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Pro-Life Policies Are Saved In The Coronavirus $2.2 Trillion Relief Package

The President and the Senate preserved their Pro-Life principles when crafting and passing the recent $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package.

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They were able to:

  • Exclude Planned Parenthood from receiving any funding from this relief package. 
  • Include the “Hyde Amendment” rider in the bill (bars any federal funds from supporting abortion),
  • Extended the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) program to fund projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity.

 

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Conversely, Pelosi’s version of the Coronavirus Stimulus, that did not see the light of day, included an EXCLUSION of the Hyde Amendment allowing funds to go to support for abortion providers.  This would have permeated the entire health care and other portions of the bill allowing millions to go to support abortion.  (The picture above featuring Nancy Pelosi was taken when she received the Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award.  Just how many babies do you have to kill to receive this racist award?)

So, in 3 1/2 years, President Trump has taught the GOP how to fight for life and win!  His unabashed support for life is now an accual, honest to goodness, firmly engrained part of the GOP platform in action and not just words!  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

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Hard Left Losing African-American Vote to Trump

I can’t imagine being an African-American voter and being treated like a political commodity!  Van Jones, who is a critic of President Trump yet joined the President on the First Step Act criminal justice reform, lamented the fact that Democrats are losing African-American votes to the President!  This was accentuated last night at the State of the Union address as the President touted the best employment ever for African-Americans; Best employment for African-American youth; Lowest poverty rates for African-Americans; and economic fastest gains ever for African-American families.  The President placed minorities dead center in his “Great America Comeback” speech.  

Last night, Jones told a CNN panel:

“What he was saying to African-Americans can be effective.  You may not like it but he mentioned HBCUs [Historic Black Colleges and Universities]: black colleges have been struggling for a long time, a bunch of them have gone under, he threw a lifeline to them in real life in his budget. He talked about this. He talked about criminal justice reform. He talked about Opportunity Zones.”

Really?  When a President actually works to cure economic inequality, criminal justice equality, and the need to improve education opportunities for minority children, it is a POLITICAL red flag to the Democrat Party!  This party “owned” the African-American vote since the Great Depression.  Yet, what has this Party done for this demographic?  Not Much!

Just prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the follow-on Voting Rights Act, Lyndon Johnson was able to regain and solidify the African-American voting block for Democrats.   Johnson wanted to cement this vote by enacting the “Great Society” program.  After spending 20 Trillion Dollars on this program, it is widely noted to have been a major failure for all minorities, especially African-Americans.  It has been attributed to LBJ, but challenged by Snopes, that Johnson said of his War on Poverty: ”… declaring that “negroes” are “getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness….” and claimed further that his efforts would secure the vote of the “nig*ers” for “200 years.”

 

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It is hard to imagine the level of cynicism it would take to even think of this vile placement of politics over human suffering. 

But when you witnessed last night at the State of the Union Address by President Trump, the Democrats sitting on their hands when the President touted employment gains, opportunity gains, economic gains, for African-Americans.  When the president described the creation of opportunity zones to rebuild our failing inner-cities and rural areas; and then asking for Democrat’s help in lifting up disadvantaged children trapped in failing public schools, the Democrat response, silence or boos. 

It is no wonder that African-Americans are polling favorably for Trump as high as 35-40%!  If President Trump gets anywhere near the Black Vote in 1955 when 39% voted Republican, it is lights out for the Democrats across the board, up and down ballot, in the 2020 election.  

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The real shame is that Van Jones has to remind the Democrat Party that African-Americans are real people that deserve their attention and actual efforts to improve their opportunities.  Jones said, “What he was saying to African-Americans can be effective”  What he should have said was “What President Trump has DONE for African-Americans and all Americans is effective”.  President Trump believes that if you stick to principles and enact sound economic, educational, and infrastructure policies, all citizens will benefit.  
The poorest more than others…

 

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The Left Exposed on Foreign Policy-“America Last”

John Kerry Complains Donald Trump Ruined Iran Deal

The Progressive-Left, America Last, Globalist elites, all chimed in to condemn President Trump’s take-down of the Iran State Terrorism Leader General Qassem Soleimani.  Soleimani was the Lefts last hope to maintain instability in the Middle East in order to bog down the US in this region, take down Israel after weakening the US, and allow the Iran backed Shia to counter balance the Sunni majority in the Middle East.  Soleimani would be rewarded by the US and European Progressive-Left with cash bribes, lucrative oil exports and other incentives as long as the Iranian Theocracy would keep working to weaking the US and Israeli coalition.

But, the Progressive-Left and the Iranian Theocracy did not count on Donald J. Trump and the Trump Doctrine for the Middle East.

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The saddest part of the current chapter of Trump’s doctrine in Iran is that some RINOs are siding against Trump’ action and his strategy in the region, including Senator Mike Lee of Utah.  Many of these limp-wristed Republicans hailed Bush’s idiotic invasion of Iraq but now want to limit President Trump’s ability to take down Iran once and for all by freezing their aggression and fomenting domestic unrest that will hopefully lead to the demise of the Iranian Theocracy. 

As a witness to the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, and the seating of the current Iranian Theocracy, I am pleased to see the potential for the Iranian people to take back their country and engage in self rule.  The Iranians deserved better than the US backed Shah’s harsh rule but certainly also deserve better than the current despotic rule of an islamist Theocracy!  The Iranians, heirs of the Persian Empire, are more cohesive than most other made-up countries of the region for self rule.  Their pre-Islamist past certainly gives them the creds to be a major innovative player in technlogy and other fields if they are freed to do so.  The US, Israel, Christianity and Persia have much more in common than is commonly understood.  That will be the subject of our next post, “The US And Iran Common History and Belief Systems”.

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The progressive-Left’s absolute backing of the Iran Islamist leadership, kept in place by its tyrannical, military terrorist Soleimani, is all of the proof you need that the Progressive-Left is Anti-American!  Since the pathetic President Jimmy Carter handed Iran over to the tyrannical theocratic leadership of Sayyid Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, also known in the Western world as Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran has abandoned its heritage, squandered its wealth on supporting terrorism, and suppressing the rights and freedoms of its people. 

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Ironically, under the Persian Empire’s Cyrus the Great (559-529BC), this leader created the first documented charter of CIVIL RIGHTS that 1,700 years later became the basis of the Magna Carta and then our own Constitutional Bill of Rights.  Today in Iran, their rights have been eliminated and the people are kept in check by the policies of the Ayatollah and its “Darth Vader”, General Soleimani.  Thousands of Iranians, Jordanians, Syrians, Kurds, Iraqi, Yemenis, Saudis and AMERICANS have been killed at the hand of this brutal terrorist.

The American and European Progressive-Left have aided and abetted the rise and continuation of this brutal regime.  This support is in direct conflict with America’s self-interest and the interest of the Iranian people.  Their goal was to further weaken the US interests at home and abroad and to foment a lose-lose condition in the Middle East that would insure endless warfare and disruption to the world energy supply.  The only barrier to their goal is Donald J. Trump and his Middle East Doctrine.  The juxtaposition of America First and America Last is the billboard for the Progressive-Left agenda in Iran.  Iran offered them the perfect storm.  

The good news is that the Progressive-Left and their puppet the Iranian Theocracy, are a couple of short steps away from being relegated to annuls of history.  President Trump’s Middle East Doctrine is almost in place to insure this demise.

  • President Trump has aligned Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates into a NATO like coalition to oppose a nuclear Iran.
  • President Trump is seeking to add a NATO Directive that would align NATO against Iranian hegemony in the Middle East and form the second “wall” of international opposition to this theocratic dictatorship and State sponsor of terrorism.
  • Remove Iran’s influence over Iraq and the Iranian-Iraqi coalition to create a Shia/Iran controlled Iraqi government controlled by Tehran.
  • Pull our troops out of Iraq and Syria and replace our presence with those of the new Middle East and NATO coalitions.
  • Support Iranian dissidents so they can install their own government and rid themselves of the 40 year old terrorist theocracy.

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 The recent protests in Iran against its government are signs that the timetable for regime change from internal revolt may happen sooner than later.  This is difficult to predict but I witnessed a similar event in the late 70’s that unseated the prior Iranian government.  The current government is in disarray since the death of Soleimani that left the regime without a brutal butcher to slaughter their own citizens into submission.  Time will tell what the outcome will be.  But, if you disagree with my premis that the Progressive-Left is anti-America/Anti-Trump, just watch the US Democrat and their compliant media’s reaction to the current uprising.  Some will ignore it, some will condemn Trump for sowing the seads of unrest, and some will outright criticize the movement and call on our government to stamp out the uprising.  Then you will know…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

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Iranian terrorist kingpin Qassem Soleimani’s Top 10 Atrocities

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-middle-east-allies-explore-arab-military-coalition-1487154600

Pelosi’s Next Dumb Move, Hold Articles of Impeachment Until State of the Union Address

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What is Pelosi waiting for in filing the Articles of Impeachment with the Senate?  Probably two things.  She and the rabble on the left are hoping to find anything they can use to add to their “charges”.  Two, I believe that she will try to use the filing with the Senate as a way to “embarrass” Trump the day before or day of the SOTU. 

Earth to Nancy: 

TRUMP DOESN’T CARE WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR BASTARDIZATION OF THE US CONSTITUTION AND YOUR ABUSE OF THE IMPEACHMENT POWERS.

If the Left does hold the Articles of Impeachment until just before the SOTU, it will be one of the ugliest examples of partisan politics since this Republic was founded.  

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If this happens, it will be interesting to see what Trump’s response to Pelosi and the radical left will be that night. 

  • Will Trump even show up?  Without a Doubt! 
  • Will Trump slam Pelosi and the Democrats to their face?  Without a Doubt! 
  • Will the Democrats be seen as the political hacks they are?  Without a Doubt! 
  • Will the Democrats suffer for this stunt?  Without a Doubt!

If Pelosi pulls this stunt, she will go down as the most ineffective Speakers of the House in our History.  She presided over the Failed Obamacare fiasco that saw her party thrown out onto the Streets with the Speaker’s gavel hitting her on the rear end on the way out as Speaker!  

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The impeachment is already being seen as a political, illegal, and anti-Constitutional act by the Democrats.  The Democrats have lost almost all of the independent support for their actions.  With the backdrop of Trump fending off the Iranians; getting USMCA passed; meeting with Xi of China to sign the Phase I of the USA/China trade agreement; and surrounded by a Roaring 20’s type of economy, the Democrats will g down and flames…

And they deserve it!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Trump Should Campaign in California

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Should Trump Campaign in California?  YES!

President Trump needs to lead the Republican Party outreach to the Black and Latino voters everywhere, especially in California, New York, and interior cities with large minority concentrations.  Is it a waste of Time to campaign in California?  Not really.  In 2008, Proposition 8 was defeated in California primary by the Black vote in Los Angeles.  This was an anti-gay marriage proposition.  In 2008. gay marriage was still out of the mainstream and opposed by many if not most conservative minorities including Blacks and Hispanics.  Even Barack Obama favored Gay Unions but not Gay Marriage!

I am not saying that Trump should campaign on an anti-gay platform, quite the opposite.  He should take his record on standing up for all minorities and raising their standard of living, investing in turning around their communities, and pushing for criminal reform.  He should reach out to the LGBT community and show them his actins have made the LGBT community safer around the world.

Can he win California?  Maybe not.  But right now, national pols are showing that 30+% of black males approve of Trump’s performance.  Black poverty rates are at historic lows, Black unemployment are at historic lows, and Black Youth unemployment are at historic lows.  Trump needs to work on Black Women but that is doable given his track record of accomplishments for Blacks in general.  

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Hispanics are generally entrepreneurial, conservative, Christian and pro family.  Many Hispanics may not like Trump’s Tweets but they do not necessarily disagree with his strong border policies.  This sentiment is also supported in Black Communities who have seen their wages driven down by illegal immigration.  Also, it is tough enough to provide for your own families much less have to pay for others who are here illegally!  These traits are not supported by the Democrat Left, especially by the group of 2020 Democrat candidates.  Trump’s approval by Hispanics hit 50% in a pol this year according to McLaughlin.  Real Clear Politics polling show similar strength.

Non-White Hispanics and Hispanics (38%),  Blacks (7%)  and Asians (13%) outnumber Non- Hispanic Whites (40%) in California by almost 20%!  Trump and the Republican Party may not be able to take back California but they could certainly scare the pants off of the Democrat Left and their media!  New York and New Jersey may be more difficult but what do we have to lose?

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The Homelessness problems in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York are legend and their Democrat populations don’t like stepping in poop any more than the rest of us!  Over half of the nation’s  homeless population live in California.  A little leadership by the President would go a long way to solidify these voters support.

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Finally, crime in San Francisco, Los Angeles,  Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Baltimore, New York City. Washington DC, and other cities and States led by 50 year+ Democrat regimes, account for the vast majority of crime in this country.  These same cities and States are rotting from the inside and their sanitation, infrastructure and opportunity levels are abhorrent.  The President should target these areas and put as much pressure as possible on local Democrat politicians by promoting his Opportunity Zones and use the DOJ, ATF and the FBI to start to clean up the streets of these areas and make them safe for their residents.  

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President Trump should showcase his Department of Education’s efforts, led by Betsy DeVos, to make sure the inner City residents and hard hit rural area residents have access to SCHOOL CHOICE.  You think the DEEP STATE is squealing now!  Just wait!

My fear is that if Trump does not use the 2020 election to expose his pro minority agenda to California and other Democrat strongholds, he will lose an opportunity to start a process of taking these areas back.  This is a generational fight and we need to start it NOW!   It will be difficult time wise as the Democrat Left and their media will keep harassing him with phony allegations and impeachment hoaxes.  This will not stop.

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He has already poked the Progressive-Left Bear and they are fighting back.  Let’s give them something to really scream about!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

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Polls: Trump’s approval rating among Hispanics approaches 50 percent

 

 

 

 

Why The Left Must Tear Down the United States REPUBLIC To Win!

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BACDKGROUND:  Today all we hear is impeachment; the tearing down and removal of our history and historical reminders; the attacks on our institutions such as the Electoral College, States Rights, freedom of speech and Equal Representation; the branding of our Founding Fathers as Racist; the “need” to elect a President by popular vote and to eliminate equal representation in the Senate; and many more examples of the tyranny of the minority trying to reduce our Democratic Republic to an oligarchy led by Leftist Elites (rule by a select few). 

The Left has systematically attacked the pillars of our Republic.  The Electoral College; the fact that each State has an equal number of Senators, 2, to represent them, and the Constitution itself by trying to make it a “living” document that can change with the times.  The Left has usurped education and inserted their anti-republic ideologies into the curriculum, K-University.  The Left has dominant control over the main stream media through which to continue the anti-republic indoctrination that began in kindergarten.  The Left sold “Fair Trade” as a panacea for all peoples when in fact it was a way to hobble the US economy with stifling regulations and controls while allowing our adversaries and enemies to prosper unfettered.  The Left has created a permanent bureaucracy through which to ignore elections and perpetuate economic, foreign policy, social, and law enforcement Leftist policies.  They have created an anti-free-speech environment where contrary thought and speach is not accepted and silenced.  Only Leftist speech, thus thought, is acceptable.  You either conform or you are cast out…  Sound like Facism?  That is what it is.

But in order to understand how an “elite” few on the left, an oligarchy, could seek to destroy the most stable and free form of government ever devised, we need to understand how this government came to be and the growing pains it endured in order to be created.

The Colonies:

In order to discuss our maturation, we must first acknowledge that “American” colonists were residents of a British Colony/British American Colony and were first and foremost citizens of Great Britain.  Many of its residents were also from other parts of Europe as well as slaves brought in from Africa and elsewhere.  Regardless, they were subjects of British Monarchial rule and not free to self-govern.  By the time of the American Revolution, colonists had become angry over their lack of self-governance, high taxation, and dictatorial edicts emanating from the “mother” country.  The British colonist sought freedom to control their own destinies from any government and sought to create some form of organization to allow them to govern themselves and to achieve a high degree of individual freedom.  It can be argued that if King George III had loosened his grip on the American colony, there may not have been an American Declaration of Independence nor the American Revolution.

The American Revolution

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The American Revolutionary War was fought to rid the colonies of the shackles of British rule and provide the colonial citizens the right to determine their own destiny.  The colonial revolt began in 1765, made official by the Declaration of Independence in 1776, then culminated when the colonists won their independence from Great Britain in 1783.  But it would take until March 4th, 1789, before the colonies would mature from a confederation of the 13 colonies into the Constitutional Republic that we remain today.  Our metamorphosis was not sudden, nor hurriedly decided.  After all, no single state wanted to be controlled again by another State or heaven forbid a central government.  It took time for the States to trust one another and to devise systems that alleviated their fears.

The Articles of Confederation

Following the Declaration Independence, the 13 colonies knew they had to band together in order to prosecute a war against the then world’s most powerful army, the British Army.  None of the colonies trusted any form of a central government so during the Second Continental Congress they agreed to the Articles of Confederation on November 15, 1777.  The Articles were ratified by all of the colonies on March 1st, 1781It may seem remarkable today that it took almost 4 years to ratify the Articles but remember that horseback was the mode of transportation, the delegates had farms and businesses to run, and they were fighting the British at the same time!

The Articles of Confederation

The overriding principle of the Articles of Confederation was the preservation of each State’s sovereignty and independence.  The very definition of the word “confederation” is an alliance or league of entities joined together for economic or political purposes It was not the establishment of a new central government!  The Confederation was constituted to create the final form of government for the States and in the interim conduct business on behalf of the group as permitted by its Congress where each state had one equal vote.  The latter point is not insignificant.  The One State One Vote rule highlights the States’ fear of central governments and the need to maintain real autonomy at the State level.

The US Constitution and the Birth of the Republic of the United States of America

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The Articles of Confederation were effectively shelved with the convening of the Constitutional Convention in 1786.  The lack of taxing enforcement and the debts that arose during the Revolutionary War made it imperative that the former colonies create a new form of constitutional government through which the Confederation of States could be governed.  While the States had grown closer during the Confederation period, they individually still did not trust a strong central government and thus adopted a new constitution the enshrined a democratic republic form of government.  The Articles of Confederation had already set forth a government that included a legislative, executive and judicial branch with recognition of the individual States sovereignty.  The US Constitution that was ultimately ratified on June 21, 1778, and mirrored many of the structural aspects of the Articles of Confederation by delineating limited, specific powers of the new central government while reserving all other powers to the individual States.  

What is a Republic?

One dictionary definition describes a Republic form of government as follows:

“A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.”

The Founders were especially careful to include specific controls to guard against the eroding of State’s rights by the central government and sought to curtail the growth of the central or federal government. 

Electoral College:  One such control was the inclusion of an Electoral College mechanism to elect the Executive Branch President.  The Founders, especially those in the less populous States, feared that the more populous States would elect the President due to their shear number of voters.  They sought a mechanism that would mirror each State’s legislative representation in Congress.  Each State had 2 electors based on their 2 Senators then had the same number of electors as their members of the house of representatives.  The latter was based on the State’s population as established by the constitutionally mandated census to be taken every 10 years. 

This proportional model by State did eliminate a pure populous vote in the selection of the President and the Vice President and thus held up the “Republic” model in which all States had a voice in the selection of the executive It is further upheld by each State’s ability to control their own elections for candidates for federal offices within the limitations set forth in the Constitution.  So, both the Executive and Legislative branch  elected officials are elected at the State level versus the federal level.  

THE CURRENT ATTACK ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE BY THE LEFT IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON THE SURVIVAL OF OUR REPUBLIC BY ALLOWING A CONCENTRATION OF POPULATION (like in California and New York) TO ELECT OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS TO THE EXCLUSION OF INDIVIDUAL STATES.

10th Amendment

The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution is considered to be part of our “Bill of Rights”.  This amendment is simple and to the point:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In other words, the federal government was given specific powers and authorities under the US Constitution and ALL other powers and authorities were retained solely by the States.  The Founders, again, worried about a central federal government becoming too powerful and overwhelming the State’s autonomy and authorities.  Unfortunately, the Courts and Congress, with silent ascent from the Executive branch, have eroded much of the State retained autonomy and authority in favor of a larger central government.

Judicial Errosion

What our Founders could not foresee was the gradual erosion of the States autonomy in favor of more power being usurped by the Federal Government.  This was primarily accomplished by the Federal Judiciary over the course of decades.  Below are a couple of ways the Supreme Court has allowed the Federal Government to increase its powers.

Marbury v Madison (1803):  Nowhere in the US Constitution does it grant to the Judiciary the power to decide if a law passed by Congress or an action by the President is “Constitutional”.  Nowhere But, in this decision, the Marshall Court granted ITSELF the power to do so.  Some argue that this was what the Founders intended.  I disagree.  If the Founders had intended that the Federal Judiciary had the superior power, they would have said so in Article III.  This decision has allowed SCOTUS to overturn Congressional laws, REINTERPRET what Congress intended specific laws to mean, and to stop the Executive Branch from enforcing federal law according to its own interpretation.  In short, Marbury v Madison gave SCOTUS super powers over the Legislative and Executive Branches of our government…

The Commerce Clause:  The US Constitution states in Article 1, Section 8:  “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” Liberal controlled SCOTUS has interpreted this to mean that anything that crosses State lines is subject to regulation by the Congress.  And Congress has pushed this to the limits to the point that today; if a farmer produces let’s say corn; if that farmer chooses not to sell his corn at all; that farmer is still subject to any regulation Congress passes over the production or use or sale of that corn! Period!

The Right to Privacy:  Oh yea, this doesn’t exist in the US Constitution!  The Right to Privacy is a concept that originated amongst the Left and they used the Courts arguing that the 1st Amendment, 3rd Amendment,  4th Amendment, and the 5th Amendment implied the Right to Privacy.  Why is this important?  This is the basis for Roe v Wade, the right to an abortion.  Nowhere in the Constitution is abortion permitted nor forbidden.  Typically this means that Congress can legislate or regulate this procedure.  But, since 1973, the Roe decision has protected the “Right to an Abortion” and has been used to curtail or limit State laws prohibiting or restricting abortions within their jurisdiction.  This non-right argument has resulted in 250,000,000 US Citizens being denied the right to life as provided in the 14th Amendment which states in part:  “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”   

THE EROSION OF STATE’S RIGHTS IS THE FOUNDATION FOR THE LEFT’S OVERTHROW OF OUR REPUBIC!  

The Role of the American Civil War

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The American Civil War was fought over a similar issues that caused our founders to issue the Declaration of Independence and to fight the American Revolution.  That issue was State versus Federal rights and authorities much like the colony’s rights versus the British Monarchy.  In 1858, fearing the election of Abraham Lincoln in the 1960 elections, the Southern States began discussing how to deal with an anti-slavery Republican President.  In 1861, representatives from South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, followed by the upper south (Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas and North Carolina) met to draft their own constitution.  On March 11, 1861, these states formally adopted their own new Constitution that mirrored the US Constitution except it granted more autonomy to its States and created the Confederate States of America.  This act effectively memorialized their cessation from the United States of America.

Why?  Certainly these States were agrarian and relied on slave labor and this practice was vehemently opposed and threatened by the Northern Abolitionist movement represented by the new Republican President, Abraham Lincoln.  These States viewed the election of Abraham Lincoln as a direct threat to their ability to set their own policy vis-à-vis slavery and other State’s Rights issues.  At stake was the ability of these States to rule themselves independent of a central, Federal government.  The slavery issue may have been more a fear factor by these States as Lincoln’s Administration offered them a Constitutional Amendment that would that would guarantee slavery where it legally existed. Lincoln himself in his inaugural address pledged only to hold federal property that was in the possession of the Union on March 4, 1861.  The Confederacy’s distrust of the Northern States was such that they feared that eventually they would be forced to give up slavery and yield to northern pressure.   The History Channel website discribed the events this way:

“The close connection between the right to revolution and separation from the governing power in the spirit of 1776 was an early theme in the provisional Confederacy. To be sure, the revolution was posited as a peaceful one. Separation from a Union perceived to be under the control of a tyrannical power that would destroy southern institutions was the objective.”

The Confederate leadership believed that the North would not start a war in order to preserve the Union.  Following their early meetings in 1858, the Confederacy begin taking over “Federal” forts, armories and other “Federal” assets located in their States.  By the time Lincoln was inaugurated in March of 1861, northern federal troops held only Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, Fort Pickens off the Florida coast, and one or two other outposts in the South.  The Confederacy sealed the fate of the young nation when they attacked and took control of Fort Sumpter on April 12, 1861.  The Fort’s leader, Major Anderson surrendered to the Confederacy’s General P.G.T. Beauregard after only 34 hours.  The war was on.

In order to reinforce my point that slavery was a secondary issue to State’s rights, consider the following.  Historians have argued that the decision of four border states that stood between the Union and the Confederacy was key as to whether there would have been a Civil War at all.  The History Channel described the delicate balance as follows:

“The provisional Confederacy likewise sought vigorously to stimulate secession sentiment in the border states.  ( Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, and Kentucky) Had all the border slave states thrown in their lot with one or the other government, there might not have been a war, or conversely, separation might well have become an accomplished fact.”

Ironically, the Confederate attack and takeover of Fort Sumpter caused two border States, Maryland and Delaware to side with the Union.  Kentucky and Missouri declared themselves to be neutral but eventually sided with the North.   Lincoln joined the fight to prevent the Confederate Cessation and ultimately the Union prevailed.

The Left’s Attack On the Confederacy and History

Ironically the Confederate constituents were the forerunners of the modern Democrat Party.  Ironic since the Left Wing of this party is now trying to erase the Confederacy from our public squares and rewrite history.  Ironic since there are two valuable lessons that the American People must remember:

  1. That the Union of States that make of the Democratic Republic called the United States of America must be protected and defended in order to guarantee that all of its People remain sovereign.
  2. That State’s Rights are paramount to our individual and collective Freedoms.  The Federal Government must stick to the enumerated duties, powers and responsibilities that are specifically defined in the Constitution.  All other Rights must remain with the States and the People. 

The Cracks The Left Exploits

After taking a look at how we arrived at 2020, it is easy to see certain cracks that have occurred or been created that Left exploits.  For one, most Americans are busy raising their families and making a living.  It is not that they are apathetic as to the governing of their country, it is that they have expected their representatives to represent the People’s interest and not that of the government, and thus themselves.  In 2008, the seeds were sown that created the Tea Party Movement.  This is a movement that is outside of either political party and seeks to realign our country according to what is was meant to be, a country by the People.

The Left almost succeeded in ripping up our Constitution either by direct action or simply ignoring it.  The legislative branch is almost worthless at this point and non responsive to the People.  The current administration has gone a long way in forcing this body to act on issues the people expect to be fixed.  The 2018 mid-term set this momentum back a big but it may take hold again depending on the 2020 elections.  The Judiciary occupants are now being replaced with originalist or textualist judges that will hopefully stop all of the judicial activism and interference that has been taking place.  The Left succeeded in corrupting our DOJ, FBI, Intelligence agencies and more to the point that they would seek to overturn an election.  Hopefully this too will be righted.

Our Founders lived literally through fire and created the most stable Democratic Republic in History.  One such Founder, Thomas Jefferson, stated:  “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.  In the 1860’s this revolution took the form of an armed conflict that killed 700,000 or so American citizens.  In modern times, the Nationalist, America First revolution may become our third revolution through which to reset our Republic to its roots.  Just like in the 1770s, it will take a vigilant and courageous People to act.

Sorry for the history lessons but it is important to have a common understanding how and why this nation was formed; the methods used to erode some of its founding principles; and how those that seek its demise will use One branch of our government against the other; the Federal Government against the States; and the States against the Federal Government to accomplish their goals.  Republics are fragile by their very nature and dependent upon the controls set forth in the Constitution that created them for their survival.  In the end, it is up to the people to protect themselves, their State, and the Republic itself.  

The Only Thing Standing In The Way of the Left are We the People

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/secession

https://kidskonnect.com/history/confederate-states/

https://www.thoughtco.com/list-of-supreme-court-cases-104970

https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/fort-sumter

Impeachment-Should Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Donald J. Trump’s Impeachment be Expunged?

Presidents, Johnson (1865-1869), Clinton (1993-2001) & Trump 2016-Present)

What do these three presidents have in common?  All three were impeached by the House of Representatives.  The first two were acquitted by the US Senate.  The Senate trial for President Trump has not been held as of this writing and may or may not occur.  I am asking the question as to whether all three of these impeachment’s should be EXPUNGED from the Congressional record as if they never happened. 

Why?  These cases did not charge that any of the Presidents violated “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” that involved their conduct of office or centered around Article I and Article II scope disputes.  The Johnson impeachment should have been resolved via the courts with Congress challenging Johnson in Court.  The Clinton charges involved a sexual harrassment charged that occured before he became president and an attempt to hide an affair with an intern.  In President Trump’s case, Congress should have sought court ascent and direction to their allegation of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by a President.  

Expungement of Impeachments?

 As discussed above, all three impeachment acts by the House of Representatives involved; either conflicts between the US Congress and the Presidency; or, in the case of Bill Clinton, it involved “crimes” that were not connected to the “Office of the Presidency” but rather “civilian” crimes of Pergury over a cover-up of a sexual harassment case and Obstruction of Justice over trying to obfuscate facts concerning the Monica Lewinski affair. 

Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act that had been passed in 1867, during his Presidency.  Johnson had previously vetoed this law but his veto was overridden by Congress.  The law was later repealed in 1887.  The law required the President to seek Senate approval before he or she removed a member of his executive branch that had been “confirmed” by the Senate, including cabinet members.  in 1926, a similar law, Myers v United States was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court siding with the Presidency’s Article II right to appoint or remove anyone in the executive branch.

The Johnson case is reminiscent of the Trump impeachment in that much of House testimony surrounded the firing of a US Ambassador to Ukraine.  The other issues with the Trump impeachment included abuses of power over the President exercising his Article II powers involving dealing with foreign relations and national security.  The second issue was Trump’s assertion of “Executive Privilege” and seeking court relief over House subpoenas.  Using the courts as the arbiter between Congress and the Executive is as old as George Washington!  In this case, the House simply did not want to rely on the courts to resolve this common conflict.

Clinton’s impeachment was based on behavior that I personally find repulsive and the acts probably violated our laws.  But, those acts were not directly related to the Office of the President or the execution of the duties of that Office (obviously).  I would support potential civil or criminal action against Clinton once he left office. 

My last point is that none of these Presidents were actually found guilty of the Impeachment Charges brought forth by the House.  (Trump will most likely be acquitted if his case is ever presented to the Senate)  If you were charged by a local district attorney for a crime that you did not commit and you were acquitted by a court, should this charge follow you for the rest of your life?  While these types of charges can remain on your record, you should seek expungement up acquittal.  Expungement of an Impeachment is especially critical as the Impeachment of a President is most assuredly political and not based on convictable charges.  The acquittal by the Senate is a testimony to this use of expungement!

Give this some thought!  Thoughts?

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Senate Impeachment Trial-Truth vs Justice

Sen. Graham rips Schiff impeachment tactics as Senate readies for likely trial

It is obvious that one, the House will vote to impeach President Trump over his Ukrainian telephone call and remnants of the so called Mueller Report; Two, the impeachment conviction in the Senate is DOA.  So at the end f all of the drama, we will know the real truth, and will justice have been served?

Truth, of course, is a factual account of what events and actions transpired to support any allegations of wrong-doing, on both sides.  Justice is the moral principle determining just conduct and the administering of deserved reward or punishment.  One would hope that Truth would yield Justice but that is not always the case.  Truth, can also be, the perception of facts, thus leaving some room for interpretation.

In the bizarre scenario that has been unfolding literally since before President Trump was inaugurated, the Progressive-Left, the Establishment Elite, and the Anti-Trumpers in both parties have set events in motion to convince the voting public that President Trump was guilty of Treason, Bribery or high crimes and misdemeanors, or all of the above!  This anti-Trump coalition started with the “Russian Collusion” scheme then transitioned to the “Ukraine Collusion” scheme.  They fabricated evidence and testimony and even were able to get a special prosecutor, Mueller, assigned to investigate Trump, his campaign and his administration.  After two years of investigation, Mueller found nothing that would warrant indictment let alone impeachment.

Without going into all of the weeds on both schemes, two facts are true:

  1.   Mueller found no “Russian Collusion” or conspiracy by either Trump or his campaign or administration.  Mueller was also not able to establish any “Obstruction of Justice” nor was any obstruction actually acted upon.  In short, no criminal referrals came forward from this investigation for President Trum.
  2. The so called Ukrainian “Quid Pro Quo”, or bribery, or obstruction or whatever the latest “crime” the left associated with President Trump, for allegedly using foreign aid to Ukraine as a way to force the Ukraine government to investigate the Biden’s role in extorting board positions for Biden’s son, was based on an anonymous “Whistleblower”, backed up by hearsay testimony from career diplomats and career aides.  There was only a single “FACT” witness, Ambassador Sonderland, who testified that President Trump told him directly that there was no quid pro quo, or any other arrangement, tied to the US aid to the Ukraine.  Trump said forcibly, “I want nothing”.  In short, the President never told the Ukrainian President that in order to receive the aid from the US, the Ukrainian President would have to investigate the Bidens, period!

So, it appears that the Pelosi House will vote soon to “Impeach” President Trump which will then send the impeachment indictment to the Senate where this body will determine President Trump’s guild or innocent of the impeachment charges.

BUT, the Senate has two ways to adjudicate impeachment charges: 

One, based on the evidence, or lack thereof, sent over from the House, the Senate could hold an up or down vote to either convict or acquit the President of the charges, without further facts or testimony being offered.  This option does not resolve the TRUTH issues and the public may never know the actual facts based on direct testimony from all of the participants backed up by documentation evidence to support the facts and testimony.  While this may yield “Justice” from Trump’s perspective, many Trump detractors would never be convinced that Trump was really innocent but merely protected by the Republican Senate.

Two, the senate could allow that President’s attorneys to present their case as to why the President should be exonerated prior to the Senate voting on the House impeachment articles.  This latter option would allow real rebuttal testimony and presentation of facts to offset the one sided House articles.  Both sides could bring witness and documentary evidence for the Senate to weigh prior to voting on the articles of impeachment.  This is the only process that stands a chance to get at the truth and provide justice based on evidence.  The Trump detractors may still not be convinced of his innocence, but at least they will have had the chance to hear both sides.  Same is true for the “jurors” which are the 100 Senators.

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Lindsay Graham stated today on Maria Bartiromo’s show that he would probably go with option one and quickly exonerate the President.  While I am sick and tired of this dog and pony show and a total lack of action by the House to actually pass the USMCA, prescription drug reform, pass a real budget and fund the military, and a whole host of other real issues facing the US., the nation needs to hear the real facts behind all of the allegation put forth by the never Trump crowds.

Without a full and impartial hearing of all of the facts, not hearsay, the American people will always wonder why our elected officials would not pursue the Truth on our behalf so we could decide if Justice was actually delivered.  Oh well, must be too much to ask…

 

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Trump Impeachment-the “Nuts” and the Bolts!-Part IV

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OOPS!  Hunter Biden is stepping down as a member of a Chinese government backed securities company, board of directors.  Even worse, Hunter Biden’s attorney stated:

“To date, Hunter has not received any compensation for being on BHR’s board of directors. He has not received any return on his investment; there have been no distributions to BHR shareholders since Hunter obtained his equity interest. Moreover, Hunter played no role in directing or making BHR’s investments. Hunter intends to resign from the BHR board of directors on or by October 31, 2019,”

This statement is priceless.  “…since Hunter obtained his equity interest…”!  How much?    What is it worth?  Is he going sell is shares and donate the proceeds to the American Taxpayers!  How about the statement: “…Hunter played no role in directing or making BHR’s investments.”  So, Hunter received free equity, shares of stock, but did not have to do anything in return!  Unless the value of his father’s political clout was payment enough!  Just substitute the name “Hunter” with “Don Jr.” and guess how the PLMSM would howl!   This follows Hunter’s resignation from the Ukraine company Burisma board of directors earlier this year!  Did he get free equity in Burisma?  If so; how much; what is it worth; is he going to sell these shares and donate the proceeds to the American Taxpayers?

But wait, there is more!  The attorney went on to say:

“Hunter Biden would not partake in any foreign business dealings “under a Biden administration.”  

So, it wasn’t wrong but I won’t do it again if Dad is elected.  What if dear old dad is not elected but another democrat is?  Other than China and the Ukraine, where else has Hunter been raking in cash on behalf of dear old dad”

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Round 2 Coming

DOJ Inspector General and Barr Investigation Results:  On the immediate horizon is the release of DOJ Inspector General report regarding FISA abuse and other related spying activities by the Obama Administration’s intelligence services against the Trump campaign and the Trump Administration.  Shortly thereafter, US Attorney John Durham and the Barr DOJ will start releasing their findings into an expanded investigations on the alleged spying by the Obama administration intelligence services, foreign agencies, and State Department, on the Trump campaign. The latter has been expanded into looking at continued spying activities up to and including the beginning of the Mueller investigations.  

So, what started as allegations of “collusion” with the Russians by the Trump campaign, morphed into alleged impeachable offenses by President Trump offering aid in exchange for investigations into foreign meddling into our 2016 elections and other corruption in Ukraine by US officials, including VP Joe Biden and his family.  Now, it has been learned that the Trump phone call with the Ukraine PM did not include “quid pro quo”, or included any wrong doing by Trump outside of his Constitutionally mandated duties.  Now, the Hunter Biden forays into international influence peddling is literally blowing up in the faces of the PLMSM, Pelosi, Schiff, the Biden family, and the DNC.  

If the Inspector General and the Barr report prove damning to the Obama Administration and its intelligence services, the PLMSM will have great difficulty keeping the focus on alleged Trump miscues.  That does not mean they will not try!  It will get uglier before it gets better.

Imagine a female, Black, transsexual, DACA recipient, CIA officer with a Spanish surname, who alleges sexual assault by Trump, Kavanaugh, and AG Barr, at their high school prom, together, coming forward, flanked by Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, Maxine Waters, and Senator Feinstein!  OMG!  CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC and some on Fox are going to go apoplectic!  Mitt Romney will probably faint on the Senate floor.  This won’t end until Trump defeats whoever the Democrat nominee is and the Republicans take back the House and gain seats in the Senate in 2020…

Watch out for increased violence as the 2020 election approaches.  Be careful and stay vigilant…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/13/donald-trump-taunts-hunter-biden-as-he-leaves-board-of-chinese-investment-firm/

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/13/adam-schiff-there-doesnt-need-to-be-a-quid-pro-quo-to-impeach-trump/

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/13/hunter-biden-leaves-china-board-as-trump-attacks-hit-home/

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/10/12/trump-on-obamas-silence-during-biden-ukraine-saga-i-think-hes-hiding/

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/sondland-trump-ukraine-quid-pro-quo/2019/10/13/id/936856/

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/adamschiff-inquiry-witnesses-testimony/2019/10/13/id/936887/

 

The Metamorphosis of the GOP Under President Trump

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The election of President Lincoln in 1860 birthed the newly formed Republican Party as a legitimate force in American politics.  The party was formed in 1854 to oppose the continued expansion of slavery into newly explored and settled western territories acquired though the Louisiana Purchase.  At the core of its principles was the new Republican Party’s opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act that was staunchly supported by the Democrats led by Stephan A. Douglas.  The act allowed further expansion of slavery into these new territories.

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Lincoln’s election as the head of a fledgling party was historical and game changing for the Republican Party and the Nation.  The election of Donald J. Trump in 2016 may well rival Lincoln’s historical election, hopefully without a second Civil War, hopefully.

Lincoln faced a nation deeply divided by the institution of slavery and the threat of Southern Democrat let States to leave the union.  Trump also is facing a deeply divided nation based on the scope, nature and future of our founded Constitutional Republic.  While the divide is less defined by geography, it is no less hate filled, pitting family members and others against one another.  Both Presidents faced a real threat of the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

In the 1900’s, the Republican Party edged its way towards progressive globalism and away from the focus on the American people, their inalienable rights, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  It adopted the internationalist, interventionalist goals of the Neo-Conservatives, (actually created by Bill Krystal’s father who was a Democrat!), which moved the Republican Party into the globalist realm.     Ironically, the 2nd Republican Platform Plank in 1860 clearly restated our founding principles based on American, not global or international principles, and that the individual, all men (and women), the governed, are the apex of our government’s power and we were granted this power by our Creator!

“2.  That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Federal Constitution, “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” is essential to the preservation of our Republican institutions; and that the Federal Constitution, the rights of the states, and the Union of the states, must and shall be preserved.” 

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If you follow Donald Trump’s rallies and speeches, these principles and God given rights are reinforced constantly.  Abraham Lincoln, and the infant Republican Party, embraced these same principles and rights in the face of Democrat Party opposition and their seditious activities.  The same is true today!  In 1860, the Democrats were trying to overturn the US Constitution, the inalienable rights of slaves, and their actions led to the Civil War.  In 2019, the Democrats are trying to overturn the US Constitution, and the inalienable rights of free peoples by destroying the electoral processes contained in the Constitution, and enslaving the American Peoples by adopting centralized, big government socialism.  Ironically, the 6th Plank of the Republican Platform of 1860 called out the “Swamp” and its inherent corruption:

“6. That the people justly view with alarm the reckless extravagance which pervades every department of the Federal Government; that a return to rigid economy and accountability is indispensable to arrest the systematic plunder of the public treasury by favored partisans; while the recent startling developments of frauds and corruptions at the federal metropolis, show that an entire change of Administration is imperatively demanded. “

The New Trump Republican Party that is forming eschews globalism, internationalism, interventionalism, and refocuses on the governed predominance over the government and the governed inalienable rights given to them by God, our creator.  In short, Trump branded this re-planking of the Party as “America First”, implying, “Americans’ Sovereignty First”. 

But, the good old boys Republican Party is not going quietly and is joined by the radical left Democrat Party and their lap dog media.  RINOs like Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and countless others sit on the sidelines ready to pounce on any opportunity they can to attack Trump and his supporters.  The Democrat Party is continuing its seditious activities that they started under the Obama Administration to use our national security agencies and law enforcement agencies to spy on and attack the Trump candidacy, then his Presidency.  Both of these groups espouse anti-American ideals and seek to regain power by destroying our Constitution’s check and balances and the sovereignty of the governed.  

As President Trump continues to succeed in rebuilding our economy, our national defense, our border sovereignty, and returning our rights as granted by our Creator to “We the People”, his hegemony over the Republican Party grows stronger every day.  Even RINO hold-overs in Congress are being marginalized more and more and the Real Republicans, the people, ignore their anti-Trump rhetoric.  Trump has returned the Republican Party back to its members and pushed out the so-called power brokers who support the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, and international organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations.  Trump only has one simple principle, “Is a policy good for Americans, if so, adopt it.”  

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The Tea Parties started the movement to take back America, Trump is memorializing it!  This is why the Left and the RINOs tried to kill the Tea Party Movement.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini