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Archive for September, 2018

A TALE OF TWO VIDEOS

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 5, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Are we willing pawns of the media?

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Last week, shortly after the Florida primary election, I happened to sit down with some friends over a friendly libation or two. We discussed many things, but the conversation inevitably turned to politics due to the outcome of the election. Aside from myself, the others leaned to the Democrats and do not like President Trump, claiming he acts “unpresidential.” His record of accomplishments is meaningless to them, just his “unpresidential” character. Frankly, I do not understand this mentality. Thank God for his unorthodox behavior. Other presidents may have acted “presidential,” but look at the mess they left us. As Trump says at his rallies, “It is a lot easier to act presidential than to do what I do.”

During the conversation, my friends contended President Trump is a racist. Naturally, I challenged their source. Nothing was forthcoming other than they believed he influenced GOP nominee for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ conduct whereby he used the word “monkey” in an on-air interview. The press lept on this and accused him of being a racist. At that moment, I was unfamiliar with the interview, but I looked it up on YouTube afterwards and found he had said, “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases…” This was a reference to the Florida economy and the perceived problems should the Democrats get elected in November.

DeSantis’ use of the word “monkey” went viral overnight and voters were left with the impression the candidate was a racist (as well as President Trump). This was the media’s attempt to smear DeSantis by making something out of nothing. Interestingly, President Obama made use of the same expression in the same context (click for VIDEO). If Cong. DeSantis is a racist then, most definitely, former President Obama is one as well. Yet he was never accused as such by the news media.

In my response to my friends, I mentioned a recent meeting President Trump had with black pastors at the White House. During the session, one of the pastor’s said, “This is probably the most pro-active administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community, in my lifetime.” And continued by saying, “This is the most pro-black president in our lifetime.” The video is also available on YouTube (click HERE; and go to 17:10 in the meeting).

My friends were unaware of this video. I was only made aware of it a few days before by a friend on social media. As to the news media, they buried the story as it was complimentary to the president.

I do not suffer under the illusion our president is a saint, but then again, none of us are. What’s the old expression, “Let he who is without sin cast the first rock”? The problem is, the news media has been throwing a barrage of rocks at the president since his first day in office. This flies in the face of their August 16th newspaper editorials claiming their innocence in covering Mr. Trump. These two videos demonstrate the opposite.

The DeSantis video goes well beyond Fake News, it is malicious malignment at its worse. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a bald faced liar.

What disturbs me is my friends are willing pawns of the news media and do not contest the integrity of their reporting. In other words, they are perfectly willing to allow the media do the thinking for them.

Yes, I am angry, when I see an insignificant story like the DeSantis interview blown out of proportion based on a false supposition. I am angry when the public is not made aware of the accomplishments of Mr. Trump, not just his meeting with the black pastors, but events like the Consumer Price Index hitting an 18 year high or the re-development of the NAFTA treaty, all of which are either falsely maligned or deliberately hidden from public view. Yes, I am angry when I see such injustice.

It is no small wonder the public is gravitating to social media to get their news as they no longer trust the news media. Who would have ever thought YouTube would be more reliable in video coverage than the main stream media?

I guess it is time to start picketing the news media. No, they are most definitely not “fair and balanced.” Better yet, just turn them off and seek the truth on social media, you won’t find it in the main stream media.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WAS AMERICA EVER GREAT?

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 4, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– You betcha.

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In defiance of President Trump, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently declared, “America was never that great,” an unfortunate comment which will cost him points politically. Even his father, former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, would have trouble swallowing it as he was well known for his stories of his family’s humble beginnings as Italian immigrants, that America was indeed the “land of opportunity.” The declaration made by today’s governor is in keeping with the left’s position that the country is desperately in need of a makeover, and certainly not in keeping with President Trump’s policies.

Nonetheless, they beg the question, “Was America ever great?” A lot of people tend to think so…

* Ask the Europeans who we aided to free the continent from Nazism and Fascism, and the “Marshall Plan” to rebuild it.

* Ask the Russians about how “Lend-Lease” saved their hides from German destruction.

* Ask Japan and South Korea who we helped rebuild into powerful economic engines.

* Ask the victims saved by the ravages of Polio and other diseases we helped find cures for.

* Ask the victims of the many countries who suffered through disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and typhoons. Ask who fed them, gave them shelter and medicine, and helped them get back on their feet.

* Ask the millions of people in this country who can now easily travel and communicate from coast-to-coast.

* Ask the millions of people around the world who have found enjoyment in our music, films, theater, and art.

* Ask the millions of Americans who enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world.

They will all say, “Yes, America was great.” By the way, has anyone forgotten we were the first country to land on the moon (and still the only ones to do so 50 years later)? This little feat invigorated our country, not just educationally, but caused the creation of new technologies and jobs.

However, there is a difference between being great and being perfect. Even President Trump is well aware of our imperfections, as we all should be, but this shouldn’t make us any less proud of our achievements. Thanks to our melting pot of multiple cultures, there is still a spirit of invention, innovation, creativity, and productivity. Over time though, we slipped and made it possible to ship jobs and companies overseas due to stifling government regulation and economics. We allowed others to dominate industries simply by enacting trade barriers against American products and services. All of this affected our GDP, the number of people on unemployment, our trade deficit, and the national debt, simply because we chose a policy of following as opposed to leading the free world.

The truth is, there are people who want us to be ashamed of our accomplishments, as they want to undermine the government and replace it with something new. This includes the media, academia, and the far left. The reality though is the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights have served us well for over 200 years and will continue to do so if we allow it. During his campaign, President Trump hit a nerve with people when he said, “Make America Great Again.” Deep-down most Americans want to feel proud of our country and ourselves again, that we will do what is right to protect our country, that we can build superior products, do big things, and be a beacon of light; to prove the American experiment still works, despite those who would rather see us fail.

There are people who simply do not believe in American greatness and will go to any length to see it abolished. Let me give you one tiny example; like many of you, I have watched various presentations at the White House via a Facebook feed. Although most people comment on how they enjoy watching it, there is always a handful trying to malign the event. To illustrate, recently there was a Medal of Honor presentation given to a fallen airman posthumously, Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman. During the presentation, I looked at the number of people voting their pleasure of the event, whereby there were 5.3K who liked it, and 390 who laughed at it. I’m not sure why they laughed; perhaps because it was President Trump making the presentation, or maybe they think the Medal and Sgt. Chapman are a joke. Whatever the reason, it denotes hostility towards the country. It is this small group who, I am sure, doesn’t believe America was great, but what they do not realize, most Americans do.

As we approach the midterm elections, this question of American greatness will occur again. The Democrats are playing with fire on this issue, which will be a key factor in turning independents away from voting for their party, and cause them to vote Republican.

Keep the Faith!

Note: All trademarks both marked and unmarked belong to their respective companies.

Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

For Tim’s columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2018 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

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