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IT IS TIME FOR THE REPUBLICANS TO FLEX THEIR MUSCLES

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 22, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– No more excuses; let’s roll!

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Congressional Democrats have drawn a line in the sand by making it clear they intend to obstruct any action or decision President Trump intends to make. By doing so, they hope to slow him down and discredit him in the process, thereby presenting an opportunity to retake power in the midterm elections. In other words, the Democrats have made it clear they have no interest in working with Mr. Trump, which is unfortunate.

With this in mind, it is time for the Republicans to flex their muscles and show the Democrats who is in charge of the Congress and the White House. President Trump has demonstrated he is ready to undertake an ambitious agenda, but we haven’t seen the Congress do likewise, at least not yet. Maybe the GOP is intimidated by the push-back of the Democrats, or perhaps they are in awe of the Trump juggernaut, or perhaps it is as simple as they are not used to leveraging political power and forgotten how to do so. Whatever the reason, it is time to flex their muscles and grasp victory from the jaws of defeat.

It appears the only thing the liberals understand is strength. As such, it is time to remove the kid gloves and aggressively change America, which many prefer to call a “correction.” For example, it is obvious the Democrats will move heaven and earth to defeat Neil Gorsuch as nominee for the Supreme Court. The President is correct that the Senate should invoke the “nuclear option” for his appointment, meaning election through a simple majority of Senators as opposed to a minimum of 60 votes. The door for this was opened by then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) during the Obama administration and used to expedite presidential appointments and Obamacare. Now the Republicans are in charge and the Democrats wish this rule didn’t exist as it may very well be used to appoint not only cabinet positions, but to elect Mr. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Prior to the “nuclear option,” Senators of both parties were forced to work together and compromise, which could be construed as a positive working relationship. However, with the “nuclear option” enacted, party polarity has risen which has led to walkouts and boycotts of committee meetings.

President Trump has made significant progress in the early days of his administration, but Americans are impatient for such things as tax reform (both personal and commercial), reducing bureaucratic red tape on companies, repeal and replacement of Obamacare, revoking the Iranian nuclear agreement, and ensuring peace in the Middle East by destroying ISIS and stopping the Syrian civil war. These are all major undertakings, and the GOP needs to be addressing them now, not later. They should be mindful there is no time to lose.

Just remember, the midterm elections will be held on November 6, 2018, that’s just next year. At this time all 435 seats in the House and 33 of the 100 Senate seats will be contested, not to mention 39 governorships. A lot is riding on this election which means it is time for Congressional Republicans to move boldly.

As Lincoln said, “The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.”

Let’s roll!

Also published with The Huffington Post.

Keep the Faith!

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WHERE ARE THE ADULTS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 15, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– While liberals run amok, the Republicans are firmly in control.

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Since President Trump’s inauguration, the news media has been painting a picture of tumultuous times in this country. They claim it is a result of the president’s new policies which are in sharp contrast to the positions of the Obama administration. Frankly, the media and liberal Left (synonymous) are still sore about losing the election and using tactics to vehemently thwart any action or decision the president makes. Their approach is simple: their proponents demonstrate, the news media spins the news, and the Congressional Democrats try to boycott or filibuster every Trump proposal. They may be able to slow him down, but it is unlikely they will be able to stop him with a Republican Congress in charge.

As to the demonstrations, today we see women dressed as female genitalia, profanity and insults are common during protests which, by the way, their children are encouraged to do likewise, there are threats of violence to the president, attacks on Trump supporters, human chains blocking traffic, violence, boycotts, etc. They are intolerant, crude, obscene, and act like spoiled children throwing a temper tantrum for not getting their way. Frankly, they are embarrassing.

Along comes Donald Trump, someone who is not a community organizer or professional politician, but a no-nonsense businessman who is results orientated. Mr. Trump’s positions on various topics have long been known and articulated on the campaign trail, for which he was elected and is now delivering on his promises. By doing so, Mr. Trump is giving liberals and the media a much deserved spanking.

Liberals are not interested in what anyone else has to say. They are angry their party lost and believe the government should be run by mob rule. The country has never been run purely by democracy, not even during the days of the Obama administration. For some reason, the concept of a “Republic” eludes them. Whenever they are confronted, they claim Mr. Trump’s position is “unconstitutional,” such as when he temporarily suspended immigration of refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries. The Left immediately claimed it was “unconstitutional.” If you check the Constitution and Bill of Rights, you find virtually nothing about immigration. This means the Left has no problem spreading falsehoods, such as labeling the executive order as “anti-Muslim,” which is simply not so.

The Left also claims illegal immigration is a right. Wrong. It is a privilege to lawfully immigrate to this country, certainly not a right. The spread of such misconceptions are aimed at confusing the American public.

There is also a double-standard being implemented. For example, Bill Clinton’s description of illegal immigration in his 1995 State of the Union speech, sounds remarkably similar to Mr. Trump’s position, yet the Left conveniently overlooks this fact.

Democrat mayors of sanctuary cities claim they will perpetuate the concept even without federal funding. Most Americans are perplexed by this as they do not understand why these mayors want to protect criminals and not their citizens. Let’s see what happens when the money runs out.

In Congress, Democrats are stonewalling cabinet nominations, but there is little they can do to actually stop it. They will try to perpetuate their obstructionist tactics and, in the process, lose their chance to work with Republicans to make a better country.

As to the press, Mr. Trump is correct when he says how the media treats people in other industries, such as business and technology, is substantially different than the political press. The news media is certainly not supportive of the president’s policies and smears him at every opportunity. Unlike his predecessors though, Mr. Trump is willing to fight back, which angers the media further.

All of the Left’s tactics are designed to put Mr. Trump on the defensive, thereby slowing him down. These are nothing more than smoke screens to try and distort and discredit what Mr. Trump is doing.

Make no mistake though, what we are witnessing is just the tip of the iceberg. The Left’s resistance will likely continue throughout Mr. Trump’s four year term. As long as he remains cool under pressure, the “silent majority” will recognize what is going on and the Left will again lose during the next electoral cycle.

The Democrats suffered through the 2016 election rife with political corruption and back stabbing. They are in desperate need of some house cleaning and new leadership to improve their image, political ethics, and win back voters. This means a new way of thinking, cleaning up their conduct, and a change of tactics. As long as the liberals remain in charge, this will never happen, but at some point they will inevitably lose control of the party. Only then will a metamorphosis occur transforming the party and creating a new one for the Liberals to exclusively support.

Bottom-line, the Democrats sorely need an adult to take charge of the party.

Also published with The Huffington Post.

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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WHAT THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON WAS ALL ABOUT

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 8, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It is much more than just female rights.

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Unlike the DisruptJ20 protesters at the presidential inauguration, which were actually anarchists, thousands of women marched in Washington, DC the next day, the purpose of which, according to organizers, was to stand up for the rights of women and humanity in general. During the course of this protest, there was no discussion of Kim Jong-un’s brutal regime in North Korea, nor the human rights violations of Cuba and parts of Africa, and virtually nothing regarding the violence in the Middle East, particularly by extreme Islamic terrorists such as ISIS. Instead, they turned their wrath on someone who threatened to “Make America Great Again.”

Some of the rhetoric at the protest was alarming, such as singer Madonna who openly claimed she had been thinking “an awful lot about blowing up the White House” (now that Donald Trump had been installed as 45th President of the United States).

While this was going on, the press began its full court press of the new president, such as falsely claiming he had removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office in favor of one depicting Winston Churchill. There were also claims Mr. Trump didn’t enjoy a sizeable audience attending the inauguration. This resulted in a sharp rebuke by Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

If you have visited the web sites of the New York Times or Washington Post lately, you have probably noticed there has been little, if any, positive news written about our new president; everything is negative and every action and decision is attacked and maligned.

In the Congress, Senate Democrats appear to be dragging their heels on cabinet confirmations, and House Democrats are gearing up to impede the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. In other words, they will try to deter the Republican agenda at every turn.

What we are witnessing is hyper-partisan politics with rhetoric bordering on civil war. I contend none of this has anything to do with Donald Trump. Any Republican, succeeding a Democrat President would face the same frosty opposition, regardless who they might be.

The “resistance” (as they prefer to call it) is led by the Hollywood media, the press, leaders of the party, professional rabble-rousers, and financiers such as George Soros. These are people who prefer socialism over capitalism, skeptical of God and organized religion, believe the Constitution is an antiquated document, and their moral values are better than those who elected Trump. Both the Left and the Right consider themselves patriots, but only in terms of their own interpretation of America, which are incompatible. Whereas the Right thinks in terms of God, country and the rights of the people, the Left thinks in terms of a new utopia where people are controlled. Their Achilles heel is an acute case of pseudo-intellectualism.

In their minds, following the rules and regulations of gamesmanship is meaningless, that it is more important to do virtually anything, right or wrong, to secure victory. This means they subscribe to a philosophy of “the end justifies the means.” As such, fraudulent and libelous activity, confrontation, destruction, even theft, are considered acceptable forms of behavior, so long as you are not caught.

The party faithful are not free thinkers as they cannot point to an individual policy, program or decision of the new president which they oppose. Instead, they regurgitate unsubstantiated generalities in the hopes if they say it enough times, people will believe it. They prefer spewing hatred and misinformation, thereby making them incapable of arguing their point of view effectively. For example, they are naive about how our government works, e.g., electoral college vs. popular vote; a republic vs. democracy; how legislation is enacted. Nor do they have a sense of our history, e.g., the founding of our country, our governing docs, the events leading up to the Civil War, and much more. Instead they rely on the dogma of the party which includes such things as accusations of racism, xenophobia, anti-feminism, etc. They conveniently overlook the fact it was the Republican Party who led the movement to free the slaves, and the Southern Democrats, following the war, who invoked the “Jim Crow” voting laws. In other words, the tactics of the Left includes the spread of misinformation and will passionately refute anyone challenging their point of view. This is commonly referred to as “bullying.”

What the liberals do not seem to realize is the American people do not share their values, which explains why they voted Republican this time. As long as the Democrats continue to be run by the Left, they will remain in decline no matter how loudly they yell. As Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) mentioned when unsuccessfully running for House Minority Leader, the party is no longer national, but coastal instead, where pockets of Liberals remain. He also made the observation that although he wasn’t voting for repeal of Obamacare, he thought House Democrats should work with Republicans in drafting new legislation. This, of course, was not accepted by the party who was intent on delaying or stopping the repeal of Obamacare, despite wide-spread Republican approval.

Bottom-line the Women’s March on Washington and DisruptJ20 were not really about Donald Trump at all. It is a rallying cry to organize in preparation for the next two elections. However, as long as they employ militant tactics, they will continue to dissuade people from accepting their values and agenda. If they lose the 2018 mid-term election and 2020 presidential election, they should look hard in the mirror and realize they only have themselves to blame.

Understand this, while Democrats continue to proudly display their Hillary and Obama bumper stickers, the Republicans have already removed their Trump stickers, swept the board clean, and are now gearing up for the next two elections.

If anything, the marches and demonstrations held around the inauguration suggests a new civil war is emerging in America, but it has less to do with Mr. Trump than it does with ideological differences and control of the country. Is there room for two incompatible ideologies in this country? According to the Left, who are proponents of political correctness, the answer is a definitive, “NO!”

Not surprising, the next four years will be incredibly stormy, probably longer.

Also published with The Huffington Post.

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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WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT THE PRESS

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 20, 2017

BRYCE ON THE NEWS MEDIA

– Dealing with an irresponsible press.

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In 2016 I attended three Trump rallies as a member of the press corps. Frankly, it was an eye opening experience for me. At the beginning of each rally, there was an Invocation and a Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Few reporters stood up to observe either which I personally found embarrassing. I also noticed the printed press had their columns written before Mr. Trump took the podium. This caused me to question their objectivity as they were more interested in what they wrote as opposed to what Mr. Trump actually said.

From all this, I discovered the news media is a cut-throat business that is more concerned with beating the competition as opposed to reporting the facts. Yet, there is a sense of fraternity among the members of the press. If you attack one, you are attacking them all, and they are quick to come to the defense of each other. When Trump supporters chanted, “CNN sucks, CNN sucks…”, most of the press corps took offense and looked at the crowd with disdain.

From this, I have discovered the press possesses an incestuous relationship, you are either in or you’re out. You either play ball with their sense of politics or face exclusion. This makes them very cliquish and difficult to get to know.

Those members of the press I talked with during the rallies seemed very insecure about their station in life. I found most to be pseudo-intellectuals. They may be excellent wordsmiths, but shallow in terms of original thinking and debate.

Today we are hearing a lot about “fake news,” where stories are dreamt up and lack substance. I’m not sure I like the word “fake” as I tend to see such reporting as “fallacious” or “erroneous.” They will quote someone like Mr. Trump, spin it, and report it to the public as if it were gospel to a gullible public. In other words, there is no such things as ethics among the press. It is considered perfectly acceptable to report a story incorrectly, and be slow in issuing a correction, if at all. Further, the reporter is rarely reprimanded properly.

So, what can be done? In Mr. Trump’s case, he will continue to circumvent the press completely and communicate directly to the American people via social media before the news media has a chance to garble the message. Of course, they will continue to protest Mr. Trump’s tweets, but he should be allowed to clarify his side of the story.

As to ethics, I still believe in prohibiting the issue of press passes or granting interviews to anyone who does not possess press credentials from The Constitution First Amendment Press Association (CFAPA). This pledge is a sort of hippocratic oath as applied to journalists. The CFAPA pledge means they will conform to ethical standards.

As an aside, I still like the idea of putting the press corps outside the White House on park benches until they learn to report the news responsibly.

Also published with The Huffington Post.

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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TRUMP’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS: WHAT WE NEED TO HEAR

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 18, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What should his speech include?

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Presidential inaugural speeches are typically used to provide a sense of the character of the president and what he hopes to accomplish in his upcoming term of office. It also affords the president an opportunity to provide a sense of what our priorities and values should be. As we have just survived a brutal election campaign, Donald Trump’s speech will be incredibly important to heal the nation and help us move forward. There will be those who will dismiss his comments out of hand, but even they should listen carefully to what he has to say before criticizing him.

I have listened and read many inaugural addresses over the years, some are obviously better than others, and quite often there is some commonality between them, such as calling for the people to renew their efforts and support the nation.

If I were to write Mr. Trump’s address, I would consider including the following subject areas and how past presidents addressed them.

A CALL FOR MORALITY

It is important to review and restore our sense of right and wrong. To this end Dwight Eisenhower found a clever way to express his sense of morality in his first inaugural address (January 20, 1953) by opening with the following:

“My friends, before I begin the expression of those thoughts that I deem appropriate to this moment, would you permit me the privilege of uttering a little private prayer of my own. And I ask that you bow your heads:

Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the Executive branch of Government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere.

Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race or calling.

May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. Amen.”

UNITING THE COUNTRY

America is deeply divided today due to political ideologue, resulting in culture clashes and riots. Although an inaugural address cannot singularly solve such a problem, it can help set the tone for uniting the country.

Probably nobody knew the pain of a divided country better than Abraham Lincoln. In 1858, before assuming the presidency, he gave his famous “House Divided” speech at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, warning of the dangers of division, but it was his second inaugural address (March 4, 1865) where he began to call for unity and forgiveness near the conclusion of the Civil War:

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

THE DIGNITY OF THE COMMON MAN

Theodore Roosevelt’s “Square Deal” speech, delivered at a banquet in Dallas, Texas (April 5, 1905), referred to the dignity of the common man and, as such, his rights as an America citizen:

“We must act upon the motto of all for each and each for all. There must be ever present in our minds the fundamental truth that in a republic such as ours the only safety is to stand neither for nor against any man because he is rich or because he is poor, because he is engaged in one occupation or another, because he works with his brains or because he works with his hands. We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less.”

A CALL FOR HOPE AND OPTIMISM

So far, the 21st century has proven to be a difficult time for all Americans, be it as a result of 9-11, the economic recession, and social upheaval. As such, it is necessary to lift up the spirits of the citizens, and offer them a glimmer of hope.

Following cousin Teddy’s “Square Deal,” Franklin Roosevelt wanted to lift the hopes of Americans suffering from the Great Depression with a “New Deal.” In July 11, 1932, TIME magazine quoted him as saying:

“Throughout the nation men and women, forgotten in the political philosophy of the Government, look to us here for guidance and for more equitable opportunity to share in the distribution of national wealth… I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people. This is more than a political campaign. It is a call to arms.”

In Ronald Reagan’s second inaugural address (January 21, 1985), he admonished Americans:

“My fellow citizens, our Nation is poised for greatness. We must do what we know is right and do it with all our might. Let history say of us, “These were golden years-when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, when America reached for her best.”

President Calvin Coolidge made the observation:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

THE NEED FOR RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP

The need for responsible citizens is an important attribute for any country to promote moral values, patriotism, and to improve society.

In his first inaugural address (January 20, 2001), George W. Bush observed:

“What you do is as important as anything government does. I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort; to defend needed reforms against easy attacks; to serve your nation, beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens, building communities of service and a nation of character.

Americans are generous and strong and decent, not because we believe in ourselves, but because we hold beliefs beyond ourselves. When this spirit of citizenship is missing, no government program can replace it. When this spirit is present, no wrong can stand against it.”

A CALL FOR LAW AND ORDER

Today, we suffer from a lack of respect for law and order. Law Enforcement officers have been assaulted and assassinated, and we have experienced massive demonstrations, with very few being peaceful in intent.

At an address at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, MN (September 2, 1901), Theodore Roosevelt said:

“The first essential of civilization is law. Anarchy is simply the handmaiden and forerunner of tyranny and despotism. Law and order enforced with justice and by strength lie at the foundations of civilization. Law must be based upon justice, else it cannot stand, and it must be enforced with resolute firmness, because weakness in enforcing it means in the end that there is no justice and no law, nothing but the rule of disorderly and unscrupulous strength. Without the habit of orderly obedience to the law, without the stern enforcement of the laws at the expense of those who defiantly resist them, there can be no possible progress, moral or material, in civilization. There can be no weakening of the law-abiding spirit here at home, if we are permanently to succeed; and just as little can we afford to show weakness abroad.”

EXTENDING AN OLIVE BRANCH TO ALL COUNTRIES

America is now accused of “leading from behind,” thereby losing respect in the world community. It is necessary for America to again be looked upon as a force to be reckoned with.

At John Kennedy’s inauguration (January 20, 1961), he explained his foreign policy:

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge–and more.

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends.

Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.

We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.”

WHERE WE SHOULD BE GOING

Americans value leadership as they like to know where the country is headed.

To illustrate, it was John Kennedy who called for a renewed effort of America’s space program and putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade. His talk was delivered at Rice University in Houston, Texas (September 12, 1962).

“But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? …

We choose to go to the Moon! … We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win …”

This speech reflected vision and inspired the people, helping to make the 1960’s an era of possibilities.

Such eloquent rhetoric will be impossible to replicate in a single speech, but if Trump can effectively touch on each of these subject areas, the country will become more confident and possibly less divisive. His objective should be to inspire the nation and motivate the citizens to work together cooperatively, morally, and responsibly.

Whether you love him or hate him, you can ill-afford not to listen to his inaugural address. Stay tuned for January 20th, when we will learn how to “Make America Great Again.”

Also published with The Huffington Post.

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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A FRESH PERSPECTIVE OF DONALD J. “TR”UMP

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 11, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS & HISTORY

– Daniel Ruddy’s recent book on Teddy Roosevelt provides tremendous insight into Mr. Trump.

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To understand the mind of our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, one need only go back approximately 100 years in American history and study the character of our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt (“TR”), considered one of our greatest presidents of all time (see Mt. Rushmore). In author Daniel Ruddy’s recent book, “Theodore the Great” (Regnery History, ISBN: 978-1621572640), published in August, just prior to the 2016 general election, an uncanny resemblance emerges between TR and Trump. Ruddy’s intent is to debunk the many misconceptions related to TR, particularly his recent characterizations as a liberal Progressive. It is true Roosevelt helped to build the Progressive Party (aka, “Bull Moose Party”) in the early 20th century, but any resemblance between progressives of that time to today is purely coincidental.

Ruddy picks through history and develops a convincing argument of TR’s conservative legacy. Roosevelt implemented several common sense reforms, but he was hardly someone seeking social change. Interestingly, Ruddy’s book is not written in chronological sequence as most history books are, but carefully subdivided into sections explaining his positions on domestic and foreign policies. By doing so, we begin to see the image of Donald Trump emerge who espoused several of the same thoughts on the campaign trail.

The comparison between the two is remarkable, beginning with the fact both were New Yorkers running as Republicans, from wealthy/affluent families. TR sought public service as his path to greatness, Trump developed a real estate/entertainment empire. Despite their wealth, both felt the plight of the common people and wanted to be considered their voice, hence they were elected more as populist candidates as opposed to any formal ideologue.

Both strongly believed in American greatness and despised liberal socialism. Just like Trump, TR viewed himself as the spirit of America wanting the same things for the country as he was blessed with, such as fame, power, and glory.

Roosevelt and Trump preferred proven experience over theory, particularly as it applied to social schemes, which TR commonly referred to as “educated ineffectives.” Teddy was fond of saying, “It is well to keep in mind the remark of Frederick the Great that if he wished to punish a province he would allow it to be governed by philosophers.”

Roosevelt and Trump both looked for practical solutions as opposed to academic theory. Ideology was not considered as important as getting the job done. In Trump’s case, Republican conservatives and libertarians attacked him during the course of last year’s campaign, accusing him of not being a true-blue conservative. As a businessman, Trump has been trained to look at both sides of an issue before rendering a decision. The same was true with TR.

The morality of Roosevelt and Trump are remarkably similar. For example, both believed each person must lead a worthy and productive life; as Ruddy writes regarding Roosevelt, “that it should be a strenuous life of duty, hard work, and self-sacrifice.” Both see faith and family as important attributes of the American character, and that religious belief was essential for an orderly society.

Both TR and Trump were wary of big government, detesting bureaucrats who wasted money. In Roosevelt’s case, he was accused of making the government too big. The reality though was he wanted to increase the power of the government, which at the time had been ineffective, not to simply create a behemoth.

TR saw himself more as a reformer as opposed to a progressive. To illustrate, he created the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect consumers from such things as tainted meat, food, and drugs. He was widely regarded as a Trust Buster to protect the rights of workers and arbitrated an end to a national coal strike. He also called for the creation of a federal agency to regulate Big Business, hence the creation of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He did not do this to conform to an ideologue, but out of necessity for the people, which he referred to as a “Square Deal” for them, and the people loved him for it.

In foreign affairs, TR believed in “Speaking softly, but carry a big stick,” a motto which appears to be Trump’s approach for his administration. TR dramatically increased the size of the Navy, and constructed the Panama Canal, which could move the Great White Flight between oceans. By doing so, America became a power to be reckoned with. This did not lead to war, but gave TR the means to quietly negotiate settlements with other countries. By doing so, America became a world power, on the same level with Britain and Europe. In Trump’s case, he wants to rebuild the military so he too can speak softly with other countries.

Roosevelt also negotiated the end of the Russo-Japanese War which earned him a Nobel Peace Prize. His artful negotiation to settle matters between the Russians and the Japanese, while subliminally protecting American interests, was masterful. It was also at this time when the “special relationship” between Great Britain and America was born, thanks to the diplomacy of TR.

According to Ruddy, without Roosevelt’s belligerent reputation, the world could no longer ignore America as an economic, diplomatic, or military power which, consequently, led to world peace. Never before had America been so respected in global affairs. Trump’s unpredictability will likely earn him a similar belligerent reputation as he will undoubtedly negotiate softly with a “Big Stick,” be it through the military or economics.

There are two other subject areas where TR and Trump share views, in immigration and civil-service reform. TR was happy to welcome immigrants to America provided they adapted to our culture, not the other way around. He further believed, immigrants with “a low moral tendency or of unsavory reputation” should not be allowed into the country. Trump feels likewise. As to civil-service reform, TR acted like a rugged no-nonsense sheriff of the old West, bent on cleaning house. Trump shares these same opinions, particularly in breaking the strangle hold government bureaucrats have over companies, thereby becoming an impediment to conducting business.

Remarkably, both TR and Trump were strong supporters of the Second Amendment for gun ownership. In fact, TR was well known to carry a revolver with him both during and after his presidency.

One area in particular, where the comparison is so vivid, was in their fight with the liberal press, particularly the New York Times and Washington Post who constantly attacked them. Consider these quotes from the Post regarding TR:

“He has taken many prizes…as the very Prince of Bumptiousness and the High Priest of Brutal Arrogance. Habitually, he is a well-mannered, well-educated, quick-witted gentleman. Sporadically, he is perhaps the most thoroughly Boeotian hoodlum who has ever been smuggled into polite society.”

“He is conceited to the point of bursting, and opinionated beyond the resources of descriptive writing.”

Such characterizations of Roosevelt by the press could have easily been written about Trump today, and probably worse.

The parallel between Roosevelt and Trump is striking. They share many of the same opinions and see the world in the same manner. Trump’s edge over Roosevelt is in the area of finance, where Teddy was self-admittedly weak. Trump’s expertise should, in theory, be conducive for improving trade, returning companies to America, adding jobs, and building a stronger economy.

If Trump and TR were to somehow change places in history, there is little doubt the liberal left would want TR’s head on a plate and Trump’s face would be on Mt. Rushmore. By refuting Trump, the liberals are refuting the legacy of TR, the president who made America a world power in the 20th century.

Why the change in attitude among the people? What is different between then and now? Several reasons come to mind, starting with substantial changes in technology affecting us socially, medically, militarily, economically, and politically. In particular, the people now have sophisticated technology greatly affecting communications, entertainment, and used for the dissemination of news and information. By doing so, an enormous media industrial complex has arisen affecting how people think. Over the last 100 years we have also witnessed substantial changes in morality; our perspectives on such things as divorce, bankruptcy, homosexuality, drug abuse, etc. have changed greatly. Lastly, today we have citizens who are far less educated in history and government than our predecessors, making them more amenable to socialist values. Their false perceptions in how the country works has led to an arrogance of ignorance, making them more pliable to manipulate. All of this today impacts how we perceive our politicians, particularly the President of the United States.

To better understand Trump, one must read Daniel Ruddy’s book as his description of TR is amazingly insightful and gives us some idea of what to expect during Trump’s tenure of office. After studying this book, I believe Teddy would agree with Trump that it is time to “Make America Great Again.”

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Keep the Faith!

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2016 YEAR-END WRAP-UP

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 23, 2016

BRYCE ON JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING

– My most popular columns this year.

This is my last column for the year as I prepare to enjoy the holidays and rest up for 2017. As has become customary, I’m going to use this opportunity to review my top essays from the past year.

It was a busy year in 2016. In addition to my blog, I have been writing for News Talk Florida and the Huffington Post which is rather amazing when you consider the liberal slant of the Post.

As you know, I write on a variety of subjects, such as management, systems, technology, social issues, politics, and observations of our changing world. Sometimes my work is instructional and informative, other times it is controversial or humorous. I certainly hope it isn’t boring. By the number of subscribers I have, their comments, and the hits I have on my web site, I do not believe this is the case.

For my year-end column, I researched my statistics to see which were my most popular. As 2016 was a major election year, I have considerable political columns which did well, as you will see. Therefore, here are my “greatest hits” for 2016.

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GENERAL POLITICAL

“Florida Vote-by-Mail Request & Early Voting Statistics “ – this was my #1 column of the year as I updated it on a daily basis for two weeks. Those concerned about the election outcome in Florida paid particular attention to this piece.

“Why The Electoral College Matters” – following the election, Democrats had a problem understanding the difference between the popular vote and the electoral college, hence I wrote this column which enjoyed wide circulation.

“So you’re thinking of voting independent are you?”

“Shocking the Press” (aka, “The Media Is Reeling From This Election Result”)

“Election Post Mortem” – a good review following the election.

“The Attack of the Wusses” – another follow-up piece after the election.

“The Problems with Political Polling” – explaining the flaws in polling.

“Au Revoir Democratic Party” – written after Nancy Pelosi won again the House Minority leader.

HILLARY CLINTON

“A Look Back at Hillary Clinton’s Record” – this column was heavily referenced prior to election day.

“Book Review: Crisis of Character” – also frequently referenced.

“Clinton still favored by Vegas and British bookmakers” (aka, “Odds Are Donald Trump Remains A Good Bet For President”) – a fun piece on gambling and the election.

“What it means to vote for Hillary Clinton” (aka, “Hillary Clinton: Why You Shouldn’t Vote For Her”)

DONALD TRUMP

“Why I’m Voting for Donald Trump” – my most frequently read article from my Trump series.

“What I learned attending a Trump Rally” – the lessons regarding the press was interesting.

“Understanding the Trump Personality” (aka, “Understanding the Type A Personality”) – this is still a worthwhile read for anyone who wants to understand our President-Elect.

“Candidate Trump Visits Tampa Bay One Last Time” – over 20,000 people were there.

“What Do We Know about Mr. Trump?” – this column too was frequently referenced.

“The Democrats are Scared” – and they had good reason to be.

“Donald Trump’s Plan: Jump Start The Economy” – at the start of his Victory Tour.

LIFE

“Leave it to the Cops” – very popular piece on the responsibilities of law enforcement personnel.

“It’s Wednesday and I’m already sick of the Olympics”

BUSINESS

“How Can Allegiant Airlines Survive?” – based on personal experience.

“What Ever Happened to UNIVAC?” – a bit of history regarding the first commercial computer.

“Microsoft Dusts Off Speech Recognition” – I was surprised by the popularity of this piece.

“Proof of Technology Addiction” – includes an important message on the use of technology.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

Keep the Faith!

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THE WAR AGAINST TRUMP

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 15, 2016

 

It may not be fought with guns and tanks, but it is a war nevertheless.

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The Democrats and main street media did not like losing the general election. They are still at a loss as to how Donald Trump won and, as such, cannot accept the election results. So much so, they believe there must be some foul-play afoot on the GOP side. Because of this, they are putting President-Elect Trump under a microscope and will contest everything he does from now on. To illustrate:

* During his transition planning period, they criticize every appointment Mr. Trump makes and casts suspicion regarding each candidate’s character and intentions. With rare exception, it appears Mr. Trump is selecting people with real-world experience, be it in business or the military, as opposed to people from academia. The Democrats and media simply do not accept this.

* Every one of Mr. Trump’s publicly made decisions has been ridiculed, be it the Carrier deal, the costs for Air Force One, or his feelings on intel briefings. This leads me to believe he will be less likely to tell the press much of anything during his administration.

* The Democrats recalled votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, a costly endeavor which bore no fruit and actually garnered more votes for Mr. Trump.

* There is a desperate movement to change electoral votes. One electoral voter in Lake Wales, Florida, Kathryn “Kat” Gates-Skipper, a Republican, claims she is being inundated with mail, e-mails, phone messages, even Christmas cards, not to cast her vote for Mr. Trump. It is obvious to her that her background was well researched as most of the correspondence she receives mentions her prior service in the U.S. Marines and veteran affairs. Interestingly, she claims most of the notes are coming from California and were openly from various Democratic organizations. Even the Associated Press reached out to her to ask about her vote. Kat is not alone in this full court press as she claims the two other electoral voters in Polk County are also being swamped with solicitations to change their votes and probably all of the other Florida electorates as well.

* They are trying to make an argument that Trump is a puppet of Russia. However, this is based on flimsy evidence regarding the Democrat’s and Republican’s e-mail servers, making one wonder if it was an internal leak as opposed to an external hack. In all likelihood, this will result in another expensive Congressional investigation with nothing to show for it.

* And there is still a movement underfoot to protest and stop the inauguration.

These maneuvers to delegitimize Mr. Trump’s victory are insidious and smacks of sore-losers. During his term of office, it is unlikely there will be anything done by the President-Elect that will be trumpeted as a success, be it a better health plan, developing a more robust GDP, better trade deals, tightening of our immigration laws, defeat of ISIS, Supreme Court nominees, or whatever. Even if Mr. Trump were to miraculously create world peace, the Democrats and media would still want him hung on a cross as he represents an outsider challenging the Washington establishment.

Even though Mr. Trump hasn’t been sworn in yet, the press is already considering who will be the Democratic nominee for 2020, with Joe Biden currently leading the pack (click HERE). Just as they underestimated Mr. Trump from the beginning, it is beyond their comprehension he will be successful as president and run for a second term.

All of this means Mr. Trump’s term of office will likely be the most tumultuous in recent memory. It will make Richard Nixon’s relationship with the Democrats and press seem like a cozy arrangement.

To his credit though, Mr. Trump ignores the criticism and carries on, giving the impression he is on a mission. All of this, much to the chagrin of his detractors. The President-elect’s only ace in the hole is that the GOP controls both chambers of Congress.

In reality, what we are witnessing is a change in our culture, not so much in terms of race or sex, but in the sense of our moral values, as to what is right and wrong. For example, the movement towards Mr. Trump means people want a less intrusive government with more freedom and personal initiative. This culture war is at the heart of the liberal agenda who seeks to change the very character of America. Cultural changes are naturally volatile as it represents a departure from the status quo. This is true in corporate culture, as well as in any change of government. People will either embrace the change or resist it. This explains why the Democrats and media are desperately trying to thwart Mr. Trump as his interests appears to be the antithesis of theirs, particularly Mr. Obama’s. In reality, Mr. Trump is a complex individual with considerable experience in world business, and claims to love this country. As such, he considers both sides of an issue before making a decision, something we should do more of.

Even though the Democrats and main street media are pledged to fight Mr. Trump to the bitter end, the one undeniable fact driving them absolutely bananas, is that Donald Trump will be inaugurated the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017.

Keep the Faith!

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POLITICS AT THE DINNER TABLE

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 14, 2016

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Do we use this as an opportunity to reason and discuss?

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During this past Thanksgiving holiday, we were admonished by several talking heads on television not to discuss politics at the dinner table in order to maintain peace and harmony. I vehemently disagree as I see this as more political correctness running amok.

As we all know, our young people are no longer learning the important lessons of civics and history at the high school level, and college professors are twisting American history in order to make us feel guilty about our past. Concepts such as “American exceptionalism” and “Manifest Destiny” are very much frowned upon by liberal professors who are busily rewriting history and reshaping the perspective of our past.

So, if youth is truly not learning the lessons of government, what better place to do so than at the dinner table? For starters we should use this opportunity to determine what our youth are learning in school, how it affects their perception of our country, and clear up any misconceptions. For example, ask about their patriotism. Do they stand for the flag and recite the pledge of allegiance? Do they regularly vote? Do they understand their responsibilities for serving on a jury? What is their understanding of current events?

Discussion should allow for the open exchange of ideas, not unilateral. I don’t mind an opposing view, but I want to know why they have it, and certainly do not want to ostracize the person. In my day, everything was on the table for review, including drugs, religion, politics, war, law and order, sex, etc. The discussion should be more in the form of a debate as opposed to hotheaded slander or sarcasm. Interestingly, I find this is more easily done with conservatives as opposed to liberals who are trained to passionately attack rather than reason.

As to history, discuss the necessity of the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. What were the events leading up to the Civil War, World Wars I & II, as well as Korea and Viet Nam? Do they understand the “Domino Theory” of communism? What are the differences between capitalism and socialism, or Democrats vs. Republicans, liberals vs. conservatives? What is gerrymandering and the electoral college?

There is a lot to discuss at the dinner table. Failing to discuss such subjects does nothing but promote ignorance and encourages misunderstandings that may lead to emotional meltdowns as we saw recently following the 2016 elections, but even worse, withdrawals from our obligations as citizens.

Christmas is rapidly approaching, and we’ll once again gather around the dinner table. If you want to stick your head in the sand as the pundits suggest, be my guest. As for me, I’ll have an extra helping of discussion with that turkey and dressing.

Keep the Faith!

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THE ATTACK OF THE WUSSES

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 5, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Considerations of the anti-Trump push back.

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Since the general election I have been preoccupied with other priorities. However, I have kept an eye on the news regarding the push back to Mr. Trump’s victory. Yes, I have seen the demonstrations and anarchist riots, the Grubhub boss who threatened to fire employees supporting Trump, people physically attacking Trump supporters, the Seattle councilwomen calling for a blockage of the presidential inauguration, the parodies of Trump on television, the “Hamilton” reprimand of Mr. Pence, the flag burnings, the invention of “Post-election anxiety” whereby service dogs and grieving counselors are provided for students, and that Mr. Obama may not go quietly into the night as other presidents have done before him.

One comment that particularly caught my attention was from a parent who lamented, “What am I going to say to my children; how will I explain this to them?” Perhaps the best way is to learn from Republicans who had to do likewise in 2008 when Mr. Obama was elected president, by explaining this is how our electoral process works. Democrats may be surprised to learn when our current president was elected, many Republicans believed the country had made a big mistake, and many still believe so to this day.

Republicans were aghast to watch Mr. Obama follow a socialist agenda. The Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) was drafted and implemented without consulting GOP congressmen or senators; their input was simply not wanted. This established a confrontational relationship with Congress and gridlock ensued that haunted us throughout his term of office, leading him to write executive order after executive order as an end run around Congress. His policies led to more than doubling the national debt, a regressive Gross Domestic Product, the rule of law was threatened, violence and joblessness plagues our inner cities, an out-of-control immigration situation, and a diminished leadership role in the world community. From a Republican’s point of view, Mr. Obama was an epic failure, even worse than Jimmy Carter. Consider this, if he had done so well, Hillary Clinton would have easily ascended to the presidency on his coattails. Instead, the American people said “enough is enough,” and elected Mr. Trump instead in a landslide electoral victory of 290-232. Mr. Trump’s victory represents a rebuff of Mr. Obama’s policies and programs. Whereas Jimmy Carter begat Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama did likewise for Donald Trump. Despite all of this, Republicans still recognized Mr. Obama as the legitimate President of the United States, like it or not. Liberal Democrats simply do not comprehend any of this.

Democrats feel it is their duty to demonize Trump supporters as racist and sexist bigots. It is now an inherent part of their vernacular. In contrast, an argument could be made to call the anti-Trump people politically and historically ignorant as they have no comprehension of how the electoral process works. Once again, we heard from the left regarding the evils of the American electoral college, that the popular vote should suffice. If they had studied history, they would realize the electoral college is a stroke of genius by our forefathers who sought parity between the metropolitan and rural areas of the country. It was devised by men such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson, who had an in-depth understanding of government based on their studies of ancient Greece, Rome, and Europe. Our young people have simply no comprehension of any of this, which is what happens when you no longer teach civics or history anymore. Interestingly, despite the voiced displeasure of our young people, ages 18-29, only 19% voted in the election. They either do not know how to cast ballots to voice their desires or have simply abdicated the American electoral process.

Honestly, what are the young people crying about? Because their candidate lost? It is certainly not the end of the world, or our country. Maybe it is because we have conditioned youth to believe everyone wins in sports and academics, that there are no losers. No, I have no sympathies for any of this. I’m sorry, the home team doesn’t always win. Ask the Cleveland Indians. Get over it.

Fanning the flames of discontent is the news media who is still reeling from being proven so wrong about the election, they were embarrassed and humiliated. To compensate, they are now doggedly psychoanalyzing and criticizing every decision and appointment Mr. Trump makes. The degree of hounding will undoubtedly go way beyond that of Richard Nixon. However, as a businessman, look for Mr. Trump to redefine the rules of the game for the press in his White House.

Following Mrs. Clinton’s defeat, the Democratic party has gone into a tail spin. They desperately need to clean house under new leadership. This also happened after Ronald Reagan soundly defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980. The DNC had to do some introspective soul-searching under the assistance of Lee Iacocca.

In the senate, Harry Reid is finally being put out to pasture. Before leaving though, he called Mr. Trump, “a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate.” If the country is going to heal, such rhetoric has to be removed. Hopefully, his replacement as Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, will be more effective, particularly in lieu of the fact he and Mr. Trump have a long relationship in New York.

In the House, Nancy Pelosi was challenged for minority leader by Tim Ryan of Ohio who is more interested in reestablishing relations with the working class as opposed to the liberal agenda. He’s right. During the presidential campaign, I met many Trump Democrats who lamented their party had deserted them. If the Democrats do not heed the warnings of people such as Congressman Ryan, they are doomed to lose more power in the next electoral cycle.

What we are witnessing is a widening of the cultural divide in this country. Whereas one side respects the rule of law and order, the other does not. Our moral values are becoming increasingly incompatible; and our interpretation of reality is blurred. It is no wonder, there are those who perceive the Republican agenda as evil, and the Democratic agenda as reckless and non-pragmatic.

As to the Liberal Democrats concerned with what to say to their children, try telling the truth. I do not recall any backlash in 2008 by the Republicans. We may not have liked Mr. Obama, but he was the one who was elected president, not John McCain.

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Keep the Faith!

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