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12573733_828304790628555_5483197664783316735_nCOMMON SENSE: French is the language of diplomacy and has been for half a millennium. It’s why there are so many French words and phrases that have come into the English language concerning foreign policy—words like rapprochement, fait accompli, and de facto/de jure. The cardinal rule of diplomacy is understatement. In diplomacy, to say an act by another nation is “unfriendly” is close to declaring war.
 
The Progressives, especially in the media, have been very critical of President Trump for using the term, “Fire and Fury,” when speaking out about our current crisis with Kim Jung-un of North Korea. Specifically, they are enraged because Trump’s words were well outside of normal, appropriate diplomatic language.
 
I disagree with the media’s assessment. The language of diplomacy will work with nearly all nation-states, but it is actually counterproductive with a rogue nation like North Korea.
 
Before SWorld War II, Winston Churchill was criticized by appeasers to Hitler for being bombastic and crude, but Churchill was right and Neville Chamberlain was wrong. In our current crisis, all that Kim Jung-un understands is brute force, and that is what Trump has given him. Neither Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, nor Barack Obama were willing to be confrontational. Consequently, the North Koreans have considered the USA to be weak—a paper tiger.
 
Trump, standing up for the American people, is calling their bluff. Kim Jong-un has two choices. Either he can attack and be destroyed, or he can backdown and lose face. Either way, his days are numbered. To be sure, this is brinkmanship diplomacy, but I do not believe it will lead to thermonuclear war. That’s the way I see it.
 

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COMMON SENSE: When discussing our conflict with Russia, people tend to think in Cold War terms. They also view Russia as if it is currently as powerful as the Soviet Union once was, but this isn’t true, other than in nuclear weapons.

 
At the time the Soviet Union disbanded, its population was 287 million people, compared to the U.S. population of 248 million. Although we had 40 million less people, we were essentially comparable. Now, Russia has 147 million people, while the USA has grown to 327 million. We are more than twice the size of Russia.
 
Economically, Russia’s Gross national Product, which is everything they make, is $1.5 trillion annually. The GDP of the USA is $19.4 trillion. This means our economy is thirteen times larger than that of Russia’s. Their GDP is slightly larger than Indonesia’s, which speaks volumes about Russia’s power.
 
Putin may talk about the glory days of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, but that’s all it is, talk. Russia will never be the geopolitical adversary it once was, and by unleashing our energy sector, Trump has ensured that Eastern Europe, and even some Western democracies, will never again be dependent on Russia’s natural gas for survival.
 
Russia is boxed in. They may not like it, but there is no way for them to extricate themselves from their situation in the foreseeable future. So, when our media says that Putin will “play” Trump, they have no idea what they are talking about. Trump, the consummate businessman, understand these dynamics, which our media obviously doesn’t. Remember this, and take courage.
 
 
Jack Watts
 

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COMMON SENSE: Michelle Obama famously said, “When they go low, we go high.” In practice, the Progressives do the exact opposite, of course, but her sentiment is accurate. We simply must maintain a standard of propriety that is laudable. If we do, we will be the winners.

 
On the other side, where there is virtually no moral compass, the level of animosity toward the President is the worst I have ever seen. Many people despised Nixon, and the level of animosity toward Clinton, after his Lewinsky affair, was intense, but nothing compared to the hatred toward Trump.
 
Hollywood celebrities are calling for his assassination, and they are doing so with impunity. This is not healthy for our nation, nor is it acceptable. At the same time, their shenanigans are counterproductive. As Machiavelli once said in “The Prince,” if you are going to “kill the King,” you only get one chance. If you miss, the king will get stronger.
 
This is what we are witnessing now. President Trump is getting stronger, and the character assassination of the Left is becoming increasingly ineffective. Because Trump is keeping his promises, unlike every other President since Reagan, Trump’s base is rock solid. His adversaries, by way of contrast, who spew their venom like hissing demons, have no message, no success, and no future.
 
Link to my book, “Creating Trump Nation,” for signed copy
 
Jack Watts

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la-na-trump-news-conference-scene-20170111COMMON SENSE: At his impromptu press conference, President Trump did more than answer dozens of questions from the press. He changed the way a Republican President dances with the media. Heretofore, with the notable exception of Ronald Reagan, for the past half-century, the media has led and the Republican Presidents have followed. Democratic Presidents, on the other hand, have led the dance, while the press has dutifully followed.
 
Rejecting this model, Donald Trump has taken charge. He is leading the dance, while insisting the press follow him. Since they are used to leading Republican Presidents and believe it is their right to do so, it’s no wonder they are having their ties stepped on, as they thy to reassert their right to lead. Trump will not have any of it. Instead, he has doubled down on leading, refusing to be a PWR President—Pussy Whipped Republican President.
 
Unlike Nixon, Ford, or the two Bushes, President Trump will not be submissive. As the American people watch how awkward this dance has become, we have developed two conflicting opinions about it. Half of us insist it is the President’s role to lead, and we are tired of watching weak-willed men be submissive to the domineering media. The other half of Americans feel exactly the opposite way. They want things to remain the way they have always been in their lifetime, which is to have the PWR model.
 
Consequently, for the foreseeable future, the dance between President Trump and the media will continue to be awkward, disjointed, and contentious. Will it ever change you might ask. The answer is who knows? Perhaps it will a little, but I doubt that it will very much.
 
Jack Watts

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12434698_10208354548806112_17676164_nCOMMON SENSE: I remember the day after the 1980 Presidential Debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. When I went into the Political Science Department at Emory, where I was working on a Ph.D., all of the professors were ecstatic because they thought Jimmy Carter had “cleaned that cowboy’s clock.”
 
Being the only person in the department for Reagan, I was crushed, but their glee turned out to be short lived. Within a few days, it was clear that Reagan had won. Although Carter’s responses were more technically precise, he came across as un-warm and devoid of emotions. Reagan, by way of contrast, was genuine, warm, kind, and personable. Carter never recovered. The cowboy won, and we had the Reagan Revolution.
 
Last night, Hillary was technically on target, but she was also mean-spirited, smug, and unlikeable. Trump, by way of contrast, seemed like somebody you would like to have over for lunch.
 
Perhaps this is why all of the polls said he won the debate and Hillary didn’t.
 
Jack Watts
 

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COMMON SENSE: I’ve been challenged to say something positive about Donald Trump, rather than just continue to point out how corrupt Hillary Clinton is, which she is. So, here goes:
 
1. Although Trump is not a traditional Christian, his love of country is very attractive. He genuinely wants to make America great again and has been willing to take millions of dollars worth of vicious ads aimed at him—both from the Right and the Left. He’s doing this for us, and I admire him for it.
 
2. As compared to Barack Obama, President Squat-to-Pee, Trump is a very strong man—one our allies will respect and our foes will fear. Unlike Obama, Trump will do what he says he will do, rather than behave like Phineas T. Bluster.
 
3. Trump is committed to work for free. With Hillary selling favors to foreign nations—all to benefit her personal wealth—Trump will do the exact opposite. Running for President has cost him plenty. We can count on him to do the right thing for the right reason at the right time.
 
4. Trump will create real wealth for America and make our military stronger—both of which we desperately need after being raped by Team Obama.
 
—Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: At this time in 1980, I was finishing my course work for my Ph.D. in Political Science at Emory University. Ronald Reagan was close to becoming the Republican nominee. All of my professors at Emory were thrilled by this, because the polls showed that Jimmy Carter, Georgia’s own, would destroy Reagan in the general election.
 
At the time, I believed my professors were right, but I didn’t allow that to stop me. I loved my nation more—still do. Consequently, I decided to tell everybody I met, while selling fashion shoes part-time at I. Miller, about why Reagan would be a better President than Carter. My professors continued to mock the people’s choice, and the Republican establishment lamented the insanity of its own supporters—just like now.
 
The rest is history, and it’s about to repeat itself. Our choice will be Trump or Hillary—Crooked Hillary. So, stop your whining, negative defeatism and make a commitment to get to work. We need to save this great nation of ours. It can be done, but it will take a monumental effort to do so.
 

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