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Why I am No Longer a Conservative Republican April 19, 2018

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Maybe it’s just me but I’m tired of the same old same old in our politics.  The big-box monopoly parties have morphed into two sides of the same coin, two heads on the same bird of prey.  Today our choice boils down to the Conservative Republican tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource or sovereignty policies or the Liberal Democrat tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource or sovereignty policies.  But of course, since we don’t want to throw away our vote we must vote for one of the big boys.   Conservative?  Liberal?  Tweedle Dee Or Tweedle Dum?

As a voter I’ve had my Damascus Road experience, the scales have fallen from my eyes, and I have reached the point where I would rather throw away my vote voting for someone who might actually try to find a different way to operate our government besides taxing like the Sun King and spending like a drunken sailor.  (By the way, do you know the difference between how a drunken sailor spends and how the Republicrats spend?  The drunken sailor is spending his own money.)

And what might this different way be?   How about this for radical: let’s return to constitutional government?   WOW!  what a concept.

How did we arrive at the current situation?  James Madison in his speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788 said, “There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.”  We didn’t get here all in one jump.  First the camel said, “Can I just stick my nose in your tent to stay warm?” and finally the generous man found himself out in the cold as the camel settled down for a nice warm nap, one inch at a time.

The compassion of our people built a safety net for those who needed help, and the greed of the lazy have turned it into a hammock.  America, the Land of the Free has turned into America, from each according to their abilities to each according to their need. The willingness to share our heritage has led America to welcome more immigrants each year than the rest of the world combined, and the abuse of our generosity has turned into a migration invasion that threatens to overwhelm us and destroy the future of our children.  Taxes imposed to meet the ever-swelling demands of government have turned into a blatant wealth re-distribution program that makes most pyramid schemes look fair.  Sometimes I think our government looks at a productive citizen as merely a source of residual income.  Or as the ads promise, our leaders lay on the beach of self-importance and our checks just keep pouring in.  We are no longer respected as Citizens.  Instead, we are coveted as consumers, or human capital.

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

If we want a different world we have to start at the only place we have the absolute sovereign ability to make a change, we must start with ourselves.

I quit the Republican Party once it was obvious that the Republican majority in Congress I had spent my entire adult life working for was just a change in leadership and not a change in direction.  I quit calling myself a conservative after the second Bush debacle made it obvious that the conservative movement had been hijacked by the neocons and I realized that you can’t defend a captured position.  You can’t conserve what has already been lost.   I realized that we as a people, we as a federation of States need to find a different way.

One thing I know, no one person can do this alone.  No one group can do it.  To make any headway in the face of the electoral monopoly held by the party of power the many third party groups are going to have to coalesce into an effective opposition.  We can’t let divisions divide us any more, egos will have to be suppressed, and we will have to bond together with everyone dedicated to limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom.

None of us can roll this big rock up this steep hill by ourselves.  However, together we can.

Winston Churchill said, “If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival.  There may be a worse case.  You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

Looking at the increasing speed with which the Progressive regime (read Deep State) is building its command and control structure, the future is invading the present at an ever accelerating pace.  Their living document has made the Constitution a dead letter.  Their mixed economy has as many people on the dole as on the job.  The Fed’s printing press is burying us, our children, and their grandchildren taking out a mortgage on lives that haven’t been lived and spending money from taxes on work that hasn’t been done.

We must unite if these United States are to once again become the land of the free and the home of the brave instead of the land of the free lunch and the home of the knave.

Quoting  Ben Franklin, “We must hang together, gentlemen…else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.”

Today we have a chance.  President Trump is dedicated to draining the swamp.  The swamp is equally dedicated to getting rid of Trump.  Their embedded judges make rulings which are not even pretending to follow the law to thwart him.  The Russian collusion witch hunt continues to provide cover for Hillary’s actual crimes by trying to invent ones with which to impeach The Donald.

I will end with one more quote from Winston Churchill, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

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Trump v Mueller Who Gets Who First? April 11, 2018

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The recent raid by the Robert Mueller’s witch hunters on President Trump’s lawyer’s offices shows that we are nearing the third act.  The ever expanding search for a crime is reportedly now looking into a campaign donation that was made by a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch to the Trump Foundation in September 2015.  The donation was reportedly made after then-candidate Donald Trump gave a 20-minute speech at a European conference that promoted closer ties between Ukraine and the West.

Let’s see Hillary and the Clinton Crime Family get a pass for running a pay-to-play scam out of Foggy Bottom but the Persecutor-in-Chief has to take a microscope to this one donation.  Sounds like the creature from the Black Lagoon is alive and well in the Washington swamp.

Leading constitutional lawyer and longtime Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, in what he considers “a very serious escalation” of the special investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 election, called the FBI’s raid of the offices of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday “a shocking and disturbing development.”  He added the development “should shock everybody, no matter what part of the partisan divide you’re on.”

According to Dershowitz, “This is a very dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations.”  “If this were Hillary Clinton being investigated and they went into her lawyer’s office, the ACLU would be on every television station in America, jumping up and down,” he added.  “The deafening silence from the ACLU and civil libertarians about the intrusion into the lawyer-client confidentiality is really appalling,” Dershowitz said.  Dershowitz recommended that Trump make a motion in court to take Cohen’s materials away from the FBI and make a judge decide what evidence can be used and which cannot.

What do some of the President’s allies have to say?

“Time to fire the FBI Director,” a sometime Trump adviser, Roger Stone, said in a tweet.

Other allies suggested that the Mueller investigation has become undisciplined or even criminal.

“It’s clear Mr. Mueller’s operation has nothing do with fair enforcement of the law or equal justice,” Joseph diGenova, a Washington lawyer who agreed to join the president’s legal team last month before potential conflicts of interest prevented his hiring, said in an appearance on Fox Business Network. “It is basically a bunch of mobsters.”

Congress, he said, should impeach Rosenstein for not complying with an August 2017 subpoena seeking records related to the origin of the investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

New York Post writer Michael Goodwin has some things to say about the Mueller witch hunt.  “The violent swings of the leaky pendulum make this an excellent moment to call timeout on the Mueller probe. What does he have, where is he going and when is he going to get there?”  “Those are basic questions that need to be answered. The American people deserve facts instead of waters muddied by partisanship, innuendo and special access to biased big-media companies.”  “Given the stakes, the public has a right to know at this point what it all adds up to. If Mueller won’t speak for himself, his handler, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who created Mueller, should speak for him.”  “The endless leaks are the final straw.  The Mueller probe is the most important investigation in a generation and is casting a cloud over a presidency.  If this were a probe involving a third-level bureaucrat, assassination-by-leak would be distasteful but not as meaningful.  But this is the presidency, and even Trump haters should be appalled at the shoddy process.”

Lou Dobbs said, “We’re witnessing an orchestrated assault on the President of the United States,”

And conservative watchdog Judicial Watch official Tom Fitton on Monday night blasted the Department of Justice as “out of control,” and suggested special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation “ought to be shut down.”

What do the Democrats have to say?

“If the president is thinking of using this raid to fire Special Counsel Mueller or otherwise interfere with the chain of command in the Russia probe, we Democrats have one simple message for him: don’t,” the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said in a statement.

And what does President Trump have to say about all this?

“These people have the biggest conflicts of interest I have ever seen. Democrats — all. Either Democrats or a couple of Republicans who worked for President Obama,” Trump said of the FBI investigators. “They’re not looking at the other side — Hillary Clinton… all of the crimes that were committed, all of the things that happened that everybody is very angry about from the Republican side and the independent side.”

“When I saw this, when I heard about it, that is a whole new level of unfairness.”

“They found no collusion what so ever with Russia.”

“I’ve wanted to keep it down. I’ve given over a million pages in documents to the special counsel. They continue to just go forward and here we are talking about Syria, we’re talking about a lot of serious things… and I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now,” Trump said. “Actually it’s much more than that. You could say right after I won the nomination it started.”

Or as he tweeted this morning, “Attorney–client privilege is dead!”

And what about those of us out here in fly-over country who voted for and still support our president?

I think what we need now is a private meeting between the President and the Rosenstein-Mueller Cabal where Mr. Trump uses one of his best catch phrases, “You’re fired!”

Let the chips fall where they may.

There is a silent coup in progress waged by the government party against a duly elected president.  If the creature from the Black Lagoon can manage to lead the denizens of the swamp in overthrowing the man we elected to drain the swamp.  The lie will have been exposed America has become a functioning oligarchy disguised as a nonfunctioning democratic republic.

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Once Again Sing the Chorus Build the Wall Build the Wall Build the Wall April 3, 2018

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In the last presidential election we had the choice between the last nail in our coffin and a chance.  We now have a chance.  America’s place on the world stage is being clarified by President Trump.  But we need to keep things in perspective.

We need to keep our eye on the prize.  What good does it do to gain the world if we lose the homeland?  It was mainly domestic issues that drove everyone to the polls to prevent Hillary’s coronation.  We want America back.  We want the shining city on a hill back not the shabby globalist collective Obama, Hillary and the rest of the Progressives have been shoving down our throat.

We need to save our country from disappearing beneath the waves of the uninvited.  And to have any chance of doing that we need to have a country left to save not just a place with open borders and a sign that says, “No admission fee and everything’s free.”

The clock is ticking.  The courts have shown they will do everything they can to stop our president from enforcing sanity or even the law to stop the invasion.  Congress has shown they will spend money on anything except border security.

Stop the migration invasion!  Secure the border!  No amnesty!

Bring our troops home from around the world and let them make us secure.  Build the wall, build the wall, build the wall.

Those who say we cannot build a wall need to take a look at the border between North and South Korea.  It may not be a smaller version of the Great Wall but it’s effective.  Or look at the wall Israel built on their border with the Palestinian Authority.  If these secure borders can be built, guarded, and maintained why can’t we do the same thing on our Southern border?

Bring our troops home from Korea.  Why should they be there as a trip wire?  Their deaths are meant to do nothing else but guarantee that we’ll be involved in the next war.  Let South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan deal with the suicidal Rocket Man.  Their populations and economies are much larger than the gulag which is North Korea.

Bring our troops home from Germany.  Lately the Germans and French seem friendlier to Russia than they do to us so who are we protecting them from?  Themselves?

Why should we spend billions each year to maintain these garrison troops left over from wars fought more than a half century ago.  Instead of spending that money overseas post the troops to our southern border and spend that money in our own country.

DACA is a Trojan horse.  Give amnesty to anyone and you’ll end up giving it to everyone.  The minute it becomes law the ACLU, CAIR, LA Raza and all the other America Last front groups will file challenges to the law’s supposedly iron-clad limitations.  These inevitable law suits will give liberal activist judges the opportunity to prop the door open.  They’ll argue, “Why is it fair that some get citizenship and others don’t?”  If the Trump Administration dares to stand against these attempts to stretch a limited amnesty into a come-one-come-all free-for-all the Ninth Circuit will get the opportunity to slap them down and knock the door off its hinges.

Besides, anyone apprehended by ICE after DACA will say they were brought here as a child and the courts will dutifully certify them as unaccompanied minors no matter how old they are.

President Trump, for standing up to the globalists you are to be commended.  Out here in fly-over country most are proud to hear you speak for us bravely and forthrightly.  Signing the latest Democrat omnibus obscenity has caused major ripples out here in fly-over country.  DACA would have pulled the plug.

Here’s an election strategy that will appeal to the Deplorables.  When the next Porkulous spending bill comes up right before the midterm election veto it, call the electioneering plutocrats back into session and run against a Congress that is thwarting the agenda you were elected to implement, demand full funding for the wall.  Better yet demand a 10% tax on money transfers to foreign countries and use that money to build the wall, or use the seized assets of the Mexican drug lords to build the wall.  Whatever you do build the wall build the wall, build the wall.

If you complete your reform of the Obamacare health insurance debacle, continue your reformation of the byzantine tax codes, and maintain your excellent record of cutting regulations you’ll go down as one of the greatest presidents in our history.  However, when a patient is hemorrhaging the first thing to do is stop the bleeding.  So first of all as our Commander-in-Chief, the one charged with protecting the nation, build the wall build the wall, build the wall.  Few people know the name of Marcus Aurelius.  Most people know the name of Hadrian build the wall build the wall, build the wall.

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Problem Solved March 26, 2018

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As suggested numerous time in these dispatches there is a way to build the wall by making an end run around the Democrats who are dedicated to open borders.

President Trump is the Commander-in-Chief of the military.  There can be no doubt about that.  Article II Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Commander in Chief clause, states that “the President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States.”  It can’t get much clearer than that.

Mr. President use some of that windfall money you got for the military those spendthrifts in Congress forced down your throat to build the wall.

The Army Corps of Engineers can build thousands of miles of levees, dams, artificial lakes, and all sorts of other things.  They have all the equipment needed to build a wall.  They have all the expertise needed to build a wall.  And they follow you orders.  So, order them to build the wall.

Problem solved.

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Trump Got Played March 24, 2018

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This is the art of the deal?  Schumer and Pelosi get everything they want and Trump supporters get nothing?

Yes, the military needs what it needs but the President should have vetoed this monstrosity, shut down the government, forced the RINOs to come back from their vacation and send up individual appropriations.

This is a debacle.  Why should anyone vote for any Republican when the Democrats still rule the roost?

What’s next amnesty for the so-called dreamers?  That will turn into amnesty for millions with more on the way.  Anyone who is arrested will say they were brought here as a child.  All they will have to do is say that and the judicial legislators will give them a pass.

So when I say Trump got played I am beginning to think so did we.

Build the wall!  End the wars!  Make America great again!

Signing this pork barrel budget buster wasn’t the way to do it.

Very very disappointed….8—(

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Random Thoughts III March 21, 2018

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Why would someone be upset about deporting children but not upset about aborting them?

Democrats want DACA.  Trump offers DACA but they can’t vote for 12 years.  Democrats turn that down.  Does that show what they really want?

In California they can make plastic straws illegal but they can’t seem to make illegals illegal.

Socialism: Policies so good they have to be mandatory.

Mark Zuckerberg calls President Trump a fascist as he deletes posts, pages, and accounts of people he disagrees with.

The same people who call Preside4nt Trump a fascist are the same ones begging him to take everyone’s guns away…go figure.

Jay-Z: stabbed his own producer, punched his sister-in-law in the face on an elevator, and shoots his own brother.  He now says he is offended because he doesn’t like President Trump’s tone.

Two things are very expensive in international affairs: threats when they fail and promises when they succeed.

President Kennedy put men on the moon.  President Obama put men in the ladies room.

What criminals want most is a disarmed victim.

Why the study of History is exciting:

  • If we learn how we got here we can better understand here.
  • If we learn how the past became the present we can better anticipate the future.
  • It gives us the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others.
  • It isn’t all about memorizing names and dates to regurgitate on an exam. It is about investigating the lives of people just like us who lived in different times and in what were essentially different worlds.
  • Being a student of History is in many ways like being a time traveling detective.

The Flat Earth Society has members all around the globe.

The more Trump is investigated the more crimes involving prominent Democrats are exposed.

Recently a demonstrator was seen holding a sign that said, “If Trump isn’t Hitler than I’m a moron!”  Enough said?

If guns kill people then I guess pencils misspell words, spoons make people fat, and cars make people drive drunk.

Smooth seas never made a good sailor.

The Left’s answer to homicidal maniacs attacking innocent people is to disarm innocent people.

Wouldn’t it be great if the Masters of the Universe in Washington were as interested in spending control as they are in gun control?

When were young our grandparents try to tell us about their lives and we’re bored because it doesn’t interest us.  Later we wish we would have written it all down.  Then when we’re old we’re disappointed when our grandchildren couldn’t care less about the life we’ve lived…it was all so long ago.  That is part of the circle of life.  Very few people know the names of all eight of their great grandparents.  Few know even the names of three.  In a generation or two, at most three for most of us even our names will be forgotten.  All things in life will pass.  Only those things done in Christ will last.

From the “He Said What?” Department:

“Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”  President Kennedy from his message: Those Participating in Roosevelt Day Commemoration, 29 January 1961.  This was before we went through the looking glass.

The Maryland shooter of 3-20 was 17 years old.  He used a 9mm Glock.  According to Maryland law you must be 21 years old to purchase a hand gun.  Criminals don’t follow laws….that’s what makes them criminals.  And he was stopped by one man with his own gun.  No CNN, no vigils, no walkouts…the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media apparently didn’t notice.

Undocumented isn’t a race, it’s a criminal.  So why is someone a racist if they see a problem with twenty million + criminals being allowed to walk around, work, and demonstrate with immunity?

In Stockton, California during walkouts for gun violence students were arrested on charges of battery, vandalizing vehicles, and assaulting police offi8cers.  Doesn’t this prove the point that it isn’t the gun that’s the problem it’s the moral values and ethics of the people who commit the crimes?

Hillary needs a device around her neck with a button for, “Help I’ve fallen and I can’t quit getting back up.”

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Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow March 14, 2018

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Science fiction has predicted many of today’s realities from cell phones to tablets.  Many things that are today part of History like walking on the moon, organ transplants, and space stations were once flights of fancy.

Futurists build current events on a foundation of History to provide a launching pad for visions of what is to come.  One of the most widely recognized Futurists is Alvin Toffler whose seminal works include Future Shock and The Third Wave.  He is also the one who told us, “Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.”

Have you ever heard of Ray Kurzweil?

If you haven’t you are about to.

The Wall Street Journal has described Kurzweil as “the restless genius.”  Forbes calls him “the ultimate thinking machine.”  He has been ranked by Inc. Magazine as #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States  He has also been called “the rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” while according to PBS he is one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America.”

His inventions are breathtaking and they impact our lives on a daily basis.  These inventions include the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

Here is my question for today “Is Ray Kurzweil a futurist?”

Today, many websites attribute Mr. Kurzweil with accurate predictions about where the world will be tomorrow.  In his latest book, The Singularity is Near he describes the singularity as, a reference to the theoretical limitlessness of exponential expansion) that will see the merging of our biology with the staggering achievements of “GNR” (genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics) to create a species of unrecognizably high intelligence, durability, comprehension, memory and so on.  This is a bold prediction; however, bold predictions do not a Futurist make.

There is a fundamental difference between someone who is a professional writer and observer of humanity such as Toffler and someone who is a technological genius with almost unlimited resources who is actively working to make his predictions reality.  Toffler reads studies and interviews on his way to predictions of where society and technologies will go next.  Kurzweil traded in his massive private business built upon his inventions to become Google’s Director of Engineering whose sole job is to make the company’s computers smarter than humans.  He is working every day to improve artificial intelligence and then wed that to cutting edge robotics and human interface to produce the very singularity he is predicting.

Reaching back to the science fiction genre which I referenced earlier we are looking at the rise of the machines, the coming of the cylons, skynet, and the matrix.  These of course are all fiction; however, the reality we face brings this question to my mind, “Once we design and build machines that are smarter than we are and they design and build machines that are smarter than they are what do they need us for?”

The projected development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) foresees a time when machines not only rival but surpass human capabilities.  Once this happens will we know when these super intelligent machines cross the threshold from hyper abilities to self-awareness?  These scenarios are troubling, even terrifying yet most people would dismiss them as the science fiction they mirror.  There is another aspect of this technological revolution that is not quite as far-fetched and not quite as unbelievable: automation.

We have lived with automation all of our lives.  People have been displaced by innovation since the Sumerian water wheel took the place of people with buckets bringing water from rivers into their fields.  I can remember people telling me in the 1970s, “I’m a keypunch operator, I’ll always have a job.”  Today machinists, tool and dye makers, auto workers, and many people have been replaced by machines.  Tomorrow white collar workers will face the same fate as so many of their blue collar brethren.  Why do we need accountants when machines can fill in the same programs they use today to figure taxes and current accounts?  Who needs teachers when lectures can be delivered by speech technology, questions answered by Watson type question answers, and tests grade themselves?

Look to Futurists like Toffler who are predicting where we are headed and look to inventors like Kurzweil who are telegraphing where they are headed and a collage of futures points to the tomorrow today will become.

It is my contention that we as a people, as a society, and as a civilization need to address this soon approaching brave new world.  When I speak to people about these coming changes the almost universal reaction is, “Not in my lifetime.”  I believe this is a combination of wishful thinking, hiding our heads in the sand, and having no idea what is going on around us.

This is a social dislocation approaching at speeds unforeseen.  I don’t believe these changes are decades away.  I believe within a decade they will be upon us.  Large percentages of blue and white collar workers will be displaced.  Machines will take the place of humans in many areas and humans will not be able to compete with them.  If we allow this to come upon us with no preparation we will be swamped by the rising tide of change and drowned in the tsunami of innovation.

Change is accelerating as the interconnectedness of communication accelerates the cross-polarization of ideas.  After tens of thousands of years the use of the wheel had not spread all the way around the world.  Today something is invented in America this morning, improved in India this afternoon, and spawning new ideas tomorrow in China.  We cannot contain the explosion of technology because someone somewhere will always seek to move beyond the known to the unknown.   No matter what glories we have beheld yesterday tomorrow is coming whether today is ready or not.

Long ago Toffler told us, “Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.”  He also predicted and predated Kurzweil’s Singularity when he said, “The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I’m talking about an organic computer – about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.”

How long will it before our cars drive themselves, 3-D printers create human organs, and the government has the ability to monitor everyone at once?  How long will it be before you cannot tell the difference between speaking to a computer on the phone and speaking to a human?

Failure to plan is planning to fail.  If we as a society do not stop living in yesterday and face up to the challenges of today we will sacrifice our future.

And always remember, it’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

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Who Needs The Truth? March 13, 2018

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Yesterday the House Intelligence Committee closed its inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and issued its report.  However unless you search out alternative sources for the news you’d never know it.

What were their findings?

“The committee confirmed that the Russians were indeed trying to cause chaos in the election, claimed they weren’t out to help candidate Donald Trump specifically and that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

After wall-to-wall coverage about the charges of collusion when the first investigation is complete and its conclusions released what do the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media do?  They basically ignore it except for a little backhanded criticism.

ABC’s World News Tonight gave the news 27 seconds.  “There’s late word coming in from the House Intelligence Committee that they are moving up to wrap up their Russia investigation? Republicans on the committee saying they have found no evidence of collusion.” said anchor David Muir to Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl.

Karl appeared to be almost irritated by the committee’s findings: “These are the Republicans that control that committee.  The finding is hardly surprising.  And given how partisan that committee is, it’s not going to have any impact on the overall debate over Russia.”  He ended the segment by holding out hope that the Senate and special counsel investigations would find something incriminating against the President.

CBS Evening News only gave 31 seconds to the House committee’s findings. “Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said there was no collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.  They also say that while Russia tried to interfere with the elections, they do not agree with U.S. intelligence that the Russians were trying to help Donald Trump.”

NBC didn’t even mention it.   After months of 24/7 Trump bashing about collusion the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) gave the story of one of the major investigation’s findings less than a minute of combined airtime (58 seconds).  Obviously they would rather spend time pumping out the speculations of their Never-Trump commentariat than actually inform anyone about what might really have happened.

The slow motion coup grinds on.

The low information voters who digest an exclusive diet of this propaganda mouth the distortions and outright lies of the progressive media and believe these are their own personal opinions.  The presstitutes broadcast the storyline from the usual Democrat playbook. The dumbed down sheeple taught what to think instead of how to think swallow it all leaving their opinions and votes like scat along the foggy trail to the truth.

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Quit Disarming Teachers March 7, 2018

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As one of the millions of teachers in America I know there is one thing I don’t ever want to be…a fish in a barrel.

Think of the hero teachers who’ve thrown their bodies in front of students taking bullets fired by mentally deranged mass murders.  If these heroes had had a weapon does anyone doubt they would’ve used it to protect those students?  Aspiring mass murders who seek out gun free zones to commit their atrocities are inherent cowards.  And they’re also untrained and unprepared for anyone with the ability to stand up to them.  As soon as someone with a gun shows up they either kill themselves or die.

Gun free zones are a neon target painted on our children.  If you notice there has never been a mass shooting at a police station.  These maniacs avoid any place where someone might shoot back.

It isn’t guns that are killing people deranged criminals are.  A criminal’s preferred target is an unarmed victim.  No one is talking about turning the teaching staff of any school into a militia.  No one is talking about forcing any teacher to carry a gun.  What people are talking about is not disarming teachers who are already or who could be legally licensed to carry a weapon and who have the desire to do so.

Some schools in Arkansas not only allow people with concealed carry permits to carry on school grounds they provide training and weapons to those who would like to do so and they also organize these teachers, administrators, and support personnel into a security force prepared to react if the need arises.  They also publicize this and post signs letting the would-be killers know that they won’t find a soft target and instead of shooting sheep they may encounter a shepherd with the ability to put them in the cross-hairs.

And Arkansas isn’t alone.  In Texas 172 school districts presently arm selected teachers.  Today eighteen states allow adults to carry guns with some form of school approval.  Kentucky is considering a law that would establish a marshal program to help teachers get a license to carry on campus.

Instead of a target on our schools perhaps a sign such as the one posted outside an Arkansas school which says, “Please be aware that certain staff members are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students” would go a long way towards reducing school shootings.

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We Want Our Power Back! March 6, 2018

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The Constitution makes it clear that the power to declare war rests solely with the representatives of the people.  In Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 among a long list of things only Congress is empowered to do rests this long ignored gem, “To declare war.”

Ever since President Truman decided for domestic political reasons that it was more expedient to fight a war in Korea without so much as a by-your-leave from Congress Presidents have abrogated onto themselves the right to take us to war.  Like the divine right monarchs we fought a revolution to escape these imperial presidents commit America to what have become endless wars for peace.

We may be on the verge of an historic debate about who can send American troops into harm‘s way.  Citing section 2(c) of the War Powers Resolution of 1973 the Socialist Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders has joined together with the Senate’s strongest defender of the Constitution, Utah’s Mike Lee, along with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to introduce a resolution calling for an end to America’s support for the Saudi War in Yemen.

For almost three years, we have offered logistical and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia and eight other mostly Sunni Arab states in Yemen fighting to restore Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s government. Hadi has fled abroad and Houthi forces are attempting to take control of the entire country.  In a symbolic vote in November, the House declared by a tally of 366-30 that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s civil war is not authorized. Troops are allowed to fight Al Qaeda, the bill stated, but not Shiite Muslim rebels.  The nonbinding resolution adopted 366-30, does not call for a halt to the American support but publicly acknowledges the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refueling warplanes that Saudi Arabia and other allies are using to attack Houthi rebels in a conflict that is widely considered a proxy war with Iran — and a humanitarian disaster.

While mostly symbolic, the House vote was seen as a key victory for members of both parties who believe Congress, which is relegated the power to declare war in the Constitution, needs to reauthorize U.S. military operations overseas, which have expanded to many more countries and conflicts than envisioned a decade and half ago when Congress last voted for the use of force.

The Defense Department’s acting general counsel, William S. Castle sent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a letter criticizing the resolution on Tuesday.  His letter maintains that the U.S. support does not count as “hostilities” because American forces are not having exchanges of fire with the rebels, known as the Houthis, or commanding the coalition. It also suggests that the resolution threatens American authority to combat the local branch of the Islamic State ― and even holds that Congress cannot end the policy because it is the president’s prerogative, adopting an expansive view of presidential control over war-making.

At stake is a debate the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the Senate for decades over how America wages war.

Sanders said Wednesday, “We believe that, as Congress has not declared war or authorized military force in this conflict, the United States’ involvement in Yemen is unconstitutional and unauthorized, and U.S. military support of the Saudi coalition must end.”  Lee said the resolution will allow Congress to reassert its authority over foreign policy by voting on whether to withdraw American forces currently aiding the coalition.

Will it be possible in this day of swamp draining and populist activism to claw back this vital power from a runaway executive branch?  If it is maybe Congress will finally get the backbone necessary to start reigning in the nine black-robed Supremes who think they are the real rulers of the country.   Maybe we’ll finally remind the overlords that it’s We the People who own the sovereignty, we just lent them a little to do some very specific jobs and we want our power back!

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2018 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

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