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by Harold Byler

Donald Trump is not a conservative. He is a pragmatist, i.e. someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal with a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach. When he sees a problem and understands it must be fixed, he doesn't see the problem as liberal or conservative; he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. He does not consider party alliance to be more important than our nation.

Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working people at all economic levels.

Viewing problems from the Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending and denial of what the real problems are, caused by weak, ineffective leadership.
Immigration isn't a conservative problem and it isn't a liberal problem. It’s a problem that threatens the structure of our country. It demands a pragmatic approach, not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.

The collapse of the economy isn't a liberal or conservative problem, it is an American problem. It will not be fixed until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach. The Democrat and Republican politicians’ way of fixing things has had no lasting effect.

Read more: Understanding Donald Trump

A Local and National Issue

SpiralsEither the federal government is limited to the powers enumerated in the Constitution or it is not. If not, then we are no longer governed by the Rule of Law.

When the rule of law fails, we are then governed by the rule of powerful people who ignore contract law, property rights and the dignity of the individual citizen. Those powerful people apply laws selectively to reward their friends and punish their enemies. Selective application of the law is the root of government corruption.

Selective law enforcement can occur at every level of government - from the tiniest school district to towns, cities, counties, and states on up to Washington DC. Corruption destroys the moral authority of government and leads, inevitably, to collapse and chaos.

Read more: Politics 2016 - Rule of Law

SpiralThe only way an American can avoid political discussions in 2016 is to be in a coma. If you are not in a coma, it is going to be difficult to stay sane - that is, to separate Sense from Nonsense.

I believe in Constitutionally limited government and the rule of law (as opposed to the rule of powerful people). Take that into consideration when you visit Sense & Nonsense.

It is a mistake to think the presidential race is the most important political contest, even though it will dominate the news and discussion. Much more important to every individual are the local races for city council, school board, county judge, sheriff and commissioner.

These elected official will determine whether your children are educated and whether you have a safe, pleasant, affordable place to live or not. Who is president will probably not affect your daily life much, but local officials will. Spend your time, effort and money to elect principled people close to home and you will be OK no matter what the president does.

Read more: Politics 2016 - Divided Nation

Rotten AppleNon-profit Corporations are usually called "Public Charities" or just "Charity" in the popular media. This is misleading because most people think of "Charity" as something quite different from a Tax-Exempt corporate business structure that may or may not be charitable in the traditional meaning of the word.

If you want to stay sane in an insane world, think "Tax Exempt" when you see "Non-Profit". Charity has nothing to do with it.

Read more: "Non-Profit" Means "Tax-Exempt"

Most Americans will probably agree that the nation is divided. If they will talk about it at all, they will point to politics, religion, race, economic status, gender, sexual preferences, health, age or a thousand other "issues". Most confine their discussions to trivial things like sports, today's weather, entertainment or simple "small talk". To discuss important things leads to Verbal Combat over one thing or another.

The 2012 Presidential Election Returns offer some clues about exactly what the real divide in America is. The first map in that article gives the impression that America is overwhelmingly Republican. It isn't. Facts show Republicans were soundly defeated in 2012. The second map gives a clue as to how that could be. Counties carried by Republicans were won by small margins whereas counties carried by Democrats were won by large margins. The third map reveals  a larger truth: The counties carried by Democrats have huge population compared to those carried by Republicans.

The major divide in America is between those who live in large cities and those who don't. Whoever wins the cities wins the election simply because that is where the votes, money and power resides. Politically, the rest of America can safely be ignored and exploited. The USA is now a truly urban nation with 200 years of rural tradition that is impossible to ignore.

Read more: The Great Divide(s)

Things you might not know that may or may not matter.

Personal stories and pictures of social collapse in the United States of America, Argentina, Russia, and  Chile.

The Who, What and Why of Sense & Nonsense

Real- time account from a typical Greek citizen as Greece collapsed during 2011 and 2012.

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