The Temporary Reopening of Government Could Benefit President Trump

Last week President Trump made the classy move to temporarily reopen the federal government and allow those workers who missed one paycheck financial relief. This could end up actually working in Trump’s favor. Even if Democrats don’t see it as a victory for him, he could claim he has a heart for those who weren’t getting paid and make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer share the blame for the shutdown. It can’t all be on Trump, but he needs to make that point clear.

When the three of them had an open, transparent meeting inside the Oval Office prior to the shutdown, Pelosi’s and Schumer’s stubbornness was on display for all the world to see, along with their disdain for the safety of Americans and lack of consideration for all who are and have been affected by illegal immigration. Without partial funding for the construction of a border wall, Trump said, he would have no problem shutting down the government. Then he doubled down and said he would take ownership of it, even when it’s Pelosi and Schumer who were being inflexible.

Although Democrats voted for funding a border wall over 10 years ago, they are now saying and doing the opposite. But that is typical of Democrats. They say what they need to in order to get elected one more time. When funding for a wall was approved then, and even when they promised increased border enforcements as part of President Reagan’s Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986, they dragged their feet until it was forgotten. The problem only snowballed to what it is now.

Trump is not letting that happen again. He reopened the government with a directive for Congress to find funding by mid-February. If they ignore his directive (as they most likely have no intention of complying) he plans to use his power as POTUS and declare a national state of emergency to get it done. If that happens, he only needs to explain that he gave Democrats a chance and they blew it.

Democrats will again have shown Americans that they don’t care about their safety and were never serious about taking the first step toward building a wall, which would cost a fraction of what illegal immigration currently costs U.S. taxpayers. Indeed, the cost in human lives alone is more than the cost to build a wall on the entire southern and northern border. There’s no price that can be put on human life.

Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

This is Why We Call Them the Fake News

Sure, they hate it when people call them the “fake news” but the so-called mainstream media (MSM) has more than earned its reputation. If they were honest and sought out the facts, if they weren’t prone to jumping the gun, and if they reported stories fairly, maybe they would be the credible institutions they claim and are supposed to be.

If they weren’t out to hammer President Donald Trump for any little thing he does, says or tweets, if they weren’t eager to find fault with anyone on the right, and if they didn’t describe every person who has conservative viewpoints as an extremist, on the far right, or ultra-conservative, maybe they would be trusted.

If they didn’t deliberately try to disrupt press conferences by being belligerent, badgering the press agent with ridiculous questions and making unfounded accusations, maybe they’d be taken seriously.

If they let go of their animosity toward this administration, maybe they wouldn’t be met with the president’s scorn. If they stopped harassing Republican officials, maybe they’d be treated with the same courtesy the left treats them with. If they were respectful, maybe they’d be respected.

But all this seems like a fantasy. It’s hard to imagine such a scenario when two reporters claim in an article at BuzzFeed that Trump ordered his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to congress about negotiations regarding building a Trump Tower in Moscow, then special investigator Robert Mueller issues a statement clarifying the article as “not accurate.” That’s what happened when Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier “reported” the fake news in an attempt to justify the left’s desire to impeach Trump. It’s completely dishonest and that any media outlet would run that story is outright irresponsible.

It’s also hard to think that the left could make any progress toward being respectable when they take a situation and deliberately turn it around to portray a leftist activist as a victim at the hands of pro-life rally attendees. Last weekend a group of young teenage boys from Covington Catholic High School made the trip from Park Hills, Kentucky to take part in the March for Life rally in Washington D.C. Their offense: they were pro-life and donning “Make America Great Again” baseball caps. Several media outlets aired selected footage of the boys appearing to be acting hostile toward Nathan Phillips, a Native American Indian, while he was beating on a drum. It’s not what happened, however.

Aside from Phillips claiming to be a Vietnam veteran, which was later proven false, among other statements he made, the boys were the subjects of intimidation and vile verbal insults by another group calling themselves the Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI). To avoid confrontation, it seemed, the teen boys observed Phillips as he beat on his drum and were not hostile in any way. It was Phillips and the leftist hate group BHI who were hostile toward the group of Catholic high school students.

The fact that any individual or group could become unhinged by a hat that says Make America Great Again signifies that the problem is with those who are easily triggered and unstable, not with those espousing a patriotic sentiment.

Instead of waiting to find out what really happened, the MSM and many others including celebrities, commented about how wrong these teens were after viewing just a snippet of what took place. Without first getting the facts, these teens were besmirched by the left and even some on the right.

It’s one thing for individuals to express their disgust with what they think happened, it’s quite another for those in the field of journalism to report on a situation they don’t fully understand. Even worse, knowing the facts and not reporting them but reporting something completely different, as some did, is the epitome of irresponsible journalism. Those who do this are devious, should be held accountable and face severe repercussions.

I’m sure most of the MSM were there to report negatively on the event that goes against their collective values. Not only is it not offensive to take a stand for the pro-life cause but it is perfectly reasonable to take that position. It is also within a person’s First Amendment rights to do so.

Shame on the MSM and all others who got it wrong and wanted to cast these teens in a negative light. This is why many people refer to the MSM as the fake news.

Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

The Left Create Crises Then Deny They’re Crises

One of the left’s modes of operating is to create a problem, which often turns into a crisis, then deny it’s a crisis. They do this to stir up the emotions of people sensitive and susceptible to certain key issues which are sure to tug at their heart strings. This way they can appear to be the knights in shining armor and protectors of your freedoms. Let’s face it, they’re out to gin up democratic votes.

One such crisis they created is the disaster caused by illegal immigration. By ignoring the millions of illegal aliens flooding into the United States over the past several decades, much of America has been weakened with a declining social system that is meant for American citizens. Indeed, a leftist establishment has allowed this and American taxpayers are unfairly stuck with the bill.

Some Republicans, however, are not off the hook for this. They, too, share responsibility for the economic drain on society. By turning a blind eye toward the problem and, even worse, taking part in it by employing illegal immigrants, they do a huge disservice to millions of Americans who are burdened by this situation.

Appallingly, when President Donald Trump gave a much needed address from the Oval Office last week about this very issue, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in her rebuttal speech, called it a “manufactured crisis.” That insulted every American who has suffered the tragedy of losing a loved one at the hands of an illegal alien.

Another crisis the left refuses to take credit for is the housing crisis in 2008. After years and years of finagling the home mortgage industry, in an effort to allow unqualified applicants to qualify, the housing market took a major fall. This crisis can be traced back to the 1970s when then Democratic President Jimmy Carter initiated the Community Reinvestment Act. Democratic President Bill Clinton then re-initiated it in the 1990s. Then in 2008 the market finally collapsed.

Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac were government financial institutions that enabled irresponsible lending to unqualified applicants. This was a major cause of the collapse, but House Representative Maxine Waters refused to admit it was a problem.

On September 10, 2003, at a House Financial Committee hearing, Waters said, “Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines.” History tells a different story, however.

Some will argue that at the time of that hearing there was no crisis, but it was the irresponsible lending practices that Democrats encouraged which ultimately led to the market crash.

Aside from the many crises the left creates, there are some issues they call crises that actually are not, such as “income inequality,” “gender inequality,” and “climate change.”

So-called income inequality and gender inequality are issues the left created to again rile up the emotions of their voters and potential voters, as well as to have something to complain about, although there is really nothing to complain about.

Income inequality is a misleading issue. Whose income is unequal and compared to whom? A CEO’s income is certainly more than a mail clerk’s income. Is that income inequality? No, a CEO has usually worked hard to earn his/her salary whereas most mail clerks are at an entry-level position.

On gender inequality, the false narrative the left drives is that women make less money than men for doing the same work. Is this really true or have the numbers been skewed and situational differences been omitted in the conversation? In other words, is the real story being told? I think not.

In many cases, a woman may not make as much as a man because she may not have climbed far enough up the ladder in order to earn the same or a comparable salary, not because the corporate world is unfair toward women. Certainly there are plenty of women who are CEOs and executives of small, medium-sized and large companies, even Fortune 500 companies, who make more than men. Most got there because they worked hard and earned their high salaries.

Moreover, it is often the case that women choose to become mothers and opt for different types of careers. This means that the time off work is keeping them from working toward promotions and earning higher salaries. Also many mothers don’t work as many hours as men because they choose to be home with their families. There are all kinds of reasons there is perceived income and gender inequality.

Climate change is a different animal. Aside from the term “climate change” being confusing as it relates to “global warming” or “global cooling” (no one is arguing that the climate changes), there has been no evidence that man has been able to disrupt and harm the environment as to create a crisis. Climate change alarmists have only cited computer models for their “evidence” that the planet is in peril. This contrived crisis has been a hoax and a scam all along.

This and just about everything the left does is about control – control of your tax dollars, control of your freedom and control of your way of life. Don’t let the left take control.

Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

Phony Investigations and a Waste of Taxpayer Money

For nearly two years our taxes have been wasted on a silly investigation that has led nowhere and is not based on any evidence or any crime. The investigation into the possibility that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia is and always has been a hoax. Yet special investigator Robert Mueller and company push on knowing there is no evidence but hoping something, just something, will surface before the 2020 election.

Now that the new Democratic-controlled congress has convened, they’re likely to begin new investigations in an effort to impeach President Trump. They even announced it before the mid-term elections. Maxine Waters shamelessly said she would push for impeaching President Trump, even though there is no impeachable evidence against him. But lack of evidence never stops Democrats. Spite is a motivating factor.

Freshman congresswoman from Michigan Rashida Tlaib also went off the rails before a group of supporters and vowed that “we’re gonna impeach the motherf***er.” Classy.

There is a contingency among some Democrats who would like very much to impeach Trump. Make no mistake, they’ve wanted this since the day he was sworn into office. They’re still bitter that Hillary Clinton didn’t win the 2016 election so they’re throwing temper-tantrums and hoping to find something to justify an investigation.

The real investigation, however, should be centered around Hillary Clinton. There is plenty to investigate her on and plenty of evidence as well. That would be tax money well spent, in my opinion. It’s astonishing that she’s managed to elude investigations in the first place. With 30,000 emails missing, an unresolved Benghazi incident, a dossier purchased by the Clinton campaign, Uranium One scandal in coordination with the Clinton Global Foundation, all of these are real reasons on which to base an investigation.

Instead we have a President being tried in the court of public opinion, a small sample of the public at that, with the assistance and complicity of a so-called mainstream media.

It should anger not just Republicans but all Americans that our taxes are being used for nefarious purposes. Which is a solid reason not to vote Democrats and the anti-Trump coalition back into office in 2020.

Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

Add Border Security to the List of Things Democrats are Against

The showdown resulting in the shutdown of government is really on the Democrats, even if President Donald Trump has courageously taken ownership of it. It’s a badge of honor he wears as he stands up for most Americans who really want a wall constructed on our southern border. And it’s a promise he’s attempting to keep for Americans, especially those who’ve experienced the tragedy of losing a loved one at the hands of an illegal alien, criminal or otherwise.

Democrats in Congress don’t want to protect you or your families. They don’t care about diseases brought into this country by migrants. Nor are they concerned about the drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex abuse of women and children, violent gangs and so many other crimes associated with illegal immigration. Even if they don’t actually say it, their actions, or lack thereof, certainly do.

The arguments Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, among others, make are silly. They claim a wall is ineffective. Try to convince Israel of that. How many people are successfully crossing their border illegally? Virtually none.

They also claim that a majority of Americans don’t support a wall. That is complete nonsense, unless of course, by Americans they’re including illegals. It’s what Donald Trump campaigned on and probably the main reason he got elected.

Insultingly, they say that the crisis at the border is manufactured. Tell that to the families of Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh of Newman, California and Pierce Corcoran from Knoxville, Tennessee, both who were shot in late December 2018 by illegal aliens.

It’s interesting that when an American commits a crime, Democrats are quick to call for that person to be punished, and rightfully so, but when an illegal alien kills an American citizen, they don’t see the fact that illegal immigration is a problem.

Any sane person knows what Pelosi and Schumer know, that illegal immigration is a huge problem and that a wall would be a huge factor in preventing it. But that’s not what they want. Whether the realize it or not, they’ve exposed their true agenda. They want power, and the way to ensure that they get it is by keeping the border porous and difficult for ICE and Border Patrol officers to effectively do their jobs. And by keeping a steady stream of potential Democratic voters flowing into the country.

You can be sure that if illegals coming here were potential Republican voters, Democrats would be doing everything in their power to shut down the border.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at