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WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ASSAULT WEAPON?

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 19, 2019

BRYCE ON GUNS

– A little education is in order.

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We are hearing a lot from politicians about banning Assault Weapons. There is a misguided assumption that all military-like rifles are automatic weapons, thereby posing a danger to society and should be banned. This is simply not true and is indicative of how naive the public and politicians can be. As such, the following dissertation will seem elementary to people familiar with guns, but to others, it is sorely needed.

First, let us understand the various types of guns available, but not air rifles and pellet guns which can also be dangerous if mishandled.

Shotguns – make use of a cased-load consisting of pellets or “shot” thereby denoting the name. This is typically discharged using a rifle-like weapon which can be fired one round at a time and is used to hunt small wild game and target shooting (“Trap” and “Skeet”). Such weapons may hold only one shot, two, or multiple shots (usually up to seven) which is loaded either by pump action or a semi-automatic load (see below).

Single shots – are older rifles used to discharge a singe shot at a time, usually with bolt-action, or muskets featuring black powder and ball.

Revolvers – featuring a chambered cylinder typically holding five to six rounds. The bullets are fired as fast as the shooter can pull the trigger, one at a time.

Semi-automatics – have a magazine or clip containing rounds, usually six or more depending on the magazine’s capacity, such as 20, 30, or more. A “semi-auto” simply loads one round at a time into the chamber, and, like the revolver, the bullets can be fired as fast as the shooter can pull the trigger, one at a time. The biggest difference between the semi-auto and the revolver is the former can hold more rounds and is easier to reload ammunition. Semi-autos can be found in shotguns, handguns, and rifles.

Automatic weapons – allows the discharge of many rounds by pulling the trigger once and stopping by releasing the trigger. Automatic weapons are commonly referred to as machine guns. They can automatically load a bullet into the chamber, discharge it, expel the spent casing, and reload the next round, again and again, all in the blink of an eye. Consequently, there is a big difference between automatic and semi-automatic weapons, and this plays an important part in the confusion over Assault Weapons.

Perhaps the two most criticized weapons are the AR-15 and the AK-47. People fallaciously believe the “A” in the model number means “Assault.” No, not even close. The AR-15 means “ArmaLite” – model 15, and was developed by Colt in the early 1960’s. The AK-47 means “Avtomat Kalashnikova” – model 47, and was developed in Russia. The two are certainly not synonymous and have significant differences. However, the design of the AK-47 began in 1945 and came to prominent military use in the 1960’s. It was considered durable and reliable; so much so, it inspired many other rifle designs.

The AR-15 is a lightweight semi-auto with a 20-round magazine. In this regard, it is essentially no different than a semi-auto handgun, which can hold a comparable load, yet can be concealed more easily than a rifle. However, the AR-15 can be configured with different barrels and caliber of ammunition.

The AK-47, on the other hand, has a curved 30-round magazine, but there are also 40-round and 75-round magazines available. In 1974, the Soviets replaced the AK-47 with an improved design in the form of the AK-74. Although the AK-47 and its successor were initially designed as a semi-auto, it can be configured as an effective automatic weapon, which is how the American public perceives an Assault Weapon.

There is one problem with the AK-47; purchasing one, as automatic weapons are incredibly difficult to obtain in this country. However, it is possible to legally obtain an AK-47, but to do so, the purchaser has to go through a rigorous background check. Even if you pass the test, the AK-47 is incredibly expensive, making it cost prohibitive to own.

The AK-47 was specifically designed for military use, the AR-15 was not. So, comparing the AR-15 to the AK-47 is like comparing apples with oranges, they are distinctly different in design and use. Anyone trying to compare them in the same breath simply doesn’t know what they are talking about. Whereas, the AR-15 is more akin to semi-auto handguns, the AK-47 is more comparable to a Thompson machine gun.

Following the last Federal Assault Weapons Ban held from 1994-2004, the Department of Health and Human Services conducted a follow-up study and concluded, “the Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws reviewed for preventing violence.” In other words, the ban did nothing to reduce violent behavior, and maybe that is just the point, it is more about behavior, or mental instability.

What I have tried to describe herein is basic information. Hunters and gun hobbyists already understand this, but the American public is still naive, which is why I am a big proponent of gun education in public schools. Someone who is educated about guns makes a lousy target as he/she will know what to do in the event of an emergency and will have more of a chance to survive an attack. Let us not forget the one organization that champions such education; that’s right, the NRA. Click HERE for safety and education.

So, what is an Assault Weapon? It ultimately depends on how it is used. From this perspective, all guns can be used for wreaking havoc on the public in a deadly melee. Let us suppose the AR-15 and AK-47 were outlawed, as well as handguns. Even then, there is enough capability in a semi-automatic shotgun to inflict considerable damage. So, do we outlaw all guns? This, of course, will be a test of the 2nd Amendment. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with these weapons when they are properly used, but it is the mental stability of the person pulling the trigger which is in question, and a subject nobody wants to address.

But getting back to our original proposition; when we discuss Assault Weapons in the future, let us not mix apples with oranges.

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 timb1557@gmail.com

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A DEMOCRAT VERSION OF “IMAGINE”

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 12, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– With apologies to John Lennon.

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Note: Inspired by the recent Democrat presidential debates,
I penned the following piece, with apologies to John Lennon.

IMAGINE

Imagine if the Dems win the election,
it’s easy if you try.
No God or heaven, above us only sky.

Imagine no possessions,
no ability to defend ourselves;
no combustion engines, no cars, no airplanes,
a void in transportation and
no way to produce anything.

Imagine all the people,
living life as feudal serfs.
You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m scared as hell.
One day you will be forced to join them,
you simply won’t have any choice.

Imagine no meat or income,
only climate change;
no education or history,
above us only fake news.

Imagine no honesty, ethics or shame,
only mind control.
Long lines for health care,
and nobody to pay the bill.

Imagine all the people,
living life as feudal serfs.
You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m scared as hell.
I hope someday we’ll wake up,
and the shining house on the hill will rise again.

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 timb1557@gmail.com

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THE MISCONCEPTION OF WHITE NATIONALISM

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 5, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The vilification of a positive idea.

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There is a lot of confusion over the expression “White Nationalism.” Democrats and the media have somehow twisted it to mean the development of a nationalist identity driven by white supremacy. Democrats on the warpath are quick to declare conservatives “White Nationalists” as some sort of derogatory expression. This is simply fallacious, but denotes a fundamental difference between the Left and the Right in this country.

Democrats want to taint the expression as they are more interested in “globalization,” whereby they want to embrace a set of worldwide concepts, such as climate change, immigration, and socialized medicine and economics. They see nationalism as an impediment to their programs and, as such, try to vilify it by changing its meaning.

“White Nationalism” is certainly not the same as “White Supremacy” or “Racist.” They are not synonymous, even though Democrats would have us believe otherwise. Instead, nationalism is intended to rejoice in the sovereignty of your country. In other words, you are proud to be an American (or whatever country you reside). By doing so, it promotes patriotism and citizenship by being willing to come to your country’s defense in times of emergency or war, and you respect and adhere to the rule of law. Nationalists tend to put their country first, and other countries second, which is how countries around the world have behaved for hundreds of years. After all, it is only natural to root for the “Home team.”

As to being “white,” this is actually a triviality. Yes, it is true, I am white, and I don’t think there is much chance of my changing it any time soon, nor am I ashamed of it. I am what I am. I am also proud of my Scottish heritage, something I am also not ashamed of. The color of my skin has absolutely nothing to do with being a nationalist. That is why I have no problem with “Black Nationalists,” “Red,” “Yellow,” or whatever color you are. They have as much chance of changing their color as I do, and I certainly do not look down my nose at such people. Being American is much more important.

This redefinition of a simple concept is a clever trick by the Democrats and Media to make whites feel ashamed of their race, and to mischaracterize their intentions. Frankly, it is an insult to our intelligence.

No, being a nationalist does not mean you are part of a hate group or terrorist cell, far from it, but rather we should applaud such people as they are willing to stand up for their country, place their hand over their heart, and are proud to recite the pledge of allegiance to the flag. These are all things the Left despise and explains why they want to vilify such people.

So, in case you are wondering, Yes, I am a proud White Nationalist, at least according to my definition, not the Left’s.

In a way, it is kind of like the argument regarding the stripes on a zebra, are they black stripes on white, or white stripes on black? No matter how you argue, black versus white, it is still an equine.

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 timb1557@gmail.com

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A FABRICATED RECESSION?

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 29, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Is the timing too much of a coincidence?

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I have been hearing about an impending recession which my Democrat friends insist will happen either later this year or in 2020. The media reports likewise and I suspect these prognosticators will become louder as we get closer to the 2020 election. On the other hand, Republicans are at a loss as to what all the hubbub is all about, as our economy is still chugging along just fine. One cannot help but wonder if this is real or politically motivated.

First, let’s be clear what we mean by a recession. “The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) defines a recession as ‘a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real gross domestic product (GDP), real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.’ A recession is also said to be when businesses cease to expand, the GDP diminishes for two consecutive quarters, the rate of unemployment rises, and housing prices decline.”

So far, none of this has occurred, nor are there signs it will.

The United States is currently the economic engine of the world. Our GDP is up, unemployment is down to record levels, and consumer confidence is up. It is true, people are concerned about a trade war with China, but this is something that needed to be corrected in any event, unless we prefer kowtowing to the Chinese. Some are suggesting Europe is behind, but the reality is only Germany is showing signs of changes in production. In Asia, there is concern regarding trade between Japan and South Korea, but it is likely these differences will be amicably resolved.

So where are the accusations coming from regarding a potential recession? One prominent source is Diane Swonk, the Chief Economist for Grant Thornton in Chicago. She recently told Fox Business’ Liz Claman, “I think (a recession) is highly probable. I do have a recession in 2020.” She sees Brexit and Japan/South Korea trade as contributing to it.

In sharp contrast, Sonal Desai, Ph.D., the Chief Investment Officer at Franklin Templeton Fixed Income claims, “the economic data show no evidence that either the United States or the global economy is approaching a recession.” She adds, “The markets and the Fed seem to be looking at each other, feeding each other’s fears, and completely ignoring what’s actually going on in the real economy.”

So, who are we to believe? One thing we should consider, Diane Swonk has made campaign contributions to Democrat candidates, and her father, Jim Swonk, was well known in the Livingston County Democrat Party, Michigan. In other words, she undoubtedly has sympathies for Democrats and the party may be trying to capitalize on her notoriety.

The biggest asset Donald Trump has going into the 2020 presidential election is our robust economy, and this is the Achilles heel of the Democrats. They have tried to gnaw away at his other accomplishments, but if the economy falters, they believe they can defeat him. This is why these rumors of recession are spreading, even though there is no factual basis to suggest it will occur. So, the drumbeat from the far-left and the media will be “Recession, Recession, Recession…” The Trump bashers believe if they say it enough times, people will believe a recession is actually in the works when, in reality, it is not. Meanwhile, American business will continue at a rapid clip, and workers will benefit from this prosperity.

For years, economics has had a role to play in politics, but I never dreamed it could be manipulated for political gain. It is rather sad when political strategists would rather put people out of work and cause misfortune for business, all for political gain. This goes beyond mere pessimism; it is just plain reckless and dangerous.

Interestingly, President Trump welcomes talk about a possible recession. He understands why the rumors are spreading, but it gives him a chance to tout how well his economic policies have worked. As usual, he fights fire with fire.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also do not forget my new books, “How to Run a Nonprofit” and “Tim’s Senior Moments”, both available in Printed and eBook form.

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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 timb1557@gmail.com

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ANTIFA UPDATE

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 27, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It is getting worse.

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It has been some time since I last spoke about Antifa, the self-proclaimed anarchists/communists who have adopted violent tactics to attack anyone not agreeing with their political agenda, which is nothing less than to subvert and overthrow the government of the United states. Their tactics are well recorded on film, everything from Berkeley, to attacking conservative writer Andy Ngo, to the recent confrontation in Portland, Oregon, and much more.

They are anti-capitalists, anti-religion (particularly Christianity), but they are also very organized. The scary part is they are misguided, armed, and view themselves as international terrorists, a true recipe for disaster. Interestingly, aside from former VP Joe Biden, I am told all of the other Democrat presidential candidates have yet to condemn Antifa and, as such, it is presumed they are soliciting the support of the group which is considered far-left and sympathetic to Democrat causes. In contrast, the Trump administration has openly condemned the group.

Recently, Republican Congressmen introduced resolutions to declare Antifa a terrorist organization. In the Senate, Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (LA) and Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) introduced Senate Resolution 279 (July 18, 2019). One week later, Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (PA-1) introduced House Resolution 525 (July 25, 2019) based on the language contained in the Senate version. The Senate version was referred to the Judiciary Committee for review, and the House version has moved to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. It will be interesting to see how these two bills progress through the two chambers, and if anyone opposes them.

Two people have already voiced their displeasure with the proposed legislation. The first is Hina Shamsi of the American Civil Liberties Union, who told The Washington Post she opposes labeling groups as domestic terrorists, seeing it as a threat to the freedoms embodied in the First Amendment. The second person, Rep Debra Haaland (NM-D) claims Antifa represents “peaceful protesters” trying to “safeguard their city.” I have trouble with this in lieu of the recent developments in Portland where the Antifa protesters came to provoke a confrontation.

Should the legislation pass, this will mean Antifa can be treated as any other terrorist group and subject to prosecution under the Patriot Act. Some suggest this is too extreme, that they are just misled kids who don’t comprehend the legalities of their actions. Their behavior though is reminiscent of the Gestapo which came to power in 1933 in Nazi Germany. The biggest difference between the two groups is the Gestapo was an arm of the government, but not so with Antifa. Nonetheless, their tactics were similar in they both attacked anyone who did not conform to their ideology.

You may think classifying Antifa as a terrorist organization is a no-brainer, that everyone would like to be rid of them. Not so fast. It has become a political football for the Democrats who do not want to alienate this far-left group of voters. Yes, I think they deplore the actual violence they create, but they are looking to groups like Antifa to loudly strong-arm and neutralize groups on the right, just as the Gestapo’s “goon squads” did in Germany. Likewise, they may be sharpening their skills for political intimidation at the voting precincts. So, do not look for any significant action to pass on Antifa until after the 2020 elections, if at all. It is not in the best interests of the Democrats to do so at this time.

By the way, I find it interesting the “Anti-Fascists” (hence the origin of their name), still do not know what a fascist is. Rather, they should just look in the mirror.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also do not forget my new books, “How to Run a Nonprofit” and “Tim’s Senior Moments”, both available in Printed and eBook form.

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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 timb1557@gmail.com

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WHO IS CREATING THE CULTURE OF HATRED?

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 13, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– President Trump or the Democrats?

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Following the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso last week, President Trump came under fire by both the Democrats and Media for encouraging the incidents which, of course, is baseless. There was no consideration for the wackos who actually shot the people. In the minds of the Left, the President pulled the trigger, or at least that is what they want us to believe.

Campaigning at the Iowa State Fair last week, former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, “We have a problem with this rising tide of supremacy, white supremacy in America and we have a president who encourages and emboldens it.”

Biden went on to say the president “has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,” in both “language” and “code.”

Other Democrat presidential hopefuls made similar accusations. The Main Stream Media also made similar assertions:

New York Times – “Trump Has Dragged Us Into the Gutter”

Politico – “Trump’s his own worst political enemy after tragedy”

The Hill – “Congress can’t combat mass shootings due to McConnell and Trump being ‘in bed with the gun lobby'”

New York Daily News – “Trump tries to comfort America, sorta”

There was no interest in the rationale of the shooters, they just used it as a political opportunity to blame President Trump for anything going wrong, everything from tragedy to hemorrhoids. I still insist the Democrats and Media would do this to any other Republican elected president in 2016, had it been Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, et al. They would have been smeared and vilified as much as Donald Trump. To illustrate, consider how they disparaged the character of President George W. Bush. By the end of his term, he was one of the most despised presidents, which opened the door to Barrack Obama.

The big difference though, President Trump is willing to push back, unlike other Republican presidents and much to the surprise of his opposition. Whenever they attack him, which is now a daily occurrence, he counter punches on Twitter or on camera. Whereas other Presidents accepted the abuse, President Trump does not.

The Democrats and Media are fully cognizant the president is not a racist, xenophobe, white supremacist, or whatever the adjective du jour happens to be. For example, Andrew Stein, a long term Democrat from Manhattan who has known the president since 1973, insists he is no racist. Far from it.

The Democrats and Media would have us believe the president’s rhetoric “emboldens” people to become white supremacists. In reality, it is the rhetoric emanating from the Democrats, with their lies and deception, that is angering them and causing people to form allegiance with Mr. Trump. There are simply a lot of people today who have had enough of these shenanigans and are forming ranks behind the president. The Left may like the accusations, but moderates and conservatives have had enough.

These false accusations spread by the Democrats, of course, is an old trick from the Saul Alinsky playbook, the legendary radical community organizer. Under his approach, all is fair in politics, regardless if it is ethical or not. In fact, he openly supported dirty tricks to mislead the public and elect his candidates.

In all likelihood, this approach will backfire on the Democrats in 2020. For every false assertion they make, they drive another nail into their own coffin. Should the Democrats in the House vote to impeach the president, this will not be met with enthusiasm by the public, thereby causing the president to clinch the election.

This is what happens when you do not have a bona fide party platform with positive ideas and programs to improve the country. Instead, they resort to dirty tricks. Make no mistake, it is not President Trump who is causing hate in the country, it is the Democrats, the same people who embraced slavery and Jim Crow laws, not the Republicans.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also do not forget my new books, “How to Run a Nonprofit” and “Tim’s Senior Moments”, both available in Printed and eBook form.

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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 timb1557@gmail.com

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CAN WE FIND A MIDDLE GROUND?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 30, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– I think we all know the answer.

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The talking heads of the main stream media have been asking for the Democrats and Republicans to find a middle ground and work together towards common goals. I’m sure a lot of Americans feel likewise.

The Democrats insist President Trump needs to stop tweeting, and the Republicans want the other side to stop lying. When you push either side, both claim innocence, and neither side have any intention of stopping as they do not trust each other.

Both chambers of Congress haven’t accomplished anything of real substance in this century other than to go to war. There is much to be done, such as in the areas of economics, immigration, infrastructure, space, health care, etc. Unfortunately, we are stalled in neutral thanks to partisan politics.

The concept of moderate politics is now a thing of the past. The last presidential candidate to run as a moderate was Sen. John McCain in 2008 who would have certainly reached across the aisle to Democrats, but this didn’t happen as the country elected a progressive Democrat instead, Barack Obama, a president which snubbed the other side. Shortly after being elected, President Obama met with Congressional Republicans to discuss his proposed financial stimulus package. As negotiations wore down, he made the now infamous comment to Rep. Eric Cantor, “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won. So I think on that one I trump you.”

This quote by Pres. Obama was a defining moment separating the two parties for the rest of his term in office. Other presidents made an effort to work with the opposition, even though they had political differences, such as President Ronald Reagan (R) and Speaker Tip O’Neill (D), along with President Bill Clinton (D) and Speaker Newt Gingrich (R), but Pres. Obama made it clear, he was not interested in what the Republicans had to say and saw them as an impediment to his agenda. This is why he tried to implement his agenda through executive orders as opposed to legislation. By doing so, it was rather easy for Pres. Obama’s successor, President Donald Trump, to negate the orders.

The point is, the line in the sand had been drawn and has carried forward to today. Gridlock has become the norm in Washington, DC, and there is no sign of it abating anytime soon.

In the meantime, the Democrats have moved farther to the left, and the Republicans maintain the right. The two groups now have incompatible interpretations of America. The Republicans embrace the status quo of the country, specifically, Capitalism, the Constitution, belief in God, and traditional values (e.g., citizenship, patriotism, love of family, equality, helping those in need, exceptionalism, and morality). In contrast, the Democrats are now embracing Socialism, they snub references to God, and want to change the historical perspective of the country, that it should be viewed as criminally wicked. Anyone disagreeing with them are called racists.

Where the Democrats want one thing, the Republicans do not, and vice versa. Not surprising the rhetoric has become visceral, which leads us to where we are today; one nation with two distinctly different interpretations of America.

As an aside, if I was to make one suggestion to try and get the two parties talking, it would be to turn off the television cameras in both chambers of Congress as both parties spend more time playing to the television audience and not to themselves. Then again, the media would go bonkers being left out of the discussion.

So when I hear the talking heads on television ask why we cannot find common ground, I contend there isn’t any and we should stop kidding ourselves. I do not foresee the Democrats or Republicans changing anytime soon, and the 2020 election becomes a referendum as to which path we must follow. Our choices are left, right, or gridlock. My guess is the American people will again vote for gridlock, and we will wallow in neutral for a few more years.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Don’t forget my new book, “Tim’s Senior Moments” now available in Printed and eBook form.

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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 timb1557@gmail.com

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PRESIDENT TRUMP VS. THE SQUAD OF FOUR

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 17, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– This round goes to the president.

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The 2020 Presidential campaign kicked into high gear this week, not because of anything said by the Democrat candidates, such as VP Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, et al, but because of an exchange between President Trump and “The Squad” of four far-left Democrats consisting of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) (aka, “AOC”), Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13). These four Democrats have received notoriety based on their desire to push their party as far-left as possible. This has resulted in a fierce internal struggle among the Democrats, something that was inevitable and long overdue.

The conflict began with the Squad making claims in a congressional hearing that the border detention camps represented horrible conditions resembling concentration camps. This inflammatory language angered officials who claimed this couldn’t be further from the truth. The Squad went on to challenge the House leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), wanting her to proceed with their far-left agenda.

Frustrated by the non-performance of the Democrats in the House, and the blatant lies of the Squad on Capitol Hill, President Trump tweeted a broadside in return:

July 15th
We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country. They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, “some people did something.” Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more. Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now – rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great!

The Democrats and the Media took offense to his comments, claiming it was racist. This resulted in an impromptu press conference by the Squad on July 15th, claiming the President was a racist, xenophobic, a liar and divider. Rep. Tlaib refused to call him President, but rather “that occupant of the White House.” They ended by calling for the impeachment of the president.

President Trump’s tweet had nothing to do with race. Instead it was an attack on their political ideology, something that obviously angered them and, as such, they played the race card to try and refute him.

The Squad’s temper tantrum, er, press conference, lasted approximately a half hour. In that time, they portrayed themselves as whining victims.

When asked by the press if she and her companions were communists, as President Trump accused them, Rep. Omar artfully dodged the question and didn’t offer an answer.

Interestingly, all members of the Squad insisted they represent the interests of ALL of the people. So does President Trump, but he clarifies it by saying he represents all of the interests of the CITIZENS.

Let’s be clear, even if President Trump supported their policies, he would still be labeled a racist, a xenophobe, a liar, and divider. He is just giving them a taste of their own medicine, and they don’t like it.

In the final analysis, two things emerge; first, whereas Rep. AOC was the lone face of the far-left among the Democrats, now she is joined with three more members from the House. In other words, the far-left is coming out of the closet and making their presence known to the Democrats. By doing so, Democrats have to make a decision, stay with what remains of the old party under Speaker Pelosi, or go with the new far-left direction. So far, Democrats are reluctant to take the Squad to task.

The second thing, President Trump has strategically setup a confrontation in the race for the White House, between himself and the Democrats, not just a single candidate. I can see the presidential debates now where President Trump asks his opponent, “Tell me, why does YOUR party support Socialism? Why does YOUR party support open borders? Why does YOUR party want to give benefits to illegal immigrants and not help our own citizens? Why has YOUR party stalled in the House?”

In other words, the Democrats have painted themselves into a corner, making them easy targets for a take-down in the elections next year.

It will not be necessary to attack the individual candidate but simply put the whole party on the defensive, thereby providing the means to take back the House of Representatives. The Squad is already in trouble with their constituents in terms of popularity. Their rising visibility through the press is only making them more unpopular and likely targets for ouster in 2020.

Bottom-line, by taking people like the Squad to task publicly, President Trump will likely win back the House of Representatives. Don’t let the Press kid you, score this round to Trump.

Keep the Faith!

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 4, 2019

BRYCE ON CITIZENSHIP

– For Independence Day.

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Have you ever watched a naturalization ceremony? This is where people from different countries around the world apply for citizenship, learn English and pass a test, renounce their homeland, and swear loyalty to their new country, the United States of America. You occasionally see it on television, but Youtube! maintains a library of such services. All U.S. citizens are descended from someone who took the same oath years earlier. With me, it was both sets of grandparents following World War I.

After a ceremony, someone typically speaks on behalf of the group. They talk about why becoming an American citizen is so important to them, such as the ability to vote; they talk about true freedom, and living in the land of opportunity, and their eyes swell with tears, as does their relatives and friends. It is all rather moving.

They come to America because we have so much to offer, and it’s not just public education, health care or other entitlements they seek, these are mere peripherals. They primarily come for freedom and the opportunity to better themselves. They do not want to feel oppression from a word said out of turn, and they desperately want to innovate, invent and earn knowing their work is their own and not the state’s. They come for the protection of the U.S. Constitution, a document which has stood the test of time.

The legal immigrants understand the importance of the country, and are willing to fight for it. Quite often, they know more about the country than those born here. It is not unusual for such natives to be ignorant of our history and government, thereby taking it for granted, and opening the door for others to undermine it. They do not comprehend the blood, sweat, tears of those who worked and fought for such a country to exist.

The United States is not a homogeneous society consisting of the same race, the same religion, and the same tongue. It is a melting pot, which ultimately is our strength, not a weakness, where the knowledge and talents of all countries on earth meet and become one, American. Not surprising, our national character changes over time, e.g.; one moment we prefer isolationism, the next we’re a world power; we sympathize with the oppressed and have come to the aid of others on multiple occasions, thereby becoming a beacon of hope.

Americans are competitive, they appreciate a level playing field, but will rise to the challenge when one is not provided. They work hard and they play hard. They are fascinated by technology, the world around them, and the desire to be the best.

Americans are proud of our past. Sure we’ve made mistakes along the way. We even fought a horrific war among ourselves to settle a principle. However, when you realize this country started with nothing and evolved into a dominant world power, not because of autocratic rule, but because of a Constitutional Republic, our achievements are truly remarkable. Aside from the past, Americans aspire for the future.

There are a three things you should remember about the American character; first, they like to squabble among themselves much like a family, and as such, do not attempt to interfere; second, our weakness is we tend to react as opposed to plan (as evidenced by such things as Pearl Harbor, 911, Hurricane Katrina, etc.); even with this said, third, do not provoke them or underestimate their determination. They will rise to the occasion as they have proven numerous times. The story of America is incredible, and so are the American people.

Happy Independence Day.

Keep the Faith!

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WHY DO WE TRUST POLITICIANS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 2, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Shouldn’t they be periodically evaluated?

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I was looking over some political polls recently and noticed the approval ratings of Congress are dismally low, approximately 20% according to the polls. Offhand, this would indicate we do not believe they are doing the job we elected them to do, and a violation of our trust. However, America is not alone in this regard; in the reports I read, politicians around the world are generally not trusted. In one report I read, used car salesmen were judged to have better integrity than politicians, and they may very well be on to something here.

We may like to grumble about politicians but I tend to believe we trust them a lot more than we think. After all, how were they elected to office to begin with and why do we keep reelecting them term after term? Is it because there are no other qualified candidates to do the job? Is the pay and benefits bad? I don’t think so. Actually, I think the public’s outrage is gone and, knowing this, our government officials feel free to do whatever they want.

We elect government officials to uphold the interests of their constituents and for the common good. Hopefully, the politicians will have the same interests and moral values as the people they represent, but somewhere along the way the politicians inevitably get their priorities mixed up and forget what they were elected to do. After a politician has promised the voter the world on a platter, he is basically free to make decisions and vote as he sees fit, regardless of pertinent opinion polls. In fact, politicians are probably more interested in what the lobbyists have to say than their own constituents. This means accountability is really the issue here.

It has been my experience that voters tend to gloss over the politician’s record while in office. As an employer, I tend to keep track of employee obligations met, punctuality, absenteeism, and decisions and mistakes made. Conversely, voters should be made aware of their elected official’s actions in office, such as attendance at meetings, and voting record. Since we periodically prepare evaluation reports for employees, what’s wrong with producing a similar report for our officials on a routine basis, such as annually? After all, who works for who here? Aside from implanting electrodes in the politician’s head, I know of no other way to rebuild trust than to routinely review the official’s work. If it works in business, why not in government?

Perhaps the biggest fear we have as voters is political corruption, and the temptation to become such can be irresistible to even the best of us. Far too many politicians have become exceedingly rich and powerful due to kickbacks in support of lobbyists. Interestingly, I cannot seem to find this in the job description for any government official.

Years ago, Milton Eisenhower pointed out the President of the United States has the power to call for a Continental Congress whereby our governing rules can be reexamined and amended accordingly. Such a Congress has not been held for over 200 years. Think about it, this would be a golden opportunity to revise our electoral process, rethink the role of lobbyists, and determine performance evaluations for our officials, among other things. Regrettably, there is nobody on the horizon with the political fortitude to do this. Only the American people can put forth the necessary political pressure to call for such a Congress, but unfortunately, the public isn’t that strong or sophisticated, consequently, the politicians will continue on their merry way.

Next time you find yourself upset about politicians violating the public trust, ask yourself how outraged you are and what you are willing to do about it.

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 timb1557@gmail.com

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