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Graham: NY Times Is ‘Trying to Stop Barr’ From Investigating Russia Probe

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Screengrab from this Fox video.

Why does there suddenly seem to be a full-court press by Democrats and the media to denigrate Attorney General William Barr? The latest example being the NY Times story suggesting there was something wrong with Barr talking with Australian officials about the origins of the Russian probe.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) appeared on “Hannity” last night and called it out, plain and simple. Relevant part starts at 1:42.

Graham said the NY Times story was the beginning of the effort to try to shut down Barr’s investigation. “I want to say on national television. Barr should be talking to Australia. He should be talking to Italy. He should be talking to the U.K. to find out if their intelligence services worked with our intelligence services improperly to open up a counter-intelligence investigation of Trump’s campaign,” Graham declared. “If he’s not doing that, he’s not doing his job.”

Then Graham 2.0 dropped the Trump card on Democratic hypocrisy.

He pulled out a letter from Democrats written in May, 2018 to Ukraine, which said that if they didn’t comply in the Mueller investigation, Democrats would withhold their aid. Graham questioned why Democrats thought that was “okay” to do in the investigation of President Donald Trump, but think it was not okay simply to ask for their help in the investigation of how the Russia probe started under the Obama administration.

“This is an attempt to stop Barr from finding out what happened in the 2016 campaign,” Graham said. “What are they afraid of? This really bothers me a lot if the NY Times is going to say there’s something wrong with talking to Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom.” Graham observed that if Democrats were truly concerned about foreign interference in the election they should be concerned about “Christopher Steele being hired by the Democratic party.” Steele, an anti-Trump British national, was the person who sought alleged Russian info to undermine Trump for the Democrats through Fusion GPS and Perkins Coie.

Earlier in the show, Sean Hannity observed how it was the Democrats who not only solicited Russian information through Christopher Steele, but they also solicited Ukraine to undermine the Trump campaign. They in fact succeeded in that, by tarring Paul Manafort and forcing his resignation, Hannity said.

Hannity pressed Graham as to when we’re going to get the results of the FISA investigation, noting Democrats didn’t care about interference through all their actions in 2016 between Russian and Ukraine info, even “screwing poor Bernie” in the primary.

Graham indicated during the interview that the FISA results were coming within two weeks.

The last nugget that Graham dropped was a great question. Who was the whistleblower, Graham asked, and would we find that he or she was somehow connected to this “old intelligence community” propagated by former CIA head John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper.

If that turns out to be the case, prepare for all kinds of explosion on the part of the GOP and Trump.

Good on Graham for blasting this for what it is. There is nothing wrong with what Barr is doing in investigating the origins of the Russia probe. Unless maybe you’re scared of being found out for doing illegal or improper things.

It’s shameful that the New York Times once again seems to be carrying water for the Democratic narrative.

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Secretary Mike Pompeo Tells Democrat House Committees That He Will Not Be Bullied By Their Make Believe Subpoenas

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Last Friday, the troika of mental defectives running the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees issued subpoenas to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding documents associated with President Trump’s phone call to Ukraine President Zelensky and to make himself and five other officials involved in the call available for depositions.

What had the left orgasmic was the “Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry” line which is meaningless unless or until someone takes any allegation by these clowns of “obstruction” seriously. That isn’t going to happen until there is a Democrat in the White House.

Best casing it, this is just a fishing expedition that probably will not withstand legal scrutiny by an appeals court or the Supreme Court, though it is virtually certain that an Obama judge will give a victory to them at district court level. What is actually up is House Democrats trying to use this information to keep a steady drumbeat of leaks and announcements to create the impression of misconduct where none took place.

Today Pompeo responded

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fired a broadside at House Democrats on Tuesday, saying State Department officials scheduled to appear this week before committees conducting the impeachment inquiry would not be made available until “we obtain further clarity on these matters.”

The refusal, in a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), described the demand for depositions by five officials who played a role in U.S. relations with Ukraine as “an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly, the distinguished professionals of the Department of State.”

His Tuesday letter chastising the committees said that he would “not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State.”

Saying that no subpoenas had been issued for the five depositions, he said “we are not aware of any other authority by which the committee could compel appearance at a depositions,” and that the scheduled depositions thus “could only be read as a request for a voluntary appearance of the five Department officials.”

The committees, Pompeo said, had provided insufficient time for the officials to prepare and to consult both private and State Department lawyers, as well as consultations “regarding the Department’s legitimate interests in safeguarding potentially privileged and classified information.”

I don’t know how this plays out. The one thing for certain is that if it goes into the courts, it will not be decided before next year and it is difficult to see how the Democrats keep this particular leaky balloon inflated if the have active resistance from the executive branch.

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CNN Fluffed Five Democrat Congresswomen but the Left Still Hilariously Lost Their Minds

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Wokeness was always going to inevitably lead to the Democrats eating their own and the latest example of that comes courtesy of CNN. They decided to run a fluff piece on the heroic actions of five Democrat Congresswomen who back impeachment.

The problem? See if you can spot it.

If you guessed it’s because they are all white, congrats and collect your winnings.

This led to some hilarious pushback because CNN dared to take five minutes off from blobbing over AOC and Rashida Tlaib, who are also big proponents of impeachment.

Here’s The Intercept gnashing their teeth.

Then there’s the other narrative, one in which the media has selected different heroes of the burgeoning impeachment effort — without including the leftist women of color. According to a weekend CNN feature, credit for the impeachment effort should instead go to four freshmen members of Congress — all of them white women with backgrounds in national security work. These women, who rather unbearably call themselves “the badasses,” only came around to supporting impeachment in the last two weeks.

On the air, CNN host Jake Tapper, following up on a Trump campaign adviser’s remarks, questioned whether two early advocates for impeachment — Tlaib and Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who is black — undermined the seriousness of the pursuit. “Do those members of your party,” Tapper askedRep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich. — one of the “badasses” — on his Sunday show, “undermine the seriousness with which you and other colleagues of yours want to proceed?” (Slotkin simply said she couldn’t speak for others and returned to her talking points.)

Taken together, the picture speaks to an even more grim dynamic: While Trump demonizes Congress’s progressive women of color, CNN erases their work.

White women, am I right?

Just spit-balling here, but perhaps Maxine Waters isn’t getting credit because she’s being calling for impeachment since Trump was elected. That makes her a deadly unserious person that propagated, and continues to propagate a conspiracy theory (Russian collusion). The fact that Democrats have finally found a more palatable reason to impeach for their moderates doesn’t make Waters any less of a clown in her pursuits.

Let them fight I say.

You will never be woke enough and CNN will learn that lesson the hard way eventually. By then, it’ll be far too late to salvage whatever credibility they may have had in the past.

The funny thing is, the fluff piece is actually garbage, so perhaps the wokest of the woke have this one right? These five congresswomen are not brave nor are they making history. They are simply following the herd and realized they couldn’t hold back anymore. And now, if Republicans can get out of their own way for 2020, they will pay the electoral price.

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Al Franken’s “I Swear I Don’t Do Stuff Like This” Apology

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I got the idea for this cartoon after reading RedState’s author, Sister Toldjah’s insightful post on Sept 30, 2019 After being accused of unwanted touching by yet another woman, Mr. Franken’s apology doesn’t take responsibility for what he did. It just sounds like an excuse.

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Collusion: Devastating Video Shows Just How Far Back Dems, Media Worked Together to Push for Impeachment

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It’s not breaking news that Democrats and the mainstream media have carelessly tossed the word “collusion” around like a rag doll over the last three years, and it’s no secret they’ve done so in an effort to “prove” Donald Trump was guilty of an impeachable offense.

But seeing it in living color is perhaps even more convincing and damning than merely talking about what they’ve done.

Newbusters has put together a devastating compilation video of just how often journalists, left wing commentators, and elected Democrats have worked together harmoniously to (erroneously) make a case for Trump’s impeachment well-before he was even inaugurated.

Bill D’Agostino sets the scene:

By November 10, 2016 — just two days after the election! — television talking heads were already conjuring up theoretical scenarios in which Donald Trump could be removed from office. Since then, TV journalists have amassed quite a repertoire of possible causes for a premature end to the Trump White House, including (but not limited to): his tax returns; his family’s business dealings, both home and abroad; his firing of various cabinet officials; and of course, his tweets.

Watch the video below:

And for the record, national digital and print media outlets have been just as guilty of feeding the impeachment frenzy early on as cable news outlets:

As it turns out, there has been collusion going on for the last three years done for purposes of interfering in an election – except it was between Democrats and the MSM, not Trump and Russia.

Flashback –>> Trump Impeachment Talk Started Before He Was Even Nominated

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Confirmed: Rashida Tlaib Facing Ethics Review by House Committee

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) became known shortly after she was sworn into office in January of last year for crudely shouting at a public event that “We should impeach the mother f***er” when referring to President Donald Trump.

Now she faces trouble of her own for possible improper action.

The House Ethics Committee is looking into payments that she made to herself after her win in November, 2018.

While you are allowed to pay yourself during your campaign, you are not supposed to pay yourself after your campaign is over. You are allowed to pay yourself after it’s over if it was for work done prior to the end of the campaign.

Her problem? She paid herself $17,500 after she won.

From Daily Wire:

“The Federal Election Commission states that salary payments may continue ‘until the date of the general election,’” Politico noted in a Monday report on the the probe.

According to reporting from the Washington Free Beacon in March, the elected Democrat made a $2,000 payment to herself on November 16 and shelled out another $15,500 to herself on December 1.

Tlaib spokesman Denzel McCampbell confirmed the review and told told The Hill:

“Representative Tlaib has cooperated completely with the Committee to resolve the referral, which involves the same claims over her publicly disclosed salary during the campaign that conservative groups pressed back in March. Representative Tlaib fully complied with the law and acted in good faith at all times.”

An election law and government ethics lawyer told the Washington Free Beacon in March that the first payment might involve activity that happened prior to the election, although the second week, after the Nov. 6 election, could potentially be an issue.

The second payment of $15,500 raised more of a question, the lawyer said, since it was completely after the date and was so much more than the prior payments to herself, which previously had totaled $4,000 per month.

From Daily Wire:

The ethics panel “recommended further scrutiny” into the possible misuse of funds, reported Politico, adding that the House Ethics Committee “now faces a 45-day deadline to announce whether to go ahead with a full investigation, or once again extend the review period and release the OCE report.”

Her two fellow “Squad” members, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have also faced their own campaign finance ethics questions. Omar was fined for campaign finance violations and ordered to reimburse her campaign account about $3,500 after an investigation found she illegally used campaign funds in 2016 and 2017 when she served as a state representative. Ocasio-Cortez has had multiple complaints filed against her for questionable actions she took during her congressional campaign.

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Watch: Shocking Video of Hong Kong Police Shooting a Protester Goes Viral

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The Hong Kong protests have become more than riots with sticks and batons. Now Hong Kong police are shooting protesters as one viral video now shows.

During the demonstrations that were to occur 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China, things became violent as Hong Kong police clashed with protesters in Hoi Pa Street in Tsuen Wan. As you can see in the video, an officer seemed to be surrounded by protesters and took out his gun.

He fired at the protester, striking him in the chest as the protester swung a pipe at him.

*Warning*: The following video and images contain graphic content.

Another angle shows the officer firing at the protester.

According to reports, the protester was a high school student and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with a bullet wound 3cm from his heart. His condition is currently unknown.

The protests, which began after China attempted to pass laws that would put Hong Kong residents further under its jurisdiction, have only escalated thanks to China’s overt attempts to force Hong Kong under its boot with police action. While it can be understood that a police officer would panic when surrounded as he was, the officers have been encouraged to use violence since the beginning.

It’s likely that someone being shot would be the inevitable result.

It’s also likely that this won’t be the last protester who is shot. Things will continue to escalate, and if they do then we may once again see the Chinese military become involved and we’ll have another Tiananmen Square incident with many young protesters laying dead.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, but it would appear that neither the Chinese government nor the protesters are backing down. It will likely get worse before it gets better.

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Breaking: Dallas Officer Who Shot Man In His Own Apartment Found Guilty of Murder

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The former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, has been found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean and could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison.

The case began after Guyger walked into what she thought was her apartment and killed Jean by shooting him in the chest, only to find out later that it wasn’t her apartment at all. According to Guyger, she was exhausted after a long day of work and had mistakenly parked on the wrong floor of her apartment building which is unnumbered.

According to ABC News, the jury was tasked to find whether or not Guyger was guilty of manslaughter or murder. The jury decided on the latter:

The Dallas County jury began deliberations Monday afternoon after prosecutors told them in their closing argument that Guyger made a series of “unreasonable decisions” that cost an innocent man his life. Defense attorneys countered that she made “reasonable” mistakes that led her to resort to lethal force because she believed her life was in jeopardy.

The jury came to its decision after asking for clarification on the definition of manslaughter and a clearer explanation of the Castle Doctrine, a legal protection for a homeowner who uses deadly force inside their home against an intruder.

Guyger’s defense team attempted to use the Castle Doctrine, which is similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law, as a defense, arguing that while she was in the wrong apartment, in her mind she believed she was in her own unit, which was a floor below Jean’s. The prosecution countered that the Castle Doctrine did not apply in the case.

Arguments have already begun appearing on the internet as to whether or not Guyger should have been charged with murder, as according to testimony, there was zero premeditation and Guyger shot Jean purely out of what she thought was self-defense.

It shouldn’t be overlooked that this particular case had, as Ed Morrisey of Hot Air put it, a ton of baggage around it:

The case had a ton of baggage surrounding it — police shootings, race relations, the castle-doctrine issue, and more. The politics of those issues will likely get injected again into the sentencing of Guyger, who might get as little as five years, as noted above. Given her lack of criminal record and lack of criminal intent in this case, I’d expect the judge to go light, perhaps more in line with a manslaughter verdict. If she does, though, there will be a lot of people who will wonder whether Guyger gets mercy for being white, being a cop, or being a white cop. Those questions will not disappear with this verdict.

In fact, if Guyger does get off with a light sentence, it’s likely relations between police and the nation will worsen significantly. Hopefully, this won’t pressure the judge to use a harsher sentence than should be used, but no matter how you slice it, this likely won’t have a decent ending.

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The Media Are Lying About Sean Davis’ Reporting On the ICIG Altering the Whistle-Blower Form

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., departs the Capitol en route to a speaking event in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Pelosi will meet with her caucus later as more House Democrats are urging an impeachment inquiry amid reports that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Over the past few days, a large dust up has surrounded a report by The Federalist’s Sean Davis. In it, he details how the form used to file whistle-blower complaints was altered just before the current whistle-blower submission involving Trump and Ukraine. You can find the original report on that at this link.

The gist of the claim was never that the “law” was changed, although that’s how the left spun it (and many on the right from certain outlets). What was being exposed was that the ICIG originally required first hand information or otherwise verifiable second hand information for a complaint to be seen as an urgent and passed to Congress. The regulations governing such also require that. The whistle-blower’s complaint clearly did not provide either of those things. Yet, the form was changed to remove those requirements in August just before he turned it in and the ICIG attempted to give it to Congress anyway.

Because arguing in good faith is not a thing with our media, they immediately rushed out to proclaim Sean was lying anyway. A rebuttal memo put out by the ICIG was used as proof.

The problem is that the ICIG memo actually backs up what Sean reported and anyone claiming otherwise is adding things to the mix that weren’t there in the first place.

To answer the question above, yes, the ICIG just did admit that. Malor apparently doesn’t realize that if the whistle-blower used the 2018 form, then the note that first hand info is required for a credibly “urgent” complaint was there for all to see. In other words, the form was changed after the fact, allowing the ICIG to claim it was proper for him to pass the claim to Congress.

Here’s Undercover Huber’s thread as well, which I won’t link entirely to, but you can click the below tweet to read it all. He goes hard at the media’s talking points.

Predictably, even some media outlets managed to admit the issues inadvertently but still pushed a certain narrative.

As defined in the ICWPA, the ICIG’s duties include an obligation “to initiate and conduct independent investigations” (U.S.C. §3033(e)). Further, he “shall determine whether the complaint or information appears credible. Upon making such a determination, the Inspector General shall transmit to the Director a notice of that determination, together with the complaint or information” (U.S.C. §3033(k)(5)(B)).

Ironically, the Daily Beast article inadvertently destroys its own claim that this is a “false story.” In their zeal to dismiss the importance of the altered requirement for first-hand knowledge, the article explains that first-hand evidence is the threshold to determine what is “credible” under the statute: “Though the text is confusingly drafted—which may be why the entire preamble was canned—a careful reading shows it’s not erecting a new hurdle for filing a whistleblower complaint, but rather describing the type of evidence the IC IG has to gather to judge the complaint ‘credible’ at the end of its 14-day investigation.”

The most infuriating part of this is seeing so many “conservatives” rush to bash Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway (who backed him up) when nothing they said was incorrect. The original report was that the form was changed and that the ICIG refused to give a reason. That was true, 100%. The dividing line among the right continues to be the majority who see the past and present corruption within the IC and those who reflexively run to defend them at all costs.

If some want to stick their head in the sand and pretend all of this is just a coincidence on top of the mountain of other coincidences, that’s their prerogative. The rest of us aren’t bound to give any of the intel community or otherwise the benefit of the doubt.

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Then Versus Now, and What to Do About It

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President Trump’s political opposition are beside themselves in their continual condemnation of every domestic or foreign policy proposal and action taken by the administration. According to them, everything done by the Trump administration is either some kind of evil grand conspiracy in service of his supposed “Russian puppeteers,” the product of his supposed racist and white supremacist worldview, or just some crackpot idea by someone who is over his head and “winging it” – sometimes in combination!

Compared to the erudite foreign policy establishment, the cultural [il]literati, the grand conservative thinkers among the #NeverTrump wing who make these judgments daily, which are repeated endlessly by the paid parrots in the legacy media, I see things in far simpler terms, which could be distilled to this concept: the President is spearheading an American restoration in much the same way that a builder (or a homeowner) renovates and restores an old house that has been allowed to decay through neglect over the years.

America’s decay since 1960 can be clearly shown by contrasting what we do these days versus what we did yesteryear. There is a LOT that we used to do that we don’t anymore, much of which plays directly into “national objectives” and the national psyche. POTUS is quite simply trying to restore America’s mojo.

For example, we used to teach self-reliance through the adage that “God helps those who help themselves.” The concept involves developing personal initiative, working hard, and providing first for oneself and then for one’s family. To depend on others for one’s basic needs was long considered to be a personal failing and an embarrassment. These days, the political class has constructed a welfare state that teaches inter-generational dependence on the government, destroying self-reliance and also personal integrity and the feeling of self-worth in the process.

We used to practice Christian charity at all levels of the income scale. Even those with modest incomes felt compelled to provide at least a pittance for those in more unfortunate circumstances “because it was the Christian thing to do.” Nowadays, the state has assumed that function to the detriment of both those doing the giving and also those on the receiving end. The givers’ hearts are perceptibly hardened as they shirk what previously was a communal obligation while the state can’t do anything about changing the life trajectory and spirit of those receiving government aid.

We used to have lightly regulated free enterprise; anyone with an idea, a little capital, and an entrepreneurial spirit could start and build a business. The concept of “creative destruction” – the continual removal and replacement of longstanding practices to make way for innovative concepts – was inherently understood and accepted. These days, in order to reduce risk to large businesses in particular, the government is engaged in picking winners and losers on the basis of campaign contributions to politicians who manipulate the tax and regulatory systems to benefit or punish as they deem fit. This is the essence of the corporate capitalism about which the Left rail these days. Their aim is off, though, as it is the government that is the problem, not the solution!

We used to have citizen legislators, as envisioned by the Founders. Those legislators would do the people’s business on a part-time basis, and then return to their own business pursuits thereafter. Now, we have a “professional” political class that has sprung up like cockleburs in a bean field. As citizens, we have ceded authority to them to “run the country,” and how has that worked out? Arguably horribly, as the US national debt exceeds $22 trillion, our inner cities are disaster areas filled with hopeless people with ruined lives, our manufacturing jobs cynically and maliciously exported to China, and our national security and sovereignty directly compromised by open borders nonsense.

We used to believe in – and actually had! – a low-tax, low regulatory government and an understanding that the least government that is closest to the people is the best. And to think that there was once no federal income tax or Internal Revenue Service! Now, thanks to the corrupting influence of the power and control provided by an administrative state which has seeped into every nook and cranny of American society, the political class has come to believe that the federal government can provide virtually everything for everyone – but at the cost of our liberties and freedom, not to mention our money! Are there no federal programs which have failed to achieve their goals that should be retired? I can think of a LOT of them that should be shut down and/or returned to the states per the 10th Amendment! The administrative state’s growth is unabated because it serves the political class – but not We The People!

We used to have healthy debates on whither and where public monies should be spent; this as much as any topic enabled us to sort out the true natures of the politicians we sent to Congress. Now, the federal budget in particular has become so gargantuan that no one can grasp the redundancies and waste therein. Who among us has ever read through the entire federal budget? Our eyes glaze at the minutiae. And the political class has gravitated toward the use of continuing resolutions partly to avoid the scrutiny from the public that would come with actually developing a formal annual federal budget. All that the politicians do these days is argue for more taxes and more spending, as well as changing the priorities for spending all those taxpayer dollars.

We used to be taught the Federalist Papers and de Toqueville in 8th grade civics, as well as a reverence for the Constitution. Young people actually understood how state and federal governments worked, and why they were set up as they were by the Founders, including the key concept of checks and balances and the reasons for the “Great Compromise.” Now, the political class seeks to escape those shackles at every turn while developing convoluted arguments that the Constitution needs to be an “enabling document and not a restrictive one” that ultimately lead to the despotism that the Founders feared most. The ridiculous discussion of doing away with the Electoral College by leftist Democrats like the members of The Squad is symptomatic of the demise of practical civics and American history classes in our public education system

We used to be taught public manners and to practice civic courtesy everywhere; it was part of what growing up, and becoming a responsible and productive citizen was all about. Respect for one’s elders, law enforcement personnel, and civic figures was taught and reinforced as one grew up and came of age. Now, the culture has been coarsened to the point where virtually anything goes and nothing shocks anymore. Public insults have given way to wishing bodily harm and/or death on one’s perceived enemies, especially in the political realm. This has hardened into a political tactic by the leftist Democrats who actually cheer on politically motivated violence by the likes of Antifa and Communist agitators in the streets in places like Portland.

We used to have faith in government institutions, and that the people in those agencies were actually public servants tending to the business of the country. How naïve! We have learned otherwise in the Age of Trump, as the revelations about the corruption in the Obama regime across virtually all departments has increasingly been exposed. Before 2016, how many of us would ever have suspected that elements of the CIA, DoJ, FBI, and State Department were conspiring against a presidential candidate and later an elected president? And although cynically noting double standards in the application of our laws, how many of us could ever have believed the extent to which those double standards have been exposed in DoJ and the FBI covering up major Obama and Clinton scandals in recent years?

Lastly – although the list could go on – we used to worship and believe in God, as well as express those beliefs in the public square. Now, we have lost sight of the country’s founding as a Christian nation, and the political class has virtually excised religion from the public square with the aid of the Communist-founded ACLU and other leftists over the years. And how has that worked out? As one example, the Catholic Church has lost its way, abrogating centuries-old pro-life bedrock principles. One statistic about all others shows how far we’ve fallen: over 60 million abortions have been performed since Roe v. Wade opened the floodgates to abortion on demand in 1973. Then there is the increasing evidence of human trafficking and pedophilia among the political class and supposed cultural icons in America. Let’s face it: the Marxists are winning the culture wars, folks, just as they have long planned!

Now given the aforementioned comparisons, what should our national objectives be if we wish to regain some semblance of the Republic envisioned by the Founders? I’ll give you my 2 cents to chew on, all of which are focused on the long-term. I happen to believe that these objectives are also what underly President Trump’s strategy to restore America and its institutions. Conversely, these are also the items that the Left as manifested by today’s Democrat Party will fight – and are fighting! – tooth-and-nail to prevent.

  • Promote self-reliance for all American citizens. Teach it in the schools, enable it through limited government. This requires regaining control of the public education system and booting leftist teachers en masse. Reduce transfer payments to a lifetime limit (x number of years total), except for the truly indigent.
  • Repeal “affirmative action” laws throughout the land. Restore merit as the only measuring stick for employment and promotion decisions.
  • Hold people responsible for their actions, especially the political and mandarin classes. Enforce racketeering and corruption laws (and pass tougher ones that are rigidly enforced). Public shaming also has a place.
  • Pass a constitutional amendment limiting federal spending (both on and off book) to the historical average of percentage of Gross National Product (GNP) before 1960.
  • Reform the tax code. I prefer a flat tax with no deductions although I would rather see the income tax replaced by a national sales tax and a return to tariffs as a significant source of national revenue as was the case before the 16th Amendment was passed.
  • Limit the federal government to constitutionally-specified functions; return all other matters to the individual states (that means “infrastructure” and other Marxist-inspired lingo/programs). Retire failed programs. Reduce federal subsidies to near zero (except for research and development, which is the seed corn of economic and technological growth).
  • Promote civic courtesy and good public manners; publicly shame and ostracize those who don’t comply. Quickly prosecute those who incite violence in their political speech and other public utterances.
  • Excise all foreign influence (especially money) from the political class. Rescind all domestic campaign finance restrictions, remove all subsidies from non-profits (except for religious organizations), repeal McCain-Feingold (and get rid of all non-profits organizations except for religious-affiliated and private charities), and require all domestic political contributions be instantly publicized the moment they are made.
  • Re-implement loyalty oaths across the federal government at all levels. Monitor and enforce adherence through revamped personnel and whistle-blower policies. Pass laws preventing lobbying of Congress by anyone formerly serving in the federal government in any capacity (bureaucrat, elected official, appointed staffers, etc.).
  • Sponsor a series of widely-publicized nationwide and regional conferences and debates over many months in many venues on national defense policy, the conduct of war, commitment of forces overseas, alliances, objectives, etc., leading to a national consensus that can be manifested by the political class. Do the same for domestic policy (might require a Constitutional Convention to delineate/realign federal-state responsibilities although I am leery about deep pocket leftist donors hijacking this through corruption and bribery). POTUS has essentially begun the process with his frequent campaign stops around the country.

I greatly prefer the “then” to the “now,” at least as relates to the comparisons presented here. These recommended actions listed will reverse those comparison and are entirely consistent with the MAGA agenda. In fact, these are the kinds of issues that he is pursuing when he appoints conservative judges to the federal bench, implements tax cuts, reduces government regulations, roots out the political corruption in the Deep State, and gains control of our porous southern border. And they’re certainly NOT in service of his mythical Russian puppet masters in Moscow as the execrable Left ridiculously claims! The end result of a continuation of these actions will be a restoration of America over the long haul while removing the blight and decay that the Left have purposely created over the past few decades. Let’s help POTUS continue his wonderful reclamation project on behalf of all Americans!

The end.

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