About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Pocket Constitution

To celebrate the writing of the Constitution 232 years ago this week below are two examples of correspondence Hillsdale College received regarding the Constitution & in particular
the 390,000 pocket constitutions that the school has sent to students across America.  Grateful teachers are also most appreciative.
 
For those who have not read the Constitution in years, decades, or ever please contact Gina Gallutia @ 517-607-2738 @ Hillsdale College to receive a free copy of the pocket Constitution.  Please let me know if you have any problem getting through & I will try to help.
 
You will find reading the Constitution invaluable between now & the November 2020 presidential election.
 
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Green New Deal Is More About AOC's Economic Agenda Than Climate Change

“I said, we have an existential threat, we are in a situation where, if we don’t act quickly, we’re going to basically lose almost everything we have.  And that’s exactly the case.  It’s even more urgent now.”  Joe Biden speaking about the urgency of addressing climate change @ a campaign rally in NH in May where he claimed to introduce the first bill that addressed climate change in the 1980s – over 30 years ago.


After AOC, the de facto leader of the Democrat Party, presented her version of the Green New Deal to a group of fawning Democrat congressmen last February, all of the Democrat presidential aspirants have hopped on board to one large degree or another.  Joe Biden joined in to remind everyone that it is even more urgent now than it was the first time he told us about its urgency over 30 years ago.
 
But the devil is in the details & a check of the details of the plan reveals that AOC’s Green New Deal is in reality the largest expansion of government since LBJ’s Great Society.  It not only proposes getting the U.S. off of fossil fuels within 10 years but also providing universal healthcare, government job & housing guarantees, & a host of impractical ideas like replacing air travel with trains & upgrading & retrofitting every building in America to make them more energy efficient.  It is more about AOC’s economic agenda for America & less about eliminating carbon emissions.
 
The above understanding of the purpose of AOC’s Green New Deal plan was confirmed when AOC’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, explained to the staff of former presidential candidate Jay Inslee (one-issue climate change candidate who has now dropped out) that “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal, is it wasn’t originally a climate thing @ all.  Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?  Because we really think of it as a how do you change the entire economy thing.”
 
Now you can check to see for yourself that AOC’s Green New Deal puts in just enough climate change points to mask that it is really about taking over the entire American way of life or as her chief of staff put it
the “economy thing.”  Just look below @ some of the points from the Senate Joint Resolution 8, entitled “A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal” within 10 years, but not later than 2030, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell & brought to the Senate floor for the purpose of putting senators on record supporting such a plan.
 
 
1.  establishing millions of high-wage jobs & ensuring economic security for all,
 
2.  securing clean air & water, climate & community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, & a sustainable environment for all & promoting justice & equality,
 
3.  upgrading all existing buildings & constructing new buildings to achieve maximum energy & water efficiency,
 
4.  removing pollution & greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation & agriculture sectors – i.e., no more fossil fuels, &
 
5.  providing higher education, high-quality healthcare, & affordable, safe, & adequate housing to all.
 
The joint resolution was defeated in the Senate 57 to 0 with not one Democrat, including Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey who introduced the bill, voting for it when it counted (see photo above).
 
The urgency, or @ least the significance of making the right politically correct impression, about the Green New Deal was evidently lost on the “Google Campers” – i.e., celebrities who took 114 private jets & mega yachts valued @ between $200 million & 400 million to attend Google’s climate change conference in Sicily’s Verdura Resort last month.  The celebrities, most of whom thankfully I never heard of, very well could have used more fossil fuels getting to the conference than most people use in a year.  A classic example of do as I say, not as I do.
 
American Action Forum (AAF) headed by former Congressional Budget Office Director, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, analyzed the Green New Deal & provided a cost estimate of the several parts & its totality.
 
AAF calculated that it will cost over $5 billion just to meet
the Green New Deal’s goal of transitioning to “clean, renewable, & zero-emission energy sources” within the next 10 years.  Not to be outdone by AOC, his friend & one time presidential primary campaign worker in 2016, Bernie (also a co-sponsor of AOC’s Green New Deal) has added many bell & whistle giveaways to AOC’s mostly aspirational original plan & has
come up with his own version of the Green New Deal that is estimated to cost $16.7 trillion over the next 10 years - for both the fossil fuel elimination portion & the economic agenda portion of his plan that is not directly linked to climate policy.  To help understand why Joe Biden is considered a moderate – Biden’s climate change
plan is estimated to cost “only” $1.7 trillion in the next 10 years.
 
Bernie claims his plan will pay for itself within 15 years through a combination of new taxes, fees, & litigation against fossil fuel companies, new taxes on corporations & wealthy people, together with cuts in military spending related to U.S. reliance on oil & savings across the economy.  Source: Inside Climate News.
 
But getting back to AOC’s original Green New Deal – when all of the pieces of the above Senate Joint Resolution are added together AAF calculates the cost could be as high as $93 trillion over the next ten years.  See table below.


The Federal Reserve reports that the nation’s household net worth is currently about $108 trillion meaning that the $93 trillion estimated cost over the next ten years of AOC’s Green New Deal is just a little less than the nation’s current total wealth – the value of all assets such as stocks, savings accounts, & property minus liabilities such as personal debt.  AAF estimates the annual cost for each American household could be as high as $67,000 to meet the goals of the Green New Deal: “net zero” emissions, widespread high-speed rail service that makes air travel unnecessary, guaranteed government jobs, universal healthcare & its tax cost & diminished choices & decreased access to providers, & building, retrofitting, or otherwise upgrading every house & building in the country to maximize energy efficiency.
 
The Heritage Foundation provides the following graphic that shows the cost comparisons for electricity bills using coal versus those using wind & solar energy systems for a family of four.


The AAF report concludes that "the Green New Deal is clearly very expensive.  Its further expansion of the federal government's role in some of the most basic decisions of daily life, however, would likely have a more lasting & damaging impact than its enormous price tag."
A lot has been made the past several days about the erroneous track of many weather forecasting models that showed Hurricane Dorian going across Florida into Alabama.  Now if meteorologists can't get the forecast of a hurricane right over a period of a few days why would we trust them to surrender our way of life over climate change predictions & draconian regulations & their tremendous costs covering the next ten years?
 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Solution To America's Mass Shooting Problem

“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.”Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet First Secretary 1953 to 1964 & premier of the Soviet Union 1958 to 1964, while addressing Western ambassadors at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956.  In this most famous of Khrushchev sayings he was not talking about literally burying the west with a shovel.  The first sentence shows Khrushchev’s understanding of the Death Of Democracy history in that a democracy, or constitutional Republic with strong democratic principles like America, is always temporary in nature because the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy which is always followed by a dictatorship.  In the second sentence I always thought he was referring to the erosion of the dollar’s purchasing power through inflation that required both the husband & wife to go into the workplace to meet the cost of living. This left children to be raised by others, or no one, to a large extent, which is the root cause of the continuous mass killing spree in America by mentally unstable distressed young men who had no family life or father figure @ all while growing up.
 
Khrushchev undoubtedly learned his lesson well from his communist predecessor Vladimir Lenin who was an advocate of putting an end to enemy countries by destroying that country’s families.  Lenin knew that a society could be overturned by debauching the currency so that “not one man in a million” would be aware of the subtle destruction brought by inflation – the government wealth confiscation program that secretly & unobserved steals the wealth of the citizenry.  It was the general increase in prices & the fall in the purchasing power of money that forced mothers out of their homes instead of raising their children like many of the members of this readership benefitted from. 
 
Whether it was Lenin or Khrushchev, the sentiment is certainly the same – just look @ America the past fifty to sixty years.  It takes both a husband & wife in a typical middle class family to go into the workplace to bring home two paychecks of debased currency so that ends can @ least see each other if not totally meet.  The purchasing power of the middle class has increased only infinitesimally over the last 40 plus years.  The median earnings for men working full time year round has been stagnate @ around $50,000 per year in constant 2017 dollars from 1972 to the present.  Since 1999 the median household income, in constant 2017 dollars, never surpassed the 1999 level until 2016.
 
Following the 1957 federal budget surplus the U.S. has run federal budget deficits every year since - except for 1960 & 1969.  It was the 1960s federal government spending that brought the inflation that necessitated two household earners as described above. 
 
The government spending on both fighting an unwinnable war in Indochina & LBJ’s Great Society (especially Medicare, Medicaid, & the expansions of Social Security benefits) ended the economic expansion started by JFK & was the inflation spark that required two paychecks coming in to virtually every middle class household.  Today, the Cato Institute has determined there are 126 taxpayer funded welfare programs that not just the needy are using but opportunistic cunning people who exploit the programs also.
 
Federal spending was 3% of GDP in 1928 – it continued to grow in the 1960s & has a long term average of 21% of a much greater GDP meaning that the federal government has continued to not live within its means. 
 
One source of ready cash that contributed to the inflation rise was the Social Security surplus from payroll taxes that was immediately spent on every program imaginable by a profligate Congress.  Today there is nothing but IOUs in the deceptively misnamed Social Security Trust Fund which is scheduled for book-keeping exhaustion by 2034, @ which time benefits will be reduced, as stated on the personalized Social Security statement that is mailed to everyone starting @ age 25 & is also available online.
 
The Budget Control Act of 2011, better known as the Sequester, was a feeble attempt to control a small portion of federal discretionary spending via automatic spending cuts that would go into effect unless both congressional Democrats & Republicans agreed otherwise.  The Sequester had put caps on discretionary federal spending – but in 2018 Congress raised the caps by $130 billion & just last month Congress again raised the caps $320 billion over the next two years above the Sequester limits.  In essence the Budget Control Act controlled nothing.
 
It was Sunday night August 15, 1971 that Nixon took America off what was left of the gold standard when he announced on national TV (I was watching in Ocean City Maryland) that the Treasury would no longer exchange $35 dollars for a troy ounce of gold, & vice versa.  Forty years later, to the day, the price of gold was $1,740 per troy ounce.  A 1971 dollar has lost 84.1% of its purchasing power – i.e., $1 in 1971 had the same purchasing power as $6.29 today.
 
In the next three years more than half of the nation’s $22 trillion outstanding debt matures.  The weighted average cost of that debt is less than 2%.  If interest rates would rise, say to the still historically low 3% level, interest payments would increase $220 billion a year.  Source Jason Trennert, CEO of Strategas, writing in the WSJ.
 
Professor Friedman taught that the villain is government spending that creates the debt & not the debt itself.  Inflation occurs when too much money chases too few goods.  Inflation follows when too much of the nation’s total available resources are unproductively used by government to produce things of no wealth creative value or as Henry Hazlitt wrote in Economics In One Lesson – “it [is] improbable that the wealth created by government spending will fully compensate for the wealth destroyed by the taxes imposed to pay for that spending.”  Accordingly, government spending provides the fuel that decreases the purchasing power of a nation’s currency that ends up with families needing more than one wage earner to make ends meet.
 
In short, Congress spends too much & that is the root cause why we have so many two income households – the government takes too much of the total resources earned by the private sector that should be available to the private sector where it would be used more productively than it would be by the government. 
 
Below is a graphic that shows the rates of both general inflation & medical care inflation that started in the 1960s & is the reason why both husband & wife work today instead of one of them staying home to raise their children.


Below is a graphic that shows the latest inflation source, college tuition loans, starting in 1990.  It has doubled the rate of inflation of medical care & has quadrupled the rate of general inflation.


And below is a graphic showing that much of a worker’s expected wage increase over the past twenty years went to paying employer-provided healthcare insurance.


The WSJ reports that in 1970, only half the women in the U.S. aged 25 to 54 were in the workforce.  That figure has now risen to 75%.  For men it has moved in the opposite direction, slipping from 96% to 89%.  Women currently make up 46.6% of the labor force, up from 45% in 2000.  In July, the breakdown of workers, 25 years old or older, in the labor force with a bachelor’s degree, was 29.23 million women & 29.07 million men.  This puts 2019 on track to be the first year women make up the majority of the college-educated labor force.  Source BLS.
 
The above statistics are not to be praised as a sign of women's rights or some politically correct equality, liberation, or superiority but rather as an indication of both men & women being forced to go into the labor force to make ends meet because of the inflation resulting from government overspending, as detailed above.  Accordingly, parents have abdicated their parenting responsibility – i.e., the way they raise their children – in order to meet the cost of living.
 
Not only do many children not have the family supervision structure they need they also find themselves separated from worthwhile programs & activities – i.e., they are left isolated online.  Several mass shooters had suffered from being bullied.  With limited family support even their homes were not safe havens when the bullying could continue online nonstop without a break or advice from their parents.  Under these circumstances it is easy to see how mental distress could reach a breaking point for some people.
 
The recent mass shootings in El Paso & Dayton, within thirteen hours of each other, has resulted in both politicians & the citizenry calling for the federal government to do something – anything.  What a sad commentary to turn to Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, & Donald Trump for help for a problem that can only be solved by the parents.  And of course the two dozen Democrat presidential candidates couldn’t wait to politicize these tragedies & demonize the NRA & Trump.
 
It is bad enough that the federal government makes a pretense of trying to do something, but even then is it not asking too much that it should @ least propose something that will help?  Not any of the proposed enhanced background checks would have stopped either the El Paso or Dayton mass shootings so they would not have been any help.  Passing more anti-gun & red flag laws will not reduce the carnage.  To put it in terms a dieter can understand – the fork does not eat the cheesecake.
 
Gun violence in Chicago & Baltimore has been infamous for years – Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws but to no avail.  Juarez, Mexico has draconian gun laws but had 1,247 murders last year compared to El Paso with lax gun laws & 23 homicides.
 
Red flag laws mostly act to take away a person’s right to keep & bear arms, without due process of law, based on a prediction of future bad behavior.  This is illogical & shortsighted.  If a person is that dangerous what will stop them from using a knife to kill or driving a car into a nondescript crowd that could just as easily been the target of a mass shooting?  Earlier this month a man in Southern California went on a stabbing spree when he used a machete to kill a 7-Eleven security guard, two people @ the man’s apartment complex, another person outside a Subway restaurant, & injured two others before police arrested him.
 
People who are genuinely interested in expanding red flag laws desire security & safety over liberty – these people have come to take their freedoms for granted which is another dangerous slippery slope.
 
Establishing “gun free zones” in schools or churches merely invites gun violence since a deranged person knows there is no one there to stop them.  Who would put a sign on their front lawn “there is no one home with a gun so you are not in danger to trespass?”
 
In summary, none of the politically correct proposed anti-gun & red flag laws would help solve the mass shootings problem that really has been caused by our own succumbing to the Death Of Democracy principles known by our Founders & Vladimir Lenin as well.  We have lived in a world of One Nation Under Government debauching the currency for over 50 years & the mass shootings is just one of the signs of America’s slide.  Only when we are truthful enough to address this actuality will we have a realistic chance to reduce, if not eliminate, the mass shootings that plague America. 
  

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Omar & Tlaib Look Beyond Socialist America

The last two posts have focused on the hostile anti-American socialistic activities of the four freshmen congresswomen who call themselves the Squad – AOC, Omar, Tlaib, & Pressley.
 
Top Democrat Party leaders are worried about the oversized effect & definitional face for the party the Squad, & particularly AOC & Omar, are having on a crucial group of likely general election voters that went for Trump in 2016 – whites with two years or less of college education.  The party leaders' concern was confirmed by a Democrat internal poll conducted last May that shows these swing voters, needed by Democrats to win in 2020, don't like socialism – 56% had favorable views of capitalism versus 18% favorable for the Squad's socialism.
 
The fear is that the Squad is turning off swing voters in swing House districts which could cost Democrats both the House & Presidency in 2020.
 
The poll found that 1) AOC was recognized by 74% of voters & that she had a 22% favorable rating, & 2) Omar was recognized by 53% of the voters & she had a 9% favorable rating.
 
AOC's oversized publicity is called out by one top Democrat Party leader who said AOC's "getting all the news & defining everyone else's race."
 
So it is instructive for the rest of us to see just how these four Squad members went from obscurity to such power.
 
AOC won her district primary election in June 2018 by receiving 7.4% of the total registered vote in a primary that had a 12.9% turnout.  AOC received 57.1% or 15,897 primary votes which was less than the 25,000 Amazon jobs she cost NYC.  AOC received 78% of the general election vote in 2018. 
 
Omar won her primary over five other Democrat rivals after Keith Ellison announced he would not seek reelection in 2018 in a district rated D+26.  The third place finisher in Omar's Democrat primary got more votes than all the Republican primary candidates combined.  Accordingly, Omar won her congressional seat in 2018 over her Republican opponent 78% to 22%.
 
Tlaib won her primary representing Detroit in 2018 by 887 votes in a six person field.  Tlaib won the seat held since 1965 by John Conyers who stepped down because of charges of harassment & mistreatment of staffers over the years – in fact Conyers endorsed his son who was one of Tlaib's five primary opponents.  Tlaib won the general election seat with 84% of the vote with no Republican opponent.
 
Pressley won her primary in 2018 against a ten term incumbent opponent who was out of favor with both Massachusetts senators (Warren & Markey) & thus became the first black women elected to Congress from Massachusetts in a district Hillary Clinton carried by 72 points in 2016.  Pressley was unopposed in the general election.
 
We can see from the above that the Squad members came to power in low turnout elections sometimes with no significant general election opponent meaning they did not start with a groundswell of support but have made the absolute most of their victories.
 
Until the Squad, the best example of oversized influence from low turnout races was NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio defeating his general election opponent in 2013 by a 72% to 28% margin with a turnout of 26% of registered voters meaning de Blasio received 18.72% of the votes of registered voters.  The majority of the other registered voters either didn't care or could not be bothered to vote after de Blasio clearly campaigned on anti-police priorities such as reining in the "stop & frisk" police technique that had been so successful in cleaning up NYC crime.  In addition de Blasio had campaigned on raising taxes on high income earners, stopping the practice of closing low performing schools, & slowing the growth of charter schools.  The new mayor was sworn in by Bill Clinton with Hillary on stage nodding & clapping approvingly in a sign of things she hoped to see nationally. 
 
Now the above Party leader's observation is not only true in defining Democrat House candidates' races but also virtually all the Democrat presidential candidates' races as well, as they all march to one degree or another to AOC's socialist Squad – some just a little more incrementally than others.
 
The entire Democrat party presidential primary field, with few or small exceptions, favors 1) open, or no, borders & sanctuary cities & states as a first step before any of them seek to totally repeal our immigration laws in favor of millions of people who violated our national sovereignty by coming to America when they knew it was wrong, 2) Medicare for All, a universal single payer healthcare system totally controlled by the federal government that makes employer provided healthcare insurance illegal for over 150 million American workers thereby bringing the country another giant step closer to the statists' ideal of total dependence on the federal government – both financially through taxes & physically though universal healthcare, 3) a federal jobs guarantee, 4) a proposed Green New Deal that calls for the end of the use of fossils fuels by 2030 thereby eliminating all the jobs of people employed in coal & fracking, 5) abolishing ICE, 6) eliminating the electoral college, 7) free public college & trade school, 8) raising the top income tax rate to a minimum of 70%, 9) instituting a wealth tax, 10) bashing police forces instead of supporting these people who risk their lives every day when they leave their homes in uniform, 11) strict new gun control laws like they have in Democrat controlled Chicago – to no avail, 12) pursuing slavery reparations for descendants of people who were slaves more than 150 years ago, & 13) a no-first-use nuclear policy that means the United States under a Democrat president would be willing to see major cities on either coast wiped out by a nuclear strike before responding in kind.
 
So far, following AOC's socialist policies is paying off as witnessed by the following recent FNC poll, the results of which are supported by a separate July 7 to 9, WSJ/NBC News poll that showed Biden, Sanders, & Warren leading Trump & Harris tied with him.
 
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The above poll is believable because there are more Democrats than Republicans, voters do not yet have the benefit of watching the one on one presidential debates that are over a year away, & the Democrats currently have a 14 point advantage being the preferred party to control healthcare.
 
Bernie's six point popular vote lead is the most disturbing because he already has recent electoral college victories in the Wisconsin, Michigan, & Pennsylvania primaries over Hillary in 2016 – the three states that propelled Trump into the presidency in 2016.  Six points could be hard for Trump to overcome in the electoral college as these votes are distributed in the states – Hillary led by 2.5 points in the popular vote while losing the electoral college vote.
 
Right after FNC presented the above poll results Trump tweeted ". . .there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One" –referring to being 10 points behind Biden in the poll. 
 
The difference is that the youthful voters are not focusing on Trump's economic accomplishments & neither are the older generations to some degree.  Generation Z is interested in mass shootings, racial equality, & immigration policy & treatment of illegal immigrants.  Millennials are interested in healthcare, global warming/climate change, & mass shootings.  Generation X & older generations are interested in healthcare, terrorism/national security, & the national debt. 
 
With regard to the economy, the June Jobs Openings & Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on August 6 showed there were 7.348 million job openings in America, a figure exceeding the number of unemployed people who are actively looking for a job by over 1.3 million.  There have been more job openings than unemployed people looking for work since March 2018 so there certainly are quite a number of people not concerned about where they fit into the jobs economy – much to President Trump's consternation.  See graphic below that shows even more clearly that the number of people with skills qualified for employment has lagged the number of job openings even more than the job openings – unemployed ratio indicates.
 
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But any of the twenty plus Democrat candidates running for president will reliably start with 232 electoral votes they can count on (CA – 55, CO –9, CT – 7, DE – 3, DC – 3, HI – 4, IL – 20, ME – 3, MD – 10, MA – 11, MN – 10, NV – 6, NH – 4, NJ – 14, NM – 5, NY – 29, OR – 7, RI – 4, VA – 13, VT – 3, & WA – 12).
 
AZ (11), GA (16) & even TX (38) had a purple tinge to them in 2016 & of course Trump won WI (10), PA (20), & MI (16) by a combined total of less than 80,000 votes – these were the three key states that threw Trump over the top in 2016.
 
So a lot has to happen between now & November 2020 or the socialist policies of AOC will go into place. 
 
But even AOC's socialist policies are just a stepping stone for Omar's & Tlaib's true intentions as they use their working relationship with AOC & Pressley as useful unsuspecting idiots.  Omar & Tlaib are looking for an America ruled by Sharia Law – not merely a socialist utopia that has the greatest possible income inequality between the rich elites & the remaining masses.
 
As an example, last month, the House overwhelmingly approved 398 to 17 a nonbinding bipartisan resolution (Roll Call #497) opposing an international effort to boycott Israel.  The resolution puts the House on record opposing the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions (BDS) movement & its efforts to target companies that do business with Israel.  The BDS movement is not only a threat to delegitimize the Jewish state but to economically annihilate Israel.  Omar, Tlaib, & AOC voted to support the BDS movement.  In an apparent break from the Squad ranks Pressley voted to oppose the House BDS resolution, in deference to her Jewish voters, but said that if a binding Senate bill came to the House floor she would vote with the other Squad members.
 

I present below some of the tenets of Sharia law – they show exactly why the concept of the separation of church & state is a founding principle of America in that the governing body should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit(ing) the free exercise thereof" & why everyone who applies for American citizenship should prove they want to assimilate into our society – not change it.

 

• Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand.
• Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
• Criticizing or denying Muhammad is a prophet is punishable by death.
• Criticizing or denying Allah, the moon god of Islam is punishable by death.
• A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
• A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
• A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
• A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
• Girls' clitoris should be cut (per Muhammad's words in Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251).
• A woman can have 1 husband, but a man can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
• A man can unilaterally divorce his wife but a woman needs her husband's consent to divorce.
• A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
• Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
• A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
• A woman's testimony in court, allowed only in property cases, carries half the weight of a man's.
• A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
• A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
• A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
• Meat to be eaten must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah – i.e., be Halal.
• Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.

To hear the clearest commentary of what is going on with Members of Congress, like Omar & Tlaib, attacking Israel with anti-Semitic rhetoric & why Jewish Democrats don't call them out click here for Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's riveting explanation.
 

Reference: Statement by Judge Jeanine Pirro – January 9, 2016

 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Squad Causes Democrat Party Disarray

The last post pointed out AOC’s staged episode @ the southwest border a year ago when she looked through a chain-link fence past an empty parking lot as an upstart candidate for Congress, & saw an air conditioned tent city & children playing soccer that resulted in her feigning emotional distress. 


Despite the tremendous increase of fraudulent asylum seekers from the Central American Northern Triangle countries (Guatemala, Honduras, & El Salvador) that started in 2018 & has continued so far in 2019 as indicated on the graphic below, Democrats have denied there is a border crisis – that is until Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez & his twenty-three month old daughter, Valeria, were found drown on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico on June 24. 


Over the past year Democrats watched caravan after caravan, each of hundreds & even thousands of Central Americans, march to our southwest border to claim asylum & heard testimony after testimony from Border officials saying the system was overwhelmed – but in the long months of denial before Pelosi, Schumer, et.al., could even mouth a simple acknowledgement of the problem the above tragic photo appeared. 


A month after the above photo appeared Schumer joined a dozen Senate Democrats @ the southwest border & instead of saying the crisis was manufactured, as he had for months, now declared that the conditions are inhumane.  What is inhumane is that Congress has the ability to change the perverse incentives in our immigration & asylum laws that draw illegal immigrants to America – & that the corrections to our laws would take literally minutes to write.


But AOC is ever the opportunist, & after a year’s absence @ the southwest border, she returned with a delegation of congressional colleagues, this time to the Clint, Texas illegal immigrant holding center - from which she emerged by doubling down on her previous comments that the holding centers are exactly like Holocaust concentration camps, saying that she feared for her safety around the Border patrol officers, & claiming without any proof that women were forced to drink water from toilets to quench their thirst.


With regard to the drinking toilet water claim – the facility AOC visited contains prison-style toilets in which drinking water is dispensed from a fountain @ the top that’s attached to the toilet as part of a single unit.  It is certain that the purity of the influent water in Clint, Texas is higher than any water considered potable in Central America.


AOC was admonished for her concentration camp comments – first by NBC’s Chuck Todd, & then by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.  And CNN’s Chris Cuomo thought that comparing the holding conditions @ the southwest border to Hitler’s concentration camps was out of line.


But the above criticisms were just the start of a rift between Democrat Party soulmates. 


The Democrat intraparty rift only got worse when Pelosi worked with the Republican Senate to pass an emergency $4.6 billion funding bill – nearly $3 billion of which would go to migrant child care.  Voting against the Pelosi bill was a group that calls themselves The Squad – Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, AOC, & Ayanna Pressley.  See photo below.


The problem that surfaced for Pelosi is that she had to rely on Republicans to join moderate Democrats in order to pass the funding bill.  Pelosi had previously been able to hold the Democrat Party majority together but the Squad was able to lead many to vote against the funding bill – Pelosi down played the Squad’s influence derogatorily saying “All these people have their public whatever & their twitter world ... but they didn’t have any following.  They’re four people & that’s how many votes they got.”  Pelosi did not want voters to come to realize that Democrats were insensitive to the drowning of the father & little girl shown in the above photo – i.e., Pelosi could no longer deny the humanitarian crisis @ the southwest border that Congress could fix in five minutes if they wanted to.  See table below where 95 progressive Democrats, led by AOC & the other Squad members, voted against the funding bill.  Click here to see the entire vote.


After the vote the Squad & other Progressives started taking public potshots @ the 129 moderate Democrats who voted for the bill saying things like the moderate Democrats were the “Child Abuse Caucus” who had chosen to “keep kids in cages.”  AOC’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti tweeted that the Democrat moderates were “hell bent to do to black & brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”  He did not say whether he meant the 1840s or 1940s – but both apply to his tweet.


Pelosi called a caucus meeting for the purpose of stopping the criticism of fellow Democrats & to explain that the Democrat control of the House in 2020 was in jeopardy if one group of Democrats gave Republicans ammunition to help unseat another.  AOC indignantly responded that she was not in Washington to count votes meaning she had her ideological platform to implement – first, foremost, & only & that Pelosi was getting in her way.  The Squad played the race & sex card against Pelosi saying that Pelosi’s lecture @ the caucus meeting persistently “singled out newly elected women of color,” was “outright disrespectful” & “demoralizing” & that Pelosi was insufficiently committed to resist Trump.  These comments prompted Maureen Dowd of the New York Times to join Chuck Todd & the Cuomo brothers in criticizing AOC.  So the rift expanded.


Enter President Trump who tweeted that an unidentified group of House lawmakers, thought to be the Squad, should “go back to the totally broken & crime infested places from which they came.” 


Pelosi saw this as an opportunity to placate the Squad taking to the House floor “condemning the President’s racist tweets” before introducing such a resolution that passed 240 to 187 – it took less than two days from start to finish to pass this resolution showing that Congress can successfully work on what is important to them.


But in trying to make amends with the Squad Pelosi’s speech had violated House rules. The Democrat presiding over the House chamber abandoned the chair so he would not have to strike Pelosi’s words from the record.  House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, finally took the chair & said Pelosi’s remarks “were out of order.”  The Democrat majority then placed two other votes clearing this mess up for them & the resolution condemning the Trump tweets stood.


Of course this did not satisfy the Squad but emboldened them to reignite their feud with Pelosi – in a joint interview on CBS the Squad threatened Pelosi telling her she had better be aware of what she’s doing the next time she singles out women of color.


In another sign that Pelosi is losing control of the House - shortly after the vote to condemn Trump’s tweets Texas congressman Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against Trump for the third time.  Pelosi is against such a measure fearing it could backfire on moderate Democrats holding seats in districts Trump won in 2016.  But the impeachment measure is gaining momentum.  This time it got 95 votes – see table below.  It got 58 votes the first time Green introduced it in December 2017 & 66 the second time in January 2018.


So now 40% of House Democrats support impeachment.  Click here to see the entire vote on motion to table.


Newt Gingrich summed up the border situation & particularly AOC’s involvement saying on FNC “People like AOC create the disaster, refuse to fix it, vote against the funding to help people, & then go down there to attack the people who are trying to help.”


Omar supports the anti-Semitic, Israel-hating Palestinian led BDS (boycott, divestment, & sanction) movement that does not think Israel has the right to exist. 


Omar tweeted in 2012 “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people & help them see the evil doings of Israel.”


In February, 2019, Omar said the people who supported Israel in Congress were motivated only by money tweeting “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”  After apologizing, Omar later wrote that American politicians who support Israel are advocating “allegiance to a foreign country” which prompted Pelosi to pass a resolution in the House condemning anti-Semitism but the resolution was so watered down that it did not mention Omar & in fact all four members of the Squad voted for it.


Omar famously cited the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed over 5,000 initial victims plus first responders with latent deadly diseases saying “some people did something” & that her concern was that Muslims were starting to lose their civil liberties.
Omar claimed that CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) – the Muslim civil rights & advocacy group with suspected ties to the Muslim Brotherhood & Hamas – was founded after 9/11 to help Muslims in the civil liberties regard but in fact CAIR was founded in June 1994.


But click here to hear Dr. Emir Caner, President of Christian Truett McConnell University, & a convert himself from Islam to Christianity, explain that it is impossible to simultaneously support the American Republic & its democratic principles & Islam.


With regard to Omar & the recent controversial chant “send her back” @ the Trump rally, my position on Omar is even more basic than that.  How could Omar have passed the citizenship test & taken the oath if she held the above views when she became a naturalized citizen @ age 10 – Muslim children are radicalized much earlier in life than age 10.  Or, if Omar chose to take up & embrace the above radicalized Islamic views after becoming a citizen she has proven she really does hate America & is only here to fundamentally transform the country into something we would not recognize.


But some are catching on to what is happening with the destructive work of the Squad.  Click here to hear CNN pundit Fareed Zakaria explain the crisis with America’s asylum system.


The WSJ reports that Honduras spent $200 a year on average on healthcare for each of its citizens in 2016. Guatemala spent $241 & El Salvador $294.  The U.S. spent $9,870.


The World Economics Forum ranks Honduras 107th out of 137 countries in the quality of its primary education.  Guatemala ranks 130th & El Salvador 128th.


While Central Americans in the Northern Triangle countries cite fears of violence & corruption in their home countries the rate of rejection of asylum claims from people from these countries ranged from 85.5% in 2012 to 94.1% in 2017 meaning that the vast majority of illegal aliens seeking asylum know they do not qualify for asylum.


Over the July 4th holiday I saw photos of people who took the citizenship oath after following the prescribed long path to citizenship determined by Congress & compared that to the Central Americans who decide for themselves when to come to America – to earn on average $12 an hour, $96 per eight hour day, much of which is sent back to their home countries where people make $5.30 per day.


Something is terribly wrong with a government that allows & perversely incentivizes through our outrageous immigration & asylum laws, poorly educated people, who spend very little on their own healthcare, & possess no wealth producing skills of their own that will benefit America, to flood into our country whenever it suits them so that they can game our system making fools out of every citizen & legal immigrants who are in the process of following the legal path to citizenship.


Some Democrats seem to finally be catching on to this but the Squad has other plans that the next post will further explain.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Freeing Yourself From Fake News

“Don’t believe anything you read on this web page or, for that matter, anything you hear on The Neal Boortz Show unless it is consistent with what you already know to be true, or unless you have taken the time to research the matter to prove its accuracy to your own satisfaction.” – a cautionary piece of advice that Neal Boortz regularly made on his live radio program & posted on his blog as he expressed his opinion on every controversial topic under the sun.  It is this same common sense lesson I learned from Neal that I regularly encourage readers of RTE to use in reading this blog – questioning & commenting are how we all learn & I thank everyone who makes the time to participate & contribute - or as John Adams said “We have been afraid to think . . . Let us dare to read, think, speak, & write.”


In my daily figurative travels through cyberspace over the past several years I have seen the above photo, & ones like it, many times – always with an accompanying warning that the photo was taken moments before disaster struck.  All I had to do was click on the photo to find out what happened.  And of course I never took the bait.  My sixth sense of writing these blog messages for over fifteen years told me that nothing disastrous had happened.
 
So my reaction was suspicious when I learned that an activist actress, whom I had never heard of, tweeted out the pictures below ungrammatically saying that “Trump administration is forcing children 2 sleep on cement floor with an aluminum blanket & lights on all night.”  The idea was to show the inhumane, overcrowded, & unsanitary conditions with which Trump was holding people who had violated our sovereignty by illegally entering America.


My suspicion that the actresses’ claim was false was based on remembering the release of the photos below about a year ago that decried similar alleged abuses of the Trump administration – one showing children in cages & two others showing the horrible conditions under which illegal immigrants were being held.  The problem for Democrats is that the photo of the children in cages was taken in 2014 in Nogales Arizona & the other two photos were taken in 2014 in Texas – all three under BO’s administration.  Accordingly the matter was soon forgotten by the hostile anti American media who then moved on to find another supposed outrageous abuse perpetrated by Trump.


Further, Thomas Homan, the former executive associate director of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) under BO, says that he was present when the cages were built.  The cages are actually chain link dividers that keep children separate & safe from unrelated adults. 
So with the above background in mind it did not take much digging to realize that the timestamp on the photo presented by the activist actress was cropped out & that her photo too was taken under BO’s policies in 2015.  See below. 

Now there are episodes or accounts that are easy to unmask like when Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel intentionally misreported that a December 2017 Trump rally in Florida was sparsely attended by tweeting a photo of a half empty arena – a photo that had been taken hours before the event even started.  Of course the event was actually “packed to the rafters” as Weigel later apologized saying he had been told he had “gotten it wrong.”  Why would anyone who saw the false photo & then the overflow rally with people waiting outside ever want to hear from Weigel again? 
Other episodes or accounts take a little more intuition & questioning to learn the truth.  An example is the account I received from a blog I subscribe to that showed photos of AOC under distress @ the El Paso border about a year ago supposedly seeing suffering migrant children in cages.  Since AOC is standing next to a chain link fence the implication is that the children are caged on the other side of the fence.  See photo below.


But other photos below from another angle show AOC could have actually been staging the entire scene.  AOC was looking most immediately @ an empty parking lot or a tree & a car as seen below.  But this hypocrisy almost seems too easy to expose & understand.

 

A little more digging showed that an air conditioned tent city could be seen in the distance – housing about 2,800 migrant teenagers some of whom ABC showed on video playing soccer.  The seeming empty parking lot included a roadway leading towards the Tornillo Border Patrol station in this remote area.  So I leave it up to you to decide if AOC staged this event looking for publicity showing concern for children she really could not see or whether she was so overwhelmed @ the thought of these children’s sadness that she broke down emotionally as shown above.

One other point to consider – FNC quoted a social media critic of AOC writing “Excuse me while I take the time to put on bright red lipstick, a pristine white outfit, & a Movado watch before I go see little kids locked up in the desert.”  There is something to this criticism when you consider a majority of Movado watches cost over $750 & are targeted for the wealthy businessman or business woman.  At the time of the photos AOC was complaining that she could not afford a Washington DC apartment if she won her House race in the fall.


But getting back to the girl hanging from the rock above the water smiling while in apparent danger – thanks to a frequent contributor for letting me know that this one is a hoax too.  See photo below.

Fake news is all around us, but if you listen closely, follow up with a few questions & a little research, you can free yourself from it & even more important - those who present it to you.