Saturday Bullet Points: March 6, 2021

It seems like the week just flew by. But it certainly did not. This past week (just as has every other week the past few months) was chocked full of stories: BIG stories. There were so many that were not just big but important, you probably missed several you needed to know about. Our Bullet Points will take care of that. Read a few descriptive sentences after each Bullet Point. If you want more details simply click on the blue arrow and it will take you directly to a complete story.

Relax, get caught up, and drink that second or third cup of Saturday morning coffee with us!

Bullet Points

  • There’s political anger and then there’s REAL political anger. It’s so vile in Washington that one Democrat lawmaker took the time to search the social media accounts of her GOP counterparts who questioned the results of the November 3rd election. And she’s releasing them in an effort to discredit them, possibly justify their removal from Congress, or even see criminal actions for their complicity in the insurgence! For complete details, click on this link:
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has sure been busy the past few weeks. And today they are reviewing a case that may impact the U.S. voting system for years to come. In an Arizona case, two critical voting issues are being decided. Either or both could change everything. For complete details, click on this link:
  • The historical number of Executive Orders a president has made early in their administration was eclipsed in the first few days by President Joe Biden. One of his acts forces female athletes to participate in competition against transgenders who are biological males who identify as female. His action has set the nation on fire. Mississippi’s governor is about to sign a bill that mandates this action CANNOT happen in his state. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott has certainly been in the news of late. The latest conversation about the governor is regarding his commitment to support a pending bill that will prevent social media platforms from censoring conservative posting. And it’s getting nasty! For complete details, click on this link:
  • It’s been uncanny to watch as the uncertainty of all-things COVID-19 instigated massive lockdowns across the nation. Several states have rebelled against these state lockdown orders. But California has remained solid in their lockdown commitment: until Friday. California is going to allow Major League Baseball AND DisneyLand to reopen! For complete details, click on this link:
  • We all know there was NO voting irregularities in the November election, right? No so according to a case in a Mississippi court. A judge has ordered a new election in one local race in which it was discovered 79% of absentee ballots were invalid. For complete details, click on this link:
  • In the $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 bill that is now in the Senate for debate, a House ruling by a parliamentarian prevents a $15 per hour federal minimum wage to be included. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) filed a separate bill to make the minimum wage change. It failed! And Dems were involved. For complete details, click on this link:
  • President Biden while campaigning made it clear his plans were to reopen the southern border to illegal immigrants again if he was elected. He was elected, and he HAS opened the border. In doing so, his actions have created a border crisis in just a few weeks. Former President Trump on Friday blasted Biden for his actions calling it a “tsunami.” For complete details, click on this link:
  • This next point is a shocker. CA Representative Eric Swalwell is known for his hatred for the former president. But what he did this past week is mind-boggling! Swalwell has filed a lawsuit against Mr. Trump for Trump’s alleged responsibility in all of the actions of those who stormed the Capitol on January 6th. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Millions of Americans have watched the actions of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo being released confirming his purposeful hiding of COVID-19 death statistics for elderly New Yorkers who died based on the governor’s written orders. Surprisingly, the President has been silent on the issue. But the White House has taken a stance. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci will not let go of his constant edicts (which change from week to week countering his previous instructions) telling us what we CAN and SHOULD do to battle COVID-19. He’s just as vehement telling us we CANNOT do. He’s even targeting those in our military who, in large part, are refusing to take a vaccination. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Certainly by now you’ve heard the insult uttered against people in Texas who support Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening of his state that includes doing away with the mask mandate. Biden called those people “Neanderthals.” Actor Dennis Quaid doesn’t like Biden’s slam against he and his fellow Texans. What is Quaid going to do? For complete details, click on this link:

The “Rule of Law” is Under Attack — By OUR Government!

The United States of America is an exceptional nation in world history. As no other nation, it has stood for limited government, separation of powers, the Rule of Law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, free-market economy, and other principles outlined in its founding document, the United States Constitution. These have contributed to making America incredibly free and prosperous, a magnet for immigrants from nations worldwide, and an undeniably positive force in the world for most of its history.

More and more, however, these founding laws and principles are under attack. Key pillars of American history and identity are being vilified and destroyed. Educators teach oncoming generations that the narrative about individual liberty and constitutional checks and balances that have survived and prospered for Americans for two centuries is a mask for wealthy, white, European men to dominate. Such thinking has made its way into the highest levels of America’s government, to the point that, on many issues, politicians share the views of the nation’s worst enemies!

This trend is terribly dangerous. Contempt for America’s heritage is fueling a wholesale departure from it. The founders established the nation on Biblical morality; this growing movement is amoral and areligious. It is anti-history, anti-tradition, anti-authority, and anti-law.

A breakdown in the Rule of Law is devastating to a nation. Our world is filled with nations where the government does not enforce law and order. As a result, criminality, corruption, bribery, thuggery, and lawlessness are burning from coast to coast, as are the low living standards that always accompany them. As America abandons the laws on which it was established, this is its future. America’s Founding Fathers warned explicitly of this very problem.

To take just one example, President George Washington said in his first inaugural address, “The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality.”  In his famous farewell address, he said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

Many American Leaders Ignore the Rule of Law

Don’t gasp when reading that. This practice of American leaders who thumb their noses at the Rule of Law is rampant across our nation. And it has been for a decade or longer. Why, with the knowledge that the Rule of Law is the greatest of the multiple American institutions that separates us from the “Pack,” leaders would ignore our laws is beyond me. But I think I’ve puzzled through to an answer: These elitists in government feel THEY are more knowledgeable than all others and are empowered to ignore laws with which they disagree and to promote the illegalities they support in disregard of American law. Our current administration is making a mockery of the Rule of Law.

  • President Obama notified his first Attorney General to stop non-violent drug offenders’ prosecutions despite federal laws against illegal drug abuses. Why would those be termed “illegal” if not to be prosecuted when violated?
  • The same holds for winking at the rampant and open-encouragement of illegals crossing into the U.S. at our southern border by the thousands. It’s violations of multiple federal laws in doing so. Yet, somehow in the name of some unknown “humanitarian necessity,” the Biden Administration is openly encouraging illegals to “come on down!” And this happens while the nation is in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. We learned on Thursday that hundreds of illegals in the last two weeks had been allowed into the country without being tested for the virus.
  • ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter members and activists for the last two years have destroyed an estimated $2 billion of federal, state, and private property across the nation in supposed protests and demonstrations that are actually organized riots. They include acts of physical violence against citizens, the looting of businesses, burning of numerous buildings, and, needless to say, the disruption of businesses of all kinds that has resulted in numerous closures.

The “Blame Game”

If it were not so serious, it would be humorous to watch as heads of law enforcement agencies and political leaders at local, state, and federal levels stand before television cameras decrying these acts of violence. But then they do nothing to hold offenders accountable!

Black Lives Matter adherents destroyed a section of Minneapolis during the uproar after the horrendous George Floyd killing. Millions of dollars of property were destroyed, with dozens of businesses shuttered permanently. Minneapolis and Minnesota law enforcement authorities have done nothing beyond the arrests and pending prosecutions of the four officers involved in Floyd’s death. The destruction of the Rule of Law happens before our eyes, and these authorities justify it because the perpetrators’ “cause” was a good one. Explain that to the owners and employees of the businesses that were destroyed, the people who live in the area who are still afraid to be out on their streets after dark, and the African American couple who invested their entire savings into a restaurant that was about to open only to watch their lifelong dreams be turned into ashes by these Rule of Law violaters.

Portland, Seattle, Rochester, Washington D.C., Louisville, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago: names of just a few of the cities that have been torn to pieces by this violence. And leaders do little or nothing to hold those accountable for their lawbreaking and certainly do little or nothing to stop repeat attacks. Why do they continue to allow this to happen? They have personally dismissed a constitutional edict upon which this country was founded: the enforcement of the Rule of Law.

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is asked why there’s so much violence on city streets, he blames the NYPD, the New York State government, Donald Trump, and everyone else, taking no personal responsibility. He NEVER accepts blame. The same holds in D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and these other cities. They all play the “Blame Game.” Meanwhile, their cities burn while a young up-and-coming generation watches as their leaders support the lawbreakers and their actions by simply doing NOTHING.

America’s Founders Recognized This Was to Come

On Jan. 27, 1838, 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln gave a speech describing America’s greatest danger:  the “mobocratic spirit.”  This speech is known as the Lyceum Address, given when our young country was facing great internal strife and debate about our collective path forward as a nation.

In words that ring far too familiar today, he said, “I hope I am over wary; but … there is, even now, something of ill-omen amongst us. I mean the increasing disregard for law which pervades the country; the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions instead of the sober judgment of courts; and the worse than savage mobs, for the executive ministers of justice.”

He warned that “if the laws are continually despised and disregarded if their rights to be secure in their persons and property are held by no better tenure than the caprice of the mob,” then this government cannot last.

Author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell said, “The first person who throws the rock is a lot more radical than the hundredth person. By the time the riot has attracted a hundred people, you don’t have to be nearly as much a daredevil or a hothead or committed to any of those things to want to engage in a riot.”

It seems throwing that rock has become more and more common and thus easier and easier. We see it on social media chat pages, in the media, and even amongst lifelong friends. The anger is rising, the passion is intensifying, and the rock-throwing has become harder and more dangerous.

As March 4 has arrived — the QAnon conspiracists’ “D-Day” — we have heard that some on both ends of the political spectrum plan protests and perhaps riots. To what end? President Lincoln ended the Lyceum Address: “There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.” I could not agree more.

Men and women in law enforcement and the U.S. military have mobilized to deter and prevent violence in our nation’s capital. They do this even while in the middle of the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic. They do this, for most of them, without yet having received a vaccine. They do it, even when they may disagree with the institutions of power in a state like California that put criminals in prison ahead of them in line for vaccinations, not to mention the sick and elderly. They put themselves in harm’s way, once again, to help defend our way of life and to push back against the mob. We owe it to these men and women who stand up on the front line to push back against the mob mentality wherever we see it, not to lose faith in our political processes even when we may disagree with our elected representatives, and to encourage everyone to work within our system of government to achieve our desired ends, and not seek to tear down that system.

Summary

This should be THE fundamental perspective Americans — at least for the foreseeable future — should have about the operating principles of the Biden Administration: the U.S. Constitution was a good framework for our forefathers to use for the beginning of our nation. In their minds, however, that document is outdated, does not apply to 21st-century America, and either needs to be made 100% definable as the Leftists now describe it. Laws, principles, and fundamental premises from the original document no longer apply. Moving forward in our history, laws will be defined and enforced in only the manner the leadership from the Left determine. Any other thoughts on the matter will not be allowed.

Does that seem extreme to you? I hope so. And if you after reading this today disagree with this premise, just file it away in your “quickly recallable” file folder so you can reference it during the balance of the Biden/Harris Administration.

In just 45 days, this president in tandem with this Congress has taken more actions in total to undo the Rule of Law and other tenets in the Constitution than has any other U.S. president. And he’s just getting started.

We will chronicle each of these stark and dramatic changes and their impacts on Americans and the ripple effects they have on our partners as well as our opponents across the Globe. Be assured of this one thing: there’s an underlying template for the Leftist Cause that is driving this. And tomorrow make sure you come back here: we will give you the first two planks of what they are using to jumpstart this push for their ultimate goal.

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Do Marxists Now Dominate the U.S. Judiciary?

Jewish law was based on the Ten Commandments and other sacred writings, which we find in the Hebrew Bible.  Jewish law influenced Roman law, English law, and our own Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  These laws are contained in the Torah (teaching) which became the first five books of the Bible.  It is why we are called a Judeo-Christian nation.

When a liberal higher-critic sort of attitude rules the day, the wisdom of man rules the day.  Man wants to be on the throne, but God is on the throne.  Thus, man elevates himself above God, and seeks to destroy the sacred writings of the Holy Scriptures, along with those who believe in Him.  When leaders are willing to throw out the expressed truth claims of God, it’s a simple next step to throw out the moral claims of God.  This is today’s “cancel culture.”

When political leaders and pulpits dismiss the authority of the scriptures and dismiss the authority of the God of the scriptures, freedom is rejected, liberty is crushed, law becomes perverted and justice is denied.

Communists and socialists are evil proponents of big government who would willingly sacrifice human liberty and freedom to advance their concept of “social justice.”  From the beginning of time, this evil has paved the way and devolved into what we’re seeing today.  The hatred of God and the elevation of man is the very core of communism.

Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) expressed these sentiments perfectly when he accused Democrats of trying to define what it means to be male or female. “The gender confusion that exists in our culture today is a clear rejection of God’s good design. Whenever a nation’s laws no longer reflect the standards of God that nation is in rebellion against him and will inevitably bear the consequences,” the congressman said. “We are seeing the consequences of rejecting God here in our country today.”

That comment drew a fiery response from Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).  “What any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress,” added Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

There you have it; God’s will and the Holy Scriptures are no concern of America’s Congress.  For nearly a century, the country has been turned over to godless men and women who care nothing for the rule of law.  Yes, a century and longer.

FDR’s Supreme Court

The elimination of true Constitutional originalists began and was solidified with Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) in 1933.  Prior to his election, three republicans preceded him, Warren Harding from 1921-1923. When Harding passed from a heart attack, Vice President Calvin Coolidge became the 30th President of the United States for six years.  President Herbert Hoover followed with one term from 1929 to 1933.  FDR was President from 1933 to 1945; he had three vice presidents, the last being Harry Truman who succeeded him as president until 1953.

In the late 1930s, FDR had a plan to pack the court so as to legislate into law everything he wanted in his New Deal.  Sound familiar?  Congress and the people viewed FDR’s ill-considered proposal as an undemocratic power grab.  Nevertheless, FDR succeeded in putting eight members on the court the old-fashioned way, through attrition.  His administration was filled with communists, particularly Harry Hopkins who lived in the Lincoln bedroom and ran the Lend Lease program.

FDR appointed eight new members of the Supreme Court: Associate Justices Hugo BlackStanley F. ReedFelix FrankfurterWilliam O. DouglasFrank MurphyJames F. ByrnesRobert H. Jackson, and Wiley Blount Rutledge. Additionally, he elevated sitting Justice Harlan F. Stone to Chief Justice.  All were progressive democrats except Republican Harlan F. Stone.

Felix Frankfurter helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union. In a 1917 letter by former President Teddy Roosevelt to Frankfurter, he criticized Frankfurter for supporting “traitors,” “Bolsheviks” and “murderers.” This was exposed in Manning Johnson’s book, Color, Communism and Common Sense.

SCOTUS Election Cases

The Supreme Court has refused to hear any 2020 general election cases involving voter fraud.  On December 11, 2021, the Supreme Court denied a Texas effort that would have essentially nullified the presidential elections in Pennsylvania, Michigan,Georgia and Wisconsin.  Seventeen other states joined in the suit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.  Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch dissented.

On February 22, the Supreme Court rejected three GOP elections-related lawsuits regarding the state of Pennsylvania.  The same three justices dissented.  The fact that states did not follow their own state legislatively set laws is the issue millions of people still are not happy with.  The Roberts led Supreme Court has declined to hear any of the cases brought challenging the procedures of how the election was conducted.

Congressman Mike Kelly of the 16th District of Pennsylvania also had his case rejected by SCOTUS.  Kelly v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania case was filed in Pennsylvania and disputed the state’s greater allowances for mail-in ballots amid the pandemic.

The high court had no intention to intervene in the cases because it did not act before Congress certified Biden’s victory on January 6th.  The dates were set by the court, purposely being stretched past the 6th.  Sidney Powell reacted to the rulings on election integrity.

Justice Clarence Thomas issued a scathing dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline to hear the merits of lawsuits challenging the 2020 election in Pennsylvania and by so doing, detailed what he described as the “inexplicable” avoidance of cases with critical implications for future elections.

He stated, “These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority non-legislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle.  The refusal to do so is inexplicable.  We failed to settle this dispute before the election and thus provide clear rules.  Now we again fail to provide clear rules for future elections.  The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling.  By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence.  Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us.”

Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month. Justice Thomas is our only black justice, yet Amazon, during Black History Month removed this great documentary.  Any conservative, regardless of skin color or position is censored by big tech… that’s the communist way!

Trump Tax Case

Democrat Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., has been seeking Trump’s tax records since 2019 as part of an investigation. On February 22, 2021, SCOTUS ruled for Vance.  There were no comments or dissents noted.  Vance immediately subpoenaed the records from the Mazars accounting firm that has long done work for Trump and his businesses. Trump had asked for a delay to rehear lower court decisions, but was denied by the court and Vance received the records in three days.

The Supreme Court waited months to act in this case. The last of the written briefs in the case was filed Oct. 19. But a court that includes three Trump appointees waited through the election, Trump’s challenge to his defeat and a month after Trump left office before issuing its order.

President Trump said the Democrat inspired case is politically motivated and he’s absolutely right.

Trump’s Justices

In my last article, and in previous articles regarding the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, I documented their funding by Koch family organizations. These two organizations created the lists of potential Supreme Court candidates.  Federalist “picks” were not simply vetted by the Federalist Society; the nominees were Federalist Society loyalists.

The Koch brothers supported and subsidized Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway, but detested Donald Trump.  Pence worked in the early 90s for the Indiana State Policy Network, a satellite of Heritage Foundation who he has joined once again. Kellyanne Conway and her Trump hating husband, George, are long time members of the Federalist Society.  George is a member of the Lincoln Project, republicans dedicated to defeating Trump.

Since the confirmation of Trump’s three justices, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, they’ve often chosen to side with Chief Justice Roberts and the politically liberal justices.  Election fraud is not new…it’s been here for decades.

Election Fraud 1948

Frank Hamer was the legendary Texas Ranger who trapped and killed notorious outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde.  R. Cort Kirkwood wrote the entire story for the February 1st, 2021 New American Magazine.  Frank Hamer was shot 17 times and killed 53 men during his illustrious career.  He also saved 15 black men from death at the hands of lynch mobs in various towns and cities in east Texas, where he led an unpopular fight against the Ku Klux Klan.

It was July, 1948 when beloved Texas Governor, Coke Stevenson ran for the Senate and won, but victory was stolen by election thief Lyndon Baines Johnson.  In the Democratic primary of 1948, Stevenson bested Johnson by more than 70,000 votes, but neither candidate received a majority of the more than one million cast.  Three men were in the running, but the most votes went to Stevenson with 477,077 and to Johnson with 405,617.  The two met again in a runoff on Saturday, August 28th.

Mr. Kirkwood writes, “Though polling put Stevenson ahead, 53-47 percent, Johnson turned that deficit around.  As more precincts reported results, Stevenson’s lead dwindled to less than 1,000 votes, and while more uncounted votes magically appeared, by Tuesday, election officials had declared Stevenson the victor by a slim 349.  Yet the counting still wasn’t finished. More and more counties in the Rio Grande Valley reported “new votes” for Johnson, which cut his deficit to 157.  That still wasn’t enough to defeat Stevenson.  At 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 3, Jim Wells County called in a 200-vote change that gave Johnson 494,191 to Stevenson’s 484,104.”

Cork Stevenson knew there was fraud, so with his friend Frank Hamer and two lawyers, they traveled to Corpus Christi to check the votes.  Hamer and Stevenson went to the bank where election records for Precinct 13 were kept. “Git,” Hamer told one band of five. “Fall back!” he ordered the second larger group blocking the bank’s door. He was ready to draw the gun holstered at his side.  The other men had removed their jackets and none were armed except Frank.

They proved the votes had been rigged and a “7” had obviously been changed to a “9.”  A Mexican American in the precinct told the two lawyers that “people live longer down here if they keep their mouths shut.”

Even though they had the proof of vote fraud, the Democrats did the same thing they always do and just did on January 6th, 2020, they declared Johnson the winner by one vote.

The evidence from Hamer and Stevenson didn’t matter.  Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black halted the trial just minutes before the vote boxes were to be opened in court.  Johnson’s attorney, future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas, successfully argued to Associate Justice Hugo Black, then in charge of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, that primaries were “irrevocably and incontestably vested” in Texas law.

Black agreed, and the Supreme Court upheld his ruling. Fraud was discounted out of hand, just like it was in our 2020 general election and the runoff in Georgia in January.

Hugo Black was one of the liberal democrats nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

In 1921, Hugo Black defended E. R. Stephenson, a minister of the now defunct Methodist Episcopal Church South in his trial for the murder of a Catholic priest, Father James E. Coyle.  Stephenson’s daughter had converted to Catholicism and married a man of Puerto Rican descent, and Coyle had conducted the wedding.

Hugo Black got Stephenson acquitted in part by arguing to the jury that Puerto Ricans should be considered black under part of the South’s one drop rule.  Black, a Democrat, joined the Ku Klux Klan shortly afterwards, in order to gain votes from the anti-Catholic element in Alabama. He built his winning Senate campaign around multiple appearances at KKK meetings across Alabama.

Allegedly he left the Klan in 1925.  Black later said that joining the Klan was a mistake, but he went on to say, “I would have joined any group if it helped get me votes.”

Many Americans also know of the 1946 Battle of Athens in McMinn County, Tennessee regarding Democratic vote fraud by Paul Cantrell, the candidate for sheriff who tied his campaign closely to the popularity of the Roosevelt administration and rode FDR’s coattails to victory over his Republican opponent.  He ruled until 1946 when returning WWII veterans stopped the deceit.

Conclusion

Vote fraud has existed in America for eons; and America’s judiciary is fraught with corruption…a corruption that has all but collapsed our rule of law.  The judges are the ones who have elevated themselves above God and who will willingly sacrifice our freedom and liberty.

  Kelleigh Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

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Conservative Media Under Attack By The Government!

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said that Democrat efforts to censor dissident media are “eerily similar” to communist China’s during the House Committee hearing on “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media.”

“Just two weeks ago, China’s national radio and television administration banned BBC World News from broadcasting in China, because it found BBC’s reports, I quote, ‘seriously violate’ broadcast guidelines, including, and I quote again, ‘the requirement that news should be truthful, and fair, and not harm China’s national interests,’” said Johnson during the hearing on Wednesday.

“So I have to say, I am disappointed and seriously blown away by my House Democrat colleagues’ letter to the broadcasters, pressuring them to remove conservative news channels from their networks — a letter that looks eerily similar to the statement released by the CCP when it banned BBC,” the congressman added.

“So, this begs the question,” Johnson continued. “Does the American government have the authority to dictate what can and cannot be broadcast to the American people? I suggest it does not, but Democrats here on this committee seem to think that it should.”

The congressman went on to ask Professor Jonathan Turley of the George Washington University Law School if it is “constitutional for members of Congress to pressure private businesses to do what Congress cannot legally do itself.”

Professor Turley acknowledged that the Democrats’ behavior is “an attack on free speech.”

“Well, it’s constitutional in the sense that the First Amendment doesn’t expressly prohibit it,” said Turley. “But it is an attack on free speech. We should be concerned when members are trying to do indirectly what they cannot do directly.”

The professor continued:

And this creates what is sometimes referred to as the “little brother problem.” We do have an excellent system in dealing with “big brother” and avoiding state media. But what we’ve seen in the last few years is that the use of private companies like Twitter and Facebook is far more damaging to free speech. It’s no accident that recently, Vladimir Putin called out Twitter and Facebook and said, “You’re endangering Democratic institutions.” This is one of the most authoritarian figures in the world, he obviously cares nothing about Democratic institutions, but he seemed to indicate an almost begrudgingly respectful view that Twitter and these companies could achieve this level of control, something that exceeds his own abilities.

Rep. Johnson responded by mentioning that, “from the other side of the aisle, if I didn’t know better, I would think that Fox News or Newsmax issued a direct rallying call to storm the Capitol on January 6.”

“But all of us know nothing even close to that happened,” the congressman added. “In fact, all of the intelligence suggests that any planning for the riots occurred predominantly on social media, including on Facebook.”

Can the U.S. Government Ban the Media?

The Constitution gives Congress responsibility for promoting the general welfare. While it is difficult to define what this broad dictate means, Congress has used it to protect citizens from media content it deems inappropriate. Although the media are independent participants in the U.S. political system, their liberties are not absolute, and there are rules they must follow.

Media and the First Amendment

The U.S. Constitution was written in secrecy. Journalists were neither invited to watch the drafting nor did the framers talk to the press about their disagreements and decisions. Once it was finished, however, the Constitution was released to the public, and almost all newspapers printed it. Newspaper editors also published commentary and opinions about the new document and the form of government it proposed. Early support for the Constitution was strong, and Anti-Federalists (who opposed it) argued that the press did not properly cover their concerns. The eventual printing of The Federalist Papers, and the lesser-known Anti-Federalist Papers, fueled the argument that the press was vital to American democracy. It was also clear the press had the ability to affect public opinion and, therefore, public policy.

As part of the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment’s approval demonstrated the framers’ belief that a free and vital press was important enough to protect. It said:

“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.”

This amendment serves as the basis for the United States’ political freedoms, and freedom of the press plays a strong role in keeping democracy healthy. Without it, the press would not be free to alert citizens to government abuses and corruption.

The media act as informants and messengers, providing the means for citizens to become informed and serving as a venue for citizens to announce plans to assemble and protest actions by their government. Yet, the government must ensure the media are acting in good faith and not abusing their power. Like the other First Amendment liberties, freedom of the press is not absolute. The media have limitations on their freedom to publish and broadcast.

Does anyone besides me see a deep problem with THIS government “assuring the media are acting in good faith and not abusing their power?” OMG! Imagine giving the partisan hacks in Congress a go-ahead to determine “good faith” in the Mainstream Media.

Who would this Congress “rein-in?”

That’s really a silly question. There’s little doubt that any conservative media outlets of every kind would quickly be determined by Leadership in both the House and the Senate are definitely NOT to be “acting in good faith and are egregiously abusing their power.” Media outlets such as ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, the Washington Post, New York Times, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune would all have the perpetual green light from Congress to continue to “let-‘er-rip” when it comes to attacking any of the political opponents of those Leftist government leaders. FOX News, Newsmax, One America Network, Sean Hannity, and Limbaugh’s EIB Network would quickly be toast.

Summary

World History is full of examples of heavy-handed governments that grew tired of a segment in the populace who published news in various ways. People reported things that happened among the populace, sometimes in interactions with members of those governments. Sometimes those interactions were ugly. Sometimes they devolved into violence against those citizens for their disagreements with those governments.

The beginning of the Naziism style that played out in Europe in the ’40s actually began in the early ’30s. The German people watched as a young military officer  rose through the military ranks, spreading his political philosophies with which tens of thousands of Germans identified. His rise to power put his specific perspectives about Germans and immigrants who called Germany their home front-and-center.

Some disagreed with this man. And there were newspaper publishers who disagreed with his ideas. And they published stories about some of the atrocities that resulted from Germans acting on his ideas. And sometimes, they published editorials speaking against his actions and those of many who agreed with him.

As this man’s power among Germans grew, he began a process in which the German military on his authority began to demand these newspapers not to write stories or editorials dissenting with him. Eventually, Adolph Hitler, with the military in total support of his edicts, forced every newspaper to publish stories that Hitler approved. And if any other stories were published, those newspapers would be shut down.

Honestly, throughout history, government and the media in whatever forms it has existed at best have tenuous relationships. Consider the conundrum these two sectors of society always have: the news media’s only job is to give readers information about all important matters. Government has all the power of control of pretty much everything, including what and how the media report to the people! There’s a natural rub that evolves into a confrontation between the government and the media in almost every case. Historically, the government always wins.

This current U.S. government is under the heavy-handed control of one political party: the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and the White House. Don’t forget within this political party are true adherents who, at heart, are actually totalitarians. And within that political structure, the government controls EVERYTHING. To those in Congress today of that ilk, the Media are in their bullseye. And the “Kracken” of Totalitarianism has been loosed!

Will Americans allow the U.S. government to grab control of the media, picking winners and losers? Leftists are going to do their best to do that. In fact, they already are.

Come to think of it: we are now in the middle of a Leftist “control experiment.” This same group has used the COVID-19 pandemic to see just how much of our freedoms Americans are willing to cede to the government in the name of keeping us safe. And, honestly, we’ve given up a much larger portion of personal freedoms than I expected would occur.

But the Media question has yet to be answered: Are we witnessing the demise of conservative media at the hands of the government with the complicit actions of the Leftist media outlets that are little more than the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party?

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The Left Weaponizes Everything for Political Attacks on Their Foes

It doesn’t matter what it is: a speech given by a governor or mayor or state legislator or member of the U.S. House or Senate — if the Left disagree with anything said in the speech or even if they feel the spirit in which it was given — does NOT feed the narrative of the Left, they default to “Attack Mode.” Of course, if the speaker is a Republican, the war is on!

Many Americans innocently expected a replacement for Donald Trump would reduce the tirades in our nation’s political system. After all, Donald Trump was either the sole cause of most of it or fed the fires of divisiveness. With him gone, peace and tranquility would surely return.

It did NOT. In fact, the Left, with Joe Biden in the White House, poured some more kerosene on the fire of animus and division in politics. If anything, Donald Trump’s defeat, whether actual or “sketchy,” turned the volume up to never-before-heard levels. And it appears to be headed even louder.

We won’t waste time delving into the happenings before and during the Trump Administration that evidence all this. You know all about it. But now it all seems to have come to a head: Joe Biden is proving to be little more than an empty suit wearing the crown of Commander in Chief, President, and the leader of the American Democrat Party. And the other leaders in the Democrat Party are shaking in their boots. Why? Joe Biden is further down the road to senility than they even thought was possible. And they’re not ready for it.

Rancor

An often successful tool to use in a conflict between people and groups is to whip up a frenzy of rancor. Divide these groups and people further and further and use bitterness and anger to deflect from facts in the differences at the center of the conflict. The Left well knows how to roll this process out. They’ve mastered it during the Reagan Administration, both Bush presidencies, and, of course, Donald Trump’s four years. Their biggest tool is to sow dissidence and confusion among their opponents to stop any possible success in their opponents’ operations.

I’ve never seen more rancor and division among conservatives as I see today. And Democrats have spotted and jumped on several tools with which to divide half of the nation. They used the Russia Collusion fiasco, “Ukraine-Gate”/Impeachment #1, the 1/6 Debacle/Impeachment #2, and a host of smaller fires in between to fuel in-fighting and division during the last four to five years. It was very effective. They then spent a full year weaponizing a disease shrouding all the details in secrecy to feed the fears of 300 million Americans and several billion in other countries. COVID-19 turned the United States upside down.

We’ve effectively handled diseases throughout our history, even pandemics. But we always worked through them using facts and “real” science to find answers and implement fixes. But the Left could not use that process effectively against Trump. They found COVID — a legitimately egregious viral killer — and weaponized ALL medical and scientific evidence they could amass against conservative Americans, specifically Donald Trump.

One would think after successfully pushing the nation into the proverbial “tank,” they would smile, be happy, and move on. Their greed and hunger to destroy Conservatism will not allow it. And they may be now playing their cards in a losing hand, trying to win by cheating. Americans are catching onto the lies of their latest ploy, COVID-19: grotesque shutdowns, lockdowns, government mandates, with reams of disinformation. They need to keep the country divided a bit longer to cement their control of all Americans. But there’s a problem: their COVID-19 weapon is weakening and doing so quickly. And they have no more “destruction” arrows in their quiver.

New U.S. COVID-19 cases are a quarter of what they were six weeks ago, with the daily numbers dropping 15 percent to 25 percent a week. It’s time for the country to start moving rapidly to normalcy — restoring jobs and restoring lives. Caution is still in order, but only that. Yet President Biden, after vowing the nation will have enough vaccine doses by July’s end to vaccinate every American, just said he only hopes for a return to normal by “next Christmas.”

“I don’t want to overpromise anything here,” “A year from now,” he told CNN, “I think that there’ll be significantly fewer people having to be socially distanced, having to wear a mask.” That’s not avoiding overpromising, as he claimed: It’s outright telling everyone to expect yet another year of economic and social devastation.

Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, says the worst of the pandemic “might be” behind us. Yet he’s also telling Americans they’ll need to wear masks (maybe two at a time) at least through 2022 — even if they get vaccinated. This is absurd: Our leaders should be nonstop pushing reluctant Americans to get back to school and work and living again!

Why are they doing this? Remember: they’ve got to play out this fear narrative. They’ve wrestled control of America FROM AMERICANS! And they love what they’ve succeeded in doing. Joe Biden takes orders from somebody or “somebodies” that are desperate to keep the nation in continual lockdown and their control. COVID-19’s gotta work!

Some point to variants — from Britain, South Africa, Brazil, and now New York — as a new reason for great concern. But though some of these strains have proven more contagious, none has proven more deadly. Hospitalizations and deaths keep dropping, even as variants have gained ground: Deaths dropped 20 percent these last two weeks. The UK variant predominates in Britain, Switzerland, Denmark, and Israel — and all are also seeing cases dive. And the drug companies that (thanks to President Donald Trump ripping up red tape) developed vaccines at lightning speed are already testing updated versions that target the variants, though their “classic vax” still offers high protection against them. And while America’s vaccination process has rolled out more slowly than it should’ve, it’s still moving right along. More than 13 percent of Americans have gotten at least one dose, and the majority are health-care workers or those in nursing homes or other high-risk settings.

Add to that the number of us estimated to have already been infected — 35 percent of Los Angeles County and more than half of Miami-Dade County, for example — and you can see why Johns Hopkins professor Marty Makary predicts we’ll have herd immunity by April.

The most at-risk Americans have gained immunity. Data scientist Youyang Gu estimates that the number of “susceptible” Americans, those over 45 without immunity, has fallen from a third of the country at the start of the year to 10 percent or fewer now. Cases in nursing homes fell more than 80 percent from late December to early February. When deaths spiked over the holidays, they actually fell at nursing homes.

But it’s the youngest Americans — least at risk of transmitting the virus or suffering badly from it — who must get their lives back immediately. According to City Hall and the United Federation of Teachers, at least 38,000 New York City teachers have been vaccinated.

Perhaps it’s just that normalcy makes it too hard to justify the rush to pass a $1.9 trillion “relief” bill filled with Democrats’ pet projects. We’d rather not think cynical politics is behind Biden’s gloom, but it’s hard to see any other reason he’s denying that the pandemic’s end is staring us in the face.

Proof

Proof of this madness is everywhere. Dr. Anthony Fauci is not a stupid person. He actually discovered how gullible Americans are when confronted with a real deadly disease that he and others could weaponize for control. How to do it? Evade the truth, scare people with “fake” facts, and keep them dependent on the government for ALL answers.

Just have the government begin shutting down the lives of all Americans. Shroud them with uncertainty, fear of the unknown, and the “possible” horrors they will “probably” face if they refuse to comply with the “Science” of this disease.

Who more qualified to lead that ruse than the highest-paid government worker in the nation: Dr. Anthony Fauci. And he adapted to that calling and has masterfully worked it.

He refuses to give straight-up answers. He waffles, changes predictions, and argues with himself. He’s always demonstrative with his answers but almost always changes those answers later without giving explanations.

He stokes the fires of anger, mistrust, and fear.

He’s not going to stop soon unless someone stops him. And his boss is the most powerful man on Earth — Joe Biden — who has swallowed the Koolaid of “control.” Fauci plays the song of control and weaponization to perfection. He forces all to keep the balls of curing the pandemic and getting back to normal life in the air. Some of his tactics are mentioned above. But he has shown his true colors, and Americans are catching on to what Fauci is all about.

On Sunday’s Mark Levin show, Levin asked his guest, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, if Dr. Fauci had called to discuss with the governor the amazing success his state has had fighting COVID-19 without locking down their state, their state businesses, and schools while watching as COVID-19 cases continue to plummet as have deaths from the disease. One would think a true scientist charged with managing the COVID Pandemic for the entire nation would crave good news of successes like Florida’s and jump at the chance to get the details to pass around the nation. DeSantis said he nor anyone in his government has heard from Dr. Fauci.

That’s the answer: Fauci doesn’t want the most successful weapon in modern American history in controlling en masse the entire nation to go away. And he certainly does not want its demise to reveal the truths of the Left’s use of a deadly disease in a political war with their political opponents! Imagine how Americans will respond if ever verified to be “the” reason COVID has been used to lock us down.

But you know what? I’m not sure that even half the nation would even push back angrily if/when that is exposed. Why? Because an unexpected number of Americans have bought into the COVID-19 story and believe everything they’ve been told as “fact” given by the so-called “Experts.”

I’m sad to say that I think at least half the nation is content to just believe what the experts tell us: as long as we get stimulus checks!

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Saturday Bullet Points: February, 27, 2021

It’s Saturday morning and time to catch-up on the happenings from the past week, some of which you probably missed. We did NOT miss them. It works very simply: After each bullet point we give you a sentence or two that describes each story. If you want full details, just click on the blue “swoosh” at the end of the description. Go to a story that gives you “the rest of the story.” Dig in!

Bullet Points

  • Connecticut Federal Attorney John Durham announced his resignation on Friday. Before you panic, the ONLY thing he resigned was his position as federal attorney. He will full-time execute the role of Special Prosecutor to continue the investigation into wrongdoing by the Obama/Biden Administration in the Russia Collusion investigation of Candidate and then President Trump. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) gave a dramatic speech at CPAC in Orlando on Friday. He whipped the conservative crowd into a frenzy, especially when he called the #1 nemesis of the U.S. “Chi-merica.” What does that mean? For complete details, click on this link:
  • It certainly comes as no surprise that, with the election of Joe Biden, we have a surging and already-massive illegal immigration problem at the southern border. Just weeks into his presidency, Joe Biden is scrambling as are his immigration and border patrol officials to get their arms around this mass of people flooding to our southern border. The Biden Administration is woefully unprepared. And the entire issue is President Biden’s fault. For complete details, click on this link:
  • It probably comes as no surprise that another major U.S. city that is governed by far left local and state officials is suffering with a massive increase of crime shortly after they made the decision to, and subsequently have, defunded the police. And they have allocated the money saved to black communities. It’s San Francisco. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Have you ever wondered how at Planned Parenthood abortion centers how facilitating and performing the abortions of tens of thousands of American babies impact those in leadership at these clinics? Certainly the constant process of killing babies must take its toll. One former PP clinic insider says it makes her feel like “an administrator at Auschwitz during WWII.” For complete details, click on this link:
  • Great news on Friday! Johnson & Johnson received emergency use approval from the Federal Drug Administration to begin use of the third COVID-19 vaccination. How is it different from those already in use by Moderna and Pfizer? For complete details, click on this link:
  • No one can reasonably maintain that there were not numerous achievements for the American People during the Trump presidency. However, those on the Left are still quick to deny the significant facts that prove the good really happened — or at least the Trump was responsible. At CPAC on Friday, former Rep. Jason Chaffetz blistered Republicans who choose to diminish the results of President Trump, opting instead to judge his White House tenure based solely on their opinions of his personality while ignoring the good he did. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Accusations are flying from numerous Americans at the actions taken this week by the Biden Administration against Syria in a U.S. air strike. It’s reported the attack was retaliation against Iran for allegedly killing several Americans last year. But Biden was nasty in his barrage of insults of President Trump’s for the attack on his watch that took out Iran’s #1 General who had personally ordered the killing of several hundred Americans in the Middle East. For complete details, click on this link:
  • U.S. Intelligence agencies released classified information on Friday that apparently implicates the Saudi Crown Prince in the brutal execution of a Saudi national who worked in the U.S. as a reporter. Saudi Arabia has consistently denied any responsibility. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Even though a $15 per hour minimum wage is to be included in the House version of the COVID-19 stimulus bill, it will not survive in the Senate. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has an idea: why not pass a law requiring big corporations like Amazon and other billion dollar corporation to pay a $15 minimum wage rate? For complete details, click on this link:
  • Of course, CNN showed up at CPAC to “report” on happenings there. Their #1 anti-conservative reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at the conference in Orlando and asked why CNN concentrates on Sen. Ted Cruz dropping his two daughters in Mexico during the Texas freeze but ignores the 10,000 seniors who died at the hands of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. For complete details, click on this link:
  • It comes as no surprise that House Speaker Pelosi uses convenient comparisons to justify doing some of the strangest things in Congress. Pelosi this week in the wake of passing “The Equality Act”likened  the stigma of  Transgenderism to that of AIDS. Sound a bit strange to you? If so, you’re certainly not alone. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Did you know the Olympics are headed to China? Many in the U.S. are NOT happy about that and feel the Olympics should be moved elsewhere. Nikki Haley suggested that having the events in China is a bad idea. Why? According to the former governor, China is just like Nazi Germany was in 1936. For complete details, click on this link:
  • We’ve all heard stories of UFO’s in various settings. But pilots in flight have reported dozens of cases of viewing and even watching for extended periods of time UFO’s in crazy acts in flight most recently. The latest comes from American Airlines pilots in the recent past. For complete details, click on this link:

Time For Some Constitutional Amendments: But How?

Let’s face it: Congress when it comes to legislation “for the People” is virtually incapable of passing any. Sure, they pass a bunch of bills. But they are seldom “for the People” — they’re “for the Political Party.” And does anyone think this Congress could successfully present, debate, and pass a Constitutional Amendment, even if they wanted to do so? No way! How else could it be done?

There is a way.

State legislatures should require Congress to call a “convention of the states.” Article V of the Constitution empowers such a convention to propose constitutional amendments to correct federal dysfunction. And there’s plenty of that “dysfunction” floating around in the Capitol! Any proposals would have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (38 of 50).

The Constitution’s framers added the convention mechanism to allow states to bypass Congress and amend the Constitution if the federal government abused or exceeded its powers. I don’t know about you, but I’m “all-in” for the belief that Congress both abuses AND exceeds its powers.

Opponents of our Constitution have perpetrated a mass of lies about the document—for example, the charge that it discriminated against women. But none are as widespread as falsehoods about the amendment process.

This is no accident: A disinformation campaign began in the 1960s and continues to the present day. Liberal commentators initiated the campaign to frighten the public against a convention. They feared that it might propose amendments to overturn liberal Supreme Court decisions or require a balanced federal budget.

Establishment newspapers, among them the Washington Post and the New York Times, aided the campaign. Academics — whose only unifying characteristic is that they have no scholarly publications on the subject — joined the chorus.

This disinformation has been so successful that many Americans have been duped into thinking that the convention procedure is somehow evil. In fact, it is one of the Constitution’s most important checks and balances. Many of our current issues flow directly from our failure to use it.

Convention opponents often claim that constitutional amendments will have no effect. History shows they are flat wrong. Over the past 230 years, amendments have been powerful tools for reform. We obtained our Bill of Rights through amendments. The Civil War did not finally abolish slavery; an amendment did that. Amendments have curbed abuse of minorities, assured women the vote, and limited the president to two terms.

Think about it: Would we be better off without the First Amendment’s protection for freedom of speech and religion? Would we be better off without the 22nd Amendment’s two-term limit on the president? I’ve never met anyone who believes either of those things. But how many believe we should extend term limits to Congress or the Supreme Court?  Numerous  Americans feel that way.

Why hasn’t it happened? Because Congress refuses to propose a term limits amendment, and we haven’t had the guts to call a convention to propose one.

The Founders created the amendment process for four specific reasons: to resolve disputes over constitutional interpretation, correct defects, respond to changed conditions, and to stop and correct abuses. During the first 15 years of federal operations, the founding generation adopted amendments for all those purposes. Opponents are wrong when they claim that the only reason for the amendment process was to correct drafting errors.

Article V outlines the amendment process, but like any other part of the Constitution, you must read it in its historical context. Every informed student of the Constitution knows that when the document uses specialized phrases, we have to examine the historical record to fill in the details. The Supreme Court recently did just this with the constitutional phrase “trial … by jury.”

Fortunately, the amount of historical and legal clarification we have for Article V is enormous, so when you hear charges that Article V is “vague” or “sketchy,”  they’re dead wrong.

Article V tells us that before the states may ratify an amendment, it first must be formally proposed. It provides four paths to amendment. (Common claims that there are only two methods are also incorrect.) The paths are:

(1) Proposal by two-thirds of each house of Congress, followed by ratification by popular conventions in each state. This method was used to adopt the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition.

(2) Proposal by two-thirds of each house of Congress, then ratification by state legislatures. This method was used for the other amendments.

(3) Proposal by a “Convention for proposing Amendments,” then ratification by popular conventions in each state.

(4) Proposal by a “Convention for proposing Amendments,” then ratification by state legislatures.

A “Convention for proposing Amendments” is simply one kind of convention of the states. There is no serious doubt about this: The historical evidence is massive and includes a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Founders chose the convention-of-states device because it had been widely, and successfully, used. The first meeting of that kind (actually a convention of colonies) had been held in Albany, New York, over a century earlier. There had been about 20 more during the colonial era, and another 10 between 1776 and 1787. Since 1787, they have continued at a slower pace, but they have continued. The latest was held in Phoenix in 2017.

Most interstate conventions have been limited to colonies or states within a particular region. But at least seven have been “general” (national), including the 2017 Phoenix get together.

These gatherings have addressed many kinds of problems. Some early ones coordinated local defense. The 1787 convention proposed the U.S. Constitution. An 1889 convention proposed anti-trust laws. Some 20th century conventions negotiated western water agreements. A few, like the 1861 Washington, D.C. convention, proposed constitutional amendments.

And there’s another common claim — that the 1787 gathering is the only convention precedent — is also untrue.

An early draft of the Constitution would have allowed a convention of states to both propose and ratify amendments. (Opponents’ contention that an amendments convention was merely the framers’ afterthought is likewise false.) In the final draft, either Congress or a convention could propose and only the states could ratify.

When the Constitution became public, many people were concerned that it gave the federal government too much power. The document’s supporters, however, pointed out that the convention mechanism gave the states complete power to amend — even against federal opposition. Without the convention device, the public probably would have rejected the Constitution. Without the threat of an amendments convention, Congress probably never would have proposed the Bill of Rights or the two-term limit on the president.

The convention of states procedure begins with an invitation known as a “call.” For most conventions, a single state can issue it. For example, the state of Virginia called the 1787 Constitutional Convention, set the place and time, and defined the convention’s purpose. (The common story that the Confederation Congress called the convention, which then exceeded its power, is another fable).

But for conventions formally proposing amendments, Article V prescribes a uniform method of call: When two-thirds of the state legislatures (34) adopt “applications” demanding that Congress call a convention on a particular subject, Congress must call. Its call sets forth the place, time, and state-designated subject matter.

Then the legislatures of the participating states either select their convention commissioners (delegates), or designate procedures for doing so. The states give the commissioners their instructions and define their powers (“agree to this, don’t agree to that”). Modern claims that a convention of states is “uncontrollable” are wildly and purposefully untruthful. So also are assumptions that commissioners are popularly elected.

The convention then meets at the prescribed place and time. No state is forced to attend, but if a state does not do so, obviously it cannot vote — although it can refuse to ratify.

Convention-of-states procedures are well established. Each state has as much voting power as any other state. No convention has ever changed this rule. So the common claim that convention voting standards are a “mystery” is likewise wrong. So also is the myth that Congress can control a convention.

The convention next adopts rules, elects officers, and sets up committees. It debates whether to propose amendments within its area of authority. If it decides not to, then it adjourns. If it decides that amendments are warranted, it drafts them, formally proposes them, and adjourns. A convention is, by definition, temporary.

In addition to being constrained by the call and by state instructions, the Constitution limits the assembly to proposing amendments to “this Constitution.” Frantic claims that it’s a “constitutional convention,” or that it can issue a new document or “radically re-write” the existing one, or change the ratification procedure — none of these have any legal or historical basis. They are, in the words of one constitutional scholar, “rhetorical ploys to terrify sensible people.”

After one or more amendments are proposed, the ratification procedure is the same as for any other amendment.

The courts may resolve disputed questions. In fact, there have been nearly 50 reported judicial decisions on Article V from all levels of the judiciary. The first reported case was issued in 1798, the two most recent in 2018. The principles for applying Article V are well established, and rely heavily on historical practice. The common claim that courts do not resolve Article V cases is categorically false.

What kinds of amendments might a modern convention consider? Fifteen state legislatures have adopted applications based on a model proposed by the “Convention of States Project:” a convention limited to proposing (1) term limits for federal officials, (2) fiscal limits on the federal government, and (3) reductions in the size and scope of the federal government. Topics outside those three items would be outside the convention’s scope.

Twenty-eight states have passed applications for a convention limited to a balanced budget amendment. Several states have passed applications for congressional term limits or campaign finance reform.

No significant national group is pressing for a “plenary” or unlimited convention. Unlimited conventions have been rare at the state level and nonexistent at the federal level. And with good reason: A convention is a task force, and when you convene a task force you give it a specific job. You don’t say, “Do whatever you want and propose whatever moves you.” There are multiple enforcement mechanisms to ensure a convention remains within its agenda. Contrast that with the lack of restraint on Congress.

I must say, a constitutional amendment imposing term limits or imposing more limits on Congress would be a good idea. True, some argue that we should continue to rely on remedies like electing good people, lobbying, bringing lawsuits, and public education. I’m in favor of those things, but we’ve been doing those for decades and our country is worse off than ever. Reforms by even the wisest federal officials have proved to be short-lived.

So what remains is the course the Founders themselves prescribed: a convention of states for proposing corrective constitutional amendments.

Summary

Why hasn’t this been called for in this hyper-partisan, logjam era of D.C. politics? There’s a simple answer: The power brokers in Washington are petrified that if a unified convention of the states ever materializes, their unfettered power will be ripped into rags! That’s the BIG reason so much disinformation is floated around the nation to keep Americans in the dark to this legitimate “fix” for our egregiously ineffective current governmental operating system.

Do we really need to go to such an extreme? The status quo certainly isn’t working. Do you realize we have an administration in Washington that is today considering confirming a nominee to serve as Attorney General that will NOT say he believes that “illegal aliens crossing illegally into the United States is illegal and perpetrators should be treated as breaking federal laws passed by Congress and signed into law that state that very thing?”

We’re seeing only the tip of the iceberg. It certainly will get worse before it gets better — IF it ever gets better.

We can’t call for such a convention too soon!

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Nancy’s COVID-19 Bill Is Theft From Us All and It’s Racist

Polls show most Americans support the COVID-19 relief bill. But this bill comes with a slap in the face for people who believe in racial equality and want everyone to benefit.

Section 1005 of the bill offers women and minority farm owners total debt forgiveness of up to hundreds of thousands of dollars per farmer. No strings or other requirements. An amazing offer—but white men need not apply.

Newly elected Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, who proposed it, says it’s intended to make up for years of discrimination. Sorry, Senator, but this is discrimination.

There’s more discrimination in the bill’s aid to restaurants, Section 6003. It grants restaurant owners up to $5 million per facility to offset losses during the pandemic. That’s a lifeline for restaurants hanging on week by week, trying to make one more mortgage or rent payment and keep from going out of business.

Here’s the hitch: Only women, minorities, and veterans can apply during the program’s first three weeks. Most white men have to go to the back of the line, even if their losses are larger or their need more pressing.

Treating white male farmers and restaurant owners like second-class citizens violates a fundamental principle that we’re equal under the law—a principle guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

The pandemic is hurting everyone.

Many of New York’s upstate dairy farmers are facing bankruptcy because restaurants accounted for half the demand for their products. Yet, the farm aid in the COVID-19 relief bill is not about helping them get through the pandemic. Most of them won’t be eligible because they’re white men.

The bill looks more like reparations than COVID-19 relief. It says farm aid is being provided “for the purposes of addressing the longstanding and widespread discrimination against socially disadvantaged farmers.”

The truth is that farmers have been struggling for a decade, and more than half lose money year after year. Minority-owned farms are generally less in debt than farms owned by whites, though diminished access to credit may be part of the reason. Debt relief is urgently needed by white and minority farmers alike.

Senator Chuck Schumer crisscrossed the state last weekend bragging about his role in the COVID-19 relief bill, and claiming credit for the $25 billion in aid to restaurants. He cautioned that 54 percent of New York restaurant owners won’t be able to survive the next six months without help. “They’re needed because they’re one of the biggest employers in every community in New York, whether it’s urban, suburban-like here in Camillus, or rural.”

That’s the point, Senator. Instead of dwelling on racial or gender equity, the COVID-19 relief bill should focus on ensuring economic survival. All will benefit.

On taking office, President Joe Biden pledged that his “priority will be Black, Latino, Asian and Native-American owned businesses” and “women-owned businesses.” So it’s no surprise that Section 4201 of his COVID-19 relief bill sets aside over $1 billion of loans for women and minority small-business owners only. As if they’re the only ones struggling.

In New York City, 47 percent of small businesses have closed, and those hanging on have incurred a nearly 60 percent drop in revenue, according to TracktheRecovery.org, a Harvard University database. Minority businesses are often hardest hit, but government help should be based on need and viability, not a business owner’s gender or skin color.

It’s what the Constitution requires. When Oregon and Colorado set aside COVID-19 relief funds for minority businesses only, white business owners sued, demanding equal treatment.

If Congress enacts provisions discriminating against white men, the federal government should be sued, too.

As Congress debates the COVID relief bill, Republicans should protest the racist giveaways. They’ve hardly mentioned them, and the public is unaware. More are on the way.

Warnock and four other Democrats, including New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, introduced a bill on Feb. 5 to give 32 million acres of farmland to black farmers over the next 10 years. Reparations without the label. What’s next—tax credits for being black?

Summary

Let’s face facts: Democrat Party Leadership simply ignores rules of the House, requirements regarding processes to crafting bills, due process, and the precedent set in the past. There’s one rule and one only that regulates this House of Representatives: Anything Speaker Pelosi wants, approves, needs, or deems is important can and will be passed. Nothing else matters.

Just nine percent of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill has anything to do with COVID-19! 

$153 million in the bill is earmarked to fund the Endowment of the Arts and it’s titled “COVID Relief.” And there are dozens of such ludicrous clauses in the bill.

We posted the entire bill for you to read yesterday here in .pdf format. Have you read it? If you haven’t, you have NO right to complain about anything in it.

I encourage any and all Democrats who read this today to comment telling us the reason you support House members who believe a monstrous piece of legislation like this has any validity sufficient to be passed and signed into law. And to top it all off we find out the bill that belongs to the Party of racial equity, inclusion, diversity, and fairness is a bill that is as racist as any piece of legislation in American history. And Pelosi maintains the racist elements of the bill are necessary to cure racism!

Racism will never cure past racism. It’s not how to unite the nation — as if Democrats really care to unite anyone except Democrats.

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The House $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package: “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021”

This bill has been talked about for months. Of course, Democrats did not roll it out to the general public until last Friday. It’s 591 pages long! And we are told they will vote on it “this week.” That means tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday! (Sure: everyone in the House has researched and knows everything inside of it!)

We do. You can download by clicking the link below the 591-page bill and examine its details for yourself.

https://truthnewsnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/house-democratic-covid-relief-bill.pdf

Summary

If you don’t have time to digest the 591 pages, we offer below the GOP Summary of the bill. I suggest you start with the summary and go to the “big bill” to get any details on any section mentioned in the 591-pages:

https://truthnewsnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/rsc_spending_memo.pdf

Enjoy!

 

 

What’s the Truth About ANTIFA: White Supremacists?

I must be honest: I’m really confused about who are the targets of the Left. I know: everyone who disagrees with them is a target. But in their political narrative spun for everyone in the nation, they until recently used a really broad brush to paint their victims. Those could be members of KKK, other White Supremacist groups, Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys, and even Right Wing Militias. But in the practical applications of any of the leftist targets, seldom mentioned (if mentioned at all) are two of the most obvious groups that have wreaked havoc on numerous cities and American individuals and businesses the last year or so: Black Lives Matters (BLM) and ANTIFA.

We have previously here at TruthNewsNetwork investigated and reported the details about BLM from its founders, ideals, and objectives. (Our original detailed story of Black Lives Matter: https://truthnewsnet.org/do-all-black-lives-matter/) But we haven’t touched on ANTIFA. We’ve perpetrated a disservice to you for not reporting about this group. Today, we’ll make-up for our mistake.

ANTIFA

“Anti-Fascist” certainly does NOT describe who are members of Antifa nor their political and social philosophies. In fact, what they stand for is much closer to Fascism than is Democracy! So why do they call themselves “Anti-Fascists?”

That’s simple: they disguise their founding and current principles by using this name that sounds to most Americans as legitimate and certainly represents a group of responsible young Americans who want to help stamp-out any totalitarian political views.

But there’s a problem: the adherents of Antifa do NOT wish to stamp-out totalitarianism, rather they want to stifle and destroy, if possible, the ability of anyone to exercise free speech. Why is doing so important to Antifa? Free speech is THE antithesis to Fascism, which they embrace!

With the current lawless environment in the nation, Antifa has made a major push into the country, especially in the Pacific Northwest. They’ve done so quietly. They don’t have formal groups or listed leaders or offices. This is a purposeful practice that allows them to maintain abilities to “fly below the radar screen.” The only real contact everyday Americans have is within and during the environment that surrounds the rioting and/or looting initiated almost exclusively by Antifa.

Where Did Antifa Originate?

The extremist anarchist-communist group Antifa has been in the headlines because of past violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yet while the organization has been applauded by some left-leaning news outlets for including white nationalists and neo-Nazis in its list of targets, the organization wasn’t always about targeting “fascism,” as it claims.

The organization was initially part of the Soviet Union’s front operations to bring about communist dictatorship in Germany, and it worked to label all rival parties as “fascist.”

The organization can be traced to the “united front” of the Soviet Union’s Communist International (Comintern) during the Third World Congress in Moscow in June and July 1921, according to the German booklet “80 Years of Anti-Fascist Action” by Bernd Langer, published by the Association for the Promotion of Anti-Fascist Culture. Langer is a former member of the Autonome Antifa, formerly one of Germany’s largest Antifa organizations, which disbanded in 2004.

The Soviet Union was among the world’s most violent dictatorships, killing an estimated 20 million people, according to “The Black Book of Communism,” published by Harvard University Press. The Soviet regime is second only to the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong, which killed an estimated 65 million people.

The idea of the united front strategy was to bring together left-wing organizations in order to incite communist revolution. The Soviets believed that following Russia’s revolution in 1917, communism would next spread to Germany, since Germany had the second-largest communist party, the KPD (Communist Party of Germany).

It was at the Fourth World Congress of the Comintern in 1922 that the plan took shape. Moscow formed the slogan “To the Masses” for its united front strategy and sought to join together the various communist and workers’ parties of Germany under a single ideological banner that it controlled.

“The ‘unified front’ thus did not mean an equal cooperation between different organizations, but the dominance of the workers’ movement by the communists,” Langer writes.

Benito Mussolini, a Marxist and socialist who had been expelled from Italy’s Socialist Party in 1914 for his support for World War I, later founded the fascist movement as his own political party. He took power through his “March on Rome” in October 1922.

In Germany, Adolf Hitler became head of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) in 1921 and mounted a coup attempt in 1923.

The KPD decided to use the banner of anti-fascism to form a movement. Langer notes, though, that to the KPD, the ideas of “fascism” and “anti-fascism” were “undifferentiated,” and the term “fascism” served merely as rhetoric meant to support their aggressive opposition.

Both the communist and fascist systems were based in collectivism and state-planned economies. Both also proposed systems wherein the individual was heavily controlled by a powerful state, and both were responsible for large-scale atrocities and genocide.

The 2016 annual report by Germany’s domestic intelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), notes the same point: From the viewpoint of the “left-wing extremist,” the label of “fascism” as pushed by Antifa often does not refer to actual fascism, but is merely a label assigned to “capitalism.”

While leftist extremists claim to be fighting “fascism” while launching their attacks on other groups, the report states the term “fascism” has a double meaning under the extreme-left ideology, indicating the “fight against the capitalist system.”

This held true from the beginning, according to Langer. For the communists in Germany, “anti-fascism” merely meant “anti-capitalism.” He notes the labels merely served as “battle concepts” under a “political vocabulary.”

A description of Antifa on the BfV website notes that the organization still holds this same basic definition of capitalism as being “fascism.”

“They argue that the capitalist state produces fascism, or at least tolerates it. Therefore, anti-fascism is directed not only against actual or supposed right-wing extremists, but also always against the state and its representatives, in particular members of the security authorities,” it states.

Langer notes that historically, by labeling the anti-capitalist interests of the communist movement as “anti-fascism,” the KPD was able to use this rhetoric to label all other political parties as fascist. Langer states, “According to this, the other parties opposed to the KPD were fascist, especially the SPD [Social Democratic Party of Germany].”

Thus, in what would today be considered ironic, the group that the communist “anti-fascists” most heavily targeted under their new label of “fascism” was the social democrats.

On Aug. 23, 1923, the Politburo of the Communist Party of Russia held a secret meeting, and according to Langer, “all the important officials spoke out for an armed insurrection in Germany.”

The KPD was at the front of this call, launching a movement under the banner of United Front Action and branding its armed “anti-fascist” wing under the name Antifaschistische Aktion (“Antifascist Action”), which Antifa still carries in Germany, and from which the Antifa organizations in other countries are rooted.

At this time, Hitler and his Nazi Party had begun to emerge on the world stage, and the Nazi Party employed a similar group to Antifaschistische Aktion for political violence and intimidation, called the “brownshirts.”

Antifaschistische Aktion, meanwhile, began to attract some members who opposed the arrival of actual fascism in Germany and who did not subscribe to—or were potentially unaware of—the organization’s ties to the Soviet Union.

However, the violence instigated by Antifaschistische Aktion largely had an opposite effect. The ongoing tactics of violence and intimidation of all rival systems under the Antifa movement, along with its violent ideology, drove many people toward fascism.

“The Communists’ violent revolutionary rhetoric, promising the destruction of capitalism and the creation of a Soviet Germany, terrified the country’s middle class, who knew only too well what had happened to their counterparts in Russia after 1918,” writes Richard J. Evans in “The Third Reich in Power.”

“Appalled at the failure of the government to solve the crisis, and frightened into desperation by the rise of the Communists,” he states, “they began to leave the squabbling little factions of the conventional political right and gravitate towards the Nazis instead.”

Langer notes that from the beginning, the KPD was a member of the Comintern, and “within a few years, it became a Stalinist party,” both ideologically and logistically. He states that it even became “financially dependent on the Moscow headquarters.”

Leaders of the KPD, with Antifa as their on-the-ground movement for violence and intimidation of rival political parties, fell under the command of the Soviet apparatus. Many KPD leaders would later become leaders in the communist German Democratic Republic, including of its infamous Ministry for State Security, the Stasi.

As Langer states, “anti-fascism is a strategy rather than an ideology.”

Summary

Any group that distributes hatred and anger delivers through violence is evil. There is NO justifiable reason to do such, especially in the United States of America.

I don’t care what is the cause or justification, goals or objectives, reasons or excuses; taking and using violence as your tool to deliver your message no matter what it might be, doing so besides being unjustifiable is illegal in all fifty states. ANTIFA has taken that to a new low, especially over the past few years in Portland and Seattle.

Few people really understand the group. In fact, THAT is one of their greatest tools. Calling themselves “AntiFascist” is simply a tool for distraction and the confusion of as many people as possible. ANTIFA is a Fascist and espouse ONLY ideas that PROMOTE Fascism! Disguising that is one of their greatest tools.

You didn’t know this? That’s because mainstream media purposely promote and continue the confusion by not reporting the truth of ANTIFA just as they ignore the evil and illegalities that often are perpetrated by Black Lives Matter. They expect that most Americans will simply listen to their “narrative” without proving its accuracy or inaccuracy.

It’s dangerous to simply believe ANYTHING we see and hear from mainstream media!

PLEASE investigate everything you hear and see in the news before you determine to either adopt or ignore it: facts are critical. And one cannot expect to automatically receive facts from ANY news source. The prime example is the mainstream news media perspectives of both of these domestic terrorist groups.

“You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.”

 

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