Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pence Trumps Kaine in VP Debate

Pence Trumps Kaine in VP Debate
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
October 5, 2016

Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence did both himself and fellow Hoosiers proud during last night’s vice presidential debate in trumping Democrat opponent Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

Had it been a boxing match it would have been stopped in the fifth round as Kaine was flailing wildly, swinging and missing with insults, barbs, canned one-liners, and often deviating off topic. Pence remained calm, even-tempered, mostly on point, with stinging rebukes and well-placed jabs in a battle that clearly had him pitted against two opponents – Kaine, as well as the overtly biased moderator Elaine Quijano, a digital news anchor with CBSN, who maintained little control over the debate.

Governor Pence did such an exemplary job, two schools of thought emerged from the results of the debate: why isn’t Pence at the top of the GOP ticket, and this is what Trump needs to do during the next two debates if he has any hope of winning the presidency. Pence demonstrated why a vice presidential debate is important – his poise and cool-headed knowledgeable responses ought to assuage voters that Trump wisely chose a running mate capable of rising to the top should the need require. Trump needs to emulate Pence and take the high road while dodging the slings and arrows destined to be heading his way during both debates as well as on the campaign trail.

Kaine, conversely, demonstrated yet another reason why Hillary Clinton must not be elected president with his petulant behavior interrupting Pence more than 70 times, not to mention the myriad interruptions of Quijano. Kaine referred to the Trump campaign as the campaign of insults. Hello? Pot? Kettle? Who’s black? This coming from the Clinton nominee for vice president? The same Clinton who called half of Trump’s supporters residents of “a basket of deplorables.” And for good measure, Clinton called Trump supporters “irredeemable.” That’s the tip of the insult iceberg when considering the constant insulting of the American people by Clinton as a “congenital liar,” to borrow from the late New York Times columnist William Safire, who called Clinton that as far back as 1996. Safire certainly knew.

Returning to the irascible Kaine, he was as hypocritical as he was obnoxious. While purportedly pro-life in his private life, Kaine supports the party line as pro-choice on abortion, and supportive of Clinton who has yet to reject the barbaric partial-birth abortion procedure. Pence remains a man of faith and principle as fervently pro-life in his private life and as a candidate.

In addition to protecting the unborn, Pence, along with Trump, reject the open borders, amnesty, catch and release, and sanctuary cities policies pertaining to illegal aliens as is vigorously supported by Clinton and Kaine. The GOP ticket, as Pence effectively stated, is looking out for American citizens and legal residents of the United States regarding both immigration as well as terrorism. At the very least Pence and Trump are able to identify the enemy by name – radical Islam – words the Clinton-Kaine ticket are apparently unable to utter – following the same path Barack Obama has fecklessly taken lo these past seven and one half years.

As a former Virginian and current Hoosier, I voted against Kaine in 2005, and for Pence in 2012, both winning governorships. Having had several conversations with Pence, he is not only a man of faith and humility, but a believer in the greatness of America now and its ability to continue achieving greatness in the future. This he demonstrated in his debate victory over Kaine. Indiana Governor Mike Pence will prove to be a solid anchor supporting Trump as well as guiding him as needed which should give voters greater confidence to vote for the GOP ticket in five weeks.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

9-11's Kindergartners Vote for President

9-11’s Kindergartners Vote for President
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 8, 2016

On that fateful day 15 years ago, while President George W. Bush was reading the short story, The Pet Goat to a class of second graders at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, we all remember vividly what we were doing when the peaceful calm serenity of that bright sunny Tuesday morning was infiltrated by terror.

I was at home in Virginia completing my news articles for that week’s local newspaper for which I was a journalist. Sitting at my computer, as I am today, no longer in Virginia, yet the memories are as clear as though the air had been permeated with evil today, not 15 years ago. While putting the finishing touches on my assignments, Fox News on television in the background as per usual, the first report came in.

-       8:46 AM: American Airlines Flight #11 crashes into the North Tower (1 WTC) at the World Trade Center, New York City – followed by
-       9:03 AM: United Airlines Flight #175 crashes into the South Tower (2 WTC) at the World Trade Center, New York City
-       9:37 AM: American Airlines Flight #77 crashes into the western side of the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia
-       9:59 AM: South Tower collapses
-       10:03 AM: United Airlines Flight #93 crashes into a field, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Somerset County; alleged target: Capitol Building or White House
-       10:28 AM: North Tower collapses
-       10:53 AM: New York primary elections cancelled
-       5:20 PM: 47 story #7 World Trade Center collapses; #4, 5, and 6 WTC also ablaze

These heinous, unforgivable terrorist attacks were perpetrated by radical Muslim extremists who skyjacked the planes – of that there is no doubt.

While I have attempted, over the years, to avoid turning my 9-11 columns into political pabulum, this year there is too much as at stake on November 8 as we cast our next vote for president. Without hyperbole, I truly believe this election is the most important to the nation since 1860 when Abraham Lincoln handily defeated a triumvirate of opponents, John Bell, John Breckinridge, and Stephen Douglas.

In 1860 the United States was a nation divided over the issue of slavery and states’ rights, which led to a country illegally split into two. This year, 156 years later, this nation is once again divided – divided by a generation of entitled, politically correct, sniveling whiners who think the world is their oyster, so long as government pick up the tab. These are people brainwashed by a liberal public education system that does not support school choice who believe socialism is the answer, not capitalism. Let these poorly educated neophytes spend some time in Venezuela to see how real socialism is faring. Extreme shortages of food, toilet paper, and jobs have a nation in dire straits because of a totalitarian dictator attempting to cut his country off from the world. Any worse and Venezuela becomes Cuba or North Korea. Is this the socialism for which Generation Pinhead is clamoring?

When the 9-11 kindergartners, now 20-21 years of age, take to the polls this November, they will be casting their first vote for president.

This current crop of first time voters need be reminded of Ronald Reagan’s clarion call, where he prophetically warned the following:

            “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t             pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and           handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years     telling our children and our children’s children what is was once like in the United   States where men were free.”

The PC and thought police already run the public schools as well as the college and university campuses. Free speech zones really mean speech is limited to only certain areas as was demonstrated at Clemson University when barring a student from praying in public. The University of Houston is another prime example of the squelching of the First Amendment. (

Freedom is the ability to speak one’s mind – verbally, in writing, but without fear of recriminations or a possible job loss. One does not have the right to not be insulted or presented with uncomfortable issues. Practically anything someone says or writes is bound to upset or offend someone. This country must return to the days when “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” meant something. Instead, there are shrinking violets taking cover in the nearest campus safe space or seeking their next trigger warning because their precious sensibilities can’t handle disagreeable thoughts or statements.

That is not how the real world works. For those who complain that Donald Trump is mean or harsh sounding in his speech, just remember we are not voting for Miss Congeniality, but instead, the leader of the free world. A leader who will have to face off with terrorists and is not afraid to identify the enemy for what they are – radical Islamist extremists – the same radicals who murdered nearly 3,000 on that fateful day 15 years ago. Trump will stand up to the terrorists, not cow-tow to them by paying ransom for kidnapped Americans who are in greater danger during the Obama administration than they were under the Bush administration.

For all his pitfalls and foibles, George W. Bush kept this nation safe following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the current administration. Instead, the United States has a weak-kneed so-called leader who calls what he does, leading from behind. That is not actually leading, Mr. Obama. Myriad terrorist attacks on and away from American soil have darkened far too many days because our enemies don’t fear the United States and our allies are unable to rely upon us. Exhibit Boston, Chattanooga, Dallas, Fort Hood (II), Orlando, San Bernardino at home; and Brussels, Istanbul, Munich, Nice, Normandy, Paris globally.

Hillary Clinton, the Democrats standard bearer who is unable to even utter the name of the enemy, promises to bring much of the same. She has spent decades in public life congenitally lying to the American people and lying under oath regarding her ability to uphold national security. “You clearly corrupted our national security,” said one Navy veteran to Clinton during an event hosted by Matt Lauer.

This September 11 while we mourn the past, and rightfully so – take time to watch the reading of the names from New York City – lest we forget the men and women who were needlessly slaughtered – civilians as well as the brave first responders, let’s also look toward the future with an eye to the past. Take notice of the new World Trade Center and what it represents – that Americans and America may get knocked to the canvas, but we should never be counted out. We will rise up stronger, smarter, and with the right leadership make America great again.

Yes, that is the slogan of one of the candidates for president, but it is also a nod to the future and not a return to the past. A future where the United States regains its rightful place in the world – and yes, it is rightful when the US bails out country after country for their troubles, be they geo-political or weather related, such as earthquakes and tsunamis. It is rightful when the United States sets the standard regarding the rights of women, minorities, people of various lifestyles and religions. Is the United States perfect? Certainly not. Yet people are risking their very existence to live in this country – even illegally – which is being addressed thanks to the same aforementioned candidate.

Are people risking their lives to sneak into Cuba? How about North Korea? While we work to improve the greatness of this country, we should also express our gratitude for the privilege of living in these United States and not act like spoiled malcontents. (

This September 11 remember the past, but ask yourselves what kind of future do you want for America, for your children, for your children’s children, and for the myriad generations that follow?

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Kaepernick Sitting Stands for Disrespect

Kaepernick Sitting Stands for Disrespect
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 5, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, please rise, and gentlemen, please remove your caps as we honor America with the singing of our National Anthem.

We’ve heard this request countless times at sporting events around this great nation, and whatever our collective gripes are pertaining to the ills, perceived or not, of the United States, we comply with this request. Does this make us mindless drones or thoughtless lemmings bowing to a red, white, and blue cotton idol? Certainly not – especially those of the American citizenry of the Jewish and Christian faiths who abide by the Ten Commandments to have but one Deity – that of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

No, no – we the people honor this great nation for the opportunities it has afforded us – opportunities – not guarantees – opportunities to work hard and achieve our goals. We honor this nation by giving back to it for the freedoms it affords us – and yes, that even includes the freedom to speak out against this country.

One such outspoken figure, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has opted to sit during the playing and singing of the Star Spangled Banner. That is his right. That is his expression of the freedom of speech as outlined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. A right that thousands upon thousands of men and women have died protecting. A right that thousands of men and women in uniform – be it the armed forces, police, and fire no longer have the option to enjoy due to the debilitating and crippling injuries sustained protecting Kaepernick’s right to express. A right replete with consequences such as losing endorsements, being cut from the team should his personal choices prove detrimental to the environment surrounding the 49ers, and having his issues of concern overshadowed by his poor choices.

Millions of us will use our same First Amendment rights of free speech and expression to call Kaepernick a recalcitrant, sanctimonious, ungrateful malcontent; because he is just that and more. Fox News and Fox Business reporter Dagen McDowell called Kaepernick “a hot, steaming bag of garbage.” And that is her right in accordance with the United States Constitution.

Kaepernick claims he is sitting out the National Anthem as a way of garnering attention for issues of concern to him. Instead what Kaepernick is doing is demonstrating disrespect for the symbol of the country that affords him a great living as a professional athlete and disrespects every man and woman that has worn the uniform of the United States past and present – regardless of color; and color seems to be an issue with him.

“I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said Kaepernick.

Black people and people of color are being oppressed? Where? How? This is the country that elected a black president – an election that could not have been won without support and votes of white people – votes cast using a secret ballot. The current and most previous Attorney General of the United States – black. The two people who served as Secretary of State in the previous administration – black. Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, General Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice all required approval via votes by an almost all white United States Senate – and bipartisan at that.

Is there still racism and bigotry? Sure, there is, and it probably will never be eviscerated. And when we begin to deny people the rights guaranteed in the First Amendment – even Kaepernick’s right to be a pinhead, we fail as a civilization.

I don’t approve of Kaepernick’s stand on sitting – I think it diminishes his argument. He, as a professional athlete, has a fairly large stage from which to opine – certainly the San Francisco Chronicle would publish an op-ed from Colin Kaepernick sooner than one penned by Colin Smith.

As for Kaepernick’s assertion that black people and people of color are oppressed in this country, he may have a point, but he won’t like the explanation, for it will damage his narrative. Blacks are oppressing other blacks in this country – in the killing fields of the inner cities where black on black crime, especially murder, is out of control and has been for decades now. That’s oppression.

Blacks are oppressing other blacks in this country – in the classrooms in those same cities. As an educator having taught in Elizabeth, NJ, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC, I have seen first-hand the disasters masquerading as inner-city schools. A student who wants to succeed, go to college, make a better life for him/herself is held back by those students who perpetually disrupt classes, threaten students who dare to aspire to something beyond an underserved neighborhood, and shorten the time on task by creating a need for more time on discipline instead of on learning. It is frustrating for those students who want to get ahead and it is frustrating for those teachers who want to make a difference in the lives of those students. Far too often those teachers leave inner-city schools for greener pastures or leave the teaching profession altogether.

And with the dearth of education in far too many black communities, comes more black oppression – the lack of employment opportunities. For this form of oppression, blame the Democrat Party for their incessant lack of support of school choice. The lack of legitimate employment turns some people toward illegitimate employment that oftentimes leads to prison or worse, the cemetery. When poorly educated black men are in prison, single mothers are left to raise children on their own, prohibiting them from a proper education and possible ascension up the employment ladder.

And because of the educational crisis, for decades there has been affirmative action to assist people garnering acceptance into college. This form of assistance is not oppression, Mr. Kaepernick. On the other hand, affirmative action has been deleterious to minority communities. While it helps people get into school, it does not help people remain in school in order to learn and earn that coveted degree – and that is oppression.

That Barack Obama supports Kaepernick should surprise no one. This is typical of Obama – when given the choice of two roads, he opts for the road less patriotic. But at least Obama is consistent in continuing to walk the path established for him by Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals.

Kaepernick went on to say “I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country.” Sitting during the National Anthem hardly proves that respect.

No one I know thinks the United States is perfect. We all take issue with something we believe could be improved upon in this country. Yet, we support the concept of the United States “for which it stands, one nation, under G-d, with liberty and justice for all.” We support the premise for which the country was created – “to form a more perfect Union,” because it was not perfect in 1787 when the Constitution was penned – the Bill of Rights soon after amended that great document. It still wasn’t perfect then either in 1791 and an additional 17 amendments later, the most recent ratified in 1992, this is still not a perfect Union. However, we the people continue to strive for a “more perfect Union,” but we do it in a respectful manner, using our influences, our appropriate forums, and our civilized forms of communication to garner sway with our audiences.

For all of the pitfalls and foibles the United States may have, it is still the greatest country on G-d’s planet. If Kaepernick feels so oppressed here, good luck finding a less oppressing country to call home. The NFL has already demonstrated its disrespect by remaining silent on Kaepernick’s antics and by opposing the small decal with which the Dallas Cowboys wished to adorn their helmets in memory of the five murdered police officers. ( The league will play its first Sunday slate of games this week on September 11 – let’s see how disrespectful Colin Kaepernick will be.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Cougars Cage Free Speech at UH

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." – James Madison

Cougars Cage Free Speech at UH
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 1, 2016

Last time I looked, my copy of the United States Constitution included the First Amendment – that’s the one granting we the people freedom of speech and expression. How about your copies?

Apparently at the University of Houston the First Amendment has been erased from their copy of the Constitution, and Student Government Association Vice President Rohini Sethi has been targeted and punished for exercising her rights as found in that pesky amendment.

Following the slaughter of five Dallas police officers, Sethi took to Facebook and wrote “Forget #BlackLivesMatter, more like #AllLivesMatter.” For her brazenness in suggesting that the lives of all people, regardless of skin color, should actually matter, Sethi was chastised by fellow University of Houston students as “incredibly offensive and hateful.” (Yet another example of the denial of honor to the murdered Dallas police officers:

Sethi was then called to the carpet and subjected to unilateral punishment meted out by SGA President Shane Smith. Smith was granted this one-time power by the student senate to determine Sethi’s penance. For exercising her First Amendment freedom of speech and expression, Sethi is now being subjected to the following sanctions:

-       A 50 day suspension from the SGA which bars her from participating in group activities;
-       Sethi must attend three cultural events per month;
-       Sethi must write a reflection letter (upon reflection, Sethi should not have apologized for the initial post nor removed it);
-       Sethi must make a public presentation before a student senate meeting on September 28; and
-       Sethi must attend a diversity workshop.

Sethi could lose her position with the SGA should she not comply with all the demands as prescribed by the totalitarian Smith. One must wonder if Smith has an ax to grind against Sethi for imposing such harsh sanctions for simply expressing herself in a legal and peaceful manner. She threatened no one; offered an inclusive posting on social media designed to inculcate others that there is a bigger picture than Black Lives Matter, an increasingly violent and hate-filled group. Apparently to Smith only black lives matter.

The punishments saddled against Sethi are imposed solely by the SGA and not the school, according to a statement released by the University of Houston. The SGA is subject to its own governance, the school takes no responsibility, and makes no comment on the severity of a punishment imposed by a single individual, said the weak-kneed university administration.

Sethi said and wrote that while disagreeing with the punishment, she will abide by Smith’s pronunciation.

Yet while Sethi, independent of the SGA, and on her own volition, wrote the Facebook post replete with iron-fisted reprimand, a Twitter feed called #RemoveRohini, a Black Student Union creation, and trending with vicious, hate-filled invective vilifying Sethi, was ignored by the SGA. Note that the Black Student Union receives university funding from the 43,000 person student body.

Clearly the double standard is in full force at the University of Houston as the Black Student Union is entitled to enjoy its First Amendment rights, but not Rohini Sethi, where such freedoms have been suspended. Common sense has also been suspended on the Houston campus.

For alumni who support Sethi and her First Amendment rights, call President Renu Khator at 713-743-8820 and politely encourage her to step in and be the voice of reasonable discourse. Let the university understand how quickly alumni donations dry up when alumni and the Constitution of the United States are ignored.

Not only should Sethi not be subjected to such Draconian measures, an open debate sponsored by the Student Government Association should occur where students can opine without recriminations. A free and open exchange of ideas in public, not hiding behind social media for cowards to spout off anonymously, is what a university should endorse. To do less would deny tuition-paying students the real college experience.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NFL Throws Flag on Dallas Decal

NFL Throws Flag on Dallas Decal
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 16, 2016

A simple, yet meaningful gesture by the Dallas Cowboys to place a decal on their football helmets honoring the Dallas police force, most specifically the memories of the five slaughtered officers, has been sacked by the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The decal, barely larger than the NFL logo decal on the backs of the helmets, which has been worn by the Cowboys since training camp opened July 30, is circular, reading “Arm in Arm,” and features the Texas Lone Star. Calling the requested decal a violation of standard uniform policy, the NFL is acting in a cowardly manner, hiding behind a rule that is not written in stone, when clearly it has been violated numerous times in the past. ( The list is not as comprehensive as it leads readers to believe.

In 2007, the Green Bay Packers donned a helmet decal commemorating the 50th anniversary of Lambeau Field.

Each October since 2009 not only does the NFL mandate breast cancer awareness decals, but various uniform accoutrements are pink – a clear violation of uniform policy.

In 2011 the New England Patriots adorned helmet decals in memory of Myra Kraft, wife of team owner Robert Kraft. Three years later, the Detroit Lions did likewise in memory of their team owner William Clay Ford.

Both the New York Giants and Jets wore “SHES” decals on their helmets in memory of those murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

The above references are a sampling of those which did not appear on the provided link, save for the cancer awareness item. Clearly there is precedence for uniform amendments and a decal is a slight augmentation, yet significant in perception. Take for example the 2012 decal worn by the Denver Broncos that read “Victims of gun violence and wild fires.” If those victims could be memorialized, why not the slaughtered Dallas police officers?

Conservative radio host Mark Levin called the NFL’s decision to reject the Dallas decal “embarrassing and disgraceful.”

It is an act of cowardice because it would demonstrate that the NFL, with a recent history of thuggish behavior by far too many players involved with violence toward women and a gun culture, is hypocritical in supporting police when it can barely police its own players. Instead, by not allowing the decal, it is tantamount to a lack of support of the law enforcement community – the same community that keeps millions of fans safe and secure while spending millions of dollars to attend NFL games in 32 stadiums around the nation.

The decal, a display of unity with the Dallas police, was the brainchild of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. On the advent of Cowboys training camp July 30, Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, as well as relatives of the slain officers were present as several of the Dallas players took the field arm in arm with decals adorning the helmets of the entire team. Clearly an emotional moment for those involved.

Yet Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw was not moved, supporting the NFL’s decision. Without naming any, Cowlishaw wrote there are ways to honor police without “opening this political door.”

When did the slaughter of police officers become political? Perhaps when the NFL opted to deny the Cowboys their simple request because Goodell might have feared backlash and recriminations from the violent, anarchistic Black Lives Matter movement.

It is not political when five Dallas police officers are mercilessly slaughtered and several others wounded in an act of violence that endangers entire communities. Nobody asked the politics of the police officers who were murdered on July 7. They were the antithesis of the NFL’s cowardice by making the ultimate sacrifice during a Black Lives Matter protest rally only a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Lorne Aherns, 48, was a 14 year veteran of the Dallas Police Department.

Michael Krol, 40, was an eight year veteran with the Dallas Police Department.

Michael J. Smith, 55, a 27 year veteran of the police force, is survived by his wife of 17 years, Heidi, as well as two daughters, 14 and nine. Smith was also an Army Ranger.

Brent Thompson, 43, was a seven year veteran of the Transit Police who previously served in Iraq. He is survived by his wife of two weeks, a fellow transit police officer.

Patrick Zamarripa, 32, was a police officer and father of two children who survived three tours in Iraq only to be gunned down on the job at home in Dallas.

Somehow politics was probably the last thing on anyone’s minds when these five heroes were laid to rest. May their memories be for a Blessing. As for the NFL, contact Commissioner Goodell at 212-450-2000 or via e-mail at to politely lodge outrage as this deleterious decision. Perhaps save a small fortune and watch the games from the comforts of home. As John Belushi said in Animal House, “don’t cost nothin’.”

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Monday, August 1, 2016

From Convention Bounce to Air Ball

From Convention Bounce to Air Ball
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 1, 2016

I have been a Republican since before I was old enough to vote. I volunteered for Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1980 and was privileged enough to cast my first presidential ballot for him in 1984, to ensure economic prosperity would continue in our “shining city upon a hill.” (John Winthrop)

George W. Bush was the right man at the right time dealing with the horrors of September 11, 2001 with strength and aplomb, but the continuing spiral downward of weak-kneed candidates and an ever increasingly politically correct nation we are subjected to, has given us Donald Trump.

For all his bluster, bravado, and boastfulness, Trump has been a breath of fresh air, has no problem making the voters aware of Hillary Clinton’s peccadilloes, but make no mistake, he is not a conservative. I am now a Constitutional Conservative, because the Republican Party has lost its way and is practically a mirror image of the Democrat Party. But I have reminded so many, it is vital to play the cards we are dealt and not kvetch about the cards we were not dealt.

Donald Trump was not my first choice among the cavalcade of GOP candidates. In fact he ranked down around 13th, just above Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, and New York Governor George Pataki. I had hoped with all hope the GOP standard bearer would be Ambassador John Bolton, and I told him as much last January when I met him in Des Moines, at the Iowa Freedom Fest. Sadly, his candidacy did not come to fruition, and I turned to Texas Governor Rick Perry who was out almost as fast as he was in. Throughout the remainder of the primary season I fervently supported Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

While I agree with what Cruz said at the Republican convention, he did himself a great disservice, not Trump. His lack of an endorsement only united the GOP in its animus of Cruz, which could come back to haunt him in 2018 when he seeks reelection to the Senate or in 2020 should he make another White House run.

Donald Trump’s biggest foe is not Ted Cruz. It’s not Hillary Clinton. It’s not even the decidedly biased media. No; Donald Trump’s biggest foe is Donald Trump. All Clinton need do is run commercials of Trump’s own words in his own voice about women, Mexicans, Muslims, and his latest faux pas, his current war of words with the parents of a killed in action Muslim soldier.

Captain Humayun Khan, who served in the United States Army, was killed in action in 2004 by a homicide bomber in Baghdad, Iraq. Ironically, the American soldier, who was Muslim, was killed by another Muslim – a radical Islamist terrorist, the likes of which have been at war with not just the United States, but the whole of Western Civilization for centuries – yes, centuries – dating back to the Barbary Pirates. The fact remains that Captain Khan was killed wearing the uniform of the United States Army.

For whatever the reasons, personal, political, religious, Khan’s parents appeared at the Democratic National Convention and his father, Khizr Khan, spoke, emotionally, and justifiably so, about the ultimate sacrifice made by his son. That alone tugged at the heartstrings of the rank and file in attendance at the DNC.

However, the elder Khan, born in Pakistan, studied law, moved to the United States in 1980 and became a citizen in 1986, took his grief to another level and lectured Trump.
“Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” said Khan in a very powerful moment to the thunderous applause of the convention hall.

Trump being Trump, hit back in a manner unbefitting a presidential candidate. The Jekyll and Hyde candidate – one day he appears presidential, the next he’s shooting from the hip, where he is not always hip when he shoots. Trump described the sacrifices he has made in the form of creating thousands of jobs; tens of thousands of jobs. Job creation is not a sacrifice, Mr. Trump. It is an investment in your own company – something I would hope you would do as a successful businessman. Trump did not serve in the armed forces. His children have not served in the armed forces. Trump did not lose a child to war – thank G-d. His comparison was an insult to the Khan family, and demonstrably obtuse.

Trump then doubled down by making an unnecessary and insensitive comment about Captain Khan’s mother Ghazala, who remained silent while on stage with her husband during the DNC. Trump suggested she wasn’t permitted to speak. When she did speak out, it was through her grief that she penned a column appearing in The Washington Post. She said she was afraid she would lose her composure if she spoke at the DNC and that her husband represented them both. My condolences go out to the Khans, Gold Star parents, on the loss of their soldier son.

Now, to be fair to Trump, he later said “Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe.” Too little, too late. The criticisms were front and center – page one, top of the fold, as we say in the newspaper business. His backtracking is akin to the newspaper printing the correction or retraction on page 800 – nobody sees it or gets the full story.

The flipside of the Khans is Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, the Foreign Service officer who was murdered in Benghazi, under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s irresponsible watch, spoke at the RNC.

“I blame Hillary Clinton for my son’s death at Benghazi,” said a tearful Smith during the RNC, to a non-prime time audience, not televised by the major networks. There is an important point here – that the media is complicit in its attempts to shine positive rays of light on Clinton, while calling Trump’s speech and the RNC as a whole, “dark.”

In fact, not only was Patricia Smith not applauded by the media, she was condemned by Chris Matthews of MSNBC that Smith ruined the night and should not have brought up Benghazi. Talk about being in the tank for Hillary; but then that was MSNBC in its quintessential form. Adding insult to Smith’s injury, was Hillary Clinton telling the media,  that Mrs. Smith lied when claiming Clinton told Smith her son’s death was the result of a video, which has been categorically proven to be false.

Clinton lies and the media swears to it. Trump will get no relief from the media, and it is not their jobs to give him any. But it is also not their jobs to be in the tank for Clinton, and they are deep into it.

What Trump needs to do, if he is to have any chance of victory come November 8, is focus on the economy, repealing Obamacare, making strong conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, painting the picture of Hillary Clinton as the ultra-liberal, anti-Israel, pro-abortion on demand, anti-gun, insider, opportunist, and serial liar that she is, has been for decades, and will continue to be for years to come. Trump must take the high road and stop engaging in fruitless pissing matches that continue to deflect attention from what is important and make him look like a petulant third grader.

Mr. Trump, your only response to the Khan family should have been to express condolences to them on the loss of their son. Perhaps ask to meet with them privately without the cameras rolling – don’t be the opportunist everyone knows Hillary to be. The sacrifice of the Khan family is what the voters will remember in November, along with your pettiness.

I never considered voting for Hillary Clinton – her crimes, her indiscretions, her lies, her anti-Israel, abortion on demand without restriction stances are abhorrent to me. I keep reminding people that we are not voting for Miss Congeniality, so some of Trump’s caustic demeanor should be dismissed. We are voting for a leader who will stand up to our enemies, not take foreign money with one hand and wag the finger of condemnation at those very countries with the other, not take Wall Street money at private fundraisers then condemn Wall Street publicly.

Mr. Trump, you have not shied away from expressing your thoughts, but not every thought that enters your head need be uttered. Part of your problem Mr. Trump is that you are surrounded by fawning sycophantic yes-men telling you your flatulence smells like homemade apple pie and that your burps sound like Mozart. You need someone to tell you what you need to know with no fear of hearing you say, “You’re fired.” Please give me a call.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Corruption with a Capital C-linton

Corruption with a Capital C-linton
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 6, 2016

After the dog and pony show trotted out by FBI Director James Comey, Federal Bureau of Investigations can now officially be amended to Failed Basic Intelligence.

On the day after Independence Day there is no doubt the Founding Fathers are rolling over in their collective graves knowing that justice has been both perverted and subverted in the name of Clinton – both Hillary and Bill. Justice may not be blind, but it most certainly has been hoodwinked.

Once again, the rules don’t seem to apply to the Clintons. I initially began this column with the intent of calling for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself from any continued investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s computer and e-mail peccadillos due to Lynch’s ex-parte communication with the former president on an airport tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. (This was no chance meeting.)

Clearly that is merely a symptom of the bigger disease of corruption involving the Clintons. There is little question that Lynch and Bill Clinton spent their half hour conversation discussing more than grandchildren and golf. Even if the subject of Hillary’s investigation was not broached, and I have a hard time believing that it wasn’t, the mere appearance of the two speaking with one another is completely inappropriate. Lynch didn’t earn her position of AG by being a doormat, thus she could have asked Mr. Clinton to excuse himself from her government plane. Then, days later, Mrs. Clinton announces she will consider keeping Lynch on as AG should Clinton ascend to the White House. (Assuming Lynch could pass muster before the Senate, whose job it is to advise and consent regarding cabinet nominations.)

Then comes the announcement by Comey, where he spent the first 10 minutes of a roughly 15 minute monologue reading a litany of Mrs. Clinton’s wrongdoings, if not actual offenses and crimes, only to pull her head out of the noose. “We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts,” said Comey, after a buildup where all roads seemed to have Mrs. Clinton wearing an orange jumpsuit. Instead, she is free to don an orange pantsuit as she continues laughing her way down the campaign trail. “Cannot find a case?” You don’t have to look very far or very hard, Mr. Comey.

If this is not demonstrative of the fix being in, or as presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to aver, that “the system is rigged,” there never will be such a case. This is yet another example of a corrupt system helping to drive the United States into Third World status. The people cannot have faith or put their trust in a system that has one set of rules for them, and another set of rules for the powerful – that leads to a totalitarian state – the very monarchy from which we the people declared our independence 240 years ago this week. A monarchy against which the American patriots fought a war (1775-83) and where more than 4,400 Americans died in battle for the cause of liberty and freedom. With Hillary Clinton and her career of scandals, lies, and corruption, the United States is taking a giant leap backwards.

During Comey’s speech he asserted how Mrs. Clinton’s behavior was “extremely careless” in using personal computer servers. The mere utilization of non-governmental servers lacks transparency, something on which the Obama administration claims to pride itself. “There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” said Comey, also calling for transparency.

Furthermore, Comey unearthed factual data that Mrs. Clinton lied under oath and lied to the American people when she said “I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail. There is no classified material…” on March 10, 2015 as well as in other words on numerous additional dates.

“Seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails,” said Comey.

For those who think this e-mail situation is much ado about nothing, this is really about national security and how someone who is running for the highest office in the land, to represent the United States on the global stage, to be Commander in Chief of the American armed forces it is unconscionable, yet sadly, not surprising how blithely Mrs. Clinton has treated this investigation. Perhaps she knew all along a recommendation to not prosecute or indict was coming down the pike. Her actions and lies are reprehensible. Clinton’s opponents this fall should use her words on the television screen alongside those of Comey to prove to the American people what a dishonest, disreputable individual she has been and continues to be.

Yet, Comey continued to lambaste Clinton on her irresponsible behavior. “Any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation,” stated Comey, making a grand assumption that Clinton is a reasonable person.

Perhaps it is Comey that lacks reasonableness. When it appeared Comey would seek indictment against the presumptive Democrat nominee for president, he concluded his remarks saying that “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also a former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1983-89), was flabbergasted by Comey’s remarks. “No reasonable prosecutor would not bring a case against” Hillary Clinton, said Giuliani, adding that Comey’s words “was almost an abdication of duty.”

Giuliani, among many others, noted that the words “extremely careless” are akin to “gross negligence,” the language used in 18 U.S.C. 793(f), which states:

Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer – Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
Indictment does not require intent, admitted Comey, which makes his statement about not prosecuting the case even more incomprehensible, barring a fix, a rigging, or a quid pro quo. (Comey, uncharacteristically, failed to answer questions following his announcement.)

Comey’s “tell” might have been in his preface by stating he had not discussed his remarks in advance with anyone, and that he had “no outside influence of any kind.” Less than three hours following Comey’s live broadcast of his remarks, Barack Obama appeared on the campaign trail for the first time with Clinton in Charlotte, NC. Obama had to know Comey was not recommending prosecution of Clinton otherwise he would not have made the trip. Imagine the visual of Obama singing Hillary’s praises just hours after it was recommended she be prosecuted for numerous violations of federal law. Which, according to the statute above, Clinton should be under indictment. But for Obama it is all about his image and his legacy.

While on the discussion of legacy, KT McFarland, a Fox News contributor who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under President Ronald Reagan indicated that Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974 for lesser offenses. General David Petraeus stepped down as director of the CIA and ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information, yet for worse behavior, Clinton lives to lie another day.

What should also be disconcerting to all discerning American voters, is that once Clinton becomes the official nominee of the Democrats, she (as will her GOP opponent) will be provided full deep classified information as part of a national ticket, according to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). Ryan, speaking with personal authority as the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate, added that Mrs. Clinton should be denied such access for her clear and demonstrative recklessness with information related to national security.

Lack of the appropriate clearance should disqualify Clinton from serving as president, and perhaps such thoughts were on the mind of Comey. Were Comey to have called for the prosecution of Clinton it would have had a deleterious effect on the electoral process. But this investigation should be above politics and above reproach, for no candidate or elected official is above the law – just ask the ghost of Richard M. Nixon. But Comey put politics above the rule of law and for that; he should resign as director of the FBI.

Comey did say the result of this investigation is not an exoneration of Mrs. Clinton, however. But with no charges to be levied, and to borrow a phrase, what difference, at this point, does it make?

Hillary Clinton is free to continue lying to the government, and more importantly, lying to the American people. She can continue to huckster her way through the campaign smiling on the outside while having complete disregard for the American people – as was on full display in West Virginia. Clinton spoke with a coal miner who was frank with the Democratic hopeful about the dire straits he, his family, and many other coal miners are currently enmeshed. After baring his soul, Clinton’s response was so disconnected, basically telling the emotional miner that she knows earning his vote would be difficult while never addressing his concerns. She was disengaged, as though she was participating in an entirely different conversation.

Clinton, riddled with scandal and corruption for decades, both with her husband and on her own accord, will tell the people what they want to hear, a la Barack Obama, and taking a page from his playbook, Clinton has also learned at the knee of the master radical, Saul Alinsky.

Hillary Clinton is as corrupt as Eva Peron, when we need the statesman-like leadership of Margaret Thatcher.

The 2016 presidential election is perhaps the most pivotal since 1860. May G-d help us, and may G-d save the Union.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.