Business-As-Usual In The Swamp

When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States in 2016, one of his campaign promises was to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C.  This meant, presumably, he would attempt to rid the Washington “establishment” of its corrupt elected officials, its nameless unelected bureaucrats, and its unscrupulous paid lobbyists.

While this was certainly a laudable objective, with a few notable exceptions such as the firing of disingenuous FBI political hacks Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe, it has really been “business-as-usual” in the D.C. swamp.

The latest disgraceful example is the $1.3 TRILLION budget “deal” concocted by RINO Republican “leaders” Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, in collusion with far-left Democrat “leaders” Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.  This budget “deal” provides for full government funding of criminal “sanctuary cities” and baby-killing Planned Parenthood, while providing bupkes for building the wall along our Southern border and border security.

Yes, there are still some loyal and patriotic members in Congress, such as U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R, TX), Ron Paul (R, KY), Mike Lee (R, UT), Tom Cotton (R, AR), and the wonderful members of the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives.  But by and large, the RINO Republican “establishment” and their far-left Democrat counterparts in Congress epitomize the creatures that inhabit the D.C. swamp. They have clearly betrayed and continue to betray the American people.  Let us hope President Trump has the good sense and common decency to VETO this outrageous spending bill.

The Honorable Eddie Rose

Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman

“A Voice—Not An Echo”



Prosecute Oakland’s Criminal Mayor

Enough is enough!  We have witnessed numerous elected officials, both state and local, declaring their respective jurisdictions “sanctuaries” for criminal illegal aliens.  This means these elected officials are refusing to cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in the apprehension of dangerous and felonious criminals in violation of federal law.

Now we see the latest spectacle, where Oakland (CA) Mayor Libby Schaaf publicly and proudly tipped off criminal illegal aliens of an impending ICE raid, thus allowing these criminals to escape capture.  THIS IS A CRIMINAL ACT by Mayor Schaaf.  For anyone who harbors, protects, abets, or otherwise provides aid and comfort to a criminal and/or obstructs law enforcement officials from doing their job is, by definition. a criminal himself or herself.

NOBODY is above the law.  These criminal elected officials, whether they be in Oakland, or San Francisco, or Los Angeles, or Chicago, or New York, or anywhere else, are endangering the lives of law-abiding citizens by their unconscionable actions.  It’s time for Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prosecute these elected officials for what is clearly OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.

The Honorable Eddie Rose

Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman

“A Voice—Not An Echo”


Misdirected Outrage

It’s happened again.  Another mass shooting in a school, this time in Parkland, Florida.  Parents of the victims are outraged, as well they should be.  Even those students fortunate to escape physically unscathed will be emotionally scarred for life by watching their classmates gunned down for no reason.  And every American should likewise be outraged by this senseless and recurrent act of violence.

But much of our outrage is clearly misdirected.  The biased and hateful mass media (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, et al) refer to this heinous act as “gun violence”, an oxymoron of the worst kind.  Guns BY THEMSELVES do not kill.  Someone has to pull the trigger.  Guns IN THE HANDS OF DERANGED INDIVIDUALS, TERRORISTS, OR GANG MEMBERS kill.  Our real focus, therefore, should obviously be in KEEPING WEAPONS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THOSE INTENT ON KILLING.  Our outrage should be directed toward THE PERPETRATOR, not his weapon of choice!

The real agenda of the Lunatic Left is not to make our schools safer, but rather to outlaw all guns, and ultimately strike down our Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.  But does anyone really believe that, even if guns were outlawed, someone with an intent to commit mass murder couldn’t rent a U-Haul truck to mow down his or her victims, or toss an incendiary device into a crowded venue?

What must be done to prevent such senseless acts of violence as we have witnessed in Parkland, Las Vegas, Boston, Sandy Hook, Columbine, San Bernardino, and many more is, at the very least:

(1) Institute thorough background checks in order to weed out those who should not be issued guns;

(2) Limit automatic weapons to those with a legitimate need to have them (e.g., local police);

(3) Employ adequate and competent armed security personnel, metal detectors, and any other appropriate safeguards at all “soft target” public venues (e.g., schools, churches, concerts, sporting events, etc.);

(4) If, despite the above, the perpetrator of a mass murder is captured alive, hold a fair and speedy trial, and if the perpetrator is found guilty, carry out the death penalty without countless delays for meritless appeals.


The FBI (aka, the Federal Bureau of Incompetence) had multiple warnings regarding the mindset of the Parkland shooter, but opted to ignore these warnings, probably because the FBI hierarchy was too busy trying to undermine and sabotage the election of our United States President.

The Honorable Eddie Rose

Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman

“A Voice—Not An Echo”