Why America Is Attracted To Donald Trump

Ok, ok, let us ALL be clear here: we at Louder with Crowder have in NO WAY had a change of heart regarding our position on newly announced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. We made our position MORE than abundantly clear yesterday when we both picked apart his speech and vetted his “conservatism”. Got it? Got it.

What we DO find interesting is the incredible amount of backlash we felt in response to both of those pieces. Just peek through the comments section on the aforementioned articles to see for yourself! The hilarity that so many people take Trump seriously aside, it begs the question “why?” It’s clear that he hit some notes that really spoke to some Americans, and that itself is worth dissecting.

That said, we give you the top 4 things America finds attractive about Donald Trump.

  1. Donald Trump clearly has business sense, or at least more so than any other candidate in this election. Here’s a man who has seen more than his share of successes and failures.  He knows what makes capitalism work and what makes it fail. Even though he’s not a true free enterpriser (he does abuse the courts and take advantage of government favoritism as it relates to business), it’ll be hard for the career politicians to debate him on economics.
  1. When Donald Trump has ideas, he finds ways to make them work. He’s not necessarily the most honest guy, but he isn’t inherently dishonest either in that he doesn’t promise things he cannot deliver. When Trump says he’ll do things, he typically does them. Why? His pursuit of excellence. Sure, he’s an egomaniac. But he possesses a confidence that many Americans find refreshing in a field of GOP lambs.
  1. Donald Trump raises the level of play for the rest of the candidates. At the very least, in Donald Trump’s brazen attempt to provide bluntness over eloquence, it allows for a dialogue that might otherwise not take place. Trump’s not afraid to poke his finger in his opponent’s chest, and that opens up the field for all other Republicans alike.
  2. Donald Trump believes in and loves America. We’ve been tied to the international whipping post too long. The current administration has apologized for America to every race, creed, nationality, gender, and orientation on the planet. Yet we have shamefully allowed ourselves to become THE worldwide villain on the cosmic wanted posters, despite our giving more resources globally to improve life than any other nation. Our enemies see attempts to appease them with self-deprecation as weakness. They have and will exploit that weakness to defeat us. Ronald Reagan once said that as a nation: “It is good to be liked, but it’s much better to be respected.” Donald Trump is unapologetic about respecting America and not caving to other movements, regimes, or nations. He goes a little far in his rhetoric, but I will give credit where it’s due here.

Donald Trump isn’t the right candidate. There are far too many things that make him NOT the right guy. However, he is undeniably positive about America and her place in the worldwide community. That kind of patriotism and pride is contagious – and is sorely needed – if we’re to return to the kind of leadership that made America the greatest nation in the world. He may not be the right man for the job, but I certainly think he may help pave the way for someone who is.

Your thoughts? Sound off below.

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Global Warming: Not About The ‘E’ Word (Environment)

Listen to propaganda from the EPA and MDE, and you would think “Climate Change” programs are about saving the environment–but you would be wrong.

I’ll start by defining a term I created: “climateer”–someone with a vested interest in believing in catastrophic anthropogenic climate change. Two especially interesting attributes of climateers are the facts that (a) they have no conclusive facts, but rely on anecdotal assertions like ”97% of scientists believe in climate change”; and (b) climateers are genuinely disappointed when evidence indicates their fears are exaggerated.

The fact is, exaggerated Climate Change has little to do with the E-word, i.e. the Environment…but has everything to do with the C-words: Communism vs. free-market Capitalism.

Perhaps you’re thinking… “sounds a little over the top, commissioner…”

Consider this.

The question of whether or not there is climate change is not the question. Climate has been changing since the beginning of time. The more relevant questions are these: Is change exceeding regular cyclical norms? And to what extent is it anthropogenic, i.e. man-made?

Let’s return to the question of whether climate change doctrine is motivated by the E-word or the C-word.  Nothing I say will convince climateers they’ve been duped, so I’ll let the leftist “experts” tell us in their own words.

Fasten your seatbelts.

Ottmar Edenhofer, Vice-chair of the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change, says: “One must say clearly that we… redistribute the world’s wealth by climate policy.” Hmmm.

Harvey Ruvin, former Vice-chair of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives, said: “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective” in the process of implementing Sustainable Development.” Interesting vernacular.

Naomi Klein of The Nation magazine says: “So when [Commissioner Rothschild] reacts to… climate change as if capitalism itself were coming under threat, it’s not because [he’s] paranoid… It’s because [he’s] paying attention. … most leftists have yet to realize that climate science has handed them the most powerful argument against capitalism.”

Third Annual Conference of the World Association for Political Economy in Lang Fang, China, May 2008:  “…global ecological sustainability will be possible only with fundamental social transformations and a new global economic system organised on the principles of social ownership of land and other major means of production … only socialism and the global solidarity of all working peoples can free both humanity and the earth from the fatal threat of global capitalism.”

Are you catching these not-so-subtle undercurrents of Marxism?

A top-10 favorite comes from David Foreman, founder of Earth First and director of the Sierra Club: “We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects … We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness tens of millions of acres of presently settled land.”

Truth is stranger than fiction.

In the book “Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis by Environmentalist Chris Williams,” Williams says: “It is utterly impossible for Capitalism to view the world as a single interlocking system. “ He asserts the only political system that can holistically address the challenges of the 21st century is “Marxism.”

The frontal attack on free-market capitalism is self-evident.

They regularly change phraseology, so rebutting them is like playing a game of whack-a-mole at the Ocean City Boardwalk–as soon as you knock down one of their hysterical arguments, an increasingly ambiguous replacement argument pops-up.  Pow!

A lack of conclusive evidence forced climateers to change their vernacular four times in three decades. First, it was “Global Cooling.” Then, “Global Warming.” Next, “Climate Change.” And now, drum roll please, they have adopted their most ambiguous term. They call it “Climate Disruption.”

Cute… and sufficiently ambiguous to allow every self-appointed pantheistic climateer to wave his/her hands hysterically and yell “climate disruption.”  Every time there is a storm, hurricane, tornado, typhoon… you name it…  hotter, colder, wetter, dryer, more snow, less snow… see, it’s exactly what we warned would happen. Their diagnosis is always the same, and it reminds me of the snake-oil salesmen of the 1850’s who went from town to town selling the same “ointment” for anything and everything that ails you.

Climateers also shifted vernacular related to “Sea Level Rise.” In an effort to band-aid unsustainable hysteria, it’s now called “Storm Surge.” Convenient.

There you have it. Hilarious, pathetic, and a threat to America and individual liberty.

Climate Change is all about attempts to put a stake through the heart of America’s free-market economy, and replace it with a government-controlled Marxist economy… all in the name of social justice… to save the world from the threat of free market capitalism.

Remember, this was in their own words, not mine.

It’s time to stop scaring our children and refocus them on the morality of free markets and individual liberty.


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This CEO Is ‘Paying It Forward’ To His Employees – By Doing Something Amazing For Their Kids

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Despite their portrayal by some leftists as heartless and greedy, a number of recent stories prove that corporate executives can and do take an active role in bettering the lives of their employees.

Western Journalism reported earlier this month that company founder Richard Branson unveiled a new policy giving new fathers working for Virgin Management a full year of paid paternity leave. A similarly family-focused perk was recently implemented at Boxed, a New Jersey-based upstart company.

CEO Chieh Huang explained the motivation for his idea – personally funding the college education of his employees’ children – in an interview with ABC News.

First, he said he owed his employees a debt of gratitude, saying his success is due to “people putting in a lot of back-breaking and hard work.”

This new company benefit, he said, is his way of expressing his gratitude.

Furthermore, as a poor child, he was able to appreciate the value of a good education. He said he wants to pass along that same experience to the next generation.

“I want to help these folks, you know,” he said, “because they’re starting on this journey with us.”

Roughly a dozen kids currently qualify for the new program, including 18-year-old Joe Bobko.

Bobko’s father, Mark, said his boss is “definitely a hero,” explaining he feels “extremely lucky” to have the weight of such a financial burden taken care of by his employer.

In his case, the freshman’s four-year tuition at Bloomsburg University is slated to top $100,000.

Huang, however, dismisses any notion of his heroism. In fact, he said he is “completely the opposite,” concluding he is simply doing “the right thing.”

Do you support generous business leaders like these? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: Former Obama Classmate Just Made One MAJOR Accusation About The President

A former classmate of President Obama’s contends the commander-in-chief himself is the greatest threat to the country.

Former Libertarian vice presidential nominee and entrepreneur Wayne Allyn Root asserts in a commentary earlier this month on Personal Liberty that “Obama is divebombing our nation’s economy the same way that the Germanwings airline co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed his plane into the ground in France two months ago.” He called the plan the “Cloward-Piven strategy.”

The plan is simple: To destroy capitalism and ‘American exceptionalism,’ you overwhelm the system with spending, entitlements, regulations and debt. The economy comes to a halt; full-time jobs are killed; businesses fail in record numbers; the middle class is murdered financially; the debt implodes; and the economy is overwhelmed.

Root graduated from Columbia University in 1983, the same year as Obama.

“Capitalism dies as a majority of Americans wind up hooked on welfare, food stamps, free healthcare and government checks like a drug addict is hooked by a drug dealer on heroin, or crack cocaine, or crystal meth. Obama is America’s drug dealer. But his drug of choice is government dependency,” Root continued.

To make this plan work, Obama needs you hopeless, helpless, clueless and losing all faith in God, yourself, individualism, personal responsibility and capitalism. He needs you scared out of your wits and desperate. He needs you believing that only government can save you.

“You don’t have to believe me,” Root added. “Just look at the evidence. The proof came in last Friday. The first quarter GDP growth was negative.”

As The Wall Street Journal pointed out at the end of last month, the GDP decreased by 0.7 percent during the first three months of 2015. This is the third separate quarter the economy has experienced negative growth since the recession ended in 2009.

“Is Obama an ignorant incompetent idiot, dangerous to himself and everyone around him, or a purposeful suicide bomber out to destroy America and capitalism? Because it’s either one or the other,” Root said.

h/t: The Political Insider

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Did You Know That The ‘One Percent’ Are On Welfare Too?

This month, Congress will consider whether to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank). Ex-Im Bank is a New Deal-era federal program that uses taxpayer funds to subsidize the exports of American businesses. Foreign businesses, including state-owned corporations, also benefit from Ex-Im Bank. One country that has benefited from $1.5 billion of Ex-Im Bank loans is Russia. Venezuela, Pakistan, and China have also benefited from Ex-Im Bank loans.

With Ex-Im Bank’s track record of supporting countries that supposedly represent a threat to the US, one might expect neoconservatives, hawkish liberals, and other supporters of foreign intervention to be leading the effort to kill Ex-Im Bank. Yet, in an act of hypocrisy remarkable even by DC standards, many hawkish politicians, journalists, and foreign policy experts oppose ending Ex-Im Bank.

This seeming contradiction may be explained by the fact that Ex-Im Bank’s primary beneficiaries include some of America’s biggest and most politically powerful corporations. Many of Ex-Im Bank’s beneficiaries are also part of the industrial half of the military-industrial complex. These corporations are also major funders of think tanks and publications promoting an interventionist foreign policy.

Ex-Im Bank apologists claim that the bank primarily benefits small business. A look at the facts tells a different story. For example, in fiscal year 2014, 70 percent of the loans guaranteed by Ex-Im Bank’s largest program went to Caterpillar, which is hardly a small business.

Boeing, which is also no one’s idea of a small business, is the leading recipient of Ex-Im Bank aid. In fiscal year 2014 alone, Ex-Im Bank devoted 40 percent of its budget — $8.1 billion — to projects aiding Boeing. No wonder Ex-Im Bank is often called “Boeing’s bank.”

Taking money from working Americans, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to subsidize the exports of large corporations is the most indefensible form of redistribution. Yet many who criticize welfare for the poor on moral and constitutional grounds do not raise any objections to welfare for the rich.

Ex-Im Bank’s supporters claim that ending Ex-Im Bank would deprive Americans of all the jobs and economic growth created by the recipients of Ex-Im Bank aid. This claim is a version of the economic fallacy of that which is not seen. The products exported and the people employed by businesses benefiting from Ex-Im Bank are visible to all. But what is not seen are the products that would have been manufactured, the businesses that would have been started, and the jobs that would have been created had the funds given to Ex-Im Bank been left in the hands of consumers.

Another flawed justification for Ex-Im Bank is that it funds projects that could not attract private sector funding. This is true, but it is actually an argument for shutting down Ex-Im Bank. By funding projects that cannot obtain funding from private investors, Ex-Im Bank causes an inefficient allocation of scarce resources. These inefficiencies distort the market and reduce the average American’s standard of living.

Some Ex-Im Bank supporters claim that Ex-Im Bank promotes free trade. Like all other defenses of Ex-Im Bank, this claim is rooted in economic fallacy. True free trade involves the peaceful, voluntary exchange of goods across borders — not forcing taxpayers to subsidize the exports of politically powerful companies.

Ex-Im Bank distorts the market and reduces the average American’s standard of living in order to increase the power of government and enrich politically powerful corporations. Congress should resist pressure from the crony capitalist lobby and allow Ex-Im Bank’s charter to expire at the end of the month. Shutting down Ex-Im Bank would improve our economy and benefit most Americans. It is time to kick Boeing and all other corporate welfare queens off the dole.

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