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America Deserves Moore September 23, 2017

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Judge Roy Moore is a principled conservative who has stood up for his beliefs to the point of losing his job.  When he was the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Judge Moore refused to remove the Ten Commandments even when ordered to by an activist Federal Judge.  He was removed from his position for having the courage to live out his beliefs.

Judge Moore is in a tight runoff against the appointed Senator Luther Strange.  Strange was appointed by the now disgraced former governor Robert Bentley.  Ever since his appointment this backroom deal has been called a corrupt quid pro quo.  Strange as the outgoing State Attorney General recommended that the legislature should drop its investigation which eventually led to Bentley resigning in disgrace.

Senator Strange is a former lobbyist supported by Mitch McConnell, George Soros, and K-Street.

Judge Moore is supported by Sarah Palin and Ben Carson.

This should tell you all you need to know.

Electing Judge Moore would be a step in the direction of draining the swamp.  Electing Strange is voting for the swamp thing.

Why President Trump is supporting Senator Strange is to say the least strange.

Let’s send the President a message.  We voted for him.  We support him.  But we aren’t blind.  We won’t embrace the very corrupt establishment we have sent him to Washington to eliminate even if he has somehow been led into doing so.

Mr. President remain true to your campaign; build the wall, repeal and replace the Obamacare roadmap to single payer, reform taxes, cut regulations.  Your supporters are out here in fly-over country waiting for any opportunity to voice their desire for your campaign agenda even if that means disagreeing with you.

I want to urge everyone in Alabama strike a blow for freedom, vote for Judge Moore.

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Build the Wall Build the Wall Build the Wall September 20, 2017

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President Trump’s speech before the UN was interesting in many ways.

He put the multinational globalists on official notice that he has their number and as far as he’s concerned their number is up.  He let the UN bureaucrats know that their red tape parades have got to be reined in.  He called socialism what it is, a failure.  He held up capitalism as the means for raising people out of poverty and ignorance.  He made the case for sovereignty both national, personal, and individual freedom.  He pointed out that the US carries a disproportionate load for the support of the UN and that this has got to change or they might be looking for spare change if America cuts its funding for what has become an anti-American debating society.  In other words, he let the world know that as far as his administration is concerned from now on it’s going to be America First.

He laid out some markers in foreign affairs for North Korea, Syria, Iran and Venezuela.  He avoided platitudes and spoke bluntly of his thoughts about some of the disastrous deals made by previous administrations that empowered and inspired our enemies just as they discouraged our allies.  He let everyone know he felt free to abort or amend these deals with American interests in mind this time.

The first speech at the UN is a right-of-passage for all new presidents.  President Trump speaking to a room full of collectivist socialists pointed out such realities as the problem in Venezuela isn’t that socialism hasn’t been properly implemented the problem is that it’s been implemented at all.  He was forthright and presented a good argument that freedom and capitalism is a superior system to coercion and socialism.  For all this we should celebrate and give thanks that President Trump won in November 2016.

In the last 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 will 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 not the globalist collective the Progressives have been shoving down our throat.

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.

President Trump, for standing up to the globalists in their lair you are to be commended.  Out here in fly-over country most are proud to hear you speak for us bravely and forthrightly to these representatives of demagogues and dictators.

But please, keep your eye on the prize.  If you reform the Obamacare health insurance debacle, reform taxes, and cut 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.

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Make America Great Again September 13, 2017

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I know a very intelligent man who says, “All politicians lie, the good ones do it convincingly.”

The Donald won his miraculous victory based on promises that built an agenda to make America great again. These promises basically said that he would address three areas, the economy, the wall, and taxes.  How’s he doing so far?

The S&P 500 has added more than two trillion in market value since Trump’s election.  This is an astounding run for a bull market.  Records have been broken, and broken, and then broken again.

I call this the Trump Bump.

Economy growing: check.

What about the wall?

Homeland Security has issued a waiver to certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers in the vicinity of the international border near Calexico, California. The waiver was published in the Federal Register today so construction of the border wall can begin.

How can this be?  I thought from hearing the media cartels story line that this would never happen.

In legislation already on the books Congress provided the Secretary of Homeland Security with a number of authorities necessary to carry out its border security mission.

Current law provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States. In laws already in effect Congress called for the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border.  In this legislation Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary, in his sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads authorized.

DHS is implementing President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, enforcing laws already on the books laws that’ have been unenforced for years and is taking steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the border.

In other words despite the fake news the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media keep spinning President Trump is moving forward with his promise to build the wall.

Wall underway: Check.

What about taxes?

For years I’ve predicted that if we would reform the bewildering tax code, personally I advocate for a flat tax of 15%, lower the corporate tax, allow the repatriation of foreign holdings, and scale back regulation our economy would take off like a rocket.  The Trump administration is eliminating sixteen regulations for every new one.  Throw tax reform into the mix and maybe we’re about to see if that prediction has been valid.  Two trillion in growth may pale in comparison to what Americans can do if we remove the shackles forged by the anti-capitalist Progressives over the last twenty-nine years.

If we can corral enough RINOs we can pass the president’s tax reform plan.

Donald Trump promised that if we elected him together we would make America great again.  Since the day of his election he’s been under assault by the establishment.  It’s been unrelenting and according to the latest survey coverage has been 91% negative.  It’s become so ludicrous that if the President walked on water the headline would be, “Trump can’t swim!”  If he changed water into wine it would be, “Trump encourages alcoholism!”  And if he raised the dead it would be, “Trump attacks the funeral parlor industry!”

Even the politically blind can see through this haze of bias and partisanship disguised as journalism.  Even those made deaf by Progressive indoctrination disguised as education can hear that the political hacks and their media megaphone are doing a hatchet job on a man who sacrificed a life as a successful entrepreneur to work a thankless job for the benefit of his country.

Why?  What could induce someone to leave a life of luxury surrounded by a loving family all working together to accomplish great things?  Why would one of the most successful builders in American history leave his own plans in the hands of others to take on a job draining a swamp?  Why give up the life of a super star idolized and lionized by millions to be caricatured and hated by those driven mad because they didn’t get their way?

Why?

To make America great again that’s why.

Remember the man who said, “All politicians lie, the good ones do it convincingly.”  My vote went to a non-politician because I hoped a businessman might tell me the truth.

Let’s dedicate ourselves to doing anything and everything we can to support the President in his goal.  Contact your Senators.  Call your Representative.  Let them know that you want them to help not hinder the President.  Let them know you want them to forget about getting themselves re-elected and instead work to Make America Great Again!

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The Trump Agenda What We Voted For September 6, 2017

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Remember the campaign?  Trump leapt in front of a parade that began in 2009 with the birth of the TEA Party Movement.  The Trump campaign embodied everything those who wanted America to recover from the Obama debacle desired.  What it proclaimed, what we were promised was an end to open borders, a repeal and replace of Obamacare, tax reform, and an end to give-away trade deals that have impoverished and debilitated us.  In other words an America First administration supported by a do-something Congress.

And what have we gotten for our vote?  The RINOs led by Ryan, McConnell, McCain, Flake, and Graham continue to obstruct everything President Trump tries to do.  No repeal and replace.  No tax reform, no support on the immigrant ban, and no support in stopping the bogus Russian-under-every -table investigation.

The Republicans said they needed the House to stop Obama.  We gave them the House and they said they needed the Senate too.  We gave them both houses of Congress and they did nothing to stop Obama.  They said they needed the Presidency and then they could do something to right the ship-of-state.  We gave them the presidency and since then it’s become obvious these political hacks were stringing us along all along.

We need to hold their feet to the fire.  Call them.  Email them.  Show up at their town meetings.  Let them know we want them to make America great again.  Let them know we want what we voted for.  We want an America First government.

I doubt that any amount of lobbying by those of us in fly-over country will have any impact on the crooked lawyers and others who hold the levers of power no matter what political shell-game party they say they belong to.  There is only one party in Congress and it’s a two-headed bird of prey out to eat our lunch.

Watch for an acceleration of the witch hunt.  Watch for movement on the impeachment front.  Watch for a complete sell-out of everything we voted for in the interests of what the special interests paid for.

The AntiFa Blackshirts and other bully boys who serve as the shock troops for the silent coup will not stop until there’s blood in the water.  The ABCCBSNBCPBSNPRCNNMSNBC Cartel will continue to cover-up the truth and proclaim the lie.  The Neocons have re-captured our foreign policy and are driving us towards the cliff.

It’s time for all of us who voted for President Trump to prepare for the counter-revolution.  Like Charley Brown trying to kick the football we keep on trying and trying no matter how many times they move the ball.  America, the greatest experiment in freedom in human history is worth trying to save from the statists and their collective fever dreams of utopia.

Now is the time for all patriots to come to the aid of their country.  Make your voice heard.  Raise your hand and vote by participating in the process for making America great again.

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

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Why Are Unions Against the Right-to-Work? August 30, 2017

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I come from a union family.  I grew up in a union home.  The good pay and benefits gained by one of America’s greatest unions provided for my room and board every day that I lived at home.  My father and my uncles were all proud union members.  My brother and some of my best friends spent their entire careers as union workers and the unions are providing them with generous pensions and great benefits.  I myself was at one time the Vice President of an International Union.  For all of this I am grateful.

The right to organize is a time honored American tradition and one that I believe is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”   Peaceable assembly is the hallmark of American union organizing.

Some of the things we take for granted were won for us through the organization of labor in unions.  Unions helped establish the concept of the weekend.  Unions helped establish fair wages and relative income equality.  Unions helped end child labor.  Unions helped to stablish widespread employer-based health coverage.  Here are a few others that can be attributed either wholly or at least partly to the impact of unions in America’s workplace: Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, 8-Hour Work Day, Overtime Pay, 40 Hour Work Week, Worker’s Compensation, Pensions, Holiday Pay, and Military Leave.  That’s a pretty long and impressive list isn’t it?

I will always be the first among any to say that Unions have had a beneficial impact on American life.  I will also say that the contest between the rights of workers and the rights of employers has swung like a pendulum back and forth several times and whenever it swings too hard to the employer side it is unions and organizing that gives workers the best chance to redress the balance.

Having said all this I believe I stand on solid ground when I say that I am not anti-union.

This brings me to the question that serves as the title of this column, “Why are unions against the right-to-work?”

That unions are universally opposed to right to work laws is well documented in the media.  Listen to the two largest American Unions.  From the AFL-CIO web site, ““Right to work” is the name for a policy designed to take away rights from working people.”   On their web site the Teamsters put it this way, “Right to work is wrong for working people.”  The supporters of the union war against right to work legislation say such things as: “This type of deregulation cripples the right to organize a union.” “Right-to-work laws require workers and their unions to cover the costs of non-union workers who benefit from union contracts. These laws are proven to drive down wages and weaken workers’ unions by undercutting bargaining power.” And “The real purpose of right to work laws is to tilt the balance toward big corporations and further rig the system at the expense of working families.”

This debate has been going on for a long time.  James Sherk of Heritage Foundation laid out the union’s objections and the rebuttal of Libertarians quite well back in 2014:

Myth: Right-to-work laws prohibit unions.

Fact: Right-to-work laws make union dues voluntary. Without right-to-work laws, unions negotiate contracts that force workers to pay dues or get fired. Right-to-work laws protect workers’ freedom. The National Labor Relations Act also protects the right of workers in right-to-work states to unionize. Unions currently represent 4.4 million workers in 24 right-to-work states, including highly unionized Nevada, Iowa, and Michigan.

Myth: Right-to-work laws undermine unions.

Fact: Right-to-work laws make unions work to earn workers’ support. In the long run, this can strengthen union locals. Without right-to-work laws, unions can take their members’ dues for granted and provide lower quality representation. Gary Casteel, the Southern region director for the United Auto Workers, explains:

This is something I’ve never understood, that people think right to work hurts unions. To me, it helps them. You don’t have to belong if you don’t want to. So if I go to an organizing drive, I can tell these workers, “If you don’t like this arrangement, you don’t have to belong.” Versus, “If we get 50 percent of you, then all of you have to belong, whether you like to or not.” I don’t even like the way that sounds, because it’s a voluntary system, and if you don’t think the system’s earning its keep, then you don’t have to pay.

Myth: Right-to-work laws allow non-union members to “free ride” on the benefits of union representation without paying its cost.

Fact: Unions voluntarily represent non-members. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the National Labor Relations Act allows unions to negotiate contracts covering only dues-paying members. As Justice Brennan wrote in Retail Clerks v. Dry Lion Goods (1962), “‘Members only’ contracts have long been recognized.” Unions represent non-members only when they act as “exclusive bargaining representatives,” which requires non-members to accept the union’s representation. In that case, the law requires unions to represent non-members fairly. They cannot negotiate high wages for their supporters and the minimum wage for non-members. Unions can avoid representing non-members by disclaiming exclusive representative status.

Myth: Representing non-members costs exclusive representative unions a lot of money.

Fact: Unions often spend little on representational activities. When unions choose to act as exclusive bargaining representatives, they often spend relatively little on processing grievances and negotiating contracts. Often union contracts have employers cover these costs by allowing union stewards to do union business while on company time. As a result, many union locals spend very little representing workers—either members or non-members.

Federal filings reveal that in 2013 United Auto Workers Local 2164 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, spent just 2 percent of its $560,000 budget on representational activities. Boilermakers Local 107 in Brookfield, Wisconsin, spent 5 percent of its $2.0 million budget on representational activities. Machinists Lodge 2515 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, spent 23 percent of its $645,000 budget on representational activities—almost all of which constituted payments to its officers.

Myth: Right-to-work laws provide no economic benefits.

Fact: Companies consider right-to-work laws a major factor when deciding where to locate. Organizing victories bring in a lot more money for a union in jurisdictions with compulsory dues. Consequently, unions organize more aggressively in places without right-to-work laws. Companies in turn want to know they can avoid being targeted by union organizers if they treat their workers well. Right-to-work laws make that more likely. Economic development consultant’s report that roughly half of all major businesses refuse to consider locating in jurisdictions with compulsory dues. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that between 1990 and 2014 total employment grew more than twice as fast in right-to-work states as in states with compulsory dues.

Myth: Right-to-work laws lower wages.

Fact: Workers have the same or higher buying power in right-to-work states. Opponents often deride voluntary dues as “right-to-work for less.” Average wages in right-to-work states are indeed slightly lower than in non-right-to-work states. This occurs because almost every Southern state has a right-to-work law and the South has a lower cost of living. Studies that control for differences in costs of living find workers in states with voluntary dues have no lower—and possibly slightly higher—real wages than workers in states with compulsory dues.

Myth: Right-to-work laws divide Americans.

Fact: Americans overwhelmingly support right-to-work laws. Recent Gallup polling finds Americans support right-to-work laws by a 71 percent to 22 percent margin—better than 3 to 1. Independents support right-to-work laws 77 percent to 17 percent, Republicans support them 74 percent to 18 percent, and Democrats support them 65 percent to 30 percent. Polling also shows that union members themselves support voluntary dues by an 80 percent to 17 percent margin. Voters also reward politicians who support voluntary dues at the polls. Not a single Michigan legislator who voted for right-to-work laws in 2012 lost in the next general election. Right-to-work laws remain controversial primarily among union officers—not the general public.

The arguments against right-to-work laws do not withstand scrutiny. Right-to-work laws give workers a choice over where their money goes. This freedom forces unions to earn their members’ support. It also attracts businesses and jobs. The law should not force anyone in America to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

I have a few questions for union members who follow their unions lead and oppose right-to-work.  Can anyone join?  Is it open to all people at all times or is union membership restricted in any way?  If membership is restricted isn’t this a restraint of trade?  Are union wages artificially high because they only allow so many people to compete for jobs?

Personally I believe every citizen deserves the right to work and the right to organize and I don’t believe they should be mutually exclusive.  Unions should not need government coercion to exist and workers shouldn’t need to bust unions to work.

Now here’s a wild idea in the current atmosphere of confrontation and battle that is drowning America why don’t we have a civil debate about this and then let the voters decide.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Appoint America’s Sheriff to Head the Border Patrol August 28, 2017

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Now that President Trump has done the honorable thing and pardoned America’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio after the political prosecution designed to ensure he lost his latest bid for reelection he should appoint him to head the Border Patrol.

Discharged from the Army in 1954, America’s Toughest Sheriff moved to Washington, D.C. where he joined the police force serving in the nation’s capital for three years.  He moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1957 where he served for six months until he was appointed as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the forerunner to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  He served in the DEA for twenty-five years seeing service in Argentina, Turkey, and Mexico.  Eventually he was promoted to the chief of the DEA’s Arizona branch.

President Trump this patriot has said he is still ready to serve.  Let’s use his many years of law enforcement experience to show us how the border can be secured.

Sure the Resist 45 left wingnuts and their AntiFa Blackshirts are up in arms over the pardon.  But let’s face it if you could walk on water the Progressives would spin it as “Trump Can’t Swim!”  If you could turn water into wine they’d bellow, “Trump encourages alcoholism!”  So why not give America a great leader who could really secure the border and at the same time give the Progressives whether they’re Progressive Democrats or Never-Trumper Republicans apoplexy?

If you think the Border Patrol doesn’t need a new chief right now how about appointing Sheriff Joe to head DHS?

Mr. President you said that you would appoint the best.  America’s Sheriff is one of the best.  Let’s use him to help Make America Great Again.

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A Convention of the States What Are They Afraid Of? August 23, 2017

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The Founders had one great fear; that a time would come when the Federal Government would overstep its bounds and come to dominate the individual States.  Can anyone reading this dispute that this is such a time?

Look at our State governments.  They are so addicted to Federal money they can’t exist without it.  And they can’t get it without enough strings attached to turn them into little more than marionettes.  They prance upon the stage masquerading as independent actors.  In reality almost every step, every hand movement, every program, policy, and mandate is choreographed in the imperial capital.

The Founders saw this coming from more than 200 years away.  And they made a provision for it.

Article V of the Constitution states:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

In January of 2016 Governor Greg Abbott of Texas issued call for a Convention of the States.  He advanced what is known as the Texas plan asking for the consideration of the following amendments to the U.S. Constitution:

  • Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one state.
  • Require Congress to balance the federal budget.
  • Prohibit administrative agencies from creating federal law.
  • Prohibit administrative agencies from pre-empting state law.
  • Allow a two-thirds majority of the states to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
  • Require a seven-justice supermajority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.
  • Limit federal powers to those expressly delegated in the Constitution.
  • Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.
  • Allow a two-thirds majority of the states to override a federal law or regulation.

This call for action has inspired outrage and fear.  Why?

Ever since the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913 changed the election of Senators, originally been elected by State legislators, to popular election the States have had no representation in Washington.  This changed the relationship and nature of our federal system.  The House was created to represent the people.  The Senate was created to represent the States.  Now with the popular election of Senators every State hires lobbyists to represent their interests.  They’ve lost their voice.

The amendments by the governor of Texas would go a long way to redressing the balance.  We need to do something to rein a runaway federal behemoth that’s smothering all of us under its stifling regulations.

The Progressives have been vocal in their resistance to the idea of a Convention of the States.  They contend that they don’t want anyone messing with the Constitution.  This is especially ironic since it’s the Progressives and the evolution of a Living Document that have brought us to this point.  They’ve used the courts and the bureaucracy to change the Constitution without amending it.

President Woodrow Wilson, the quintessential Progressive, openly declared the Constitution an impediment to the kinds of reforms the Progressive Movement wanted.  So he urged judges to interpret the Constitution in such a way as to loosen its limits on federal power.  And he tried to use the bureaucracy to regulate freedom into serfdom.

The Progressives have been complaining for years that amending the Constitution is too hard.  That is why we need a Living Document that can change with the times.  That is why we needed to change that which was written in stone to that which is written in the sand.

It was supposed to be hard to amend the Constitution.  That was one of the checks and balances written into the original document to help maintain the limited government it was written to establish and maintain.  So instead of seeking to amend the Progressives have depended on federal judges especially Supreme Court justices to amend the Constitution through court rulings and precedence in a leftward direction.

For generations this unconstitutional judicial amendment process has continued step-by-step inch-by-inch until today government officials at the local, state or national level can seize private property in disregard of the 5th Amendment’s protections.  They can listen to and record everything we say in contravention of the 4th Amendment.  They disregard the14th Amendment’s provision of equal protection under the law allowing government-imposed group preferences and quotas under the name of affirmative action.  Our celebrated equal rights have been sacrificed on the altar of diversity.

It’s a lie repeated enough to be accepted as true that the federal courts are merely interpreting the Constitution rather than re-writing it when they discover new rights that aren’t there and disregard ones that are.

The claim of the Progressives that this dishonest process is necessary because it’s so difficult to formally amend the Constitution is exposed as a lie by the success of their own movement.  When their movement was young, before they invented the Living Document and the judicial interpretation process of change the Constitution was amended four times in just eight years.  In all it has been formally amended 27 times.

So why is it so threatening to some people to call a Convention of States to propose amendments to the Constitution?

Let’s look at this logically.  Why is this so threatening?

From a legal standpoint it isn’t some radical invention of the Altright.  The Constitution lists a convention of states as one of the ways that amendments can be officially proposed.   True it has never yet been done.  But does that mean it is suspect or dangerous?  Remember it takes two-thirds of the States to call a Convention and any proposed amendments put forward will need the votes of three-fourths of the States to be ratified.  What’s so radical about that?

Here are my questions for those who fear a Convention of the States: Would you rather have the Constitution changed by a 5 to 4 vote of the Supreme Court?   Would you rather have the Constitution changed by the rulings of a lone federal judge?  Would you rather have the Constitution changed by the rulings of the Ninth Circuit?  Would you rather have it changed by the unilateral actions of a president?  Or would you rather have it changed by the administrative rulings of faceless bureaucrats in federal agencies?

Many express the fear that a Convention of the States would repeat History.  The original Constitutional Convention was called by Congress to propose amendments to the Articles of Confederation.  Instead the Framers locked themselves in and wrote the Constitution in secret.  Then they presented it to the States for ratification.  The congress under the Articles eventually agreed to its own dissolution when public opinion showed a majority wanted the new government as proposed.  This is the basis of the fear even if many do not know the whole story.

This fear overlooks the fact that it takes the votes of two-thirds of the states to call for a convention.  And it takes three-fourths of the states to actually pass an amendment.  Therefore, nothing could happen that was not the expression of the overwhelming majority of the representatives of the people.

Instead of a radical assault upon the Constitution

Gov. Abbott’s proposed amendments would restore constitutional protections that have been eroded and/or erased by unelected federal judges, by imperial presidents, and by unelected bureaucrats in administrative agencies.

We the People are being kept out of the process.  Why?  What are the Progressives and their media machine afraid of?

Though the Progressives consistently portray themselves through their media megaphone as the champions of the people, using the tactics of judicial overreach, legislative slight-of-hand, and bureaucratic fiat they continuously work to remove decisions from the hands of citizens.  Instead they deliver us like lambs to the slaughter to unelected federal judges and faceless bureaucrats with civil service job protection and golden parachutes.

Is it any wonder that the Progressives don’t want us to have a convention that could possibly restore the Constitution as the guarantee of limited government, individual liberty, and economic opportunity for all?

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From the You’ve Got to be Kidding Me Department August 21, 2017

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And now for something completely different:

It’s starting to feel like we’re living in a Monty Python episode.  I keep waiting for the Secretary of the Department of Silly Walks to show up on CNN or one of its fellow fake news networks telling us that we need to impeach President Trump because of his hair.

Rush Limbaugh summed it up perfectly (as usual) when he said, “Black people and white people who were never slaves are fighting white people and others who were never Nazis over Confederate statues erected by Democrats — and somehow it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.”

The altleft AntiFa Blackshirts with their ski masks, bottle of urine, profanity, and violence pretend to oppose the altleft neo-fascists and the media megaphone plays along pretending one side is right and one is left.  Nazis are national socialists.  Both sides are socialist agitators using the time honored tactics of social disruption in an attempt to gain power.

Unfortunately for America the AntiFa Blackshirts are the bully boys of the Democrat/Media complex so they continue to get treated with kid gloves.  Their crimes are covered up and their real message of hate is glossed over.

They seek to defend free speech by not allowing anyone who disagrees with them to speak.  They seek to erase our history so they can rewrite it into an anticolonial screed straight out of Hollywood.  To them America is the greatest threat to mankind.  To them our very founding was blemished by hypocrisy and hate.  To them the very discovery of the Americas by Europeans was an act of bigotry and enslavement.

If they have their way their violent imposition of Saul Alinsky’s Amerika will finally fulfill the promise/threat of Obama to fundamentally transform our nation.

During my career as a college professor I’ve been involved in the establishment of Dual Enrollment Programs wherein high school students could take one class and gain high school and college credit through a local community college.

While doing this I’ve reviewed text books on American History that have more space given to Malcolm X than to George Washington.  I’ve seen Political Science teachers give assignments such as “Watch Michael Moore’s mockumentary Fahrenheit 11/9 and then write an essay exposing how many ways President Bush lied to get us into the Iraq War.”  What I’ve seen designed and implemented over the last few decades has been the substitution of indoctrination for education and the triumph of political correctness.

The Progressives have captured the media, Hollywood, academia, and public education.  They’re rebelling now because enough Americans in enough of the right places voted to bring some real change.  We voted to regain control of our borders, to put America First in trade and foreign affairs.  We voted to roll back the bureaucracy and allow free enterprise to Make America Great Again.  We voted to drain the swamp.

The establishment cannot allow any of this to take place just as they cannot allow President Trump to succeed.  If we need to bring in a professional Business man to clean up the mess the professional politicians have made what do we need professional politicians for?  The perpetually re-elected hacks in Congress will continue to thwart every effort by President Trump to implement his promises.  The Bureaucracy will continue to leak and stonewall.  And their AntiFa Blackshirt bully boys will continue their assault on every expression of the America we voted for.  Their goal is impeachment and their witch hunt won’t end until they have scalps to show for all their effort.

Their media carries on a day after day 24/7 assault upon President Trump.  The bought and paid for perpetually re-elected hacks battle the President’s agenda, our agenda in every committee, in every vote, in every speech, tweet, and soundbite.  And all the while their AntiFa Blackshirts attempt to take control of the streets and violently suppress any public support for President Trump or the America his supporters want to see restored.

This should be no surprise if you have read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.  He laid out the goals and tactics long ago.  President Obama did his best to apologize, lie, and subvert America into the third world.  Now he leads the Resist 45 Movement from his lair in DC.  Since his chosen successor lost her bid to seal the deal we’re faced with this insurgency of hate.

If you take the time to listen to their media megaphone you’ll hear how the storm troopers of the left are destroying public and private property, assaulting people, and stifling free speech all in the name of social justice.  This reminds me of the conundrum I have always faced concerning abortion; how can a moral wrong be a civil right.  In this case I ask myself how can social justice be so harmful to society and so unjust?

Watching the media cartel’s talking heads on any of their endless panels of experts tell me how terrible President Trump is, why I should hate him, and pray for his impeachment I keep waiting for the door to fly open and Wolf Blitzer as Cardinal Ximinez to rush in flanked by his two junior cardinals Jake Tapper as Cardinal Biggles with his goggles pushed over his forehead and Rachel Madow as Cardinal Fang.

I can almost hear Cardinal Blitzer pontificating, “NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise…surprise and fear…fear and surprise…. Our two weapons are fear and surprise…and ruthless efficiency…. Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency…and an almost fanatical devotion to Obama…. Our four…no… Amongst our weapons…. Amongst our weaponry…are such elements as fear, surprise….and endless criticism.

As we descend into lunacy….as the theater of the absurd races across our TV screens nightly disguised as news it reminds me of the new old saying, “Obama called me a clinger.  Hillary called me despicable.  Terrorists call me an infidel.  Trump calls me an American.”

I know it’s politically incorrect to us the “M” word but we need to man up and stand up for what we believe.  We have to reject the absurdity of the Progressives and let the world know we voted for change and we want what we voted for!  Drain the swamp and make America great again.

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North Korean Situation History and Proposed Solution August 16, 2017

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Of course the current North Korean brouhaha is all Trump’s fault at least according to the propaganda megaphone and prime time indoctrination machine that is the ABCCBSNBCPBSCNNMSNBCNPR Cartel.  But then again according to these Alt-Left AntiFa stenographers what isn’t?

To be effective all current events must happen in a vacuum.  That way the spinmeisters can work their editorial magic and make everything fit their narrative.

Therefore in their delegitimizing playbook aimed at the eventual impeachment of President Trump the North Korean nuclear showdown is all because of Trump’s bellicose rhetoric.  However current events are the History of the Future and they need to be seen in context to be understood.

Way back in the mists of recorded time, on October 18, 1994 President Bill Clinton facing the reality of North Korea saying it was going to build nuclear weapons acted out the usual Democrat imitation of Nevil Chamberlain.  In other words Mr. Clinton gave the tin-pot dictator de jure whatever desired as long as he could wave a little piece of paper and declare it signified “Peace in our time” just before an election.

He briefly described the “Deal” this way, “This agreement [$4 billion in U.S. energy aid] will help achieve a longstanding and vital American objective—an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.”

Looking for a talking point to help the Democrat machine maintain its traditional hold on Congress Mr. Clinton set the North Koreans on the road to a nuclear bomb.  Taking no thought for the eventual repercussions and looking only to immediate political advantage he threw America under the bus.

Even that flagship of the left the New York Times saw this for what it was, political maneuvering, not diplomacy.  Here’s how they described it at the time, “The accord struck in Geneva gave the President a chance to proclaim a major foreign policy success just weeks before the midterm election. But Asian diplomats pointed out today that it also placed the United States in the odd position of bolstering the political capital of a man it has regularly denounced as a terrorist, a supplier of missile technology to Iran and a dictator: Kim Jong Il.”

Clinton said, “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program.”

Here’s what the Times had to say, “What bothers some nuclear experts, from the Pentagon to the International Atomic Energy Agency, is that the North will continue to possess nuclear spent fuel for years, surrendering it only when the new reactors are nearing completion. That leaves open the possibility that if it ever renounced this week’s agreement it could eject all international inspectors and resume the bomb project.”

According to President Clinton, “The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments. Only as it does so will North Korea fully join the community of nations.”

As reported by the New York Times, “‘This means that we are living with a country that flouted the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and will remain in noncompliance for years,’ an atomic energy agency official said today. ‘We wanted to get that fuel out of the country, and out of the country fast.’’’

And, “‘Similarly, some of the agency’s officials are concerned that the so-called special inspection of a suspected nuclear site that they demanded two years ago — a demand that prompted the North to announce it would pull out of the Nonproliferation Treaty — will be delayed for five years or more. “It is not a good precedent to set,’ the official said, ‘if we have to demand a special inspection in Iran or Iraq or someplace else in the world.”’

The Times had a bit more to say about this American Munich, “President Clinton approved a plan today to arrange more than $4 billion in energy aid to North Korea during the next decade in return for a commitment from the country’s hard-line Communist leadership to freeze and gradually dismantle its nuclear weapons development program.”

And, “American and North Korean officials plan to sign the broad accord on Friday, and almost immediately the United States will begin a remarkable new foreign aid program: it will provide for the North, with which it has never signed a peace treaty ending the Korean War, supplies of heavy oil to keep factories running and homes heated.”

And not only did the United States agree to provide oil Bill Clinton arranged for something else, “The accord calls for a consortium of nations, led by South Korea and Japan, to provide the North with two light-water nuclear reactors, designed in a manner that makes it far more difficult for the North to convert nuclear waste into atomic weapons.”

I wonder what the Kim dynasty has done with those reactors?

Along come George II and what does he do?  He inaugurates the Six Party Talks between the United States, South and North Korea, China, Russia, and Japan.  These talks went on and off for years eventually producing nothing but more time for North Korea to improve upon their first nuclear test which happened on the second Bush watch.

The Obama Administration courageously followed a policy of strategic patience, essentially a commitment to denuclearization as a precondition for talks, conducted in close alliance with Seoul and the other members of the Six-Party Talks.  The talks continued to drag on as Mr. Obama kicked the can down the road.

Now the latest model of a crazy Kim struts around like a bantam rooster with a bad haircut on the world stage.  He overtly threatens us with nuclear war and President Trump stands up to him.

To the corporations once known as the mainstream media this is provocative.  Standing up for yourself is not the progressive way.  We are supposed to cower in the corner and apologize for being who we are.  That is not the American way.  At least it wasn’t before the Clinton – Bush – Obama era.

As stated earlier: To be effective all current events must happen in a vacuum.  That way the spinmeisters can work their editorial magic and make everything fit their narrative.

However, nothing happens in a vacuum.  We must consider the context for a text without a context is a pretext.

So how are we supposed to deal with North Korea short of turning them into a sea of glass?

I propose that we pull our troops out of South Korea.  With a population twice as large and an economy almost four times the size of the stunted North the South should be able to fend for itself after 67 years of American protection.  Then we tell China that unless they reign in their protégé we’ill help South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan to build their own nuclear weapons. Then we step aside and let the Asian Tigers figure out how to bell the cat in Pyongyang.

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Smoking Gun August 14, 2017

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Even the leftwing magazine The Nation is beginning to report the truth.  There was no hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by the Russians.  It was instead an inside job perpetrated by staffers who were outraged at the collusion between the Clinton campaign and the former head of the DNC disgraced Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The writers in The Nation went so far as to say, “In addition, the experts found forensic evidence proving the initial documents published by the hacker Guccifer 2.0 were forgeries intended to finger Moscow.”

Citing details the extensive findings by “qualified experts working independently of one another.”

Nation went on to provide further details and conclusions regarding the alleged hack that was one of the original reasons for the birth of the Trump – Russian collusion fantasy.

“Forensic investigations of documents made public two weeks prior to the July 5 leak by the person or entity known as Guccifer 2.0 show that they were fraudulent,” the experts said.

“Before Guccifer posted them, they were adulterated by cutting and pasting them into a blank template that had Russian as its default language.

“Guccifer took responsibility on June 15 for an intrusion the DNC reported on June 14 and professed to be a WikiLeaks source — claims essential to the official narrative implicating Russia in what was soon cast as an extensive hacking operation.”

“To put the point simply,” the experts concluded, “forensic science now devastates this narrative.”  In other words as the title of their article points out the original DNC hack that exposed the crooked way in which the primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was a mere show  a rigged operation with a foregone conclusion.  The hack wasn’t a hack.  It was leak an inside job, by a DNC staffer not by Russia.

If this wasn’t enough to show the Big Lie of the Trump – Russian collusion fantasy Wanda Carruthers of Newsmax reports Marcel Lehel Lazar, known as Guccifer, arrested in 2014 and serving a seven-year sentence in Romania.

Gruccifer was sentenced for hacking Sidney Blumenthal, an ally of former 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Lazar is best known for inadvertently discovering that Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time, was using a private email server.

According to Lazar another hack last year of the Democratic National Committee’s mail system supposedly by Gruciffer 2.0 was not conducted by Russians, but rather was done by U.S. government agencies, Lazar suggested.  He said “The Russians are more skillful than this to let tracks in the documents [point] to them.  So, this is made by the other guys who wanted [to point] to the Russians.”

According to the Special Counsel Law there must be an underlying crime for the appointment of a Special Counsel.  The evidence is pouring in that the underlying crime, Trump – Russian collusion fantasy is just that, a fantasy.  We know that the leaker James Comey choreographed events to ensure the appointment of his fellow-traveler, Robert Mueller as the Special Counsel.

These are nothing more than tactics used to advance the strategy of de-legitimizing President Trump and eventually his impeachment and removal thus reversing the results of the 2016 election.  This will be the canary in the coal mine, people will never be indicted for collusion with Russia they will be indicted for other crimes supposedly unearthed (or generated) by the Special Counsels team of Clinton supporters and other democrat operatives.

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