- The Washington Times
Sunday, March 12, 2017

One of the nation’s most outspoken conservative talk radio kingpins is also one of the nation’s most prolific writers. Michael Savage has a new offering arriving Monday that is timely indeed: “Trump’s War: His Battle for America” — the author’s 26th book. Mr. Savage himself spent much of 2016 parsing out President Trump’s campaign for his 10 million listeners and motivating undecided voters to back Mr. Trump — a frequent guest on the show.

Now what?


“The wall, taxes, tariffs, deportations, Obamacare, guns, military strength, schools, abortion, religion — what will the new president do?” asks Mr. Savage. “Electoral victory was only the beginning. Trump and the patriots who elected him are going to have to fight their own eight-year war. The question is, what will that war look like? How is Donald Trump going to make good on all his promises?”

The author writes that Mr. Trump is a powerful voice “counteracting the deafening din of left-wing noise,” advising readers that “the Establishment uses a corrupt media and an insidious network of agitators to wage a psychological war instead of a military one. Instead of shelling your town, they seek to imprison your mind with political correctness, envy politics and intimidation.”

Mr. Savage is also concerned that the nation’s capital has become the center of “globalist” culture, and offers 42 common-sense solutions to counter the trend, plus a list of 187 organizations he says have received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros.

Donald Trump is a patriot. He is a nationalist. He is trying to give the Americans who voted for him what they asked for. It’s really our battle for America, isn’t it?” Mr. Savage recently told Newsmax TV. “He’s congenial, he’s honest, he’s authentic. And the important thing to remember is this: Let’s say we only get 30 or 40 percent of his promises on the campaign trail. Let’s say it’s 30 percent. That’s 130 percent more than we would have gotten with Hillary Clinton.”

The book is published by Center Street, the conservative imprint of the Hachette Book Group.

NOW THERE’S A THOUGHT

“We have spent billions of dollars and many years helping other countries protect their sovereignty and their borders. It’s high time we did it for ourselves.”

— White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, to Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz.”

DREAMS OF THE WORKPLACE

While President Trump endeavors to foster job creation, American workers are busy dreaming about their workplace. No, really. A new Harris Poll finds that 65 percent of workers actually dream about work. The pollster could not resist asking the respondents about “the craziest dream they’ve had” about the workplace. Here’s a bit of what they volunteered, as written in their own words:

“I dreamed a Tyrannosaurus rex worked at my office,”

“My boss and I were mowing a lawn in the clouds on a go-kart.”

“My boss adopted me and my coworkers and took us shopping.”

“I drove the forklift home from work.”

“I opened a bank-and-brew where customers, after doing their banking business, had a choice of craft beers and tapas.”

Find noteworthy numbers about America’s sleeping workforce in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.

HOW LIBERTARIANS SEE THEMSELVES

The nation’s largest third party is ready for the 2018 midterms. The Libertarian Party has a new motto — “the party of principle” — and has scheduled its three-day national convention for early July in New Orleans. Spurning typical PR input, the organization has asked its membership to come up with a suitable theme for the big event, the winning motto to be selected by popular vote. A partial list of the many contenders:

All of your freedoms, all of the time; Be me, be free; Building bridges, not walls; Free lives matter; I’m that Libertarian!; Make taxation theft again; Pro choice on everything; The power of principle.

The Libertarian Party also has this request for the White House:

“The unexpected resignation of Ann Ravel from the Federal Election Commission offers an ideal opportunity for President Trump to ‘drain the swamp’ ‘by appointing a Libertarian commissioner. And because he is considering filling the entire commission with new blood, he could appoint a Libertarian to any of its six seats,” the party points out.

“The law requires that no more than three members of the commission come from the same political party. Presidents typically appoint members who are either Democratic or Republican. But the country consists of much more than just Republicans and Democrats,” the Libertarians say, pointing out that their presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, won 4.5 million votes in 2016.

“These voters also deserve representation on the commission,” they note. Find the party here

THE WASHINGTON POST AS BATMAN

In late February The Washington Post quietly went public with a new company motto, printed right on the newspaper’s masthead: “Democracy dies in darkness.” At the time, company spokeswoman Kris Coratti explained in a CNN interview that the four-word slogan was a “good concise value statement.” Critics were mystified, and the motto remains.

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, however,offered his own take during an appearance at the SXSW Conference, a major gathering of marketing and media gurus, creative types, performers and entrepreneurs now underway in Austin, Texas.

“I love our competition with The Washington Post. I think it’s great. But I think their slogan — Marty Baron, please forgive me for saying this — sounds like the next Batman movie,” Mr. Baquet told his audience.

The aforementioned Mr. Baron is executive editor of The Post.

POLL DU JOUR

65 percent of American workers have dreamed about their workplace.

60 percent say lack of sleep has negatively impacted their work.

52 percent get five to seven hours of sleep at night; 17 percent get eight hours; 6 percent get less than five hours.

47 percent say thinking about work has kept them up at night.

38 percent would use a designated “nap room” at work if it was offered.

22 percent have called in sick for the purpose of getting extra sleep.

Source: A Harris/CareerBuilder poll of 3,616 adult U.S. employees conducted Nov. 16-Dec, 6, 2016, and released Friday.

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