2017 was the most memorable political year in the baby-boomer lifetime of Nikitas3.com (I was born in 1953). Every day of 2017 I woke up energized.
But, hey, with the election of a true conservative reformer – and a rabble-rouser to boot – like Donald Trump, what else could we expect.
From Trump’s withdrawal from the phony Paris ‘climate’ accord to the collapse of the fake Russia collusion story to the roaring economy it has been the best year imaginable in American politics.
Best of all he has enraged the Democrats into a frenzy. This has been delicious to watch.
Who could forget president Trump taking the oath of office as rioters took to the streets in Washington, DC in a vain attempt to make some type of statement. Those rioters are now facing their day in court.
Who could forget the silly “women’s march” the day after the inauguration, another major embarrassment when Madonna, Ashley Judd and others made fools of themselves.
How about the travel ban that caused a firestorm on the left but eventually was upheld by the Supreme Court, i.e., yet another Trump victory.
Or the elevation of a real conservative Neil Gorsuch to that court. This came after Republicans finally got a spine and blocked the nomination of a liberal to that same seat in the last year of Obama.
Wow. It gets better. Trump is shifting the entire federal judiciary to the conservative right with more appointees than any president in recent history. And if one of two elderly liberal justices on the Supreme Court dies or retires when Trump is in office, it will be game over for the liberal agenda for decades to come.
Here are some of president Trump’s other big political wins in 2017, and these are significant accomplishments:
*First and foremost he is “putting America first”. This is long overdue after Obama’s policy to seemingly “put America last” at every opportunity.
*He repealed the net neutrality rule imposed by Obama that was giving the federal government control over the internet;
*Trump’s coming tax bill will lower rates for individuals and businesses, stimulate the economy, and repeal the Obamacare individual mandate fee;
*A provision in the tax bill will finally open up the massive ANWR oil reserve in northern Alaska. Once ANWR is open other northern Alaska areas will open too and we will have lower energy prices for decades to come;
*Trump shrank federal land holdings in Utah after decades of expansion in the West;
*The economy grew at 3%in the third and fourth quarters. Critics said that this was impossible. We should get 4% in 2018.
*Trump has eliminated reams of regulations. This alone is a major story that has greatly energized the economy;
*He has brought the civil wars in Syria and Iraq to an end after easily obliterating the ISIS terror group, which Obama could have done but did not do since Obama wanted militant muslims to take over the Middle East;
*He is referring to terrorists as muslim jihadists and islamic militants, not as “violent extremists”, which was one of the terms that Obama used to avoid mentioning islam.
*President Trump has approved pipelines for the safe transport of a new generation of oil supplies;
*Trump had successful foreign trips to Europe and particularly to Asia where he showed outstanding leadership qualities and signed trade agreements that are favorable to the US;
*He has had prototypes built for the Mexican border wall and soon will begin construction (liberals said that his plan for the wall would never come to fruition);
*He has struck back personally at his rabid critics, causing great harm to their reputations. He has personally helped to undermine the TV ratings of CNN and professional football which both have become vocal against Trump and against America;
*He has enraged the Democrats every single day and turned them into psychotic, babbling screwballs;
*Best of all he has turned back the War on Trump which is now backfiring on the Trump haters and taking them down every single day.
And this is just what has happened in the first year of Trump. Wait for the next seven!
Friends, this is truly a transformational presidency since Trump has done what Nikitas3.com told Republicans to do for decades – be bold, fight for the conservative agenda, expose the Democrats for their failures and empty rhetoric, and don’t take any nonsense from anyone.
But only Trump has been strong enough and confident enough to do so. He is an amazing president
Great. Who could have imagined this before Trump was elected?
He has stood up for our police and military after the Democrats have maligned both for decades.
Great again. And this all came in a year when president Trump came under the most withering media assault in the history of America, including mountains of lies, like the fake Russian dossier about prostitutes in Moscow. Even his children and grandchildren have been impugned.
But Trump is no wallflower. He never buckled or backtracked. He and his elegant wife Melania have shown class and grace in the face of relentless attacks like we have never seen before.
What will 2018 bring?
More of the same, we hope. More transformation back to where America should be. And so in 2018:
We hope that president Trump will enforce and reform our immigration laws to keep bad people out of our nation.
We hope that he will start to dismantle the Welfare State, which has caused a massive expansion in the number of poor people in America by subsidizing poverty and dependency. We hope that he replaces the Welfare State with jobs.
We hope that he will finally end North Korea’s military threats against the world, with military action if necessary.
We hope that he will continue to strengthen our military and continue to use it as the “arsenal of democracy”, as it first was called by president Roosevelt during World War II.
We hope that he will expel tens of thousands of criminal illegal immigrants from America;
We hope that he will continue to be optimistic about the economy and about America’s goodness;
We hope that he will continue to develop our reliable carbon fuels like coal, oil and natural gas;
We hope that he will approve the construction of dozens of new nuclear reactors for the good of the future power supply of America;
We hope that he will sign budgets that defund wasteful government subsidies of Amtrak, National Public Radio, ethanol fuel, electric cars, windmills, solar panels, free cell phones, and on and on.
We hope that he will treat marijuana growing and distribution as a federal crime, shutting down all marijuana operations in America.
Now here is a second commentary:
Amtrak Derailment Follows Familiar Pattern
The derailment on Monday, December 18 of an Amtrak train in Washington state at a freeway overpass, with 3 fatalities so far, shows once again that Amtrak is a failed service that should be cut off from taxpayer subsidies.
The train was reported to have been traveling too fast for the track. There is no explanation for this since the route had been tested extensively. Perhaps the train was sabotaged (see below).
This train was running an Amtrak service southbound from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon. This route includes 14 miles of brand-new high-tech track on which the train was running at the time of the derailment, with $181 million spent on that track and other improvements like a nearby station in Tacoma.
Despite the fact that this train was running on a major intercity corridor on an early-morning schedule, and was the highly-publicized inaugural train and so had extra passengers like rail enthusiasts and the media, the train only had a 28% passenger load, or 83 passengers. This is a very low passenger load ratio. American airlines are often full. That is why airlines make money.
This is why Amtrak needs $1.5 billion in annual subsidies since it continues to run trains with few passengers paying for the operation of trains while claiming that Amtrak is a vital part of intercity transportation.
It is not. Nationwide the subsidized Amtrak system carries an average of only 84,000 passengers per day. Our private sector airlines, which get no subsidy, carry 2 million passengers per day and have an astronomically better record of service than Amtrak.
After this accident the usual calls are going out to install a very expensive and technologically unproven system called Positive Train Control (PTC) on all main-line tracks in the US including freight lines and Amtrak lines.
PTC uses satellites to track the location of a train and to automatically slow the train when it enters a slower speed zone.
PTC is very expensive. America’s freight railroads are being forced to spend as much as $20 billion on a nationwide PTC system that may never even work.
PTC has been mandated by Congress since 2008. So why hasn’t government-owned Amtrak installed PTC on this new Washington state track or on the heavily-traveled 237 miles of track between New York City and Washington, DC?
The answer is clear: Amtrak is wasting tens of billions of dollars on its inefficient operations. For instance Amtrak loses $80 million annually on a little-used cross-country route between Chicago and Seattle.
The private freight-railroad industry is devoting huge amounts of labor, time and money to PTC that might better be spent elsewhere. The big Eastern railroad CSX already has spent more than $2 billion while the Western giant Union Pacific has spent more than $3 billion.
Nikitas3.com believes, however, that PTC will end up harming overall railroad safety by draining valuable capital away from routine safety measures like the maintenance of locomotives, freight cars and signal systems, track maintenance and inspection, worker training, worker screening and other everyday safety measures that are much more cost-effective per dollar invested than PTC.
For decades critics have been telling Amtrak to pare its costs and become more efficient. It has not done so.
Now the internet is ablaze with commenters saying that we need not only PTC but hundreds of billions to be spent on infrastructure in order to prevent derailments like the one in Washington state. Even president Trump did so. But this track is brand new. This crash was not a matter of infrastructure.
So we need to know: Was the engineer smoking marijuana, which is now legal in Washington state? Was he using other types of drugs or alcohol? Was he qualified to operate the train or was he an unqualified affirmative-action hire or “diversity” hire? Or was the train sabotaged?
In May 2015 an Amtrak train derailed outside of Philadelphia. Eight passengers were killed and more than 100 injured. The train was going 106 MPH in a 50 MPH zone.
That accident has been blamed by the National Transportation Safety Board on the engineer becoming distracted by a radio conversation about another train whose windshield had been hit by a foreign object.
This does not make sense. Engineers have many distractions. This should not have caused the engineer to lose “situational awareness” as the NTSB claims.
Now here are some final disturbing thoughts about this Amtrak derailment:
Antifa Domestic Terror Group May have Derailed Amtrak Train
The Gateway Pundit reported:
On Monday morning (December 18), an Amtrak train derailed while crossing an overpass in Dupont, Washington. Law enforcement say at least six people are dead and 78 others were injured. Independent journalist Mike Cernovich tweeted an archived link to a now deleted article from “prominent,” far-left website It’s Going Down, on an ANTIFA group bragging about pouring concrete on train tracks in Olympia, WA.
The Gateway Pundit then reported:
Olympia is a 20 minute drive from Dupont.
In late November, ANTIFA sabotaged a train in Olympia.
Police raided an ANTIFA encampment in Olympia following a train being sabotaged by anti-fracking activists — but the anarchists claiming credit for the act have vowed to continue until “every officer is down.”
Earlier this year, a prominent #Antifa website published an article tacking credit for the sabotage of train tracks in Olympia, WA. In this article they claimed to have poured concrete on the tracks. It has since been deleted,” tweeted Far-Left Watch.
The deleted article reported:
Early in the morning of April 20th we poured concrete on the train tracks that lead out of the Port of Olympia to block any trains from using the tracks. … This action was done to disrupt the movement of trains carrying proppants used in natural gas fracturing. These train tracks are part of a system of pipelines, fracking wells, mines, clearcuts, control centers, fiberoptics, dams, highways and factories that cover the planet and are physical manifestations of a process that is destroying the ecosystems, cultures, and inhabitants everywhere. Behind this network of infrastructure there are politicians, CEOs and bureaucrats who have private security, cops, prison guards, non-profit directors, PR consultants and the legacy of 500 years of colonization to back them up. We oppose all of these manifestations, infrastructural, personal and ideological. We blocked the train tracks because we want to blockade the entire web of domination that is slowly killing us.
While law enforcement is still investigating the cause behind the Amtrak derailment, the antifa sabotaging of the tracks and then deleting the post raises question about their potential involvement in the Amtrak crash.
So let’s start to treat antifa like the domestic terror group that it is.
Meanwhile the website of an antifa-type group called Puget Sound Anarchists had this post:
A few days ago, inspired by the Olympia train Blockade, we used copper wire to signal a blockage and disrupt rail traffic near Medford Oregon. Railways are easily accessible and everywhere. Sabotage is fun and easy.
-some more anarchists”
It’s time to start a federal investigation into these antifa and anti-Trump terrorist groups.
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