Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan, what do you think about Trump?

February 6, 2017

People make comparisons between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan. They were both actors. Both had been divorced. Both men had been Democrats. Both men had some populist appeal. They were exactly the same on many issues, like their position on abortion.

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Ronald Reagan & Doug Wead

But there were also many differences. President Trump and President Reagan lived in different times. The national media was openly hostile to both men. Reagan didn’t fight back. At least openly. He smiled and waved and mirrored back the idea that people liked him even though he was bitterly despised by the corporate media and the journalists who covered him.

In some cases journalists would defiantly state false numbers and there was no recourse, no internet to quickly arbitrate, and no Twitter for him to use to retaliate.

There is no question in my mind that Reagan would have used Twitter to go over the heads of the media and directly to the hearts of the people. He tried to do that with earned media. And amazingly it worked. The American people knew they were being lied to by many in the media and they deeply resented it. Some knew intellectually, they knew the metrics, others didn’t have time to research the issues but they knew instinctively.

In 1984, after they experienced his presidency for themselves, in spite of the false and mean spirited media narrative, Reagan was re-elected overwhelmingly. He carried every state except Minnesota.And almost took that one too.

Donald Trump has some things going for him. There is Fox News and Fox Business Network. which are more objective, but again, that has driven the mainstream media even more to the Left to compensate. There is Facebook and Twitter.

Reagan was a gentleman, kindly and measured. He was strong but never out of control.

Still, while some would argue with me about this, I suspect that Reagan would be chuckling with delight at Donald Trump’s style and at his effectiveness. We now have this amazing political spectacle. Trump is president but a Court of Appeals in California, along with allies in the media, have just assumed responsibility for the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

 


Doug Wead’s new book set for release

February 6, 2017

This link takes you to amazon, barnes & noble, audible audio books, etc. So order it if you think you would enjoy.

https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/doug-wead/game-of-thorns/9781478921424/1


Behind the Vicious Media War against Donald Trump.

February 1, 2017

“The media is the opposition party.” – Steve Bannon.

Today we hear prominent staffers in the Trump White House openly talking about the mainstream media as the true opposition, not the Democrats.

And we now see the mainstream media unashamedly producing false narratives – such as a ban on Muslims – to undermine the newly elected Republican president.

This is a crisis that was long in the making.

At one time President Dwight D. Eisenhower expressed his worry and concern about the coming power of television news to his own press secretary, James Hagerty. The founding fathers and the U.S. Constitution did not anticipate the power of television news, said Eisenhower. It could emerge into another equal branch of power, like the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch of government.

With one striking difference. The owners of the corporate media could not be impeached and would not be elected and were not really accountable to anybody. When the corporations that financed the television industry finally became powerful enough, they could get whatever they wanted.

Hagerty, who was close to the men who were at the heart of the industry, insisted that they were great men who exhibited flawless integrity. These men could be trusted.

David Sarnoff and William Paley had already met Eisenhower in Britain. Ike had needed help in broadcasting to the European continent after the D-Day invasion.

William Paley was involved in both “black” and “white” propaganda. He would establish radio stations that would broadcast truthful stories to the European continent and then when he had won the trust of the listeners, he would broadcast false information to help the allies.

Eisenhower worried. Just as he worried about the emerging military industrial complex. He told Hagerty that he was an old army man and that the army trusted systems, not individuals. You always have two men count the church offering, Ike said. Not because there aren’t any honest men in church but because a truly honest man wants someone else in that room with him.

By the way, James Hagerty left the White House to become the vice president of the ABC television network.

We have reached a turning point. The rise of Twitter, Facebook and other internet options allow the president to communicate directly with the people. Who in turn can express their views to their respective congressmen and senators. There is a brief opening for a correction in the balance of power. But this window may be too little, too late.

Keep in mind, the media is still extremely powerful. The hundreds of television and movie channels we watch are owned by six companies and those companies are sometimes owned by other companies that are getting money at zero percent interest, directly from the Federal Reserve and indirectly through major banks. Most of them are also getting money directly from the U.S. government. Corporate welfare now exceeds welfare for the poor.Those companies still influence language, culture and politics.

Nevertheless, there is an opening. And we have the first president since Dwight D. Eisenhower who recognizes the danger.


Lies the media tells me about Trump

December 14, 2016

Just a little catch up work for you.

Remember when the media declared that Trump’s transition was in disarray? That he was behind other presidents in filling spots for his new administration?

It now turns out that Donald Trump is way ahead of any other incoming administration in cabinet and sub cabinet appointments.

Here is a list of how long it took recent presidents to name their first cabinet position. The winner was George H.W. Bush who had just served eight years as vice president to Ronald Reagan and was inheriting the presidency from him and knew exactly what he wanted.

But even he has now been surpassed by Donald Trump’s record pace of filling up all the other slots.

By the way, the same media who accused him of being too slow is saying that he is too fast.

This is when past presidents-elect announced their first picks.

-Nixon: week 6

-Carter: week 5

-Reagan: week 6

-George HW Bush: week 1

-Clinton: week 6

-George W. Bush: week 6

-Obama: week 3


Does Trump have too many generals? Actually, 12 generals were president

December 11, 2016

Donald Trump is now criticized by the mainstream media for appointing too many generals to his cabinet. They say he is blurring the distinction between the political and the military.

Of course, they want politicians appointed because the same companies that finance the mainstream media with advertising dollars, and in some cases with corporate subsidy, have invested in those politicians by giving them donations. They want government money and contracts in return. The politicians will help them get that money. Your money. Tax dollars. They then pass that money back to the media as advertising dollars and the media serves as their mouthpiece to get even more money.

The generals don’t owe them a thing.

Of course, Trump needs politicians to help navigate the swamp but if he wants to end the corruption he will need leaders from business, academia and the military. (I mention academia but one had to be careful because most universities get millions from the government and are as compromised as the companies now on “corporate welfare.”)

By the way, Donald Trump is not the only one who has appointed too many generals. It looks like you, the people, have been pretty naughty too.

I thought you would appreciate a list of the generals who served as president of the United States, that you, the people, elected. Shame on you. Wait til the New York Times and the Washington Post find out.

Here they are.

George Washington

Andrew Jackson

William Henry Harrison

Zachary Taylor

Franklin Pierce

Andrew Johnson

Ulysses S. Grant

Rutherford B. Hayes

James Garfield

Chester A. Arthur

Benjamin Harrison

Dwight D. Eisenhower


Behind the scenes of Trump and Boeing and why the Donald is so fast out of the gate.

December 6, 2016

A little history will help us understand the President-Elect and his relationship with Boeing. In 2009 Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton went to Moscow to secure a multi-billion-dollar deal for aircraft built by the Boeing Company.

In return, Boeing threw in $2 million towards the World Fair, even though the State Department had said it would not solicit funds from them and would keep all donations from U.S. companies at the $1 million level.

The World’s Fair was considered one of Secretary Clinton’s first successes at the State Department. Afterward, a grateful Boeing went on to donate nearly $1 million to the Clinton Foundation, as well, reportedly, encouraging its corporate leadership to participate in fundraising efforts for her presidential campaign. Boeing insisted that the deal with Russia had no bearing on their decision to donate to the Clinton Foundation, nor their donations to Clinton herself.

Boeing, and many other big corporations bet the house on Hillary, knowing they would win big for their investments when Hillary came to power and opened the government coffers.

One cannot blame the Donald for toying with them.

And no one should waste tears on the corrupt leadership at Boeing who knew full well what they were doing when they signed on with the Clinton’s.

Now, let’s talk about Taiwan.

They are saying that President Elect Donald Trump – messing with China – is unprecedented. He has to wait until he takes the oath of office. Those who love Hillary say what he is doing is dangerous. Those who love Obama say it is disrespectful. Those who love to be pundits on television say it has never happened before.

Sorry. They’re all wrong. There is nothing wrong with Trump sending signals. He should be sending signals.

 

Reagan messed with Iran as the President Elect and they let the hostages go even as he was taking the oath of office. It didn’t take eight years. It didn’t even take eight minutes.

Nixon messed with  North Vietnam, even though he was still only the President Elect. He even had envoys on the ground in Paris because he and Kissinger wanted to end the war their own way. Lyndon Johnson, a lame duck president, had to endure it.

I, myself, once met a head of state and passed a message from a President Elect. And if I can do it, well, it ain’t no big deal.

Perhaps the most important president elect in history was Abraham Lincoln. He had to say and do things quickly. The union was falling apart and the incumbent, James Buchanan was doing the 19th Century version of binge watching Netflix and wouldn’t come up for air.

So there is nothing wrong with a president-elect getting to work early.

The Trump critics can’t seem to make up their mind. First they say that his visit to the Carrier plant means nothing, it was only a few jobs, it was a drop in the bucket, the president can’t visit every plant. Then they say he is threatening world war three by talking to Taiwan.

The truth is that the Carrier incident was loaded with symbolism and was very important. It demonstrates that the president-elect is serious about jobs, will keep his promises, is going to act fast and expects the bureaucracy to pick up his style and follow suit. A president has to lead and not just stand in the White House Rose Garden and lecture the nation. Trump’s visit to Carrier in Indiana was leadership on steroids.

So too, the signal to China was important. It was a reminder that the United States has options. Yes, we want peace with China. Yes, we want to be able to buy their cheap products. Yes, we need their markets for our exports. But we cannot let our wishful thinking cause us to give away the store.

And Boeing? That is a signal to the corrupt corporate insiders who gave their bribes to the Clinton’s expecting a return on their investment. Want to be a success during a Trump administration? Build good products at a good price. Rely less on bribes.

 

 


Why George H.W. Bush will be ranked as one of America’s greatest presidents.

December 5, 2016

In a hundred years George H.W. Bush will be ranked among America’s greatest presidents. Maybe in the top five, with Washington, Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and, yes, his predecessor, Ronald Reagan.

It will be said that Lincoln saved the union but Reagan and Bush saved mankind.

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George H.W. Bush will be ranked as one of American’s greatest presidents.

Today we worry about what would happen if nuclear weapons fell into the hands of terrorists. In the Reagan – Bush years that had already happened. Both the Soviet and Chinese government’s had nuclear weapons and both sponsored communist regimes that were barbaric.

Pol Pot, who ruled Cambodia practiced the most virulent form of Marxism. He targeted for execution anyone in academia, medicine, the military, government bureaucracies, private business. He marked for execution anyone who wore eye glasses. His thinking was that if they wear eye glasses they can probably read and if they can read we must eliminate them to restart our nation without contamination from the West.

President George H.W. Bush kept one of the escapees from the Cambodian killing fields on his senior White House staff as a reminder of what he was facing down.

Reagan started the process that ended the Cold War but it finally ended on the watch of George H.W. Bush. Reagan called for the Berlin Wall to come down. But it finally happened under the patient, brilliant guidance of George H.W. Bush who not only knew when to act but also understood the value of restraint and who knew when to remain silent.

When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, Bush united the world against the action. When he led the Gulf War, the invasion against Iraq, his allies, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait paid for half of the cost.

Within three months, allied forces defeated Saddam Hussein and drove the Iraqi army out of Kuwait. President George H.W. Bush called an end to the hostilities, and allowed Hussein to remain in power in Baghdad. Bush was heavily criticized for his decision. Others advocated eliminating the Saddam Hussein government altogether, while we had the chance. But Bush, Sr. feared that it would destabilize the region and upset the delicate Sunni-Shiite balance of the Middle East.

It’s not very often in history that we get to see what would have happened if a leader made a different decision but in this case we can. Years later, Bush’s son, President George W. Bush would be confronted with the same choice and he would topple Saddam Hussein.

The region was plunged into chaos, hundreds of thousands lost their lives, millions were uprooted, Christian communities dating their history back to the apostle Thomas were exterminated, wars spread across the Middle East, and the United States, who borrowed the money from world banks to fight their war, was plunged into its  second worst economic crisis in history.

Someday, a hundred years from now, when historians catch up to all of these details, there will be marble statues of George H.W. Bush. And when they pass by parents will tell their children, it is not only what  you do that makes you great, sometimes, it is what you don’t do. It is when you stay calm, or stay silent, or as another president, Theodore Roosevelt, once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”