Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy President's Day!

Here's a little history that explains why and how we celebrate President's Day in our contemporary era, when the original holiday was established (and still is 'officially') to celebrate George Washington's birthday, which isn't until the 22nd...

History: Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

So with that, I decided years ago to personally celebrate President's Day by acknowledging three of America's most liberating presidents, who all happen to have February birthdays, and who all made huge impacts in their respective centuries: George Washington, the first president who helped establish a nation's independence, freeing from foreign bondage; Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president who accomplished the realization of our founding freedom for all the citizenry, while preserving the union in the midst of civil war; and Ronald Reagan, the 40th president who reminded America of its exceptional place in the world, rejuvenating the belief in ourselves and the possibilities of a better tomorrow.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A distracted federal bureaucracy is not the solution...but there are answers, many locally

Thanks for the pic, CNN. I happen to agree with everyone of these tweets, so guess I'm 'far-right' too! Considering what's become of that news outlet, I guess most of us are, though.

These points of view aren't simply pulled from the ether. We've witnessed for the better portion of a year an executive branch law enforcement agency mired in scandal, corruption, and totally bogged down with this phony, unending Russian collusion nonsense. It stands to reason that maybe if they could devote as much time to actually investigating these kind of early warning signs, they could assist local law enforcement in preventing such tragedies. That's all.

But even putting that distraction aside, there's no getting around this deadly screw up...

"Twice, people saw something, said something, and the FBI blew it!"

And it's an even bigger systemic breakdown. Such a tragedy shows us yet again how government failures have helped enable at least four recent mass shootings. Perhaps before screaming "GUN CONTROL!" however, which continues to be proven ineffective the world over, the left might attempt to understand the existing realities of a highly regulated industry and the government incompetence that has failed to prevent these kind of criminal acts from occurring. There are solutions that would thwart criminals while protecting gun owners. They just haven't made there way to Washington. Go figure.
Glaring failures of the US federal government have at least partially enabled four of the worst mass shootings that have rocked the country in recent years.

As many people call for more gun control in the wake of yet another appalling and heartbreaking attack, it's important to scrutinize the efficacy of such proposals with clear eyes, as well as weigh the serious trade-offs. Emotionalism is understandable with more than a dozen teenagers dead, but viable solutions are much harder to come by than angry blaming. Perhaps before considering any new measures -- and I'm not opposed to discussing options -- we should take a hard look at the existing system, the disastrous errors and oversights of which have failed to prevent a terrible amount of bloodshed. Maybe it would be wise to fix what's clearly broken before piling new responsibilities upon a government structure that is already whiffing badly on its current obligations. On that score, here are several concrete ideas worthy of careful examination:
And while I'm with the President and others who advocate for a broader focus on mental health, in addition to enforcing existing laws, I'm also with Levin on not only turning off the politicians for the time being, but more importantly solving the issue of better protecting our children at the local level...
CR: Levin advised his audience to ignore the usual hysteria from leftist politicians, noting that politicians do not have the experience or knowledge to provide solutions. He called on listeners to look to people who have to deal with these issues, such as first responders, teachers, and law enforcement.

He reminded listeners that evil killers do not represent America. Instead, look to the heroism of Aaron Feis, the high school football coach who sacrificed his life to save his students.

Levin stressed that a federalist approach through local governments and local school districts can solve these issues more effectively than Washington politicians.

“How about protecting our babies in the womb and protecting our babies who go to these government schools?” Levin asked.

“How about we get into the safety, health, and protection business?” he added. “If we want to protect our children in these public schools, we need to put people in these public schools who can protect our children.”

There's no 'magic law' that can stop mass shootings, but there are solutions and answers, and you might be surprised to find many locally.

Continued prayers for these precious souls, the grieving families, the school, the state and the nation. May evil subside, justice prevail and goodness grow exponentially in the land of the free and the home of the brave. #turn2GOD

Related link: Here Are the 17 Victims of the Tragic Shooting in Florida

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A turnaround in optimism that we've sorely missed

Obviously, this writer is at an ebb when it comes to discussing the political banter of the day (or week or month for that matter). Hey, what can I say? I've been busy with LIFE outside of politics...and it's actually been a pretty nice stay-away-cation! Certainly more peaceful for the mind, body and spirit. But just to break the silence and show that I'm not completely out of the loop and ignoring everything amidst, I'd like to briefly mention a few points of optimism that I've noticed developing over the past month. No, I'm not referring to anything from the media, punditry or even politicos. Quite the contrary, and in spite of them. Rather, I'm referring to our head of state.

Before I'm derided as a Trumper, I'm certainly not implying perfection here. I've had plenty of issues throughout his first year, most of which I've voiced on this blog. However, with the new year, I'd be remiss to ignore what appears to be the President's near Reaganesque streak, not so much in reference to policy (although such is the case in some areas), but rather a reestablishment of American optimism.

Beyond the elephants and asses (certainly accurate for the latter), beyond the day-in, day-out strife (or actual collusion in too many cases) of the Washington cesspool, there's been a more optimistically cohesive tone in the President's voice, speaking out for common sense, liberty, security, patriotism, faith, family...all in all, a more positive promotion of Americanism that supersedes a mere slogan.

Whether through accomplishments or proposals last month...

...or consolation just this morning...

...there can be little denial of the stark turnaround from our nation's former lopsided messaging and direction under the prior administration, a turnaround that I'd dare describe as a more genuine fulfillment towards hope and change for Americans.

Perhaps it's a result of finally settling into the presidential role; and if so, that's a very good thing. And maybe I'm only just now noticing, which I'm sure someone will tell me. However, this feels like something more, like a turnaround in optimism that we've sorely missed. Refreshing.

You don't have to agree with every proposal, and I'm highly skeptical that we can 'get the job done' with the current crop of politicians, but to experience this sea change of optimism in both direction and tone is a noteworthy accomplishment in itself towards the effort to (yes, now I'm gonna use that slogan) make America great again.

Let's hope these sensibilities continue...I pray they do.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Isn't this the same trick that was pulled on Reagan?

And then some! Pretty sure this is a fool me twice moment for the President and Republicans. This is certainly not an 'art of the deal''s just disappointing, and predictably so...
On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The White House has done something extremely disappointing; they have taken DACA and expanded it to include Dreamers which brings the number to 1.8 million and offered them citizenship. This is a bigger number than even Barack Obama contemplated. Those outside of the 800,000 are those who did not come forward. Some are crooks and criminals and others didn’t have evidence that they came here as children. But we are told not to worry because of concessions the White House got. After this, Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review calls in to talk about DACA. The main problem is that the DACA compromise President Trump and the Republicans are engaging in is the wrong mix of ideas and politics. They have lost their leverage and Democrats don’t have any incentive to agree with them. They will just pocket the 1.8 million and not build the wall like Trump had campaigned on. Democrats are just doing to Trump what they did to Ronald Reagan, promise border security while not appropriating the funds when they reclaim power. In addition, you will see the pretend conservatives come out and say: “What do you want perfection”? There is no perfection, that is just a diversion and Republicans are giving Democrats numbers they didn’t even dream of. This is why we need serious people of substance talking about this.
CR: On Thursday, the White House told reporters that the Trump administration will propose an immigration deal that will grant amnesty with a path to citizenship to 1.8 million so-called “Dreamers” in exchange for funding for a border wall and reforms to chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.

On his radio program, CRTV host Mark Levin interviewed CR Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz on the content of the deal and the political ramifications of supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. Horowitz told Levin that the main problem with the Trump immigration plan is that Republicans have said up front they “badly want DACA” and have lost their leverage with the Democrats.

“Democrats have no incentive to ever agree” to the reforms in the deal, Horowitz said.

The Democrats “do not operate in good faith,” Levin said, questioning why Trump would offer amnesty with citizenship for more illegal immigrants than the total number of DACA recipients. “It’s a huge error. Huge.”

Towards the end of the interview, Levin said this was not the immigration deal conservatives expected from President Trump and urged congressional Republicans to fight against amnesty.

“We expect conservatives in Congress to hold the line,” Levin said.
Don't be fooled, Mr. President. They'll do to you what they did to Reagan. Different times, same outcome. No solution.

Related links: Will Trump get trumped by the amnesty agenda?
House conservatives balk at Trump amnesty plan
Make tax cuts, NOT amnesty, permanent

Monday, January 22, 2018

Schumer shutdown equation = Illegal aliens > American citizens (UPDATE: BACKFIRED!)

What do I think about Schumer's shutdown? Well, I can tell you, Chucky sang a very different tune just five years back...

How far we have fallen as a political system: An entire political party is now willing to shut the government down over a policy exclusively for illegal aliens, not Americans. Even more appalling is that the very leader of the shutdown is a man who has lied to us numerous times on immigration and has created the very immigration crisis we face today by pushing similar amnesty policies before. Most ironic, Schumer himself once expressed support for the very policies he is now calling racist and over which he has triggered the Schumer Shutdown.
...but beyond the standard Democratic hypocrisy that's become par for the course, several other common sense Americans have it precisely right...
"The fact of the matter is, ladies and gentlemen, we are blackmailed by the Democrat Party at least once a year, typically multiple times a year. We are blackmailed by the Democrat Party that insists on more spending OR that its priorities come first and our priorities come never. ... The Democrat Party today is saying either you legalize 800,000 illegal aliens or we're gonna shutdown the government for the entirety of America. 320 million Americans, the hell with you. Screw YOU!"
Related links: Lou Barletta: Dems Put Illegal Immigrants over American Citizens with Schumer’s Shutdown
Democrats’ DACA scam: Keeping Dreamers in limbo for political power

So, will this shutdown once again be blamed on Republicans? Certainly. The Democratic propaganda wing (a.k.a. The Mainstream Press) will blame this one on the GOP just as they blame for practically EVERYTHING, but part of the fault lies within a Republican Party that allows its unprincipled RINOs to take the lead in governmental acquiescence and ultimate failure...

Every year the people are told that there is a budget showdown, and if the Republicans don’t cut off the freedom and liberty wing of their party and become reasonable and nonpartisan, they will cause a government shutdown.

Every year the Republican leadership insists there will be no government shutdown, then turns and throttles the freedom and liberty wing and, by extension, the people who put them there, telling them to shut up and sit down.

Then, every year, certain Republicans give away so much leverage over fear of a government shutdown that now, after about a decade of this, they have played their part in the possible destruction of this nation by way of our $20 trillion in debt.

Where does all the fear come from? From the fake outrage ginned up by the media, of course.

Republican leadership constantly put themselves in a box of media outrage because they lack purposeful messaging, detectable principles, or any real disagreement with the Democrats on a large majority of issues that regular Americans truly find important. And for that, the Republicans will, indeed, always get the blame.

This results in frantic offers by the Republican leadership to find a way to procrastinate or make a deal detrimental to their own party’s stated mission in order to create the illusion that they have averted the very terrible shutdown.

That’s not leadership. That’s simply playing the game the Democrats and media want them to play.
But there's really no need to continue with this charade, because there's never any apocalypse from such shutdowns...
"I'm not scared of a government shutdown. Are you, folks? ...[every weekend] the government has shutdown, and here we are, eating, breathing, clothed, most of us; in our cars, in our homes, in our offices, most of us. We're utterly and completely unaffected. The government shutdown for nearly a month under Jimmy Carter and nobody noticed, and nobody will notice it now. We get this cacophony of media coyotes howling, and front groups howling, and Democrats howling, and miscreant Republicans howling. But the fact of the matter is most of you will be completely unaffected by this. No, the United States military isn't shutdown. No, the CIA isn't shutdown. No, the Border Patrol isn't shutdown. Here's the irony: The very programs and the policies that the Democrats and the liberals promote, most of them will be limited! ... Most of the departments and agencies that are affected are on the domestic side. So the Democrats are saying, 'hey, we're gonna commit harakiri, unless you give us what we want.' And I say let them commit harakiri! Let them say'we stand for the illegal alien against the American citizen.' Let them say it!"

Fact of the matter is even with the government shut down, food inspections, federal law enforcement, airport security checks and other vital services will continue, as will Social Security payments, other federal benefit programs and military operations. So this is purely political drivel that's all about Schumer Democrats choosing illegal aliens over American citizens. Plain and simple. For Republicans to continue fretting over theatrical shutdowns and not lead us out of this ridiculous illusion is almost as offensive. It's certainly abhorrent for those cheerleading for lawlessness alongside Dems.

UPDATE: As fast as they shut it down Friday, they fired it back up Monday. That was an extended weekend! Hardly a shutdown. The Schumer Dems chose illegal aliens over the American people during this short-lived government shutdown and that position clearly BACKFIRED...

Schumer buckles, and the media spins on. Congrats to the President and Republicans for the time being, while we continue to monitor whether Congress will do the right thing.

Friday, January 19, 2018

When will the GOP care about 60 million murdered babies as much as Dems care about illegal aliens?

45 years has been far too long. This one's easily a copy/paste job, because I agree with every single word of Horowitz's assessment...
CR: Today is the annual marking of the grim milestone of Roe v. Wade. The annual March for Life, although well intentioned, is the day every Republican politician can freely feign outrage over a decision that led to the deaths of 60 million babies while refusing to use the constitutional tools they have to rectify this evil.

Particularly jarring about this year’s march is that it coincides with complete GOP control of Washington, and nobody paying the slightest attention to the power they hold to rectify the abortion travesty. In fact, it appears that virtue-signaling about babies has become an end to itself rather than ensuring their brains don’t actually get sucked out with taxpayer funds. Meanwhile, there’s a thing or two conservatives can learn from Democrats.

It’s eerie watching the March for Life as we are in the midst of a budget battle in which funding for Planned Parenthood is not even up for debate — with Republicans in full control. The publication of the videos two years ago showing Planned Parenthood engaged in trafficking and harvesting of baby organs was a watershed moment in the 45-year debate over Roe because it proved conclusively that abortion was not about being a “safe, rare, and legal” necessary evil, but rather a triumph of barbarism as a virtue in itself.

Nonetheless, Republicans, who could have forced the issue even under Obama, won’t even discuss the issue of these unborn American dreamers who are being wantonly killed every day. Nope. The entire landscape of debate over the budget is about amnesty to illegal aliens, which has nothing to do with a budget anyway, unlike funding a criminal organ trafficking network.

And speaking of illegal aliens, it’s awe-inspiring to observe the asymmetrical warfare between the two parties. The GOP, when in the majority and buttressed by the Planned Parenthood videos, will not even entertain merely cutting off taxpayer funding for a criminal abortion enterprise. Yet, Democrats, even when in the minority, will fight to the brink of a shutdown to get amnesty and taxpayer benefits for illegal aliens — completely extraneous to the budget bill.

That is because whereas Republicans seek office, Democrats seek power. While Republicans will use our issues to get elected and then avoid every opportunity to advance that agenda, Democrats will use their election victories (and even losses!) to advance their agenda while leaving no stone unturned — legal and illegal — to block dissent.

Which brings us to the ultimate shutdown of our government – the reign of judicial supremacy.

Any discussion of abortion, or frankly, any important issue these days, is meaningless without discussing judicial reform. What we learned in 1973 was that if an unelected court can decide a fundamentally political and philosophical question not addressed in the Constitution — and have that decision unflinchingly adhered to by all the states and the other branches of the federal government — then there is no limit to what they can do to our Constitution, sovereignty, security, and society.

This point was so tragically and absurdly on display this past year as the second most important court in the land mixed an expansion of abortion jurisprudence together with lawless immigration jurisprudence to create a right for illegal aliens to trespass and demand access to an abortion. Yet nothing seems to jolt Republican members of Congress out of their slumber to discover that Article I gives them 100 percent control over the lower courts and that Article III Sec. 2 grants them full power to regulate the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

The entire strategy of the “Right” for the past 45 years has been to legitimize judicial supremacy, while promising to get enough of their own people on the courts to overturn bad decisions. Aside from the numerous other faults in this argument, there is no guarantee that Alito and Gorsuch would necessarily reverse Roe and Casey, at least not categorically. And even if they would, it’s clear we’d only have three votes.

Meanwhile, as we’ve legitimized the specter of judicial supremacy, the courts have redefined married, citizenship, foreign policy, sexuality, and election laws. The list goes on.

It seems that there is no floor to the depths of judicial Gomorrah that will ever elicit a righteous reaction from the Right to use its constitutional powers over the courts. We’ve seen that 60 million dead babies weren’t enough reason. Mandating transgenderism in the military, abortions for illegals, and concocting an international right to immigrate aren’t either. After all, if courts can make death out of life, they can make denizens of aliens and Y chromosomes out of X chromosomes.

Courts are now elevating Roe and Casey to such a level that states are being prohibited from even imposing basic safety regulations on abortion clinics or banning the most gruesome abortion practices. They are even forcing states to actually fund Planned Parenthood. As we learned in the illegal alien abortion case, anything short of directly driving an illegal alien to an abortion clinic is deemed an undue burden on a fundamental right. Legal immigrants have no First Amendment right to donate to political campaigns or Second Amendment right to own a gun, but illegal aliens now have the “right” to the phantom amendment of abortion, which has been elevated over real rights.

And what is the reaction from the GOP and even so-called social conservative groups? Crickets. They obsequiously listen to every whim of a district judge, even when it violates statute, Constitution, settled case law, common sense, and morality.

This is the permanent, categorical, and almost irreversible government shutdown nobody is discussing. We can only go so long as a nation when states are forced to follow illegitimate edicts of illegitimate powers but other states can openly thwart the most legitimate and foundational laws flowing directly from constitutionally granted powers. And we can only go so long as a nation when one party is willing to fight for the illegitimate and immoral with 100 times the gusto the other party is willing to fight for the legitimate and the moral.

The solutions and tools are there for us in the Constitution. But we won’t come to a resolution on abortion or any other important issues as a nation until Republicans care about 60 million murdered babies as much as Democrats care about illegal aliens.
From our lips to God's ears, I pray it so.

Related links: Show the pro-aborts that THIS is what the #MarchForLife is all about
President Donald Trump gives HISTORIC Speech at the March for Life Event in Washington DC
Our unalienable rights — the first of which is LIFE

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How about articulating a comprehensive case for Americanism first?

A new year brings new challenges. 2017 demonstrated some noted accomplishments, but there are still major ones to confront in 2018, including significant measures that the majority party ran on and were elected in 2016 to implement with immediacy upon winning both houses of Congress and the Presidency. Repealing and replacing Obamacare was one of them. And though there's been some unraveling with the repeal of the individual mandate at the end of the year, this socialized medical approach continues to remain enshrined in law and in the minds of Washington. Though I could go on about that (maybe for another post), there is another major measure that the focus has now turn towards, one which continues to affect America's citizenry in detrimental fashion regarding society, culture and sovereignty. Yep, we're talking immigration, primarily illegal, but in much of a sense, the overall concept and its exhorbitance at this critical point. And who better to lead this topic into a new year than a favorite professor of common sense, the Great One...
On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, Do you realize over the last half-century, every significant change in immigration policy has taken place without the support or affirmation of the American citizenry? We’ve been deceived about this over and over and over again by Democrats and Republicans alike. Not only is every single big immigration policy pursued without the support of the American people, it occurs often under the cover of darkness. It is both Republicans and Democrats who have pursued open-borders policies over the years. The Democrats want to destroy America but the Republicans have no excuse. What we need from the President and conservatives in Congress is for them to articulate a conservative position on immigration before we lose this country. The Democrats have boxed us in but we don’t have to be, as enforcing immigration policy has nothing to do with race. It is regrettable that Republican leadership is not making the case for republicanism and national sovereignty. Enforcing our immigration laws is not an alt-right position but an American position. In addition, the wall was Trump’s top issue, yet he is wavering, which is very concerning. Two parties are united against the people today. We have been losing our country since the 1965 Hart-Celler act and the Supreme Court decision in 1982 that allowed children of illegal immigrants to come to attend public school.
"Who is it who are the real humanitarians? We are! We want people to know that in order to come here, they shouldn't try to sneak across the border where they might be killed or raped or something horrific may happen to them. We want them to know that there's an orderly process. You follow the orderly process, you may or may not get in. You do not have a right to come to America. You do not have a right to be legalized in America. You do not have a right to a citizen of America. You do not have a right to have welfare in America. It all began changing during the Great Society..."
"...and what I regret is that neither the White House nor the leadership in the Senate nor the leadership in the House, ALL of which we control, make the articulate, comprehensive case for Americanism, for republicanism (little 'r'), for national sovereignty."
Then security, then reform. Instead, we hear about a 'bill of love'?
So, what does that mean? See here. Some good, some not so much (and some of the excerpts give one a good idea of what they really think of constitutional conservatives who desire a restoration of law and order first). But the conclusion:
The message is clear: Trump will be flexible on immigration reform, even potentially supporting a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the future. But if a deal on DACA is going to be made before the March deadline when protections for DACA recipients expire, border security measures and the wall must be included.
We'll see how this pans out, but honestly, I hold more hope in the States and its People than more of the same from Washington on the matter.

Related links: LEAKED MEMO: DREAMers Are ‘Critical’ To Dems ‘Future Electoral Success’
Former Dem Gov. Dick Lamm on How to Destroy America
Levin: Rogue lawmakers are fighting for amnesty ‘under the cover of darkness’
The big lie about ‘temporary’ protected status amnesty for Salvadorans
Malkin: Time’s up for ‘temporary’ alien protection
Border crossings double since spring. Elitist solution? Amnesty!

ADDENDUM: Remember when even Democrats got all of this?!

Related links: Daniel Horowitz exposes the chain migration bait-and-switch with Mark Levin
Report: Trump rejects Senate DACA deal

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Christmas list that matters

For conservatives, the year has been much more optimistic, but definitely not without its challenges. Between the wins and losses, the battle for principle, as well as trying to steer a new administration towards said direction, wages on. So as we near the year's end with a season of America's most merry tradition, it's only natural to reflect on particular lists. Both the naughty and nice one...

“He’s making a list. He’s checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.” When it comes to the mainstream media, Santa definitely has them on the naughty list. The whole biased crew of them should expect nothing but coal in their stockings this Christmas.

Media bias is nothing new. But in 2017, it shifted into overdrive. Donald Trump’s inauguration as president set off a year of outright media hostility that is unprecedented in its scope. well as the wishlist filled with desires and necessities...

Last year, following Donald Trump’s historic and unexpected election to the presidency, I put together a conservative Christmas 2017 policy wish-list. With full control of Congress and the White House, Republicans were in a unique position to implement the conservative agenda following the disastrous presidency of Barack Obama.

One year later, President Trump and the Republicans can claim several promises fulfilled, but too many are left unfinished. The Republicans still have one year to deliver on their campaign promises before the 2018 midterm elections. Failure to do so may sweep them out of power.

Which promises were kept? Which are still waiting? Let’s review.
Related link: Trump’s Year One stars: Nikki Haley, Ajit Pai, and Scott Pruitt

However, for Christians, conservative or otherwise, this season should trump all lists of political virtues and vices, traversing beyond our natural inclinations. In fact, this is a season in which I generally attempt to set aside our human folly known as politics long enough to meaningfully observe and contemplate its true uniting reason: the perfect incarnation of a Savior to save humanity from itself. God knew we needed it then and knows we need it just as evermore now...
AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. ~ Luke 2:1-14
Upon reflection of God's covenants through the ages, Erickson reminds us, "This Christmas, as the burdens overwhelm you, be overwhelmed by God's desire for a relationship with you." For the moment you can, unshackle your life from the usual squabbles, and remember to love God and your neighbor and allow all good will to flow from there. That's the least of where we might begin on a more righteous path in observance of One born into the world to inevitably sacrifice for the salvation of His creation, forgiving the transgressions of our own devices, and providing a path of everlasting life. Remember the reason for the season, and may we remain as vigilant in returning our nation to Christ as keeping watch for His redeeming return. Now that's a list I want to make! Merry Christmas.

Related link: The Saint Who Became Santa Claus

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Actually, Americans largely support the tax bill

As Republicans on Capitol Hill prepare to wrap up a tax bill today to send to President Trump's desk, which he will swiftly sign, the majority of what we're hearing in the liberal, Democrat-led media spin is how 'unpopular' the bill is. That's right, the same media that pushed and praised the worthless Obamacare, despite the underinsured doubling since 2003. I even heard mention this morning now using Obamacare in the negative to cast admonition on this tax bill! To further demonstrate the absurdity of the lib press, the blind allegiance of their like-minded voter base and unfortunately how easy it is to sucker the people at large with such coverage, upon removing 'Trump' or 'Republicans' from polling questionnaires, responses change dramatically towards a positive direction. Imagine that!
CR: If you pay attention to the mainstream media, you’d think that the vast majority of Americans hate the tax bill and the policies it contains.

Is that really true, or is it just more fake news? The editorial board at Investor’s Business Daily found out something interesting when they polled the actual policies in the tax reform bill: Americans largely support them.

It’s as if the mainstream media is asking leading questions to produce a response they desire — that advances an agenda. Well, of course.

...That is mostly because of the wording of the question, and the job that the mainstream media has done to drive down both Donald Trump and Republican legislators’ approval numbers. This polling is reflective of that.

When you look at the actual policies, there is broad support.

Most of the surveys, however, only ask people broad questions about the tax cuts: Do they support the plan overall? Do they think they'll get a tax cut? Will they boost economic growth? Here’s what IBD says:
What's more, when people are asked about key provisions in the tax bill, support rises across the board.

The IBD/TIPP poll is one of the few that has bothered to ask such questions. The results from the November survey:
57% support lowering corporate rate from 35% to 20%.
55% support reducing the number of tax brackets.
83% support cutting the pass-through tax rate for small businesses to 25%.
66% support doubling the standard deduction.
Other polls produced similar findings. CNN found that 55% support increasing the standard deduction, 79% back the boost in the child tax credit, and a plurality support the mortgage deduction limit.
Imagine that, the American people actually want a tax cut, if they actually get one. That is why the GOP is right to ignore the media narrative on polling and focus on delivering a tax cut for the vast majority of actual taxpayers. Come election time, the liberal media ruse will be shattered. And they know it.
They're not reporting the truth, folks. Simple as that. Of course, they wouldn't know it if it bit'em on the ass. If they were capable of acknowledging it, this tidbit would assuredly be at the top of your radar:
If the tax bill passes the Senate and becomes law, beginning in Feb. 2018, millions of Americans will see a higher take-home paycheck. That’s because withholding will be adjusted to reflect the tax cut they are getting. When that happens, those people, who have been lied to by the media, will start to see the tangible effects of this tax legislation.

When that happens they will realize that they have, once again, been lied to by the media.
It's freedom of the press, not Pravda, American mainstream media! You'd do good to remember that, instead of feeding us propaganda filled with the preclusion of failure just because it involves Republicans and Trump.

Is it perfect? Is anything perfect? Obviously, if government has anything to do with it, no. Though we'll likely see a deficit increase, because Washington has overextended their never-ending spending spree on either side of the aisle, this has the potential to draw businesses back to our shores with reinvestment and jobs, while taking out less in our paychecks and allowing us to take more home where it's needed most. Not to mention if earned pay is given back to the people who actually earned it, this begins to place the reigns of an out-of-control government back into the hands of the people, instead of the rulers who've misspent our tax funds all these years, thus forcing constraint and cuts toward the overall debt. Either way, sounds like less government waste of our money, and that's a net win. Report that, American media!

Related links: Awesome announcement from AT&T thanks to the GOP TAX CUT
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The Trump tax cuts are ALREADY raising wages

Friday, December 15, 2017

Levin makes the latest on Russian 'concoction' crystal clear (UPDATES)

It's absurd that every time this collusion crap points directly back to Democratic subversion, the biased press go mum & divert to whatever garbage controversy of the day will distract the people. Then when they think some remote nothing has sprang up to harm Trump, they're incessantly right back at it. Suddenly, it's 'news' again to smear across the screen, when they've literally got zilch. This has been the exhausting cycle for a solid year now (which of course is the left's point). Meanwhile, the rest of us are yelling at our flat panels and radios, "INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!" Maddening, as is the brunt of politics these days.

You want the skinny on the real collusion in a compact nutshell? After discussing the need to maintain control of the House if anything of the truth is ever to be revealed (yeah, I know, this is Washington we're talking about), Levin laid out the 'concoction' on Thursday's program, making what's going on as clear as day...
"There was no Trump collusion with Russia. There was a concoction...of Kremlin apparatchiks feeding "opposition researchers" funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC. The sickening irony of all this is that the Democrat Party and their operators at the top levels of the FBI, parts of the Justice Dept., and in the Special Council's office, they're the ones who've been colluding with the Russians, wittingly and unwittingly, directly and indirectly.

Wouldn't you think by now, ladies and gentlemen, with thousands of reporters investigating who hate Donald Trump, with hundreds of members of Congress investigating who hate Donald Trump, with multiple committees of Congress investigating who hate Donald Trump, that if there was one scintilla, ONE SCINTILLA, of evidence that Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, her husband, their cousins, whatever, if there was one scintilla of evidence that they colluded with Putin on this election, that by now we would have it?! Where is it, Mr. Mueller? Where is it, Mr. Comey? Where is it, New York Times and Washington Post? Where is it, Mr. Schiff? Where is it, Mr. Warner? Spit it out! Show it to us! We want to see it, and we want to see it right now! But they can't. It doesn't exist.

What does exist is one of the most corrupt efforts by the senior levels of the FBI, by certain prosecutors at the Dept. of Justice and the Special Council's office, and I may add the senior levels of our Intelligence agencies, to try and take out a candidate, and now to try to take out a president."
On Thursday’s Mark Levin show... 54% of the American people believe that Robert Mueller’s investigation is partisan. If he was interested in justice he would have shut down this operation and said there was no collusion between the Trump administration and Russia. To add, Jim Comey has demonstrated himself to have obstructed justice. He was not pursuing justice in the Hillary Clinton investigation but was trying to clear her. The FBI did a lot of editing which erased serious concerns in Comey’s press conference speech about Hillary’s conduct. All across the spectrum of this investigation there was an effort to soften language and downplay Hillary’s actions. These events will never see the light of day if Republicans do not hold onto the House. In their place we will see endless efforts to impeach President Trump.
Related links: Mark Levin: Everybody, who wants to use the 25th amendment to impeach Trump is an idiot! Here's why...
FBI made a ton more edits to water down James Comey's statement on Clinton email probe

UPDATES: Surprise...not so much. More like bias...

But the administration isn't so quick to let it go...

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