When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different. George Santayana
By Doug Magill
In the days following the election one of the fascinating themes coming from the need-to-be-committed Democrats is that Hillary Clinton lost the election because she is a woman. The Democrats’ rant is that there is so much sexism in our society that a woman cannot be elected President.
Some of our crestfallen media have pursued this line of reasoning with vigor, and it crops up randomly from otherwise intelligent women on Facebook and in the loony left Internet media. It’s one of the more stubborn ideas to come out of this election.
The line of reasoning, I suppose, is that like all else in the realms of politics, education, business and media there should be privileged classes and they need to have their turn. We had a black President so now we should have a female one; later on, we will need to have a Hispanic one and maybe then a transgendered one, or at least a homosexual one. Sort of a checklist of the currently fashionable parade of the perpetually aggrieved; by designating success for their representatives, we can eliminate perceived discrimination.
Something like that. But logic doesn’t always seem to be a necessary component of such things.
However, if one were to spend any time with a gathering of conservatives and ask about, say, Margaret Thatcher, there would be instant agreement about her leadership, toughness, vision and success. And, of course, her integral role in winning the Cold War with Ronald Reagan. The same would be true of Golda Meir and her ability to navigate the complex and contentious politics of the Knesset while winning a war. And our conservative Indian friends would have great compliments about Indira Gandhi.
Those of us who study history have great admiration for strong women leaders throughout history – including Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth I, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hatshepsut, Isabella and Catherine the Great.
Today the Republican Party lays claim to some of the most prominent female leaders throughout our country: Kelly Ayotte, Nicki Haley, Joni Ernst, Sarah Palin, Susana Martinez, Marsha Blackburn, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Carly Fiorina, Mia Love and Ohio’s own Mary Taylor. There are a significant number of capable women in the halls of Congress, all of the state houses, and in established and startup businesses.
The problem with conflating Hillary’s defeat with the status of women is not complex: Hillary was a disastrous choice as a Presidential nominee. Narcissistic, corrupt, dishonest and unwilling to act as a leader rather than a scold, she was thoroughly unlikeable and a vapid and boring campaigner. Even now she is pointing fingers in every direction but her own for her failure, and most analysts are breathing a sigh of relief that she is soon to be exiled from the body politic.
A recent Pew Research study showed a large majority of Americans accept the idea of a female Chief Executive. In fact, one recent study showed more men than women are indifferent to the sex of their leader. The same study showed that political party was more important that sex in determining who to vote for. The results of the election show that while the country may be ready for a female leader, it isn’t Hillary.
No conservative organization I know of doesn’t have women involved or in leadership roles, which are never a topic of discussion relative to their sex. We have absolutely no doubt that women can lead local, state and federal organizations all the way up to and including President.
The deep and abiding problem for Democrats is their constant lurch leftward, leaving them with marginal ideological candidates for leadership roles, such as the ever-partisan Nancy Pelosi and the demagogic Elizabeth Warren. It is even worse when one looks to the ranks of Democrats that could normally be expected to be rising and assuming prominence.
Eight years of the always-about-me Barak Obama have left the party in shambles. His legacy is the worst party infrastructure since Reconstruction. When he took office the Democrats had large majorities in both houses of Congress, 29 governorships and control of 27 state houses. Today it holds only 18 governorships, and 12 state legislatures and neither house of Congress. The raw numbers are staggering: Under Obama Democrats have lost over 900 state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats and 13 Senate positions. Adding insult to injury, Republicans took decisive control of the Kentucky State Senate for the first time in 91 years.
It is a Republican America and the media ensconced comfortably in New York and Washington have failed to notice, with a few notable exceptions. CNN’s Amanda Carpenter commented “Who thought Obama’s legacy would be the destruction of the Democratic Party?” She even tweeted about Hillary being the worst candidate in modern history.
The Democrat Party is seemingly intent on a massive flameout as they are considering the radically left-wing Keith Ellison to chair the DNC. One of the few people in the world that could possibly make Debbie Wasserman-Schultz look competent.
President-elect Trump has clarified a movement in the Republican Party that most prominent members didn’t acknowledge. He has also caused an enormous fissure in the Democrat Party that may take years to resolve. If they continue to fully embrace radical progressivism, they may in fact cease to be credible.
Women in leadership are an integral part of the Republican Party, and it is highly probable that soon we will see a female President. A Republican one.
By the way, did someone mention recently that Ivanka Trump will be taking a prominent role in her father’s administration?
Doug Magill is the Communications Director for the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, a consultant, city councilman, freelance writer and voice-over talent. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. Jane Austen
By Doug Magill
One of the things that seems saddest to me is those who profess disdain for the available candidates for President and proclaim that they are sitting out this election or voting for a third-party offering. This is often proclaimed in a tone of intended seriousness or anguished thoughtfulness.
While dissatisfaction with the options is perfectly understandable, and most of us probably voted for a different candidate in the primary, this is what we are offered. It is the way our electoral system works, and has always. One can almost hear the anguished moans of citizens throughout history as they complain about having to vote for Adams, or Jackson, or Herbert Hoover. Let alone the modern parade of politicians.
Today’s cry is heard loudly throughout the land: Why can’t we do better than this?
I suppose it is built into the American psyche that there is a desire for a more-perfect candidate, and disdain may be the default for the humanity of who we have to vote for. Sometimes the system does produce a candidate worthy of the office, and we are better off for it.
When all is said and done it is voter vanity at work: I could do better than that guy, I don’t want people to think I would vote for him, I’m too smart to be associated with him, our system is terrible and I don’t want to be associated with it.
It is especially telling when I hear from those who love to profess their own wisdom how stupid Trump voters are. See, I’m smarter than they are. Proving, of course the effectiveness and wisdom of the Democrats’ campaign of attacking Trump and avoiding issues, let alone the qualifications of their candidate. Along with a compliant media which is uninterested in reporting facts, let alone trying to provide clarity on issues.
When the day is done, there really are only two issues, vanity aside. In reading the party platforms one is astonished at the contrast in vision, and the reality of the assault on life, freedom, liberty, and self-determination that the Democrats profess. The platforms represent the core of each party, and the vote in this election really is about what that core will lead us to.
The second issue is the candidates themselves. Trump fires verbal volleys that one has to wince at. But those pale to insignificance when compared to the deep and powerful politicization and corruption in our government, and in the Democrat candidate who wishes to politicize and corrupt it further.
A friend who is generally apolitical remarked that she hopes Trump will win just to blow up the government and bring in people dedicated to serving the county. His outsider status would lend itself to that indeed. As opposed to someone who understands how to use cronyism, bribery and graft to enhance power.
For those who would rather spend time stroking their egos and wallowing in vanity I don’t suppose there is much to be said. Avoiding choices is to make a bad one. For the rest of us, we need to work on and vote for someone who at least understands the need for change, and is comfortable in causing it.
Doug Magill is the Communications Director for the Cuyahoga County Republican Party, a consultant, freelance writer and voice-over talent. he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it. Abraham Lincoln
By Doug Magill
I recently watched the movie Lincoln, and was impressed at its historical accuracy, as well as the incredible talent of the actors involved, particularly of Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln. I was also struck by the gritty portrayals of the members of the House of Representatives: venal, vain, sometimes obtuse but very human. Certainly not unlike today. And, I suspect the movie got the backroom dealing and compromising right. Democracy isn’t pretty, and passing legislation is a complex process done by fallible people.
I thought of this in light of the recent media explosion over a tape of Donald Trump expressing some rather vulgar and demeaning thoughts about women. I don’t recall as much crocodile-tear outrage over a man’s words since the early days of the “feminist revolution” and the lame attempts and angst by the nerdy guys trying to get laid with their militant girlfriends. Usually it was about something the athletes or fraternity guys did or said.
That said, Trump certainly didn’t add anything dignified to the presidential contest, did he? One has to suspect that as marriage historically has been the method for gentling and dealing with the baser instincts of men, that his wife and daughters will clarify for him what is acceptable to say in public about women.
Knowing the media, it is not surprising that they will try to make as much out of this as they can. Long ago having lost credibility and any pretense to integrity, it is their secret-society sworn duty to bring Trump down. Our narcissistic millennials are easily influenced by this goal, thinking that this is something new and are eager to impress their self-absorbed peer group of their compassion and concern. Most people who dislike Trump will be reinforced, but those who support him will be unfazed. Alas, for those who truly wish to get perspective, the road ahead is difficult.
Ah history, thy appeal is difficult to discern.
We have certainly had large egos in the Presidency, and the quality of presidential language has not always been Catholic-school approved – along with their less-than-saintly actions. Kennedy turned the White House into the Play House for his frequent frolics, as did one William Jefferson Clinton. President Johnson was more than well known for his earthy expressions as is Senator McCain. Who can forget the disgusting and x-rated antics of Senator Edward Kennedy and Chris Dodd – the least desired guests in a jaded Washington?
One of the most foul-mouthed offenders, according to those who know her well, is Hillary Clinton.
One has to remind our younger and uninformed progeny about the impeachment of then-President Clinton. Eleven counts, including lying to a grand jury. Disbarment and fines. All because of romping with an intern – an intern! – in the White House. Yet at that time the media described it all as just sex, personal and not relevant. The special prosecutor was viciously attacked as being a pervert for even investigating. How far we have come.
Still, the question to be asked is, which will harm America more, Trump’s stream-of-consciousness invective in the past, or the actions of a ruthless and avaricious Hillary Clinton whose stated objectives are to overturn the Bill of Rights and cause enormous damage to the American experiment?
One has to be shocked, saddened and dismayed at the would-be president’s capacity for mendacity, even under trivial circumstances. The most chilling is where her actions have directly lead to personal destruction and even to the deaths of others. The mother of Sean Smith plaintively asks what happened to her son, while Democrats cavalierly walk out of the Congressional hearing where she was testifying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cYHs8tVb-U
Hillary abandoned him to die at Benghazi and lied about it to his mother’s face, and later tried to call her a liar. Patricia Smith is still waiting for an answer.
This is Hillary’s character, and her history. At 27 years old and as a staff attorney for the House Judiciary Committee she was fired by lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman. When queried as to why, he stated “Because she was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the Committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
Throughout her career there are innumerable examples of her dishonesty. From Whitewater to her role in enabling her husband’s transgressions to Travelgate and the destruction of Billy Dale and his staff (see Peggy Noonan’s reminder of Hillary’s responsibility, lying, and evasion: http://www.wsj.com/articles/travel-back-to-an-early-clinton-scandal-1473982077) to Benghazi to her server to her compromising national security with her emails and the corruption of the Clinton Foundation the constant is her complete and absolute willful perversion of the truth for her own benefit.
Recently, Secret Service Officer Gerry Byrne called her a “complete pathological liar”: http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2016/10/11/secret-service-officer-gary-j-byrne-hillary-clinton-i-know-complete-pathological-liar/
Beyond that there is the enormous disconnect between her words, her actions and her desires should she obtain office. Her empire games in Libya have resulted in countless deaths, her complicity in the withdrawal from Iraq has resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands and her disdain for Africa has resulted in multiple atrocities. To say nothing of what the rise of radical Islam has meant to women.
Her lack of support for DC vouchers, her unholy ties to teachers’ unions and the resulting condemnation of poor minorities to third-world schools, her alliance with anti-police forces leading to rising crime rates in already desperate inner-city communities all lead to a destructive and anti-human set of policy prescriptions that would be disastrous for our country. Her desire to treat abortion as an unalloyed social good will lead to the death of millions of more babies, and ultimately to further erosion in human dignity as we creep ever-closer to euthanasia and the forced termination of services under government-controlled health care.
It is understandable that there is hesitation to support Trump because of his free-form verbal onslaughts. Yet, to an America sick of mendacity and corruption one is reminded of Abraham Lincoln, in responding to criticisms of General U.S. Grant and his occasional forays into excess alcohol, “I can’t spare this man – he fights.”
People back Trump because he fights.
Doug Magill is the Communications Director for the Cuyahoga County Republican Party. He is also a councilman for the city of Solon, a communications consultant, voice-over talent and freelance writer.
Happiness gets so tangled in life’s blind alleys and grand abstractions that you miss the long brown ears. With The Duchess, though, the long brown ears were the first thing you noticed.
“What a pretty dog!” declared Carol as soon as she laid eyes on the Beagle who would change our lives. “I could swear she just smiled at me. Isn’t she a dear? That brown coat is so soft. And look at those ears!”
“Soft for good reason, too,” said Jerry, Carol’s son. “Ambray and I bathed her more than once after we lured her out of the woods. We figured someone had let her escape a kill-shelter; but when she made it to the woods nearby, she quickly found herself very cold and very hungry. She was on her own—lost, scared, and searching for something to eat. Getting dirty in the woods just happened.”
“What are you calling her?” asked Carol, who lays claim to the most-tender heart this side of Heaven.
“She likes the name Holly, it seems,” said Ambray, Jerry’s wife. “She almost seems to smile when she hears the name, almost as if that were her given name from the start.”
“This pup,” I said, “looks almost regal—those long brown ears and those bright brown eyes. She could be the candidate for any magazine cover—Here Comes The Duchess of Hollingsworth!” At that moment, Holly looked at me and seemed to smile, a long grin carefully shaped as an upside-down triangle, with her eager tongue creating a sort of bright pink exclamation point.
The stately title of Hollingsworth was a given; that’s Carol’s maiden name.
“She likes you, Joe,” Ambray said. “I don’t see her go to many men since we found her. But she definitely likes you!”
To confirm Ambray’s comment, the little Beagle rubbed herself affectionately against my pants. “Hello, little Holly,” I said, even as I reached down to pat her head and touch her ears, which were as soft as a woman’s fanciest purse. Holly responded by nuzzling into my pant leg all the more affectionately.
“I think you’ve got a friend for life,” said Jerry, who was ready to fire-up the barbeque grill for dinner. Carol and Ambray agreed.
“She’s probably expecting something better than hamburger,” I said. “I told you she had all the marks of a duchess.”
“An always-hungry duchess, to be sure!” Jerry said.
As our dinner of hamburger and salad commenced, little Holly sat next to me, right below the table. In no time she was giving me a playful nudge, a reminder that she was my new friend and that she liked hamburger as much as any two-legged creature. Every time I looked at her, Holly would smile that triangle smile and flash that empty tongue. Before long, pieces of my hamburger were finding their way under the table.
The humans ate and talked and laughed; once in a while, Holly would remind me that she was still under the table and still hungry. Since Carol and I were weekend guests, the four of us at the table were in no hurry to let the day end.
As it turned out, neither was The Duchess.
After dinner we cleaned up the dishes and then Carol and I started to all get ready for bed. Jerry and Ambray had the guest room ready for us. That’s when the surprise of the evening occurred. As soon as I hopped on the bed, a brown streak moved across the room and jumped up next to me.
“Well, Holly,” said Carol, laughing, “I don’t think there’s any more hamburger.”
“That’s right, my girl,” I said to Holly.
All of a sudden Jerry and Ambray popped their head into the bedroom. In unison our hosts proclaimed: “She wants a lot more than a hamburger.”
As Carol and I found out when The Duchess added a touch of royalty to the evening by sleeping between—yet very close to—Carol and me the rest of the night. And that’s where she stayed the rest of her life.
The Duchess of Hollingsworth died November 10, 2015, having enjoyed many hamburgers lovingly prepared by Carol. CBR contributor J.F. McKenna, a longtime West Park resident, is a business journalist, former magazine editor, and marketing-communications consultant. He is a former staff editor of such magazines as Industry Week and Northern Ohio Live. McKenna and his wife now live in neighboring Steeler Country with their remaining dog, Lord Max. whose pointed ears are greatly loved as well. Reach him at email@example.com .
By J.F. McKenna
Every American knows that July Fourth marks the nation’s birthday. Yet every citizen, even 240 years after the event, remains vague about the details of the birth announcement.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Drafted by the eloquent Thomas Jefferson the month before its appearance in July 1776 is a birth announcement that traces it inspiration to other, older thinkers but is, and remains, America’s initial commitment to personal freedom. To quote the singular historian-journalist Richard Brookhiser in his 2006 book What Would the Founders Do? the Declaration of Independence, followed by the Constitution and The Federalist Papers, is the first among the nation’s “user manuals.”
“Our founders are close by,” writes Brookhiser, “and they cast long shadows.” In fact, to read the Declaration today is to remind ourselves that the founders’ shadow is one of and for liberty against tyrants who are often not merely petty but petulant toward fellow human beings. Consider just a handful of the indictments against the King of Great Britain in 1776 (and consider if the same charges do not address some leaders in 2016).
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
Before 56 names found their way to the bottom of this document, the Declaration offers this charged summary: In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Before the first hot dog gets mustarded out and before the first cry of “Play Ball!” is heard next week, maybe a bit of recharging of our Americanism is in order. The same year my birth announcement was issued, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis declared the value of doing so.
“There is in most Americans some spark of idealism, which can be fanned into a flame,” Justice Brandeis wrote. “It takes some time a divining rod to find what it is; but when found, and that means often, when disclosed to the owners, the results are often extraordinary.”
CBR contributor J.F. McKenna, a longtime West Park resident, is a business journalist, former magazine editor, and marketing-communications consultant. McKenna and his wife, Carol, now live in Steeler Country with their dog, Lord Max. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org