William Thien

Regarding the gun debate, particular media pundits like the one I heard the other day like to say that the 2nd Amendment was written at a time when firearms were muskets and flintlocks and the 2nd Amendment as a result is outdated and should be repealed. Here is my response. The constitution was written at a time when only the printing press existed. There were no cameras, no television, no helicopters, no drones, there was no internet, just pen and paper. How would today’s members of the media like to return to the days of the one-off printing press, a new sheet for each turn of the handle?

Answer that! What do you think?

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When we consider the world Orwell described in 1984 we think of big government and the stifling oppression associated with it. Unless you read well into it, that’s kind of how it reads. I’ve mentioned previously that I believe Orwell’s tale didn’t quite describe the actual intrusiveness of the television and that it’s a convenient diversion for the contemporary electronic and broadcast media to suggest that all intrusion originates from big government and focus on such government behavior when in fact it is the media that drives most such intrusion and it is the media that truly has the manpower and resources to behave in such a manner. Why, because the media profit so thoroughly from the foibles and tragedies of mankind that it must. That’s how the media is designed. As they say in the media, “if it bleeds, it leads.” The public is fodder for the media. The public is the greatest source of media profiteering.

Simply because you’ve stepped outside of your house, the media can begin to photograph you, follow you, build a file even. It’s all fairly legal. They can even create situations whereby you might find yourself angered or wounded socially in public and then report on it. It’s a form of “news making.” The more ethical news conglomerates don’t utilize such methods but sooner or later, they are all sharing files and footage anyway to keep up with ratings.

We are all concerned about big government intrusion when in fact maybe we should be just as focused if not more so on big media intrusion. Often one hand feeds the other.

Maybe it is time to curtail media behavior and activity through legislation. The media as an industry are way more intrusive and divisive than any government behavior, in this country anyway. As I said before, one hand, that of big government, often feeds the other, that of the media. If we want to curtail big government intrusiveness, maybe we should turn our focus on big media intrusiveness as well.

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I have reached the conclusion that Hillary will as she has said a number of times continue with policy that parallels the current administration. She is also married to Bill Clinton who during his administration ratified NAFTA and granted China Most Favored Nation trading status, or MFN.

It was also during the Clinton administration that the push to provide tax incentives for off-shoring found its fullest momentum. Hillary’s remarks about a continuance of policy and the aforementioned associations suggest Hillary will be a “Globalist” as that is the result of negotiating international trade deals and legislating tax breaks for the offshoring of industrial production.

I have written previously that through the ratification of NAFTA and by granting China MFN, Bill Clinton actually went to the end of the US assembly line and threw the switch, shutting down the American assembly line in many respects, perhaps for good.

Trump on the other hand has suggested numerous times that he will rip up NAFTA and attempt to re-write trade deals that he and most of the middle classes in America agree are unfair to The US and US workers. That makes Trump a “Nationalist,” which the media has been “labeling” him rather frequently, almost as if favoring their own audience is a bad thing.

Globalism is not unsound policy. But globalism favors primarily corporate interests. Nationalism on the other hand favors the wage earner and the working stiff.

So the choice is clear. Will you vote for the Nationalist or The Globalist?

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The thing about socialism is that eventually there are so many socialists as generations upon generations come to know no other system of sustenance that the hope that any democratic effort, a majority of votes to lead a country away from that socialist state is futile. Only massive economic upheaval or physical action can bring change.

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We are living at a time in the country’s political history when during national campaigns there is no clear choice to be made during the general election. Maybe there was one during the primary, but by the time the media has instituted its selection process, what usually remains is quite similar and we are stuck with having to make once again a “lesser of two evils” choice which is of course no choice at all. It is rather the illusion of choice.

During the last three presidential campaigns there has been not one single “Dang, that guy’s just the best I’ve ever seen. He’s awesome” candidate running for office.

Given the current candidates from the two major parties, we have passed those circumstances I believe and the choices are rather clear.

We see in Hillary Clinton an extension of the Washington socialist aristocracy that has become entrenched, residing in and about The White House for decades. Admittedly, Hillary herself has said she will continue with the current administration’s legislative programming.

Trump, on the other hand, often seems diametrically opposed to the status quo.

So, if you don’t like the way things are going in this country, the choice should be rather clear. If you want things to stay the same, well then that choice is clear as well.

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Before you read this, let me state that I do not have faith in most political polling and political polls in general. Polling can be used to sway an election or cover up facts. As an example, all polling of the pre-Brexit vote indicated a massive landslide in favor of remaining in The EU. Look at what has happened instead. I do not say completely disregard political polling, rather examine the results carefully. 

Now that the dust has settled and the media have completed their feast of the massacre in Orlando, I had an observation or two regarding what occurred directly afterward.

Within a day the Clinton campaign instituted massive damage control efforts.

“Damage control efforts by the Clinton campaign, what are you talking about, Bill?”

Within a day the media began spinning a myth that Hillary Clinton was suddenly way out in front in the polls after the massacre when just a day before things were neck and neck between her and Trump. The polls quoted were obscure, unscientific, and the intended outcome was not so obvious. Permit me to explain.

It was reported that the shooter had pledged allegiance to IS, ISIL or whatever they are being called today by the establishment.

Donald Trump had been calling on a complete ban on entry into The United States by all Muslims “until we can get this thing figured out,” he said. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, had been saying such an idea was nonsense. Personally I believe it may be a bit extreme.

But the first thought that crossed the minds of many Americans after it was revealed that the shooter had pledged allegiance to ISIS during a 911 call was, ‘Huh, maybe Trump is right about a temporary ban on Muslim entry into The United States.’ Because of the massacre and the shooters 911 call pledging allegiance to ISIS many of the naysayers and the undecideds regarding Trump’s ban on Muslim entry into The United States had suddenly had their minds made up for them.

‘Huh, maybe Trump is right about a temporary ban on Muslim entry into The United States.’

You know that’s what many Americans were thinking. I know it and so do the media and the Clinton campaign.

This explains the massive spin efforts following the massacre to include the results of polls showing Hillary Clinton suddenly in the lead and the redaction by federal officials of the 911 call the shooter made, which was later cancelled and the full transcripts made public because of pressure from Republicans and various advocacy groups. At first we were told that the 911 call was edited because we didn’t want to lend credence to Islamic terrorist organizations, in so many words. But as you will see, the real reason was political.

Essentially, knowing that Trump’s comments about banning Muslim entry into The USA, which had been vilified by the opposition, would now be almost completely vindicated following the massacre, knowing this, something had to be done. A deception had to occur immediately. The wool had to be pulled over the public’s eyes. And who better to pull the wool over the public’s eyes than the media, a rather willing accomplice wouldn’t you say?

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