For the First Time I Am Proud of my Country!

For the First Time I Am Proud of my Country!

No, this is not a reiteration of Michelle Obama’s infamous words. These are the words of a Democrat who previously did not think highly of President Trump. She also related to me that she logged into her email which shows MSNBC’s homepage and the headline read “Trump threatens to destroy North Korea and Rocket Man.” The problem was she had just watched the speech and realized the headline was out of context.

This was a great victory for me and her. I’ve been talking with her about the way the news distorts things. It is often done for money. The more sensational a headline or story is the more eyeballs you get on the web page or TV network. This bottom lines at their ability to charge more to advertisers. The other reason is ideology. If it isn’t clear by now that the majority of so-called news networks are actually an arm of the Democratic Party it never will be. Maybe I should modify that to say the arm of the failed political establishment. It really does not matter if it is motivated by either political party. The problem is the so-called “educated class” still doesn’t get it.

For all of President Trump’s inexperience in politics, if you cut through the hyperbole, there is real substance. The kind of real substance America has never seen before. The typical politician has learned things I learned in counter-interrogation. That being to obfuscate your answer and speak in generalities. In every political campaign, the opponent is just waiting for their adversary to slip up verbally. President Trump doesn’t really give a rats ass about that. It gives him the opportunity to point out what he has termed as “fake news.”

I had advised this Democrat to listen to a speech by President Trump and then immediately pause the news channel carrying the speech. Don’t listen to the talking heads until you have formed your own opinions about what was just said. When we do this we often realize what was just said was not meant the way talking heads try to get us to see it.

I am reminded of an old poster that was very popular in my youth that read:

“ I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”

Are we really so ill-educated that we need to have what was just plainly said spoon fed back to us by commentators? I admit that I do like hearing the views of people who agree and differ with me. I even think there is a place for commentary on the news. What I do not think is good for America is the speed with which those commentaries are broadcast, the twisting and taking out of context words by the commentators and the lack of challenge to one-sided views.

There is so much pressure to be the first to say something it does not give the average person time to digest what was just said. There are all kinds of people on TV News that should not be there. Think about the radical one-sided commentator’s many TV News stations bring on. It is one thing to bring them on a program to show how silly they are. It is quite another thing to give them a serious platform and not challenge them.

Working with the Other Side

Working with the Other Side

The talk this week is all about President Trump reaching out to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. I’m sure there are varying views of this in the veteran community. I want you all to feel free to comment on my opinion. The keyword here is opinion. We are all entitled to our own and I do not want anyone to construe that I speak for the entire Vets for Trump community.

Here is how I see it. President Trump had a set of campaign policy subjects. These are in no particular order of importance.

  1. National Security
  2. Health Care
  3. Tax Reform
  4. Veterans issues
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Immigration
  7. Trade

I do not know about you but a long time ago I realized what any candidate says and what they are able to accomplish are two very different things. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear a candidate say they will “try” to do this or that rather than they “will” do this or that? I really wonder if a political candidate could win an election by being this straightforward with the American people. I currently have my doubts but maybe someday it will be possible.

We all instinctually know (or should) that any President has limited authority. Without the assistance of the House and Senate, Presidents are limited to those things that fall within their purview, like Executive Orders, appointments, granting pardons, submitting budgets, making recommendations and proposals to Congress, serving as Commander in Chief, signing or vetoing legislation etc. See more here.

I believe we should stop thinking along party lines. Simply belonging to a political party polarizes our nation. My two best friends call themselves Democrats but have little in common with the Democratic Party platform. They are both reasonable and fairly conservative individuals. One feels the Democrats will do a better job on health care and the other feels the Democrats will do a better job on the environment. It is only these two issues that cause my two friends to call themselves Democrats. In all other areas, we have explored, our opinions are almost the same.

In George Washington’s Farwell Address he acknowledges the fact that parties are sometimes beneficial in promoting liberty in monarchies, but argues that political parties must be restrained in a popularly elected government because of their tendency to distract the government from their duties, create unfounded jealousies among groups and regions, raise false alarms among the people, promote riots and insurrection, and provide foreign nations and interests access to the government where they can impose their will upon the country.

Click here for more from Wikipedia.

Most clear thinking Americans realize the words of George Washington have proven themselves out today. Let’s look at his warnings line by line again and ask the question:

  1. Is our government distracted from their duties?
  2. Are there unfounded jealousies among groups and regions?
  3. Are there false alarms among the people?
  4. Have there been riots and are people now fearful of insurrection?
  5. Have foreign governments seized the opportunity to both overtly and covertly impose their will on the United States?

I’m not sure how you mark these in your mind but in my mind, all the things George Washington warned of have come to fruition. So, when President Trump reaches across the aisle to Pelosi and Schumer it is a good thing for America. If we disagree on 99 things and agree on 1 thing and make a deal, isn’t that progress? Do not fall victim to the fear mongering. The world as you know it isn’t coming to an end because a Republican President talks to Democratic representatives.

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A Brief History

A Brief History

March 2016 Tony Porta appeared on the Hannity show with then-candidate Donald Trump. It was at that time the term “Vets for Trump” got a huge national boost.

April 2016 I purchase the domain name Vets-For-Trump.com because all other domains without hyphens were purchased. I invite veterans for Trump to join us by contacting them on their Social Media pages. I get one response from Joshua Macias. Joshua was from the Virginia Beach area. Josh introduced me to some of his contacts. I continue to post articles and start listing events Joshua sends.

July 2016 I receive an email from GOPVets at RNC Headquarters in Washington D.C. inviting me to a grassroots meeting. I attend the meeting. There are about 20 people including 3 from the Trump Campaign, Bikers for Trump, Citizens for Trump and some fellow veterans including Tony Porta as well as representatives from the RNC.

Tony Porta had postponed an operation to attend the RNC meeting. Afterwards Tony got his operation but almost died and was unable to continue as our National Spokesman. At that point, it was up to me (Mike Kelly) and Joshua to be the point men on the national level.

With only 3 months to election day, I realized it would have to be a purely Psychological Operation. Coming from a PsyOps unit but not involved directly in that aspect of the unit I was able to pull a few things off. We used our allies in the Social Media world to help spread the word. We soon became number 1 on Google for any search on Veterans or Vets for Trump. I authored well over 250 posts supporting candidate Trump, pointing out the flaws of Hillary Clinton and doing interviews along with Joshua. We also had about 60 articles presented by various contributors. These articles were syndicated throughout the social media world giving us a larger than life presence in the public eye.

During our time we only had 126 volunteers register. Of those 126 I was only able to communicate with a handful, mainly those who reached out to me after registering. If you are a registered member and we have never talked on the phone feel free to use the Contact form and let me know a good day and time.

We are keeping this website active until we see if President Trump will put himself and his family through a second term. I never intended to become the de facto leader of Vets for Trump but will do the best I can with the time I can devote.

Vets For Trump LogoPS When Candidate Trump became President Trump we changed the logo to indicate Victory. Hope you like the change.

Paul Mango Veteran for PA Governor

Paul Mango Veteran for PA Governor

Paul Mango has released his Plan for Pennsylvania. We all know how important Pennsylvania is when it comes to the nation’s political structure. If you know a fellow veteran living in PA let them know to support Paul. Paul is a West Point graduate, former Army Ranger, Harvard alumnus, and former Director at McKinsey and Co.

Paul does not have to do this. Like President Trump, he has invested in his own campaign. All veterans need to get behind Paul. Click here to download his extensive plan for Pennsylvania.

Why Does President Trump Call it Fake News??

Why Does President Trump Call it Fake News??

Mike Kelly and Joe Episcipo Trump TowersOn a recent trip from central PA to Chicago, I visited with a Vets for Trump friend, Joe Episcopo. We found ourselves near Trump Tower. We took a few pictures in front of the Real Fake art in front of Trump Tower before heading up to the 16th floor to check out the view. It is worth the visit. In part, the Real Fake art is the inspiration for this post.

We know that some segment of our population struggles with questions related to the term Fake News. Why would anyone distort the news? Why do I as the de facto national spokesman for Vets for Trump support President Trump on the subject? Who do you trust? These are all very good questions.

Here is my opinion. Notice the keyword is “opinion” and that is where we begin. When I was young we had about 1 hour of news per day. It was from 6 PM to 7 PM. Half an hour was for local news and half an hour was for world news. There was little to no time on television for opinion journalism let alone advocacy journalism. That was relegated to some Sunday shows and the editorial pages of a newspaper. For you younger readers, the internet and smartphones did not yet exist. Today we have multiple 24 hour TV & radio news stations as well as hundreds if not thousands of websites that appear to be news. We are not even talking about Social Media outlets. Those numbers are staggering. The competition for advertising dollars is enormous. 

Shortly after retiring from the Air Force I opened a web company that relied heavily on traffic to a website for revenue. The more traffic (visitors) the more money you can demand from advertisers. The same is true on TV, radio, and print. With that in mind, I will now try to answer the question(s).

Why would anyone distort the news?

  1. First and foremost I believe it is policy to keep advertising money coming in. Follow the money!
  2. The natural slant of the news organization.
  3. The opinions held by the particular person or panel delivering the news.
  4. The inability for the public to distinguish between hard news and opinion.

Why do I support President Trump calling out Fake News?

  1. Many older Americans received a quality education. The younger generation only gets it when you create a slogan that sticks with them like “Fake News.”
  2. Most of what presents itself as news is now opinion or advocacy journalism.
  3. In my opinion, it has recently slipped more towards advocacy journalism which is the worst kind of journalism. This is evidenced by the deepening divide in America before Candidate Trump announced.
  4. When Candidate Trump was seen as a real contender hard news journalists were showing more emotion than normal.
  5. Now that he is President Trump many in the so called Conservative Camp have turned against him. This is because he wants to “drain the swamp” and that means they may lose their jobs or special interest perks.
  6. I see a little of myself in President Trump, just a little. He is tired of excuses and being politically correct. The Media thinks they are in control and have wielded power for a long time. They have an obligation to be objective but obviously, have lost all objectivity with only a few exceptions.
  7. My list could go on and on but I’m going to stop here.

Who do you trust?

  1. God
  2. Nobody
  3. Yourself
  4. I guess it just depends on your outlook on life. Outside of God, I trust few people.

Last thought:

I hear some Conservative talking heads saying things like “There is the loyal Trump supporter whose mind you will never change.” Does that mean they want to change my mind? Does that mean they think my mind should be changed? The thing that bothers me about this statement is it seems degrading. It is not like I think the man is perfect. Who is? I see his shortcomings and say, so what? The economy is doing better than ever, our enemies fear us and I feel better about the future in general. Isn’t that more important than feeling all warm and fuzzy about the guy leading our nation? I want him to be one uncompromising person when it comes to America First. Sure, we have a heart for others but we Americans and Veterans are Family and I believe in Family First! You know President Trump loves his family. I believe he loves his country in a similar fashion. Not just loves but really Big League loves 🙂

 

No Place for Racism in the Republican Party

No Place for Racism in the Republican Party

Some people have wanted me to comment on the Charlottesville incident. It should go without saying there is no place for racism of any kind in the Republican Party or America in general. Hopefully, that is clear enough for everyone concerned about how Vets for Trump feels about racism of any sort, black, brown, yellow or white.

I have only met two white men in my life that I would call racists. I’m nearly 60 and I have met a lot of people. I tried to find statistics on white supremacy groups in America. It is difficult since a search now turns up news and propaganda links at the top. This link suggests there are around 25,000 hardcore activists in America. It goes on to say there are around 200,000 that subscribe to the idea.

For argument’s sake let’s assume there are a half a million. That would more than double any reasonable estimate. In other words, if we assume a much larger number than is likely it is only 0.15625% of the population. The reality is likely less than half of that.

It is also worth noting to my friends on the left that Republicans have stood on the side of freeing the slaves, Civil Rights and the women’s rights movement by a higher percentage than our Democratic friends. It is also important to remember that a President is NOT a voting member of the House or Senate. It does not matter what political party controls the White House at the time a law is passed. Somehow we give Presidents too much credit when credit is not due in these matters.

One of my step-daughters was concerned that we are facing a huge divide over Nazi’s vs everyone else. While one death due to insane ideology is too much I do not fear a huge clash over this issue unless it is driven by the media and supported by emotional frenzy. We are one nation under God and we will sink or swim together.

On the off chance there is a racist reading this remember that we do not choose what circumstances we are born into. If you hate a person because of the color of their skin, that could have been you!

Greg Gutfeld Strikes Again

Greg Gutfeld Strikes Again

If you know me you know what a big fan I am of Greg Gutfeld. I like humor with my serious commentary. Greg also has great guests. This week Walter Kirn was one of them. For some time I’ve been telling people that President Trump is like a magician. Kirn said President Trump distracts with one hand while getting the job done under the table with the other. (I’ve been saying that for a long time too.) Over the next months and years, the media will still be talking about Russia and impeachment as they tow the Democratic Party line.

When it comes time to look at President Trump’s record the media and the Democrats will be caught off guard again. The things regular Americans care about will be doing much better. As one person puts it, “They are hunting rabbits while President Trump is hunting whales.” The economy is doing great, ISIS is being destroyed and the VA is getting much better. Note: President Trump and Dr. Shulkin recently announced the expansion of the Telehealth initiative to better serve veterans in rural areas. 

I encourage those of you who do not record or watch The Greg Gutfeld show to do so. Here is last nights program from YouTube.

 

Paul Mango Running for PA Governor – West Point Graduate

Paul Mango Running for PA Governor – West Point Graduate

I met with Paul Mango on the 6th of July. It was the first meeting. There were only four of us at this meeting. Paul is running against Scott Wagner for the Republican Nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania. I’ve never met Scott Wagner but on the face of it, I believe Paul is the better choice. Paul is a West Point graduate and has a stellar business background outside politics. Paul impressed me as a sincerely devoted and committed individual.

We are familiar with the saying Duty, Honor, Country. When I met Paul I said I like the phrase Duty, Honor Commitment. Paul was quick to correct me and say “Country”. I explained that the word “commitment” came to my mind after reading about him, so I changed it.

The word commitment has been important to me. I believe commitment is important to us all. As a Republican and Veteran, I take things like God and Country for granted. I do not mean for granted in the sense we normally mean when we say for granted. I mean it is presumed. Can you imagine a Veteran and Republican who isn’t for Country?

The next step we all need to make is the step of commitment. Paul strikes me as a person who has a strong sense of commitment. We can have all the best qualities one would expect but if we are not 100% committed it is of little use.

My friend Joe Foust was the other veteran at our meeting. Joe is a West Point graduate like Paul. Joe also taught communications at West Point. He asked Paul a pointed question. Here is a paraphrase. As Governor you are going to making many decisions every day. What is the basis you will be using to make those difficult decisions? After Paul Mango gave his answer I wish I had a video camera on him the whole time. Paul gave an answer that was well thought out and sincere. He did not obfuscate like many politicians would.

When Paul answered he talked about his upbringing in the Church, his experience at West Point and the military in general. Paul also related how he uses a team and that team is comprised of very diverse views. He is a man that values hearing from all sides. Issues are seldom as simple as they may appear to the observer who does not have to take responsibility for the outcome. This is one of Donald Trump’s main strengths. He learned it in the business world. Paul has both top notch military and business experience. Paul is about teamwork and commitment.

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. ~ Vince Lombardi

I believe Paul Mango is the best choice for Pennsylvania Governor. Visit Vets for Mango by clicking here.

Paul Mango

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