Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s Judiciary Committee Hearing was Nothing but a Circus

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held an oversight hearing focusing on Attorney General William Barr’s decisions as head of the Department of Justice. As part of the proceedings, the committee heard testimony from two DOJ officials: Aaron Zelinsky, a federal prosecutor at the US attorney’s office in Baltimore, and John Elias, a senior official in the department’s antitrust division.

Zelinsky worked on the special counsel Robert Mueller’s team during the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the US election, and he testified Wednesday that senior DOJ officials improperly interfered in the sentencing recommendation for the former longtime Republican strategist Roger Stone. Specifically, he told lawmakers that DOJ leaders sought a weaker sentence for Stone at Barr’s direction because they were “afraid of the president.”

Elias testified that Barr weaponized the antitrust division to harass marijuana companies because he doesn’t like the cannabis industry.

The committee also heard testimony from two former DOJ officials: former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer. Mukasey was invited to testify by Republicans on the panel.

The witnesses who appeared on Wednesday were asked at one point why they chose to testify. Here’s how Elias and Zelinsky, both of whom are still serving at the Justice Department under Barr, responded:

Elias: “I looked at what was happening, which was unlike anything I had ever seen before, and it didn’t feel like a good faith calling of balls and strikes that I had been used to seeing. And I care very much about the antitrust laws, their evenhanded enforcement, protecting consumers, and also the institution of the antitrust division where I have spent my entire legal career. And when I saw these abuses, I thought that the public should get to know about them. So that’s why I stepped forward.”

Zelinsky: “Because I took an oath to do so.”

Things went downhill from there. Want an example? At one point, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell excoriated Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for not wearing a mask during the hearing:

“Let me just remind every member of this committee, and people that are walking into this room, that the guidelines have been set forth by the office of the attendee physician and the house speaker that members need to be wearing masks,” Mucarsel-Powell said. “And the chairman stated earlier, very clearly, that members will not be recognized if they are not wearing masks.”

She then addressed Jordan, saying it was “incredibly disrespectful that you have been sitting here next to the chairman without wearing a mask. You are putting other peoples’ lives and their families in danger.”

Jordan replied by saying that “the unmasking this committee should be concerned about is the unmasking that took place at the end of the Obama administration.”

Jordan was referring to “unmasking,” which is a routine and legal process that the US intelligence community engages in regularly. Republican lawmakers allege that the Obama administration improperly and illegally “unmasked” former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s name in intelligence reports monitoring the communications of then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, one of the most outspoken Democrats on the committee, asked former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer about Barr’s unfounded claim that foreign countries would meddle in the 2020 election by mass-producing counterfeit ballots.

Barr has “provided an echo for the president, who has voted himself by mail in New York and in Florida and whose party encourages its members to go out and vote by mail — but he’s echoed the president in saying there’s something wrong with voting by mail, and he’s alleged that voting by mail makes us vulnerable to foreign influence by counterfeit ballots,” Raskin said to Ayer. “Is that an appropriate role for the attorney general of the United States?”

Ayer said: “I think it’s not, and especially it’s not because it appears to be something that there’s absolutely no truth in at all. There are five states that do nothing but vote by mail, and every other state, I think virtually every other state, uses vote by mail somewhat substantially. So the idea that we’re going to throw cold water on the notion that we’re going to vote by mail is just disreputable. And it’s entirely inappropriate. It really isn’t his job anyway. If there were some law-enforcement function, there it might be. But basically he’s just echoing the president.”

Enough of these meaningless allegations tossed about and the screaming match in the House committee hearing room! A bunch of adults acting at best like children and, at worst, a bunch of circus clowns!

What Really Happened in that Hearing?

I’ll give you my two cents:

  • Two DOJ lifetime bureaucrats were enraged when AG Barr instructed their office to reduce the federal sentence handed down in the Roger Stone case. They both resigned over Barr’s order to do so.
  • The reduced sentence was not only a process that happens in at least 40% of federal cases when judges prepare to sentence defendants, their recommended sentence in the case far exceeded punishments meted out in every previous federal case with similar situations.
  • None of this mentions that the Attorney General is overall responsible for the actions of any attorneys that work in the DOJ under him. Obama’s AG Eric Holder frequently intervened in federal sentences as did his replacement, AG Loretta Lynch.
  • What was shocking to me (but should not have been) was that nobody who testified offered any firsthand evidence of any of the evidence of alleged wrongdoing! Why should that NOT surprise me? Because that has been the case in every allegation against President Trump in those impeachment hearings initiated in “Ukraine-Gate!” All-day it was this: “Mr. So-and-so told me that he heard Mr. Boo-Boo talking on the phone to Miss La-La, who said Attorney General Barr coughed when he was reading the recommended charges against Mr. Stone. And  because he coughed, that was a sign that President Trump was mad because Stone was his friend and had promised he’d take care of it all.”

That may sound like a juvenile—explanation for a House Judiciary Committee hearing. But, folks, it was that stupid! It was nothing but a show for the Hard Left in Congress and the nation. Why do that? CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS!

Summary

I’m confident you’d like to know what was the purpose of the charade perpetrated by Rep. Nadler. “The Penguin,” as he has been termed held this committee for no other reason than to lay a foundation. Put that one hearing in the context along with what is imminent in Washington.

Have you forgotten that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Federal Attorney Jim Huber of Utah to investigate alleged wrongdoing in the Hillary Clinton email server investigation? Even though Session was fired and replaced with Barr, Huber continued acting on his commission, worked (and still does) behind a curtain of secrecy, and has yet not stepped forward with his findings. Additionally, Attorney General Barr appointed Connecticut Federal Attorney John Durham to investigate any wrongdoing by those in the Obama Administration regarding all things that occurred during the Russian Collusion investigation. About six months into Durham’s investigation, the DOJ announced his investigation had shifted gears into a full-blown criminal investigation.

Here’s what’s about to happen:

  • Huber and Durham are very close to bringing their cases forward;
  • The Huber case will probably implicate those from the Hillary Clinton Campaign, the Clinton Foundation, and possibly others in wrongdoing regarding that private email server kept in her home. Just having it there was a constant violation of the handling of classified information. And each such violation was a felony;
  • The Durham case purportedly included multiple grand juries hearing the testimony of numerous subpoenaed witnesses. It is almost certain its recommendations will consist of indictments of numerous members of the Obama Department of Justice, the Obama FBI, and possibly even members of Obama’s White House leadership team;

Don’t for one moment think the Nadler House Judiciary Committee hearing and future such hearings ahead are NOT purposely to build layer upon layer of finger-pointing at Attorney General William Barr to destroy his credibility. Both House and Senate leadership teams know their only hope at escaping the vitriol of American voters just before the November election is to paint Barr as nothing more than a Trump sycophant acting on instructions from the President to attack, attack, and attack those who oppose him to deflect attention from HIS wrongdoing.

In other words, all of these upcoming House committee hearings are nothing more than smokescreens.

Should we expect anything less?

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“They”

Who are “They:” the players in this 2020 charade leading up to the ballot box in November? “They” must be a crowd full of folks with varied backgrounds, goals and objectives, anger, hatred, determination, and agendas. But who are “They?”

I’m not so vain as to think I know who all these players are. But isn’t it reasonable to think that there is a tremendous number of professional, organized, and structured goals and objectives somewhere in secret which dozens and maybe hundreds of pawns are heeding passed along from someone? There is too much order to what is being played out to simply be happenstance.

Let’s do this: let’s start at the bottom today and build a pyramid, first laying the bottom and largest layer of foundation stones and work our way to the top. We may not be able to get to who tops it, but I think we’ll be able to narrow the options significantly. Let’s get started.

The Stones

First, there must be a master plan. Let’s don’t complicate it; let’s just assume — and safely so — the objective of this operation is to remove Donald Trump from the presidency. No tools deemed necessary will NOT be made available. No processes are taboo in tackling that objective. It must pretty much be “anything goes.” And doesn’t that make much sense with all we’ve watched roll-out in the past four years? To make this work, the critical stones are broad bases on which the remainder of the process can safely set. Who’s first?

Congress

Nothing so difficult as removing a president could possibly be successful without significant numbers of members of Congress. After all, unseating a U.S. president must be through impeachment.

In this Congress, there has been a plethora of volunteers from even before the 2016 election, and even from the Republican Party. Who can forget the Trump hatred from the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ). “He would never participate in such a plan!” (NOTE: before we’re done, with this, you’ll be saying that quite often)

McCain has been fingered as the culprit who became the conduit for the piece of dirt used to begin this entire “removal” debacle. Former CIA Director John Brennan used McCain to pass along to the Comey FBI the unverified Steele Dossier that was used illegally to instigate the surveillance of Carter Page. McCain despised Trump.

Who else in Congress falls in line? RepresentativeS Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, and at least a dozen other Democrats who were certainly part of the Hillary Clinton Dynasty that Trump’s election destroyed before it ever began. There is no doubt they all colluded, at least with each other, to coordinate the evil seed-sowing of disinformation throughout the Mueller Investigation. Even to this day Schiff maintains he had/has “uncontroverted evidence of Trump collusion with Russia to assist his victory over Clinton in 2016.”

Was this hatred sufficient to burn the fire of impeachment brightly enough to sink the Trump presidency? No, at least not so far. But it was certainly sufficient to keep the fires burning for three+ years. And in doing so, their certainty of Trump illegal activity became a plague that ran like diharrea through the American populace sowing seeds of doubt and hatred for the President.

And in the Senate, there has always been Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Schumer has a decades-old personal and business relationship with Donald Trump. And he never cared for the Queens billionaire. In addition, Schumer works in tandem with his House Master Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to corral all the Democrat senators necessary to fuel the fire of anti-Trumpism. And numerous senators stand in line in orderly fashion, confirming Schumer’s every legislative attack on this president.

Of course, Schumer NEVER instigates anything at all. Nancy tells Chuck what to do early every morning!

There are many more names that have proudly donned the banner of “Cornerstone” of the “Dump Trump” pyramid. They’re each easy to spot. They all look and sound like Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) Each time Adam Schiff breaks wind, Swalwell loudly proclaims, “Excuse Me!”

“Never-Trump” Bureaucrats

How many of these are befitting the classification with other  Cornerstones? Probably far too many for us to count. The multitude of lifetime professional D.C. bureaucrats that were holdovers from the previous administration are incalculable. But there certainly are hundreds. And it didn’t take much coaxing from the leaders of the Left to get them to fall in line with their leaders, push for a job in the Trump Administration to support the “Dump Trump” efforts.

Many showed their spots unwittingly through the Mueller Investigation that in testimonies and subpoenaed documents have been exposed. Chief among them are James Comey, Peter Strozk, Lisa Page, Rod Rosenstein, Andy McCabe, John Brennan, James Clapper, even the three generals and one admiral who last week in one concerted effort rebuffed President Trump. In doing so, each betrayed their oath to the fabric of military leadership which has always said, “If you cannot in good faith adhere to your superiors requests and leadership, your obligation is to resign your office and keep quiet.” Each betrayed their oath of service to the nation.

We could continue a laundry list of bureaucrats most of whose names you know. But you get the idea of the foundation of this pyramid. Let’s move on.

“Old” Government

Here’s a cornucopia full of well-know political names that certainly play a role. The list includes each and every leader in the Obama Administration: Comey (before), Mueller (before), Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Joe Biden, each member of Obama’s cabinet, the leaders of each of the nation’s intelligence agencies with one exception: Admiral Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency. Rogers famously and secretly visited the president-elect in Trump Tower to reportedly reveal to Mr. Trump that his campaign offices there were being surveilled by the Obama FBI. The next day Trump moved his complete operation to his country club in New Jersey.

How far back does the “Old” government go in this foundation? It certainly included John Kerry, Al Gore, and Obama’s senior staff that served him in each of his two administrations.

We’ll stop here revealing the government “mafia” that primarily are the cornerstones of the “Dump Trump” pyramid. But you get the picture. Almost without exception, Obama’s entire government had obviously prepared to pass the mantle of the “new America” Obama thought he was called to usher in to Hillary Clinton. Trump’s fault? He had but one objective for his entire political career: to as President create a good and better world for every American. In doing so, he knew he would be required to tear down the Hillary ivory tower that Obama had constructed for her. And he has.

Democrat Party

Of course, the Democrat Party leadership has successfully created an environment in which they can with their minions using their “messengers” to disseminate their talking points to their followers. Under Obama, they were kept in line with blackmail messages from the White House: “If you don’t report the way we want you to report, covering what we say needs to be covered and attacking those we say are our enemies, your access to the seat of power in the U.S. will be cutoff.”

Every Democrat operative, elected official and every wannabe Democrat candidate has not dared to buck the Party. Though the party has its own leadership, there’s no real power there. Each take their instructions from Nancy Pelosi herself. Never doubt (at least until she’s gone) that she is the power broker of the Democrat Party.

The Messengers

The balance of the tower are layer upon layer of various media pundits: radio, television, internet news sites, internet liberal talk shows, broadcast and cable mainstream news programs and news reporters, major newspapers online and in print. And this group has worked the “plan” to perfection, finding ways to coordinate with each other and the “cornerstones” listed above, and in unified daily fashion drowned the American public, not with the truth, but with the political narrative of the day, given to them by the Messengers of the Democrat Party: The Leftist Media.

We will not waste your time talking about how evil are the mainstream media outlets and reporters, editors, publishers, and anchors. You know who they are. And they all dropped any ruse of existing credibility to go public with their Trump hatred, and they are all-in for getting rid of him. After all, they MUST have unfettered political access to be able to garner at least enough credibility to sell their wares to potential advertisers!

Summary

All that remains is the pyramid headstone. I would love to be able to beat my chest and give you “a” name or “the” names of those who comprise that topper of the pyramid. I could tell you who I think those folks are, but that would make this story today too simple and you’d probably forget about it before you eat dinner tonight. This entire story needs to resonate in your mind and heart through Election Day in November! YOU must figure who is at the top.

I WILL say this: my suspicions have been published here before. Remember: when the Obamas  bought that mansion just blocks from the White House and became the only outgoing presidential family in U.S. history to stay in D.C. after leaving office, I told you “There’s some sinister intent for making that move.”

You now know my thought about just one of those pyramid “toppers.”

Who else?

Here’s your assignment: YOU cast your eyes on the political (and financial and power) landscape. I’m a researcher, but I’m the first that will always say, “I don’t know it all and I almost always miss something.”

Here’s what I’d like for you to do: write who you think the top player or players in this are, send me their names and a paragraph with your reason for your choice. I will put a post together will all responses (including only first names) so we ALL can capture a unified picture that MAY give us real comfort of who is leading the way in this attempt to destroy President Trump. But, more importantly, what they all stand for.

Remember this: President Trump has warned us for sometime, “They’re not coming for me. They’re coming for YOU.”

Believe it or not, they are confident they will get him. I’ve told you for almost four years now they would impeach him, would continue to go after him, and if he wins in November, they’ll continue to attack him nonstop until he’s gone.

By the way: they want the destruction of ALL that YOU stand for too!

Send your names of those folks via email to: Dan@TruthNewsNet.org. Make it as simple as you want. Just drop a simple email to me.

Once again, thanks for being here and part of this family. I’ll see you all at 9:00 AM Central today on “TNN Live!”

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Insanity at NBC News

That probably doesn’t surprise too many of you: that anyone would say anything that can indicate any insanity at  NBC. Actually, there’s plenty there to go around! When we were preparing our story for this podcast, I found an interview with a news anchor and Chuck Todd — who is NBC’s political guru of sorts — and I was so taken aback listening to the two psychoanalyze not just President Trump, but every Republican member of Congress and every other Republican in the nation I stopped and was speechless. I thought, “I’ve got to break this idiocy down for all our TNN partners.

Because of my intense desire to show you personally just how jaded NBC News has become and just how consumed with their hatred for this president, I chose not to write the story. It’s much better and far more descriptive if I just do the audio podcast, play the interview, and stop their comments intermittently and give you MY analysis of their insanity while pointing out specifically just how they “bend” the truth to fit the narrative that is so pervasive at NBC News.

Please don’t be angry there’s no story today! Listen to the podcast. I think when you hear their mantra and my comments you’ll understand. And my hope is that we all will get to a place where anything we hear from those who have been permanently tagged as Leftist media hacks in their “reporting” are NOT given the benefit of the doubt when we hear them. Let the truth ring through their very words and expose their biases themselves.

We’ll elaborate on all this and more at 9:00 AM Central today on TNN Live. Don’t miss it!

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What Should We Call It?

It’s taken over the nation in just three short months. It’s everywhere. It consumes each 24/7 news cycle, it dominates work and home atmospheres, and it’s pretty much all Americans speak about to each other. It so dominates our social and political cultures today, one would think it long ago would have been analyzed, examined for its sources and substances, and because of its detrimental results in the nation would have been eliminated. If not removed, we would have a well-devised plan in place and operation and be well on the way to its destruction.

But it’s still here. And it’s still dominating our lives. Every day we watch it consume all the oxygen in the air, choking out independence, freedom, entrepreneurship, peace, joy, what little tranquility we can find in our busy lives, and is stealing the souls of our children. It’s not religion. It’s not politics. It’s not war. It’s not even divisiveness or anger or hatred, or fear.

What is it?

It’s chaos. It’s here, it’s spreading, and it’s consuming every aspect of every American’s life. It’s dominating almost every waking hour of each of us. It even wants to take over our sleep. Its objective? The identical goal it has had since it first appeared on Earth: the destruction of all that’s good.

In the past few years, we’ve published stories about chaos. But we’ve not seen such chaos as today. Indeed, chaos has been robust and far-reaching in the past from time to time. But today, chaos has taken on a life of its own. And it’s being fed the fuel that will not only perpetuate its living with us but will enable it to grow ever more powerful and all-consuming. And as it always does, it is set on the destruction of all that oppose it.

The Message of Chaos

What’s its goal? Who owns it? Why is it growing so rapidly and consuming so wide? And the last and probably most important question is: who is its Master?

Let’s work backward in finding those answers. Who started it all?

That’s an easy one to answer for Christians: “God is not the author of confusion, but peace.” With that verse, it is simple to consider that whatever or whoever is opposite of God is whatever or whoever control confusion. That would be Satan or whatever you wish to use to call him.

The objection of chaos can never be for any positive purpose. It has always been divisive by its nature. It never calls on unity or peaceful communication or purposeful finding ways to dissolve the confusion it creates. It feeds on anger and spitefulness, hatred, and meism. It is controlled by those who choose to weaponize it for causes to divide and separate people who it targets. Those have found ways to take ownership of that process and to enhance the damage it creates. Chaos draws its power from the selfishness of human nature — the lust for power and control over others. Chaos, by its nature, exists to permanently destroy all that is good.

Chaos’ master is Evil. And its taskmasters are all those who use it as a weapon of destruction for their perceived enemies.

2020 U.S. Chaos

It began with the impeachment of Donald Trump. The chaos narrative that was built for that project was created on a bundle of lies, misinformation, lying, cheating, and the demonization of some really good and honest people.

The Second Chapter of “2020 Chaos” was an artificial pandemic that was introduced to the United States by a group of medical experts.  They demanded the undying respect and obedience of every American to introduce and implement not real methods to tackle a new disease — which COVID-19 is — but to intimidate Americans with the continuous use of the fear of the unknown to in three short months destroy the American economy while calling on the messages emanating from American elitists who were given credibility by those around them because “they are experts, and we MUST listen to the experts.”

In full disclosure, I know COVID-19 is a disastrous disease and never have and will never denigrate that fact. But it is a manageable disease that, even with all of the purposeful mystery around it, will NOT destroy the United States. And it certainly does NOT warrant the chaos that has resulted from the non-factual facts that have been shoved down the throats of the nation. What it accomplished was to put Americans’ immunity systems in a pause because of the universal lockdown forced on the people by these elitists that have prevented us from normal interactions, which are mandatory for our bodies to protect themselves against bacterial and viral foes that permeate our atmosphere 24/7.

The Third Chapter of “2020 Chaos” is sowed racial unrest that was seeded by the horrendous act of four Minneapolis police in the George Floyd killing. After that atrocity, activists from dozens of known and unknown groups have pulled out the dog whistles of chaos and ordered demonstration and protests that seemingly and purposely often morph into looting and rioting. Those have all erupted into mass devastation and even death at the hands of other humans.

The Messengers of 2020 Chaos

Need I say? There could be NO better trained, NO better armed, NO one angrier than the Mainstream Media. They’ve had years to practice and to perfect their purpose. In those years, they’ve bowed to new taskmasters in politics who promised them horror stories about their opponents, nonstop camera and satellite news coverage of their riots, 24/7 coverage that aggressively identifies while demonizing the “supposed” foes of the partners of the Mainstream Media.

The truth? It matters little to the Media Mob. They see their foes limping and even bleeding a bit. Just like rabid dogs that the bleeding has stoked their hunger to finish their foes, no matter the cost and no matter what that “finish” might be. All that is relevant to them is a victory at the cost of all who they determine are on “the other side.”

Never mind how much destruction results from this chaos. Forget about the cost for it all that can never be recovered. Forget about what of the fiber of this nation that gives us our identities will be devoured and lost forever. All that matters is “The Win.” No price is too much; no cost is too high, no wrong is too wrong, no pain hurts too much.

Don’t doubt about this revelation. Here, I’ll let someone else paint a more definitive picture:

“We can seek out media that is well-sourced and informative.” That MUST be a requirement that not only do we adopt ourselves, but we teach our children the same things. If we do not pour into their malleable minds the truths in our world, their basis of reason will be established by others with whom they interact: like liberal teachers in our schools and universities and on YouTube, Snap Chat and Twitter posts, and what they see and hear in video games.

Who can turn down the chaos? Only ME, and only YOU.

Advice? Turn down the media. Moderate your own chaos. Stop letting agendas of others to whom you watch, listen, and read determine your state of mind. Be an individual — a thoughtful, deliberate, and conscientious decision-maker. Do that, and you’ll see your chaos meter go way down quickly.

Hurry up and do that! You’re going to need to get as low as possible. Why? I don’t think the chaos around us is going to go away anytime soon.

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Racism and “We, the People”

Here’s what I have not heard through the years in discussions of Racism: “What will it take to end it?” In this latest spate of racial discord, I’ve struggled desperately to unearth the answer to that question. I’m 66 years old, and I grew up in the South. I don’t remember ever hearing an answer to that from any leaders of any kind in the U.S. Why is that?

It seems logical to me that in the greatest and most prosperous country on Earth, there should be a groundswell of support to tackle Racism and to rid its existence in our country. Call me an optimist, call me a dreamer, call me a fool, but I think it can be done. But what would such a process look like? Who would have to be involved? Who would be in charge of identifying all of the things necessary to implement, how, and when they should be put in place, and who would determine all of the intricacies of that process?

Those questions are tough ones. I think the determination of those might individually be more robust than the process itself. But I’m going to take a stab at it.

Although I doubt any single person understands the totality of what such a daunting task will entail, I do feel there are collectively enough Americans who could together master a plan to eliminate this scourge of humanity. IF all the pieces were identified, debated, discussed, agreed to, and then put in place, it could be achieved.

Who?

At first thought, we would generally look to the government for guidance for a process this massive. The government has the resources of every type necessary for such big tasks. But I think this process is too big for the Government to manage. I think it should be attacked by the People. But who are the People that should drive this? In what timetable should we realistically expect to “get ‘er done?

I’ll answer those questions the only way I know how: “If not Me, then Who? If not now, then When?”

“Who” Requirements

Let’s face it: the government has, for a couple of centuries, been in charge of responding to the will of the American people to put the necessary infrastructure in place for the smooth operations of our country. Our forefathers structured that and then empowered through the U.S. Constitution for the People to control the “Who” in creating and operating our government. Sadly, however, much of the substance of the massive job of establishment and operation of the government has been relegated to a few. Sadder is the fact that the few have often been caught up in the power and control that comes with the job.

The government has ceased to be “Of the People, By the People, and For the People.” It’s at some point morphed into “Control of the People.”

At this point in our history, if we genuinely want to tackle the systemic problem of Racism, the government MUST be returned to the People. There are those who might argue that it is that today. However, if Americans carefully examine what that process is today, it is nothing as structured when the Constitution was penned.

Yes, the People elect Senators, Representatives, and the President and Vice President. Yes, Congress is the institution that, in representing us debates, revises, then sends to the President jointly approved measures to be signed into law. But that process has become so cluttered, so bloated, so unreasonable that most of the details of each law no longer come from the People but the legislators themselves. That must stop!

To that end, it seems reasonable to entrust the formation of this attack to the People rather than to Congress.

“How can that possibly be achieved? Constitutionally, Congress makes the laws. To change that would require at least one Constitutional amendment, and that is an almost insurmountable task.”

It will be a formidable task with formidable headaches, roadblocks, attacks, and specific revisions. But the American People have faced hard times, very tough foes, and egregious threats to our country. In each of these, the People have always prevailed. Why could the People not achieve that again?

The “Who” Structure

Let’s start with a concept today and build from there. That seems simple enough!

  • We have 50 states full of U.S. citizens. No two states or the Americans living within are identical. Diversity is everywhere, and that’s a good thing! Let’s make this process a 50-state group of “citizen representatives.”
  • Each of the states will select via an election ten citizens to represent their state in this battle against Racism.
  • None of those from any state can be an elected official at any level of government, a known activist member of any political group formal or informal, and will agree to receive NO compensation of any kind other than necessary direct travel and direct expenses as approved by the “Representatives,” but NOT to exceed direct expenses.
  • Each state group will meet and designate two of its elected members to serve on a national Racism Board. That Board will choose a group of five members to serve as the Executive team to initiate all actions approved by the Racism Board and the Citizen Representatives.
  • Representatives will immediately begin discussions (format to be determined) of how during a period of no longer than one year prepare a template for all Representatives to use to systematically address measures necessary to identify, plan for, and eliminate each revealed element of Racism currently living in the U.S.
  • For the purposes of time, the Racism Board will quarterly prepare and release to the general public a status report of the progress made in the development of this template.

The Template

What should be included in this template? Most will agree that it should be simple to identify the various areas in life in the U.S. in which racism exists. Those would certainly be included as well as others that will be identified through this entire process. What will certainly be a tougher task will be to determine the proper and realistic measures necessary to eliminate as many of these elements of racism once identified. To that end, it seems to be prudent to open this process up at this point to the total of each state’s representatives for discussion within their own group, followed by an electronic meeting (internet streaming seems realistic for that task) to update each state’s representatives’ findings with the entire Citizen Representative group.

In planning and the implementation of a timeline for this process, it seems prudent to pick a future target date for the completion of this entire process and work backward from there in the determination of each segment’s timing. However, the People of the United States will want to know the progress stage by stage, summaries of elements approved stage by stage and an expected completion date. Setting the date for the ultimate completion will be difficult. But in the nation’s glaring racial tensions we should all be aggressive at moving forward quickly. Two to three years will be a daunting task for completion. But if all involved will commit to that end AND all measures necessary to get there together, it CAN be achieved.

Summary

Before you scream at me about this, It CAN be achieved! It will take the incredible commitments of Americans of every race, every state, from every level of economic status and age group.

“Why not just let the government handle this? After all, they are already together with a complete structure conducive to the fulfillment of this task. Why complicate the process by starting from scratch?”

Why? The government has not done it! And Racism continues to expand and consume the bandwidth of freedom this nation needs to propel its citizens into a new and positive era of American history.

“What authority do YOU have to initiate such a process as this?” None. No one has asked me to do anything like this. I have not spoken to anyone about a process like this. I personally would love to initiate this process so that my grandchildren will face what if any of this enormous task remains when they take over my spot with a plan that has started the process, worked it into existence and revised as necessary to guarantee THEIR children that they will not be forced to face the evil of Racism because our generation did not act!

“If not Me, then Who? If not now, then When?”

This is just the beginning. I invite you to join me today from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Central for TNN Live streaming online from this site: www.TruthNewsNet.org. For one hour, we will discuss this process. And I will quieten, open up the phone lines and listen to YOU discuss your thoughts, your ideas, your questions, and your suggestions.

We will NOT resolve anything today! But what we WILL do is begin a conversation that is pointed at the accomplishment of one thing and one thing only: Destroy Racism in America.

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To make this work, we MUST get started. To get started, we MUST hear from you.

We have tens of thousands of partners with us and join our daily broadcast. However, this is the time we ALL need to engage in the conversation. Do we have the answers? Nope. But we DO have suggestions just as you should. Engage with us during this process. We hope it will be a process in which thousands join. What will it look like at the end of the day? It will look just like what you, me, and other Americans want it to look like: hopefully to create a successful banishment of Racism.

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Is Antifa Real? Here are the Facts That Will Chill Your Blood

Wait a Minute: am I saying Antifa, that 100-year-old watchdog group that ferrets out Nazis and exposes them are really Domestic Terrorists? That’s exactly what I am saying!

And not just me, but the eyes and ears of millions of Americans have been opened to the realities of Antifa. And Antifa realities are opposite those relayed through their name, which means “anti-fascist.”

We saw them “demonstrating” in Portland a couple of years ago, at Berkeley, Charlottesville, and other cities across the nation. Every time a “Free Speech” rally is announced pretty much anywhere in the U.S., Antifa leaders file for a demonstration permit for those events, show up, and do NOTHING at all peaceful. They are there for one purpose and one purpose only: to attack the “Free Speech” rally demonstrators and speakers AND police! That’s right: Antifa goes after cops.

Antifa is anything BUT peaceful. They cloak their real identities in their name, which stands for “Anti Fascist,” and expose their real purpose by almost in unison wearing masks at these public events. (Why masks? So to prevent their identities being detected by the media) Think about this: If an organization that lashes out against Fascism shows up at a rally to peacefully protest against Fascism, why would they wear masks? The answer to that question is simple: Antifa’s purposes are identical to those of World War II fascists in Italy, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and other European countries that Hitler’s fascist Nazi armies invaded.

Wow! We all thought they were AGAINST fascism, right? Brutal Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini was the father of Fascism. To understand what it is, let’s turn to its creator. Mussolini himself explained it:

“…Fascism is the complete opposite of…Marxian Socialism. The materialist conception of the history of human civilization can be explained simply through the conflict of interests among the various social groups and by the change and development in the means and instruments of production Fascism, now and always, believes in holiness and in heroism; that is to say, in actions influenced by no economic motive, direct or indirect. And if the economic concept of history be denied, according to which theory men are no more than puppets, carried to and fro by the waves of chance, while the real directing forces are entirely out of their control, it follows that the existence of an unchangeable and unchanging class-war is also denied – the natural progeny of the economic conception of history. And above all Fascism denies that class-war can be the predominant force in the transformation of society

After Socialism, Fascism combats the whole complex system of democratic ideology, and repudiates it, whether in its theoretical premises or its practical application. Fascism denies that the majority, by the simple fact that it is a majority, can direct human society; it denies that numbers alone can govern using a periodical consultation, and it affirms the immutable, beneficial, and fruitful inequality of humanity, which can never be permanently leveled through the mere operation of a mechanical process such as universal suffrage.

…Fascism denies, in democracy, the absurd conventional untruth of political equality dressed out in the garb of collective irresponsibility, and the myth of ‘happiness’ and indefinite progress. The foundation of Fascism is the concept of the State, its character, its duty, and its aim. Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State. The conception of the Liberal State is not that of a directing force, guiding the play and development, both material and spiritual, of a collective body, but merely a force limited to the function of recording results: on the other hand, the Fascist State is itself conscious and has itself a will and a personality — thus it may be called the “ethic” State….

…The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom, but retains what is essential; the deciding power in this question cannot be the individual, but the State alone…”

I suggest you take a few moments to read that explanation by the father of Fascism again, and maybe one more time.

The Players

Most have seen snippets of the rallies referenced in our opening in which Antifa members show up to take on those who set up the rallies. Those rallies have almost exclusively been to promote Free Speech and First Amendment rights. Antifa appears to “demonstrate,” and their demonstrations always turn into violent confrontations with rally supporters and even the police.

Ask yourself this question: If Antifa members are anti-fascist, why would they even demonstrate against organizers of these free speech rallies, speakers at rallies, and of course, the police?

Another question: why do we not hear anything from the media who certainly are in full force at these rallies about Antifa initiating and perpetrating violence — like in Portland, Berkeley, Charlottesville, New York, Philadelphia, and other major cities and now in L.A., New York, Minneapolis, Louisville, Dallas, and other large cities?

I’ll answer the second question: Mainstream Media purposefully ignores the violence and numerous arrests of attackers at these rallies and demonstrations. Why? Because telling and showing the truth would mean exposing Antifa for what really is their cause and who they are. Even though Antifa dresses itself up as being against fascism, its members are Fascists themselves who do nothing but carry out their real agenda: to destroy “liberty and justice for all,” and to implement control of the people by the likes of Mussolini and that “other” guy, Hitler.

Watch this video compilation (or listen to the audio) of Antifa rally footage, interviews with various Antifa members, and even Mainstream Media members:

Summary

Probably the scariest thing about all this is Antifa’s simple existence, its basis, and its leadership. Who sponsors and who leads them? Who knows. Obviously, the group as it participates in these rallies is organized, must be structured, is well-funded, and certainly has leadership. We don’t know for sure who those could be, and I will not speculate.

But what IS certain is that many of those who participate in these demonstrations-turned-riots are “trained” at college and universities by professors and other educators who are against the U.S. government structure and certainly anti-conservatives. Speculation of financial support includes several of the obvious candidates for such, but none have stepped out of the shadows to be named — until recently. (more ahead)

What else IS certain is this: Antifa is a blight on the political landscape of America. Their basis and tactics are eerily the same as the Nazi and Fascist European thugs who nearly destroyed Europe before and during World War II. But that was all stopped — all stopped by who and what? The United States of America AND Capitalism! Ironic, isn’t it? The very process and structure that saved the World from Fascism, Communism, and Totalitarianism is the political structure Antifa attacks on its basis today.

And those who number among its members and supporters: you have been exposed to Americans. We know who you are and what you are about. And we summarily reject your Fascism at its roots and its tenets you espouse.

Socialism, Fascism, and Communism have no place in the U.S.A. The sooner you learn that, the better off you will be.

To the “traditional” Capitalists and Constitutional adherents: wake up and realize that “freedom isn’t free.” It takes commitment, sacrifice, and persistence. Our grandparents and parents found those traits that fueled the ability and desire to prevail over Totalitarianism a century ago. We MUST implement that same will to maintain our Freedom — for this generation and those generations of Americans to come.

By the way: obviously, we cannot count on the Mainstream Media to put that out to the American public. Let’s do that the old fashioned way: TELL SOMEBODY!

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Have You Had Enough?

I hope not, because they’re just getting started.

Remember yesterday I told you the gloves are off at TruthNewsNetwork. We are through at couching explanations for egregious acts taken by the Left: the media AND politicians AND their minions. We going forward are going to give you facts about what happens every day as we always have. But we’re going to give you the perspective of the possibilities for those actions being taken. We will always make clear what is fact and what is opinion. But the muck and mire in media today make it really difficult to even see the things that are happening let alone determine their purposes and meanings.

Why is All This Happening?

It’s all “purpose-driven.” What is the purpose and who is driving the activity? That answer is not a simple one. It’s detailed, it’s lengthy, but it is relevant. Let’s spend a bit of time to carve out a block of understanding.

  • Everything that happens (or does not happen) in Washington is politically driven. When I say “everything,” that’s exactly what I mean! Congressional recesses, receptions, visits from foreign dignitaries, press conferences, dates and times for press conferences, dates and times for filing legislation, whether or not legislation is considered on the floor of the House or Senate, who sponsors and who co-sponsors bills, who speaks on the floor and who does not. All of these things and numerous others are each and every one politically devised and offered to the American people always with one objective: to further the cause of the political entity in charge. And that means BOTH Democrats and Republicans.
  • Everything that happens in its purpose(s) is to, among other things, always attack the leaders of the opposing party. For example: any legislation that is put forth in the House of Representatives today has very little DIRECT ties to how that legislation is to and will impact the Americans for which it is offered. Oh, each piece always has some goodies attached to pacify the electorate. Every legislative House action in this Congress is fundamentally driven to defeat Donald Trump: Everyone.
  • In the Senate, under GOP control, actions are devised to protect the Republican agenda that at least in part is in place: confirmation of ambassadors, administration officials, circuit judges, district judges, appeals court judges, and the biggie: the US Supreme Court.
  • The Media march to the beat of one solemn drum: denigrate Donald Trump and destroy any and all of his supporters; keep a narrative created and rebounded throughout each day to cloud the reasoning of as many Americans as possible. And to be successful at that task, they must hide the truth by wrapping it in what they determine is a palatable package so as not to offend too many conservatives. (Examples of that below that happened yesterday (Monday))
  • This combination of what has become a “D.C. Monster” has been laughed at, derided, rebuffed, and scoffed at for a couple of decades. Its final designation seems to be the “Deep State.” Few will now take issue with that term because during the last three years Americans see daily the actions of a coordinated combination of Leftist politicians and diplomats along with the Media mouthpiece of the Deep State. They no longer even try to hide it! It’s in full view.
  • To be successful, all those considered to be “turncoats” to this cause must be eliminated: either literally or denigrated so vehemently over an extended period of time as to destroy the public credibility these people have. No punishment is too severe. There are many who have actually paid the price for their refusal to “play ball” with the Deep State that have mysteriously disappeared or have died.

The Media in All This — YESTERDAY (Monday, June 1, 2020)

Monday, President Trump shocked the world — especially those in Washington — by conducting a press conference in the Rose Garden and then heading with his Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, Chief of Staff, his daughter, son-in-law and a covey of Secret Service agents across Washington Park to St. Johns Church — the church that rioters looted during the last few days. He had in his press briefing made it clear that the issues that have happened around the nation in multiple cities that purportedly began as peaceful protests were all right: while just protests. But when in each city protests and protestors were allowed to become rioters and looters, the leadership in those cities and states were legally responsible for protecting their citizens, the property and businesses in those cities and states, and to enforce the laws of each state regarding protesting and rioting. I think it’s safe to say that the Media showed us NO demonstration during the past week in which any city or state effectively quashed the rioting.

Yet, mayors, governors, members of Congress, and pretty much everyone in the press blame President Trump. They do this in spite of the fact that each knows the President by law cannot take law enforcement or military action in any state without request, authorization, and implementation jointly with those cities and states.

I’ve heard more than one mayor, one governor, and one state Attorney General tell the President via mass media to stay out of their city and state! And he has — until Monday.

He put those mayors and governors on notice that “peaceful protest is legal and fine as long as they abide by the laws. Riots are NOT legal and will no longer be accepted in the United States.” U.S. citizens are watching as their private property, their businesses, and their livelihood are torched by thugs (yes, I used the word thugs) who are nothing more than anarchists who care not for the purpose of the peaceful protests. They simply want the U.S. government and all democrat political operations in the United States to cease. Their goal? To make that happen.

What’s the End Result Hoped For by the Deep State?

That answer is simple: to get rid of Donald Trump.

Why?

They have never seen a politician at any level in the United States who has such fundamental convictions regarding the Constitution, the Rule of Law, the rights of citizens, and the absurdity of the U.S. political system as it is in process today. And they do not know how to deal with it and him. So they wish to destroy him.

They cannot beat him at the ballot box. They failed in multiple bogus investigations including impeachment. They this year have used a worldwide pandemic to weaponize against the President. And now they have a new and nastier tool: anarchy.

Isn’t is sad that so many people have been sacrificed at the altar of power for the Deep State? Americans have literally been slaughtered just to try and tear down the achievements for the people by this man.

Why would they take such drastic measures? I could speculate here, and won’t. But what I will say is in my lifetime I’ve seen only two possible answers for such actions to be taken. And I’ve never seen any that have had such devastating results during their quest to use and to win.

The members of the Deep State cannot reconcile in their minds why a billionaire who has everything one could want in life decided to jump into politics and jump in right at the top. They cannot fathom what his endgame can possibly be.

Charlie Kirk put it succinctly in an interview about his new book. Take a listen:

Summary

Donald Trump has for two days been receiving counsel from those in his Administration about how to address the racial horrors unfolding on the streets of the U.S. Some wanted a speech to the nation. Others thought that would be too dangerous and become nothing more than political talking points. The President thought it through and made his historical speech and trek through Washington Park to St. Johns Church with a Bible. He didn’t give a speech. He just told the World that the U.S. was and is the greatest nation on Earth. We’re having difficulties, but we’re coming back. And we’re going to be stronger than ever.

I actually watched that unfold and got teary-eyed! There is no doubt that historians will mark that trip to the church as a historical moment.

Here’s how the Mainstream Media gave it to the nation with their story and news headlines:

Donald Trump says “I am your law and order president,” orders “heavily-armed soldiers to D.C. and threatens to deploy military nationwide — then has protestors tear-gassed so he can walk to a fire-damaged church and brandish a Bible (The Dail Mail)

Trump declares himself the “law and order” president as peaceful protestors are dispersed (CNN)

Trump threatens to deploy military against protestors as teargas fired outside White House (The Guardian)

Trump vows to send military to U.S. cities if governors don’t “dominate” protestors (MSNBC)

“Trump vows to Deploy Military if Violence Continues.” Police Clear Protestors with Tear Gas so Trump can Pose by Church. (NewYorkTimes)

Trump warns that he will dispatch troops if local officials do not crack down (Washington Post)

Do you see it? They are unified, on target with their purpose, and moving ever forward in strength to re-establish the Deep State as in total control.

The sad thing in all this? They want to accomplish it without Americans even knowing the Deep State exists!

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Will We Ever Know?

Today we find ourselves still mired in nothing but a big pile of question marks. We’ve been dealing with COVID-19 since February when the U.S. started having confirmed cases of Coronavirus. We’re less than a week away from June. And we still don’t know the answers to this virus!

Why is knowing all this stuff so important? There are many reasons:

  • The cost in human lives, human resources, national resources, lost time and gross domestic product, skyrocketing unemployment, massive business losses not to mention the political costs for the blame for everything to do with responses are incalculable;
  • If we cannot find a verified source for the virus, how can we know for certain what measures will be effective to first eradicate it and then assure it doesn’t happen again?
  • What if China or Russia, either in solo or in tandem, weaponized the virus against the U.S. and/or any other countries on Earth? Wouldn’t doing so be sufficient to initiate massive actions against any responsible country by any and all countries impacted?
  • “If” China really did weaponize it to use against the U.S., and its “accidental” leaking from their Wuhan laboratory sparked the worldwide pandemic, are there no financial repercussions for China for their responsibility?

But, I guess the most important thing we need to know is when will it be safe for us to return our normal lives? I’m fearful that until we can answer that question, American life MAY recover some of its economic vitality, but I think it will take years to revitalize multiple segments in our economy. There are certainly horrors in our economic infrastructure that as of yet have not even been identified.

For today, why don’t we start at the beginning and go to the “horse’s mouth” to lay some type of foundation on which we can build answers to try to get going in our massive rebuilding project?

Wuhan

Chinese virologist Shi-Zheng Li, who has studied the origin of the coronavirus in SARS-like bats previously, said the virus everyone now knows is just “the tip of the iceberg.” Shi works at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, an institution that, in light of international criticism blaming the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for spreading the virus, has aligned itself with the CCP’s misleading explanations. Although there are now a growing number of reports denying the natural origin of the CCP Virus, in an interview on Monday, May 25th with a CCP state-run television station, Shi said an international effort is needed to prevent similar outbreaks of infection and that knowledge of viruses carried by wild animals is necessary. Shi’s recent warnings created even more suspicions about the CCP’s intentions in the pandemic after she was the target of numerous criticisms. She did manage to decode the virus strain in three days in December last year. As reported, Shi’s discovery could have been very useful in the early development of diagnostic tests as well as vaccines to treat the disease, “IF” the CCP would have warned the World and cooperated with the U.S. who offered on multiple occasions to send virologists and immunologists to China to help with the virus problem. The CCP declined each time. Shi confessed that after communicating her findings in a conference she had attended last year to research new unidentified diseases, she was fearful about the possibility that the CCP Virus had escaped from the laboratory. Rumors began to circulate on social networks that Shi had at one point been pressured to discard the reports she had prepared, was forced to flee with several confidential documents to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, although later she herself denied the information through the Chinese social network WeChat.“No matter how difficult things are, it (defecting) shall never happen. We’ve done nothing wrong. With a strong belief in science, we will see the day when the clouds disperse and the sun shines,” wrote Shi.

Gao Yu, a reporter who interviewed Shi, said, “We learned later her institute finished gene-sequencing and related tests as early as January 2 but was muzzled.” That meant, of course, that the knowledge of the virus, its release, and how and where it initially traveled was already known at the first of the year.

Amid the controversy over Shi’s statements, a 15-page intelligence report obtained by the Australian newspaper Saturday Telegraph was released, which points to the silencing of several doctors by the CCP who tried to talk about the virus. The document also indicates that important evidence was destroyed and doctors working on a vaccine were denied access to samples. According to the declassified file, the CCP began censorship on Dec. 31 of last year.

The CCP has at the same time reinforced the idea that the virus did not come from the Wuhan lab after Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said this month that the Wuhan Virology Institute was not the source of the outbreak after reviews of the facility were conducted, The Washington Times reported.

But amid the global alarm generated by the pandemic, more studies and statements by medical experts have gradually come to light that suggests the CCP Virus may have had an artificial source.

In April, Richard H. Height, a well-known molecular biologist whose expertise on the CCP Virus has been highlighted several times by the Washington Post and MSNBC, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that there was a high probability that the virus had leaked from a laboratory accident.

A recent study by a group of Australian scientists investigating a cure for the CCP Virus found “a remarkable coincidence or a sign of human intervention.”

The findings made by the scientists led by Dr. Nikolai Petrovsky of the University of Flinders, Australia, were observed after analyzing high-throughput computer models to study the virus’s ability to attack 12 varieties of exotic and domestic animals.

“The results clearly show that the COVID-19 virus is exquisitely adapted to infect humans,” Petrovsky said.

Summary

There you have it from the horse’s mouth: the scientist who was there from the beginning. And here we are at least six months into the existence of this virus and its being loose running amuck all over the Earth and we still don’t know almost everything!

Call me a simple guy, but to me, something just doesn’t smell right. We’ve all heard the conspiracy theories about the purpose and the origins of the virus: Chinese scientists developed it in a Canadian laboratory on behalf of the CCP and sneaked it out of Canada back to the lab in Wuhan; a Chinese scientist who hated the U.S. and the rest of the West intentionally took the virus from the lab and personally carried it to Canada and the U.S. and then released it. And the stories go on and on. But we’re here almost six months later and we know very little about this virus — heck we don’t even know if it for sure is a virus!

One would think that being the foremost country on Earth in just about every field of science and medicine, having THE virus guy in this from the get-go who has for half a century been up to his eyeballs in infectious disease research on behalf of the nation, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and having what is reputedly the most proficient national science research entity on earth in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we would already know something. But here we sit after the first boring Memorial Day weekend of my life and we cannot even agree how far apart it is safe for people to socially distance!

One thing IS certain: our current President, even with the incessant flack and insults and even threats he faces daily, is the only President I can remember who actually performs better when he’s under fire. If all it takes for him to step up to the plate to hit a guaranteed homer is pressure, we have the right to expect nothing less! But the problem for President Trump is this is happening in a field that is outside his circle of knowledge. That certainly doesn’t mean he’s stupid — anything but that. But as a successful business manager who has run companies with thousands of employees for decades, he knows that when knowledge in any specific area is missing, there’s someone out there that has the information necessary to push through any challenge. And for this challenge, the “experts” — Pelosi and Schumer — made it clear he needed Anthony Fauci. Of course, they insisted that he have someone who could “get him to listen to real advice” and take whatever actions the experts recommended.

How’s that Fauci guidance working out for us right now?

“If” the Democrats are somehow NOT part of the initiation of this pandemic, (and I pray they have no involvement) they certainly didn’t waste a minute to line up with stones and are wasting no time to start the stoning of President Trump. They, as quickly as they could, weaponized COVID-19 and made it a Donald Trump responsibility — or they’ve tried to.

I don’t know what their weaponization intentions were, but I doubt they considered the cost to the American people and the economy this pandemic and its fallout is today. So they just continue to go with the flow. Nancy and Chuck better pray that if they did have some role in this that it never comes to life. You think those Michigan folks showing up at the state Capitol in Lansing with those guns strapped to their legs were a bit upset for missing their haircuts and manicures, wait until they are told that Democrats orchestrated this shutdown!

I always like to end by giving my advice about what we can do. But I don’t have any! I’m just like every other American at this point. We can pray. We can watch, listen, and learn. We can continually try to find answers even though to do that we are forced to wade through the weeds of disinformation and lies from the Left.

Here’s the one thing I hold onto: our divine Father led our forefathers away from the totalitarian rule and gave them a new start in a new place with a new clean slate. They very carefully used that slate to craft and establish the greatest representative republic in World history. I believe that the same process is being put in place today to lead us out of this desert in which we find ourselves: hungry, thirsty, lonely, and confused.

Hang in there! And as my Cajun Mom used to say to me when I would get discouraged as a kid: “Keep on Keeping on.” Good advice for me then and good advice for all of us now.

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The Story of Archie

Racial biases in the criminal justice system have started to decline, according to new research by the bipartisan Council on Criminal Justice, but that is no reason to celebrate. Mostly black and brown faces still fill the country’s jails and prisons, and people of color make up most of the parole and probation rolls. The work is not done until the gap is eliminated and the unfair targeting of people of color has ended.

Still, the strides the report outlined shouldn’t be ignored. The imprisonment rate for black men decreased for all crime categories except public order offenses, such as disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to the report, which analyzed data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics spanning 2000 to 2016. African Americans were incarcerated at a rate 8.3 times higher than white people in 2000, and for Hispanic people the rate was 2.6 times higher. By 2016 those ratios dropped to 5.1 to 1 and 1.6 to 1, respectively, according to the study.

While that represents progress, African Americans are still five times more likely to be imprisoned than white people and Hispanics nearly twice as likely, and both imbalances are wholly unacceptable. The culture of locking up people of color, whether because of unconscious biases our outright discrimination, is still alive and well. Just recently, The New York Times reported that police officers said they were told by a commander to go after blacks and Latinos for minor offenses like jumping turnstiles. Leave Asians and whites alone, they were instructed.

If there is a bright spot to the numbers, it’s that they offer encouragement to those who have kept issues like mass incarceration, mandatory minimums, and unfair sentencing in the spotlight. It adds even more credence to the good work of groups like the Innocence Project that have worked, sometimes on shoestring budgets, to free those who have been wrongly convicted based on trumped-up charges, coerced confessions, and bad witness testimony. All of this activism has helped keep up the pressure to end biases by showing the tragic result such disparities in sentencing and imprisonment have. It’s well-documented that people with prison records have a hard time getting jobs and that incarceration breaks up families. We need more resources directed at these issues, and these groups need to keep plowing ahead to keep the biases in law enforcement at the forefront.

Researchers with the Council on Criminal Justice say they will use the data collected to come up with policies that can help further erode the disparities in the system. They concede that outcomes vary by race and type of crime, making it hard to point to a single cause for the disparities. The largest drop in racial disparity occurred for drug offenses, which also correlated with a drop in the disparity of those who were jailed. We need to know more about why those drops occurred and whether similar principles should be applied in other areas.

Researchers also should conduct an analysis by state and region to see if the problem is more pronounced in certain parts of the country. Do factors such as past criminal history impact whether or not someone ends up in jail again? In other words, is the prison pipeline cycle perpetuating itself? Also, how do police departments change a culture in which police officers scrutinize people of color more intensely than white residents? Racial bias, bail reform, and the over-policing of low-income neighborhoods are all areas ripe for reform.

Before we look at Criminal Justice reform, Meet Archie Williams:

Of all the Presidents who a large majority of Americans thought could possibly get a criminal justice reform bill — one of ANY kind passed — Donald Trump would have been the last name mentioned. But he’s the one that did it: The First Step Act.

The First Step Act, which replaced a federal “three strikes” rule that imposed a life sentence for three or more convictions – with a 25-year sentence, is benefiting thousands of incarcerated Black men, according to a new report. More than 1,000 individuals incarcerated in federal prisons were granted sentence reductions in the four months since the First Step Act was signed into law, according to the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC).

Their sentences were reduced by a mean of 73 months or 29.4 percent, as a result of the resentencing provisions allowed under the Act which, in addition to shortening mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, applied resentencing to be applied retroactively to individuals convicted of crack cocaine offenses before 2010 – when the federal government reduced disparities between crack and powder cocaine offenses.

Over a quarter of the 1,051 resentencing motions were granted by federal courts in Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Over 91 percent of the individuals whose sentences were shortened were African American and 98 percent were male, the USSC said.

The average age of those granted resentencing motions was 45 – and the average age at the time of the original sentence was 32.

Summary

Is there still racism in America’s criminal justice system? Absolutely. Is it better with The First Step Act? Probably so. I say “Probably,” because there are many who feel it really IS just a first step and that much more needs to be done.

But isn’t there something to be said for getting a start that in just months achieved the startling results that it has? Isn’t it startling that the United States first African American president was unable to get it done and it took the rebel from Queens to muster sufficient votes in the House and Senate so he could sign it into law?

As our story on Saturday said, “Racism has no color.” But there’s no doubt that in criminal justice, the African American community has been profusely disadvantaged in dramatic fashion.

I don’t care if you’re a mother of several black children, or an African American high school football coach or even if you’re a Caucasian billionaire Wall Street banker, you’d be blind if you didn’t see systemic racism that has plagued our nation for years. The First Step Act is just the first step.

No, this is not a call to allow law-breakers to not pay for their crimes. It’s a call for justice for all: nothing more and nothing less. It’s a call for law enforcement agency members and those in robes that pass sentences and every other man, woman and child to recognize there’s no right for minorities and another for whites when it comes to laws. “Equal Justice Under the Law” means just that.

The First Step needs to be just that: the First Step. There are many more steps necessary. Let’s see who will step up to lead the charge for the Second Step.

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What Color is Racism?

This whole racism thing is getting out of hand. Politicians have normalized the practice of pandering to people of one race or another, changing their tune to say what they think the specific crowd to whom they’re speaking will consider being “good” for those of their ethnicity. In doing this, they seem to forget one thing: that practice in itself is racist!

Presumptive Democrat nominee for President Joe Biden slipped a bit at the end of a radio interview with an African American host. As the interview was concluding, Biden became a bit testy. In doing so, Biden slipped and may have shown something he’d prefer the world not know.

Appearing on the syndicated program “The Breakfast Club,” the Democratic presidential nominee told co-host Lenard McKelvey, known professionally as Charlamagne tha God, that there were “multiple” black women on his shortlist for VP. Biden has pledged that he will select a woman to be his running mate.

The conversation was initially for Biden to defend his record of helping African Americans and advancing civil rights and voting rights. As the interview was ending, Biden concluded by telling the black radio host that if he can’t decide whether to vote for Biden or Trump, then he “ain’t black.”

The African American community has gone nuts in response.

Just the Facts, Please!

Democrats claim that they have always supported equal rights for black Americans and that Republicans are racists who always oppose them.

Both claims are flat out lies. From its founding in 1854, the Republican Party led the fight to end slavery and then eradicate the racist Jim Crow system that held blacks down right up to securing the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Democrats opposed the Republicans at every turn.

So, let’s take an honest look at the history of civil rights in America. On the legislative level, congressional Republicans proposed, and Democrats opposed, a series of Reconstruction-era laws intended to elevate blacks, in particular, to force Southern states to enforce the Constitutional amendments extending full civil rights and voting rights to blacks. These included the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Reconstruction Act of 1867, the Enforcement Act of 1870, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 and the Civil Rights Act of 1875.

Democrats consistently opposed legislative efforts to confer voting rights and other civil rights on blacks, including the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, and even the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

Here are the facts:

April 8, 1864

The 13th Amendment banning slavery passed the U.S. Senate 38 to 6, with 100% Republican support amid Democratic opposition.

January 31, 1865

The 13th Amendment banning slavery passed the U.S. House by a vote of 119 to 56 (with eight abstentions), with all 103 Republicans voting yes, along with 16 Democrats. Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed it, sent it on to the states, with final ratification on Dec. 18, 1865.

March 27, 1866

Democrat President Andrew Johnson vetoed a bill granting citizenship to blacks.

June 8, 1866

The U.S. Senate passed the Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens. Nearly all Republicans voted yes, and 100% of Democrats voted no.

June 13, 1866

The U.S. House passed the U.S. Senate’s version of the Republican-sponsored 14th Amendment by a vote of 120 to 32. All Republicans voted yes.

January 10, 1878

U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduced the Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage. The Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it repeatedly before the election of a Republican House and Senate that guaranteed its approval in 1919.

February 8, 1894

The Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland joined in repealing the Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled blacks to vote.

May 6, 1960

Republican President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960, expanding protections for blacks in voting. In the House, the measure was approved by 89% of Republicans and 52% of Democrats. After a Democrat filibuster, the Senate approved it 71-18. No Republicans opposed. All 18 “no” votes were from Democrats.

A History of Shame

The Democratic Party’s militant arm following the Civil War was the Ku Klux Klan, of which prominent Democratic West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was a high official, as was Hugo Black, a Democrat. The latter became a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

For 88 years, Democrats in the South enforced a vicious Jim Crow system of outright discrimination against blacks, particularly measures aimed at preventing them from voting. They opposed Republican-sponsored civil rights legislation at the state and federal levels.

In 1964, a Republican U.S. Senate majority introduced and passed the Civil Rights Act despite a filibuster by Democratic senators.

Similarly, Republicans led the fight for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, when 94 % of GOP lawmakers in the House voted for it, while 27% of Democrat House members opposed it.

Today, Democrats would like us to forget that they were the party of Jim Crow, the Klan, and racists such as Woodrow Wilson, the globally-thinking progressive who, upon taking office as president, promptly segregated the U.S. Civil Service and instituted policies designed to discriminate against blacks and other minorities.

Democrats defended tooth and nail, a plantation-style racial spoils system right up to 1964, and then converted it into a federal version, with welfare policies that destroyed the black family and institutionalized dependence on government. To this day, the party promotes destructive, addictive welfare policies that keep its constituents dependent.

Summary

Do you realize that 300,000 white men died to set blacks free from slavery in the Civil War? I mention that fact for one reason only: racism has NO color. It never has. What’s tragic is that in the political world, we have allowed the use of weaponization of racism for political purposes. Instead of our confronting such cases and making public examples of such for our kids and grandkids, we sit quietly, shaking our heads. Shaking our heads won’t do anything.

“But…”

There’s always someone who, in such a conversation, feels compelled to correct statements like mine above. And those “buts” come from white and African-American “experts” on race.

I’m no expert. I’m just an old white guy from South Louisiana who grew up in a small town where we lived racially blended. We had no all-white or all-black schools. We just went to school. We participated in sports, sang in the choir, joined the debate team, and, for the most part, race seldom was a “big deal.” I discovered real racism when I moved to north Louisiana in 1970 right in the middle of desegregation. That’s when I discovered REAL racism.

I hate it. But more than that, I hate the fact that so many try to find ways to use it for personal benefit. Yes, it’s a “human thing” to try and make oneself seem superior to others. (That applies to much more than race, but that’s a story for another day)

A wise teacher once told me “insecure people feel compelled to make themselves look better by putting others down.” Is that part of racism? Again, I’m no expert. But it seems to me that is a HUGE part of this problem.

So how can we end this? Again, the answer to that is WAY above my pay grade. I can only deal with myself and those with whom I interact. I would NEVER say to a person of color, “I know how you feel.” I think that in itself is racist.

I hate when I hear a minority American blast white people saying, “You cannot know how we feel. That’s impossible! Only African-Americans understand.”

That’s true: to a point. But we should treat that the same way we treat many such characterizations of non-racial issues. I don’t need to know how it feels to drive a car off a cliff to know the results are going to be bad. I don’t need to know how it feels to have my legs ripped off by a Great White shark to know the outcome is probably death.

How should we deal with racism personally? 

I have racially blended family members who I adore. They are no less or more in any way than am I. But I accept there are things in their lives that I can never understand just as I have things they can never understand. Why? Because we ARE different. 

Racism ends when we choose to even consider that we “know” what they feel about certain things. If we can do that one person at a time, we will quickly move far down the road to handling racism.

I doubt we can ever eradicate racism. But what we can do is teach others in our circles of influence how to stop looking at those of different races with any perspective other than that of their being fellow humans.

Yes, they’re different! But so are we. Adopting this practice is NOT specific to people of one or two or three or four races. It applies to everyone.

Am I so naive to believe what I’ve said will be heard and adopted by many people, or ANY people? Absolutely not. We all struggle throughout our lives with finding and “doing the right things.” This is one of those.

What I DO know is that if we all — or even most of us — adopt that thought process, a world of social problems will melt away fairly quickly. Along with that melting would come the dissolution of social barriers which human nature dictates that we erect to keep distance between ourselves and others. The racial trust would begin to be adopted: slowly, but as results appear, it would happen.

And to determine where someone is in a paradoxical dilemma, just listen to them. After all, “The mouth speaketh from the abundance of the heart.” That includes presidential candidates, every other politician, and every other American, no matter race, creed, or social standing.

It begins with the determination of what’s in our hearts.

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