Putting a new face on the Democratic party


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Conor Lamb, a pro-gun Democrat with strong labor-union backing, is expected to win the Pennsylvania special election for a U.S. House seat as soon as all the absentee ballots are counted. He’s ahead of Republican challenger Rick Saccone by 641 ballots in a tight race that has yet to result in an official winner.

Democratic voters already are trumpeting their latest opportunity to show their opposition to President Donald Trump, a Republican. Well, they ought to take care that they don’t rejoice too soon.

Lamb, 33, is a new-age Democrat. He is considered to be a political moderate, much like recently elected U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala. That means Lamb doesn’t always follow the Pelosi-Schumer crowd, and he can vote with conservatives on key issues.

So, Lamb fits the model of what young Democrats are looking for in a leader — somebody who channels the political acumen of President Jack Kennedy, a Democrat who would have been a universally respected president if JFK could have put a patch over his wandering eye and eschewed his philandering.

Lamb says he personally opposes abortion.

He focuses less on political acrimony and more on solving economic issues, enhancing health care, and protecting Social Security and Medicare.

Lamb is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He knows something about mission, objective and teamwork.

This Lamb could be a swamp-draining lion in the U.S. House. He clearly has said that if he winds up being declared the winner over Saccone, he would seek to cooperate with President Trump on White House initiatives.

Last but not least, Lamb has eschewed the national Democratic party brand, saying he would not support House Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi as speaker, should the Democrats regain the majority in the U.S. House in this fall’s general election.

How bad a guy can he be when he is calling for new, sensible Democratic leadership on the House side of Congress? 

If he puts his money where his mouth is, perhaps Conor Lamb might be a key element in the sharp end of the spear that effects a sea change in the acrimonious and gridlocked U.S. House.


How can we waste so much and care so little?


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The Taylor Force Act (HR-1164) would cut off $300 million in aid annually to the Palestinian Authority – the purveyors of bloodshed, terrorism and verbal assaults on U.S. and Israeli interests.

The U.S. House already has passed the bill. The measure now resides in the U.S. Senate, where it is scheduled for a third (and final) reading that is months overdue.

The bill is named for former U.S. Army officer Taylor Force, who was visiting Israel in March 2016 as part of a Vanderbilt University study group. He was killed in a stabbing attack by a Palestinian terrorist from the West Bank. Eleven others were wounded.

This bill must pass and be signed by President Trump.

As part of the $4.2 trillion federal budget for fiscal 2017, the Taylor Act’s would-be savings of $300 million is a drop in the bucket. But it’s a start.

Don’t talk to us taxpayers about cutting Social Security benefits when we’re giving away the store to foreign interests that implement policies undermining the U.S. cornerstones of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Don’t you crooked swamp rats among Washington’s politicians think for one minute that we responsible taxpayers aren’t aware of how you wallow in the bribery of lobbyists representing special interests.

And before you oppose the next federal balanced-budget proposal, how about first weeding the waste out of the welfare, Medicare and Pentagon budgets for starters?

In fact, how about identifying and eliminating the estimated $335 billion a year in waste, mismanagement, fraud and inefficiency in federal spending?

We cannot continue to outspend ourselves and expect to remain solvent as a republic and a leader in the free world. Last December, for example, the U.S. Treasury Department reported revenue for the month at $326 billion, while spending outlays totaled $348 billion. That reflects a one-month budget deficit of $22 billion, piling on more red ink to the $23.3 trillion national debt.

Show us, Washington, that you’re NOT too big to fail.

Justifying age 21 to purchase guns

FOX News co-anchor Bill Hemmer recently asked one of his guests how any government – municipal, state or federal – could justify raising the age to 21 before an individual could purchase a weapon, when we are putting M16 assault rifles into the hands of 18-year-olds who enlist in the U.S. armed forces.

No justification is needed. Here’s why.

Anyone who has served knows that weapons training and accountability are pivotal factors when rifles and sidearms are issued to our men and women in uniform. When not in use, the weapons are secured under lock and key. And when the weapons are employed, those who carry them are under strict supervision, usually by non-commissioned officers with strong records for administering discipline and commending respect among their charges.

Such is not always the case with those under age 21 in the civilian sector. In some cases – single-parent households, for example – supervision is lacking and sometimes even non-existent. Responsibility for gun ownership is not always easily developed among youngsters who have other things on their minds and who have free rein in their social circles.

So, the difference between the average youngster under 21 years old in civilian life versus his or her counterpart serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard is the difference between night and day.

Asked, and answered, Mr. Hemmer.

In a related development, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker recently said that passing a law to make it “illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or an adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle … punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals.”

Poppycock. It’s not punishment. It’s preventive maintenance, to better increase the chances that the purchaser is mature enough to handle the responsibility of owning a firearm.

Today’s gun-purchase laws should mandate age 21 as the standard. But exceptions could be built into the law — for example, making it legal for people 18 to 21 years old to purchase single-shot rifles and standard shotguns upon completion of a bona fide training program, certification that there are no anger-management issues or criminal charges in their background, medical proof that they are mentally competent, and an endorsement from a local law-enforcement officer.

Time to step up and get involved

There’s an updated mantra sweeping the nation in the wake of the south Florida school shootings. The call to action goes like this:

See something.
Say something.
DO something.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones in Hamilton, Ohio is all about it. He is working with the local school board to train teachers and administrators for free to qualify for “concealed carry” gun permits. That’s taking action at the local level to set up the “preventive maintenance” communities everywhere need to safeguard the lives of our school children, so that rampages like what occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, never happen again. There, shooter Nikolas Cruz stands accused of brutally killing 17 students and administrators, wounding more than a dozen others.

Sheriff Jones isn’t providing the only answer. But as the late Billy Graham noted, these United States have now morphed into hostile territory characterized by problems that cannot be fixed by government alone. It’s time to think outside the box and take responsible action.

We are politically bankrupt. Congress seems to deadlock on almost every issue that falls outside of pork-barrel politics. And before congressional action gets taken – if ever — on almost anything, the issue gets talked to death.

We are socially bankrupt. Users of social media must share a good part of the blame. Too many people with cell phones, iPhones and Twitter accounts feel compelled to say whatever brews up between their ears, because no one is holding them accountable. Too many fail to be responsible for whatever trash and tripe they’re communicating, because they don’t have to. Moreover, far too many politicians are fueling the fires of discontent and poison rhetoric. Even the mass media seem to have tossed into the trash all sense of responsibility in reporting the news; they exercise little news judgment, and they neuter willy-nilly the traditional standards of truth, accuracy and impartiality.

We are morally bankrupt. We seem to go out of our way to make God a four-letter word. Prayer at public schools and school sporting events has all but been banned because somebody might be offended. Television programming is filled with trash, violence, nudity, deviant behavior, selfish “role models” and advertising that pitches everything from condoms to erotic vaginal jelly. It’s true: You can’t legislate morality. But if you’ve got a brain, you can voice your opposition against public depravity.

Congress cannot fix any of this. Nor can the president. Nor can state legislatures.

The fix has to bubble up from the grassroots. And that, my friends, means you and me. You can start by unplugging the TV.

See something.
Say something.
DO something.

So, what’s a society to do?


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A few thoughts in the wake of the slaughter that just brought an entire city to its knees in Broward County, Florida:

President Trump cannot solve this insanity on his own. He can only provide leadership in the hope that people will do the right thing. So why do people beat their breasts for the president to act somehow to stop mass shootings? And why do the liberal media continue to trumpet the “safe” calls for congressional action? There simply is no political solution to such tragedies.

Congress cannot solve this insanity on its own. Heck, the record of Congress in recent decades shows our elected representatives can’t seem to agree on much of anything. So why do people beat their breasts for congressional action to somehow stop mass shootings? And why do the liberal media continue to trumpet the safe calls for congressional action? There simply is no political solution to such tragedies.

The wall-to-wall call for more gun controls is now an echo that evaporates in the valleys of political and social acrimony. Most of us have learned to not listen to the “politically correct” rhetoric. As U.S Rep. Trey Gowdy said the other day: We have enough laws on the books related to gun violence, and many such laws already are not being enforced. So what good would new laws do? Perhaps therein lies the reason Gowdy is hanging up his congressional spurs – he sees the continuing futility of serving on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has probably come closest to expressing a solution to deter future rampages like what occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where Nikolas Cruz allegedly and brutally killed 17 students and administrators, wounding more than a dozen others.

Thomas should know what he is talking about. His roots run deep into a tough and grossly unfair social atmosphere akin to that depicted in the movie “The Help” – one of the finest cinematic testaments to the injustice and waste of racism, hatred and violence. And yet, Thomas survived the turmoil and worked his way into a system badly in need of genuine justice.

The message from Thomas, according to a USA Today report: “At some point, we’re going to be fatigued with everybody being a victim.”

In other words, it’s up to the grassroots – that’s you and me – to find some way in our own communities to take a stand, and then get involved to do something about it.

Even if that means deluging our respective state governments to reopen special facilities for the mentally handicapped, where they can be cared for with dignity, and where they cannot be lethal threats to society in general.

Even if that means voluntarily putting a stop to incessantly blaming all police officers for the misdeeds of a few.

Even if that means turning the channel selector away from TV shows such as “The View,” where Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Paula Faris and Sara Haines abuse their celebrity status to tear down and denigrate everybody who tries to sit at their cloistered little (as in small-minded) table in the cafeteria.

Even if that means tuning out very talented sports figures like Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick – million-dollar athletes who repeatedly fail to engage what brains God gave them before they put their mouths in gear.

Even if that means getting up off our duffs to give up a few hours a week to get involved in worthwhile youth sports and youth-activity programs.

Even if that means facing ostracism from your neighbors because you have made a conscious decision to say something when you see something – as did the unidentified grandmother in Everett, Oregon, who called police when she found credible evidence that her grandson had a detailed plan to shoot up a local high school. The 18-year-old was stopped before he could carry out the plan. Unfortunately, now the elephant in the room is: What happens next?

Even if that means burning every marijuana field and permissive pot greenhouse that can be identified.  In this case, federal law trumps state law. 

Even if that means trafficking any kind of hard drug – cocaine, heroin, LSD, morphine,  methamphetamines and the like – can result in prison without parole upon conviction. And possibly execution if the sale of same results in death to a buyer.

Even if that means goading local Chambers of Commerce and local churches to push the business community into offering more part-time jobs for youngsters – jobs that teach good “people skills” and personal responsibility.

Even if it means doing whatever it takes to bloodlessly tilt the landscape back to being a level playing field, where we don’t have to fear a crackpot behind every tree, or a malcontent with an AR-15 in his closet.

One more bill the public doesn’t need

One more elected official has taken the plunge from the ridiculous to the sublime.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell – a California Democrat (of course) – last Monday introduced a House bill dubbed the “Journalist Protection Act,” according to World Net Daily News.

Feel free to call it the Cupcake Bill.

The measure would make it a federal crime to intimidate, verbally or physically attack journalists. Swalwell claims his bill is necessary to protect reporters from the “toxic environment” fostered by President Donald Trump. Seems the president rightly has declared a number of reports from the liberal-left press as “fake news.” And Swalwell is the one standing up for the wingnuts who have taken offense.

So, what are were to believe here? That reporters can ask biting, loaded and insensitive questions of the president and other public officials, but that the president and other public officials cannot counter in kind?

Even more pathetic are the dozen Democrats who are co-sponsoring the bill —
Andre Carson (Indiana)
David Cicilline (Rhode Island)
Steve Cohen (Tennessee)
Debbie Dingell (Michigan)
Ro Khanna (California)
Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)
Grace Napolitano (California)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)
Bobby Rush (Illinois)
Jose Serrano (New York)
Darren Soto (Florida)
and good ol’ Trump-beater Maxine Waters (California)

All of which proves that this winter, there are more snowflakes in Washington than what you see accumulated on the ground.

Good reporters and editors are responsible people who already know there are laws on the books to protect them from libel, slander and physical harm.

Good reporters and editors further know that they can ask, report and write anything they want, as long as they are willing to take responsibility for it. Reporters and editors of lesser achievement are no more than Pollyannas who often wind up where they rightfully belong — out in the cold.

In the mass media, when you lie, you lose.

When you push, expect to be pushed back.

When you’re an obvious menace in the pack, don’t be surprised if you get an “intimidating” answer.

Moreover, if you’re intimidated by any official, well, that’s on you – the reporter or editor – for allowing yourself to be intimidated. Grow a spine, or go work in a cream-puff factory. To cite an old bromide: If you can’t run with the big dogs, you better stay on the porch.

Final thought on the proliferation of “fake news”: Get it right, or go fly a kite.

An essay well worth reading


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Paul Genova has written a terse and uncomplicated essay in answer to failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book, “What Happened,” in which she blames everyone and everything but herself for her loss to President Donald J. Trump.

Genova is president and CEO of Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. During the weeks and months following the presidential election, he said he noticed that a lot of Clinton supporters could not graciously accept the fact that their candidate lost. Trump’s critics, he noted, were posting more and more hateful things about Trump’s supporters.

Too many of them, Genova wrote, were posting  online slurs about how “sick” they felt because of the Trump triumph. And they continued to ask: How did this happen? Thus, Genova’s essay, which he titled “Us”:

You created “us” …
when you attacked our freedom of speech.
when you attacked our right to bear arms.
when you attacked our Christian beliefs.
when you constantly referred to us as racists.
when you constantly called us xenophobic.
when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.
when you attacked our flag.
when you took God out of our schools.
when you confused women’s rights with feminism.
when you began to emasculate men.
when you decided to make our children soft.
when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.
when you attacked our way of life.
when you decided to let our government get out of control.
when you began murdering innocent law-enforcement officers.
when you lied and said we could keep our insurance plans and our doctors.
when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.
when you took a knee, or stayed seated, or didn’t remove your hat during our National Anthem.
when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.

You created “us,” the silent majority.
We became fed up, and we pushed back and spoke up.
And we did it with ballots, not bullets.
With ballots, not riots.
With ballots, not looting.
With ballots, not blocking traffic.
With ballots, not fires — except the one you started inside of “us.”
“YOU” created “US.”

It really is just that simple.


Oh, what a show it should be


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The BET network (Black Entertainment Television) must be hurting for ratings.

Why else would BET schedule a comedy, starring Maxine Waters, to follow President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address come Tuesday night?

Waters, a California Democrat serving in the U.S. House, is one of the president’s most vocal diss clowns on Capitol Hill. She rarely ever backs up her black-and-blue discourse about Trump with any substantial facts. Waters just plain doesn’t like Trump, and she will say anything to paint Trump in a bad light, even if what she says is not true.

Waters’ appearance either Tuesday or Wednesday night reportedly is part of a broader quarterly BET initiative focusing on issues facing black Americans. The program is expected to address “building black politics and the value of engagement across today’s socio-political landscape,” according to an insider who spoke to BuzzFeed News.

How racist and divisive is that?

Perhaps BET could commission a quarterly presentation that would be more inspirational. Such a program would focus on black Americans who have carved a name for themselves on the multi-colored American socio-political landscape and what it took to get them there.

Among so many others who could be featured are Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Ben Carson, Morgan Freeman, Ursula Burns, Julio Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Kenneth Frazier and yes, even whiny ol’ Maxine Waters — who does not reside in the congressional district she represents. She only owns property there — property that gives her a net worth of more than half-a-million dollars. Moreover, when she ran for re-election in 2014, she raised her highest amount of campaign funding — more than $1..2 million. 

Debacle in Hawaii reflects many flaws


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By now, everybody under the sun has heard or read about the false alarm Saturday in Hawaii, in which a statewide alert warned every swinging islander and visitor that an inbound ballistic missile was only minutes away from ruining their whole day.

The fake alert terrified Hawaiians. The reasons given for how it happened lacked credibility. And of course, the liberal left jumped on the No Trump bandwagon immediately to point their unsubstantiated fingers at the sitting president, asking Trump why he continues to cultivate an erroneously perceived lack of foreign policy when it comes to rogue nation North Korea.

The more important question is: Why did it take 38 minutes for Hawaiian state authorities to send a second message stating that the alert was an error? There’s a flaw here somewhere.

And how did the fake alert happen in the first place? Hawaiian Gov. David Ige reportedly said the false alarm was “a mistake made during a standard procedure” as a work shift changed, “and an employee pushed the wrong button.”

Seriously? One guy low in the food chain, with no consultation from higher-ups, can push an unsecured button that lights up the whole state in case of an impending  nuclear attack? Might as well say the janitor did it, with his finger, in the pie room. Call it flaw No. 2.

In Washington, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, told CNN that the fake alert in Hawaii shows President Trump’s policy on North Korea is wrong.

“What makes me angry is that yes, this false alarm went out, and we have to fix that in Hawaii,” Gabbard said. “But really, we’ve got to get to the underlying issue here of why are the people of Hawaii and the United States facing a nuclear threat coming from North Korea? And what is this president doing, urgently, to eliminate that threat?”

Gabbard is a military veteran who serves on the U.S. House armed services and foreign affairs committees. As such, she should know better – North Korea doesn’t listen to the United States. The Kim Jong-un regime is beholden to and supported by China, Iran and Russia. 

“I’ve been calling on President Trump to negotiate directly with North Korea,” Gabbard said, “to sit across the table from Kim Jong-un, work out the differences so that we can build a pathway towards [sic] denuclearization to remove this threat.”

Well, it takes two to tango. Trump could offer to sit down until he was blue in the face. But there are no talks possible so long as the chair across the table from him is empty.

Gabbard adds that no preconditions should precede such talks — meaning North Korea should not have to give up its nuclear weapons first. Moreover, she says, Trump should assure Pyongyang that Washington is not pursuing regime change in North Korea.

Can Gabbard be that naïve? Guess so. Guess she never heard of Neville Chamberlain. Perhaps she slept through her world-history classes. . 

And what is President Trump doing to “eliminate the threat”? Plenty. The missile silos in Alaska and on the continental West Coast are armed and ready. Anti-missile defenses in Japan are pointed in the right direction. And the U.S. Navy has a small armada on and under the Sea of Japan and in the Pacific Ocean to deal with the wishes of Kim Jong-un. In other words, Rocket Man ought to be careful what he wishes for.

Meanwhile, the “deplorables” on the political left — yes, Hilary, some of those on your side of the fence are Democratic deplorables — lit up like the Fourth of July.

Keith Boykin of CNN complained that Trump was on a golf course in Florida while the fake alert was unfolding. “Of course he was,” Boykin said facetiously, without referring to any of the times when Trump’s predecessor was on the links driving and putting while seriously dire events occurred elsewhere. But the discerning public, along with the populace in Hawaii, weren’t laughing at Boykin’s fake humor.

Fake actress Jamie Lee Curtis put the cherry on the pudding. In her tweet, she went more ballistic than the fake missile that launched statewide panic in the 50th state. Curtis wrote: “This Hawaii missile scare is on YOU Mr. Trump. The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY. Shame on your hate filled self. YOU DID THIS!”

Even President Obama would have disagreed, saying at one point: “We did not build this country on our own. We built it together.” His comment came during a speech about small-business entrepreneurs, denying that they built their businesses themselves. Extending the logic, can we not also point the finger at Congress for any holes in the Swiss cheese of foreign policy?

The “No Trump” left just can’t help themselves. What’s next? How about: Let’s blame President Trump for the spate of cold weather that has paralyzed half the nation? Guess Mother Nature is punishing us because Trump pulled the United States out of the planet-wide global warming accord — er, the climate-change accord … er, whatever the atmospheric political movement is being called these days.

Give us a break.


I guess hell just froze over



Congress this week passed and sent to President Trump a $1.5 trillion overhaul of the U.S. income tax code. The disenchantment expressed by the few was almost laughable.

“My Republican colleagues  … will rue the day they did it. They don’t want to discuss it, they don’t want to have some light shed on it. They don’t want anyone to know what is in it, because it is so, so, bad. And the public knows it.”
— Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate minority leader

The tax plan is “brazen theft” that “betrays the future and betrays the aspirations of our children. It is a vote to install a permanent plutocracy in our nation. In this holy time (the Christmas season), the moral obscenity and unrepentant greed of the GOP tax scam stands out even more clearly. … It is the end of the world. The debate on health care is life/death. This is Armageddon.”
— Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House minority leader

“For years, I have constantly sounded the alarm about the need to cut wasteful spending, balance the budget, and eliminate the massive debt that is bankrupting our nation.  This is not just an economic issue, it’s a national security issue. … I am also concerned that this bill will result in millions of middle class Americans, and thousands of Eastern North Carolinians, paying more in taxes, not less.  It is estimated that 5 percent of taxpayers will pay more tax in 2018, 9 percent in 2025, and 53 percent in 2027.  That is the last thing struggling families need.”
— Sen. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), one of 12 GOP senators who voted no on the tax bill

“Californians need tax relief now more than ever, especially as the tax factory in our State Capitol continues looking for ever-increasing ways to take more of our hard-earned paychecks. Yet, I still fear that even in the revised proposal, many in my area could face higher taxes under this plan.”
— Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who also voted against the tax bill

Sorry, Chuck. If the Republicans didn’t shed any light on the measure, how can you know that it is “so, so bad”? You, my friend, are the public personification of obstructionism. You ought to know better. Moreover, the thinking public doesn’t see the new tax bill as being “bad” legislation. You’ve got to get out more to the nation’s diners and county fairs.

Sorry, Nancy. “Armageddon” is synonymous with the end of the world. Nuclear holocaust fits the bill. The 2017 tax bill does not. Please stop already with the groundless theatrics and the goofy melodrama.

Sorry, Walter. Yes, we need to cut wasteful spending. But remember the instructions on how to eat an elephant – that is, one bite at a time. The tax bill is a good beginning. Waste and fraud will be the next targets in President Trump’s bid to drain the swamp. Moreover, about half of the federal debt is money the U.S. taxpayers owe themselves, making the other half manageable if federal officials can rein in waste and fraud, as well as call in some debt that foreign nations owe the U.S. And you’re whining because 5 percent of taxpayers will pay more taxes next year, while 9 percent will be paying more in 2025? Heck, 5 percent is acceptable. As for the 2025 figure, whose crystal ball were you tapping into – I’d like to get me one. And when the tax modifications expire in 2026, well – that sunset is about eight years from now, and a lot can happen in eight years. Because NOTHING that gets adopted in a sitting Congress is permanent. A new Congress down the road before 2026 can change whatever its members vote to change.

And Darrell, you ought to just zip it. Your state is Giveaway Central. It’s why California has the highest debt-to-income ratio among all 50 states. It’s inconceivable that you would think the rest of the states “owe” California a dime to turn your red ledger into a black one. You and your California colleagues just need to clean up your own back yard.

Actor-director-producer-composer Clint Eastwood likely would tap one of his pithy past quotes to sum up all the grousing about the tax bill this way:

“Extremism is so easy. You’ve got your position, and that’s it. It doesn’t take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right, you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.”

Take it to the bank.