Alex Jones breaks down how Trump supporters are being persecuted by hateful leftists who despise America and everything it stands for.
Europe is no longer Europe, it is Eurabia, a colony of Islam, where the Islamic invasion does not proceed only in a physical sense, but also in a mental and cultural sense. There are moments in Life when keeping silent becomes a fault, and speaking an obligation. A civic duty, a moral challenge, a categorical imperative from which we cannot escape. —Journalist Oriana Fallaci
The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world. —Mahmoud Ahmadinejah, President of Iran
The very title of this article should worry all of us. The newly appointed National Security Adviser thinks the term, “radical Islamic terrorism” is not beneficial because terrorists are “un-Islamic.”
Peter R. Mansoor, a retired Army colonel who served with McMaster in Iraq during the 2007 surge of U.S. troops, said earlier that McMaster “absolutely does not view Islam as the enemy. So, I think he will present a degree of pushback against the theories being propounded in the White House that this is a clash of civilizations and needs to be treated as such.”
“McMaster, like (President) Obama, is someone who was in positions of leadership and thought the United states should not play into the jihadist propaganda that this is a religious war,” William McCants, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told The Times. [Link], [Link]
President Trump repeatedly slammed President Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for avoiding explicitly saying “radical Islamic terrorism.” Trump argued that not identifying enemies hinders the fight against terror, while Democrats argue that such words unfairly link Islam with terrorism.
Trump was right, and so was General Flynn. So, who vetted McMaster, and who is advising our President, and it’s even more worrisome that Senator McCain is thrilled with Trump’s latest choice.
McCain Lauds McMaster for NSA
When Trump selected General H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Advisor, most folks breathed a sigh of relief that CFR member, John Bolton wasn’t chosen, but that relief may have been premature.
General McMaster, like his supporters, Senator McCain, and Moscow born, Max Boot, the Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, are all members of the CFR.
Sen. McCain, who in Munich, stated his not-so-subtle attacks on Trump for not being harder on Russia, said that, “McMaster knows how to succeed. I give President Trump great credit for this decision, as well as his national security cabinet choices. I could not imagine a better, more capable national security team than the one we have right now.”
Max Boot stated much the same thing, “H.R. McMaster is one of the most impressive army officers of his generation—a rare combination of soldier and scholar,” said Max Boot, in an email to The Daily Beast. “But not even the most talented individual will succeed in that job as long as Bannon and Kushner continue to run their own foreign policies.”
Apparently, McMaster is not the man to guide President Trump toward better relations with Russia and less US interference in the internal affairs of other nations, as was former NSA Chief, General Michael Flynn.
In a speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies just last May, Gen. McMaster blamed the lack of sufficient US military presence overseas for what he calls a more aggressive Russian geostrategic posturing. Take note of what the General said:
Even though it may have been apparent, at least since 2008, that Russia was changing its geostrategic behavior and engaging in…probing, probing at the far reaches of American power, our strategic response was to accelerate our withdrawal of…army forces from Europe. And what we’re seeing now is we’ve awakened to obviously this threat from Russia who is waging limited war for limited objectives. Annexing Crimea. Invading Ukraine. At zero cost. And consolidating gains over that territory, and portraying the reaction by us and partners as escalatory. … What is required is forward deterrence. To be able to ratchet up the cost at the frontier.
The General also made the completely fallacious assertion that Russia invaded Georgia in 2008. Even the overtly anti-Russia European Union concluded that Georgia was to blame for launching an ill-advised attack on Russian peacekeeping forces that were part of an international mission in South Ossetia.
This certainly doesn’t sound like someone who is going to work to help our President improve relations with Russia. In fact, McMaster is a hawk and is all about conflict with Russia. Is it any wonder that the likes of Max Boot and John McCain are thrilled with Trump’s new NSA Chief?
McCain’s Long Feud with Trump
The Bezos owned Washington Post reported that Trump had stated, “McCain is no war hero,” but they misled the people by misstating what Trump had actually said, as clarified by Sharyl Attkisson. Nothing new here, misquotes and lies are a common thread of media since the 1964 NYTs v. Sullivan Supreme Court decision allowing media to lie with impunity. And this is the reality of what Trump calls, “fake news.”
Remember too that in September of 2016, Trump endorsed John McCain for re-election and said nice things about him.
So, what’s with the Senator from Arizona?
The Real John McCain
He served our country, and we do not know what he went through as a POW, so we honor him for his service.
However, the truth of the matter is that despite McCain’s military service, he has never been a man of or for the American people, and the “R” he wears behind his name more often than not comes across as a “D.”
In fact, last October, this alleged Republican stated that he would not be voting for Donald Trump, the nominee from his own party! So, who did he vote for…Hillary?
Trump did state that McCain graduated at the bottom of his class, and he was right. Even McCain alluded to his academic record during a commencement speech in 1997 when he stated, “This is quite an unexpected honor for a Naval Academy midshipman who graduated fifth from the bottom in the Class of ’58.” He actually graduated 790th out of 795 students.
There are countless stories on the web of McCain’s actual service and his actual imprisonment by the Vietcong, but there is one by Philip Giraldi that elucidates truth. He tells of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg, who was intrigued by the Vietnam POW issue, and began pursuing the McCain story in the late 1980s.
Schanberg makes two key points: first that a number of American prisoners of war were left behind in Indochina in 1973 with the connivance of top levels in the U.S. government (See Henry Kissinger, Soviet Agent), and second that John McCain has worked assiduously to obstruct any efforts to open Pentagon files and follow up on leads to determine the status of the POWs and the “missing in action.”
John McCain is still a powerful voice in the Senate consistently advocating policies calling for the United States to use military force around the world. More troubling perhaps, McCain has consistently and irrationally advocated an undeviating hard line against Russia, the only country with the military capability to confront and destroy much of the United States through its nuclear armed ballistic missile forces. Perhaps this is why he is so enamored with General McMaster, and why he so hated General Flynn.
McCain’s Voting Record
Conservative Review grants McCain an “F” with a 48 percent rating, calling out McCain for an extensive 32-year entrenchment in Washington. CR Editor, Gaston Mooney, said, “McCain’s consistent support for gun control, cap and trade, amnesty, and tax increases have put him at odds with just about every coalition inside the Republican Party. McCain pandered to the right in 2008, and he did it again to be re-elected in 2016.
“There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain,” read the Senate Conservatives Fund letter. “McCain lost his way a long time ago.”
The Senator has also been criticized for his part in the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform and his support for amnesty, his vote for the taxpayer funded “Wall Street” bailout, his vote to fund implementation of Obamacareand criticism of efforts to halt that funding, opposition to a $1.3 trillion tax cut, support for a $600 billion tax hike, repeated votes to raise the debt limit and voting against term limits.
Mincing no words, the Senate Conservatives’ letter refers to McCain as “one of the most anti-conservative RINOs in the Senate.”
McCain’s Munich Conference Comments
What kind of American is John McCain? He’s certainly not one who represents the Constitution he took an oath to uphold.
McCain apparently had no problem bashing our President in foreign countries recently. Why didn’t McCain honor the tradition of standing for America in foreign countries? He has embarrassed our nation, and himself, just as Obama did over and over again.
Here is the transcript of McCain’s speech in Munich. Without mentioning President Trump even once, he ridiculed and slammed his policies, his presidency, and his abilities. In doing so, McCain also slammed every American who voted for Trump and wants his policies to succeed.
But what I found the most telling was his comment, “I refuse to accept the demise of our world order.” He actually mentioned “world order” five times in his short Munich speech. What world order John? The New World Order you’ve been pushing since you took office in 1987?
The Senator even stated that VP Pence, and Generals Kelly and Mattis, all disagree with Trump’s stances and policies and have also voiced those opinions at the Munich Conference.
The Senator’s latest attacks on our President are unconscionable and absolutely bordering on sedition.
McCain on Meet the Press
On Sunday, during an interview with Chuck Todd, the senator again talked about the “new world order” established after World War II, and how he is fearful it is under assault from a variety of forces. (Does this remind you of George H.W. Bush’s 1991 NWO speech?)
He also claimed to be worried about presidential advisor Steve Bannon’s role on the National Security Council. Then he attacked Trump by saying, “A free press is vital and suppressing a free press is “how dictators get started.”
His comments were ridiculous. My friend Vin Sabella said this:
First, he claimed that the president was destroying freedom of the press. Then he said that’s what all dictators do to gain power. Then he said he didn’t mean that Trump was trying to be a dictator.
And, if that’s true, Senator, why did you bring up the fact that you thought Trump was muzzling the press and say that that is what dictators do in the same breath? I think the answer is obvious. You wanted to call Trump a potential dictator and be able to weasel your way out of having done so if you were called on it.
As Rand Paul said, McCain is deliberately blowing Trump’s criticism of the press out of proportion. Every president has criticized the press throughout history. But, as Paul says, there is a big difference between criticizing the press and passing a law or issuing an executive order to suppress the press. Trump has obviously done neither.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, (daughter of Zbignew Brzezinski) recently made it clear that she believes it is the media’s job to control what people think. Really Mika? One need only watch Chris Cuomo or Van Jones to understand their propaganda and socialist/communist allegiances.
Bannon’s NSC Status
The question arises, could we lose another valuable man in the National Security Council? Fox News reported the following:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that if President Donald Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser wanted to remove chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council’s principals committee, the president would “take that under serious consideration.”
“The president has made clear to him he’s got full authority to structure the national security team the way he wants,” Spicer said of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, whom Trump appointed last Monday as his new NSA chief. Spicer made the remarks in the daily White House press briefing.
Does this worry me? You bet it does. Bannon is one of the most trusted insiders and as such, he should remain exactly where he is for our President.
Donald J. Trump is in new waters, and he is learning as he goes. He wants to keep his promises to the American people. He’s the boss, and his employees should follow his lead.
Our President has a huge job, and he is wrestling against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places. Pray for him, and pray for our country.
Don’t fear the enemy who attacks you, but the fake friend who hugs you.
The government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. —Thomas Jefferson
In my last article, I documented Heritage Foundation’s drafting and promotion of job destroying NAFTA, but Heritage is also responsible for many other ills that American citizens face today, including healthcare and education.
Who Funds Heritage
Heritage is not required to disclose its donors, but according to a Media Transparency report in 2006, donors have included the John M. Olin Foundation, the Castle Rock Foundation, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation (founders of Amway and father-in-law to newly appointed Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos), Bradley Foundation (board members include Federal Reserve and CFR members), the Koch Brothers and Claude Lambe Foundation, and Richard Mellon Scaife, who gave over $30 million to Heritage.
Scaife supported abortion, and paid for a full-page ad in the WSJ in 2011, “From the Desk of Richard M. Scaife – An Open Letter to Fellow Conservatives: Why Conservatives Should Oppose Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood.” His mother was a good friend of Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger, and had her in for tea every Sunday afternoon.
The list of President Trump’s Supreme Court justices was culled with the aid of the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society. Only two justices on the list are truly pro-life. There are now 70 signees on the Coalition Letter on the Pledge for a Pro-Life Nomination for Justice Scalia’s Seat on the Supreme Court.
Over the past 25 years, Heritage has also been funded by private foundations such as Pew Charitable Trust which also funded many GOALS 2000 initiatives. Bill Clinton signed the Goals 2000 law on March 31, 1994, creating new education bureaucracies and facilitating federal control of local education institutions. William Greider’s bestseller, Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy reveals other benefactors: “Heritage received grants from Amoco, General Motors, Chase Manhattan Bank (David Rockefeller) and right-wing foundations like Olin and Bradley.”
Heritage and National Healthcare
As John Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things.” Heritage has promoted much that is anathema to our Constitution. Let’s look at the facts.
Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans is the Heritage Foundation plan, written by Republicans and endorsed by the so-called conservative right. You will notice that Stuart M. Butler wrote this Heritage monograph. Butler is a Brit who is a senior fellow at the liberal Brookings Institute, the same Institute that is promoting the privatization of education. Please pay particular attention to Item #2 on page 6 of this document wherein it states, “Mandate all households to obtain adequate insurance.”
James Taranto, who writes the Wall Street Journal’s “Best of the Web” column, put forth a lengthy and informative discussion on the conservative origins of the individual mandate, whose inclusion in Obamacare is today its most controversial feature on the Right.
Taranto writes that he was there when the Heritage Foundation was promoting the mandate:
Heritage did put forward the idea of an individual mandate, though it predated Hillary Care by several years. We know this because we were there: In 1988-90, we were employed at Heritage as a public relations associate (a junior writer and editor), and we wrote at least one press release for a publication touting Heritage’s plan for comprehensive legislation to provide universal “quality, affordable health care.”
As a junior publicist, we weren’t being paid for our personal opinions. But we are now, so you will be the first to know that when we worked at Heritage, we hated the Heritage plan, especially the individual mandate. “Universal health care” was neither already established nor inevitable, and we thought the foundation had made a serious philosophical and strategic error in accepting rather than disputing the left-liberal notion that the provision of “quality, affordable health care” to everyone was a proper role of government. As to the mandate, we remember reading about it and thinking: “I thought we were supposed to be for freedom.”
The plan was introduced in a 1989 book, “A National Health System for America” by Stuart Butler and Heritage Senior Researcher, Edmund Haislmaier. We seem to have mislaid our copy, and we couldn’t find it online, but we did track down a 1990 Backgrounder and a 1991 lecture by Butler that outlined the plan. One of its two major planks, the equalization of tax treatment for individually purchased and employer-provided health insurance, seemed sensible and unobjectionable, at least in principle.
But the other was the mandate, described as a “Health Care Social Contract” and fleshed out in the lecture. [Link]
Now, Stuart Butler claims we shouldn’t blame Heritage for the Obamacare mandate. He links to the Amicus brief filed in the 11th circuit court of appeals, dated May 11, 2011. If you read the Amicus brief, notice Edwin Meese’s name as well as Randy Barnett, of Georgetown University who has long been promoting a Constitutional Convention with Michael Patrick Leahy of Tennessee.
I find it interesting that the Affordable Health Care Act was signed into law by Barack Hussein Obama on March 23, 2010, but Heritage Foundation didn’t file their Amicus brief until over a year later. Ahem!
Heritage’s Mandate for Leadership
In 1980, Heritage published their Mandate for Leadership to guide the incoming Reagan Administration and its transition team. Working the high-level inside track on these personnel hiring’s was Reagan’s “Kitchen Cabinet,” of which Council for National Policy member, Joe Coors, was probably the best-known member.
A Reagan loyalist since the 1968 GOP convention, Coors began spending a lot of time in Washington, D.C. and at the White House. The attempt at governance by the Kitchen Cabinet became so elaborate that they actually established an office in the Executive Office Building across from the White House.
Embarrassed by the image of a covey of millionaires seeming to run parallel and sometimes conflicting personnel recruitment operations, senior White House staff produced legal opinions saying that it was illegal for a private group to occupy government property, in this case a White House office.
Although Coors produced a legal opinion arguing there was no violation of law, Coors and friends were evicted. Heritage could hardly claim diminished relations with the Reagan Administration, however, as an estimated two-thirds of its Mandate recommendations were adopted in the first year of the Administration.
Further, Heritage was using a letter of endorsement from White House Chief of Staff, Ed Meese, CNP charter member, in a December 1981 fundraising effort. In his letter of endorsement, Meese promised Heritage’s president, Edwin Feulner, that “this Administration will cooperate fully with your efforts.” The newly elected Ronald Reagan passed out copies of the Mandate at his first Cabinet meeting, and it quickly became his administration’s blueprint. By the end of Reagan’s first year in office, 60 percent of the Mandate’s 2,000 ideas were being implemented. After leaving the Reagan Administration, Meese joined the staff of the Heritage Foundation and is still there today.
Meese and his cronies were also involved in the theft of the Inslaw/Promis software that enabled the Justice Department to track criminal prosecutions. [Link] Meese had his intelligence buddies put a trap door in the software so the Bushes could monitor everyone. The Justice Department started sharing the illegally obtained PROMIS software with other agencies, including agencies where PROMIS was modified for intelligence purposes and sold to foreign intelligence operations in Israel, Jordan, and other places. Michael Risconsciuto of the Wackenhut security firm (former FBI and CIA) had testified that he was contracted to install a “trap door” in the software to allow the CIA to tap into PROMIS software worldwide. It appears that the original petty crimes of the Justice Department led to the exposure of a sensitive national security operation. [Link]
It also monitors all of us, and today there’s an even greater software program out there…but that’s another story.
Edwin J. Feulner, formerly the president of Heritage Foundation, had a yearly income including deferred compensation of $1,098,612. Former Attorney General, Edwin Meese, takes home half a million a year from Heritage. This is where your $25 monthly donations go…to enrich the lives of these top dogs. Feulner is also a charter member of the Council for National Policy (CNP).
The Rockefeller/Heritage Connection
Education researcher Chey Simonton states in her article on the Rockefeller/Heritage Connection,
“The top men of the Heritage Foundation, first Weyrich, then Ed Feulner, and now Jim DeMint, with the trust and cooperation of masses of sincerely committed conservatives, have been in a position to further elitist Rockefeller goals. (These are the Rockefeller Republicans Phyllis Schlafly called the Kingmakers, in her book, “A Choice Not an Echo.”) Along with radical World Government advocate, Walter Hoffman of the World Federalist Association, they participated on the 16 member U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the United Nations. Working with the US Information Agency, Feulner also participated in facilitating the infamous 1985 US-Soviet Education Technology and Cultural Exchange Agreement. Soviet pedagogy, based on behavioral conditioning for a compliant collective labor force, is a dream come true for the dozens of multinational corporations funding all the think tanks promoting American education reform. The humanist Carnegie Foundation, a century-long collaborator with Rockefeller philanthropy, facilitated the Soviet side of this Exchange Agreement.”
Remember, in 1934, the Carnegie Corporation called for a shift from free enterprise to collectivism. They wanted the Soviet planned economy. [Link]
Thus, Heritage’s communist connections, were established rapidly after the historic meeting between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev at the Geneva Summit.
Feulner was appointed by Reagan as chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. The commission was responsible for expediting a signed Soviet-American Educational Exchange Agreement. The National American Legion was one of hundreds of conservative groups refusing to do anything about the US/Soviet Education Agreements.
In 1995, education researcher, Charlotte Iserbyt, identified conservative “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing,” who not only gave the Soviets access to American education, but whose act of treason “virtually merged the two educational systems.”Leading the pack for an educational exchange initiative was none other than:
“Edwin Feulner, former President of Heritage Foundation, who strongly supported the U.S.-Soviet education agreements, and who had an office in Moscow, supported Soviet-style magnet schools (i.e., tax supported choice/charter schools), and had state affiliate organizations across the nation writing charter school legislation that reads like it has been written by the U.S. Department of Education, the Carnegie Corporation and the National Education Association.”
“Paul Weyrich’s constitutional-convention promoting American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) gave an award to Oregon’s Department of Education for its education reform, especially the work force training component and its certificate of initial mastery (CIM) necessary to get a job. Same old Common Core folks! See the June, 2011, WSJ article, “Industry Puts Heat on Schools to Teach Skills Employees Need.”
We must remember, the 1955 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) book, MENTAL HEALTH IN EDUCATION, is the earliest reference to the need for “choice” in education. The Charter Schools concept, strongly marketed around the country by Heritage affiliates, with the help of many CNP members in every state, attempts to link patriotic free enterprise themes to a blatantly unconstitutional system of corporate fascism to business/government partnerships in the education of our children.
At the same time, note that Heritage founder, Paul Weyrich, once served as advisor to former Russian President, Boris Yeltsin of Chechnyan genocide fame. He wrote about it in an article in the Heritage affiliate, Townhall Magazine. In 1987, Weyrich also wrote an article in The Washington Post, A Conservative’s Lament, which virtually recommended a new Constitution and parliamentary form of government for the U.S.
Both Feulner and Weyrich were also involved with other powerful players and shadowy figures, some from the right and some from the left. They have been included in groups formed to reinvent the UN, supposedly to face the 21st century. It is becoming more and more evident that Weyrich and Feulner were in fact organizing a tight group that represented the merger of right and left, which we have seen over the past 65 years, and which was quite obvious in our recent election.
In 1992, President Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans, that it would reduce illegal immigration. Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen. He warned that if NAFTA was implemented there would be a “giant sucking sound” as thousands of businesses and millions of jobs would leave this country. Most Americans chose to believe Bill Clinton. Well, it is 24 years later and it turns out that Perot was right and Clinton was dead wrong.
United Technologies (Carrier) is staying in Indiana, all because Mr. Trump made it beneficial for them to stay! He used the direct approach and went right to the head of Carrier and asked what they needed to remain in America.
Our newly elected president has stated time and again that NAFTA was the cause for American jobs being decimated. The North American Free Trade Agreement has done far more than destroy over 30% of our manufacturing. Our economy (jobs), our healthcare, and academic education have all suffered. William F. Jasper, summarized what NAFTA was really about: “The planet is quietly being divided up into regional blocs ruled by an unelected and unaccountable cabal.”
NAFTA is seen by globalists here as a step toward a North American Union (NAU). Robert Pastor, professor of international relations at American University, and a strong supporter of NAFTA’s ultimate goals, wrote in Foreign Affairs, the magazine of the globalist CFR, “NAFTA was merely the first draft of an economic Constitution for North America.”
Big Business, Big Finance, Big Media, ex-presidents, and former secretaries of state all supported the deal. Murray Rothbard was right when he said, “The fight was about foreign policy, about the globalist policy that the United States has been pursuing since Woodrow Wilson, and certainly since World War II. It was about the Establishment-Keynesian dream of a New World Order. NAFTA was a vital step down the road to that order.”
Our President-elect has promised to do something about it, and the best thing he could do is to scrap NAFTA in its entirety! Chapter 22 of NAFTA permits each chief executive of the three members of NAFTA (the United States, Canada, and Mexico) to exit the deal, simply by giving six months’ written notice. Trump should do it the very first day in office!
Scott Miller of the Center for Strategic and International Studies admitted that Trump has the power to take the United States out of NAFTA, on his own, without any approval by Congress: “Congress has delegated authority [on trade] to the president over the last 100 years.”
Let’s hope Trump has the courage and fortitude to save us from this horrid trade deal!
Who started these trade deals anyway?
Heritage Foundation and NAFTA
The 1993 Annual Report of the Heritage Foundation of Washington, D.C., dedicated to their twentieth-year celebration, stated the following:
The idea of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) originated with Heritage Fellow Richard Allen and has long been advocated by Heritage policy analysts…. The idea of creating a North American free trade zone was first proposed by Heritage Distinguished Fellow Richard Allen in the late 1970s, refined by then Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, and further developed in a major 1986 Heritage Foundation study.
Please note that Richard V. Allen is a member of both the rightwing Council for National Policy, and the globalist Council on Foreign Relations.
Former Heritage President, Ed Fuelner
In Lee Edwards’ 2013 book, Leading the Way: The Story of Ed Feulner and the Heritage Foundation, on page 233 Edwards states,
“Heritage played a crucial role in the debate on NAFTA, signed by President George H.W. Bush, Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney on December 17, 1992. Consistent with its belief in free trade and with Ed Feulner personally involved, the foundation supported NAFTA from beginning to end; Heritage’s support came naturally inasmuch as the idea of such an agreement had first been broached by Richard Allen, Ed Feulner’s long-time colleague, before Reagan was elected president. Ed Feulner invariably describes the passage of NAFTA as one of Heritage’s most important ‘scalps’ or victories.”
“One of Heritage’s most influential papers was a state-by-state survey compiled by analyst Doug Seay. The survey showed that forty-two governors, Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, strongly favored the agreement because it would create thousands of new jobs and improve the economy of their states.”
They were wrong, and they knew it.
Jobs, Living Standards, and the Economy
NAFTA was the door through which American workers were shoved into the neoliberal globalist labor market.
By establishing the principle that U.S. corporations could relocate production elsewhere and sell back into the United States, NAFTA undercut the bargaining power of American workers, which had driven the expansion of the middle class since the end of World War II. The result has been 20 years of stagnant wages and the upward redistribution of income, wealth and political power.
Despite the pro-Trade rhetoric of Heritage and our politicians, the central goal of NAFTA was not “expanding trade.” After all, the U.S., Mexico, and Canada had been trading goods and services with each other for centuries. NAFTA’s central purpose was to free American corporations from U.S. laws protecting workers and the environment. Moreover, it paved the way for the rest of the neoliberal agenda in the US—the privatization of public services, the regulation of finance, and the destruction of the independent trade union movement.
The inevitable result was to undercut workers’ living standards all across North America. First, it caused the loss of some 700,000 jobs as production moved to Mexico.
Second, NAFTA strengthened the ability of U.S. employers to force workers to accept lower wages and benefits.
Third, the destructive effect of NAFTA on the Mexican agricultural and small business sectors dislocated several million Mexican workers and their families, and was a major cause in the dramatic increase in illegal alien workers flowing into the U.S. labor market. This put further downward pressure on U.S. wages, especially in the already lower paying market for less skilled labor.
Fourth, and ultimately most important, NAFTA was the template for rules of the emerging global economy, in which the benefits would flow to capital and the costs to labor. In other words, the corporations got rich, and the workers got shafted. Thus, NAFTA is both symbol and substance of the global “race to the bottom.”
Talk about the American worker getting royally screwed! I remember listening to talk radio at the time, and Chuck Harder worked endlessly to inform the American people of the imminent dangers of NAFTA.
NAFTA and American Health Care
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) is an act passed by Congress in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). It requires hospital Emergency Departments that accept payments from Medicare to provide an appropriate medical screening examination to individuals seeking treatment for a medical condition, regardless of citizenship, legal status, or ability to pay. There are no reimbursement provisions. Participating hospitals may not transfer or discharge patients needing emergency treatment except with the informed consent or stabilization of the patient or when their condition requires transfer to a hospital better equipped to administer the treatment.
The good side is that patients with emergency conditions are being taken care of; they must have an evaluation exam, and they have to be stabilized. The negative side is that EMTALA is the largest unfunded mandate [on providers] that the government has ever instituted. Congress, through Medicare, gave $1 billion of our tax dollars to help these Medicare hospitals, but that has now expired.
Who is picking up these costs? Every American taxpayer — not to mention medical facilities and insurance companies who turn around and raise their rates for everyone else. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the current cost of treating uninsured immigrants who entered this country illegally at all levels of government to be $4.3 billion a year, primarily at emergency rooms and free clinics. This doesn’t take into account the billions being absorbed by in-patient care delivered by hospitals.
In March of 2016, Newsmax claimed there are 61 million illegal aliens in America, and Breitbart mentioned 30 million in August of 2015. Whatever the case, we know that for 20 years the media has said 11-12 million illegals are in America, and it is far more.
NAFTA and American Education
Illegal aliens cost America’s states over $761 million per year in our school systems, and six chapters of NAFTA have a direct impact on the public education system.
Under NAFTA, education in all three countries was to be privatized.
Privatization is the transfer of a government organization to a private entity.
The rise of charters is the prime example, touted by both the left and right. The privatization effect of charters goes much further, both for-profit, and not-for-profit charters conform schools to principles of privately run enterprises. Despite much evidence to the contrary, competition is touted as the high virtue that makes charters superior. Their very ability to exclude is an important factor in the success, for the few charters who actually are successful. Remember that charters are tax funded! Yet, they do not report to local school boards!
Should taxpayer dollars intended for schools be permitted to generate a private profit? I don’t think so!
Educators knew from following the NAFTA negotiations that turning public education into a commodity for sale in the capitalist marketplace was a central component of the agreement. They understood that at stake was not just public education, but the very idea of the “public.”
Part of the dialogue that has come out of NAFTA was from United States Information Agency Director, Joseph Duffey. In a September 12, 1993 Washington Times article, he stated that he expects the North American countries to succeed in achieving a sense of regional community(regionalism is communism) where the quest for a common community of nations in Western Europe has foundered. He’s talking about a North American Union (NAU), just like the European Union.
He went on to say, “We’re trying to reverse the tradition of nationalism and people, who in looking to their identity, look backwards to the past. Instead, we want them to look to the future.” In other words, Americans should no longer think of themselves as Americans whose founders were for freedom, liberty and individuality, but rather as world citizens, or citizens of the NAU.
Chapter 11 of NAFTA establishes the principle that foreign investors should be granted the same facilities as national investors, without any restrictions.
Chapter 12 of NAFTA (cross-border commerce of services). The new NAFTA rules have accelerated the imposition of new evaluation methods in education, developed by private institutions and based on standardized tests. Such tests are an effective means to restrict access to higher education and to assign young people coercively to technological schools that are not their vocational choice.
Key words are “education reform,” “standardized tests,” “state standards,” all of these are part and parcel of the destruction of education via Common Core, which actually started in the 1960s with mastery learning, and which was accelerated with NAFTA.
The Free Trade Agreement got the ball rolling for the development of skills standards by the newly formed National Skills Standards Board. It was endorsed by the U.S. Labor Department Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) study originated under Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole. This eventually led to the School-to-Work Opportunities Act and the dumbing down of American education curriculum for global workforce training.
With all of this emphasis on “standards” it should be pointed out that NAFTA allows exchanges of all categories of professionals, with those coming from Mexico and Canada having met their own countries’ standards, not necessarily equal to those required in the United States.
If this process evolves the way most of these exchange processes have in the past, that disparity will be addressed in one of two ways—by changing U.S. standards to match foreign standards, or by altering both NAFTA nations’ standards to align with international standards like ISO 9000 or ISO 1400 monitored by UNESCO. This should be of concern to professional organizations in the United States. See page 315 in The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America to see the impact on education in the US by the signing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
As Murray Rothbard explained at the time NAFTA was passed, “In the first place, genuine free trade doesn’t require a treaty or trade agreement. NAFTA is called a trade agreement so it can avoid the constitutional requirement of approval by two thirds of the Senate. If the establishment truly wants free trade, all it has to do is repeal all our numerous tariffs, import quotas, anti-dumping laws, and other American-imposed restrictions on trade.”
No wonder Trump carried Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. One way he could now repay those voters who put him in the White House is to cut out the sovereignty-killing cancer called NAFTA, and help restore the American Dream for millions of American workers.
President-elect Trump, you should have dumped NAFTA your very first day in office!
The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration. —Donald J. Trump June, 2016
Reassuring our Allies
VP Pence was in Brussels at the end of a European trip where he was comforting and reassuring allies that Trump will never abandon them. In meetings in Brussels, Pence said he was acting on behalf of President Donald Trump “to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union.” He pledged America’s “steadfast and enduring” commitment to the EU. [Link] Brussels is the de facto capitol of the European Union.
Excuse me, VP Pence, but wasn’t our President thrilled when the UK dropped out of the EU? He even said that Great Britain had exercised the right of all free peoples, so why did you say, “Today, it is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union.”
As I recall, Donald Trump and Nigel Farage actually celebrated when Britain declared their independence from the EU.
Trump/Bannon Backed Brexit
President Trump apparently caused “alarm” with some by endorsing Britain’s decision to leave the bloc and suggesting that other states might follow. He was supportive of Britain’s vote last year to leave the 28-nation EU, and he has suggested that the EU itself could soon fall apart.
VP Pence’s recent statements in Europe seem far different than Donald Trump’s and Steve Bannon’s.
Breitbart wrote in January, 2016, “The European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, lists President Donald Trump, and his chief strategist Steve Bannon, as “one of the main three existential threats facing the European Union.” Verhofstadt views Trump and his populist policy advisers as an even greater threat to the EU than Brexit itself.
And well he should. Trump knows that freedom doesn’t come from unelected faceless bureaucrats telling countries what to do.
Back in 2014, Steve Bannon spoke favorably about European populist movements and described a yearning for nationalism by people who “don’t believe in this kind of pan-European Union.”
“Western Europe,” he said at the time, “was built on a foundation of strong nationalist movements,” adding, “I think it’s what can see us forward.”
Pence on NATO
Pence voiced the administration’s strong support for NATO last weekend. His meetings were aimed at assuring European leaders that his words reflected the views of President Trump.
“Europe’s defense requires Europe’s commitment as much as ours,” Pence said. He reminded the group that in 2014 all 28 members of NATO promised to try to spend two percent of their GDP on defense by 2024. Only the United States, Britain, Poland, Greece and Estonia have met the two percent target. As a candidate, Trump repeatedly called for NATO to pay more, Pence noted.
And now Trump is president. “So, let me say again what I said this last weekend in Munich,” Pence said “The president of the United States and the American people expect our allies to keep their word and to do more in our common defense, and the president expects real progress by the end of 2017. … It is time for actions, not words.”
“The United States’ commitment to the European Union is steadfast and enduring,” he said.
Trump on NATO
However, in a January, 2017 interview with the Times of London, Trump questioned the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance when he was asked whether he understood why many in Eastern Europe feared Russian aggression.
“I said a long time ago — that NATO had problems. Number one it was obsolete, because it was, you know, designed many, many years ago. Number two — the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay.”
He also appeared indifferent toward the EU. “People want their own identity, so if you ask me, others, I believe others will leave,” Trump said of the political and economic union. He also said that the EU’s future didn’t matter much for the US.
VP Pence is a long-time politician and establishment globalist, and this is obvious from his stances during his 12 years in Congress, mentioned in my last article. However, his library from his 12 years in Congress is sealed until 2022 or his death.
President Trump however, believes strongly in freedom and sovereignty and is working toward this goal for America. Britain broke free and America must take heed to understand the same establishment who controls the EU are the same ones who are building NAFTA and the North American Union.
Is our Vice President simply assuaging Europe’s worries, or are some of his beliefs and stances in direct opposition to our President’s? Time will tell.
There is no escape from this war. Do you want to be ruled by men who eagerly drink the blood of their dying enemies? Such questions are almost never asked. Yet if you read the publicly available ISIS documents on their intentions, there’s no doubt that they are dead set on taking us over and drinking our blood. —General Michael Flynn
The American Police State
Donald J. Trump is the only, and the last hope for America, and his recent press conference was superb. As such, I have supported him from the time he announced his candidacy. However, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t made some mistakes.
The two men I totally trusted to guide him in the right direction were General Michael T. Flynn, and Senator Jeff B. Sessions. Trump stated that, “General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media – as I call it, the fake media, in many cases.”
Well then, why the hell did Trump let him resign, or even ask for his resignation? Even Rush Limbaugh spent days asking the same question, and I want to know why Trump didn’t say to him, “General, I know all these charges are false, we will weather this attack, now get back to work.”
Instead, Trump allowed the Obama deep state to derail one of his best men. As such, his administration should use the grand jury through Attorney General Jeff Sessions to subpoena the leakers and the news organizations who received these taped conversations and then rehire Flynn. There is obviously a slow-motion coup underway instigated by the US intelligence community.
Are we a police state? What was done to General Flynn is an egregious violation of the Espionage Act. There are so many acts of sedition, including what Obama is doing, and I want to know why they’re not being prosecuted.
The Obama Holdovers
This is a crime, Obama’s spies, holdovers who have not yet been replaced, but should immediately be ousted, taped a private citizen’s phone conversation (before he was sworn in as NSA Chief) and found Flynn had called the Russian Ambassador. Incoming administrations call foreign countries all the time, it’s part of their new job and not a crime. Even left of center Charles Krauthammer has said the same thing.
Flynn insisted that he crossed no lines in his telephone conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. “If I did, believe me, the FBI would be down my throat, my clearances would be pulled. There were no lines crossed, and the leakers must be prosecuted.”
Flynn did nothing that should have required him to resign. There has not been anyone who has been charged with the 1799 Logan Act, and every new NSA appointee has readied himself and his president by speaking to leaders of foreign governments. Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do, and what Trump needs to stop immediately.
Lou Dobbs stated, “President Trump, in my opinion, must end tenure for federal workers, must purge the State Department, and bring both the State Department and our intelligence community under the control of this President. To not do so and not do so quickly will only create more opportunities for obstructionism and put in jeopardy the entire Trump agenda, if not Mr. Trump’s Presidency itself.
Former Ambassador John Bolton echoed Dobbs’ sentiments, “There’s no way to overcome those leaks without getting firm control of all the bureaucracies in question. You need to get your people out into the departments and agencies, you need to staff up in the White House.”
General Flynn’s Objectives
General Flynn wanted to get rid of the rotten intelligence, but the shadow government eliminated him instead. As I see it, our president got rid of a loyal employee and is keeping those who have already spoken against him, including Judge Gorsuch.
Trump took office only a month ago, after 18 months of the most vitriolic campaign against him by the left and many of the neo-con rightwing. The animosity against him has been intensified to such an extreme that he absolutely must go to war against these leaks. Talk means nothing, he has to stop it now, because if he capitulates, it will be over for America and for his presidency.
That nameless and faceless bureaucrats were able to take out a president’s national security adviser based on a campaign of innuendo without evidence should worry every American.
Even more worrisome, William Binney, a former top NSA official turned whistleblower, who is credited with being the architect of their surveillance program, declared without reservation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is “absolutely” monitoring, eavesdropping, and spying on the phone calls of President Trump. [Link]
Sean Spicer Press Briefing
White House press secretary Sean Spicer spent much of his Tuesday press briefing insisting that Michael Flynn resigned from his post as national security adviser Monday because of a “trust” issue, and not due to a legal problem. [Link] “There’s nothing that the general did that was a violation of any sort,” Spicer said. “What this came down to was a matter of trust.”
Really Sean? I highly doubt this, unless it came from one of the globalist insiders since Flynn has been a total loyalist from the very beginning. Who told you to say that?
Who is Responsible
General Flynn said in his book, “We’re in a world war against a messianic mass movement of evil people, most of them inspired by a totalitarian ideology, radical Islam, but we are not permitted to speak or write those two words, which is potentially fatal to our culture.”
And Obama and his minions are still angry over Hillary’s loss, so he and his people are doing everything they can to delegitimize Trump’s presidency. When Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, the community organizer has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House. [Link] He is using the Alinsky plan to destroy Trump.
Can you say sedition? Or Treason? The leaks are the issue. It’s illegal to leak classified information. The responsible parties need to go to jail. [Link] This is laid right at the feet of former CIA Director, John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence, Jim Clapper. (Brennan actually voted for the Communist party in 1976). It was really obvious when Brennan was leading the charge with unfounded innuendos. And the Obama White House was directly involved before they left…especially Obama advisor Ben Rhodes. The Democrats are behind this and some of the Republicans are involved with the leaks as well.
The rogue weasels have struck. Terrified that Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn would tear them out root and branch, they connived and colluded, anonymously of course, to leak highly-sensitive intelligence information to destroy Flynn before he could destroy them.
The talk within the tight-knit community of retired intelligence officers was that Flynn’s sacking was a result of intelligence insiders at the CIA, NSA and National Security Council using a sophisticated “disinformation campaign” to create a crisis atmosphere. The former intel officers say the tactics hurled against Flynn over the last few months were the type of high profile hard-ball accusations previously reserved for top figures in enemy states, not for White House officials.
CIA Director, Mike Pompeo
Prior to Flynn’s departure, Pompeo recently rejected a request for an elite security clearance for Flynn’s Senior Director for Africa, Robin Townley, required for service on the National Security Council, when Townley had received this clearance previously.
He also recently stated on Fox News, that the CIA does not hide intelligence from the president, although the WSJ stated on February 16th, that U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump, because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.
Then, in an article of Cliff Kincaid’s in AIM, he states this about Pompeo:
In a newsworthy development that went mostly unreported here in the U.S., Trump’s new director of the CIA, former Rep. Mike Pompeo, traveled to Saudi Arabia to give a top Saudi official a CIA award for “counter-terrorism” named after a discredited former CIA director. The Saudi official was given the “George Tenet Medal” in recognition of his “excellent intelligence performance, in the domain of counter-terrorism and his unbound contribution to realize world security and peace.” Tenet is known for his embarrassing and false “slam dunk” comments about finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the U.S. invasion.
Pompeo’s tribute to the Saudi official, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, is astounding considering the evidence of the Saudi role in facilitating jihadist terrorism in Syria, a debacle that has helped to produce 500,000 dead and refugees streaming into Europe and the United States. Bin Nayef serves as Minister of Interior.
Rather than focus on Flynn, the media should be asking what Pompeo is doing paying tribute to a Saudi official whose regime is neck-deep in a conflict that has produced a major humanitarian catastrophe. And why is the CIA giving an award named after a director who failed in the intelligence mission of the agency he led?
Napolitano Speaks with Stuart Varney
Napolitano doesn’t believe anyone will ever be prosecuted for the leaks, as he believes it is the same people who leaked the nonsense about Donald Trump in a hotel in Moscow. He said they know how to leak, they are professional spies, they are professional leakers, their fingerprints appear nowhere.”
The Judge even asked, “Did Mike Flynn get fired for telling a white lie to Mike Pence? Absolutely not. He got fired because he was a threat to the intelligence community that he and President Trump are preparing to shake up.”
Napolitano names those entities, starting with the NSA, which he points out “has the ability to listen in real time to every conversation we have. The FBI, which has its own intelligence people, the Defense Department, which has its own intelligence people. Theoretically they all work for him and they are attacking him.”
In disbelief Varney says, “This is sabotage from inside the intelligence community of the Trump administration, to get rid of General Flynn, he was kind of scapegoated here, he was an easy target.” Judge Napolitano agrees with a series of “Yes” responses, noting that the actions are an attack on the President and that what we’ve seen to this point is a “pinprick.”
Varney notes that Trump is going to have to walk through a firestorm, with Napolitano agreeing and lamenting that he lost a valuable asset in General Flynn. He notes that Flynn, “as a former spy himself, knows these people, and he knows how they operate, and now he’s gone.” [Link]
General Flynn and Iran
In the wake of Flynn’s departure, the Washington Free Beacon cited several anonymous sources who suggested that there was a very specific reason that Flynn was targeted — his opposition to the Iran deal:
“It’s actually Ben Rhodes, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So, they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”
Flynn had been preparing to publicize many of the details about the nuclear deal that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal, these sources said.
Flynn is now “gone before anybody can see what happened” with these secret agreements, said the second insider close to Flynn and the White House.
Flynn, he concludes, was just the appetizer: the knives are now out for President Trump. The fake news media is in a feeding frenzy, including this attack on Kellyanne Conway and this bill of indictment of the Trump Administration from the Washington Post. The practical result of the decision will be to escalate attacks on the White House, not reduce them. The Establishment is a wounded beast fighting for its life. This is a take-no-prisoners, no-quarter-asked-or-given war.
Flynn and Fethullah Gulen Charter Schools
General Flynn became aware of the Fethullah Gulen charter schools, many of which are on US Air Force bases, through two researchers on same, one of them being NewsWithViews writer, Diane Kepus. Flynn had published an article in The Hill on Nov. 8th, 2016, warning that America’s dalliance with the messianic Turkish Islamist and alleged coup plotter Fethullah Gulen might undermine the country’s relationship with NATO, at a time when Russia was giving Turkey the full-court press.
Not only did Flynn propose to deep-six Gulen, a longstanding friend of the CIA, but he had blown the whistle on CIA incompetence in Syria. Flynn’s Defense Intelligence Agency produced a now-notorious 2012 report warning that chaos in Syria’s civil war enabled the rise of a new Caliphate movement, namely ISIS. For full background, see Brad Hoff’s July 2016 essay in Foreign Policy Journal. Flynn humiliated the bungling CIA and exposed the incompetence and deception of the Obama administration, and got fired for it.
David P. Goldman (aka Spengler), writing on PJ Media said, “Flynn is the one senior U.S. intelligence officer with the guts to blow the whistle on a series of catastrophic intelligence and operational failures. The available facts point to the conclusion that elements of the humiliated (and perhaps soon-to-be-unemployed) intelligence community is trying to exact vengeance against a principled and patriotic officer. When the Turkish smear against Flynn came out in November, I smelled a rat. The present affair stinks like a dumpster full of dead rats.”
Spy Community’s New Powers
And just who was taping the General? The answer, we know now, was the National Security Agency. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes (R-CA) is calling for the leakers, the nine-unnamed current and former officials cited by the Washington Post, to be jailed.” [Link]
The New York Times wrote that In Obama’s final days, he expanded the power of the NSA to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections. Obama’s new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the NSA may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. [Link]
Is Trump’s Staff Loyal
According to the Huffington Post, Roger Stone, a former adviser and longtime friend to Trump, suggested Priebus played a role in Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s recent split from the administration. He said he would like to see chief of staff, Reince Priebus, ousted from the White House immediately, claiming he is responsible for the extraordinary number of leaks plaguing the Trump administration.
Stone may be right as Gateway Pundit has reported that Katie Walsh, Deputy White House Chief of Staff is the leaker. What is not known is if this #NeverTrumper was taking orders from her boss, Priebus, or if she was doing this on her own.
However, I’m not sure Priebus is the problem, and if he is, he may not be the sole problem. In the last two weeks, I’ve received numerous calls from Hoosiers who have told me they believe VP Pence is the big problem.
Some of the problems they have with Pence relate to his term as Governor of Indiana, but others come from recent revelations. They believe he carries a bible in one hand and a knife in the other. So, let’s look at just a few of the complaints I’ve received.
According to this website, Mike Pence cheered Trump for not undoing Obama’s LBGT Executive Order for Christian evangelicals. Many are upset with this stance, and even more upset that Pence, who claims to be a fundamentalist Christian would go along with it. My stance is perhaps down the middle. I don’t believe we need all kinds of laws, but I do believe the Constitution covers every American citizen, and that includes the LBGT community. Trump made this clear after the Orlando murders of 50 gay people. He was against this before he was for it. [Link] Nevertheless, Christians are accusing Pence of hypocrisy since he has flip-flopped on this issue.
Common Core opponents are deeply disappointed by this outcome. The plucky Indiana mothers who ignited the national rebellion against Common Core are wondering why Governor Pence seems to have betrayed their trust.In Indiana, Pence presided over the withdrawal from Common Core, yet he quickly turned this triumph into a charade. Instead of returning to Indiana’s superb pre–Common Core standards, Pence stacked the replacement committees to ensure the return of Common Core. Indiana’s new standards are nothing but a slightly mangled and rebranded version of what they supposedly replace.
So, in other words, Pence took credit for repealing Common Core in Indiana when in fact he merely replaced it with a rebranded version of the same standards — nay, standards that might be even worse. [Link]
• Pence’s votes while in Congress were not good and he only received a 62% freedom index. [Link]
• Pence initially supported Sen. Ted Cruz. [Link]
• Pence stated, “Trade means jobs but trade also means security. The time has come for all of us to urge the swift adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” [Link]
• “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the US are offensive and unconstitutional.” Pence strongly denounced Trump’s proposal last December to close the US borders to Muslims. [Link]
There were several who mentioned Pence’s disloyalties prior to the election, stating he pulled his name from the governor’s race in Indiana before Trump had a chance to announce him, resulting in the Indianapolis Star catching wind of it and announcing his nomination early.
One Indiana friend said that she was disappointed that Pence went against Trump when the edited video of Trump’s locker room talk came out, as though Pence was so pure that he never slipped up with trash talk.
Another pointed out that Pence’s endorsement of Paul Ryan, John McCain, and other leftist Republicans prior to Trump’s forced endorsement, was uncalled for.
So, is there friction in the home court? I don’t know, I’m just reporting what I’ve been told in numerous phone conversations, with people who love Trump and are very upset and discouraged with the loss of General Flynn.
Flynn’s attack and dismissal has left blood in the water. Flynn was thrown under the bus. The sharks are circling. Will Bannon, Miller, Spicer, or Conway be next?
Remember that when Flynn was attacked in the media for his ties to Russia, he was not allowed by the White House to defend himself. He was instructed not to speak to the press when he was in the fight for his political life. His staff was not even allowed to review the transcripts of his call to the Russian ambassador. Why? And who ordered it?
The background here is important. Three people once affiliated with Trump’s presidential campaign — Carter Page, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone — are being investigated by the FBI and the intelligence community for their contacts with the Russian government. This is part of a wider inquiry into the fake news of Russia’s role in hacking and distributing emails of leading Democrats before the election.
All of it is fake news!
There is no Russian conspiracy, yet the open hatred, hostility and contempt of the hard left and the Democratic Socialists, financed largely by evil anti-Semite atheist George Soros, has declared war on our Republic, with plans of total destruction and the rise of national socialism. And they constantly repeat the Russian lie.
Nazi Joseph Goebbels said, “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”
Pray for our president. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12.
By Rev. Austin Miles
When Betsy DeVos’ name came up as candidate for Secretary of Education, a howl of protests rose from both sides of the aisle. Being Trump, the President would not budge and managed to get her into that position. Already the ramifications are, well, HUGE!
The very first action of Ms. Devos, as Secretary of Education, was to buck Trump who had overturned Obama’s law to grant rights for transgender men to have access to girl’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms everywhere, including schools.
This insane Obama maneuver was properly cancelled by executive order of our new president. Yet, according to numerous news reports, Ms. DeVos began her term by opposing the reversal of the knuckle-headed Obama transgender school mandate.
Ms. DeVos told President Trump that she was uncomfortable because of the potential harm that rescinding the protections could cause transgender students. Harm to the deviants? What about the majority of the kids?
The New York Times reported: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender ‘rights’, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. The order must come from the Justice and Education Departments.”
Tony Perkins wrote: “They went on to say that for nine months, parents, local districts, and states have been storming the courthouse doors to fight back on the decree, which insisted that every public school force students into the humiliating situation of sharing showers, restrooms, and locker rooms, with members of the opposite sex.”
These kids do not need co-ed showers, locker rooms and toilets. They need counseling. Mental illness should be treated, not celebrated.
Ms. DeVos stated: “The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights remains committed to investigate all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are the most vulnerable in our schools.” And who might that be? It is certainly not the degenerates.
Mrs. DeVos has bought the leftist belief that “objective, immutable biological sex has no intrinsic meaning, including in regard to modesty and privacy.” A federal district court in Texas, however, held that the term ‘sex’ unambiguously refers to–now get this–BIOLOGICAL SEX! Case closed!
LifeSiteNews reported earlier that Ms. DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos have a long history of siding with homosexual and transgender advocates, and against pro-family and tea party Republicans in her native Michigan. So how on earth could President Trump even consider turning her loose on all of our school children? President Trump needs to rescind her appointment without delay.
Now let’s take a look at Betsy’s husband, Richard DeVos a flim flam business man who headed the ultimate pyramid financial scheme, AMWAY, which was founded by his father, Richard DeVos, Sr.
Richard DeVos took the more folksy name “Rich” to make him appear that way to disguise his true identity, a ruthless businessman who did not care who he hurt as his love for mammon became an unquenchable thirst. You will see below how and why he was sued by Proctor & Gamble.
Richard DeVos, a star in certain church circles, is a man who loves being wealthy to the extent that he flaunts it, and at times appears to be showing off. He dresses the part of a very successful businessman and his overall carriage would seem to confirm it.
Having seen and observed him at several minister’s conferences where he was always the featured speaker, he would make a point of stating from the podium, “Don’t ask me, I’m not going to give any of you any money.” The sheeple would give a knowing muffled laugh acknowledging that they knew he was wealthy, that they were awed by that fact and they would like to have some of that money.
The name chosen for this company, AMWAY, was a derivative of the Name God, Who Identified Himself to Moses, when asked what name He should be known as. God answered, “I AM THAT I AM.” (Exodus 3:14.) So with not so subtle implications, AMWAY would be to Christians, God’s Way. Clever.
Here is a map of the DeVos connections
In his quest to make a fortune, DeVos expanded this pyramid scheme selling operation. AMWAY sold household products that would be hustled, door to door, to one’s own family or in contacts developed through social circles, neighbors, civic organizations and of course, the church. The goal is to recruit more salespeople. Indeed, the first people the recruits were to hustle were their own families, where sales were certain. Then they would go to others.
An ambitious salesman/recruit gives an illustrated screen presentation of the effectiveness of the products, convinces the ‘mark’ (carnival term for sucker) of the fortune to be made, as each salesman recruited would have part of their commissions directed up the pyramid to the one that recruited him, and the one who recruited the recruiter who….and on it goes. It is the ultimate ‘Pyramid Scheme” that legitimate businesses frown upon.
It is to be remembered that Proctor & Gamble, who also dealt in household products were hit by vicious rumors proclaiming that their symbols are satanic and that an executive with P&G stated on The Phil Donahue TV Show that they were supporters of Satan. Nobody checked the Phil Donahue show to verify this. We did. The program directors declared no such program ever took place and no appearance by a P&G executive ever took place. We were invited to view their library.
The particular church folk mentioned were (and are) quick and anxious to run with any damaging rumor about anyone, especially someone in the public eye.
The false stories took a devastating toll on P&G. THEN they learned that these rumors began with Rich DeVos who started the whole campaign, wanting to knock out competition with lies and slander, typical tactics of this misled church body. P&G sued Devos along with AMWAY and were awarded over a million dollars.
One sales technique of recruiters is to make the mark dissatisfied with what they presently have; “You shouldn’t settle for this, you should have a bigger house (photo shown) or, top-of-the line car (photos of Rolls Royce) and be able to enjoy life” (photos shown of tropical paradise complete with palm trees and bikini-clad girls).
At a service I did at Trinity Assembly of God in Charlotte, Pastor Calvin Bacon introduced me to Dexter Yeager who had become a close friend of Jim Bakker host of The PTL Club. Yeager had become a legend of sorts. In his forties, he had found himself out of work, joined AMWAY and amassed a fortune, along with several banks he acquired. Now he had the best of everything, including a fleet of limousines for his personal use.
Yeager had the unusual habit of carrying a shoulder satchel. “Take a look inside,” he invited me. I reached in and came out with a fist full of one hundred dollar bills. “Good Lord,” I exclaimed, “How much is in there?” “Fifteen-twenty thousand dollars,” he answered nonchalantly. “This is my pocket money.”
Yeager put on a good show as he encouraged Christians to indulge in the sins of covetousness, greed, pride, lust for power and the root of all evil, the LOVE of money. Get that? He encouraged sin in order to recruit and make more money. And this is where the beginning of the spectacular downfall of Jim Bakker began.
It was DeVos’s man, Yeager, who corrupted Bakker by convincing him he should not be satisfied with what he had. Jim so admired Yeager, his lifestyle and the money he was able to make, that he let Yeager sign him up as an AMWAY representative. He then began to hustle each studio audience, usually about 200 a day that came to the telecast, making his followers, ‘marks’, instead of souls he had been entrusted with.
But let’s get back to Richard DeVos:
Checking internet sites later, I found one that had a stock of Apologetics books. That was a subject of interest since a concentration on my Bachelor’s Degree would be Apologetics.
When I went on the Website I learned it was a news and products site owned by Rich DeVos. As I started checking through, I found a whole section devoted to vicious attacks against me, with not one truthful “fact.” It was all written as truth by this “Christian man.”
Shocked, I was prepared to sue him and had three atheist lawyers ready to take the case pro-bono, and that included the ACLU. Even though, no doubt I could have won, the words, “unequally yoked” came to mind.
I deeply felt that I should show that there is at least one genuine Christian in this situation, and withdrew the case knowing that this case would serve the atheists in discrediting Christianity, giving more “proof” to the public that Christianity is bad and should be avoided–even disallowed. No gain would be worth that result. I take my calling seriously.
I called DeVos’ office. He would not talk to me, his staff was rude, and his secretary screamed at me. This was not a novelty. When I tried to call Ray Rachels, the L.A. District Superintendent of this off-shoot denomination, his sweet, cute little secretary screamed at me. I kid you not.
Smith Wigglesworth, a totally Spirit Filled man was once taken to visit an asylum for the criminally insane—inmates with the definite spirit of Satan within them. As he entered a door at one end of the huge room, all the inmates began screaming, yelling and pounding the bars of their cells with metal cups.
When Wigglesworth went out the door on the other end, the inmates suddenly quieted down and were at peace. Ironically, this shows a distinct similarity as the Spirit of Satan clashes with the spirit of God, causing chaos and screaming.
There is more than enough data and facts about Betsy and Richard DeVos to warrant removing Betsy DeVos from the position as Secretary of Education. It is to President Trump’s detriment to leave this loose cannon in charge of our public schools. Indeed it would be unthinkable.
ANALYZING TODAY’S NEWS FOR TOMORROW’S HISTORY
Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass. —Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act, on the passage of Obamacare.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. —Voltaire (1764)
This article is about escaping the horrid results of Obamacare, and the pain it has already caused, and is still causing. It is also an inside look of just what has happened to families like mine because of government control of the medical industry. The cost of healthcare has increased exponentially in 2017, especially for middle America, while the availability has decreased at the same rate.
Obamacare has given us deductibles that are impossible to reach! Was the goal to rid the country of the baby boomers by destroying their ability to afford healthcare? One wonders because of the obvious wealth redistribution.
It is why we need your help President Trump, and we need it now.
Destroying Free Market Healthcare
In my previous article on Obamacare, I went back to the core of how this entire rotten takeover of healthcare was initiated by our own government starting in 1910. The powers that be knew that with the first “black president” in our White House, the takeover of 20% of our economy could easily happen, and it did. The Republicans all voted against it, which they tout every time it’s mentioned, but what they don’t tell you is that when they had an opportunity to defund it, they refused. All the political promises of repealing this albatross went by the wayside once they were re-elected.
Thus, what Americans now have is the world’s most expensive, most bureaucratic, and arguably least functional health care system. This system cannot be “reformed.” It can only be escaped from, until its dysfunction in the face of superior alternatives (i.e. the free market system of a representative Republic) collapses it.
It will require a paradigm shift of major proportions, especially in this age of entitlements, dependences, and a population that can’t think without a book of rules to follow because they’ve been so dumbed down for the last 50 years. We cannot simply “repeal and replace” Obamacare. We need a different way of thinking about public health, and it has to be under the heading of free enterprise, allowing the market to dictate rather than the government.
The fact that our President wishes to replace it makes me crazy. Why replace it? Health care is not a right. Progressives have pushed these so-called positive rights on all Americans, and they do not exist in our founding documents. These positive rights are enumerated by none other than the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights which claims that everyone has a right to health care. Horse hockey! Our nation was once one of personal and individual responsibility, not this communal leveling of the playing field where everyone is equally poor except for the ruling elite.
Of course, there’s no such thing as free health care. The government has no money of its own which means that it cannot “give” anyone health care without first taking away something from someone else, and that’s us, the working and now shrinking middleclass taxpayer! We pay, and we pay, and we pay.
Social Security and Medicare
Are Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid sanctioned by our Constitution? Not on your life! Again, it is government control of segments of the population. However, let’s make something crystal clear. When the politicos of DC and our state legislators talk about entitlements and include Social Security and Medicare, they are wrong! Neither are entitlements! We have paid into both all our working lives.
Roosevelt gave us Social Security in August of 1935, and everyone who worked after that date has paid into it all their lives. In July 1965, under the leadership of President Lyndon Johnson, Congress enacted Medicare under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide health insurance to people age 65 and older, regardless of income or medical history, and since then, we’ve paid into it!
This isn’t government aid, this is money we gave the government, and they should give back. Why do you think there have been no increases in Social Security for four years? Because we’re supporting more than 20% of the population, legal and illegal in true welfare programs. Let’s look at what they are without including the boondoggle of Obamacare costs to the middleclass taxpayer.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently took a closer look at participation in six major welfare programs from 2009 to 2012, which were:
Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) better known as food stamps, Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance to Needy Family’s (TANF) which is cash benefits, and general assistance.
Their report however, doesn’t discuss other kinds of support that people might receive, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, free school lunches, the Women, Infants, Children Nutrition (WIC program), Head Start, energy assistance programs, and Pell Grants. While it doesn’t capture the full spectrum of welfare in the U.S., the results still provide a clearer picture of who is receiving public assistance, and it sure isn’t the middleclass.
Check out the cost of welfare for immigrant and native households by the Center for Immigration Studies.
Ours is a system that’s rife with abuse and which discourages people from making responsible decisions. Whatever your take on welfare, there’s no denying that these programs to help the poor cost a lot of money, and are riddled with fraud and corruption. I’m not against helping the truly needy, but I want to stop all those who are gaming the system, and I believe our new President understands that.
The Middleclass Cheated Again
Socialists like Obama and Hillary think only of the masses, not an individual’s personal rights. Their beliefs are anathema to the freedoms granted by God in our Constitution’s representative republic. Yes, we’re a republic, not a democracy, and there’s a big difference! These elitists think only of the votes they garner from their welfare recipients, not those of us who are the grassroots and backbone of America’s middleclass society.
As an adult, I have always been part of the middleclass. I have worked since I was 12 years old. After marrying, I worked a full-time job and often had a part-time job on the side. Many of my readers will echo the same story. We were taught to work to attain the needs for our family, and our work ethic was top of the line.
As a young woman, I received healthcare in all my jobs, and rarely used any of it other than for my daughter and our yearly checkups. However, the costs back in the early 70s were negligible. The employers paid nearly everything, and rarely do young people even think about healthcare, much less use it. This is the reason so many chose to pay the fines rather than the higher fees for Obamacare.
Changes in Healthcare
When my husband and I moved to Knoxville in 1987, his company insurance was pretty much fully funded. Our deductible was $250.00 a person and prescriptions were three to five dollars. Insurance back then paid nearly the entire cost of care, unlike today where they pay only 70% after you’ve met the huge deductible.
What a difference 30 years makes, especially with Obamacare. As costs rose, first came the Flexible Spending Arrangement or Flex Plan (part of Government Cafeteria plans). This was adopted where tax free monies could be put aside from an employee’s paycheck to cover costs not covered by insurance, up to $5,500 at the employer’s discretion, with a carryover into the next year for a short period of time. We took the full $4,000 per year the company allowed, and it worked well for several years. A portion was deducted from each paycheck to cover the Flex Plan.
With the inception of Obamacare, the law changed the allowable Flex Plan to a maximum $2,500. This meant that we paid more out of taxable monies for healthcare costs not covered by insurance, but our healthcare still wasn’t too bad, as the deductible was $1,000 per person, and the payout 70/30 after that.
Big Changes in 2017
We all knew from research that in 2017, after Obama left office, the rules of the Affordable Health Care Act (what an oxymoron) would drastically change, affecting higher costs not only to individuals but to employers, and especially to middleclass Americans. This is another reason Donald J. Trump was elected.
This year for us, the deductible through employer is $4,000 per person for in-network and $6,000 deductible for out-of-network. Flex Plans would not cover the deductible, so an HSA is a better choice. HSA is a Health Savings Account, and is also tax free monies like the Flex Plan. Anyone can put monies into the HSA, and employers may fully fund it for their employees, if they’re flush enough to afford it. Between my husband’s employer and us, we were allowed to put in $7,750 for 2016. We were forced to take an insurance payout of $6,500 that would have been taxable, so we dumped it into the HSA to cover the deductible, otherwise there would only be the $1,250 employer donation in our HSA.
The entire problem with high deductibles at our ages is that you must have the funds to put into an HSA in order to have the tax-free cash to pay the costs until you meet the deductible. Many folks are on fixed incomes, and everything increases yearly except their incomes. For four years, Social Security recipients haven’t had an increase despite costs rising. Yet, our congress critters get a 10% raise every year, unless…get this…they vote against it. Nice how they make these laws for themselves, isn’t it. And remember, they are exempt from Obamacare and have the Cadillac of healthcare plans.
In order to plan for next year, not only has the cost of healthcare through my husband’s company risen, which is deducted from the paycheck, but we have to take an additional $250.00 per paycheck to put into savings for next year’s HSA which will hopefully cover deductible, that’s if the deductible doesn’t go up again.
Obamacare has not only hurt American workers, but the strain on employers to cover these rapidly increasing costs and still insure their employees is another knife in the back of small businesses.
There are many in America, including illegal aliens who are receiving many benefits from our government, paid for by taxpayer’s dollars. Yet, those of us who have worked all our lives are stretched to the limit trying to afford health care in our later years.
The Republicans in Congress claimed they had a plan ready to repeal Obamacare, and still give options to those who signed up for it. Yet, now we hear it may take longer. For us, this means we will basically have no health care because of the cost and deductibles.
The real end result is the fact that working middleclass Americans are getting royally screwed once again. Monies which could have been spent on vacations and purchases which would have helped the economy, are now being held back because we need it for medical costs. At this time in our lives we expected to have more to spend, but our government has seen to it that we have less.
Mr. President, repeal Obamacare now. Let the free market work. Remember, healthcare is not a right. Wealth redistribution is the name of this entire game. We are paying more, and receiving less, while welfare recipients and illegals get their care free, and our representative republic is ignoring us.
President Trump, we’re counting on you!
My view is that regardless of whether you think prohibiting abortion is good or whether you think prohibiting abortion is bad, regardless of how you come out on that, my only point is the Constitution does not say anything about it. It leaves it up to democratic choice. Some states prohibited it and some states didn’t. What Roe vs. Wade said was that no state can prohibit it. That is simply not in the Constitution. —Justice Antonin Scalia
Our new President is doing what he promised he’d do, and his first week has been absolutely thrilling. He told us that a top priority is to place pro-life justices on the Supreme Court. We need to help him do that, thus the reason for this article.
Judge Gorsuch’s Pastor Attends Women’s March
In my previous article, Say No To Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court, I urged pro-lifers to speak out immediately, and veto Neil Gorsuch. John Malcolm, a lawyer at the Heritage Foundation, believes that Gorsuch would be less contentious than some of the other Supreme Court nominees because he doesn’t have a record of strident comments that would fuel a confirmation fight. Of course he’s less contentious, he’s not pro-life. We are not getting the truth, and neither is our President!
Susan Woodward Springer is senior Pastor to Judge Neil Gorsuch, and on participating in the Women’s March said, “I have never felt so connected to humanity.” Judge Gorsuch is an usher at her pro-abortion church. Remember, there were no pro-life women allowed at the Women’s March. Does Gorsuch sound like a Scalia to you?
An independent, published ranking of judges said Gorsuch is not even in the top 100 most conservative federal appellate judges. See this important article, Judged by the Company You Keep.
Pro-Life Supreme Court Justices
Our new president gave us a list of 21 justices for the Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia. His plan was to fill the vacancy with a strong originalist and pro-life justice. The Federalist Society was instrumental in providing the list of names, along with the Heritage Foundation. Not many of their suggestions were pro-life, and top that off with all of them being very young, which would give the court a justice who could rule for abortion another 40 years.
Some candidates would be terrific, while others are like David Souter. The Federalist Society leaders helped rally support for Senate confirmation of “Obamacare is a tax,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., but they also rallied support for Alito.
Without true pro-life justices on the high court as our President promised us, Trump’s margin of victory disappears in a state like Michigan, a state Trump carried by barely 10,000 votes based on immense efforts by pro-lifers there. Trump must not be misled to break his pro-life pledge for the Supreme Court. Most importantly, every Republican President after Hoover made a lousy first choice for Supreme Court. We can’t allow President Trump to go down the same destructive path. See Nancy Thorner’s article, Latest Contender to Replace Scalia, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is Not Pro-Life.
Let’s take a quick overview of the Federalist Society, who founded them, who is on their board, and just exactly who funds them, which will shock you. Here is their 2015 Form 990.
Founders of the Federalist Society
From their own website, “The Society is about ideas. We do not lobby for legislation, take policy positions, or sponsor or endorse nominees and candidates for public service. While overall the Society believes in limited government, its members are diverse and often hold conflicting views on a broad range of issues such as tort reform, privacy rights, and criminal justice.”
As I mentioned in my previous article, the Federalist Society began at Yale Law School, (home of Skull and Bones), Harvard Law School (that bastion of higher liberal learning), and the University of Chicago Law School, (home of Bill Ayers and where protestors disallowed Trump rally). It originally started as a student organization which challenged what its members perceived as the orthodox American liberal ideology found in most law schools. These three Ivy league schools are known as having a Marxist agenda.
The Society’s notable membership has included Supreme Court justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Justice Scalia actually served as the original faculty advisor to the organization. Other members include Pro-Constitutional Convention Professor Randy Barnett of Georgetown University; Former Energy Secretary, David Schizer who clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsberg; and Alex Kozinski, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The Society was also started by a group of prominent so-called conservatives, including former Attorney General Edwin Meese; Solicitor General and Reagan Supreme Court nominee, Robert Bork; former Indiana Congressman, David McIntosh, now head of pro-amnesty and anti-Trump Club of Growth; Lee Liberman Otis; Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and Steven Calabresi.
Let’s take a look at just a few of them.
In 1967, when Ronald Reagan was Governor of California, legislators introduced a therapeutic abortion bill which allowed abortion, “when it would gravely impair the physical or mental health of the mother,” the latter of which opened the door for many more abortions. His legal affairs secretary, Edwin Meese, and press secretary, Lyn Nofziger supported it and urged Reagan to sign it.
Meese is on the board of both the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. He is also with the liberal Hoover Institution; whose members include Henry Kissinger, Heritage Fellow Richard Allen who drafted NAFTA, CFR member Condoleezza Rice, and education change agent, Chester Finn.
Abraham is an Arab American who was secretary of energy under George W. Bush. He was actually awarded the “Defender of the Melting Pot” award from the National Council of La Raza for his efforts on the immigration issue of blocking supposed cuts to legal immigration. He is also a fellow of the Hoover Institute.
Libertarian Calabresi is the Chairman of the Federalist Society, and is pro same-sex marriage.
In his essay posted on SSRN, Calabresi’s primary originalist case for a right to same-sex marriage runs something like this. Laws forbidding same-sex marriage violate principles of freedom and equality, and therefore they violate the Fourteenth Amendment, which of course was one of the Reconstruction-era constitutional amendments. [Link]
Calabresi also endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president. Despite my respect for Giuliani, Rudy is pro-choice. One wonders if that was the reason for Calabresi’s endorsement.
McIntosh is the co-chairman of the Federalist Society. The former Indiana Congressman now heads Club for Growth. He was an avid NeverTrumper. In fact, his organization spent $1million in a Trump smear campaign in Iowa which featured lies and fabricated information. Why? Because Club for Growth is avidly pro-amnesty. They also begged Trump for a million dollars, and he turned them down. McIntosh backed both Cruz and Rubio in the 2016 campaign. The pro-abortion Koch brothers have funded Club for Growth, and the Club sponsors the pro-Constitutional Convention American Legislative Exchange Council.
And…McIntosh is the disgraced former Congressman who was caught forging the letterhead of Alliance for Justice, and manufacturing a phony news release. Caught red-handed, he eventually admitted that he’d issued the fake release which included false AFJ financials. His apology to House Dems and to the AFJ was not accepted.
Stephen Moore was the original founder of Club for Growth and a recent fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He is now one of President Trump’s economic advisors.
Harvard law school graduate, Ed Whelan, is a close ally to the Federalist Society, as well as being a contributor to the Trump hating National Review, as are both Neil Gorsuch and William Pryor. Whelan doesn’t even support Trump’s pro-life pledge, and earlier Whelan stridently opposed Trump and even insisted that Catholics should not back him at all. Of course, he has blustered against Andy Schlafly’s attempt to fulfill our President’s pledge for pro-life justices. Whelan pretends that Gorsuch’s book against assisted suicide gives him pro-life credentials. It doesn’t. All the pro-aborts on the Supreme Court voted against a constitutional right to assisted suicide. Gorsuch is no better.
Leonard Leo, is executive vice president of the Federalist Society, and let’s make it clear, it is not a pro-life organization and has never had a pro-life presentation at its annual conference for decades. Mr. Leo is steering Trump away from his pledge to nominate a pro-life justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This ostensibly pro-life adviser to Trump, Leonard Leo, is not even helpful in honoring the pledge and has recommended candidates who are not pro-life and who will not overturn Roe v. Wade. Mr. Leo even stated on Bloomberg Law radio that he does not envision the new Court, with Trump-nominated justices, overturning Roe v. Wade. [Link]
The Federalist Society Donors
Their website states, “90% of the funding comes from individuals and foundations; the other 10% comes from corporations. The Society does not take money from any political party or group affiliated with a political party or from the federal government.”
In 2013, the Federalist Society held their annual dinner with guest speakers Supreme Court Justices Alito and Thomas, and Federal Appellate Judge Diane Sykes. This was a $200-per-plate black-tie fundraising dinner, funded in part by the Koch brothers. [Link]
“By headlining this fundraiser, Judge Sykes is clearly in violation of the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges and Justice Thomas would be as well—if only the Supreme Court was bound by an ethical code,” Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) said in a statement. The ethical codes are there to ensure that outside interests do not sway judicial decisions.
Here is a list of the sponsors for this dinner. Recognizable names are Chevron, Verizon, Google, Facebook, and Time Warner, none of whom are pro-life standard bearers.
Take a gander at the list of donors who attended this dinner. Among those who gave $100,000 are the following:
Google and Microsoft are among donors who gave $100,000 or more, according to the society’s annual report for 2015. I dare say, neither Google nor Microsoft have ever promoted pro-life.
The Sarah Scaife Foundation is a big donor. Sarah Scaife was the mother of wealthy businessman Richard Mellon Scaife, who donated up to $30 million to the Heritage Foundation. Richard Mellon Scaife funded Planned Parenthood, and even took an ad out in the WSJ promoting taxpayer funding. [Link] His mother, Sarah, had Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger, into her home every Sunday afternoon for tea. [Link]
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and her husband, George, gave between $50,000 and $100,000. Why? Because they are pro-life, and there are great pro-life people within the Society. Kellyanne Conway has done great things for our new president, a president we’ve not seen the likes of since Calvin Coolidge.
George Conway is a New York lawyer and Federalist Society member, and has been nominated for Solicitor General in Trump’s administration. They are both soundly pro-life. [Link]
Those donating $25,000 to $49,000 included:
Amway Multi-Marketing Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. These are the in-laws of Betsy DeVos, nominated for education secretary.
Verizon and Google also donated.
In the final category is Delta Airlines, Google, ExxonMobil Corporation, Facebook, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pepsi, Co. None of whom support life.
The Federalist Society obviously has overstepped its proper role in this process, pushing some of the members’ own agenda in an unprecedented way. If published reports are correct, all the finalists are young, Federalist Society candidates who are not as qualified (or as pro-life) as other candidates our President should be interviewing and choosing.
I am thrilled with the election of Donald J. Trump as our 45th President, and his promise to choose pro-life justices gained many endorsements and votes. If we eliminate Judge Gorsuch, the next judge who will be floated by the pro-abortion portion of the Society will be Judge Thomas Hardiman.
Phyllis Schlafly was one of the first to endorse him. Her son, Andy Schlafly, should be contacted by our President because he has done the research on all of these candidates.
There are three pro-life justices who should be nominated, Justice Charles Canady – number one choice, or Judge Jennifer Elrod or Judge Edith Jones. Urge our president to do so. I believe he will keep his promise.
The very heart of being a sovereign nation is providing security of one’s borders, of one’s internal situation, and security against anyone attacking one’s nation. That is the very heart of what I believe is sovereignty. —Senator John Warner
I have to laugh because even the incorrigible Howard Stern has made some strong statements against Democrats, albeit this was back in 2008. Stern claims to be a libertarian, and he said, “I have vowed, I will never vote for a Democrat again. No matter who they are. I don’t care if God becomes a Democrat. These Democrats are communists. This is communism. This is gangsterism. This is crazy.”
Robart is No Laughing Matter
As Senator John Warner stated, protecting our borders is at the heart of sovereignty, and Democrat Judge James Robart’s actions are no laughing matter. He has put the kibosh on Trump’s executive order to check refugees coming in from seven different terrorist-promoting Islamic nations to make sure they do not wish to do harm to American citizens. Why would any sane person want to stop the President from protecting us? As my retired attorney friend, Joe, said to me, “That’s really it Kelleigh, they’re insane.”
What really blows my mind is the fact that not one Federal Judge in America tried to stop even one of Obama’s unconstitutional Executive Orders, but President Trump’s EO to protect America is stopped by a leftist Democrat judge. God help us! But then, in reality, they have no right to do so. This belongs to the executive branch alone.
On December 9, 2003, Robart was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Robart was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on June 17, 2004. George W. Bush also nominated Gorsuch to federal court and he too was confirmed unanimously. The Senate, knowing Bush was left of center, and really pro-choice, easily confirmed this democratic lawyer to the high court, just as they confirmed Neil Gorsuch in 2006.
This Democratic Liberal Judge is a full-fledged socialist. His ruling didn’t consider any opinions on the law. He believed, without legal authority, that the president wasn’t making a smart move, and he stayed it. This decision on the immigrant ban from terrorist promoting countries went to the Ninth Circuit court, the most liberal court in the nation and of course, they stayed it. Protecting America from Islamic terrorists was one of Trump’s promises, and who is delaying our safety? None other than the Democratic Socialists…again! This time of the judiciary!
But hey, Judge Robart has even praised the Black Lives Matter anarchists in a lawsuit against Seattle police!
And Judge Michelle Friedland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, who ruled on the Trump travel order won the ACLU’s “LGBT Award.” [Link]
The Ninth Circuit has continued the stay, and now the higher court’s denial of an immediate stay means the legal battles over the ban will continue for days at least. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco asked challengers of the ban to respond to the appeal, and for the Justice Department to file a counter-response by Monday afternoon.
It could go to the Supreme Court. But what if the Senate holds up Trump’s confirmation of Judge Gorsuch? A four to four vote by the Supremes could leave us high and dry with the last decision holding. We may be overrun with terrorists from Islamic terrorist states, all because of one socialist judge.
It is NOT a “Muslim ban.” You will search the Executive Order in vain for mentions of Islam, or any other religion. Trump reminded reporters that ISIS specifically said that they would use the migration system to infiltrate the United States and other countries. The order is based on security reviews conducted by President Barack Obama’s deputies. The moratorium is temporary, and the executive order is absolutely legal, and is a security measure. [Link]
Vetting Foreigners from Terrorist States
President Trump wanted to vet foreigners arriving from Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen. Trump’s order bars citizens of the seven countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely halts refugees from Syria. Pretty simple and straightforward.
Chuck Schumer recently stated, “There are tears running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight.” He said this in response to Trump’s EO on immigrants from these pro-terrorist states, but that is quite a change from the tweet Schumer sent out in 2015 when he said, “We must tighten loopholes in the Visa Waiver program, ensure passports can’t be faked, and stop terrorists who want to exploit the system.”
Many other presidents have implemented travel bans in the past. Jimmy Carter implemented a travel ban on citizens from Iran after the Shah was deposed and students seized the U.S. Embassy in 1979.
And will wonders never cease, even Obama implemented a ban against refugees from Iraq in 2011. It was two Iraqi Muslims living in Kentucky who were sending weapons and cash to al-Qaida in Iraq. They were arrested, tried, convicted, and are in prison. Apparently, the Judge was unable to access this information.
Ann Coulter’s recent article reminded us of Elian Gonzalez. The Clinton administration used the executive branch’s broad power over immigration to send a 6-year-old boy back to a communist dictatorship. The courts were completely powerless to stop him.
State Department Whistle Blower
Mary Doetsch, a retired U.S. State Department veteran has blown the whistleon the entire refugee program by sending a letter to the Chicago Tribune. She wrote, “As a recently retired 25-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State who served almost eight years as a refugee coordinator throughout the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Cuba, I have seen first-hand the abuses and fraud that permeate the refugee program and know about the entrenched interests that fight every effort to implement much-needed reform. Despite claims of enhanced vetting, the reality is that it is virtually impossible to vet an individual who has no type of an official record, particularly in countries compromised by terrorism. U.S. immigration officials simply rely on the person’s often rehearsed and fabricated ‘testimony.’ I have personally seen this on hundreds of occasions.”
Mary goes on to say that she is in complete agreement with President Trump’s EO, and that she doesn’t believe it goes far enough!
Robarts Inaccuracy on Arrests
Judge Robart asked DOJ attorney Michelle Bennett how many arrests of foreign nationals had come from the states in Trump’s EO.
She said she didn’t have that information, and then Robart claimed that there were none, but Breitbart reported that according to a database built by the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, the federal government has arrested and convicted at least 73 people from the seven countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen. That fact alone tells us the huge inaccuracy of this judge’s rationale for imposing a “Temporary Restraining Order” ban on the president’s popular reform of the expensive refugee and immigration programs allowing untold numbers of terrorists into our nation without the vetting that has always been customary.
Several sites have verified that these countries and even others not listed, are hotbeds of terrorism training and activities with plans against the United States. Here is a list of some of the terrorists who have committed crimes from these very countries, and here are the countries with a large terrorism presence. Somali refugees who have come to this country have even been involved in terror plots, including more than 40 of which left the country to join ISIS, al-Shabab and al-Qaida, according to the FBI.
Somalis seem to be a big problem as they are ripe for recruitment by ISIS. Minnesota’s Attorney General said, “We have a terror recruitment problem in Minnesota” involving the Somali refugee community in the state.” Obama actually had to approve grants to teach Somali youth how to avoid being recruited. But there’s more, these same refugees have carried out knife attacks in malls and on college campuses injuring a number of people. We know this judge doesn’t live in a cave, his entire stay on President Trump’s order is purely political.
Pamela Geller, editor in chief of the Geller Report and president of American Freedom Defense Initiative, said Robart’s decision, if upheld, smacks directly at the sovereignty of the United States and strips the president of his constitutional authority to protect the nation.
Companies Suing Trump Over Ban
Can you believe there are 97 companies suing President Trump over his temporary refugee ban? Gateway Pundit reports that these companies use refugees as cheap labor in their manufacturing; of course, it’s all about money…not safety.
Apple, Google, Facebook, Spotify, Airbnb, Citrix, eBay, Etsy, Intel, Microsoft, Netflix, Snap, Twitter and Uber are just some of the high-profile companies that participated in filing the brief, the goal of which is to make clear that the technology industry and American businesses in general oppose Trump’s ban. Here is the entire list from the website.
I would urge folks not to buy Chobani yogurt inasmuch as Chobani announced the hiring of Syrian Muslims. The owner of Chobani was tied to the Clinton campaign and Clinton Global Initiative. The same now goes for Starbucks Coffee regarding their hiring. What about jobs for the American citizens?
Judge Napolitano Weighs In
Martha MacCallum interviewed Judge Andrew Napolitano on Judge Robart’s stay, and he stated clearly and unequivocally that President Trump has the power to do exactly what he’s doing. Here’s what he said in this interview with MacCallum.
“We have a federal district court judge in Seattle who basically second-guessed the President on the wisdom and propriety of the President’s executive order. And that is absolutely not the job of federal judges in our society.”
“The law on which President Trump relied is crystal clear. A 1952 statute which says, just as John Roberts read from the government’s brief, that the president of the United States has the authority to suspend any immigration of an individual or a group or a class of people, for public health, public safety or national security. It’s not the President and the courts, it’s not the President and the Congress. It’s the President alone.”
Black robed tyrants are legislating from the bench. Our President is right, should someone arrive on these flights who is a terrorist and acts to kill Americans, the blame will land directly on these judicial tyrants. That a district judge would overrule the president of the United States on a matter of border security in wartime is subversive.
When politicians don black robes, and seize powers they do not have, they should be called out for what they are – usurpers and petty tyrants. It is our elected representatives who make the laws and rule the nation, not judges or justices!
Selwyn Duke made it clear in his recent article.
Does our current status quo make our Constitution a suicide pact? Thomas Jefferson certainly said as much, warning that accepting judicial supremacy would make our founding document just that, a “felo de se,” (suicide) as he put it in Latin.
Acceptance of judicial supremacy, by the way, is precisely why President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations is on hold. Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist, No. 78 that the judiciary is the “least dangerous” branch of government because it “has no influence over either the sword or the purse,” yet it’s trumping the man with the sword, the president. But does it have to be this way?
No, Trump could simply ignore the court ruling suspending his ban.
Outrageous!? Unconstitutional!? Actually, it’s wholly constitutional.
Jefferson explained why in 1820, writing that “to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions” is “a very dangerous doctrine indeed and one which would place us under the despotism of an Oligarchy.” This is where we are now, and have long been – suicide-pact territory. The will of a nation 320-million strong is expressed through its duly elected representatives and laws are passed….And then that will is thwarted by five black-robed lawyers in a central-government tribunal.
Does this sound like a government of, by and for the people to you?
The Bottom Line
American citizens have seen terrorist activities on our own soil for years now. Here is a full list, starting in April of 1972. We have welcomed immigrants with open arms since the nation’s inception, but with caution to protect our people. There are many reasons most citizens want immigrants vetted, not only for the harm they might intend, but for assimilation, and disease…diseases we have not seen in decades. We do not want “no-go” zones throughout our country. And yes, I’ve seen women in full burkas in my local grocery.
I have two British friends, one who is an American citizen and one who is still in UK, who would so love to come to America and become a naturalized citizen. The UK today is overrun with so many Islamists that British citizens, women especially, are afraid to be in certain parts of the country.
My friend Stan, who has been here for decades, told me that it took him many steps to become an American citizen and all told, it was about two years. He is an absolutely wonderful addition to our citizenry. My friend Shirley should also come to the USA, she loves our country.
However, today, plane and shiploads of refugees from countries known to breed terrorists are being dumped in cities all over America. Without the vetting, it has become a breeding ground for terrorist training and terrorist activity.
Trump Senior Advisor, Steven Miller said, “The U.S. has an absolute sovereign right to determine who can and cannot enter our country.”
Laura Ingraham says our President should address the nation to make his case for the executive order, and I agree. The reality is, his action is absolutely legal, and it is being done for the safety of all Americans.
Our President needs to tell these judges to go pound sand!
(From deep out of the Bunker Archive – understanding fake news 2004)
Don’t believe anything you hear and only about half of what you actually see. – My Dad (and other wise people)
Wise man, my Dad.
I’ve been doing some more research. I know. Stop yawning. I intended to provide you with an extensive list of examples to support my argument but I won’t. Instead, I’ll equip you with what’s needed to do your own brain exercise. Besides, those of you inclined to agree with me will do so without references. Those of you who aren’t so inclined have probably already switched the channel. But, wait… You may want to stick around for a few minutes. If you do, I promise to give you something useful that’ll help you to dissect before digesting that which you hear and see each day.
I hauled out my dictionary. I needed us to understand the actual definitions for propaganda and journalism. Since we are busy rewriting definitions these days, I thought this was important for the discussion.
Propaganda – ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause. Journalism –writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.
In our world of 24/7, instant worldwide news coverage, we have a problem separating propaganda from journalism. Is propaganda too harsh a word for you? Hey, I didn’t write the definition for it, but if it makes it a little more palatable for you, we’ll discuss it as the difference between an opinion commentary and a newscast presentation of events or facts without interpretation. Just remember what Willie Shakespeare said, “You can call manure a rose if you want to, but it’ll still stink…” or something like that.
I read and listen to quite a bit of news and listen to many of the popular radio and television commentators. If I want the liberal slant to the actual news, I watch CNN, listen to NPR (your tax dollars at work) or one of the networks – ABC, NBC or CBS. If I want the conservative perspective, I’ll tune in to Fox. Although considered by most as conservative, the actual Fox newscasts (not the Fox talk shows) provide, in my opinion, more facts without interpretation than do the others. But, that’s a judgment you can make for yourself once armed with my rules for news dissection. When it comes to listening to commentators, I prefer the conservative perspective. I listen to the liberal commentators too. I like to hear both sides of the debate, but I do not like the extreme position on either the left or the right. Considering both helps round out my perspective. However, I’d as soon gouge my eye out with a stick as to listen to some of them. James Carvel and Pat Buchanan come to mind.
Last year in April, I was out of the country for a while. The only English speaking newscasts that I could get were CNN International and the BBC. Al Jazeera has nothing over these guys. Listening to what passed for actual news was interesting, but frightening. The BBC for example, could always produce one American opposed to the war and present them as the representative voice for all Americans. There wasn’t one single success to report according to their spin and America was clearly the bad guy bully. Their opposition to America was obvious in how they presented (slanted) the news for world consumption. Following two weeks of that, I too was concerned about how we were doing. When I returned home, I was much more observant of what was presented to me as news by alleged newscasters. What I discovered is that we have our own little BBCs and CNN Internationals filling America’s airwaves. To get at the real news, I started mining the facts for myself. In doing so, I developed three simple rules that have helped me see the world and the news, a little more clearly. Here are my rules. Feel free to use them, they’re free and they work.
Example: “Job growth was a major disappointment this month with only 21,000 new jobs created.
The commentary: “Job growth was a major disappointment this month with only…
The fact: …21,000 new jobs created.
Focus on the facts and form your own opinion about what’s good or bad.
Our Example Again: “Job growth was a major disappointment this month with only 21,000 new jobs created.
This statement activates the BS-ometer. The opening statement, Job growth…disappointment is descriptive. The words with only appearing just before the one fact, is the second descriptor. Both have a purpose of telling us our opinion (or how we should think). Two descriptive phrases used to present one fact. Does this more closely fit the definition of propaganda or journalism? Time to flip channels.
If you listen to a newscast and you never hear a positive point reported about (or as in our example positive facts consistently reported in a negative vein), for example, the economy, the government, the war… your BS-ometer should go off as well. This also works in reverse, everything isn’t always rosy either.
Our quandary is this. Too many of us focus on the commentary while skimming past the facts. We do that, because our most prominent and trusted newscasters are actually commentators and because we are a bit lazy at times. Our “newscasters” subtly infuse their opinions into the news giving us ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause more often than they give us direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.
There are only a couple of conclusions I can draw from this.
If the first is true, it tells me much about many of the people who claim to present the news. If the second is true, that’s simply propaganda.
A truth that’s told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent. – William Blake, 1803
Copyright© JD Pendry, 2004
Our young are so full of innocence and capabilities that are not yet known. Why would anyone want to destroy that through abortion? One of the most absurd pro-choice claims is that those who are pro-life do not like or care for the baby after he or she is born. In fact, pro-lifers find equal importance of life inside and outside of the womb. The gravity in a baby’s eyes, showing such extreme happiness for life, is one of the most beautiful things in the world. —G. K. Chesterton
I am overjoyed that Donald J. Trump is our 45th President, and I’m thrilled with 95% of his nominees. Nevertheless, unlike the sycophants who supported Obama and Hillary, when I am in doubt, I’m going to let my readers know about it.
God Said, CHOOSE LIFE
The Lord said in Deuteronomy to Choose Life! When those of us who hate Roe v. Wade think of the suffering of millions of little babies in their mothers’ wombs when abortion is chosen, we cry out for it to come to a screeching halt. We know too what happens to those little murdered bodies. It is why our 45th President has promised to put pro-life justices on the Supreme Court. We can thank God Hillary Clinton is not nominating a justice.
My first choice would have been Judge Charles Canady from Florida. While he was in Congress, Canady was credited for coining the term “partial-birth abortion” while developing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995. He has proven to be stellar on pro-life issues.
Neil Gorsuch and Antonin Scalia
When introducing Neil Gorsuch, our President said, “I took the task of this nomination very seriously. I have selected an individual whose qualities define, really, and I mean closely, define what we’re looking for. Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support.” He added that Gorsuch’s resume was as good as he’s ever seen.
As he searched for a nominee to ultimately take Scalia’s empty seat, Trump said he spoke “regularly” with Scalia’s wife, Maureen McCarthy Scalia, according to Kellyanne Conway. Mrs. Scalia has been a rock throughout this entire process,” Conway said. “She has been somebody who the President has talked to regularly throughout this process and he has very much enjoyed his time with her in person and over the phone.”
Gorsuch is better than half of those on the list who really don’t see much that can be done in stopping abortion. He does have sterling credentials, and in theory believes in the Constitution. However, no one can truly say whether or not he’d vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, which is ultimately the definition of pro-life.
Gorsuch and Scalia were friends, and obviously had enjoyed time together in Colorado as the signed photo suggests.
The insignia reads, “To Neil Gorsuch, Fond memories of a day on the Colorado. With warm regards, Antonin Scalia.
After President Trump’s announcement of Neil Gorsuch as his nominee, Gorsuch met Mrs. Scalia and chatted amiably with her and her son, Fr. Paul Scalia.
Gorsuch and Hobby Lobby
Many believe Gorsuch is pro-life because he ruled for the Christian Hobby Lobby stores against Obamacare’s demand (via Secretary Sebelius) that this Christian for-profit organization provide all contraceptive funding in their insurance. The left would have you think that Hobby Lobby was against all contraception for women, which is untrue. The reality is that the FDA approved 18 forms of female contraception, and Hobby Lobby took offense to only the ones that killed an already fertilized egg, Plan B “morning-after pill,” Ella “morning-after pill,” and two hormonal and copper intrauterine devices (IUDs). They didn’t object to most birth control pills, sponges, condoms and even sterilization.
The key issue on appeal in the 10th was whether or not a “for-profit corporation” may be considered a “person exercising religion” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which came into play in the decision for Hobby Lobby from the lower court. The case was about religious freedom, not about abortion per se. Gorsuch sided with the Little Sisters of the Poor in a similar religious freedom case involving Obamacare.
In the Supreme Court decision, Justice Alito wrote that, “The owners of the businesses have religious objections to abortion, and according to their religious beliefs the contraceptive methods at issue are abortifacients.”
According to ABC News, Gorsuch “is a defender of the ‘Free Exercise Clause,’ which says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” As such, he has also championed the rights of religious groups to display their religion in public places. And that’s a big Amen.
Gorsuch and Assisted Suicide
Gorsuch disagreed with Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Posner has written in favor of permitting physician-assisted suicide, arguing that the government should not interfere with a person’s decision to take his or her own life, especially in cases where the patient is terminally ill.
Gorsuch rejected that view, writing it would “tend toward, if not require, the legalization not only of assisted suicide and euthanasia, but of any act of consensual homicide.” Posner’s position, he writes, would allow “sadomasochist killings” and “mass suicide pacts,” as well as duels, illicit drug use, organ sales and the “sale of one’s own life.”
Gorsuch concludes his book by suggesting that the law could allow for terminally ill patients to refuse treatments that would extend their lives, while stopping short of permitting intentional killing.
In his book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (2006), Gorsuch praised the pro-abortion ruling that upheld Roe v. Wade as follows: “The plurality in Casey expressly sought to provide a firmer basis for the abortion right and to shore up the reasoning behind Roe’s result.” (p. 79) This is extremely troubling, as no one who is pro-life would ever assert that there is a “firmer basis” and better “reasoning” that can support the horrifically unjust result of abortion-on-demand.
Citing the Judge’s book as proof that he is pro-life is not valid inasmuch as pro-abortion supreme court judges have ruled against physician assisted suicide in the past.
Gorsuch and Stare Decisis
Gorsuch also clings to bad precedent, and is an extreme supporter of stare decisis, both of which are excuses for upholding Roe v. Wade rather than overturning it. “Our duty to follow precedent sometimes requires us to make mistakes,” Gorsuch declared in ruling against the Second Amendment rights of a man before his court. United States v. Games-Perez, 667 F.3d 1136, 1142 (10th Cir. 2012) (Gorsuch, J. concurring).
What is stare decisis? It is Latin for “to stand by things decided,” and is the doctrine of precedent. Courts cite to stare decisis when an issue has been previously brought to the court and a ruling already issued. Generally, courts will adhere to the previous ruling, though this is not universally true. See, e.g. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 US 833. The doctrine operates both horizontally and vertically. Horizontal stare decisis refers to a court adhering to its own precedent. A court engages in vertical stare decisis when it applies precedent from a higher court. Consequently, stare decisis discourages litigating established precedents.
Although courts seldom overrule precedent, Justice Rehnquist explained that stare decisis is not an “inexorable command.” On occasion, the Court will decide not to apply the doctrine if a prior decision is deemed unworkable. In addition, significant societal changes may also prompt the Court to overrule precedent; however, any decision to overrule precedent is exercised cautiously. (Cornell University Law School)
Gorsuch Nominated by George W. Bush
“Not a single Democrat opposed #NeilGorsuch’s confirmation in 2006,” tweeted Mitch McConnell on February 1st. Both Bush families stated they were pro-choice after they were out of office. It is likely the Democrat Senators knew the families were really pro-choice and thus confirmed their nominee. Here’s the list of the leftists who confirmed him.
Gorsuch and the CFR
Neil Gorsuch was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, listed in the 2008 CFR Annual Report Membership Roster. He is not listed in the 2017 Annual Report, but is listed as a member in his 2006 nomination by President George W. Bush. (See part 8)
Aside from his stint at Harvard Law, can we conjecture that his term membership in the CFR might have influenced him with the One-World-Socialist-Police-State-under-the-United-Nations goals of the CFR? Here is a short tutorial on the CFR. You can also purchase a booklet about the CFR.
Because of his membership, will he will be a shoe-in for the post, as he was in 2006? Other CFR Members of the Court are Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.
The only way you can find out about CFR Membership rosters is to obtain the CFR Annual Reports through purchase from Amazon for a nominal fee. (Hat tip to Sue.)
Gorsuch’s Pro-Abortion Church
Neil Gorsuch and his wife attend the apostate St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado, that has a woman rector, Rev. Susan Springer, who considers homosexuality as acceptable, and who believes that women have the right to kill their unborn babies. Springer also promotes climate control and gun control. [Link]
Homosexuals have had union blessing ceremonies in the church. Here is an article written by Rev. Susan Springer in 2010 supporting homosexuals and their behavior.
In 1994, as the anti-abortion movement mobilized to restrict reproductive freedom of American women, the Episcopal Church added this resolve:
“The Episcopal Church expresses its unequivocal opposition to any legislative, executive or judicial action on the part of local, state or national governments that abridges the right of a woman to reach an informed decision about the termination of pregnancy or that would limit the access of a woman to safe means of acting on her decision.”
From this article in Huffington Post, it appears Gorsuch is also pro-gay marriage, and unlikely to ever change Roe v. Wade.
Gorsuch’s membership in an Episcopal church in Boulder, Colorado, whose female senior pastor attended the Women’s March in Colorado, and has been associated with other liberal causes, gives great pause to most pro-life conservatives.
The influence, primarily by the pro-abortion Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation lobbyists, over the Supreme Court decision by our President was unprecedented. Why did Trump lock himself into only 21 names given by these organizations?
According to media accounts Trump considered only candidates whom the Federalist Society recommended, and no others. Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady is pro-life and more qualified than Gorsuch, but apparently, Trump never even interviewed Canady. Other prominent pro-life candidates, both on and off the list, who Trump cited during his campaign, were also not seriously considered.
If this were merely the first time that a Supreme Court nominee was supposedly pro-life, but was actually pro-choice, then perhaps a “wait and see” approach might be reasonable. However, unborn children have been sacrificed time and time again by this deception. President Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor, who was supposed to be pro-life but wasn’t, and then likewise for Anthony Kennedy. The first President Bush appointed David Souter, who was also supposed to be pro-life, but became stridently pro-abortion instead.
As well, the pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage billionaire Koch brothers have thrown their weight behind Judge Gorsuch. [Link] They launched a digital campaign urging senators to confirm Gorsuch, and they plan to mobilize the network’s 3.2 million activists to put pressure on lawmakers.
Gorsuch on Other Issues
In an analysis by Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, he pointed out that Gorsuch joined an opinion that adhered to the anti-gun view that “concealed weapons create an immediate and severe danger to the public.” United States v. Rodriguez, 739 F.3d 481, 490 (10th Cir. 2013).
On the transgender issue, Gorsuch joined an opinion holding that “it is unlawful to discriminate against a transgender (or any other) person because he or she does not behave in accordance with an employer’s expectations for men or women.” Kastl v. Maricopa Cty. Cmty. Coll. Dist., 325 F. App’x 492, 493 (9th Cir. 2009).
Where will Gorsuch come down on in the issue of whether men, who claim to be women, may enter women’s public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. His opinion would affect children in public school facilities. Will he even be questioned on this issue by senators during his hearing proceedings?
Unfortunately for us, Gorsuch’s views on abortion are not well defined. In his book, he wrote, “In Roe, the Court explained that, had it found the fetus to be a “person” for purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment, it could not have created a right to abortion because no constitutional basis exists for preferring the mother’s liberty interests over the child’s life.”
For the sake of the unborn babies in America, I pray that Gorsuch truly is pro-life.
Like Joe Friday of Dragnet, I’m just giving you the facts, the decision is yours.
We hear a lot these days from people who live inside of bubbles wholly shielded from the everyday challenges of the forgotten men and women who are the overwhelming majority of Americans. I refuse to refer to these groups of people as elite. From my background and upbringing, referring to someone or a group as elite was reserved for the best of us. These people certainly do not make the cut. Privileged they certainly are, but they fall well short of being the best of America – or the best of people for that matter. At the end of their road is self-preservation and maintenance of their perceived exalted stature.
We refer to the media elite, the Washington elite, the Hollywood elite and elitists in general based on personal wealth and its accompanying influence. It is these collectives who work every day to drive the conversational narrative attempting to steer the minds of the forgotten population in the direction of their ideologies and political aims. They divide people into groups of victims blaming their lot on a straw man enemy. The people – elitists – and their groups of useful idiots are an insignificant percentage of our population. Those who try each day to set the tone or drive the narrative attempt to make them appear the majority. It is a mirage, a potentially volatile and deadly one, but a mirage all the same.
They are failing. They have failed over the past decade and have experienced a steady decline in political power and influence. The forgotten of our country that largely exist paycheck to paycheck finally said enough. This is not their America. The social justice leveling of the playing field is a fallacy that serves to move middle class farther out of their reach. No longer are they influenced by these self-titled groups of elites who are losing their influence over the Middle America psyche daily and in great chunks.
The more our vaunted elitists fail the more extreme they become and will become. They refer to anyone who does not agree with them as fascists. It shows a level of ignorance amongst these people and their indoctrinated “protestors” that is nothing short of breathtaking. Fascism wants to silence opposing voices. It wants to control who has the ability to do business and sale their wares in the public market place. This is what we see every day. It is the narrative driven by the “elites” who refer to those disagreeing with them as brownshirts. Just for the uneducated Hollywood actors and faux journalists making these accusations, understand that it was the Nazis who sent their brownshirts to shut down opposing voices and destroy businesses and property. This is exactly what the paid for rent-a-thugs are doing almost daily. The day will come when a business owner or someone wearing the wrong kind of hat will declare enough. On that sad day for America you may just get the fight you think you want.
Peaceful dissent and protest is a hallmark of American freedom. Rioting, destroying business, and attacking people who disagree with you are hallmarks of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Communist China, North Korea… . If you are either too stupid to understand that or you actually embrace this approach, then you are not American. Not even close.
There is another group. These are the subversives inside our government agencies. These are not Presidential appointees, but career federal employees who are selected and promoted into sensitive positions because of their political connections and leanings. These are the people who willingly commit felonies by releasing transcripts of telephone conversations captured on classified signal intelligence networks. These are the people inside Congressional offices, NSA, DOJ, FBI, CIA, Homeland… who want to bring down our democratically elected government. These, not the useful idiots in the streets, are the people most dangerous to our country. These are the people who must be found and fully prosecuted under Title 18 US Code Chapter 115 Treason, Sedition and Subversive Activities.
But it is all connected. The elitists drive the media narrative and put the punks in the streets. The subversives inside the government give meat to the false narrative that “the Russians did it” then it just becomes a loop. A snowball rolling down the mountain until something pops. At least that is their hope and aim. Fortunately the indications are that they are losing this fight and will continue to lose as long as our President stands firm and takes the fight to them.
© J. D. Pendry 2017
For an extraordinarily uninformed and angry section of our country, straight white men are the scourge.
In a rambling and incoherent profanity laced social media post, a Lynchburg, Virginia female school board member laid out her straight white man theory of all that is wrong with America. Her bottom line, straight white men are the source of all evil, which if placed up front would have saved my reviewing all of her f-bomb laced and borderline psychotic offering. If you desire, you may go read the pathetic and vulgar twaddle yourself. If you have children in the Lynchburg school system, you may want to consider who you have in charge of educating your children. That goes for the remainder of our country too.
I am not exactly sure what message she is communicating by disparaging “straight white men.” But I will assure you that if the target of her rant was any group other than white men, she would be in hiding for fear of her life. To see one group singled out in society and blamed for all that is wrong is eerily reminiscent of Nazi treatment of Jews. As a product of their ignorance, it is these people who so readily label straight white men as Nazis. Do they want to march us off to concentration camps? Eradicate us from the face of the earth? From her dissertation, it appears she would enjoy turning on the showers. I am no angel and I have greatly disliked some people, but I have never felt the level of hatred for anyone or group that this woman expresses. Sadly, she is not the lone ranger. The same faux “rage” is fermenting across our media platforms and stoked by players who want to see America destroyed – straight white men and everyone else.
I am straight which means, I presume, that I align with the social and cultural norms that established the foundation of our country and which have been under constant assault for decades. I am also Christian and white. I live in redneck country, although I am not sure if rednecks and straight white men are the same evil. I respect the flag of our country and the sacrifice of the men and women who, from our beginning, have kept it flying and the rest of us free. I stand and face my flag or the music when I hear the Star Spangled Banner. I stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. I also stand for the Army Song. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms and I do. I read the Bible most days. Might I recommend it to you? The Founder’s Bible and The American Patriot’s Bible are laced with historical articles showing the influence of Judeo-Christian values on the founding of our country and our government. If you are a former member of the Lynchburg School Board I also recommend this item in case while reading your head explodes. I do not support abortion. I do believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I believe the Ten Commandments are not the ten suggestions. I believe in our Constitutional Republic. I believe in following the law. I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic. The oath has no expiration date. In some minds, I alone make up a whole basket full of deplorables.
I served much of my life in the Army. I served with straight white men and probably some not so straight, but who chose to keep their sex lives private. What a novelty that is these days. I also served with straight white women, straight Black men and women, straight Hispanic men and women, straight Asian men and women, straight American Indian men and women and likely some not so straight from all of those groups, Atheists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists….and probably some categories I left out. Most of them were apolitical. As serving members and Veterans, they comprise a tiny, tiny minority of Americans.
“’Never in the history of mankind has so much been owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill.
Very few of the people I served with gave a rat’s rear end about your color, gender, sexual persuasion, religion or any other identifier of the day. What they cared about was a common purpose and whether or not they could depend on you when it counted. Some of them could out cuss a Lynchburg School Board member but rarely directed it at one of their brotherhood or sisterhood. I actually lived in the tolerant and accepting utopia liberals like our school board member seem to pine for. Maybe the brotherhood and sisterhood utopia I knew has been harmed by recent year’s social engineering intending to add the same divisions into the Armed Services, but I offer that you will not walk into any US military unit and find a mindset that says to improve we must eradicate some group or another unless they are a threat to what they vowed in their oaths to defend. It is a mindset that continues when one leaves the service.
Our country began losing its common purpose many years ago. Sadly, our school board member and many like her have another common purpose in mind. To achieve it, they apparently believe they need to rid the place of straight white men. Her spoken desire is for a society is actually the bigoted and intolerant one she professes to deplore. She is just too filled with hatred and stupidity to realize it.
© 2016 J. D. Pendry