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Trump’s Third American Revolution. For the first time, presidential power will pass to a business leader and true outsider.

waving flagAuthored by Fred Lucas | Updated 19 Jan 2017 | January 19, 2017

On March 4, 1801, President-Elect Thomas Jefferson took the oath of office at 11 a.m., in what was considered a simple ceremony. Certainly no A-list celebrities attended. He didn’t even ride the inaugural carriage to the Capitol as Presidents George Washington and John Adams had done before him. Despite the simple ceremony, James Madison said of the peaceful transition of power, “What a lesson to America and the world.” Jefferson was the third president, but this was the first time power transferred from one party, the Federalists, to another, the Democratic-Republicans. It came after a campaign that made the 2016 battle look quite tame.

Long after his presidency had ended, Jefferson expanded on Madison’s thought, referring to his election as the “Revolution of 1800,” because, he explained it was, “as real a revolution in the principles of our government as that of 1776 was in its form; not effected indeed by the sword, as that, but by rational and peaceful instruments of reform, the suffrage of the people.”

There will be plenty of protesters at Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump, perhaps some led by A-list celebrities. But in broad terms, it will be a peaceful transition of power, as in no militant coup to install Hillary Clinton or keep President Obama in power.

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But further, just as Jefferson talked about a second American revolution, Jan. 20 in many ways marks a third American revolution.

Love or hate Trump, his election marks truly the first time someone entirely outside the political system and government became president. He has broken a barrier, a general belief among the public and most successful Americans in the private sector, that at least some government office is a prerequisite to being elected president.

For all the jokes that Kanye West will run for president, there is a decent chance we’ll see more truly successful Americans who know how to make things work emerge as presidential candidates, without feeling the need to run for governor or U.S. senate first.

Only Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Zachary Taylor never held political office, but were both celebrated generals. Andrew Jackson was the first president to run an outsider vs. the Washington machine, but he was also a general, and later a U.S. senator before his ascension to the White House. Though Ronald Reagan was often attacked for being a movie star, he served two terms as governor of the largest state in the country before becoming president.

The presidential victories of Jefferson, Jackson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Reagan marked major political realignments. It is too early to speculate if Trump’s victory will spark a permanent political shift. Many wrongly predicted as much after Obama’s 2008 win. What his victory does mark is a new chapter in the evolving American experiment. 

Trump broke through doing what no one else has done: become president without any prior government experience — save maybe for lobbying and donating to politicians, which he readily admits were the cost of doing business.

The closest anyone else came to doing what Trump has done would be Wendell Willkie, the New York businessman, with a Democratic past, who never held political office. He won the Republican presidential nomination in 1940, and managed to win 44 percent of popular vote but a measly 82 electoral votes against the FDR juggernaut.

Since Willkie, we’ve had other CEOs try and fail. Ross Perot won 19 percent of the vote in 1992 as a third-party candidate. While he didn’t even pull half that much when he ran again in 1996, he inspired others, such as magazine publisher Steve Forbes and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain. But we’ve never really seen the titans of modern industry, CEOs of Wal-Mart or Apple, enter the presidential fray.

Successful businessmen frequently win lower offices, such as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a co-founder and former CEO of Directed Electronics, and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), a co-founder of Capital Cellular Corporation. Businessmen don’t fit neatly into a single party mold. Most conservatives would probably flinch at the thought of Mark Zuckerberg becoming president. But, Zuckerberg certainly knows how to make something work, and if unity is your thing, he’s certainly brought more people together than any politician has.

Trump was almost a post-ideological candidate. He made the debate about who can get things done vs. a cabal of career government failures. Even if his business record wasn’t 100 percent successful, it shined by comparison to eight years of the Obama administration — and for that matter, much of the Bush administration.

Americans have long been warm to the thought of government running as efficiently as a business. In 2016, they meant it. Even if Trump doesn’t succeed, he has still shattered another glass ceiling that needed to be shattered — busting through the political-governmental complex. That is indeed a peaceful revolution.


Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon

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John Lewis gets a free pass for rude and divisive behavior because he was hit upside the head in Selma.

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Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon

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Somehow some phony classified dirt on Trump was leaked to the media allegedly from the CIA. Has the CIA been politicized?

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Poverty-Racked Selma ‘Still a City of Slaves’. Town famous for civil rights march has been ‘left behind’ by decades of failed liberal policies

waving flagAuthored by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 16 Jan 2017

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When Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said that he didn’t view President-Elect Donald Trump as a “legitimate” president in an interview for NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday, he also refused to invite Trump to visit Selma, Alabama, with him. Lewis has often invited and escorted politicians from both sides of the political aisle to visit Selma — the city where Lewis himself was badly beaten on Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, as he and hundreds of others marched during the height of the civil rights movement. In fact, Lewis held hands and marched with President Obama and former President George W. Bush on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in 2015.

“I think Selma has done a lot more for the rest of the world than it has done for itself.”

“By going to Selma, maybe [Trump] would learn something,” Lewis said, before adding, “I would not invite him to come.”

But Selma may still have lessons to teach Lewis and his Democratic colleagues.

As the U.S. celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the country draws attention to the civil rights movement and highlights the sacrifices of those like King and Lewis. But when MLK Day has passed, the politicians, press, and celebrators all leave Selma behind, with a remaining question unanswered: What is to be done about Selma today and the dozens of other cities like it that remain racked by poverty?

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Roughly 80 percent of Selma’s residents are African-American, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010, and data from 2011-2015 shows the median household income to be $22,414 — less than half the country’s average. Although the unemployment rate fell from near 20 percent in 2010 to roughly 9 percent in 2015, that number is still almost twice the national average. And even when jobs are available, they are often insufficient to meet residents’ needs. Nearly 42 percent of the city’s population lives or has lived in crushing poverty, which is nearly double the rest of the state’s average. In addition, rampant crime festers throughout the city.

“This is slave work, that’s what it is, but the only work around,” a man laying bricks for a mere pittance that were handmade in the 1870s for a construction company told a reporter for The Guardian last February. “Kind of funny when you think about it, because them bricks were probably made by slaves. That is Selma for you, though: still a city of slaves.”picture8

Council McReynolds, a man who has spent all of his 50-plus years in Selma, told The Guardian reporter that “all the factories that used to be here are closed” and left joblessness in their wake.

“Selma ain’t like that movie. There everyone is shown working together and putting the past behind them,” McReynolds said. “But the reality is Selma has been left behind, and folks are certainly not working together.” partyof-deceit-spin-and-lies

Selma’s first black mayor, James Perkins Jr., once said that there’s “still a lot of healing to be done” within the city, according to

“I think Selma has done a lot more for the rest of the world than it has done for itself,” Perkins said.

There is a stubborn reality in the city that cannot be ignored — decades of Democratic policies have not worked for Selma.democrats-not-republicans

Although Lewis refused to invite Trump to visit Selma with him in the future, the president-elect still campaigned on a message of hope for African-American communities and those communities across the country stricken with joblessness. It is ironic, indeed, that the 2008 campaign promises from the nation’s first black president also promised “hope” and “change” for black Americans. But as Selma knows, both hope and change have been strangers to their city.democrats-not-republicans

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“What the hell do you have to lose?” was the question Trump repeatedly posed to black Americans when he campaigned directly for their votes.

During a campaign event in October in Charlotte, North Carolina, Trump spoke directly to African-American voters and asked them to “break from the bitter failures of the past and imagine the amazing possibilities for our future.”

“[Democrats’] policies have failed at every turn,” Trump said. “They’ve trapped children in failing government schools,” he added, and their “policies have also given rise to crippling crime and … violence.”democrats-not-republicans

“Every African-American citizen in this country is entitled to a government that puts their jobs, wages, and security first,” Trump added.

Now that Trump has been elected, he will have ample opportunities to follow through on his promises to African-American communities and those communities hit the hardest by job losses and systemic failures — whether Lewis deigns to invite him to Selma or not.

Meet the biker hosting the biggest pro-Trump demonstration at the inauguration

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Chris Cox surveyed a small park near the U.S. Capitol, his German shepherd by his side. Wearing a Harley-Davidson jacket and a crocodile-skin cowboy hat adorned with the animal’s teeth atop his moppy, curly hair, Cox made for a particularly discordant sight in the heart of federal Washington on a misty weekend morning.bikers-for-trump03-jpg

But Cox had logistics to sort out, an Inauguration Day demonstration with motorcycle die-hards from across the nation to plan.

The 48-year-old chain-saw artist from South Carolina was an early and enthusiastic supporter of President-elect Donald Trump. Now that his guy has won, Cox wants to ensure that the group he founded, Bikers for Trump, strengthens its political muscle during Trump’s presidency and beyond.

The group obtained a permit for what is expected to be the largest pro-Trump rally held by a private group in the nation’s capital timed to the inauguration. Cox calls the planned event at John Marshall Park a “halftime rally” and said there will be speakers, musical performances and upward of 5,000 bikers in attendance.

As he walked through the park with his dog, Trigger — the massive “Bikers for Trump” patch on the back of his jacket visible from every vantage — Cox began planning where to put the stage, the speakers and the portable toilets.

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“Bikers are strongly organized locally,” Cox said. “They just haven’t been organized bikers-for-trump05-jpgnationally before.”

Cox launched the organization in October 2015, back when Trump was still running what was considered a quixotic campaign. Since then, he has hosted rallies throughout the country, with his biker group growing to tens of thousands of mostly white men, many of whom are veterans.

During Trump’s own rallies, and at the Republican National Convention, the group has served as a vigilante security force, providing human barricades between supporters and protesters.

When Cox got Trigger a few months ago from the Czech Republic through trades he made with a guy he met at a Trump rally in South Dakota, he joked about naming the new pet Keith Schiller, after the head of security for the Trump Organization.

Ultimately, Cox said, he wants to transform bikers into a distinct voting bloc, akin to the Christian Coalition or Teamsters. His group is composed of members of established groups such as Bikers for Christ and Veteran Bikers MC, and Cox says there are many more unaffiliated “lone wolf” bikers to still bring into the political fray. But the plausibility of creating a unified voting bloc remains to be seen, particularly considering there are at least two other Trump motorcycle events happening in the District around inauguration.

Still, Cox has proved that while Trump, a rich Manhattanite, and bikers make for an unlikely alliance, there’s also some logic there: They can both be outspoken, revel in a tough-guy mentality and espouse hands-off government values. bikers-for-trump01

“I’m not going to spend much time critiquing the vessel of the message,” Cox said. “It’s the message I’m interested in.”

Before Cox was Trump’s loyal biker guy, he was the nation’s heroic Lawn Mower Guy. He achieved national fame during the 2013 shutdown, when he showed up near the Lincoln Memorial and started mowing the lawn, a move that elevated him to a somewhat folksy legend during a time of ultimate Washington dysfunction.

This led him to lobby Congress to introduce a bill that would allow the monuments and parks to remain open during a government shutdown. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced it, but the bill has mostly been stalled since then.

Cox said the experience gave him a window into the ineffectiveness of government. He decided that if he were ever to get his bill through, he would need outside politicians to help deliver it. And that’s how he landed on Trump as a candidate.

Bikers for Trump promotes its values of supporting veterans and bolstering the status of the country’s dwindling blue-collar workers, but it’s also a savvy way for Cox to gain political bona fides and ultimately push his bill. Cox is neither a veteran nor a blue-collar worker, and landed on the idea of harnessing that group after visiting biker bars and noticing that they overwhelmingly supported Trump.

“My goal is for the bill not only to pass, but for it to pass with the most co-sponsors in the history of the House of Representatives,” he said. “I’m optimistic that when Donald Trump sees it, he’ll be for it.”

Bikers for Trump’s main political goals are more controversial than Cox’s own personal ones. They want extremely tough vetting for Muslim immigrants, particularly Syrians, and a wall along the Mexico border. Trump’s ability to deliver these campaign promises remains uncertain, but Cox doesn’t really care.bikers-for-trump01

“The wall that is built, it remains to be seen if it will be a concrete wall, a metal wall, trenches or just more border control,” Cox said.

Cox insists that his group is inclusive and disavows all parts of white nationalism. Cox repeatedly says that his group is pushing “racial reconciliation.”

Dwight Pape, a pro-Trump black bishop in Baton Rouge, plans to speak on this topic at Cox’s inauguration rally. Pape’s church was destroyed during the August 2016 floods, and he met Cox when bikers delivered food and supplies to the congregants.

“At a time when we needed help and hope and racial healing, the bikers showed up,” Pape, 62, said.

Cox grew up learning a little about how Washington politics works. His father, Earl Cox, worked in various federal agencies, including the Labor and Agriculture departments, and Cox spent much of his childhood in Northern Virginia. He left college in North Carolina to work in Republican politics, including campaigns for Dan Quayle and Elizabeth Dole.

That all makes him far from the typical biker. And Cox acknowledges that in many ways he is the stereotype of a liberal: He is a struggling artist with no health insurance who has been traversing the country this past year in a 1995 truck with a 1968 camper trailer attached. When he is out of money, he sells his chain-saw sculptures on the side of the road.

But he still possesses some undeniably Trumpian qualities. As Trigger obediently sat beside him, Cox ticked off some advanced commands. He said that Trigger learned the tricks in Czech and that he wants to ensure that the dog continues to respond to commands in the language.

“I don’t want anyone else to tell my dog what to do,” he said.

Michael Shelby, who is known as “New York Myke” in the biker community, met Cox in May in the District at Rolling Thunder — a massive biker demonstration holding the government accountable for all prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. Shelby said he was initially a bit skeptical of Cox because he wasn’t a veteran, but Cox sold him with his sincere passion for Trump.

Shelby, a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran who owns a Harley-­Davidson dealership in San Diego, said he has been involved in Republican veterans’ groups with a large biker contingency but never before in a group where being a biker was the main political identity.bikers-for-trump02-jpg

“I can’t remember anyone ever saying Bikers for Dole, or Bikers for Bush before. No one has ever done that before,” said Shelby, who is attending the rally.

Cox has met Trump a few times at rallies and said the president-elect personally called to thank him for his work and tell him about American jobs he’s already saved. But Cox hasn’t yet brought up the bill to him.

“I didn’t want to bog him down with anything unrelated,” Cox said. “It was a matter-of-fact conversation that I would have with my friends. We laughed a bunch.”


Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon

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The Obama to Trump “Peaceful Transfer of Power” maybe more like the transfer of booby traps set to disable and trip up the Trump White House.

Peaceful Transfer of Power / Cartoon by A.F. Branco.

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ALERT: Mexican President SURRENDERS…..”We’ll Pay”

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President-elect Donald Trump might as well have been in office for the past month. His latest accomplishment already overshadows everything that President Barack Obama did in the past eight years.

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Building a wall on our southern border was a cornerstone of Trump’s campaign platform, and he insisted that Mexico would pay for it. Despite repeated denials, Mexico has now seemed to be inching toward that inevitability.

In a meeting with ambassadors and consuls yesterday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said that Mexico will invest in modernizing and increasing security along the border, according to El Financiero.

That sounds an awful lot like they’re getting ready to pay for the wall, while saving face as they approach Trump’s hard line in the sand. If Mexico really believed the wall was a no-go, they wouldn’t be offering anything at all.

Mexico has a lot to lose if border security is tightened. Mexicans in the U.S. currently send home some $25 billion in remittances each year. Stopping the flow of cash would prove devastating to the Mexican economy, and Peña Nieto said he would work to “maintain the free flow of remittances,” according to Malaysia’s Sun Daily.picture4

At his New York news conference yesterday, Trump doubled down on his pledge to build the wall sooner rather than later and to keep American jobs from heading to Mexico. While he was speaking, the value of the Mexican peso plunged to a new record low vs. the U.S. dollar, according to CNBC.Happy Happy Joy Joy

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