America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, November 12, 2018

Now that the Democrats have won back the House, what are they going to do with their majority? The Party’s performance in recent decades isn’t encouraging.

Nancy Pelosi, if she becomes Speaker, must quickly determine the House’s course for the next two years. She has three basic approaches from which to choose. She can attempt to negotiate bipartisan legislation with Trump and the Senate, obstruct the president’s agenda, or go down the path of investigating Trump with an eye toward impeachment. Whichever she chooses there can be no waffling. Once she picks a strategy she’ll have no choice but to see it through.

Above all, she must never trust anything Trump says, publicly or privately, and not rise to the bait he throws out with his tweets and hate-mongering rallies. Chaos is his friend. He will lie and mislead as he always has, his primary…

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America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, November 9, 2018

The Sandy Hook massacre occurred almost six years ago. In case you’ve erased it from you memory, twenty-seven people, mostly young children, were gunned down by a heavily armed, mentally unstable young man because he was angry at his mother, who was one of the victims. Since then, the number of innocent people killed in shooting sprees in the United States is 391, with another 823 injured. Please take a moment to scan the table of deaths and injuries to refresh your recollection.

Sandy Hook wasn’t the first mass shooting of innocent people in this country, but I started there because that one was so horrific, most Americans thought it was the final straw. Surely Congress and the President would have to take some action to prevent this from happening in the future, wouldn’t they?

Guess not.

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America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, November 5, 2018

Tomorrow, the nation will participate in the fifth midterm election since Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 – at least some of it will. There are two very significant things everyone should know about mid-term elections.

First, they usually serve as a significant check on the actions and power of the current president. Presidents Clinton, Bush 43 and Obama all suffered devastating setbacks to their political agendas in their midterms, and the polls (I can’t write that word without cringing) suggest that might happen tomorrow.

Perhaps more important, and certainly more surprising, despite the sharp turnaround in national political attitudes that usually result from the midterms, turnout is always disappointing. In the first midterms held for each of the previous three presidents, the turnouts in percentage of eligible voters were: (1994) 38.8%, (2002) 37.0%, and (2010) 37.8%. That’s absolutely shocking.

After twelve years…

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America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, November 2, 2018

When I began America the Beautiful, I selected the maxim “Dedicated to preserving what has made America great.” It wasn’t intended to be subtle. The truth is, I hate blogs. But I hate hypocrisy and anything else that denigrates our country even more. So I bit the bullet and somehow, I’ve managed to publish 160 articles since Trump was inaugurated.

I’m old enough to have followed Donald Trump’s career ever since he forced himself into the public eye, and I despised everything he stood for long before he was either a politician or a Republican. For Donald Trump to have adopted “Make America Great Again” as his campaign slogan was pure chutzpah, (which probably demonstrates that whatever else he is, he’s not anti-Semitic.) It’s no surprise to me that he doesn’t know America’s greatness had nothing to with ideas like winning at any cost…

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America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 29, 2018

As you contemplate how you will vote this year, keep in mind that President Trump has characterized this election as a referendum on him. Of course it is. In Trumpland, everything is about him. Let’s go with that and look at the facts.

Trump and his Republican dominated Congress passed what the president called the largest tax cut in history for the middle class. But a recent poll commissioned by the Republican National Committee found that an overwhelming majority of voters believe by more than two to one that the tax cuts benefit the wealthy instead of average Americans. Only you know how it affected your taxes, but what you may not know is that as a result of the tax cuts, the gross federal debt increased by $1.25 trillion in FY 2018, and in FY 2019, which began on October 1st, the federal…

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America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 15, 2018

Since the day he announced his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has relentlessly attacked the media. His initial attacks were completely unprovoked, as all of the major cable news channels devoted far more airtime to his campaign than anyone else’s. Those long, raucous rallies he conducted were covered live from start to finish with virtually no commentary.

Leading up to the 2016 primary elections, the media were united in their criticism of Trump’s campaign tactics – yes, even Fox News. Fox was the voice of the Republican establishment, and Trump was threatening to turn it upside down. When the media began criticizing Trump it was because of his divisiveness, his pandering to the most negative elements of our society, and his demonstrated attitude toward women. Also because millions of Americans old enough to remember World War II and its aftermath still cringed at the striking…

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America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 21, 2018

For the next few weeks it will be impossible to watch or listen to news or social media and not be reminded that there’s an election on November 6th. Many millions of dollars will be spent on making sure we hear everyone’s opinion about who deserves our votes.

While the various media are the recipients of all that money, I do not believe they are our enemy. I don’t watch either Sean Hannity or Rachel Maddow because I’m not interested in their one-sided spin on every issue. But even being selective in the news and opinions we expose ourselves to doesn’t shield us from the constant bombardment of psychological propaganda.

Some of it is purely political. Every media outlet uses the ploy of balanced panel debates, and most of them are simply tedious. Allowing extremists on both sides of the spectrum to shout…

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America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 19. 2018

For as long as I can remember, the Saudi Royal Family have been racist, misogynistic, elitists who care only about wealth and power. They are ruthless and cruel, and no friend of the United States except in the sense of mutual profiteering and the Arab tradition of “the enemy of my enemy.” With an economy almost entirely based on the West’s unquenchable thirst for oil, Saudi Arabia is a country that would be insignificant if not for its huge, untapped reserves.

On its face, the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who wrote for the Washington Post while residing in Virginia, is an awful crime. It’s the sort of act that violates local and international laws, and the diplomatic protocols that protect journalists everywhere. Rarely has the international community been in such tacit agreement that a horrendous crime was committed and its perpetrators…

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America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 15, 2018

Ever since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president he has made it clear that he has no respect for the Federal Reserve Board and the economic models they use to maintain a stable economic environment. It was thus no surprise when he went on a rant about the “crazy interest rate hike” last week or that he displayed complete ignorance about it. He believes that only he drives the markets – how dare the Fed take its role seriously? His main concern is the mid-term election and the harm a falling stock market might cause to Republicans. The modest hits to stock prices last week will be forgotten by Election Day.

What should not be forgotten is the importance of this election for everyone who believes that there’s more to maintaining America’s greatness than healthy stock prices. Take the rule of law, for example…

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America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 4, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a classic speech this morning. He’s at his most eloquent spewing political spin disguised as high-sounding principle. In this case, he was making the innocent-until-proven-guilty defense of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Presumption of innocence is one of the pillars on which our system of justice is based, and the one that most set us apart from our European forbears two hundred and fifty years ago. No less than Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have said, “it is better one hundred guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer.”

Christine Blasey Ford delivered heartfelt testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, in which she accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both in high school. Despite the fact that a sizable majority of Americans believed Ford, without corroborating evidence, it’s doubtful that…

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