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Michael Jastremski

Stop The U.S. — I Want To Get Off

Sometimes commentary is real work. Other times all that’s necessary is to let facts speak for themselves.

For example, in the last two weeks:

  • 10 presidential candidates all stood on a stage and pledged to make U.S. taxpayers — who would lose their private insurance under most of their plans — subsidize health care for illegal immigrants.
  • One candidate promised to make the selfsame taxpayers pay for abortions for men who become women.
  • A prominent United States Congresswoman — who had previously referred to border detention facilities as “concentration camps” — charged that detainees were told by immigration officials to drink out of toilets. After which a group of Latino pastors and immigration advocates toured the facilities, with one insisting that there were “no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities.”
  • A leading athletic equipment company recalled an Independence Day commemorative shoe that displayed — no, not the Confederate Stars and Bars — but the Betsy Ross version of Old Glory. According to reports, a paid endorser, infamous for his National Anthem protests, complained that the flag seen by many as one of the last emblems of national unity was instead “an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery.” An MSNBC commentator raised the stakes by comparing the flag to a swastika or burning cross.
  • Meanwhile, the latest “Pride Month” was capped by now familiar parades in which participants shamelessly march down the streets of our largest cities in various stages of undress — including “full frontal.” These days, barely an eye was batted at such seemingly unlawful behavior, including by event sponsors that encompassed, in New York City alone, T-Mobile, MasterCard, Hyatt, TD Ameritrade, Target, Coca Cola, Procter & Gamble, Chase, Nissan, American Airlines, Airbnb, United Airlines, IBM, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, New York Life, the NBA, Uber, Lyft, Microsoft, Kellogg, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks. (Message: resistance is futile if you plan to converse, charge, compute, lodge, launder, invest, bank, fly, drive, drink, eat, medicate, spectate or be transported.)
  • The President of the United States engaged in a spur-of-the-moment summit meeting with the world’s most unstable and murderous dictator, taking an unprecedented stroll into North Korean territory that he called a “great honor.” After decades in which successive administrations had withheld such a prized photo op as the ultimate diplomatic bargaining chip. And took along his daughter and a Fox News commentator while dispatching his hawkish National Security Advisor on a trip to Mongolia. All days after joking with Russia’s president on-camera over the former’s interference in U.S. elections. And barely a week after the same Commander-in-Chief recalled a retaliatory attack while planes were reportedly in the air. Then publicized the fact of the aborted assault in a tweet and interviews that certainly misrepresented the facts about what the president knew and when he knew it. Followed up by leaked accounts of White House conversations that didn’t just throw that very national security adviser under the bus, but backed it up and ran over him again. In the same time frame that the chief executive was making and then withdrawing a promise to round up undocumented immigrants, just as he previously threatened and withdrew a threat to close the border. And dealt with yet another accusation of sexual assault.
  • Not to mention a brazen Antifa assault on a journalist in front of police. A married gay candidate again lecturing Christians on Christianity. The Supreme Court disallowing a citizenship question on the Census because it subjectively doubted a Cabinet official’s perfectly legal rationale for it. Special Counsel Robert Mueller rolling over and agreeing to appear before Congress to testify on the report he previously insisted must speak for itself. Charlottesville, Virginia — during the week of Independence Day — replacing a holiday celebrating the author of the Declaration of Independence (who lived in their town) with one celebrating the emancipation of slaves.

As I wrote, to paraphrase Walter Brennan, no commentary. Just fact.

Oh, heck. Maybe one piece of commentary after perhaps the most mind-boggling two weeks in my memory (and that covers some tumultuous periods).

Stop the U.S. I want to get off.

Bob Maistros is a messaging and communications strategist and crisis specialist. He was chief writer for the Reagan-Bush ’84 campaign, and a former Senate subcommittee counsel. He can be reached at

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  • unfortunately not all of that was fact, some of it was media spin, and some facts were omitted entirely.

    Like what trump knew and when he knew it, calling a photo op a bargaining chip (much less the ultimate one, how superficial is that?) in the high stakes game of nuclear standoff is not really a fact but opinion.

    His daughter is not merely his daughter but an official adviser so if he wants to take her along for such things he can, as he would any other adviser.

    We also dont know if any planes were in the air when he decided not to attack in a conventional way (btw he did increase sanctions and launch cyber attacks, funny how you omitted those facts) . Also on a side note, we don’t need to know what the president knew and when he knew it, not our job. Our job is to make the best vote possible on election day, not micromanage the president’s each and every action.

    Then there’s the “leaked” information about conversations in the white house that threw Bolton under the bus, seems to me the substance of those conversations says Bolton threw himself under the bus trying to undermine the president. Whom, works for whom?

    of course then we have the now so famous promise to round up illegal immigrants and the delay, not halt, in doing so, omitting the facts that down-ladder in the administration, sanctuary cities were warned of such round ups and were able to prepare for them, taking away the element of surprise, forcing such an announcement in the first place.

    yes, fact do speak for themselves, particularly the ones you omit.

  • Decades of isolating NK hasn’t worked. DJT is trying another tac under the continual onslaught of the hypocritical democrats who hope he fails. Kicking the NK can down the road would have been far easier and is exactly what HRC planned with the DNC’s blessing. He hasn’t failed yet much to democrat disappointment.

    • Funny thing. NK’s easiest likely targets are Hawaii, Washington State, Oregon, and California.
      They think they are in a movie where no one really dies.

  • Like it or not, they have made that NY Pride parade a big event and with that I don’t have a problem with corporate sponsorship. What I do have a problem with is corporations are supposed to be neutral. Some of these corporations feel the need to condemn me for not wanting to accept all forms of LGBTXYZ groups or open borders, so they are now advocates instead of neutral sponsors of any large event.

    As far as Trump and NoKo, that was great and I don’t understand why so many have condemn Trump’s tactics. Nothing has worked so far, if Trump thinks outside the lines and RocketMan is pleased to have a photo op, then it by all means it was worth it. What did it cost the U.S.? Our sanctions are still in place and we are one step closer to a peaceful existence with NoKo.

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