le Boeuf, with Dinwiddie’s message. The return trip tested Washington’s endurance. He hiked for days through snowy woods, fell off a raft into the ice-choked Allegheny River, nearly drowned, and was forced to spend a freezing night on an island without shelter. His guide, an experienced backwoodsman, suffered frostbite; but Washington suffered no ill effects. Washington’s account of the arduous 900-mile journey was published by Governor Dinwiddie in both Williamsburg and London, establishing an international reputation for George Washington by the time he was 22.

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Washington was next given command of Virginia’s entire military force. With a few hundred men he was ordered to protect a frontier some 350 miles long. Although this was a frustrating assignment, it provided him with experience in commanding troops through an arduous campaign. In 1758 the British finally took the forks of the Ohio. Peace returned to Virginia, and Washington resigned his commission to return to Mount Vernon, his duty faithfully performed.

On January 6th, 1759, Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis, a charming and vivacious young woman.

Martha Washington joined her husband in his winter quarters every year of the war. Together they entertained his officers and guests. A patriot in her own right, Mrs. Washington made it her war too, nursing sick and wounded soldiers and raising money for the troops.

The first time George Washington ran for public office, he lost.

Who’d he lose to would be my question?!  That must have been one hell of a guy!

However, he won his second race and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses (Representatives) from 1758 until 1776.

George Washington spent the years between 1759 and 1775 farming at Mount Vernon.  By the time he died in 1799, he had expanded the plantation from 2,000 to 8,000 acres consisting of five farms, with more than 3,000 acres under cultivation.

In June of 1775, Congress commissioned George Washington to take command of the Continental Army.  He wrote home to Martha that he expected to return safely to her in the fall. This command eventually kept him away from Mount Vernon for more than 8 years!

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I think most people have the impression that The Revolution was won by 1776…, but that’s not the case.  The American Revolution from Britain was not decided for 8 years…, not until 1783.

It was a command for which his military background, although greater than that of any of the other available candidates, hardly prepared him. His knowledge lay in frontier warfare, involving relatively small numbers of soldiers. He had no practical experience maneuvering large formations, handling cavalry or artillery, or maintaining supply lines adequate to support thousands of men in the field. He learned on the job; and although his army reeled from one misfortune to another, he had the courage, determination, and mental agility to keep the American cause one step ahead of complete disintegration until he figured out how to win the unprecedented revolutionary struggle he was leading.

His task was not overwhelming at first. The British position in Boston was indefensible, and in March 1776 they withdrew from the city. But it was only a temporary respite.

In June a new bigger and badder British army, under the command of Sir William Howe, arrived in the colonies with orders to take New York City. Howe commanded the largest expeditionary force Britain had ever sent overseas.

Defending New York was almost impossible. An island city, New York is surrounded by a maze of waterways that gave a substantial advantage to an attacker with naval superiority. Howe’s army was larger, better equipped, and far better trained than Washington’s. They defeated Washington’s army at Long Island in August and routed the Americans a few weeks later at Kip’s Bay, resulting in the loss of the city. Forced to retreat northward, Washington was defeated again at White Plains. The American defense of New York City came to a humiliating conclusion on November 16, 1776, with the surrender of Fort Washington and some 2,800 men. Washington ordered his army to retreat across New Jersey. The remains of his forces, mud-soaked and exhausted, crossed the Delaware River into Pennsylvania on December 7.

It was not looking good, to say the least, for Washington and the dying dream of a free country.

Washington and his rag-tag bunch of upstarts were facing, unquestionably, the best military there was in the world.

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Let’s also not forget that many of Washington’s own countrymen were British loyalists as well.  This revolution against Britain was definitely not a unanimous effort.

No one at the time could have seriously thought Washington and his army had any real chance at all of defeating the British…, except Washington himself.

The British had good reason to believe that the American rebellion would be over in a few months and that Congress would seek peace rather than face complete subjugation of the colonies. The enlistments of most of Washington’s army were due to expire at the end of December. However, instead of crushing the remains of Washington’s army, Howe went into winter quarters, with advanced garrisons at Trenton and Princeton, leaving Washington open to execute one of the most daring military operations in American history.

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On Christmas night Washington’s troops crossed the Delaware and attacked the unsuspecting British garrison at Trenton, forcing it to surrender. A few days later Washington again crossed the Delaware, outmaneuvered the force sent to crush him, and fell on the enemy at Princeton, inflicting a humiliating loss on the British.

Next…, General Washington and his newfound French allies decided to strike at the British army under Cornwallis, which was camped at Yorktown, Virginia. Washington’s planning for the Battle of Yorktown was as bold as it had been for Trenton and Princeton but on a much larger scale. On October 19, 1781, he accepted the surrender of Cornwallis’ army. Although two more years passed before a peace treaty was completed, the victory at Yorktown effectively brought the Revolutionary War to an end.

To the world’s amazement (I told you he was amazing!), Washington had prevailed over the bigger, better supplied, and more experienced British army.

The truly “underdog” Americans had defeated the mighty British Empire.

On December 23, 1783, General Washington presented himself before Congress in Annapolis, Maryland, and resigned his commission. Like Cincinnatus, the hero of Classical Rome, whose conduct he most admired, Washington had the integrity and character to relinquish his power when he could have been crowned a king. He left Annapolis and went home to Mount Vernon with the intention of never again serving in public life.

This single act, without precedent in modern history, made him an international hero.

How many men would turn down an offer to be king?

Would you turn down an offer to be king or queen?

This goes to show you how revered and respected George Washington was.  The colonies had just got done fighting a war to gain their freedom from a king…, and now they were willing to entrust Washington completely with their future and install him as their new king.

Amazing.

Although Washington longed for a peaceful life at Mount Vernon, the affairs of the nation continued to command his attention. He watched with mounting dismay as this new “union” stumbled ahead.  By 1785 Washington had concluded that change was essential. What was needed, he wrote to James Madison, was an energetic Constitution.

In 1787, Washington ended his self-imposed retirement and traveled to Philadelphia to attend a convention assembled to recommend changes to the Articles of Confederation. He was unanimously chosen (you’ll hear this term again and again) to preside over the Constitutional Convention, a job that took four months. He spoke very little at the convention, but few delegates were more determined to devise a government endowed with real energy and authority.

“My wish,” he wrote, “is that the convention may adopt no temporizing expedients but probe the defects of the Constitution to the bottom and provide a radical cure.”

After the convention adjourned, Washington’s reputation and support were essential to overcome opposition to the ratification of the proposed Constitution. He worked for months to rally support for the new instrument of government. It was a difficult struggle. Even in Washington’s native Virginia, the Constitution was ratified by a majority of only one vote.

Once the Constitution was approved, Washington hoped to retire again to private life. But when the first presidential election was held, he received a vote from every elector.

He wasn’t even trying to get elected and he got elected…, by every elector!

He remains the only President in American history to be elected by the unanimous voice of the people.

George Washington was unanimously elected President of the United States…, twice.

Unanimously elected!

Like I said…, amazing.

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Washington served two terms as President. His first term (1789-1793) was occupied primarily with organizing the executive branch of the new government and establishing administrative procedures that would make it possible for the government to operate with the energy and efficiency he believed were essential to the republic’s future. An astute judge of talent, he surrounded himself with the most able men in the new nation. He appointed his former aide, Alexander Hamilton, as Secretary of the Treasury; Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State; and his former artillery chief, Henry Knox, as Secretary of War.  James Madison was also one of his principal advisors.

In his First Inaugural Address, Washington confessed that he was unpracticed in the duties of civil administration; however, he was one of the most able administrators ever to serve as President. He administered the government with fairness and integrity, assuring Americans that the President could exercise extensive executive authority without corruption. Further, he executed the laws with restraint, establishing precedents for broad-ranging presidential authority. His integrity was without question.  Thomas Jefferson wrote, “His justice is the most inflexible I have ever known, no motive of interest or consanguinity [ancestry], friendship, or hatred, being able to bias his decision.” Washington set a standard for presidential integrity rarely met by his successors, although he established an ideal by which they all are judged.

Growing partisanship within the government also concerned Washington. Washington despised political partisanship but could do little to slow the development of political parties.

Again, he demonstrated his wisdom and his purity of intention.

George was Godly man.  He believed America existed because of God’s will, and that it could not survive without God’s continued influence.

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He wasn’t concerned with personal power or any other ulterior motives.  His only concern was doing what he felt was best for his country.  Other people recognized this, and his intentions could not be questioned.  That is why he commanded such respect.

During his first term Washington toured the northern and southern states and found that the new government enjoyed the general support of the American people. Convinced that the government could get along without him, he planned to step down at the end of his first term. But his cabinet members convinced him that he alone could command the respect of members of both burgeoning political parties. Thomas Jefferson visited Washington at Mount Vernon to urge him to accept a second term. Although longing to return home permanently, Washington reluctantly agreed.

Washington’s second term (1793-1797) was dominated by foreign affairs and marred by a deepening partisanship in his own administration. One of Washington’s most important accomplishments was keeping the United States out of war, giving the new nation an opportunity to grow in strength while establishing the principle of neutrality that shaped American foreign policy for more than a century.

Washington’s Farewell Address helped to summarize many of Washington’s strongest held beliefs about what it would take to sustain and grow the young nation that he helped found.

Finally retired from public service, George and Martha Washington returned to their beloved Mount Vernon. Unfortunately for Washington, his time at the estate would be short lived.

On Thursday, December 12, 1799, George recognized the onset of a sore throat and became increasingly hoarse. Only two days later, between ten and eleven at night on December 14, 1799, George Washington passed away from some sort of throat infection.  He was surrounded by people who were close to him including his wife who sat at the foot of his bed.

So there you have it…, the amazing life of an amazing man…, George Washington.

General George Washington.

President George Washington.

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Although I believe he would have just been happy to have been recognized as a gentleman and a loyal American citizen.

So, what do you think now?  Do you agree with me that there would not have been a United States, as we have come to know it, without George Washington?

I don’t think you can help but agree.

We were very blessed to have George on our team…, and God on our side!

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