Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hamilton Lecture and other Liberal Hypocrisy

Hamilton Lecture and other Liberal Hypocrisy
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
November 20, 2016

Hamilton actor Brandon Victor Dixon broke from character to demonstrate a complete lack of character immediately following the Broadway performance Friday in an attempt to embarrass Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

In a preaching lecture from the stage read from notes, Dixon, who portrays the third Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr, delivered a diatribe with low expectations of the incoming administration. “We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights.” While Pence was mostly booed by the audience, Dixon’s invective was largely applauded.

The treatment of Pence was malevolent and unconscionable, but to no surprise, the Vice President-elect took the entire episode in stride politely listening to Dixon. Having spoken with Pence on several occasions, he is nothing short of a mensch. President-elect Donald Trump was not as generous, tweeting that Pence was “harassed,” and “the cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”

Dixon responded to Trump that “conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @Mike_Pence for stopping to listen.” Pence didn’t stop to listen, he was basically a captive audience at the Richard Rodgers Theatre where people went to see and hear a Broadway performance of singing and dancing, not lecturing.

As for Dixon’s calling his lecturing a conversation and not harassment, he needs to consult his dictionary to learn that a conversation involves two or more parties freely engaging in ideas, not the monologue to which Pence was subjected sans rebuttal.

Naturally, the American Civil Liberties Union weighed in supporting Dixon. “The First Amendment is a cornerstone of America even if it makes our leaders uncomfortable.” Apparently that concept endorsed by the ACLU does not apply to liberals on the receiving end as they have been running for cover in safe spaces and cry rooms on college campuses all across the nation even calling Trump campaign signs offensive and signs of “micro-aggression.”

On campus after campus prior to Trump’s victory, liberals were in celebratory moods openly supporting their candidate, Hillary Clinton, where G-d forbid anyone should utter an opposing word. On my daughter’s campus at Denison University, during debate-watch events, she told me how uncomfortable it was to sit quietly while all the Clinton supporters either cheered their candidate of booed Trump. She felt so threatened she left the event to watch alone, and she is no wallflower. Yet, following what liberals considered inconceivable, a Trump victory, their behavior transformed from ebullient to apoplectic, as they took to berating those supporting the winning candidate.

Campus liberals, calling for no judgments, do exactly that – judge. Once again, on my daughter’s campus the day after Election Day, a student wearing a Make America Great Again hat was cornered by a group of liberals demanding an explanation as to why he voted for Trump and why he supports racism and bigotry giving him virtually no chance to speak. They were passing judgment and putting him on the defensive when he had every right to vote for the candidate of his choice sans reprisals. Hypocrisy.

Campus liberals called Trump campaign signs offensive and threatening, yet following the writing of Hillary Clinton’s political obituary, these same campus leftists paraded around with signs and banners degrading President-elect Trump, comparing him to Hitler and that he’s “not my president.” More hypocrisy.

Liberal hypocrisy running rampant is nothing new – in fact, it has become the norm and rather dependable, and not just on college campuses. Take Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers NFL team who continues to refuse to stand for the National Anthem as some moral stance, as it were, against the government. He didn’t even bother to vote on Election Day. Sheer hypocrisy.

Liberals, quite frankly, anarchists is closer to reality, protesting in places like Portland, OR denigrated what should have been a peaceful march into a chaotic riot resulting in numerous arrests. Turns out the majority of those arrested never even bothered to vote, yet they found time to protest an election result with which they did not participate. Even more hypocrisy.

Thanks to soon to be retired Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), filibusters are limited when pertaining to nominees. This “nuclear option” was established in 2013. Now that the Democrats are in the minority, they not only want to reverse their own ruling, but are making demands regarding Trump’s cabinet appointments. Soon to be Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), even before the first nominee has sat before the Senate, has threatened to fight Trump on appointments his party finds objectionable. Schumer and the rest of his Democrats need to be reminded of Barack Obama’s post-2008 election words. “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” Still, more hypocrisy.
At the end of the day, Senator Schumer, Donald Trump won the election, and to the victor go the spoils. But, as I noted in a previous column, “Congratulations, President-elect Trump – We’re Watching,” with great power comes great responsibility. (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2016/11/congratulations-president-elect-trump.html)
Believe it or not, the way to end the hypocrisy is for the liberals to emulate their party leaders – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Both Obama and Clinton, especially Clinton the day after Election Day, called for unity around the nation and giving Trump the opportunity to lead – to lead the whole country. Clinton gave a fine concession/transition speech and her fawning sycophantic acolytes should heed its message.

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

Friday, November 18, 2016

Congratulations, President-Elect Trump - We're Watching

Congratulations, President-Elect Trump – We’re Watching
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
November 17, 2016

Brimming with a cadre of riches, the Republican Party has won the White House, controls both houses of Congress and more than two-thirds of governors’ mansions. But with great power undeniably comes great responsibility.

The time is now to shift from politicking to governing – to don, as it were, the big-boy pants and make the campaign promises reality – and sooner rather than later. President-Elect Donald Trump has but two years to accomplish what just about any other president would have four years to accomplish.

Trump doesn’t need to complete all projects in two years, but he must start them while he has the majorities he will undoubtedly enjoy before the midterm election of 2018, which will spring up rather than creep up on him and the GOP. Should Trump’s ambitious agenda fall flat, 2018 will be a harsh reality of payback, retribution, and lost opportunities.

And make no mistake, the media, as they have already proven, will hound Trump’s every move. The media will do their level worst to distract Trump, demean his every decision, and fault his every selection and appointment. Trump must rise above the muck and mire of the media’s overt bias and disdain to focus on what is most important – draining the swamp and making America great again, via the plan he has put before the American people.

The press has already criticized Trump for not having cabinet picks ready for Senate confirmation a mere eight days after writing the political obituary of Hillary Clinton. Yet, the past three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Barack Obama did not have cabinet announcements until mid-December at the earliest, some as late as after the first of the year. (Obama named one pick in the third week following his 2008 election.) Trump needs to construct the best team of players to fill his cabinet at his own pace, not the media’s. Once again, it behooves me to remind the media it is their job to report the news, not make the news, something they have failed to remember for decades.

Aside from the cabinet concerns, the media went fully apoplectic when they “lost” Trump who managed to slip away for dinner with his family. Then they doubled down on the criticism when they learned how expensive the Trumps’ meal cost. As long as Trump’s Secret Service detail is with him, it should be inconsequential to the media where Trump dines or the cost of the meal. It’s still his money and how he legally filters it into the local economy is his business.

Trump needs to ignore the press and focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Government needs to be less involved in Americans’ health care. Choices should be numerous and cross state lines – the greater the competition, the greater the service and care. What should be retained from the current ACA are covering pre-existing conditions and allowing children to remain on their parent’s plans until age 26. The rest of the ACA must be flushed.

Trump needs to ignore the press and focus on stimulating the economy via lowering of tax rates – both corporate and personal. More companies will remain in the United States and many who fled the US in search of lower rates overseas will return. At present, the United States has the third highest corporate tax rates in the world. With the lowering of corporate taxes and the repeal of the ACA smaller businesses will hire more people to fulltime positions as confidence in the economy will help return it to its former robust self. A reduction in personal tax rates will put more money in the pockets of the citizenry, who in turn will spend and invest more. We the people can better spend our own money than can government with its failed boondoggles.

Confidence seems to have begun to return just by the recent rise in the stock market since the election of Trump. Typically the election of a president from the party not in the White House creates a sense of uncertainty and a precipitous drop in market averages, but thus far, since November 8, the market has reached a new high.

Trump needs to ignore the press and focus on cancelling the myriad executive orders penned by Obama. Checks and balances exist for a reason – be the administration that follows the Constitution. Also, no czars or earmarks.

Trump needs to ignore the press and focus on building the wall and strengthening the southern border. Border security leads to greater confidence in a safer America. The United States is a nation of laws and that includes borders. It is not racist or bigoted to expect all people within the borders of the United States to obey the laws of the land. People who are here illegally have broken the law and should have no rights while in the country other than the right to return to their country of origin – after being fingerprinted and photographed for a data base to track illegals.

This includes a severe crackdown on sanctuary cities – those locales around the United States whose mayors have brazenly flipped the bird at the federal government by announcing they will not follow federal law. They are already, and will continue harboring illegals in their cities. The federal government must cut off all federal funding to those cities at once. The ranks of sanctuary cities includes, but is not limited to, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark, New Haven, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Providence, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC.

The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution either needs amending itself, or reinterpreting. A person born on American soil should not be rewarded with citizenship if they are born to a mother in this country illegally. Those already in this country illegally should not be entitled to any rights – no food stamps, no welfare, no jobs, no schooling, no medical care. This may sound harsh, but the bottom line is that all of those resources are for American citizens and legal residents. While millions of veterans are suffering from poor or no medical care, substandard housing, unemployment, mental and physical trauma, millions of illegals are stealing from Americans by way of government largesse.

Trump needs to ignore the press and take care of American veterans. Veterans need to be placed at the front of the line for medical care. See the previous paragraph on the restructuring of resources.

Trump needs to ignore the press and begin fixing the inner cities by making school choice more available as well as increasing the ease at which charter schools can be created. (In reality this would best be handled at the various state levels.) He opposes Common Core; that along with teaching to the test, are starting points to lift inner cities out of the sewer and sludge of ignorance and remaining beholden to a government for generations.

Trump needs to ignore the press and focus on becoming more energy independent. Keystone XL Pipeline and others need to be constructed as well as fracking, drilling for shale, drilling offshore, as well as in ANWR. Done properly and safely, the United States can diminish its dependence on foreign nations – many of which have a strong animus toward the US, which is patently unsafe.

Trump needs to ignore the press and focus on appointing originalist jurists to the United States Supreme Court as well as to the lower courts. Trump should start by naming Texas Senator Ted Cruz to the High Court to replace the late, brilliant Antonin Scalia who passed away in February. Cruz should have no problem winning confirmation from the US Senate because, quite frankly, they can’t stand him and they can make him the problem of his future eight colleagues. (Should Cruz fail to earn confirmation he would no doubt make his fellow senator’s lives a living hell remaining in that body.)

While I am calling for the appointment of Cruz to the Supreme Court, I have other picks Trump should consider. Bear in mind, some of these picks are already moot based upon the work the transition team has already conducted. Call it my fantasy cabinet – this is what political dorks do after baseball season is over.

Department of…

State – John Bolton
Treasury – Steve Mnuchin
Defense – KT McFarland
Justice – Rudy Giuliani
Interior – Bobby Jindal
Agriculture – Mike Huckabee
Commerce – Ben Stein – yes, THAT Ben Stein
Labor – Carly Fiorina
Health & Human Services – Dr. Ben Carson (prior to declining any Trump offer)
Housing & Urban Development – Rick Perry
Transportation – Mary T. Barra
Energy – Sen. Joe Manchin or Sarah Palin
Education – Eva Moskowitz or Mitch Daniels
Veterans Affairs – Col. Allen West
Homeland Security – Sherriff David Clarke or Jim Gilmore

Okay, boys and girls, time to roll up the sleeves and get to work! We are watching!


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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Supporting Trump for Our Daughters

Supporting Trump for Our Daughters
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
October 26, 2016

Donald Trump is a cad. He is accused of indefensible behavior toward women. He has used racially insensitive invective. He is bombastic and he is pompous. In other words, Donald Trump is a flawed human being, whose life has been in a fishbowl long before declaring himself a candidate for president of the United States by virtue of being a public figure.

Is Trump alone? Not making excuses for Trump, but popular presidents Warren G. Harding, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton committed sexual antics while in the White House. Racially insensitive if not outright bigoted remarks came from presidents Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, and Richard Nixon. President Lyndon Johnson was bombastic, while both Presidents John Adams and Woodrow Wilson were pompous.

Of the 17 Republicans who sought the GOP nomination, Trump ranked 13th on my list above only former New York Governor George Pataki, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. I initially supported former Texas Governor Rick Perry, then Texas Senator Ted Cruz. (I hoped former Ambassador John Bolton would throw his hat into the ring, and I told him as much when I talked with him in January 2015.)

So why am I supporting Trump for president?

Because Trump is running for president of the United States and not Miss Congeniality, as I have reminded myriad people. Because Trump is a no-nonsense businessman who hires, fires, knows how to meet a payroll, and yes, he has declared bankruptcy, but he has taken calculated risks with his own capital and grown his business. (His most recent project, Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC has been completed under budget and ahead of schedule.) Because as a potential president with business acumen Trump will negotiate better trade deals for the United States than his opponent – trade deals that will improve the American economy and help put Americans back to work.

Because Trump supports the Second Amendment of the Constitution which will keep our mothers, daughters, sisters, and all women safer than dialing 9-1-1 and hoping help arrives before becoming the victim of rape, murder, or any other crime.

Because I want my two daughters, and all your daughters to enjoy the rights afforded by the First and Second Amendments to the United States Constitution. Because Trump has provided a list of potential jurists to the Supreme Court and none of their names are Barack Obama or Bill Clinton; because a Trump defeat will tip the balance of the Supreme Court to the far left for generations to come with the possibility of four appointments from the next president. As it is, the Founders would hardly recognize the country today.

Because Donald Trump is NOT Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton repeatedly said on the campaign trail that if she is accused of playing the woman card, “then deal me in!” Here are some of the “woman cards” in Clinton’s deck.

Hillary Clinton has said “we have too many guns,” and “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment.” This is not a presidential candidate looking out for the women of the United States. Or the men, for that matter.

While Donald Trump is accused of inappropriate behavior toward women – which I will never defend, but ask, where were these women 10, 20, even 30 years ago when they claim they were victimized, Hillary Clinton is no stranger to such peccadillos. Her selective moral outrage is a big fa├žade. For years she looked the other way while her husband Bill Clinton, as Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States had countless affairs, and worse yet, involved herself in cover ups to protect her husband knowing as long as his career remained on path, her trajectory toward the White House would not be derailed. Hillary Clinton is the opportunist’s opportunist – another student at the knee of Saul Alinsky, akin to her former boss, Barack Obama.

Hillary Clinton not only helped cover up her husband’s affairs, and played a role in "Troopergate" (http://www.wnd.com/2001/07/9914/), but has threatened to destroy the women who accused her husband of inappropriate behavior toward them, including, but not limited to rape. Talk to Juanita Broaddrick, Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, and Kathleen Willey to name just a few. This is not a woman-friendly candidate for president of the United States.

But Hillary Clinton’s betrayal of women started long before reaching the governor’s mansion in Little Rock. More than a half year prior to marrying Bill Clinton in 1975, Hillary Rodham defended an accused rapist of a 12-year-old girl. While all defendants are entitled to a legal defense, Rodham won the rapist a reduced sentence by discrediting the victim, all the while knowing the victim was telling the truth and that her client was guilty.

Hillary Clinton is the hypocrite’s hypocrite calling Trump “sexually predatory,” when she was complicit in her husband’s dalliances and crimes. Worse yet, she has been an enabler for years. And just as tragic, are those women supporting Clinton, knowing the family history dating back 40-plus years, giving her a pass while critical of Trump.

This is the same Hillary Clinton who consistently paid and pays her male staffers more than her female staffers, evidenced most notably when Clinton served as a United States Senator representing New York. Does this sound like a candidate looking out for the economic betterment of women? Trump has highly ranked, well paid women at the upper echelon of his company as well as a very accomplished woman, Kellyanne Conway, serving as campaign manager.

This is the same Hillary Clinton who filled the coffers of the Clinton Foundation with millions and millions of dollars from a cadre of countries more than just unfriendly toward the United States. Countries such as, but not limited to Algeria, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have funneled money into the Clinton Foundation for quid pro quo deals garnering them access to Clinton, the State Department, and to what classified information, remains to be seen. These are countries where marital rape is not a crime. These are countries who deny women independence – they are prohibited from driving vehicles, prohibited from walking in public without the accompaniment of a male family member as chaperone, even stoned to death for extramarital affairs, or killed if the victim of rape. These are countries where honor killings still occur – Medieval, to be sure, the same word the Clinton campaign used to describe Catholics. These are countries prohibiting religious freedom for Christians and Jews – if they are even allowed residence there. Is this a champion of women running for president?

And where religious freedom is concerned, that great oasis in the desert, literally the desert, is Israel, affording the world’s major faiths Judaism, Christianity, and Islam freedoms not found in any of the countries from which Clinton accepts money. Fighting for its survival on a daily basis, Israel will have the support of Donald Trump, who has a personal relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Clinton, on the other hand, never a friend to Israel for her years in public service, and prior, having written about her support of a Palestinian state. This from the candidate who is either unable or unwilling to identify the enemy ISIS, as what they are – radical Islamic terrorists, while Trump has announced his goal to destroy ISIS and move the US embassy to its rightful home in Jerusalem.

This is the same Hillary Clinton who said “I spent my life fighting for kids and families,” yet continues to rake in millions of dollars from the aforementioned countries who permit children as young as nine years old to be married off to adult men legally able to consummate their marriages. The same Hillary Clinton purporting to protect children yet continues to support government funding of the abortion-mill Planned Parenthood and partial birth abortion that murders the child just prior to exiting the womb into the world as a living, breathing human being. Is this a woman fighting for children and families?

Hillary Clinton accuses Trump of racially incendiary comments that he has made publically. Clinton has made racially charged remarks against Hispanics, Catholics, Evangelicals, and whites in private, while glad-handing all of the same in public. She even has as a major surrogate Vice President Joe Biden who has been recorded denigrating Indian-Americans. Both Biden and Bill Clinton have made disparaging remarks about Barack Obama. And in general, Clinton, calling for civility, defied her own request by saying half of Trump’s supporters are in a “basket of deplorables.” Hillary Clinton is a hypocrite for her public words contradicting her private words.

Clinton’s lack of transparency is on full display with regard to her Wall Street speeches. Paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech – which I don’t begrudge – if someone is willing to pay her price, collect that money while you can, but it is her opaqueness to which I object. Clinton is unwilling to share the content of her speeches, no doubt because it will upset the Bernie Sanders’ wing of the Democrat Party. And let’s not forget Clinton’s private remarks mocking Sanders and his supporters – calling Sanders a doofus – and now calling on them for support.

Unfortunately, for far too many voters, salaciousness trumps security, and they are not giving the serious thought that should convince them to vote against Hillary Clinton on November 8th. There are myriad issues that should keep Clinton from returning to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on January 20.

Hillary Clinton outright lied, as she has done countless times in her career, about the cause of the attack at Benghazi. Telling the families of the victims, the cause was an internet video, when in reality it was a terrorist attack that she could have prevented, had she responded to the dire pleas for help. Slaughtered on September 11, 2012 were US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, US Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods. This is a quintessential example of Clinton’s unfitness for the presidency.

Additionally, Clinton risked national security with her irresponsible handling and management of both her private e-mail server as well as her State Department e-mails. FBI Director James Comey, while wrong to not recommend indictment of Clinton, said 110 of her carelessly handled e-mails contained classified information. Clinton lied repeatedly about security breaches, the use of multiple servers, and the disposition of more than a dozen electronic devices, many of which fell victim to a hammer’s blow.

Further, Clinton risks national security having called, privately, for open borders, which would destroy the American economy with countless foreign invaders seeking jobs at lower than minimum wage rates. Trump still calls for a wall to be built on the southern border, which still makes sense. If the borders of the United States are not secure, the rest of the country’s safety is in serious jeopardy, making all other issues moot. And yet, Clinton continues supporting sanctuary cities while Trump has called for federal defunding of those locales.

Clinton’s support of sanctuary cities is demonstrative of her willingness to play fast and loose with the law, as if her myriad scandals has not already proven that. Take it to the next level and consider the damage Clinton will do to the Supreme Court and the American way of life. First, the late, brilliant jurist Antonin Scalia will be replaced. Then there is the distinct possibility that three additional justices will retire – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, age 83, Anthony Kennedy, 80, and Stephen Breyer, 78. A Democrat controlled Senate coupled with a Clinton administration will attempt to render both the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution powerless. I shudder to think of the nightmare produced by a Justice Barack Obama or Justice Bill Clinton. 

Clinton continues to double down on her support of the Syrian refugee program, allowing thousands upon thousands of Syrian nationals, who cannot possibly be appropriately vetted, entry into the US to disappear amongst the unsuspecting citizenry. Trump has wisely called for a moratorium of not just Syrian refugees, but much of the immigration derived from countries considered unfriendly to the United States. While many liberals call this heartless, they should remember that the United States is the last best beacon of hope for freedom. Should American security be compromised there will be no safe haven or refuge for Americans to seek out. Once America’s borders can be secured, an improved vetting system employed, and an immigration system that is pro-American, then, and only then, should the US consider lifting a moratorium.

Another area where Clinton doubles down is the so-called Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Obama just announced that premiums are about to rise by about 25 percent next year. Imagine what the real; true figure will be if Obama is willing to admit to 25 percent. Trump has called for the dismantling of Obamacare in favor of a system that provides real options for Americans for insurance that will cross state lines – in other words, competition, the bellwether of American business and economics.

Trump will also grow the economy through public-private infrastructure improvements – again, competition, a business concept, not a government concept, will win the day. Trump also supports the Keystone Pipeline, which can help reduce American reliance upon foreign oil, which Clinton opposes. Such reliance is neither beneficial to the economy nor the security of the country. Not only does Clinton oppose the Keystone Pipeline, but domestic coal as well, as she has often said, “we’re gonna put a lot of coal miners out of business.”

Hillary Clinton said something that should give all her potential voters cause for pause. “If you’re gonna run for president you need to be judged on what you have done, and I think the evidence is clear.”

Considering past scandals heretofore unmentioned, Whitewater, cattle futures, and Travel-gate, as well as a history as a “congenital liar,” according to William Safire, late of the New York Times, yes, Mrs. Clinton, the evidence is clear. The culture of corruption will be the dark cloud enveloping a Clinton administration from before day one. Join me in voting against Hillary Clinton and for Donald Trump on Tuesday, November 8. May G-d continue to Bless these United States.


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

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. (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2016/09/cougars-cage-free-speech-at-uh.html)

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. (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2016/09/kaepernick-sitting-stands-for-disrespect.html)

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. (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2016/08/nfl-throws-flag-on-dallas-decal.html) 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: http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2016/08/nfl-throws-flag-on-dallas-decal.html)

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.