T H E  N A T I O N A L  S P E C T R U M

A M E R I C A ' S  D O T  C O M M E N T A R Y©


January 20, 2017


          As Donald J. Trump is inaugurated, it is worth examining some of his proposed policies one of which is that NATO is obsolete. One of Trump's assertions is that the United States pays far more than it should of NATO's costs and that countries like Germany pay next to nothing. In sum, Trump says that none of the Euros is pulling their agreed financial weight.

          That argument, which is factually correct, is not the reason for NATO's obsolescence. Your pundit poses a different question but, first, let us look at NATO's raison d'etre.

          The principal tenet of NATO is that if any member nation is attacked, the other members will come to its military aid.

and then pose the question:

          If Russia were to invade Estonia, would you agree that the United States should go to war with Russia under the flag of NATO?

To put it another way:

          Would you send your sons and daughters to fight the Russian army in defense of Estonia?

          I know my answers to those questions and those answers lead ineluctably to the conclusion that Trump is right.


          Welcome aboard Mr. President.





January 18, 2017


          John Lewis is a black, Democrat Congressman from Georgia who has been in office since 1987. Lewis is famous for two things: 50 years ago, he was marching in the Selma bridge incident and was hit in the head by a cop's nightstick. He recently announced to the world that he would not attend the Trump inauguration as he deems Trump an illegitimate president. Lewis, of course, has it wrong. Obama is the illegitimate as he was born out of wedlock. Trump is as legit as you can get having whipped his opponents every which way from Sunday. In Lewis's 30 year paid vacation as a Congress critter, he has done nothing else anyone remembers, attributes to him or cares much about.


       Trump, of course, Twittered that Lewis was a do-nothing who represented a failing district and ought to spend his time doing for his constituents rather than this grandstanding ploy. For his temerity in daring to attack Lewis, the Democrat party operatives with by-lines boringly and endlessly told all the Lewis was "a civil-rights icon" which, apparently,is sufficient to preserve one from criticism or to fight back against a political smear.


          John McCain is a white, Republican Senator from Arizona who, like Lewis, has been in office since 1987. McCain is famous for being a Viet Nam war hero for his POW exploits, being a presidential candidate against Obama in 2008, numerous legislative acts and proposals and known throughout the country by most sentient Americans. McCain has also criticized Trump both in the Republican primary, the campaign and in many venues. McCain has little use for Trump and I doubt the President-Elect likes or has any use for McCain. It was McCain, after all, who turned over papers to the FBI alleging the papers' allegations needed to be investigated.


          Trump, of course, Twittered that McCain's conduct was an obvious, political effort to hurt his fledgling presidency. Have you read or heard the major media people complaining about McCain, the nationally acknowledged war hero, being pummeled by President-elect Trump? I doubt it.


           In today's America, race and being a Democrat overshadows everything. Lewis, as a black and a Democrat, is doubly impervious to criticism. McCain, who is white and Republican, is fair game. That's how the media sees the American world. This is a quite good example of their bias as it is obvious to anyone who will simply notice.


January 14, 2017


          Next Friday is Inauguration Day in D.C. and we shall see if law enforcement, the National Guard and our military have found their cojones to sufficiently disrupt those who intentionally plan to turn the peaceful transfer of power into any chaos they can create. These people have bared their plans to the public and media at large, making no bones about their objectives and means to those ends.


         In watching most of these "protests", I am always struck by the lack of force demonstrated by the police and other protectors of the public. Rare is the wielded billy club. Occasional is a water cannon and rare is the cavalry. Worse, to me, is that the handful who are actually arrested usually spend the night in the tank with their fellow rioters and are then sent home without arraignment or prosecution. Such weakness on the part of the courts and politicians begets more riots and criminal conduct along with less respect for the law and law officers.


          What is needed is for the law and order side to tener cojones and get realistic about their work. Split skulls, stiff fines and long sentences will quell these riots. The progs will scream "Fascist!" but that is what progs and professors always do. Hurl insults, rocks, disrupt other people's rights but then whine about their rights being trampled when law and order are imposed on them. They've gotten away with it for decades as the MSM has been on their side. Now, with the MSM marginalized by the Trump, it's possible for the tide to change.


         Methinks DC's version of the National Guard is under the direct supervision of the President. The military surely is. What Trump could do is issue a set of rules of engagement effective immediately following his swearing which rules order the troops to simply use maximum force and arrest to maintain order without exception. Fracture a few skulls and silence will reign.


         Let's see law and order from minutes one. You will soon see these escapades simmer down all over the country as the snowflakes retreat to their safer spaces on that day and in those to come. You simply have to grow a pair.


January 2, 2017



            Having missed two religious appearances, Queen Elizabeth is likely suffering from more than a "heavy cold" and so we ask that God saves her even though her life and that of her husband, Prince Phillip, have been long. They have lived public lives of royal quality, inspirational for their subjects and untainted from the usual sordid scandals of those with wealth and power. These 90ish monarchs have blended duty, honor and country well with dignity, family and tradition.


            God Save the Queen!  Please.


jim sweeney

Jim Sweeney




Blog Archive