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.

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Government Targeting Political Opponents (an American Story, thanks to Barack Obama)

 

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by Diane Rufino, July 21, 2018

On Thursday, July 19, supporters of Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters showed up at her Los Angeles office and put on a very troubling and unpatriotic display. I suppose their conduct was either in line with their diminished intelligence, their natural tendency to thug-like, violent behavior, or the indoctrination of the Thug Queen herself, Maxine Waters. At one point in the video taken of that protest, one lady not only parroted the vile hatred that Waters has been spewing but she also sounded exactly like her. It was disturbingly unsettling.

Waters and her ilk are the lowest of the low, and should have no place in the kind of country that was established for close-knit communities predicated on the mutual respect for our country’s ideals, our collective desire to get along, and our intelligent duty to conduct ourselves as decent members of society and to support the Rule of Law.

Last week, the constitutionally conservative group known as Oath Keepers called on members to show up outside the controversial Congresswoman’s South Los Angeles office for a “protest against Maxine Waters’ incitement of terrorism, and a stand FOR ICE and the Border Patrol.”  Supporters of Waters (ie, the demonstrators) showed up with the intent of countering that protest, but police at the protest site told the Los Angeles Times that the group had notified authorities that it no longer planned to hold the demonstration, in order to keep the peace.

Rather than go back home, the Pro-Waters crowd, which numbered a few dozen and included union workers, church leaders, South Los Angeles residents and members of activist groups, many holding signs that read “Resist!,” proceeded to demonstrate and display the hatred that Rep. Waters so often uses her platform to encourage and incite. At one point, a pick-up truck drove by, and believing it to belong to a member of the Oath Keepers, the demonstrators gathered around it, opened the doors and terrorized the driver, and then snatched his American flag from the truck bed.  No doubt, they were offended by a real American, a conservative. They proceeded to stomp on the flag and then set it on fire. They chanted “Black Power” and shouted “America was never great” A few even yelled: “This is not the American flag, this is their flag.”

…….  Not exactly the kind-of crowd you look forward to enjoying a 4th of July picnic with.
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Ever since the election of Donald Trump, an election he won fair and square, and against an avalanche of behind-the-scenes crooked dealings, alliances, pay-offs, abuses of power, government-DNC collusion, and a phony Russian scandal, Democrats and others on the left have become unhinged and have shown their opposition in ways that exceed those allowed by the First Amendment, that offend all rules of common decency, that frustrate the traditional university goals of robust intelligent debate, and that violate our civil and criminal laws.  We see the rhetoric of hate, we see threats of violence against conservatives and against Republican members of Congress and members of Trump’s administration, we see Republican state and federal leaders and members of Trump’s administration (and their families) being shouted and threatened out of restaurants, movie theaters, and ball games, we see violence against conservative speech by Antifa and hooded thugs on campuses, we’ve witnessed the intentional shooting of Republican Congressmen (last year’s Congressional softball game), we’ve learned of the arrest of at least one Antifa member who amassed a cache of bomb-making materials and guns and who had a Manifesto outlining his mission to kill conservatives, we hear the most vile of rants and name-calling from members of the Entertainment Industry against Trump and against conservatives, we hear talk-show hosts and actors call for the rape and sodomization of members of Trump’s family and administration, we watch in disbelief as Democratic leaders in Congress become increasingly unhinged and unpatriotic in their messages and in their conduct, and we see Black Lives Matter protestors, including the likes of Al Sharpton and other race-baitors and poverty pimps, calling for the slaughter of members of law enforcement.

We see a common thread….   All of these groups, all of these so-called people belonging to the Democratic Party.

What should happen ideally is that all of these types of people, including hoards of illegal immigrants and Middle-Eastern refugees, be moved into the communities and neighborhoods of Democratic legislators, Democratic politicians, Democratic Party leaders, activist judges, Hollywood actors and actresses, liberal talk-show hosts, and editors, producers, columnists, reporters, and commentators of the mainstream media. If these people want to empower such anti-social, violent, psychotic, unpatriotic, dis-believing, dependent, entitled, abhorrent, crazed, unstable, mentally-imbalanced, irresponsible, law-breaking, terrorist individuals, then at least they should know what it’s like to have them living among them.

Anyway, I digress from my main point which is that Obama targeted political opponents, using the full force of the federal government –  a government absolutely prohibited, under the Bill of Rights, from enacting any law or policy that infringes on one’s freedom of speech, freedom to the press (including every blogger and writer who “publishes” in any way information and commentary), right to own and bear firearms (“Shall Not Be Infringed!”), freedom of conscience, right of assembly, and freedom to be safe from unreasonable government searches and seizures (to be safe and secure in one’s home and in one’s private affairs; “to be king of one’s castle”).

Right after Barack Obama took office as president, in early April 2009, he had Attorney General Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security re-draft guidelines as to who the “real threat” to America is.  This was done without anyone paying any particular attention to it and was done while the country was still shielding their eyes, as if they were looking at the face of the new “messiah.”  According to President Obama, his advisors, and his administration in general, it was no longer radical Islam that posed the greatest threat to our country, but rather, the very people he made fun of in one of his appearances in Pennsylvania — those who “cling to their religion and their guns.”  The DHS document outlining this threat was titled “RIGHTWING EXTREMISM: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” and it was issued by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (within DHS).  You can read the entire document yourself at:  https//fas.org/irp/eprint/rightwing.pdf.  In it, the Department of Homeland Security explains that people like Tea Party groups, white conservatives. Veterans, Christians, Second-amendment supporters, and the like pose a serious threat to the country (and, as mentioned, to Obama’s administration — as he is a black man). These “rightwing extremists,” the report says, are those who will produce white supremacists, will oppose Obama’s policies, will present opposition to his policies on immigration, and in general, will try to organize against him. Because they support the second amendment, the Obama administration labeled them as dangerous, likely to organize and use violence, and put them on the DHS watch list.

Can you even wrap your mind around the sanity of the federal government in deeming God-fearing, law-abiding, Constitution-loving, patriotic conservative Americans to be dangerous to the country, moreso than the likes of those who slaughtered 3000 innocent Americans on 9/11, who have kidnapped and beheaded several of our journalists and contractors, and who have planned and carried out the many attacks on our military personnel and citizens both here and abroad ???   I certainly can’t. A government that can even think of doing so is simply evil and unconstitutionally ambitious.

In embracing Obama’s policy and attempting to sell it to state and local law enforcement and to the country in general, Secretary Janet Napolitano issued the following press release on April 15, 2009, which was posted on the Department of Homeland Security website: “The primary mission of this department is to prevent terrorist attacks on our nation. The document on Right-Wing Extremism sent last week by this department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States. I was briefed on the general topic, which is one that struck a nerve as someone personally involved in the Timothy McVeigh prosecution.”  Turning the government against its law-abiding citizens is the very definition of tyranny.

We associate governments targeting, harassing, drumming up false charges, imprisoning, and killing political opponents with the likes of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, with Josef Stalin and the Communist Party, with Pol Pot (Cambodia) and the Communist Khmer Rouge Party, with Pinochet in Chile, with Mao Zedong in China, with Mehmet Talat Pasa in Armenia, with Idi Ami in Uganda, and with the leadership in countries like Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.  We all know that the government rounded up Japanese-Americans and put them in internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. With intimate knowledge of and sensitive information about Pearl Harbor having been obtained by Japanese spy, Takeo Yoshikawa, and transmitted ultimately to Admiral Yamamoto in Japan to finalize plans of the attack, the government could not trust Japanese-Americans to be loyal to the United States over Japan. The camps were dismantled after Japan’s defeat.  We also all know of the McCarthy era and the political movement to weed out Communists and Communist spies from positions of power and access to sensitive information, but that was arguably for reasons of true national security. The relationship between the United States and Russia has become adversarial and competitive for control and influence in the world….  It was an era of intense geopolitics. Every move by Russia (the Soviet Union) became a matter of freedom and tyranny… a matter of individuals being able to live freely or to be controlled by a regime of fear and violence. The two countries emerged as the worlds’ two greatest superpowers, with the ability of annihilating millions of people with their nuclear capability (Russia obtaining the technology thru its espionage activities in the US) and each viewed the other as the enemy and an absolute threat to national security.

No one would ever associate modern day United States with political persecution, yet that’s exactly what happened under the Obama administration. Barack Obama deemed anyone whose views were contrary to his and his administration or whose views and background, and potential, posed a risk to his political agenda as “security threats” to the United States, posing a likely threat of acts of domestic terrorism. Is this not mind-blowing or what??  Paranoid kings of England acted in this manner, paranoid emperors of Rome acted in this manner, Stalin and Hitler acted in this manner, and the list goes on…..  those who think differently pose a threat to those in power. Yes, conservatives think the right to have and bear arms is a right meant to be essentially free from government control (except for mental illness and a violent history). Conservatives believe government control of firearms and ammunition, and talk of confiscation are the hallmarks of a tyrant (like King James II and King George III of England),.  Yes, conservatives believe that a sovereign nation without border control, ie, control over immigration, is not sovereign but merely a temporary state ultimately doomed to mob control. Yes, conservatives believe in the vitality and importance of our very first amendment – the rights to religious liberty, speech, press, assembly, and petition. They believe that a person is endowed with the right to think freely and to think as dictated by his or her religious values, his degree of intelligence and understanding, and as his heart and gut instruct (the “right of conscience”) and that government has no place to coerce thought, speech, and conduct that violates that right of conscience.  Yes, conservatives believe that a woman may have freedom over her body and her fertility (her ability to bring forth new life), but they certainly don’t believe the right is absolute and  includes the right to kill a fully-developed, living child that for the unfortunate reason that nature dictates (not yet been born), it hasn’t yet been able to take its first breath outside the mother’s womb.  Yes, conservatives believe in a limited government. They believe in the government created by the Constitution, which by its terms and provisions is certainly one meant to be limited. They believe a free country means that its citizens are able to freely exercise their God-given rights without over-regulation and intrusion by the government.  They believe in the rights of the individual and not the collective, a distinction made very clear when our country and our government system were established. They believe that a government that forcibly takes from some in order to benefit others, and then relies on those “dependents” as a crucial voting block, is an unconstitutional government – one well on its way to being a socialist government. Yes, conservatives believe in personal responsibility, lower taxes, free markets, and unburdened property rights.  And yes, conservatives believe that federal court judges and Supreme Court justices are limited in their roles on the bench; they are limited by the words, meaning, intent, and historical context of the Constitution and by the plain meaning and legislative intent of federal laws. In other words, they must be strict constructionists, textualists, and originalists, for the Constitution is a statement of the people’s intention for their government, permanently documented and ratified by state conventions specifically organized for that purpose. The only way to change the terms of government and to “evolve” with times is to take advantage of the amendment process outlined in Article V.  Conservatives  are strongly opposed to the notion of a “living, breathing, document” which gives judges and justices full reign to mold and transform the Constitution as they see fit and which allows them to by-pass the democratic process where the people dictate how fast society “progresses.”

Democrats, and especially Obama, believe in the complete opposite. The difference between Obama and other Democratic presidents is that he deceptively, secretly, covertly put programs and policies in place to subdue the opposition (conservatives) and as we are learning now, to deprive them the office of the presidency, in order to move full speed on his progressive, liberal (un-American) policies.  Besides his blatant abuse of the IRS to target conservatives, his interference in investigation and potential prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her intentional abuse of national security procedures by using a personal unsecured email server for official emails, and his creation of a “fake” dossier and his illegal abuse of the FISA warrant policy to spy on the Trump campaign, Judicial Watch has just uncovered documents that show that President Obama attempted to institute gun control stealthily by going after ammunition instead of guns. (It has just filed suit in the district court in DC to compel the ATF to produce its records on the matter).  The first shots of the American Revolution, as most of are unaware, were fired not because of taxation but because King George instructed his man in Massachusetts, General Gage, to locate and destroy all the colonists’ ammunition. And as most are unaware, it was this despotic act that prompted one of my favorite founding fathers, Patrick Henry, to exclaim to the Virginia Convention that famous night on March 23, 1775 at St. John’s Church in Richmond:

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year?  Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?  Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?  Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.  There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!  Our chains are forged!  Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston!  The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace.. But there is no peace. The war is actually begun!  The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!  Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?  Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

With that speech, he defended the resolutions he had submitted for Virginia to build and train its militia (one in every county), to be ready to fight the British.

It is one thing to think differently, politically, for that is how citizens advance their issues and concerns in government, but it is another thing to use the government against the people because they think differently. And it is also one thing to think compromise is necessary and always a good thing, when sometimes it’s the very way we erode important foundations.  As Richard Dawkins once said:  “When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.”  If the colonists had accepted Britain’s treatment of them, if they had engaged in endless compromise with its leaders, then America would never have pushed for, and fought for, its independence. Compromise breeds complacency.

If we look back on how President Obama insidiously targeted conservatives, we should take note of how he identified certain traditional “American” values and views and tried to explain them away as being dangerous to the country.  Hitler and Goebbels would have been proud.

The assessment, “RIGHTWING EXTREMISM: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” is prefaced by the following “Key Findings” by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (DHS):

Key Findings:

(U//LES)  The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues.  The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.

— (U//LES)  Threats from white supremacist and violent antigovernment groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts.  Nevertheless, the consequences of a prolonged economic downturn—including real estate foreclosures, unemployment, and an inability to obtain credit—could create a fertile recruiting environment for rightwing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past.

— (U//LES)  Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.

(U//FOUO)  The current economic and political climate has some similarities to the 1990s when rightwing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers.

— (U//FOUO)  During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.

— (U//FOUO)  Growth of these groups subsided in reaction to increased government scrutiny as a result of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and disrupted plots, improvements in the economy, and the continued U.S. standing as the preeminent world power.

(U//FOUO)  The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.

It then explains:

(U)  Current Economic and Political Climate

(U//FOUO)  DHS/I&A assesses that a number of economic and political factors are driving a resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization activity.  Despite similarities to the climate of the 1990s, the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years.  In addition, the historical election of an African American president and the prospect of policy changes are proving to be a driving force for rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization.

— (U)  A recent example of the potential violence associated with a rise in rightwing extremism may be found in the shooting deaths of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 4 April 2009.  The alleged gunman’s reaction reportedly was influenced by his racist ideology and belief in antigovernment conspiracy theories related to gun confiscations, citizen detention camps, and a Jewish-controlled “one world government.”

(U)  Exploiting Economic Downturn

(U//FOUO)  Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures.  Anti-Semitic extremists attribute these losses to a deliberate conspiracy conducted by a cabal of Jewish “financial elites.”  These “accusatory” tactics are employed to draw new recruits into rightwing extremist groups and further radicalize those already subscribing to extremist beliefs.  DHS/I&A assesses this trend is likely to accelerate if the economy is perceived to worsen.

(U)  Historical Presidential Election

(U//LES)  Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool.  Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use.  Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment.  From the 2008 election timeframe to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.

 — (U//LES)  Most statements by rightwing extremists have been rhetorical, expressing concerns about the election of the first African American president, but stopping short of calls for violent action.  In two instances in the run-up to the election, extremists appeared to be in the early planning stages of some threatening activity targeting the Democratic nominee, but law enforcement interceded.

(U)  Revisiting the 1990s

 (U//FOUO)  Paralleling the current national climate, rightwing extremists during the 1990s exploited a variety of social issues and political themes to increase group visibility and recruit new members.  Prominent among these themes were the militia movement’s opposition to gun control efforts, criticism of free trade agreements (particularly those with Mexico), and highlighting perceived government infringement on civil liberties as well as white supremacists’ longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, inter-racial crimes, and same-sex marriage.  During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sector.

(U)  Illegal Immigration

(U//FOUO)  Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.  They also opposed free trade agreements, arguing that these arrangements resulted in Americans losing jobs to countries such as Mexico.

(U//FOUO)  Over the past five years, various rightwing extremists, including militias and white supremacists, have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action, rallying point, and recruiting tool.  Debates over appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policy generally fall within the realm of protected political speech under the First Amendment, but in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent.

(U//FOUO)  DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremist groups’ frustration over a perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence.  If such violence were to occur, it likely would be isolated, small-scale, and directed at specific immigration-related targets.

— (U//FOUO)  DHS/I&A notes that prominent civil rights organizations have observed an increase in anti-Hispanic crimes over the past five years.

(U)  Legislative and Judicial Drivers

(U//FOUO)  Many rightwing extremist groups perceive recent gun control legislation as a threat to their right to bear arms and in response have increased weapons and ammunition stockpiling, as well as renewed participation in paramilitary training exercises.  Such activity, combined with a heightened level of extremist paranoia, has the potential to facilitate criminal activity and violence.

— (U//FOUO)  During the 1990s, rightwing extremist hostility toward government was fueled by the implementation of restrictive gun laws—such as the Brady Law that established a 5-day waiting period prior to purchasing a handgun and the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that limited the sale of various types of assault rifles—and federal law enforcement’s handling of the confrontations at Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

The assessment also informs: “The information is provided to federal, state, local, and tribal counterterrorism and law enforcement officials so they may effectively deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States.  Federal efforts to influence domestic public opinion must be conducted in an overt and transparent manner, clearly identifying United States Government sponsorship.”

Through the DHS and its directive (“Rightwing Extremism…..”), the Obama administration was almost “deputizing state and local law enforcement” to do the government’s bidding.  We truly weren’t a “free country” during those years.

Clearly, the “assessment” by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (DHS) was meant to identify the threat to OBAMA and to his administration and his agenda, rather than to the United States and to its security and its citizens.  The identification of Rightwing groups and individuals as potential “domestic terrorists” is predicated wholly and improperly on a difference of political opinion and political viewpoint. It is as clear a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of Free Speech and Freedom of Conscience as it gets.

Anyone who can connect dots can see that Obama used the full forces of the federal government to target, harass, discriminate against, and to neutralize Tea Party groups and other conservatives. It is why he used the IRS to block Tea Party groups from organizing (they were denied, exclusively, the ability to organize as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt groups for political purposes), to go out and harass and excessively audit them, and why he had Dinesh D’Souza thrown in jail.  With this in mind, it’s not hard to see why he did everything possible to divide the country into groups violently opposed to conservatives and then to use government agencies to work silently to make sure Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election and to make sure Trump did not. It’s why they are still fighting Trump (and the conservatives in general). It’s become violent.

So far, President Trump reversed that policy and put the focus back on radical Islamists. He has not turned the tables on Democrats and their venomous, vile, and violent ilk and put them under the microscope by Homeland Security. But maybe he should.  Democrats have become a dangerous and obstructive force in our country – spewing and inciting hatred, division, and violence. They care little for political discourse so it isn’t about free speech; rather, it’s about getting Donald Trump out of office in any conceivable way possible, even if it has to be by creating a false and fictitious charge or by bombarding the American audience with a false narrative. It’s strictly a power ploy, designed to make useful idiots out of useless ones (Democrat voters) for the purpose of denying political power to the legitimate party, the Republican Party (duly elected by the people, thru the Electoral System; a government “by the people”) and transferring it, by a political coup, to the Democratic Party elite.

Trump is far too honorable and responsible of a president to ever consider turning the government against its citizens because unlike Obama, who supposedly taught Constitutional Law and an “expert on the Constitution,” Trump has an uncanny understanding of it and a deep respect for it.  He also understands and respects that the government belongs to the people, through their collective judgement and their action at the ballot box, and not to the puppet masters of a Political Party.

Here is another example of an approach where compromise cannot be sought. One approach is clearly wrong.

We must never again allow an administration to forcibly, or even tacitly, silence the voice of political opposition.  We must ever remain vigilant.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” President Harry Truman spoke these words on August 8, 1950 in a special message to Congress on the Internal Security of the US.

Liberty, and the US Constitution, must always be those gems worth fighting for.  Both belong to the people; both are the birthright of every American.

 

References:

“Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” (An Assessment), Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), April 7, 2009 –  https://fas.org/irp/eprint/rightwing.pdf

Paulina Dedaj, “Maxine Waters Supporters Burn American Flag Outside California Rep’s Office,” FOX News, July 20, 2018.  Referenced at:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/19/counterprotesters-burn-american-flag-outside-office-maxine-waters.html

Carlos Granda, “Oath Keepers Calls Off Protest Outside Maxine Waters’ Los Angeles Office,” ABC7 News, July 20, 2018.  Referenced at:  http://abc7.com/politics/oath-keepers-calls-off-protest-at-maxine-waters-office/3789197/

“Statement by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism,” Department of Homeland Security, April 15, 2009.  Referenced at:  https://www.dhs.gov/news/2009/04/15/secretary-napolitanos-statement-right-wing-extremism-threat

IMPEACH MAD MAX! (Maxine Waters)

MAXINE WATERS - Impeach Mad Max

by Diane Rufino, June 24, 2018

Maxine Waters needs to be impeached and removed from Congress. Her actions are detestable and unconscionable, and her conduct is unethical and un-American and unbecoming a member of the US Congress. She clearly is suffering from mad cow disease and a horrible case of racism. She serves no useful purpose in Congress and is nothing more than a destabilizing and divisive figure in this country. On top of all that, she is dishonest and corrupt as all hell.

And impeachment is the proper form of Congressional discipline for Mad Max. For members of Congress, the grounds for impeachment are not set as high as for president. In the past, members of Congress have been brought up for impeachment on such grounds as corruption, supporting the Confederacy, “disorderly conduct,” bribery, criminality, “ethically repugnant behavior,” and even disloyalty to the US. Clearly, several of those apply to Waters.

The conduct of Maxine Waters, as well as the conduct of other Democrats (including Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general), and including the mainstream media (who they are in bed with), and the Obama administration FBI and DOJ, are telling. These are the desperate acts of a desperate party. We are witnessing the Democratic Party in its death throes.

One final thought:  Maxine Waters and Democrats are encouraging (and have been since the election of Donald Trump) harassment and even violence against Trump supporters, to “convince” them not to support and align themselves with the president. It’s sort of like what the KKK did to African-Americans and to other Republicans.

I see the Democratic Party hasn’t changed a bit.