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“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”~Abraham Lincoln

You can close down a discussion (free speech) in many ways. 

You can protest and riot thereby shutting down not only the speaker or event, but in the process one achieves the added impact of destroyed property, terrorized innocent citizens and (they hope) national media coverage. The extreme left on many campuses has done this to great effect.

You can simply call the person a racist. It does not matter whether or not it is true. In fact, yell the accusation loud enough and you might be able to provoke option number one above 👆! It is a wonderful strategy since it eliminates the need to memorize facts and figures, slower members of the group do not need to “think on their feet” or step outside of talking points and since racism is such an emotional issue it is uniquely difficult to fight even with facts. This also has had a great success rate and is a major reason that the Republican Party has been branded a party of racists when history and honest research proves otherwise.

Those are two of the radical ways, almost always employed by the more extremist democrats because they do not have a successful argument or any good endings for their ideology. If you “shut someone up”, if you close down an event, if you prevent the dissemination of an idea you are restricting everyone’s freedom. We all have the right and the freedom to listen to, and walk away from, speech and ideas of every sort. 

No political party, No foreign national (think Soros paying protesters and rioters), No college academic or gang of students, Not even the government has the power to change our absolute rights under the Constitution! Free speech is number one in the Bill of Rights and its placement is an indication of the importance it held in the political discussions of the day. It was important in the discussions held in almost every state during the ratification process. We tend to take it for granted now, but this freedom can be nibbled away, gradually eroded without most citizens even paying attention.

Protected speech is not comfortable speech. Protected speech is usually different, objectionable to some, offensive to others, it may make you angry or it may make you stop and think. Protected speech is free speech not because it makes you uncomfortable but because the free expression of ideas is part of true Liberty. 

Each generation is challenged to maintain and preserve our Constitution and Liberty. The circumstances differ and the environment, both social and political, changes. The younger generation has not been grounded in a complete history of this nation and it constantly amazes me how jaded and anti-American they can be. There is much about our history they just are not taught. Depending on the school, what they are actually taught varies from a slanted version of events to skipping over all but the darker parts of our history and then concentrating on those. All nations have them, they should be acknowledged and taught, but only in context with the rest of American History!

Without a more thorough and balanced approach to US history we will be missing at least one generation of patriotic and knowledgeable Americans to watch the politicians and fight for free speech and our other guaranteed rights. 

So, will we have our rights and freedoms in twenty years? 

Think First – Type Later

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This past weekend one of my dear work friends stepped off of a bridge and fell onto a busy interstate highway, committing suicide. 

He was a positive person whose bright smile was absolutely infectious. In all the years I worked with him, I never saw or even heard about him doing one mean or inconsiderate thing to anyone! In a world of individuals who become even more individually special after death, he was the genuine honest real deal! He would help total strangers and think no one knew. He did not ask for repayment or obligation-he truly loved his fellow man.

This man was just past 40 and he had a wife, a son and twin girls. Yes, he was a family man and a Christian man. He was a force for good in this world and he was loved and respected by all who knew him. Any one of us would have stepped up without hesitation to help in whatever way was needed,feeling privileged to be able to do so. 

I could continue, but it would only illustrate a point that I have already clearly made and which actually needs nothing more. What has shocked me is the attitude and content of the comments which every online news agency attaches to each article or story.

The comments ranged from, “it is obvious that he must not have had a family that supported him” and “how selfish can a person be?” to “didn’t care much about his family, did he”. Almost a third of the comments were evidently worse than that because they had been removed, only a box was left in its place “deleted”.

In the middle of these horrible, small minded, thoughtless, mean and abusive posts one person kept trying to answer back. That person explained that the family was in pain, that they were as confused as everyone else, that posts like this were hurtful, etc.. That person was my friend’s cousin.

It honestly broke my heart.

I have thought about this and also about the current state of the media and their messaging. It didn’t just start this year or last year. It seems that our entire society has lost the art of diplomacy, manners and thoughtfulness. Our media says the most outrageous things and thinks nothing of putting out stories that are not true. It is even worse online where people will say the most foul, ugly, untrue and violent things. The one and only purpose could only be to hurt other human beings. 

We all need to stop and think before we type, and I am not excluding myself. I get just as passionate as anyone else about what I believe. However, what I believe should not be hurtful for someone else to read!

Double Standard?

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Looking at the current judicial approach to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration, the courts are very outspoken about their ability to rely on his statements made during the campaign in order to determine the intent of the Orders. It may violate judicial precedent and certainly is contrary to the facts of the case, nevertheless, reason and logic has not been allowed to intrude on these Federal Court Decisions (9th and 4th Circuits) unconstitutionally removing a legal power from the executive branch.

Whether they take it now or wait until the conclusion of the Circuit Courts’ legal proceedings, eventually this issue will be facing the Supreme Court. During the campaign, at about the same period of time as President Trump’s campaign statements, one of our SCOTUS justices spoke out publicly against candidate Trump. Justice Ginsburg made some fairly extreme statements indicating that she did not like him at all. http://nypost.com/2016/07/11/ruth-bader-ginsburgs-unhinged-assault-on-trump/

Since judges are required to recuse themselves in circumstances like these, and although Supreme Court Justices are exempted, there is really no good reason why this should be so. If anything, recusal should be mandatory for justices also. The cases they decide are far too important and affect far too many lives to be decided with any justice who is too biased, opinionated or Politically motivated to objectively evaluate the facts, weigh the merits fairly or render a logical Constitutionally based decision. It is bad enough that Justice Ginsburg actually feels such animus, but it is beyond concerning when she cannot keep her mouth shut about it in front of the media.

So, (to quote my grandparents) what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Or maybe we should change judicial thought and say, what is said in the campaign stays in the campaign!

Just a Word….

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One way that public opinion and attitude can be manipulated is by changing terminology and labeling. This is not new. I am seeing it being done so successfully with Social Security that even conservatives slip and call it an entitlement.

This is not about reform, SS problems or the need for something to be done. This is an irritation. The American People are forced to pay in to Social Security for all of their working life. (20, 30, 40 and even sometimes 50+ YEARS) That money is not there because Congress stole it. They have ever increasing salaries with unbelievable insurance and perks along with large staffs and etc. I am not sure how they find money for all the things they want to do and yet seem to have no funds to pay the American People back! 

Social Security is not now, and never has been, an entitlement. Calling it an entitlement will not make it one. Conditioning the public by including SS in that category might be really smart, except for one thing. When people look at the information from their paycheck, the stub does tell you exactly how much the government is taking away from you (for your own good, for retirement). 

Media? What Media?

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By what right or measure does “the media” claim its current self endowed titled of The Free Press? They are in no way free as they are well known to be employed by large corporations who support globalism and are in bed with the Democratic Party. Just to be clear, it would be equally as bad if they were controlled or manipulated by the Republican Party, especially if the Republicans were advocating anti-American policies and working to fundamentally change or make obsolete substantial portions of our Constitution. They have become so obvious about their prejudices that they are even selective about what news items they will actually report! When the media is driving the news and manipulating the dialogue for the entire nation, elevating gossip and hearsay over facts, policies and agendas then things have just gone too far!

Where was this “media” when Obama’s administration was caught up in “fast and furious”? Why were there no continuous interviews targeting the administration for gun running? Why was there no outrage from the press when a border agent was murdered and then later when those guns began surfacing in the US? Why was the press not shocked? Why was there no rumor of an independent prosecutor or an investigative committee?  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430153/fast-furious-obama-first-scandal          http://www.latimes.com/nation/atf-fast-furious-sg-storygallery.html

Where was “the media” criticism when Obama started bringing in members of the Muslim Brotherhood to work in the White House? Why were there no questions when an enemy organization was allowed to rewrite and revise the procedures and training practices of the military, the FBI, the CIA and those are just the ones we know about! The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization and supports the jihad movement and its activities. Why was there no media coverage of this? Why wasn’t this critical and important information on every front page in America?             http://freebeacon.com/national-security/fbi-national-domestic-threat-assessment-omits-islamist-terrorism/            http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/expert-fbi-neutered-by-muslim-brotherhood/                                     https://counterjihadreport.com/tag/fbi-document-purge/

Why did “the media” cover up for Comey when he made his announcement about Hillary Clinton and the email investigation. He obviously, plainly and clearly deliberately lied about what the statute (18 USC section 793) required. Do you have to be a democrat to tell a bald faced lie on national TV and suffer no consequences? Where was “the media’s” reference to the actual statute? Why did not one reporter check to see if intent was a requirement at all? (Intent is not a requirement, it is deliberately not a requirement) Where were the talk show demands for accountability? How could the exposure of our nation’s secrets be disregarded and unpunished? Where was “the media”?

Why did Obama surveil so many Americans? How many did he collect information on? Why is “the media” talking about White House gossip and attacks on President Trump instead of this? Why did Obama sign that Executive Order right before he left office promoting more sharing of information between intelligence agencies when it allegedly only encourages leaks? Why has there been no editorial questioning this? Where is “the media” on such a topic of true concern, is our government spying on us? Are the intelligence services out of control? Without a decent investigative press we may never know.                                                                                                                                                http://planetfreewill.com/2017/05/28/new-revelations-shed-light-extent-nsa-spying-obama/   http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-24/fisa-court-finds-very-serious-fourth-amendment-issue-obamas-widespread-illegal-search                                               http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/03/ask_james_rosen_and_angela_merkel_about_obama_spying.html

There are other issues that I think should have been brought into the light also. We never did find out the particulars about Benghazi and no one was held accountable. The shameful use of the IRS to handicap conservative organizations before an election was horrendous and once again, no one was held accountable. There are literally mountains of evidence against the Clintons and their foundation and the way they set the State Department up as a “pay for play” deal. That isn’t news? That isn’t important or shocking? It involved citizens, corporations and foreign governments, yet our press barely even gave it acknowledgement. Clinton’s Uranium deal should definitely be investigated. Yet there has been little coverage, not at the time it occurred and not now. Where is “the media”? If they are so afraid of every small interaction with Russia then Clinton’s facilitation of the sale of 20% of America’s uranium reserves to Russia should be the biggest story of the year!

So, we do not really have a legitimate mainstream media, we actually have a propaganda machine. As American citizens we can either be manipulated sheep or we can be intelligent consumers. I can not trust the networks or cable channels since they all push a liberal point of view. I have gone elsewhere…and, either way, I highly recommend fact checking!

RePost From Judicial Watch on Robert Mueller:

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Now that Robert Mueller has been appointed special counsel to investigate if Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election it’s worth reiterating his misguided handiwork and collaboration with radical Islamist organizations as FBI director. Judicial Watch exclusively obtained droves of records back in 2013 documenting how, under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI purged all anti-terrorism training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims after secret meetings between Islamic organizations and the FBI chief. Judicial Watch had to sue to get the records and published an in-depth report on the scandal in 2013 and a lengthier, updated follow-up in 2015.

As FBI director, Mueller bent over backwards to please radical Islamist groups and caved into their demands. The agency eliminated the valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula after Mueller met with various Islamist organizations, including those with documented ties to terrorism. Among them were two organizations— Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—named by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case. CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine.

The records obtained as part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit show that Mueller, who served 12 years as FBI chief, met with the Islamist organizations on February 8, 2012 to hear their demands. Shortly later the director assured the Muslim groups that he had ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices nationwide. The purge was part of a broader Islamist operation designed to influence the opinions and actions of persons, institutions, governments and the public at-large. The records obtained by Judicial Watch also show similar incidents of Islamic influence operations at the Departments of Justice and State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Obama White House.

Here are some of the reasons provided by Mueller’s FBI for getting rid of “offensive” training documents: “Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.” It’s crucial to note that Mueller himself had previously described the Muslim Brotherhood as a group that supports terrorism in the U.S. and overseas when his agency provided this ludicrous explanation. Here’s more training material that offended the terrorist groups, according to the FBI files provided to Judicial Watch: An article claiming Al Qaeda is “clearly linked” to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing; The Qur’an is not the teachings of the Prophet, but the revealed word of God; Sweeping generality of ‘Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance;’ conflating Islamic Militancy with terrorism. The list goes on and on.

Mueller’s actions have had a widespread effect because many local law enforcement agencies followed the FBI’s lead in allowing Islamic groups like CAIR to dictate what anti-terrorism material could be used to train officers. Among them are police departments in three Illinois cities— Lombard, Elmhurst and Highland Park—as well as the New York Police Department (NYPD). In the case of the Lombard Police Department, CAIR asserted that the instructor of a training course called “Islamic Awareness as a Counter-Terrorist Strategy” was anti-Muslim though there was no evidence to support it. Like the FBI, Lombard officials got rid of the “offensive” course. The NYPD purged a highly-acclaimed report that’s proven to be a critical tool in terrorism investigations after three New York Muslims, two mosques and an Islamic nonprofit filed a lawsuit.
Considering Mueller’s role in much of this, it makes him a bizarre choice to lead the heated Russia investigation. The goal, apparently, is to determine of Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and if President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials. In the Justice Department announcement, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein describes Mueller as person who qualifies to lead the probe because he exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command. “Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result,” according to Rosenstein.

Give Me Liberty…..

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For as William Lloyd Garrison opined:
“I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.”

It seems to be of no significance which party wins any election. Regardless of outcome, all of the political debate, the government’s decisions and movements, the ways and means of making decisions, everything that actually makes the government tick is manipulated skillfully by the democrats. The republicans do not fight this manipulation, in fact, the louder the message is which originates with the Democratic Party and their “talking heads” the more likely the Republicans are to give in to the pressure. After seeing this machine in action since election night, it has totally changed my mind about that party and its motives. 

Although the Democratic Party presents itself as a great representative of the people constantly keeping the government honest and diligently pursuing justice, in truth democrats have shown themselves to be totally corrupt, mindlessly in pursuit of power and deliberately blind to the negative consequences. Furthermore, the democrats have demonstrated repeatedly that they do not care about this country, its Founding Documents, our history or our culture and traditions. 

Time after time the Democratic Party has openly displayed its character for all to see, putting forth Hillary Clinton for president even when there was enough evidence made public to convict her of numerous federal violations, no republican could have, or ever would have, used the IRS to target democratic organizations in an effort to damage the opposing party, what president has ever just ordered that our borders not be enforced and that illegals be allowed in? There were so many things that Obama did that upset and distressed conservatives, republicans, libertarians, independents and free thinkers. In addition to what I have mentioned already there is “fast and furious”, Clinton’s State Department access for pay scandal, Clinton’s uranium deal with Russia, the lies told about the Iran treaty and hiding all of the secret side deals from the Congress and the people and etc.

Yet, except for Benghazi, not one investigative committee convened. No hordes of republicans took to the streets burning cars and smashing out building Windows. No republicans formed groups to attack democrats. Obama’s cabinet nominees were approved relatively quickly as were his decidedly liberal Supreme Court Judges. On most legislation, but not all, Republicans either worked with, negotiated with or just gave in to Democrats. Obama’s threatened veto on any potential bill was mighty indeed!

President Trump seems to be treated differently by the media and certainly by the Democratic Party. A Harvard Professor just finished a study and reported that the way in which the media has gone after Trump, trying to destroy him, is literally unprecedented! Never before has the media machine operated in concert together with such a singular purpose of the personal destruction of a legitimately elected president. He is denigrated, obstructed, laughed at, misrepresented and misquoted. His words are deliberately lifted out of context and twisted out of all relationship to what he originally meant. He is presumed a liar and a cheat while he is working nonstop to make America a better place for her citizens. To add insult to injury, his own party is not being all that helpful in Congress.

President Trump is making an excellent start on his term. He has signed new trade deals bringing jobs to our shores and has also issued executive orders which get rid of onerous and excessive government regulations and this too means more jobs. He has worked hard to promote American Industry, reform the tax code which will hopefully pass soon, to straighten out the health system and to turn back the tidal wave of illegal immigrants flooding across our southern border. 

President Trump has certainly shown a talent if not pure genius in foreign affairs. Trump may be unappreciated at home, but our allies absolutely do appreciate him and seem to understand him much better than we do. Isn’t it interesting that the president who our media fawned over constantly managed to damage our relationships with almost every ally. The Saudi Arabians said that they had been waiting for Trump for eight years. The judges (read Democratic Party and liberal) in the two circuits that claim Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration was issued because he was biased against Muslims should feel like total idiots now!

Always, though, facts will be ignored, buried, covered up or otherwise twisted or changed. The Democratic Party is perfectly willing to lie, threaten, destroy and commit fraud to win elections. How then can we not acknowledge that they have become more of a criminal enterprise than a political party? We cannot allow this continuing manipulation of the dialogue through the media, the persistent changing of the values and the belief systems of our young people through the liberal teachings of academia and the ever increasing rise of liberal intolerance for any other point of view. No one will stop this, no one will save us, no one is responsible for maintaining our freedom but us! In the end, each generation must fight to preserve the Liberty that we all consider our birthright. As the disaster in Venezuela has so brutally demonstrated, tyranny with all of its misery and suffering is never more than a generation away. (I wish I could remember who said that!)

We should not be watching Trump fight for us on TV. We should do whatever we can do to help!

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