WHO IS MORE INCONVENIENCED, THE DETAINED OR THE DEAD?

Protesters holding signs outside terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport protest (from here)
Protesters holding signs outside terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport protest (from here)

Well, I suppose it is better late than never. It seems that the Democratic Party has once again — now that they are a minority party and the party that hates President Donald Trump — rediscovered the Constitution.  However, they have not given up on their victim hunt. So it is that when President Donald Trump decided to ban refugees and residents from seven Muslim nations (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen) Democrats went predictably bonkers.

The news media, of course, went looking for victims, and so Trump had to defend his policy.

And in Iraq, a man who had risked his life working on behalf of the U.S. government bleakly wondered about his future and that of his wife and three children. Visas in hand, the family was due to fly Monday to the United States. “It’s like someone’s stabbed me in the heart with a dagger,” he said.

Trump issued a statement late Sunday afternoon that offered little clarity, even as he defended his executive order as necessary to protect the United States from terrorism.

“To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting,” Trump said in the statement. “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.”  (from here)

Frankly, since the vast majority of terrorists are Muslims, and those terrorists are trying to kill us in the name of Islam, it is about religion.  Nevertheless, Trump did not make it about religion.  He just picked countries countries that are hotbeds of terrorism, and he used a list provided by former President Barack Obama.

As the Left and some Republicans lose their minds over President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on immigration, let’s not forget that the list of concerned countries that the Trump administration outlined in the order is based on the one signed into law by the former Obama administration. So, it looks like the Obama White House set the groundwork (viaMic News). (continued here)

Why those seven nations? How do we vet people from nations in chaos? Who are we going to ask — which security services — whether the applicants from these nations are safe to let into our country.  When Muslim nations that are at “peace” already send us terrorists, why would we want to take refugees from nations we know are full of active and rabidly dangerous, murderous terrorists?

Anyway, I like what our new president is doing. It isn’t perfect, but it is far better than what the guy he replaced was doing.  So I am sending out this note to my elected officials.

Dear President Donald Trump (https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact)

Thank you for making a good start on your campaign promises. What a great string of executive orders!

I hope you will stand firm on your commitments. I understand that sometimes you will see that you have made a mistake and make adjustments. I also understand the need for compromise. Sometimes as President Ronald Reagan said we have to give up 20 percent of what we want to get 80 percent. Nevertheless, I pray you will have the courage, fortitude, and wisdom required to withstand the pressure from a partisan news media and your opponents in Congress. I hope our Lord will bless your efforts, and you will continue to forge ahead.

Note that I am sending this note to the elected officials who represent me in Congress.
Dear Congressman Rob Wittman (http://wittman.house.gov/contact/)

For all intents and purposes, you come across as a Conservative Republican. Yet as a famous commercial once said: “Where’s the beef?” Granted you have had excuses. First it was that the Senate was run by Democrats. Then it was that the White House was still run by Democrats.

Now the Republican Party is out of excuses. You say you are a Conservative? Well, our President could sure use some help, and he is getting more Conservative things done than anyone else. Please follow his example and help him.

Dear Senators Tim Kaine (www.kaine.senate.gov/contact) and Mark Warner (www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact)

I just wanted you guys to know that there are people out there who like what our new president is doing.

Here is a list of Trump’s Executive Orders.  Good stuff!

HOW DOES A HATCHET JOB WORK?: A CASE IN POINT => TARGET DONALD TRUMP

When Republicans criticize the Democrat opponents, they generally talk about what their opponent actually did. When Democrats criticize their Republican opponents they talk about how they feel about what their opponents are supposed to have done. Donald Trump is an ‘abusive braggart’ unfit to lead our Armed Forces by Barry R. McCaffrey is a case in point.

McCaffrey is a retired 4-star, no small matter. Anyone with who earns four stars is worthy of respect. Nevertheless, four stars or a hundred he is still human.

McCaffrey does the usual thing.  He makes sure we realize that he is an expert, an unbiased expert. He is not registered with either political party. Thus, he tries to pose as an authority on what are strictly emotional issues.

Let’s consider several of McCaffrey’s assertions of fact.

  • Trump said something shameful about the mother and father of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan. The father of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan brutally insulted Donald Trump character on national TV at the Democratic National Convention. When asked about the matter, Trump had a few words.  McCaffrey ASSUMES Trump said something awful.  Did Trump say something awful? In the video above, we have the interview with George Stephanopoulos (unquestionably a partisan Democrat). I suggest you listen to the whole thing. It is not that long, however, Stephanopoulos asks about Khizer Khan’s charges at 14 minutes and 30 seconds into the interview.
  • He has questioned whether the U.S. should actually fulfill our defense obligations under the NATO pact. This is actually a rather stupid charge. Our NATO obligations are a treaty obligation. Trump has pointed out that some of our NATO allies are not paying their fair share for their own defense, a treaty obligation. If our allies are not willing to defend themselves, why should we bother going to their defense?  Trump, by the way, answers Stephanopoulos’ question about this five minutes into the video above.
  • Trump has publicly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin. This criticism, especially coming from the Democrats, is sort of puzzling. Did President Barack Obama and Secretary of State H. Clinton ever stop Russia from doing anything? China? Iran? What is it they fear Donald Trump will give up that they are not already giving up?  Trump thinks Putin is a stronger leader than Obama or H. Clinton. Duh? Trump thinks he Putin will respect each other. Trump comments on Putin 2 minutes into interview.

We all have biases, even (tongue in cheek) 4 star generals. McCaffrey works as a military analyst. His clients? Entirely and completely professionally objective news organizations (sarcasm intended), NBC and MSNBC. He also has connections to the Clinton’s.

Barry McCaffrey was director of Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 2001. He was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on February 29, 1996. As director of ONDCP, McCaffrey sat in President Clinton’s Cabinet. (from here)

In spite of his pretensions to objectivity, McCaffrey has reasons to be biased. Bias, however, is no excuse for intentionally twisting another man’s words, and that is what such as McCaffrey are doing in the news media.

Note also the nature of the interview with Stephanopoulos. Trump answered Stephanopoulos’ questions frankly, but the questions were all about criticisms of Trump. To talk about what he wants to do or about his fitness for office, Trump had to work to get pass what were essentially badgering questions. Yet Trump is willing to do that work. H. Clinton? She scrupulously avoids hostile media (Hillary Clinton holds a halfway press conference (www.usatoday.com)). That’s about the only thing she seems to be scrupulous about.

To Be Continued:

What is to come? We will consider how someone objectively review a Democrat’s record.

 

HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT

Hillary Clinton announces her VP pick (from here)
Hillary Clinton announces her VP pick (from here)

By now I expect everyone who wants to know knows who Hillary Clinton picked to be her running mate. Nevertheless, I doubt most watched their speeches. If you are serious about politics, then you have to know the opposition.

My previous post (here) was about Socialism. The Democratic Party, the party of Thomas Jefferson, now advocates Socialism. What does that mean in practice? Democrats get elected by pitting us against each other.

Who is Tim Kaine? He is a glib, grinning hatemonger. He expertly demonizes his opposition. He pits those he thinks he can persuade to vote for him against those he knows will not.

What qualifications do Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have to run anything? They don’t, but if they get elected they will give America a pay raise. With whose money? They will tax “the rich”, of course. Under the reign of Barack Obama, have you noticed how much poorer the rich are getting and how much richer the poor are getting?

In his “acceptance” speech yesterday, Kaine even had the nerve to throw in these lines.

FOR ME, THIS DRIVES HOME THE STAKES IN THE SELECTION . NEARLY 2 MILLION MEN AND WOMEN PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THIS COUNTRY AS ACTIVE DUTY, AS RESERVISTS — THEY DESERVE A COMMANDER IN CHIEF WITH THE EXPERIENCE AND THE TEMPERAMENT TO LEAD. [APPLAUSE]WHAT DOES DONALD TRUMP SAY ABOUT THESE AMERICANS, THE 2 MILLIONS? HE CALLS THEM A DISASTER, AND JUST THIS WEEK, DONALD TRUMP SAID AS PRESIDENT, HE WOULD CONSIDER TURNING AMERICA’S BACK ON OUR DECADE-OLD COMMITMENT TO OUR ALLIES. AND ALL OF YOU REMEMBER MONTHS AGO WHEN HE SAID ABOUT US AND IT CALL THE, JOHN MCCAIN, THAT HE WAS NOT A HERO BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN CAPTURED AND WAS A PRISONER OF WAR, AND HE WANTS TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF? WAS SERVICE MEMBERS ARE OUT THERE ON THE FRONT LINES, — WITH SERVICE MEMBERS OUT THERE ON THE FRONTLINES, THIS IS AN OPEN INVITATION FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN TO JUST ROLL ON IN. EVEN A LOT OF REPUBLICANS SAY THAT IS TERRIBLE DANGEROUS. (from here)

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine just want to turn our military forces into yet another dependent constituency. If we are depending on Clinton to be our commander-in chief, God help us.

John McCain is not a war hero because he was captured. Being captured does not make war heroes. So why is McCain a war hero? What Trump apparently forgot is that even after being tortured McCain refused early release (from here). Nevertheless, McCain’s been playing this card for over 40 years, and Kaine’s just picking up the card hoping he can use Trump’s offhand remark to turn veterans against Trump. Kaine’s interest is identity politics, not actual issues. He almost certainly does not give a damn about the fighting effectiveness of our armed forces. And yes, I know he has a son. So why is Kaine rooting for Hillary Clinton, someone who puts Top Secret information on her own private email server? We spend ten’s of billions trying to protect our secrets, trying to keep our military and intelligence operations secret, and she just sticks stuff out there?

Does Donald Trump think our military forces are a disaster? Would he leave our allies in the lurch? No and no.

  • Kaine did not say why or when Trump called our military forces a disaster, but eight years under the command of Barack Obama have not been good for our military. That has been a disaster.
  • Trump’s idea of insisting our allies either pay us or pay for their own troops is hardly equivalent to leaving our allies in the lurch. In fact, coming from the VP pick of Hillary Clinton such an inference is hypocritical.

Before he makes his speech, watch Tim Kaine sitting behind Hillary as she introduces him. You will see a man who is ecstatic. Why? Why did Hillary pick Kaine? She needs a good attack dog. Kaine fits the bill, and he knows it.

WHAT A STUPID THING TO ARGUE ABOUT?

school.pngGiven the things we are arguing about, I don’t have much doubt our republic is dying. Can our Creator still save us? Of course, but do enough of us want to be saved?

Here is an email I received from Delegate Bob Marshall on Friday.

THE MARSHALL MESSAGEDear Friends,

If President Obama and his administration refuse to recognize the biological difference between male and female, decline to acknowledge federal regulations that clearly state that separate bathroom and shower facilities for men and women do not create discrimination, fail to define or limit the scope of the word transgender and are willing to promote child abuse according to the American College of Pediatricians, they are not fit to retain their offices.

They compound this by threatening to blackmail states by withholding federal education funding for not complying with their newly discovered definition of “sex.”  I call on Speaker Paul Ryan and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte to convene impeachment proceedings immediately for President Obama, Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Education, John King.  If you agree sign the petition here.  

President Obama has reached a new level of outrage with the letters that his Department of Education is sending out to states today informing them that they must implement policies allowing transgender individuals access to the bathroom and locker room facilities of their choice or risk losing Federal education funding.  This comes on the heels of the U.S Department of Justice’s letter to the Governor of North Carolina alleging that H.B. 2 is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

President Obama and his administration are attempting to create a whole new definition for the word “sex” with regard to gender in order to bypass existing law.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or -national origin.”  “Sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are not protected classifications under federal law (42 U.S. Code §2000e).

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. However, the section of Title IX regarding “comparable facilities” states, “A recipient [of Title IX funds] may provide separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex,” (34 CFR 106.33).

The DOE is now interpreting “sex” to include “gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transition, or nonconformity with sex stereotypes” but there is no basis in Federal law for them to do so and neither the President nor his administration have the authority to make these changes in the law.  The Constitutional authority to make laws is given only to Congress, not the President and certainly not his Attorney General.

These attacks on human nature and our Constitution are so fundamental that they defy adequate description.  Please consider signing the petition using the link above or the button below.

Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,
Delegate Bob Marshall

Some people think the law or even the Constitution says whatever they think it should say. That’s either disillusional or dishonorable. Take your pick, but those are the people we have been electing. Therefore, we have much to be ashamed of.

Think not? Well, consider this.

The Obama administration has directed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. (continued here)

Here is the Obama administration’s order (U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Release Joint Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students). There is, of course, a threat to cut Federal funding. After all, if you don’t agree with their policy, you must be a meanie who hates and hates and hates.

Now consider  what Ryan Sawyers, Chairman At-Large for the Prince William County School Board had to say about the matter.

Sawyers says the legal ramifications of the latest federal directive remain unclear, and it will be reviewed to do what’s best for Prince William County.

“I don’t have a problem with any student or any employee using the bathroom of their choice,” Sawyers said. (from here)

Sawyers is not some distant Washington D. C. official. He is a local guy we foisted upon ourselves.

What if that big guy decides he is really a girl?
What if that big guy decides he is really a girl?

Fortunately, some states have chosen to fight. That includes Texas.  This video provides Gov. Greg Abbott’s (Texas gov. vows to fight White House over transgender issues) response to the issue. That includes the governor’s observation as to what is wrong. We have have turned the Constitution on its head.

Why would our president turn OUR Constitution on its head? Why would we let him do it? What is wrong with us? That is something we each need to think about, but one thing I think should be clear. For generations the parents of America’s children have given over responsibility for the education of their precious children to politicians, and that is an abysmally stupid thing to do. We used to be a Godly people, at least more so than we are now. Why would any parents who want to instill Godly values into their children trust politicians to do that for them? Why would any parents who believe in God send their children to a secularized school system that insists upon ignoring God’s existence? When the most important book ever written about the most important man who ever lived is the Bible, why would any Christian want to send their children to a school that treats the Bible as a subject of negligible educational value? Do you know? I sure don’t.

People say that school is for the secular world, and church is for the religious, but do the math. How many hours do our children spend in school? How many do they spend in church? Where does the Bible say we should not treat every hour of our lives — everything we do — as sacred to God? Even our work — our so-called secular work — we are suppose to do as our Lord would have us do it. Is that something our children will learn in a secularized school?

We never needed our government (particularly a bunch of power crazed bureaucrats appointed by President Obama)  to educate our children. We just needed to work together in our churches or with nonprofit institutions that we chose. We just needed to take personal responsibility for getting the job done properly, and too many of us did not do so. So now we don’t even have the wisdom to insist that our president must obey the Constitution.

Anyway, we can only do one thing at a time. Please let our leaders know we don’t want our children to be the subject of their social engineering experiments. Then consider how you want cut the government back down to its proper size. Need a review? Then here is a good place to start.