The Road to Impeachment: Trump Calls Pelosi’s Bluff

IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY - Trump v. Pelosi (Gage Skidmore, US Coast Guard)

(Photo Courtesy of Gage Skidmore, US Coast Guard)

The Mueller Report concluded that there were no grounds to indict President Trump. There were no grounds related to the so-called Russian Collusion allegation or any other allegation that was included in the Special Counsel’s investigation. So what to do? What to do??

The Democrats needed another avenue to frustrate the President and to find a potential “high crime or misdemeanor” to try to impeach him. And that’s where the phone conversation between Trump and the Ukrainian president came in. Democrats expected this to have great potential to blow out of proportion, as they like to do, but what they didn’t expect was for Trump to release the unredacted transcript of that conversation.

The transcript showed that Trump never engaged in any incriminating conservation and breached no unlawful or inappropriate topic with the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky. [Refer to this interview with Legal Analyst and best-selling author, Gregg Jarrett where he explains the Joe Biden and Hunter Biden situation regarding the Ukraine. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1180521871223246848/video/1 ]

All one needs to know about that conservation is this: President Trump has every right and full authority to ask a foreign government if there has been any corruption or illegality by officials of the United States. In the conversation, that is all Trump refers to. He did not phrase the question in terms of “quid-pro-quo” action, meaning that if the Ukrainians didn’t comply, the United States would retaliate in some way, nor did he promise something in return if the Ukraine provided evidence. That would be government coercion. Quid-pro-quo action is what Vice President Biden engaged in during the Obama years with the Ukraine.

Despite the unredacted transcript, House Democrats have had the audacity to accuse the White House of providing a transcript that doesn’t honestly reflect what the national leaders talked about. As always, they think they know better (yet at every step, they have not).

On Tuesday, September 24, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would launch a formal impeachment INQUIRY into President Trump. Adding to our absolute frustration with Congressional Democrats, Pelosi announced last week that the House would yet again be neglecting its actual constitutional obligation to legislate and take care of the country’s problems in order to continue to investigate President Trump. She said a number of committees have been tasked with gathering “facts” and “evidence” in order to build a case. What she didn’t announce was a VOTE on impeachment. In other words…. Democrats intend to engage in yet another fishing expedition. We can interpret this as affirming that there still is no grounds for impeachment, but maybe, if the House investigates enough, if enough people lie and leak privileged information that can be misconstrued, if every aspect of Trump’s life is examined under a microscope, there may ultimately be grounds to move forward on articles of impeachment.

How this will play out is just beginning to unfold. Here were the possibilities:

(i)  The House could find nothing and close the investigation.

(ii)  The House could investigate in perpetuity effectively tying up the legislative calendar for the remainder of the year.

(iii)  The House could move forward and hold a vote to impeach the president.

(iv)  The White House could refuse to comply to the subpoenas and other requests for information UNTIL Nancy Pelosi first holds a vote on impeachment.

Trump decided to go with option #4.

The Trump Administration is not easily tricked, it knows the evil games that Democrats play, and it has no intention of complying with their fishing expedition. The White House is taking the position that it does not have to treat the House subpoenas or other requests for information as having the force or weight of impeachment law. In other words, he cannot be forced to comply. And so, yesterday afternoon, the White House sent a letter to House Speaker Pelosi calling her bluff on impeachment. The letter made it clear that it will refuse to comply with witness or document requests until a full House VOTE is taken and impeachment is officially underway, thwarting their witch hunt – the tactic used by Democrats since Trump announced he was running for the presidency. Pelosi, on the other hand, believes she does not need a vote to begin the process, as she has stated. The reality is that she is using the “inquiry” approach to avoid an actual vote in order to protect approximately a dozen Democratic House members who believe they will lose reelection if they vote to impeach President Trump.

As we are all too well aware, the effort to impeach President Trump began even before he was inaugurated on January 20. 2017. It began, on one front, with Senators Elizabeth Warren, Dick Durbin, and others attempting to tie the president’s business ventures to a violation of existing law and elevating that violation to a “high crime or misdemeanor” under the impeachment clause of the U.S. Constitution, at the same time the FBI’s “insurance policy” was being advanced. In fact, the first articles of impeachment were drafted in 2017, just months after President Trump took office. And Democrats have been beating that tired drum ever since. Their methods are just becoming more desperate and insane.

Impeachment in the United States, as we all know, is the process by which the lower house of a legislature brings charges against a civil officer of government for crimes alleged to have been committed, analogous to the bringing of an indictment by a grand jury. At the federal level, the Constitution gives the powers of impeachment and conviction to Congress: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Each house of Congress plays a part.

The House of Representatives is the chamber tasked with bringing articles of impeachment against the president (or other official). Article I, Section 2, clause 5 reads: “The House of Representatives shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” A president is “impeached” by the House by a simple majority vote (51%), but he still remains in office.

The next step is removal, which is at the sole discretion of the Senate. Article I, Section 3, clauses 6 provides: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present.”

In short, impeachment is a political process controlled by Congress, and is a tool to punish wrongdoing as defined by the constitution, not to settle policy disputes. Political hatred is not included in “high crimes and misdemeanors” and if Democrats decide to go that route, God help our country moving forward. Using this standard, political parties would be able to execute an internal government coup whenever their hatred level rises high enough.

Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy explains why Pelosi’s current impeachment gamble, which has given the Trump campaign an extra $15 million in just a few days, isn’t impeachment at all:

“The House has not voted as a body to authorize an impeachment inquiry. What we have are partisan theatrics, proceeding under the ipse dixit of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). It raises the profile, but not the legitimacy, of the same “impeachment inquiry” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) previously tried to abracadabra into being without a committee vote.

Moreover, there are no subpoenas. As Secretary Pompeo observed in his fittingly tart response on Tuesday, what committee chairmen Nadler issued was merely a letter. Its huffing and puffing notwithstanding, the letter is nothing more than an informal request for voluntary cooperation. Legally, it has no compulsive power. If anything, it is rife with legal deficiencies.

The Democrats, of course, hope you don’t notice that the House is not conducting a formal impeachment inquiry. They are using the guise of frenetic activity by several standing committees — Intelligence, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Reform, Financial Services, and Ways and Means — whose normal oversight functions are being gussied up to look like serious impeachment business.”

Taking the position that the White House has taken (calling Pelosi’s bluff on impeachment) will likely have the following effects:

1).  Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats will challenge the Trump Administration in court to compel them to comply with the impeachment inquiry (Good luck Democrats once it gets to the Supreme Court!!), and

2).  The first stage of the impeachment process will drag out over a longer period of time (making it more likely that Trump will be re-elected and Democrats will lose seats in Congress).

Regarding the first, this will cause our government to enter largely untested legal waters. Speaker Pelosi will attempt to use the legal process to threaten Administration officials to comply with her requests or risk their own legal problems, and she will threaten to add “Non-Compliance” or “Obstruction” along with her list of impeachment charges against President Trump. As hinted above, conservatives should be consoled should any constitutional questions need to be addressed by the Supreme Court.

Regarding the second, House Pelosi and Democratic Leadership have desperately tried to avoid entering into an impeachment fight because of Trump’s popularity and the public’s overall approval and support of his policy initiatives. They approve of the direction he is taking our country and they feel the positive effects of his policies. There are several House Democrats know it will be political suicide to try to impeach such a popular president.

At this initial phase of this impeachment battle, the extreme partisanship of House Democrats and their vitriolic rhetoric against the president would suggest that the House will likely proceed with filing articles of impeachment against Trump. They actually may be forced to do so by the position taken by the White House. Without compliance by the White House regarding subpoenas and requests for information, the House will have a hard time making an actual case for impeachment. The Ukrainian phone call is turning out to be another disaster for them. But, if Pelosi decides to call for a vote, if Democrats vote as a block, and if Democrats are not afraid to face their voters to explain their vote, impeachment will be successful. With a full membership of the House and having a majority, 218 Democratic “YES” votes will impeach President Trump.

What can we expect from the Senate after a House Vote?

If the House does happen to vote to impeach President Trump, the Senate would have no choice but to take up the issue of removal. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted as such. The Senate rule on impeachment requires the Senate to receive the House managers of impeachment, provide the opportunity for the managers to reveal the articles of impeachment on the Senate floor, and begin the trial no later than one o’clock in the afternoon of the following day.

Normally, the Vice President of the United States, as President of the Senate, presides over Senate business, but in order to avoid a conflict of interest, the Constitution directs “When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside.” In the case of President Trump being impeached, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts would preside over the trial, maintaining order and ensuring Senate rules are followed.

However, while Leader McConnell is correct that the Senate must consider the articles of impeachment, there are several different possibilities for how the Senate could deal with the impeachment of the president:

(1)  The Senate could begin the trial and in short order move to dismiss the articles of impeachment.

(2)  They could also entertain a motion to send the articles and the trial to a committee of the Senate.

(3)  They can dismiss some articles (if the House makes more than one accusation against the president) and hold a trial on the other articles.

(4)  They could also have a full blown trial on the Senate floor at which President Trump’s defense attorneys would be able to present and examine evidence, to call and cross-examine witnesses, and to deliver opening and final arguments.

Once the trial takes place, the Senate would likely debate in executive (or closed) session followed by a vote in open session as to whether or not to convict Trump. In order for the president to be convicted of the accusations contained in the articles of impeachment, two-thirds of senators present and voting must vote “YES.” A conviction is required to remove the president from office. The Senate may then vote to bar the president from holding federal office again.

Impeachment is perhaps the most serious exercise that our representative government can undertake. The purpose is to remove an unfit president from continuing in office where his seriously flawed judgement and dishonest intuition will have the chance to prejudice the country. It recognizes the fundamental code in our country that no one is above the law, including the President of the United States. The cavalier manner in which Speaker Pelosi is beginning this process exposes the worst kind of partisan politics. She has been mentally, emotionally, and psychologically compromised by her hatred of President Trump. Her hatred and her absolute desire to rally the Democratic Party behind an effort to unseat the man that is doing to most to hurt her party has her hijacking the power of her office and her position for purposes not allowed by the Constitution, nor contemplated by it. Again, political hatred does not come under the purview of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” which is the historic and constitutional threshold for impeachment. Presidents Nixon and Clinton faced an impeachment inquiry only after a vote by the House. Speaker Pelosi is buckling under the pressure of left-wing activists to impeach President Trump while violating the proper process to do so in order to protect Democratic members who may lose re-election if they vote on impeachment.

If you listen to the mainstream news or do a google search (which of course, will take you to a progressive/liberal site rather than any conservative ones), you will hear crazy talk like “Polls show more Americans are in favor of impeachment” and “More compelling evidence against President Trump.” None of these stories is true. The truth is that Democrats are suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome which is causing them to ignore the Constitution, to ignore the will of the people at the ballot box in 2016, and to ignore proper codes of conduct and to persecute and harass the President every chance they get (or to manufacture a reason to do so).

I wish the Supreme Court would issue a “cease and desist” order to House Democrats, instructing them to stop harassing President Trump and ordering them BACK TO WORK !!

All the facts in this impeachment reveal a purely partisan attempt to overturn the will of the American people and to remove from office a man who won a historic victory at the ballot box. The victory was not simply to put him in office but it was a message rejecting Hillary Clinton and the Democratic pollical machine. The incessant investigations, allegations, and calls for impeachment are merely illegitimate attempts (ie, a coup) to overturn the election of President Trump in 2016.

But the American people are not without a role in the righteousness of the impeachment or the injustice of the impeachment. The American people have the opportunity to weigh in at the ballot box regarding their views of the impeachment. If the impeachment was clearly justified, the party responsible for bringing the articles of impeachment and for removing the dishonorable president will be rewarded with more seats in Congress. On the other hand, if a particular political party misused or abused its impeachment power, that party will suffer at election time. For example, after impeaching President Clinton, congressional Republicans faced backlash and lost seats in the subsequent election. The overwhelming majority of Americans had no idea of the actual legal basis for his impeachment (for he committed an actual crime by knowingly lying under oath as a defendant in a lawsuit) but just knew that he was a popular president who seemed to be impeached for his inability to keep his little willie in his pants.

It will be up to us, and those of us who appreciate Donald Trump and who are sickened by the actions of the Democratic Party, to push back against this evil myoptic political party and to make sure their numbers and their voice in government is minimized. We must make it abundantly clear that it is NOT acceptable to ignore one’s constitutional obligations and oath to office and instead to co-opt the powers of the federal government for the singular purpose of advancing the interests and power of a political party.

 

 

Reference:

“Oppose Impeachment,” Heritage Action. Referenced at: https://heritageaction.com/toolkit/oppose-impeachment?utm_source=heritageaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_10-05-2019&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVRneFl6bGtaR1ptTW1ObCIsInQiOiJFYzNUM1wvODhGeHJ2N2NpeGFZaTFmVTRYWFFyUWhBQ0FGVjNkOFFtVDVweTFDa3ZQQm1hK25rS1wvcTZOWnVZU0RsM3o0SFM5K2VIeVI2bXRnYmtBR05yVGVFVktUR2NEQWVSdGx0NStcL3cyQjVrZ1J3cTlJdGZzWnBQTVwvSE1tR2YifQ%3D%3D

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The Democratic Party is the Greatest Threat to America

democrats - bad for america

by Diane Rufino, January 20, 2019

In a nutshell, this is what the Democratic Party wants for American citizens….. This is what it believes government can impose on us —

It wants open borders – to allow the uncontrolled immigration and smuggling of drugs into our country to overwhelm our system and our services and to poison and kill our children. It wants to continue allowing drug traffickers to make drugs readily available on our streets and on our college campuses, and to allow dangerous and brutal MS-13 gang members to terrorize our communities and neighborhoods. These are all simply non-important, non-crisis-level collateral problems caused by the more righteous decision to ignore immigration laws and do what is “moral.

As it allows more and more criminals and drugs into our country, it wants at the same time to confiscate firearms and to outlaw most of the common guns (205 of them) that citizens purchase and acquire to defend themselves, their families, and their homes. [Dianne Feinstein has already introduced the bill, co-sponsored by a slew of Democratic Senators, and Democratic states are already enforcing gun confiscation laws, other gun control laws, and Red Flag laws].

And then for the coup-de-grace…. in return for providing no safety or national security, for increasing the level of crime in our country, in our cities, and towns, and in our communities, and for taking away our most essential of human rights (the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense and to defend against government tyranny), it wants to jack up our federal income tax rate to 70% to pay for all the freebies that will be provided to those who don’t work, who don’t want to work, who are not “comfortable enough” in their poverty, who are having more and more kids without being married or being able to afford them, and who pour into the country illegally.

Don’t be fooled by their rhetoric or their feigned concern for morality or compassion. It’s about one thing and one thing only – growing the voter base for the Democratic Party. A party that prides itself on everything unpatriotic, unnatural, and illegal must grow its votes by increasing those bases. They despise our Constitution and our laws; they despise our traditional values and they despise our sense of nationality and “America first.”

A government that offers no protection, no security of rights, and nothing of real lasting value is one that is no different from Rome’s “bread and circuses.” Like the history of the Roman Empire, a government that just treats man’s basic urges and distracts him while the country falls into a downward spiral, is one that signal’s the country’s eventual demise.

Democrats are the biggest threat to our country and to our Constitution. They are bad for you and bad for America.

The Democratic Party: The Party Without Ideas, Morals, and Principles

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by Diane Rufino, January 19, 2019

Democrats used to be the party of Bad Ideas. Now it’s the party of Bad People.

If you don’t believe me, let’s just take a look at some of the leaders, new representatives, movements, and individuals that call themselves “Democrats.”

Barack Obama – the great Divider-in-Chief.  He left the country far more racially-divided than he found it in 2008. Five months after he took office in 2009, he couldn’t help but comment on a news story he saw – where a black Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates, was arrested for trying to break into his own house. Without knowing the facts, President Obama commented at a prime time press conference: “”I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that [Gates case]. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”   The facts were that the police acted in full accordance with proper procedure, and that it was Gates itself who obstructed the police by accusing them of being racist by asking for proof that he in fact lived at the residence and then refusing to show identification. The Cambridge Police Department insisted that Obama apologize for casting the officer, the department, and the police in general, in a disparaging and racist light, which he did.  The impact and fall-out couldn’t have been worse – the beginning of the Black Lives Matter.  Obama made things worse when again, without knowing the facts (because the mainstream media wasn’t providing the facts), he took the side of Travon Martin in the Travon Martin – Zimmerman incident (resulting in Martin’s shooting death). We all remember how the media kept showing a young, sweet-faced, innocent-looking grade school age Travon, which prompted Obama to comment: “He could be my son.” The reality was that Travon was a big, thug-looking, drug-taking high school student who was prone to violence and in fact, had been expelled or suspended from school because of it. It was he who sought out Zimmerman that fateful night, beating him to a bloody pulp, breaking his nose and causing blood to fill his lungs, which caused him to find his gun and shoot Travon in self-defense. Again, the real facts were ignored by Obama. And the Black Lives Matter Movement became stronger and stronger, and more violent. Many police lives were taken for no other reason than the Black Lives Matter movement inspired the killings. And race relations took two generations backwards. I’m not suggesting that Barack Obama did anything intentional, but his actions were reckless and he should have anticipated the violent response by black communities.

Bill and Hillary Clinton – serial criminals. They haven’t encountered a law they haven’t broken, and in the case of Bill, there isn’t a woman he’s encountered that he hasn’t tried to have sex with or wanted to have sexual relations with. As Secretary of State, Hillary used her position to enrich herself, her husband, and her foundation in order to prepare for her presidential campaign.  She engaged in a “pay-to-play scheme where she promised foreign leaders, foreign companies, global players favors with the US government and with our laws in return for personal (financial) aggrandizement. She arranged to sell Russia most of our Uranium in return for speaking engagements and huge donations to the Clinton Foundations. In other words, she sold out American interests for Clinton interests.  Bill and Hillary are the quintessential political elite – believing they are better, smarter, and above the law. In 2016, Hillary honestly believed she was entitled to the presidency, and she probably continues to believe that.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer – the chief obstructionists in government. Pelosi, as House Speaker, is commandeering that chamber to obstruct Trump in every way, shape, and form (simply because he won the presidency, frustrating Democrats’ plans to continue control of the government, the Swamp, and the Deep State). And Schumer, the cry-baby of the Senate, is commandeering that chamber against Trump. They had the nerve, in their rebuttal to President Trump’s appeal to the American people from the Oval Office, to accuse him of trying to get support for his wall by creating fear through a “manufactured crisis” at the southern border. After all the deaths at the hands of illegals, after all the seizures of deadly drugs crossing the border (fentanyl being the worse), after the increase in the brutal MS-13 gang activity (comprised almost entirely of illegals), after data showing an alarming amount of human trafficking across the border, and after the caravan fiasco and a 37% increase in aliens flooding over the border illegals, Pelosi and Schumer had the nerve to dismiss the situation at the border as nothing more than a “manufactured crisis.” They called the wall immoral, yet themselves live in gated, walled communities. They enjoy the security provided by a wall in their own lives, but believe the American people should not be entitled to that in their lives. When a reporter scaled the wall to Pelosi’s house, the House Speaker had her arrested; I guess, the reporter wasn’t entitled to the sanctuary provided by Pelosi’s property. When Angel Mom’s visited Pelosi’s office and Schumer’s office, they refused to meet with them. To me, that is immoral.

Rep. Maxine Waters –  or better known as “Mad Max.”  Maxine is the “non-thinker’s representative.” She encouraged supporters to harass Trump administration officials whenever and wherever they find them. “Make them feel like they don’t belong.”  Imagine telling a group of Americans – taxpayers – that they don’t belong in the country they pledge allegiance too. Of course, Democrats were all-too happy to oblige and harass our government officials in their private time, with their families, at restaurants, at movies, etc. Aside from her antics, her dishonorable conduct, and being voted the most corrupt member of the US Congress for many years, she is a notorious race-baiter and race hustler.

Rep. Roshida Tlaib – the new Muslim representative from Michigan. After taking the oath of office, she told her supporters: “We will impeach the Mother F***er!”  Tlaib not only has no understanding of the US Constitution (for nowhere in it are members of Congress given the authority to impeach a president simply because they don’t like him), but she hopes one day to see the total destruction of Israel.

Rep. Alexandria Cortez-Ocasio – the new representative from New York. She is another “non-thinker’s representative.”  Cortez-Ocasio is not only a dull-brained, uninformed, unprepared representative, she is also an avowed socialist who believes the government should provide everybody everything for free. (She apparently is unaware of the studies of Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven who predicted, back in 1966, that one day, welfare alone will overwhelm our system and cause it to crash).  But she is photogenic and loves the camera.

Senator Elizabeth Warren – aka, “Pocahontas.”  Warren lied about her heritage, claiming she has Indian blood in her, in order to take advantage of the affirmative action hiring benefit for the protected minority group. It is one thing to lie but another, far worse thing, to misappropriate an opportunity that has been set aside for someone who has actually been the victim of past discrimination or the victim of policies that at one time put a group of people at a great disadvantage for social equality. And that is what Warren did. The path of that gross misappropriation put her on a path that ultimately put her in the position to run for the US Senate.

Senator Cory Booker – aka, “Spartacus.”  As a member of the Black Caucus, he is a race-baiter and was one of the members of the Senate who helped turn the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings into a circus and to bring dishonor to the body in general. At the Hearing, he was going to put everything at risk, he said, even his place in the US Senate, and break the rules. He would release confidential documents that he believed would expose Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh as a supporter of racial profiling. Oh how excited he was. He was flushed with pride at being able to have such a moment – his “Spartacus moment.”  Who can forget what he said, and with a straight face too: “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”  Rather than being a dramatic moment, one that would be the revelation to tank Kavanaugh’s chances of confirmation, it ended up being nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt (and a great source for some pretty funny political memes!!)

Senator Dick Durbin – He admitted to plotting, along with Richard Blumenthal and other Democrats, to disrupt the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. He sided with Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault without any corroborating witnesses or without any evidence, and his line of questioning reflected that. In fact, even though Kavanaugh proclaimed his innocence in the alleged incident, provided what seemed to be an air-tight alibi (with the calendar/diary he kept during the alleged time period), and had already been screened by the FBI at least 5-6 times already, he called for an FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations.

Senator Richard Blumenthal – a particularly slimy Democrat. Like Durbin, he admitted to plotting to disrupt the Kavanaugh hearing, and like Durbin, he took Ford’s side in the matter of her allegations of sexual assault.  Blumenthal had the audacity to lecture the honorable, squeaky-clean Supreme Court nominee on the implications of telling even a single lie, when he himself had not been truthful as a public servant. For 15 years, he claimed not only that he served in the Vietnam War, but that he served in the notorious Da Nang province, which was where some of the bloodiest fighting took place. He did not serve in the Vietnam War. In fact, he requested 5 times to defer service. It was this lie that prompted President Trump to nickname him “Da Nang Dick.”  That name appears to be so true on many levels.

Senator Dianne Feinstein – cunning as she is ignorant of what is protected by the Second Amendment.  Feinstein intentionally withheld information about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her back in college in order to release the accusation at the most opportune moment during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. She held onto a letter that Ford had written, not sharing it, and most importantly, not putting Ford in contact with law enforcement or lawyers who could address her claims; her interest was making sure that the revelations in the letter did maximum damage to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s chances of being confirmed to the Supreme Court. She had no concern for the American principle that a man is presumed innocent until proven guilty and she had no qualms about destroying the reputation and character of a loving family man, model citizen, and honorable public servant. She put the politics of personal destruction over her duty to be honorable in reviewing a nominee to the Supreme Court. Most recently, she introduced legislation to ban 205 different weapons. (Many other Democratic senators co-sponsored, including Senators Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris)

Senator Bob Menendez – from New Jersey, who was indicted on a slew of federal corruption charges.

Keith Ellison – former US congressman from Minnesota (2007-2019) and now, the state’s Attorney General. He was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and another race-baiter in Congress. In 2006, during his first run for Congress, Ellison admitted that he had worked with the notorious anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, for 18 months leading up to the October 1995 Million Man March. In 2005, a picture emerged of then Senator Barack Obama and then Rep. Ellison with Farrakhan. Apparently, members of the Black Caucus met with the controversial leader. Ellison has denied any contact with Farrakhan since 1995 and has denounced the Nation of Islam, yet the 2005 photo would suggest otherwise. And then in 2013, more evidence arose to show that he again met with Farrakhan.

Black Lives Matter Movement – a movement originating in the African-American community, which for all intents and purposes, implicates Democrats. The movement was intended to campaign against police brutality and alleged systemic racism against blacks. In 2014, after the deaths of two African Americans, Michael Brown (resulting in protests, riots, and unrest in Ferguson) and Eric Garner in New York City, protesters marched down Fifth Avenue in New York City, led by the so-called Reverend Al Sharpton in support of the growing “Black Lives Matter” movement. They chanted: “What Do We Want?  — Dead Cops.  When do we want it?  — Now!”  A few months later, retaliation against law enforcement began.  On December 20, 2014, NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were targeted and shot in their vehicle in Brooklyn. The following year, additional officers were targeted and killed, for no other reason than they wore a blue uniform.

Hollywood specifically, and the Entertainment Industry in general –  Actors, actresses, singers and other musicians, comedians, and talk show hosts such as Kathy Griffin, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Jimmy Kimmel, Rosie O’Donnell, Peter Fonda, Chelsea Handler, Michelle Wolf, Samantha Bee, Cher, Richard Gere, Sarah Silverman, Tom Hanks, Ashley Judd, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, John Legend, Jay-Z, Snoop Dog, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Jennifer Lawrence, Stephen King, Louis C.K., Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert, Jim Carrey, Pete Davidson (SNL), and others I can’t think of off the top of my head use their celebrity, take to social media, and misuse the many platforms open to them to make hateful and vile comments about President Trump, his family, and members of his administration. Kathy Griffin posed happily with a fake severed and bloody head of Donald Trump. Others have expressed hope that members of his family would get raped. These are sick and demented human beings who have no decency. They are clearly pre-occupied with sex, sex acts, orifices, and rape.

Democratic Voters – in general Democrats elect representatives who will pursue policies of government plunder and wealth redistribution. They enjoy confiscating money and property from the wealthy in order that its confiscation will enrich them and will further social policies to keep voters tied to the Democratic Party. They willingly ignore God’s commandment that reads “Thou Shalt Not Covet,” and because they rarely earn the money that the government takes in in tax revenue, they spent it recklessly and without regard to actual necessity.  Interestingly, while they demand equality of the laws in every other aspect of existence, they have no problem depriving such to the wealthy, joyously and energetically demanding that the rich (and the government decides who is “rich enough”) be disproportionately (greatly, too) taxed.  The problem with Democrats, in a nutshell, is that they have no problem and no limits when it comes to taking money from others and spending other peoples’ money.

And so…   Yes, Democrats are bad for the image of our country and for decent, honorable, patriotic Americans. And they are simply bad for our country.

Of course this article is not meant to suggest that there aren’t some Republicans who can’t be accused of less than honorable conduct, but there is nothing on the right that runs so foul of decent conduct and on such a widescale basis as on the left.

Kanye West is No Political Party Slave

KANYE WEST - Twitter post (how bad he has been mistreated for supporting Trump)

by Diane Rufino, November 2, 2018

I’m not a fan of rap music, I must admit.   I love music; it’s a big part of my life and my personality. The music of the 80s has always made me happy and I’ve been a loyal fan of rock. Sappy 60’s love tunes and Motown hits feed my soul and classical feeds my mind. I have no need for rap music. It is nothing but noise and offensive words and themes to me. But I do admit that while I find many rappers obnoxious, disrespectful, and offensive, I’ve always thought differently of Kanye. He has always been his own man, seemingly cut from a different mold. His smile has always seemed sincere and infectious. And there certainly have been times when I asked myself: “What the hell is he talking about ?” But all that comes from observation and sound bites over the years. I don’t really know anything about him.

Recently, according to the news, Kanye has launched a new clothing range meant to promote a campaign he seems to be championing –  the “Blexit” campaign, which urges black Americans to leave the Democratic party. Taking its cue from the Brexit movement and the Calexit movement (Britain leaving the EU, and California leaving the US), “Blexit” is short for “black exit.” And while we all know that he is super enamored with Donald Trump and feels “empowered” when he puts on his MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN cap, he also made a donation of several thousand dollars to a Democratic candidate running for mayor of Chicago.

Again, I don’t really know much about Kanye.

But here is what I know: Kanye West loves his country deeply. He is very patriotic and for some reason, the ascendency of Trump in politics and to the White House has energized and encouraged him very much. He has an obvious bond of affection with the man.

I also know this:  Everyone has the freedom to think the way they want to think, to put into perspective those things which are most important, and to rely on those values (or not) that helped form one’s conscience. Every has the freedom to exercise free will and choice. While I have a choice over what music I want to listen to, he has a choice over which political party best speaks to his personal values and interests. He is a human being, and NOT a skin color. His mind does NOT belong to the Democratic Party just because his skin color is black. The mind, the one thing that makes us truly unique, must be free to follow the dictates of one’s conscience; otherwise blind allegiance to a party is nothing more than political bondage – political slavery. Like slavery, the efforts of those bound serve others. In this case, the efforts of African-Americans to support and further  the Democratic Party serve the interests of wealthy powerful white political elites. In return, they get affirmative action and welfare — policies designed to reinforce that they are inferior. Kanye is exercising his God-given free will and the dictates of his conscience. I applaud him for that. He is putting his faith in the potential of America as embodied by a man who believes the same and who is working endlessly and unapologetically to achieve it — for all Americans. Kanye doesn’t see people in terms of color. He doesn’t see politics in terms of color. And he doesn’t subscribe to the racial politics that persons of a certain color must think and act the same way and in the collective. In fact, he has criticized a certain political party of focusing too strongly on the race. How ironic it is that about 55 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. started a great movement in this country to urge Americans to stop looking at each other in terms of race but in terms of our shared humanity, yet now we focus on race more acutely than ever. We are a land of individuals — of free and unique individuals. The only source we should all be looking for strength and guidance is the Lord Almighty and not a political party and certainly not government.

Washington DC: It’s Not Government, It’s a Battlefield

MEME - this is not government (this is a battlefield

by Diane Rufino, Sept. 14, 2018

This is my latest meme. And I’m serious about its message.

DC politicians make me sick. They are quite literally the most wretched of human beings. They (mostly Democrats, let’s face it) refuse to act in the best interests of the country or of its citizens, but rather, act for pure political purposes only – for the benefit of their party, for the political power that its political elites will enjoy.

Why else would they make it their key political objective to impeach a president who has worked tirelessly to Make America Great Again. And it’s true, he has made America great again; he has the intuition, the insight, the political saavy, the conviction, and the dedication to enact policies to benefit the country and its people. His goal is not to redistribute American’s wealth and success to the rest of the world, but to keep and protect that wealth here. The other party cannot say the same. The president, despite the character flaws greatly exaggerated by the other side, has the decency to honor the promises he made on the campaign trail. His primary goal each day is to honor those promises to return to the people the grand notion that elected officials serve the people and that government works for them.

In what sensible universe would anyone make it their key political objective to take this honorable president out of office? The only answer that makes sense is that President Trump is pursuing policies that are so completely and directly in opposition to the agenda of the Democratic PARTY… not necessarily the people who identify as Democrats, but of the PARTY. Extrapolating from that, the only answer that makes sense is that the Democratic PARTY does not want the federal government to put America first.

The Democratic Party offers no path or vision for our country other than “impeach Trump.” In other words, the Democratic Party’s plan is to reverse the path of the Trump administration — to increase taxes, to increase burdensome regulations on businesses, to roll back the policies that have created hundreds of thousands of good jobs (jobs paying much more than minimum wage), to prostrate ourselves to world leaders and to give them support from the American taxpayer and without concern for the taxpayer, to undo trade deals and go back to exporting our wealth, to open our borders to uncontrolled illegal immigration, to flood illegals onto our entitlement programs and in our public education system….. in general, to overload our American systems so that they crash and true socialism or even worse arises out of their ashes.

The most important civic duty an American citizen has is to be informed and educated and responsible at the ballot box in order that our country has the integrity and strength for successive generations.

What is the key word in the phrase that once described our government — “government of the People, by the People, and for the People” ? — THE PEOPLE.

We can only have such a government if the political parties stop being so absolutely adversarial, if they stop being so critically opposite, and if they stop putting their power-thirsty interests and agenda above the interests of the people. We can only have a functional governance if they stop using the government as their battleground.

DC politicians and DC politics make me sick.

The #WalkAway Campaign is Helping to Humanize Politics

BRANDON STRAKA - on Tucker Carlson   by Diane Rufino, July 3, 2018

Have you heard of the WalkAway Campaign?  I encourage everyone to check it out. I think this just may be the movement that will save our country from being hijacked by the lunatic fringe.

The movement was started by Brandon Straka, a handsome, gay (but I repeat myself) NYC hairdresser who was having a hard time reconciling his values and love of country with the party (Democratic) to which he belonged.  So he started a testimonial campaign where individuals could post their video or written testimonials as to why they are fed up with the Democratic Party and liberalism and why they are walking away or have walked away. It’s called the “#WalkAway Campaign (“the hashtag WalkAway Campaign”).

Liberals are going on social media and posting their testimonials. I encourage everyone to check it out – on Facebook, Instagram, on Twitter…   I encourage everyone to join the Facebook #WalkAway Campaign and “The Silent Majority” Facebook page. (Both started by Straka). Minorities are walking away in large numbers, and non-minorities as well.

I believe that this exodus is what just might save this country. This rejection of liberalism is just what might help heal the divide, help all of us as Americans to reconnect, and to help us all get on the same page, which is to make our country great and safe again. This is our home. Our communities are our backyard. The people we put “D” and “R” labels on and criticize and complain about are our neighbors.

Straka is blown away at the response to his campaign and the overwhelming support he is getting, insomuch that he is giving people a voice and a channel and they are taking him up on it.  Even Tucker Carlson highlighted it on his show last night, allowing Straka to explain why he started it and how successful it has become.

As Straka explained, what is even more satisfying to him than the scores of testimonials of liberals is that people on the right are participating we well. He is happy that has been able to help give a voice back to the silent minority, and in some cases, the silent majority. Both have been misrepresented and mischaracterized by the mainstream media. As Straka explains, “So now we’re cutting out the media, which has controlled the narrative as to what it means to be a conservative – which is that all conservatives are racists and bigots. Now people from the right can tell their own stories, and they are saying ‘I’m not a racist; I’m not a bigot.’”

The #WalkAway campaign is humanizing politics and for that, I think Brandon Straka is a genius. I am extremely grateful for what he has done and for the movement he started to give those on the left empowerment (for there is power in numbers) for making the decision to walk away from the political party which they  once thought best represented them.

I only wish that Tucker Carlson would have given Brandon more time to talk about the #WalkAway campaign. I thought it was a rushed segment but certainly one of the most significant topics in a long time. I hope Tucker will invite him back, and I hope other shows will do the same.

VIDEO:  Brandon Straka’s appearance on the Tucker Carlson Show –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwsrPYUazq8&feature=youtu.be

REJECTING HATE: The #WalkAway Campaign is the Second Most Significant Political Movement of Our Time

WALKAWAY - Brandon Straka (WalkAway Campaign)

by Diane Rufino, July 2, 2018

The rejection of establishment party politics and politicians, of course, was the first. That movement led to the election of Donald Trump – probably our most ambitious, most singularly-focused, most America-centric, most Jeffersonian president since Ronald Reagan.

This new movement, the “#WalkAway Campaign,” is one of exposing the evil agenda of the Democratic Party and decision to reject and walk away from it.

The #WalkAway movement began on May 25 on Facebook. A young man named Brandon Straka, a gay hairdresser in New York City, posted a video of himself explaining why he was leaving the Democratic Party, thus inspiring an exodus from the party.

Introducing that video, Strake wrote on Facebook:

Today I’m kicking off the #WalkAway campaign by releasing my video about why I am walking away from liberalism and the Democratic Party. It is my sincere hope that you will join me in this campaign and that we may start a movement in this country which not only encourages others to walk away from the divisive left, but also takes back the narrative from the liberal media about what it means to be a conservative in America. It is up to all of us to make our voices heard and reclaim the truth.

The Democratic Party has taken for granted that it owns racial, sexual, and religious minorities in America. It has encouraged groupthink, hypocrisy, division, stereotyping, resentment, and the acceptance of victimhood mentality. And all the while, they have discouraged minorities from having independent thought, open dialogue, measured and informed opinion, and a motivation to succeed.

Please like and share my video, and please post your own #WalkAway video!!  If you are a former liberal who has walked away from the left, please share your story, or your message, or your thoughts in a video on the WalkAway Campaign Facebook Page.

If you are a lifelong conservative or non-Democrat, please share your story, message, or thoughts on what it truly means to be a conservative. Right now, the liberal media continues to perpetuate a false narrative about the “hateful” and “bigoted” right. Use your voice to let people know who conservatives really are. Be sure to use the hashtag #WalkAway.

Please like and follow me on Facebook and Twitter:

@usminority

The Unsilent Minority

And subscribe to my YouTube channel: The Unsilent Minority —  https://youtu.be/4Pjs7uoOkag

Straka’s video has quickly morphed into a major force on social media and beyond. According to an article last Thursday (June 28) in the Epoch Times, some five million people on Facebook and YouTube alone (not even including all those on Twitter) have seen his very honest and very thought-provoking video describing his awakening to the insanities of liberalism and the Democratic Party.

In his video, Straka explains: “I reject a system which allows an ambitious misinformed and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, to create false narratives, and to apathetically steamroll over the truth. I reject hate.”

Brandon Straka’s video can be found on the Facebook page he created for the campaign – WalkAway Campaign (@walkawaycampaign) or using this link:  https://www.facebook.com/usminority/videos/486555651765405/

Straka began to question his political and ideological loyalty to the Democratic Party after the election of Trump. He began to research the so-called news put out by the left-wing (mainstream) media and found out that a lot of it was simply not true. And what wasn’t false was either greatly distorted or horribly biased. He had friends who had lost jobs because of Obama’s excessive government regulations. When he asked people from his small hometown in Nebraska why they had voted for Trump, they told him that Democratic government policies, and especially those of Obama (including his healthcare bill) were killing their small businesses. These business owners (job creators) hadn’t been able to grow their businesses in over 10 years and in fact, they were finding it harder and harder to even stay in business.

This was the reality that the mainstream media never talks about nor the problems that the Democratic Party wants to acknowledge or address.

And then came the Democrats’ campaign of fear and hatred, from the Women’s March last January, to the Antifa attacks, to the mean-spirited and filthy remarks of liberal so-called comedians, talk-show hosts, and members of Hollywood, to the most vile of threats and comments towards Trump, the first family, and members of the administration on social media, to the pictures and re-enactments and suggestions of a Trump beheading or assassination, and now to the Maxine Waters’ type narrative about “stopping the Republicans at all costs,” about “confronting them and harassing them” even at their homes and with their families at restaurants, gas stations, movies and shows, and letting them know “they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” (in their own country, in a country they pay taxes to, simply for having a different political opinion!).  The most serious, according to Straka, are the messages that, under the guise of free speech, are really intended to incite violence across the country. For many unhinged individuals, they don’t need much prompting; they are ready to snap at any moment. And the Democrats, and especially the mainstream media, are ever so ready to spin the tragedy into a political opportunity.

“This is a matter of the media specifically using and manipulating people’s deepest fears, based on legitimate traumas,” Straka explained.

“Can you imagine manipulating domestic violence just for political purposes?

Although he was troubled and conflicted, he was afraid of losing all his friends. As he began posting things on social media which didn’t comport with the narrative of the Democratic puppet masters, people started attacking him and unfriending him.  He was being discriminated all over again. First homophobia, and now politiphobia.  He was being discriminated against for daring to be an independent thinker and for questioning the policies, the antics, and the motives of his political party.

But what finally pushed Straka to leave the Democratic Party?  What pushed him to make the video – to make his very public decision to walk away?

He said he needed to address the hate and the party’s manipulation. “I thought, ‘You know what, this is too important.’ Maybe it’s the fact that I’m a gay man and I’ve already been through this—people making up lies about what it means to be gay and trying to shame me. I was like, ‘I’m not doing it. I’m not doing this twice.’

As he explains: “The #WalkAway movement is so much more than a hashtag on Twitter. This is a testimonial campaign, a grassroots movement that is going to change the political landscape of this country.”

Straka has become the unlikely face of the new “silent majority of Americans” but he is not the only one. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.. they are just some of the social media outlets full of brave testimonials and self-professed walkers.

Here is the full transcript of Brandon Straka’s video. It is powerful:

Once upon a time, I was a liberal. Well, to be honest, less than a year ago, I was still a liberal. I became a liberal because I believed I found a tribe whose values aligned with that of my own. I staunchly reject racism of any kind, I reject the marginalization of any human being based off of their gender or sexual orientation. I reject tyrannical group think, I reject a system that allows an ambitious misinformed and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, to create false narratives, and to apathetically steamroll over the truth.

I reject hate.

For years now, I have watched as the left has devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded rhetoric and at times, blatantly fascistic behavior. Liberalism has been co-opted and absorbed by the very characteristics it claims to fight against. For years now, I’ve watched as people on the left have become anesthetized to their own prejudices and bigotry and to the prejudices and bigotry of those around them who echo their values. I’ve watched these formerly-sensible people, who claim to reject racism, come to embrace the principles of universally hating and blaming all of society’s problems on people who have white skin. I’ve witnessed the irony of advocacy for gender equality morph into blatant hatred and intolerance of men and masculinity. I’ve seen this once-earnest fight for equality for the LGBT community mutate into an illogical demonization of hetero-normity and the push to vilify and attack our conventional concepts of gender. These same self-proclaimed victims of intolerance are turning on the gay community that they once attached themselves to to advance their agenda, now calling gay people ‘privileged’ and themselves ‘victims’ of injustice. I’ve watched as the left has allowed themselves to become hypnotized by false narratives and conclusions, perpetuated by social justice warriors who misrepresent and misconstrue facts and evidence and events to confirm their own biases that everyone who does not comply with their prejudicial conclusions is a Racist, a Bigot, a White Supremist, a Nazi… homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, misogynist, and Al-Right Extremist. And I’ve watched as they’ve used these heartless and carelessly-assigned labels to intimidate, threaten, bully, silence, attack, un-employ, blacklist, and destroy anybody who dares to fight back. They’ll come for me and then they’ll come for you. And worst of all, the Democratic Party and the liberal media have embraced, affirmed, aided, and abetted this cult ideology. In an effort to gain voters and maintain power, the Democratic Party that I once loved has joined forces with the extremist left. The Democratic Party and the liberal media now believe their own ill-gotten conclusions and have ominously decided that they – and ONLY they – know the remedy for society’s ills.

The Left has decided that the solution to the problem of race relations in America is more racism. The Left has decided that attacking, insulting, and dehumanizing one group of people elevates another. The Left now believes there are no boundaries when telling lies, omitting the truth, or misrepresenting the facts when telling the news because their end justifies their means. The Left has now decided that its point of view is the ONLY acceptable one and that suppressing, censuring, and banning open debate is virtuous and progressive. The Democratic Party has adopted a deleterious belief system, happily and without skepticism, separating people into groups based off of identity and then organizing them into camps of ‘victims’ and ‘oppressors.’

If you are a person of color, an LGBT person, a woman, or an American immigrant, the Democratic Party wants you to know that you are a victim and destined to stay that way. They will insist that you are a victim doomed to exist in a system that is rigged against you, that you are a victim of systemic oppression, that you are a victim of your circumstances, and that no amount of hard work or motivational action will ever allow you to overcome your victimhood or the privilege of those around you.

This is the Democratic Party’s greatest and most insidious lie.

If you are a minority in American today, the leftwing politicians and the leftwing media don’t ever want you to discover this lie. So they bombard us with stories designed to reinforce this narrative that you are in danger and that you cannot succeed. They manipulate your fears and concerns by telling you that you are disadvantaged, dis-empowered, and disposable to everyone – except to them. They will tell you that you need them. They will tell you that you are only safe under their supervision. They will promise to liberate you from all that chains you. And then, they will do…. NOTHING for you.

Once upon a time I was a liberal. But liberalism has changed. And I will not be part of an ideology or political party that represents everything that contradicts the values of unity, equal opportunity, personal empowerment, compassion, and love. And so, I am walking away.

I encourage you to do the same.

Walk Away.

It’s one thing to break the physical shackles that restrain one’s physical freedom. But it’s another thing to break the shackles that restrain intellectual freedom, freedom of conscience, of thought and speech.

Real political Power comes from the individual, and not from a political party, although that may seem very hard to believe. Individuals who are respectful, intelligent, and articulate, like Brandon Straka, who can express genuine issues and concerns, are the ones who can get things done and the ones who can build bridges. Mob-style, un-intelligent, zombie-like group think is counterproductive. Submitting unconditionally and unquestioningly to a political party is an abdication of civic duty and a lazy man’s exercise of his fundamental first amendment rights.

The same party that supported the physical shackles of the 19th century continues to support the intellectual shackles today.  But luckily, some no longer want to be shackled.  They are deciding to put principle before party. They are deciding to put country before party. They are walking away from a poisoned political party.

It’s time to #WalkAway.

 

References:

Brandon Straka’s “#WalkAway Video” –  https://www.facebook.com/usminority/videos/486555651765405/

WalkAway Facebook Page –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/OFFICIALWalkAwayCampaign/

Celia Farber, “Viral ‘WalkAway’ Videos Highlight Growing Movement of Democrats Leaving the Party.” The Epoch Times, June 28. 2018.  Referenced at:  https://www.theepochtimes.com/viral-walk-away-videos-highlight-growing-movement-of-democrats-leaving-the-party_2578446.html