Now We Know What Trump’s Doing Next!

Conspiracy theories abound regarding Donald Trump’s next step: will he go back to his very profitable business empire? After all, flying around the world on his own 757 private jet to “check-in” on his golf resorts, massive commercial real estate investments, or dropping in on his new “buddy” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sound enticing for a billionaire who happens to wear the badge of “Trump-45.” After all, what does a Septuagenarian with all of President Trump’s accomplishments do to top any of the mountains he’s already eclipsed?

“He’s going to start a new political party!” That story ramped up shortly after it became apparent that the vote count — be it accurate or not — determined that Trump would NOT repeat in the White House. And it’s only climbed steadily since the Biden inauguration. A political group that filed with the Federal Election Commission to gain status for the 2022 election and beyond floated the “word” that Trump was a part of their organization and planned on running for office in 2024 as the leader of the “Patriot Party.”

Speculation about “The Donald’s” next foray into whatever remains at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to know what he’s going to do. And many are anxious — even worried — about Trump’s intentions.

It’s no secret that the GOP establishment despises him. But he’s the perfect foil for the former conservative party that has banished itself to be better known as the “Party of eternal maintenance of the Status Quo.” The RINOs in the GOP have snatched control of conservatism’s ideology and bastardized it into something it never was.

Conservatism formerly espoused a small group of ideas that each embraced the philosophy that government is NOT the answer for the People and all that they need from so-called “public servants.” According to true conservatives, government IS the enemy of the People — specifically “BIG” government. And true conservatives continually fight to keep government small, protect the populace from the greed and lust for power and money that many in government war to obtain and keep while pushing constantly to wrestle any power held by the government from its grasp to return to the People. Lower taxes, true free-market capitalism, freedom of speech, religion, and the right to “keep and bear arms” are the cornerstones of Conservatism. Status quo Government seeks to strip them all away from Americans so that Big Brother controls everything and everybody.

Today’s Republican Party looks NOTHING like Conservative Originalism.

What Will Trump Do Next?

Every Trump supporter knows perfectly well where Donald Trump’s heart lies: he gave it to the American people when he chose to run to be their President. His multiple promises while campaigning were fulfilled by his achievements of most of what he promised! Americans had NEVER seen that from any previous U.S. president. He did not get them all done, but only because legislative and court roadblocks prevented his doing so. His achievements of many and efforts to get them all ingratiated him to the American people. Make America Great Again swept the nation — and even showed up in multiple foreign countries! It appeared that Trump Populism had found a home, had strong backing from a conservative political party (at least in part), and showed the nation just how successful it could become with leadership that truly was “of, by, and for the people.”

Democrats and RINOs were (and are) horrified. Trump threw mud in their faces, showed all Americans how the Establishment lied perpetually for decades while forcing Americans to toe the line to keep political parties balanced. They did that to maintain perpetual political power that would quietly (and stealthily) rule the nation in perpetuity. In doing so, Swamp critters enriched themselves and their fellow swamp dwellers while keeping any detractors from messing up their deal. And they kept the American public oblivious of how good it “should have been” and “would have been” if our government truly worked exclusively for the good of the Nation.

The Swamp won the battle, but the War is still raging.

As we see it, Trump has several options that each seem enticing. Climbing back aboard the company jet and heading around the globe doesn’t seem likely. He’s “been there-done that.” And for those who are not cut from the cloth of entrepreneurship, you cannot understand how a Trump-like businessman thinks: “I accomplished that dream, now what’s next!” There’s where Donald Trump is living.

Regarding politics: he’s been President of the United States! What greater achievement than that could any politician complete? There are Biblical prophets, MAGA Americans, politicians, and even hardcore Democrats who are certain Trump wants to run for a second White House term in 2024. After all, why else would Democrats and other hard-left political hacks spend all their time trying to guarantee Trump CANNOT run again for president? They are terrified!

But for this journalist, I’m not certain Trump WILL run again.  However, at this stage, I cannot say positively that he will NOT run. I’m leaning toward another option — one that would appeal to a Donald Trump who’s already slept about 1200 nights in the White House. He gave us a glimpse of what that might be in a missive he sent to the World on Tuesday.

Read his note below with a clear mind. We’ll regroup and discuss what I think he’s going to do:

The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political “leaders” like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm. McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.

In 2020, I received the most votes of any sitting President in history, almost 75,000,000. Every incumbent House Republican won for the first time in decades, and we flipped 15 seats, almost costing Nancy Pelosi her job. Republicans won majorities in at least 59 of the 98 partisan legislative chambers, and the Democrats failed to flip a single legislative chamber from red to blue. And in “Mitch’s Senate,” over the last two election cycles, I single-handedly saved at least 12 Senate seats, more than eight in the 2020 cycle alone—and then came the Georgia disaster, where we should have won both U.S. Senate seats, but McConnell matched the Democrat offer of $2,000 stimulus checks with $600. How does that work? It became the Democrats’ principal advertisement, and a big winner for them it was. McConnell then put himself, one of the most unpopular politicians in the United States, into the advertisements. Many Republicans in Georgia voted Democrat, or just didn’t vote, because of their anguish at their inept Governor, Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and the Republican Party, for not doing its job on Election Integrity during the 2020 Presidential race.

It was a complete election disaster in Georgia, and certain other swing states. McConnell did nothing, and will never do what needs to be done in order to secure a fair and just electoral system into the future. He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will.

My only regret is that McConnell “begged” for my strong support and endorsement before the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him. He went from one point down to 20 points up, and won. How quickly he forgets. Without my endorsement, McConnell would have lost, and lost badly. Now, his numbers are lower than ever before, he is destroying the Republican side of the Senate, and in so doing, seriously hurting our Country.

Likewise, McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family’s substantial Chinese business holdings. He does nothing on this tremendous economic and military threat.

Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.

Prior to the pandemic, we produced the greatest economy and jobs numbers in the history of our Country, and likewise, our economic recovery after Covid was the best in the world. We cut taxes and regulations, rebuilt our military, took care of our Vets, became energy independent, built the wall and stopped the massive inflow of illegals into our Country, and so much more. And now, illegals are pouring in, pipelines are being stopped, taxes will be going up, and we will no longer be energy independent.

This is a big moment for our country, and we cannot let it pass by using third rate “leaders” to dictate our future!

Summary

(Note: Donald Trump really doesn’t care for Mitch McConnell!)

Everything Trump said during his first campaign and as President, speaking to Americans from the White House or a podium in his plethora of MAGA rallies, spoke directly to the average American. He loves the People and despises those in government who seek self-enrichment at the expense of average Americans. He hates that abuse of political power and petty partisanship — by both Democrats AND Republicans.

Many think because of that, he will walk away. After all, there are not many people who can say, “I was President of the United States.”

Donald Trump is not finished yet!

In his letter to Americans above, he hinted what his next task would be — either in part or in total. He plans on fighting the Swamp again! It’s unclear exactly what form that will take, but it will certainly include his being on the campaign trail in 2022 during the midterms and also in the run-up to the general election in 2024.

What better way could Trump, under the present circumstances in his life, serve Americans than to use his accomplishments, achievements, and numerous victories for the People against the Swamp and the Deep State status quo!

Imagine him campaigning for a true conservative in a rural congressional district in Nevada or Idaho, Iowa, or Oklahoma? What about some television ads in which HE introduces an unknown young political upstart woman who embraces the American Dream and wants to share it with the large Latin population in New Mexico as their next governor?

The beautiful thing about congressional races is that all House members must face the public every two years in an election. Doing so is tough on the candidates’ time and, of course, their wallets. Imagine Donald Trump stumping in his nonstop magnetic fashion three or four nights a week around the country to help flip control in the House while adding even more conservative governors.

The Political Class call such a person a “King Maker.” I don’t know about Trump making anyone a king, but he certainly could “ring the bell” for several hundred angry — but determined — conservatives to help take his populist methods and ideology across the nation while shining the light of truth on the Establishment Swamp Dwellers that hold a death grip on our freedoms.

I’ll finish by saying this: Donald Trump is already certain to stump during the next four years for candidates in this war against the Left. I’m confident he could easily do that and march toward 2024 and his second stint in the White House all at the same time!

I’m looking forward to it, no matter how it looks.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see him dominate the 24/7 news cycle for four more years!

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Dems on a Roll Hit a Brick Wall…or Two

 

Wait a minute: Joe Biden beat Donald Trump; Democrats hung on to control of the House of Representatives; Democrats regained the majority in the Senate. Things have been looking pretty good for the Democrat Party since November, right?

Not so much. Their party has run into some pretty significant roadblocks. And they’re not too happy about them.

Impeachment for political theatre was squashed, the Never Trump Lincoln Project further imploded when it was reported its leaders knew about the sexual harassment allegations against co-founder John Weaver, and the petition to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom D-Calif. reached 1.5 million signatures which was the number of signatures needed to trigger a special election.

Wait: there’s more!

The Donald Trump Charlottesville rhetoric lie was debunked again, and now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing a bipartisan onslaught from lawmakers after a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) request showed as many as 9,000 COVID-19 infected patients were sent to nursing homes under his directive, resulting in one of the nation’s worst COVID scenarios.

Yep, it seems that while the Democrat Party should be in Hog Heaven things are not going so smoothly, especially in the last week or so. They should be flying high. But the realities of Washington D.C. have kicked them in the butt.

“How so?”

On Saturday, former President Donald Trump was acquitted in impeachment proceedings for the second time in two years, 57-43 in the Senate. It was the outcome most Americans knew was coming for weeks — and one that only adds fuel to the left’s endless disdain for the 45th president.

While seven Republicans and two independents voted to impeach Trump with the Democrats, they still ended up 10 votes short to achieve the grand number of 67.

Those in favor of impeachment tried to push the narrative that Trump incited the violence at the Capitol on January 6, regardless of the fact that The New York Times documented people were already rioting 20 minutes before his speech even began.

Impeachment may be over — unless Democrats in Congress unconstitutionally try yet again — but the left’s obsession with Trump will not end. The blue check marks on Twitter were having a difficult time coping with the expected news on Saturday.

Along came trouble in the “Lincoln Project” neighborhood.

In January, journalist Ryan Girdusky broke a story about Never Trump political action committee (PAC) The Lincoln Project’s co-founder John Weaver. Girdusky talked to dozens of young men who alleged sexual harassment and misconduct towards young conservatives Weaver and abusing his power. A week later, Weaver resigned and admitted to the allegations.

On Friday, Steve Schmidt, co-founder of The Lincoln Project and a former senior campaign advisor to John McCain’s presidential campaign, also resigned. Schmidt claims to have known about Weaver’s misconduct and made his release on Twitter.

“I am resigning my seat on the Lincoln Project board to make room for the appointment of a female board member as the first step to reform and professionalize the Lincoln Project,” Schmidt said.

According to several Lincoln Project employees, leadership at the PAC knew about 10 of the allegations against Weaver in June 2020. The organization intentionally concealed this information.

Now former employees at The Lincoln Project have demanded immediate release from the non-disclosure agreements they were all required to sign when Weaver was at the company, to inform the public about more details. Schmidt also came under heavy scrutiny after going on a tirade on Twitter and inappropriately posting screenshots of a direct message conversation between co-founder Jennifer Horn and a reporter from The 19th working on a damning story about the anti-Trump organization.

More bad news continues for the left from the “Left” Coast.

The petition to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom reached 1,509,000 signatures last Friday — the minimum needed to lead to a special election. By March, the recall effort has to have received 12 percent of signatures from Californians, which will then be vetted by the California secretary of state.

Rescue California is the non-profit that is operating the recall drive. The manager of the campaign Anne Dunsmore when questioned about the recall drive said, “This is a citizen movement, this is not a political movement,” Dunsmore said. “We’re pursuing a political process to fix the problem for sure, but this isn’t a Trump versus Biden thing.”

According to Dunsmore, the intensifying of the recall effort comes after totalitarian lockdowns Newsom instituted in California throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, endlessly changing the rules to fit an obviously partisan perspective. Newsom was found hypocritically dining at The French Laundry — an exclusive and very expensive gourmet restaurant in Northern California — in December of last year, days after “pulling the emergency brake” on state reopening implementation plans and instituting new lockdown rules.

The Republican National Committee donated $250,000 to the recall efforts, as Newsom looks more and more probable to defend his rule to voters quite soon.

Remember the Charlottesville, Virginia related attacks by the left against President Trump for stating that in that violent demonstration, there were “fine people on both sides?”  Since those protests in Aug. 2017, Democrats have continually pushed the false narrative that President Trump said there were “fine people” on both sides, referring to white supremacists. This has been debunked many times by non-leftist media sources, and was  given the national attention it deserves on Saturday during the impeachment trial by lead defense attorney David Schoen.

After playing a clip that corporate media used to manipulate the public, Trump says the following: “You have people, and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazi’s and white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally, but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazi’s and white nationalists…”

The former President went on to say that there WERE two groups there for good causes: one to protest the removal of a cherished monument and one there to support that removal. Those groups were simply there to protest. The “gang” that broke the peaceful protests up were NOT good people. And, yes, they were white supremacists. And Democrats in showing the footage at the impeachment trial conveniently deleted the part in which Trump thoroughly explained his meaning.

So much for the left’s infatuation with calling Trump a racist because of this purposeful editing botch.

Believe it or not, the week got worse for Democrats back on the East Coast.

What conservative media outlets have reported on for months is finally being accepted by those on the left. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), sent as many as 9,000 COVID-19 infected elderly patients back to nursing homes, which led to high rates of deaths in his state among the elderly.

On Friday, Cuomo’s top aide released a statement acknowledging that the office delayed reporting on fatality data because of concerns that it was “going to be used against us.” A court order and New York state attorney general report showed in the last few weeks that the total nursing home fatality rate is one-seventh of all residents living in nursing homes in the state. 15,000 died in total.

In August, President Trump was vocal about Cuomo’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now Associated Press estimates that the real Cuomo number of people killed because of his total incompetence is 11,000, not the 6000 that was originally thought!” Trump tweeted.

As can be expected, leftists sided with Cuomo and assisted with his coverup, all to oppose Mr. Trump. Now, though, Democrats are waking up to his incompetence. Several Democratic New York senators signed a joint letter to strip Cuomo of emergency powers and state Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-NY) sent a separate letter:

“At a time when we need New Yorkers to trust their elected officials the most, the governor and his administration knowingly chose to lie and play politics with New Yorkers’ lives,” Ramos wrote, the same day the New York GOP congressional delegation sent a letter asking the Justice Department to investigate obstruction of justice in Cuomo’s blocking of the nursing home investigation.

We witnessed five catastrophes worsen for Democrats, all in the course of one week. One only wonders how bad it will continue to get as the ill results of COVID lockdowns continue to become impossible to ignore.

Summary

What else could possibly go wrong for today’s Democrats? If what happened to Republicans during Donald Trump’s four years as POTUS is any indication of what Dems might face, it’s a sure bet there’s “trouble in them there Hills.”

In fact, just look at the hand Democrats have dealt themselves:

Trump economy results were mind-boggling! But another Trump-like financial picture requires Trump-like policies.

Trump-like foreign policies require Trump-like treatment of those in foreign government leadership.

To have the same support of the POTUS in 2021 as Trump had requires the POTUS to treat the People the same as did Trump.

Think about it: All this should be easy for Joe Biden — he’s the Master of “quid pro quo.” And, according to all the experts, Biden’s much smarter than Trump. It’ll be an easy ride for the Democrats.

But there’s just one problem: Joe Biden! Based on his decades of government service, Americans are in for a wild ride. Things operated from the White House are certain to be sketchy and difficult. Few Americans are confident that things will go smoothly. How so? Just look at how rough were the Obama Administration’s operations with Joe riding shotgun, and remember this: it took Barack Obama driving for the few good things to occur then that did. Joe Biden’s not Barack and he’s not Donald. The only thing that’s certain is this: there are inevitable brick walls ahead for Joe and his fellow Dems. The problem for Joe and his Party is there are no problem solvers aboard the Biden Train.

There’s one important question Dems need to confront today: How many brick walls can they survive that their Driver is pointing them toward?

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Consumed by Lust

My Dad was a fiery preacher that pastored a small church in a small town in south Louisiana. We moved to that town — Franklin — the Summer before my freshman year in high school. What a horrible time for a family to move! We all know how fragile are our psyches and emotions at that age. I left my old friends with which I had grownup to move to a small town where no one knew me. Worst was I had to find a way to “fit in.” That wasn’t so easy to do back in 1967. And to make matters worse, I was a teenage boy who had just discovered girls.

I cannot today describe the roller coaster that I rode everyday because of my personal feelings and my self-condemnation. Think about it: a fourteen-year-old boy whose father was a pastor, just moved to a new town where no one knew him or anything about him, and his hormones suddenly showed up! What a conundrum that I faced everyday with NO guidance, NO direction, and lots of condemnation.

My problem was lust — I discovered girls. And did my hormones kick into high gear! I never knew girls were like “that.” “That,” of course, was the fact that girls’ hormones changed them in the same way as mine changed me. And I LIKED their changes!

Church each Sunday became a place for me to both feel guilty for “thinking” bad things — which I later discovered were simply natural thoughts — repenting for my horrible sins, and starting over by getting “clean” for the next week.

That cycle was perpetual and always brought the same results.

Thankfully my lust for the opposite sex did not destroy me. And several years later I found my soulmate. Yesterday — Valentines Day — we celebrated 46 years of wedded bliss that produced three children, six grandchildren, and a bunch of memories.

That lust with which I struggled was soon replaced by an understanding of life as a fourteen year old and a respect and love that has endured for almost half a century.

Is Lust Just About Sex?

The short answer is “No.”

Lust is “a psychological force producing intense desire for an object, or circumstance while already having a significant other or amount of the desired object.”

Can you imagine an adult example in which lust drives people insane in a quest for  something or someone which they want but don’t have? Of course there are  multiple examples of people burning in desire for a love interest. Close to half the marriages in the U.S. struggle with (and often end with) lust harbored by one party to the marriage who act on that lust that tragically destroys the marriage. But there are OTHER examples of lust that create equal or sometimes even nastier results for those involved. What lust could there be that might be nastier?

Political Power

It’s not a reach to compare an example of sexual lust to one of lust for political might and power. And lust for power is rampant in the nation’s Capital and is growing stronger by the day. Most people don’t even recognize its existence let alone pin its deadliness on politicians that consumes so many while leaving its victims’ bodies strewn along the streets of D.C.

Political Lust

Back in the 60s and 70s, Washington political power craved by every politician was for money. It began innocently enough: Congressional pay was not equal to the pay in similar positions in the private sector and living in D.C. was very costly. Those government “servants” were driven to make ends meet. And D.C. political financial creativity was born.

“Lobbying” became the big “go-to” for money. Big law firms hired former legislators who all had open doors to their counterparts who still served in Congress. If your firm has corporate clients who need access to Congress for anything, who better to hire to provide that access than a former member of Congress? They can put your client’s hopes, wishes, and agenda items in the faces of any number of the 535 lawmakers on a daily basis.

“How does that turn into dollars?” Huge salaries, benefits, and opportunities for the ex-lawmakers (now lobbyists) along with their family members. And the financial benefits are mind-boggling: “Quid Pro Quo.”

How many pieces of legislation are passed each year as a result of lobbyist paid-for junkets to exotic locations or cush positions in law firms or D.C. offices for extended family members of those lawmakers? How many endowed scholarships are funded in the name of members of Congress paid for with generous donations from a major corporation who saw a billion dollar bill passed out of committee to the floor of the House, something nobody in Congress thought could happen?

And then there are always tips and “heads-ups” of pending corporate revelations passed along in secret just prior to that big news hitting the press which runs that corporate stock prices through the roof? This practice is so prevalent, the House even passed a bill several years ago that was signed into law named “The Pelosi Bill” because Nancy Pelosi cashed in on numerous such opportunities giving insider information to her husband Paul and others to make millions. (By the way: insider trading is and has been illegal for many years. Martha Stewart went to jail for it. And nothing happened to Nancy.)

Where Does Lust For Political Power Come In?

Think about it: just because there are rampant under-the-table financial opportunities doesn’t automatically turn into big money for legislators. They must be careful not to be detected. But there are pitfalls that befall those who step over the line and get caught. That news makes trouble with voting constituents. And there’s no way to perpetuate the Gravy Train without returning to Washington again and again — constituents determine who goes back and who doesn’t. The way to control this and everything else in the process is to control everything and everybody in the government process in every way!

That takes power. Political power gives the holders control. Control allows a political party or group of big donors or various not-for-profit entities inside opportunities which could NEVER be achieved without Political Power.

All those opportunities most politicians lust for are attainable only under the right conditions. And, of course, the purveyors of power and control determine who is and who is not worthy of receiving any of these D.C. boondoggles. And there are plenty to go around IF you’re in the right clique.

Right now, the Democrat Party controls the clique — AND all the benefits of power.

Is This Legal?

Of course it is! How can this abuse of American voters and taxpayers not be “illegal?”

Who makes all the laws. What other business do you know in which the employees set ALL the rules? In what job in which you were employed were you ever able to determine your compensation, your benefits, and when you get pay raises? At what private company do the employees determine what days they are going to work and how many days-off they are allowed to have “with pay?”

“He who holds all the power makes ALL the rules.” And that is the United States Congress along with the Presidency. Who controls that now? The Democrat Party.

Summary

Constitutionally, our government is supposed to be “Of, by, and for the People.” That has not been the case for decades. Whichever political party controls two of the three branches of government wields almost all the power. Their big question from election to election is who they will stick out front to be the face of government.

Who busted their monopoly on power wide open? Donald Trump.

Now you know why James Comey set in motion the Russia Collusion Investigation, why there was a deep dive into Trump violation allegations of the Emoluments Clause, “Ukraine-Gate” that morphed into Impeachment #1, the voting manipulation in the November 3rd election (which really DID happen), and Impeachment #2.

Don’t forget the 24/7 shellacking of all things and all people Trump for 4+ years by the voices of the now-outed mouthpieces of the Democrat Party, the “Lamestream Media.”

This was all because of one thing: Donald Trump promised while campaigning in 2016 (and he followed through after elected) to give the People back the power of the U.S. Government and to “Drain the Swamp.” They could NOT allow that to happen. Their cry in 2020 was, “No More!” They had to stop Trump — no matter the cost.

And because of their “Lust for Power” we today find our nation disjointed, in tatters, writhing in uncertainty, void of real leadership, consumed with fear of the unknown while the federal government has launched a feeding frenzy of all Americans who dare to disagree with the “Power Junkies” that control it all and espouse Conservatism with NO more large government.

Who’s running the show? We call it a “Plutocracy” — a well-defined bundle of two groups of heavyweights: powerful elected officials including appointed bureaucrats along with filthy rich Leftists. They all work for the common good of their “cause,” not the common good of the “People.”

They lust for “Power” and are committed to, at all costs, regain it and keep it in perpetuity.

What do we do? The first step is to open your eyes and recognize what’s before us. There certainly is no quick fix. We didn’t get to this point in a year or two or even several decades. And understanding and accepting the foes we face is a beginning toward taking back our nation, but it’s just the beginning. You can bet the Plutocrats plan to NEVER let Donald Trump or another populist American steal their power again! And they will do anything to maintain it going forward no matter who must be eliminated to facilitate that goal.

There are numerous examples we could share now that would wear your concentration thin. We won’t do that. But one recent thing that occurred illustrates best how this Plutocracy functions. In closing, I’ll point it out:

Surprisingly, this past Saturday morning, House Impeachment Managers announced they were going to call witnesses in Impeachment Trial #2. Democrat Party Leaders went nuts! They circled the wagons and quickly eliminated any witnesses testifying in the Senate trial. Why? One reason only.

If the House Managers allowed witnesses to be called, that would have triggered the same opportunity for the Defense. The House Managers had not thought about the first likely witness the Defense Team would call: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. What could Pelosi say in testimony that might help the Trump cause?

Remember the yet unexplained lack of security on Capitol Hill and even in the Capitol on January 6? Most reasoning Americans know that was a calculated decision made by someone to facilitate rioting and even those evil Trump supporters get into the Capitol itself. The FBI, the White House, and even the Washington Metro Police informed federal government leaders there were planned demonstrations that would become violent on that day. Each of those warnings that came six different times were ignored by the authorities who secure those buildings and grounds: the Capitol Police. And the Capitol Police told the FBI, the Trump Administration Homeland Security, the Nat’l Guard, and even the D.C. police to stand down.

Who gave that stand down order? Nancy Pelosi! 

The Speaker of the House controls all operations in the Capitol — even the Capitol Police. Pelosi made the decision to ignore those warnings and the possible repercussions of not preparing to counter the problems that were planned for that day and to just let it all happen. Why? To facilitate that second impeachment of Trump for his incitement of insurrection that never occurred — it was instigated by Nancy!

Democrat Party Leaders knew that news of Pelosi’s inaction had been circulating around Washington for days and knew if she was called to testify under oath in the trial, Trump’s defense team would ask her what she knew in advance of the craziness and what steps she took to prepare for it all. She’d be forced to tell the truth or lie under oath, which is a felony. And in either case, her actions if revealed to the nation, would destroy the unilateral power held by the Democrat Party. They would be toast! And they could NOT let that happen.

NOTE: Pay attention to matters on the Hill over the next month. Watch closely how rapidly Biden rolls out even more executive orders. Watch how quiet the media are about American domestic policy changes made through those orders and legislation that is rushed through both the House and the Senate. Watch the lust for Power consume even more politicrats in Washington.

That’s what this whole thing has been about. And it’s NOT changing anytime soon.

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Saturday Bullet Points: February 13, 2021

This past week was certainly dominated by the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump: a private citizen, but still in the bullseye of hatred of the Democrat Party. Because of the historical basis of the trial, (only second time in history a President/Former President was impeached twice) other news of importance was certainly lost in the shuffle. Never fear! TruthNewsNetwork grabbed them all and we have them here today. Read the description of the content of stories. If you want more details, click on the blue “swoosh” to go to the story represented in the Bullet Point.

It’s a great way to wrap up your week assuring you miss no important news!

Bullet Points

  • The newly elected United States Representative from New York, Claudia Tenney, was sworn into office this last week. The swearing-in of members of Congress every two years are historical events. Because they are, family members of those entering office are always invited to the ceremony. Not so in this case. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi forbade the son of the representative — who happens to be enrolled in the Naval Academy — was not allowed to attend the event. Why? For complete details, click on this link:
  • Over two days in the Senate chamber, House Managers presented their case on which they say is full of sufficient evidence of Trump wrongdoing on January 6th and other occasions to justify his removal from office. Never mind that the Impeachment Clause of the Constitution states the Senate can only remove a “sitting” President, they still want a guilty verdict. One legal expert says what the Managers presented was anything BUT real evidence in their case. For complete  details, click on this link:
  • It’s now the time of year which most Americans despise: the tax season. Everyone needs to understand that this year is WAY different from previous years. There are very important changes in IRS filing regulations that all should know before they or their tax professionals proceed with tax returns. What are the changes? For complete details, click on this link:
  • The House Managers, in most experts’ opinions, made a mockery of the Constitution in their arguments to justify a guilty verdict for Mr. Trump. Rep. Ted Lieu gave a raucous speech in which he railed that President Trump during ALL of his campaign rallies made comments continually that alone were incitement on his part for his supporters to commit violence. His arguments were so egregious that a dozen GOP Senators actually got up and left the Senate Chamber! What did he say that enraged them so? For complete details, click on this link:
  • Who says that Big Tech monsters Facebook and Twitter are not joined at the hip and do not protect each other from outside influences and attacks? Twitter has permanently banned independent research group Project Veritas founded by James O’Keefe for allegedly violating the company’s rules on sharing “private information” without consent. For complete details, click on this link:
  • We reported this story yesterday on our 9-11 AM show, “TNN Live.” But it certainly is serious enough to repeat so that all know exactly how dishonest many in political leadership are — including the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. One of his aids released that the New York government — on Cuomo’s orders — hid the true numbers of the deaths of NY seniors in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why did that happen and what does the report say? For complete details, click on this link:
  • Several states are considering laws to ban athletic competitions that pit biological males that are transgender against biological females. That has happened again and again over the past few years and is drawing worldwide criticism for the practice. Which states are taking such actions? For the names of those states and the attendant circumstances, click on this link:
  • Three FOX News personalities have filed motions in court asking the court to dismiss Smartmatic suits against them individually. FOX News already filed for relief from the $2.7 billion suit filed against them. The lawsuit claims the three caused financial damage to the company through their claims following the November 3, 2020 presidential election. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Southerners have a tough time getting accustomed to driving in winter weather. Many from elsewhere think it’s because Southerners just don’t know how to drive. Not so. In the South when the weather gets cold, first it rains for a long time. As temperatures fall, roads ice over. It’s that ice that gets them. A Thursday pileup on I-35 outside of Ft. Worth saw at least 133 vehicles in the madness with at least 9 confirmed dead so far. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Any person who believes that Joe Biden is above spouting political rhetoric, making promises that he breaks almost immediately and lying to Americans, is dead wrong. A few weeks ago Biden made a commitment about those who work for him if caught in any type of egregious activity. Biden said he’d fire them “on the spot.” Well, it happened, Biden did NOT fire that person “on the spot.” Who was it? What were the circumstances? For complete details, click on this link:
  • Former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has separated herself from time to time during the Trump Administration from the President. But Haley during the 2020 campaign was very supportive of President Trump. But since the election, she has very obviously starting campaigning for a run for the GOP nomination for President in the 2024 election. And Friday she made an even more demonstrative move to separate from Trump. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Politico and other fact-checkers are quick to “expose” wrong information published by some of their news competitors. But maybe Politico should spend less time fact-checking and more time confirming their own sources. For instance, Politico has reported some really “speckled” facts about the Biden Family Syndicate and its sketchy wrongdoings in several areas. The Wall Street Journal decided to fact-check the fact-checkers at Politico. For complete details, click on this link:
  • It did not take long for Joe Biden to totally open the illegal alien “spicket” to allow illegals across our southern border in large numbers. Late Friday it was announced that the Biden Administration ordered that 25,000 illegals that have been held in Mexico awaiting their asylum claims to be adjudicated to be released in the U.S. immediately! For complete details, click on this link:

What do impeachment and the Philadelphia Eagles Have in Common? They’re ‘Tanking’

This impeachment charade has become little more than a circus. And just when you think it could NOT get any wilder, it gets wilder and crazier. And most legal experts STILL maintain there is no Constitutional basis on which to justify it!

Who do we trust to explain it’s justification or lack thereof? Most of us are not attorneys. And just a handful of attorneys are actually legal “experts.” So here’s what we did:

There are two real experts on the Law that we have turned to for some non-emotional insight. Both are Democrats and neither voted for Donald Trump. Call me “Stupid,” but I think both Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley have proven through the years they’re each “middle-of-the-road on Constitutional law. We related Dershowitz’s perspective on this impeachment trial several days ago. Today, we turn to Jonathan Turley to try and shine a light of reason on the circus in the Senate Chamber.

The “Turley Perspective”

The second trial of former President Donald Trump is shaping up to be a curious exercise designed more to enrage than convict. While legal eagles will be analyzing every move, what citizens really need is a Philadelphia Eagles fan to understand what is unfolding. In the NFL, it is called “tanking.” This year, there was a raging debate whether Eagles coach Doug Pederson was actually trying to win or just losing convincingly to secure a better draft pick. The House trial strategy has every indication of a tanked trial, but few are noting the glaring lack of a credible offense.

When it comes to football, tanking allegations arise when the inexplicable speeds along with the inevitable. That point was reached this season when Pederson decided not to tie the game against Washington in the third quarter with a field goal and instead put Nate Sudfeld in the game over Jalen Hurts. The House may have reached that point when the managers seemed to be trying harder to make a better case for losing than winning. That was driven home by the selection of such managers as Rep. Eric Swalwell in the wake of his scandal with a Chinese spy. Sending in Swalwell, who has also been accused of reckless political rhetoric, made the Sudfeld substitution look like sheer genius.

The snap impeachment

The first indication was the use of what I have called a “snap impeachment.” The House wanted to impeach the president before he left office, which was perfectly constitutional. I have long maintained (as I did as a witness in the first Trump impeachment hearing) that the House can legitimately impeach a president on his very last day in office if it has evidence of a high crime and misdemeanor. However, after Jan. 6 the House had time to hold hearings (even if only for a day or two) to create a record supporting impeachment. The House leadership refused despite the urging of some of us that no impeachment had ever been submitted with no record of a hearing, investigation, or formal opportunity for a president to respond.

The House made it easy on those seeking acquittal. It could have crafted an article that would appeal to broader bipartisan support. Instead, it sought the most extreme language alleging incitement to an actual insurrection — virtually guaranteeing a partisan vote and likely acquittal.

Impeachment trial: The Senate is unlikely to convict Trump. Can we count on the courts?

The House also included language that only strengthened the expected challenge facing the House in seeking a trial for a former president. The article declared Trump “has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office.” Yet, the House was virtually certain that he would already be out of office when he came to trial. The language magnified concerns over the constitutionality of retroactive trials. Not only does the Constitution refer to the trial as deciding whether to remove “the President” but the article itself refers to the purpose of such removal to protect the nation. While the article mentions disqualification from future office, the article is crafted around an urgency that would become a nullity in a matter of days.

Then nothing happened

What occurred next was familiar to NFL fans suspicious of tanking. Nothing happened. The House made it to the endzone of a Senate trial and then stopped on a dime. The House demanded witnesses in the Senate but then let weeks pass without calling any witnesses that would be relevant to proving Trump’s intent or state of mind. It could have created a public record and locked in testimony in case the Senate, as expected, declined to call witnesses or severely limited witnesses.

Impeachment: Donald Trump’s impeachment filing fails to make a case for acquittal

The House brief in the Senate further highlighted the lack of direct evidence on Trump’s state of mind. It laid out an emotionally charged but legally incomplete case for the Senate. To convict, the House needs to show Trump was more than reckless. It crafted the article as inciting an actual rebellion or insurrection, not mere negligence. Instead, the House plans to show clips of damage and interviews with rioters to show how Trump’s words were interpreted rather than intended. The thrust of its case is a parade of horribles from that day, a narrative that will harden the minds of many but change the minds of few. Without such evidence, the Trump team will be able to hammer away at similarly reckless rhetoric used by Democrats, including members of the “jury.”

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University and a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors.

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If COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe, Why Are Some Elderly Who Beat COVID Dying After Vaccination?

I’m not certain about you, but I grew tired of constant misinformation disseminated by the CDC months ago. The examples of the incorrect guidelines we’ve received from those “experts” have happened almost daily for almost a year. I’m horrified to believe it could be true that these medical experts have NO idea of what to do to protect us from COVID-19 and are giving us a bunch of do’s and don’t s just because they’re supposed to. And that has turned deadly for the elderly — the most trusting and vulnerable among us.

Two small clusters of deaths after COVID-19 vaccination have been reported among nursing homes in Kentucky and Arkansas.

In Kentucky, four seniors died the same day of their vaccination on Dec. 30, 2020. Three of the four who passed away reportedly already had had coronavirus prior to getting vaccinated.

In Arkansas, four seniors died at a long term care facility about a week after their vaccination. All tested positive for COVID-19 after vaccination.

The deaths are reported in a federal database called VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

Deaths after vaccination don’t necessarily mean the vaccine is to blame. Of those receiving coronavirus vaccines, many are elderly and frail, or already suffering from serious illnesses. That makes it difficult to know whether there’s a connection.

Kentucky Nursing Home Deaths

According to VAERS reports, the Kentucky deaths occurred on Dec. 30 after vaccinations with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. An ill 88-year-old woman who was “14 + days post covid” was given the Pfizer-BioNTech shot while she was “unresponsive in [her] room.” She died within an hour and a half. An 88-year-old who was “15 days post covid” got the shot, was monitored for 15 minutes afterward, and passed away within 90 minutes. A third report says an 88-year-old woman who was “14 + days post covid” vomited four minutes after receiving her shot, became short of breath, and passed away that night. And an 85-year-old woman vaccinated at 5 p.m. was “found unresponsive” less than two hours later and died shortly after.

In response to questions about the Kentucky cluster, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said its experts noted “no pattern … among the [Kentucky] cases that would indicate a concern for the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Scientists differ on whether people who have had coronavirus, like the Kentucky patients, should receive the COVID-19 vaccination at all. The CDC insists it’s safe for people who have recovered from COVID-19 to get vaccinated and that there’s no minimum interval recommended between infection and vaccination.

“Vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 [the virus that causes COVID-19] infection,” it states.

But other scientists say vaccinating people who are already considered immune after a natural COVID-19 infection wastes valuable doses of vaccines when there are shortages. And neither Pfizer’s nor Moderna’s studies showed any benefit to vaccinating previously infected patients.

The Kentucky patients were vaccinated shortly after the CDC disseminated false information on this point. The CDC claimed studies showed that vaccines are effective for people who have had COVID-19. The disinformation was given on the agency’s website, in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and in a webinar instruction to medical professionals.

In the webinar, the CDC’s Dr. Sarah Oliver falsely stated, “Data from both clinical trials suggests that people with prior infection are still likely to benefit from vaccination.”

Under pressure from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who first flagged the CDC’s incorrect information in December, the agency recently issued a correction but used wording that still falsely implies studies showed that the vaccines helped people previously infected with COVID-19.

Meantime, preliminary results from a study co-authored by a team of more than two dozen researchers noted that people infected with COVID-19 in the past “experience systemic side effects with a significantly higher frequency” after vaccination than others.

The CDC confirms that it’s monitoring reports that people who’ve already had COVID-19 seem to be suffering significantly more frequent or more severe reactions after vaccination, or “reactogenicity,” than those who didn’t have COVID-19.

“CDC is aware of reports of increased reactogenicity (such as fever, chills, and muscle aches) in persons who have had COVID-19,” said a spokesman.

Arkansas Nursing Home Deaths

Four nursing home deaths in Arkansas occurred after vaccination with the Moderna-manufactured vaccine. All four patients tested positive for COVID-19 after vaccination, according to the VAERS reports. But there’s no indication as to whether they had coronavirus at the time of their vaccination or acquired it after their shot.

A 65-year-old man. who received the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 2, 2021, died two days later, with the VAERS report noting that he had COVID-19. Three other Arkansas seniors died about a week after receiving the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 22, 2020. The person reporting the death of an 82-year-old man six days after his shot said he was vaccinated in an attempt to “mitigate his risk” and that “this was unsuccessful and [the] patient died.” The VAERS report notes, “After vaccination, patient tested positive for COVID-19.”

Two elderly women, ages 90 and 78, were vaccinated the same day as the 65-year-old man and also tested positive for COVID-19 about a week after their shots and died. According to the unnamed person who reported the 90-year-old’s death, “the vaccine did not have enough time to prevent COVID 19” and “There is no evidence that the vaccination caused patient’s death. It simply didn’t have time to save her life.” The person who reported the 78-year-old’s death claimed she died “as a result of COVID-19 and her underlying health conditions and not as a result of the vaccine.”

In response to questions about the Arkansas cluster, the CDC said, “Surveillance data to date do not indicate excess deaths among elderly patients receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.” Overall, easy the agency, the number of deaths at long term care facilities after COVID-19 vaccinations is no higher than what would be expected to occur naturally.

Frail Patients

Separately, the CDC is monitoring the impact of the vaccines on already-frail patients such as the chronically ill in nursing homes.

In Norway, alarm bells sounded when 23 people died shortly after vaccination. After investigating 13 of the deaths, Norway’s medical agency has concluded side effects that are common with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Modern vaccines, such as fever, nausea, and diarrhea, “may have contributed to fatal outcomes in some of the frail patients.”

“There is a possibility that these common adverse reactions, that are not dangerous in fitter, younger patients and are not unusual with vaccines, may aggravate underlying disease in the elderly,” said Steinar Madsen, medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel disagrees. It says the deaths “are in line with the expected, all-cause mortality rates and causes of death in the sub-population of frail, elderly individuals, and the available information does not confirm a contributory role for the vaccine in the reported fatal events.”

But one unanswered question is whether patients who are both frail and have already had COVID-19 might suffer a double-whammy that puts them at greater risk when vaccinated. First, those with a previous COVID-19 infection might be more likely to suffer adverse events upon vaccination, according to scientific reports. Second, their frailty may make them less able to handle the adverse events, as Norway’s medical agency found with some patients.

In the United States, VAERS reports contain numerous other cases of elderly, frail people who’d had COVID-19, got vaccinated, and died.

A 96-year-old Ohio woman tested positive for COVID-19 in November, got the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 28, 2020, in a rehab facility after a fall, and died that afternoon.

A 94-year-old Michigan man at a senior living facility who had COVID-19 and other illnesses received the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 2, 2021, and died of cardiac arrest two days later.

A 91-year-old Michigan woman with Alzheimer’s and other illnesses at a senior living facility who had tested positive for COVID-19 received the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 30, 2020. She died four days later.

And an 85-year-old California woman with Alzheimer’s and other disorders at a senior living facility received the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine on Jan. 5, 2021, and was found dead the same day. After her vaccination, an earlier COVID-19 test from Jan. 3 returned positive, though she’d had no symptoms.

In other cases, elderly, frail patients tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after vaccination.

A 104-year-old woman in New York received the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 30, 2020. The next day, a COVID-19 test was done and came back positive. She became ill the following day and died on Jan. 4, 2021.

And a 71-year-old New York man received the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 21, 2020, developed a fever and respiratory distress, and tested positive for COVID-19. He was given Remdesivir. He died after 6 days.

A WHO vaccine safety subcommittee reviewed reports of deaths among the frail, elderly after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The members determined, two weeks ago, there’s no cause for concern. “The benefit-risk balance of [Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine] BNT162b2 remains favorable in the elderly, and does not suggest any revision, at present, to the recommendations around the safety of this vaccine,” said the WHO officials.

Pfizer, Moderna, and CDC responses

In response to questions for this report, Pfizer issued a statement saying: “We take adverse events that are potentially associated with our COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, very seriously. We closely monitor all such events and collect relevant information to share with global regulatory authorities. Based on ongoing safety reviews performed by Pfizer, BioNTech and health authorities, BNT162b2 retains a positive benefit-risk profile for the prevention of COVID-19 infections.”

Pfizer said that millions of people have been vaccinated and “serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine, are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population.”

Pfizer didn’t answer whether it has concluded that any deaths might be linked to vaccination. It also wouldn’t answer whether it has looked at any clusters of deaths, or noted any patterns or areas of concern. And the company wouldn’t say whether it recommends that those recently or currently infected with COVID-19 get vaccinated.

Moderna didn’t answer questions or request for information and comment.

Currently, the CDC recommends vaccination for people who’ve already had coronavirus.

The agency didn’t directly answer the question of whether it’s safe for people to get vaccinated while they have an active COVID-19 infection. A CDC spokesman said that deferring vaccination is recommended in those instances, but didn’t say whether it was due to a safety issue.

“Vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation,” says the CDC. “This recommendation applies to persons who develop SARS-CoV-2 infection before receiving any vaccine doses as well as those who develop SARS-CoV-2 infection after the first dose but before receipt of the second dose.”

Summary

Certainly you realize that Americans when following a U.S. Government agency’s directives have died BECAUSE of the deadly and false directives. Yes, the CDC is a government agency. And not only have they given us information that they “thought” was true, they offer little or no assistance when Americans abide by their directives, some of which have cost lives. That’s not a very common occurrence in the Western World. And it certainly is unacceptable.

What do we do about it? In this “new” Joe Biden/Big Tech/Big Government/Fake Media-driven government, the options for regular Americans are extremely limited.

I’m frustrated because I don’t have what I consider to be viable answers. But I do know one thing: I’m a senior and supposedly in the bullseye for the “COVID-19 Monster.” I’ve never had the flu. And I’ve been exposed multiple times to COVID-19 without any issues and remain clear. I’m healthy and health conscious.

I know that’s no guarantee of smooth sailing. But I’m NOT going to allow fear to plot my path through this or any other life circumstance — including fear from the unknowns of vaccines and/or possible results of not accessing one. I’m NOT getting either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination.

In fact, I have informed my family members and physician that, under no circumstances, I am NOT to be put on a ventilator or receive a COVID-19 vaccination unless my wife and my attorney give written permission in the event I am unable to.

Folks, “All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes.” I honestly feel this way: if it’s my time to die, after the “known” medical treatments (short of the vaccination and/or a ventilator) are exhausted, it’s time for me to go. I believe in eternal life and am comfortable that God’s go this just like He has in every other circumstance of my life.

I have faced death more than once in my life in dire circumstances. Fear did NOT control me during those times. And I will NOT let it happen today.

I just had this thought: isn’t it crazy that Americans are forced every day during this pandemic to make life-and-death decisions based on inconclusive but demonstrative directions from the CDC and other medical experts?

Whatever happened to “take two aspirin and lie down for a couple of hours. It should go away.”

Dream On!

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Lt. General Michael Flynn

(Please see the complete interview with General Flynn at the bottom of this page)

Lt. General Michael Flynn joins us live this morning at 9:00 AM Central on “TNN Live.”

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We’ll be asking him the questions that many of you sent us for him. And we’ll get the “inside scoop” on the latest from Washington D.C., including why there is such a huge military presence in our nation’s Capitol.

We’ll see you at 9:00 AM Central!

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“I’m Struggling with My Christianity After Trump”

 

  If Christianity can convince so many to follow a man like Trump almost worshipfully — or couldn’t at least help millions discern the unique threat Trump represented — what good is it really? I say this as someone who has been Christian all my life, who spent two decades praying in a white evangelical church. How could our faith have allowed this, encouraged it, enabled so much violence, so much death?Of course, they have their excuses. Rev. Franklin Graham of North Carolina, who swiftly dumped his Clinton-era rhetoric about the importance of morality and character in our leaders to embrace Trump, lashed out at the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after a Trump-inspired insurrection and lavished Trump with praise. “We have never had a president like him in my lifetime,” he wrote on Facebook. “He gave us lower taxes, a strong economy, and low unemployment. He made NATO take notice and pay their own way. He had the guts to take on North Korea and meet with their leader personally. He didn’t let China walk all over us. Just his Mideast peace initiatives in the last couple of months deserve a Nobel Peace Prize. He has defended religious liberty like no president before him, which matters to all people of faith. He has worked to bring prison reform and secured our southern border. He defeated the ISIS caliphate in Syria, and he strengthened our military.” And then, the kicker: “He was also the most pro-life president we have ever had.”Really? Pro-life? Trump oversaw a 200% increase in civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria during his first year in office. He presided over more than 460,000 COVID-19 deaths, far outpacing any other industrialized country. He repeatedly demonized a group of men, women, and children seeking refuge in this country from the violence and uncertainty they faced in their own. A man picked up an AR-15-style assault rifle and committed a massacre in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh after becoming convinced Jews were responsible for the despised caravan of vulnerable brown people. He murdered 11 people; how could Christians have supported the man whose conspiracy theory he quoted?

The body count didn’t end there, though. Trump incited an insurrection that resulted in at least five deaths, dozens of injuries, and a stain on America’s reputation so severe it will be harder to get other countries to take us seriously when we demand that they honor life and not commit human rights abuses. Aided by “pro-life” Supreme Court justices, Trump was able to fast-track 13 federal executions during the final months of his presidency, the most by any president in more than a century. Even the abortion rate slightly increased in the middle of Trump’s term, a reversal from major declines during Barack Obama’s two terms in office.

How could 60% of white Catholic voters and 8 and 10 white evangelicals back this man? How could anyone in good faith call him “pro-life”?

What they mean by pro-life is that Trump was anti-abortion. And yet, there is no evidence — none — that putting a pro-life president in the White House drastically affects the abortion rate, which has been falling steadily for most of my life but faster during Democratic administrations. Policies favored by pro-choice candidates — things like a focus on comprehensive health care and contraception coverage — have affected the rate the most by preventing unintended pregnancies. Iowa recently ran a real-life experiment on the issue when it pulled out of a federally-financed family planning program. The abortion rate in that red state promptly jumped by 25%. Internationally, the evidence runs in the same direction. “Unintended pregnancy rates are highest in countries that restrict abortion access and lowest in countries where abortion is broadly legal,” according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Many pro-life Christians have never accepted that complex reality, making them susceptible to a man like Trump. That’s why the death and destruction left in Trump’s wake didn’t horrify them the way it has the rest of us: They could always claim they were saving babies from evil Democrats, even though they weren’t.

Do you know who understands that complex reality? Christian people of color. The embrace of Trump was largely a white Christian phenomenon. Because we don’t have the luxury of seeing things in black and white. When my wife was pregnant with our first child, the doctor asked if we wanted tests to detect potential abnormalities in the womb. “No,” we quickly said, almost in unison. We knew we’d love whatever child we were blessed with. And when we lost another child to a miscarriage, we mourned. It pained us more because we didn’t have a body to bury; it happened early in the pregnancy. We still named that child: Fabrice McKenzie Bailey. We’ve never forgotten her and never will.

I’d never call myself pro-life, though. I want abortions to be rare but believe the best way to get there is to support women and distressed families in a comprehensive way that will reduce unintended and high-risk pregnancies. We do not get there by turning over a pregnant woman’s body to the state.

This is my Christianity, the Christian faith that sustained my family through the Jim Crow South, poverty, and too many bouts with the criminal justice system. But I’m struggling. I don’t want to be a part of any organization that would support those at the highest levels who demonize and belittle the vulnerable; that would look the other way to hold onto power.

The body count left in Trump’s wake is immense. Add to the list my faith in the white church.

Issac Bailey is a professor of public policy at Davidson College, a 2014 Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and author of Why Didn’t We Riot? A Black Man in Trumpland.

Summary

How can one respond to Mr. Bailey? No one can know exactly what is in his heart or why what’s there is actually there. His life experiences are different (at least in totality) than yours or mine or those of anyone else. And Mr. Bailey, as do you and I do, responds to the circumstances he’s faced in his life just as others respond to their own personal circumstances.

So what can any OTHER Christian say to make Isaac Bailey feel better today?

The only solace I can offer him and any others who face the same or similar conundrum: work it out.

Question: “Dan, what the heck does that mean?”

Answer: “There’s not just one singular answer to Mr. Bailey’s questions. And, quite honestly, that’s the beauty of Christianity.” Let’s take a look:

  • Throughout Biblical history, God never asked any people who followed Him to live in a cookie-cutter environment: everybody doing the same things, eating the same things, speaking and thinking identically.
  • God called people from different nations who spoke other languages, had different cultures and ethnicities. No two people have the same natural thoughts and ideas on life itself. They’re different. And that’s OK.
  • God appeared differently to individuals from all parts of the Globe. It was improbable that a native Egyptian in their early 20’s could somehow approach a conversation or relationship with a diety with the same perspective as a native American meeting that diety at the same time.

The summation of that is to illustrate this one critical point that Christians at some point and in some way all must reconcile: Jesus personally instructed all the “brothers” in Phillipians 2:12 this way:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

What did He mean?

He knew we are all different. But He told his disciples that He loves us all the same. He accepted us WITH our differences!

There’s an old Christian saying: “God doesn’t expect us as fish to be cleaned before we were caught by the fishermen. He expects us to be cleaned AFTER we are caught.” In other words, after we become Christians, through guidance and Biblical teaching, we begin to “clean up.”

I don’t know a single person — man or woman — that is perfect. And to be honest, my determination of perfection will probably be a process different than yours. Thankfully there’s no command that I’ve found in the Bible that God gave to Man that requires perfection before beginning a personal relationship with Him.

I could “analyze” Mr. Bailey’s opinion piece line by line and show where he “missed.” But that would also be MY opinion. And opinions are seldom correct, and perfect opinions are minuscule in number. My opinion of Mr. Bailey is as insignificant as his opinion is of me. There’s only ONE opinion that matters: God’s!

To complete this today, I need to say just this one last thing: God loves Isaac, He loves me, He loves you, He loves Franklin Graham, and loves Donald Trump. And all that is required to join with God is the same for us all: acknowledge our failures, ask for God’s forgiveness for our mistakes, and believe what He said in the Bible about being a Christian and embark on a path to live that. That path is probably going to be different for all of us. All that is required to succeed in that journey is to follow His steps and do as He directs.

Mr. Bailey, if I had the opportunity to speak with you, I wouldn’t apologize for Donald Trump’s actions. After all, for Christians, there’s only ONE judge, and it’s not me or anyone else. Jesus Himself to me, you, Franklin, and Donald to work out our OWN salvation in fear and trembling. He didn’t tell me to fix your issues or you to fix mine.

I voted for Donald Trump. I didn’t (and don’t) like his messaging process. I feel he could do a much better job. If he knew me, I’m confident there’d be things he wouldn’t care for in my nature.

I would have loved to vote for Jesus Christ to be my President rather than Donald Trump. But Jesus wasn’t on the ballot. “In my opinion,” Mr. Trump was the best alternative since the Son of God wasn’t available.

 

Is “Free Speech” Really “Free Speech” in the U.S.?

That’s a great question. One would probably quickly answer by saying “Freedom is NOT free. It comes at a price.” So what price have we paid for Free Speech? Answer: The Revolutionary War. And there were LARGE prices that many paid for Free Speech and our other freedoms we relish to this day:

25,000 Revolutionary Soldiers died during the war
•8,000 Revolutionary Soldiers died from wounds inflicted during battle
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“Free Speech” certainly is NOT free.

To complicate the explanations given to us today by Corporate/Political elites, we are being told that “Free Speech” is actually no longer permissible for just everyone to use. That’s not what our forefathers meant — that not every American has the right to say anything they want. But that ability to determine who really has the right to free speech and who does not; who can say what and who cannot say anything without the permission of someone endowed with the power to make those determinations, you know, that “Big Brother” thing. ‘

Just to clarify that, let’s take a quick look at what the U.S. Constitution says about free speech:

The First Amendment: “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.”

That’s pretty short and concise. But, yet, it’s thorough. How so? Every right to free speech to say anything is reserved TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. The only rights our government has are the ones The People expressly relinquished to the government in the Constitution and its Amendments.

These elitists bark at us daily about shutting up, what we are allowed to say and what not we are not permitted to say, tell us they can do so because they’re not the government. And, of course, the First Amendment prevents our government from doing so. How do these people justify practicing that very thing? They obtained permission to abridge our speech by some notion that someone somewhere created a set of rules and regulations regarding what is and is not acceptable for Americans to say and who can and who cannot. If you want to know all those rules, you’re out of luck. The elitists who create and manage those rules have us all on a “need to know only” basis. And they determine when that “need to know” applies.

Now we have a real conundrum that is playing out daily in Congress. Believe it or not, there are members of the U.S. House and Senate that are being taken to task for actually believing the First Amendment with its Free Speech guarantees do NOT apply to any members of any chambers unless the “appointed ones” so allow. And this is all getting out of hand — quickly.

Rep. Marjorie Greene

When embattled freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) took to the U.S. House floor Thursday morning in advance of a chamber wide vote to possibly strip her of all committee assignments, she spoke through a face mask embroidered with that most iconic of all American rallying cries: “FREE SPEECH.” Greene with that mask followed in the footsteps of many others on the right who respond to a domineering and increasingly illiberal ruling class with little more than hypocritical appeals to free speech and open discourse — whether in the context of their hypocritical “Cancel Culture” or in the “We are empowered and you are not” situations.

Based on facts and the Constitution, it would be a mistake to strip Greene, who has previously flirted with the QAnon conspiracy theory and has voiced numerous other “different” beliefs, of all House committee assignments. While punishing duly elected congressmen and senators for post-election statements and actions is an issue of case-by-case prudence, punishing congressmen and senators for preelection statements and conduct would set a chilling precedent and undermine fundamental Constitutional rights of republican self-governance. There are other remedies for Greene’s self-appointed foes to pursue, such as a 2022 primary challenge or even congressional redistricting.

But the fact that Greene, who is a QAnon adherent, 9/11 truther, and believer that the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting was a “false flag” operation, can so effortlessly retreat to the safe land of “free speech” ought to concern conservatives. It is a reminder that just because someone has a legal right to do something doesn’t necessarily mean they should do it. It would be a big mistake too to paint Greene or others like her as valiant martyrs for the “Free Speech” cause. Every argument that begins and ends with cries of “Free Speech,” whether in opposition to the latest example of “cancel culture” or censorship of Big Tech using another account ban, is automatically to be ammunition against these elitists.

The left’s obsession with having a unilateral right to intellectual gatekeeping and the destruction of conservative participation in the public square does make necessary appeals to free speech. But such a focus on free speech as an ultimate end — like from the Supreme Court’s 1971 example, in Cohen v. California, that “one man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric”—seems to legitimize some conservatives demands that the First Amendment is so total in its guarantees that anyone can say anything, anytime and anywhere with no obligations for logistical restraints. Worse, it misinterprets the historical understanding of free speech, which was not that of any good unto itself but instead that of a realistic pursuit of genuine truth and knowledge. Conservatives who are confident in their convictions should not be afraid to defend their beliefs, whether about human sexuality, immigration levels, or any other 2021 issue of public policy, without begging the left for their “enlightened” permission for access to religion or speech.

It would also be short-sighted for conservatives to draw Greene’s trials and tribulations as a fight for free speech or a rejection of “cancel culture.” There are plenty of wise reasons to oppose punishing Greene based on information that was readily available at the time the voters of Georgia’s 14th congressional district sent her to Congress. To punish an elected official based on preelection actions would set into motion a very slippery slope; poring over elected officials’ high school newspaper editorials to scour for all traces of “wrongthink” would be fair game. This isn’t a particularly appealing vision of self-rule. But we can avoid it without seizing hold of conspiracy theories under the name of “free speech.” To do so is morally hypocritical, frustrates the defense of conservative beliefs that should be protected and promoted for their worth, and confuses First Amendment-protected speech with ideas of permissible speech. There’s a BIG difference.

Marjorie Taylor Greene should not be formally punished by either the current House Republican minority or Democratic majority for her previous beliefs, no matter how distasteful they may be. But it is imperative that we understand that doing so is to protect the right to free speech and not to necessarily approve of Greene’s (or any others for that matter) blatherings about anything. Put it this way: Constitutionally anyone has a legal right to shout a string of obscenities into a two-year-old’s ear. But having that right does not “require” that person to do so.

Don’t you think we all should get that through our heads? It certainly would prevent a bunch of misunderstandings and hard feelings that invariably do little to defuse any such confrontation.

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“Joe and Benjamin:” Are They Getting Along?

What might be the biggest nightmare our nation faces today with Joe Biden as President? One might say it’s the looming massive unemployment at the hands of Biden’s economic policies. Another might say it’s the escalating use of Cancel Culture against conservatives that Biden seems to be supporting. Others might point to weak foreign policy that favors several of America’s chief foreign adversaries — like China and Russia. Others point to the current vacuum that exists between the U.S. and Israel. Why is that? Our most powerful and loyal ally in the Middle East has been shunned so far by President Joe Biden.

Most of the Middle East nations’ leaders are holding their collective breath, waiting to see how the relationship between the Jewish nation and the newly elected President are going to look. After all, every U.S. administration in modern history made as a priority to send to the World a message of unity between the U.S. and its strongest ally in the Middle East: Israel. That one administration that for eight years was at best standoff-ish with Israel was the Obama Administration. Obama was “cool” to his relationship with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. How will Obama’s Vice President proceed with the U.S./Israeli relationship?

As of Friday, February 5, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to wait by the phone for a long-anticipated call from the White House. Just as Netanyahu took his time congratulating President-elect Joe Biden on his election victory over President Trump in November, so now-President Biden is taking his time getting back to him. This would never have happened with Trump. Phoning Netanyahu was at the top of his to-do list when he took office in 2017. Four years later, Netanyahu has been sent to the sidelines. The pampered Trump foreign confidant finds himself being punished, sent to stand in the corner.

“This may not be deliberate,” an Israeli diplomatic said. “The Americans are not really focused right now on Netanyahu and his business; they have other things to deal with. Maybe Biden just doesn’t feel like handing Netanyahu an electoral advantage on the eve of Israel’s elections. After all, Biden is fully aware of who he is dealing with and knows how Netanyahu’s office will spin the first phone call between them.”

Either way, tensions in the prime minister’s office are sky high and being projected all the way to the Israeli Embassy in Washington, where newly installed Ambassador Gilad Erdan is trying to solve the mystery of the presidential silence. How come Biden picked up the phone to Jordan’s King Abdullah back in November and has still not called Netanyahu? Nonetheless, assuming the coveted phone call does take place in the coming days, no one has any doubt that despite the unfashionable delay, Netanyahu will leverage it for all its worth, describing to Israeli voters his intimate relationship with the former senator and vice president over some four decades.

Behind the scenes, Israel’s concerns are mounting. Jerusalem noted nervously Biden’s failure to mention Israel or the Iranian threat in his first foreign policy speech, delivered late last week. And there are other signs as well. Some in Jerusalem are recalling that before being appointed as the Biden administration’s special representative for Iran, Robert Malley expressed criticism over last year’s assassination of Iran’s nuclear program head Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, attributed by foreign media to Israel. Others are pouring over the recent conciliatory statements about Iran from Washington in recent weeks regarding the U.S. desire to renegotiate with Iran on an amended nuclear agreement.

“Things are not so simple,” another senior Israeli diplomatic source said. “There are complex differences between us and the Americans over the perception of the Iranian threat.” According to the source, at this point Netanyahu has accepted the recommendations of his aides to wait patiently for the start of an intimate, secret dialogue with the Biden administration and avoid public criticism of the president and his people.

Nonetheless, the March 23 elections are looming in Israel, and if cornered politically, Netanyahu will presumably abandon his commitment to a calm dialogue with Washington and embark on fiery and threatening speeches against Iran. Iran has served in the past, and continues to do so, as one of Netanyahu’s strongest electoral cards, and he will not let any possible discussions with Biden sway him from using it once again. “Eventually, Netanyahu will do whatever he thinks will help him get elected,” one of the prime minister’s close associates said.

The source recalled how Netanyahu went behind President Obama’s back, and arranged with leading Republicans to address a joint session of Congress in a effort to scuttle the imminent nuclear deal with Iran — just two weeks before Israel’s March 2015 elections. “The Americans are increasingly concerned now over the Zionist threat rather than the Iranian threat,” the source stated. “Their overriding goal is to calm Netanyahu down. Still, delaying a phone call from Biden may not be the best way to achieve this goal.”

Trust, or rather lack of trust, is the main obstacle to establishing a credible communications channel between the White House and the prime minister’s office. Netanyahu and Biden do, indeed, go back years and have enjoyed a cordial relationship. On the other hand, Netanyahu does not believe a single word the Americans are saying now, especially when it comes to Democrats.

Furthermore, Netanyahu believes most of Biden’s key foreign policy appointments do not bode well for Israel. Many of them served in the Obama administration and were involved in what he regards as the disastrous nuclear agreement with Iran. Netanyahu is preparing for a worst-case scenario. Biden, too, has been fully briefed and realizes what he is taking on once he starts talking to Netanyahu and his people. None of this sounds positive for the prospects of relations between the sides, especially since the moderating forces on the Israeli side will no longer be in office once a new government is formed.

Officials in Jerusalem believe the Jan. 31 declaration by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that Iran was just months, and possibly weeks, away from obtaining sufficient fissile material for a bomb were exaggerated and deliberate. According to Israeli diplomatic and security sources, Blinken knows that the figure he mentioned was inaccurate and relates only to fissile material and not to Iran’s ability to manufacture a nuclear warhead and install it on a delivery vehicle. They believe Blinken’s declaration was intended to provide a convincing rationale for a speedy return to negotiations with Iran and perhaps even a nuclear agreement, as if to say that the new administration was saving the world and rolling back Iran’s ambitious nuclear program.

Netanyahu’s people were underwhelmed by Blinken’s forecast, to put it mildly. Israeli security officials are more concerned by the gaps in perception with the Americans. “Generally speaking, the Americans want to get out of the Middle East as fast as possible,” an Israeli security source told one news source on condition of anonymity. “They do not view a nuclear-wannabe Iran as a threat or danger; they have the capabilities of a world power and a different timetable than ours. For us, Iran as a threshold state is very dangerous and a nuclear-capable Iran is an existential threat, whereas America can handle both options. It has different capabilities, its distance from Iran is far greater and its triggers are completely different.”

That’s why Israeli officials are convinced that the faster Israel engages with the new U.S. administration on the issue, the better. “Preparations have begun and feelers have already been put out there,” the second senior Israeli diplomatic source admitted. “Our problem is that the Americans have started putting out feelers to Iran, at the same time. We are actually entering a race, and no one knows how we will run the race, given the current administration. It will not be simple, in any case.”

Summary

There’s no doubt there’s mutual “need” between Israel and the U.S. The U.S. as Israel’s number one and most powerful ally is a must-have for the Israelis. For the U.S., Israel is our strongest and most committed Middle Eastern supporter. Without the Jewish people in that part of the World the U.S. would be constantly on guard flying solo on intelligence and influence in the region.

I guess that’s called “Quid Pro Quo.” But isn’t that what foreign policy is all about anyway?

Not only are the Israelis holding their “collective breath” over the Netanyahu and Biden relationship moving forward. Americans — especially conservatives — are petrified at the prospects of Biden rekindling the Iran nuclear deal that Biden/Obama initiated without Congressional support that gave the Iranians $150 billion to use in their so-called “peaceful” nuclear energy industry. Intelligence sources in the Middle East maintain Iran continues to in violation of that agreement to push forward with their nuclear weapons production. Those same sources say Iran never stopped that production, even while the U.S. was still part of the agreement.

One thing in all this uncertainty is the certainty that the U.S. relationship with Israel MUST remain strong and mutually supportive. Whether Biden pushes forward with Netanyahu to build on the excellent relationship between our two nations remains to be seen. Joe hasn’t even called Benjamin since the November election. It’s worrisome that Biden appears to be shunning Israel while warming up to Iran.

If Biden reopens the door to Iran and heeds the mullah’s demands for the cancellation of U.S. sanctions as a mandatory trigger for U.S. negotiations with the Iranians on nuclear issues, the fear in the Middle East for Iranian terror attacks will heighten dramatically and immediately. That will certainly escalate the wrong things between the U.S. and Israel. And Iranian terror will most certainly show its ugly head once again inside the U.S.

Let’s pray that Biden is smarter than to allow that to happen. But if he listens to John Carrie about this one thing, Netanyahu may need to ring Israel’s panic bell. And the same bell will need to ring in the U.S.

God help us!

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