A new voice in America’s battle against political corruption
Joe Angione is a former columnist for The Villages Daily Sun, and can be reached by email by clicking HERE
Joe Angione Live Interview on Freedom in America
Latest Edition 11/25/19
Why do Republicans allow the Democrats’ impeachment-inquiry fraud to continue? It abuses the rules of Congress written to keep such inquiries fair and honest. Schiff’s proceedings are therefore unlawful and have no legitimate authority to reach any valid conclusions. Why have all the witnesses called so far been witnesses for the prosecution? When will witnesses for Trump be permitted to testify? Will they ever be allowed to speak in his defense? Why, in all the weeks of testimony heard in this inquiry, has the prosecution been unable to prove even one impeachable crime committed by the president? Why is second- and third-hand hearsay and personal opinion being dragged to the level of fact and truth to impeach a president? When will the attempts of Pelosi and Schiff to conduct a coup against a duly-elected president be recognized as treason against the American people?
“Quid Pro Quo” at heart of all international diplomacy
The deep state “Demonrats’ would have you believe that engaging in an act of “quid pro quo” when dealing with a foreign nation is a crime. This is a brazen lie. The meaning of quid pro quo is “something given or received in return for something else.” And this is no crime in international diplomacy when one nation agrees to do something that is legal for another nation in return for something legal asked of the other nation. Quid pro quo is, in fact, at the heart of virtually all diplomatic dealings between nations.
For example, the Trump administration has asked North Korea to denuclearize in return for U.S. assistance in boosting its economy and the living conditions of the North Korean people. This is quid pro quo and there’s nothing criminal about it. The Trump administration is also negotiating with the Chinese government to end its unfair trade practices in return for the U.S. eliminating the tariffs place on imported Chinese goods. Here again, nothing unlawful is involved in this instance of quid pro quo.
But quid pro quo as it applies to the Trump administration’s dealings with the new anti-corruption administration of President Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine is being charged by top Congressional Demonrats as “bribery”...an illegal personal favor asked by President Trump of a foreign government in order to win re-election...a criminal abuse of the powers of the president...an impeachable offense.
Most Americans aren’t stupid enough to believe that. Two phone calls earlier this year between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, discussed corruption in government in general and specifically in Ukraine where efforts by its previous president were made in tandem with the Russians to undermine the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
President Trump congratulated Zelensky on his stand against political corruption in his country and asked him “ to do us a favor” by investigating corruption and abuse of power in Ukraine that involved Americans...and to also include examining how former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, might have been involved in such activities.
It was crystal clear from the start that there was good reason for Trump to inquire about the activities of Joe and Hunter Biden. Hunter, totally unqualified for the job, was—through the power of his father’s name-- given a post on the board of Burisma Holdings Limited, a large Ukrainian energy company that was under investigation for unethical, even criminal, business dealings. It was also well known that Hunter, who had no experience in the energy industry to offer Burisma, was being paid an exorbitant monthly compensation of about $83,000 by the company.
All this might not have attracted much scrutiny if it weren’t for Joe Biden’s infamous video tape seen everywhere of him discussing his threat to the Ukrainian government to withhold a billion dollars of U.S. aid money if the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Burisma, including son Hunter’s connection with the company, was not immediately fired. There’s no way that Joe Biden could talk his way out of what the world saw of his criminal threat to deny badly needed U.S. funds to Ukraine. It was a blatant attempt to force Ukraine to do Joe Biden a personal favor by terminating a prosecutor working to expose Burisma’s corrupt dealings and possibly son Hunter’s involvement in them.
All of this illegal influence on a foreign government has been ignored by congressional Demonrats while they attempt to impeach Donald Trump for delaying a modest sum in military aid to the new Ukrainian government. This delay was lawfully imposed by Trump until Ukraine formally agreed to battle corruption in its own country and look into unauthorized meddling in Ukrainian affairs by U.S. government officials, principally by Joe Biden, who admitted he used the power of the vice presidency to threaten the Ukrainian government and get a Ukrainian prosecutor fired.
Bringing quid pro quo into proper perspective. Quid pro quo dominates international dealings between governments... just like it does in negotiations between business enterprises. And there’s nothing wrong with it as long as the “something” that each party does for the other is legal.
When Joe Biden threatened to withhold U.S. aid to Ukraine it was to unlawfully force that government to do a him a personal favor. To protect his son, he brazenly abused the power of his office.
On the other hand, Donald Trump delayed some military assistance to Ukraine—unknown to President Zelensky-- until Trump was convinced Zelensky would fight corruption in his country and help us fight it here against our own government officials. It was the rightful act of a president who wanted to be sure we weren’t wasting financial aid on a country that would continue to work against our interests.
The fact that Trump’s request of Zelensky included examining the activities of a potential political opponent doesn’t make Trump’s request an act of bribery...an abuse of power...or any crime at all. There is no law that says one can’t investigate the known unlawful acts of another simply because that person is a political opponent. No one, not even a former vice president, has the right to hide from lawful scrutiny aimed at preventing further lawlessness.
1998 treaty with Ukraine demands the parties to the treaty share information about corruption. From Liberty Counsel president, Mat Staver, comes this revelation: “In 1998, President Clinton signed a treaty with Ukraine to authorize that our nation seek ‘mutual assistance’ from Ukraine on criminal matters. This treaty directs the two nations to share information from ‘testimony,’ or provide ‘documents, records, ‘and articles of evidence; serving documents; [and] locating or identifying persons’ in relation to criminal activity.
“During his phone call, President Trump was doing exactly what this treaty authorizes our nation to do. When there are concerns about international corruption from companies paying a ridiculous amount of money to the families of [our] politicians, those concerns should be investigated and prosecuted, if confirmed.”
Biden stupidly boasted about making his threat to Ukraine for all the world to see. His was unabashed bravado and instantly became common knowledge to all. Trump only wanted more details, if available, on an abuse of power that Biden had openly embraced and made public. The Bidens deserve no respect or special treatment whatsoever.
Political parties operate unconstitutionally; why do we keep them in power? By now every American has seen the outrageous abuse of political power exercised by the Democrat (Demonrat) Party. In spite of the fact that the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of political parties and, therefore, does not give them the right to control the reins of American government, the will and needs of the people are denied by both Democrats and Republicans in their unending battle for supremacy at all levels of government.
Right now, with their total resistance to the Trump administration and their refusal to pass urgently needed legislation, Democrats are the worst of the enemies of the American public. But, at times, Republicans have also denied the people proper representation in Washington and in state and municipal governments.
And yet, regardless of this politically inspired disregard for the welfare and security of the nation, we, the people, still continue to look on, paralyzed by inertia, and let the evil of political parties continue to corrupt our nation, destroy our institutions, undermine our traditions, and leave our formerly strong moral values tarnished and in tatters. We are allowing political demagogues to rob this nation of nearly every quality God saw in America that inspired Him to make this nation great and powerful, and a force to help sustain the world.
In the last few years, I’ve attempted in vain to get my readers to join a movement I named Citizens Against Political Parties that is designed to end the tyranny of political parties over the American people. I’ve written extensively on the fact that less than 14-percent of Americans approve of the work done by our representatives in Washington to govern the nation in the bests interest of the people. And that everyone knows, although “we the people” elect the members of Congress, they refuse to faithfully represent the will of the people, choosing instead to follow the dictates of the political parties to which they belong.
With no authority whatsoever, political parties have made themselves the self-appointed “ruling class” in the nation. Their power has been usurped from America’s citizens...and we are “ruled” not “governed.” If you don’t understand the important difference between these two words, you cannot see or understand how your God-given rights and freedoms are being methodically taken away from you.
What must be done to save our nation. It’s time for us to wake up...and get tough. The first step in ending the evil influence of political parties is simply to defund them. Our donations to pollical parties drive the engines of their power. We need only to end our donations to these parties to stop their assault on our rights and freedoms. One way to begin this is to make your donations go to the candidates running for office, not their political parties. Another necessity is to make your candidates commit to learning the wants and needs of their constituents, and to swear to support them over the demands of their party leaders.
There must be a national movement to bring down the corrupt power of political parties. This movement will flourish only with your support...your ideas...your involvement...your concerted effort...and tireless commitment to returning your government to the hands of good men and women—independent and free of political duress—who will dedicate their minds...their hearts...and their actions exclusively to you: the American people. When will you stand up and make this happen?
Personal sacrifice needed to stop migrant invasions
It seems that every time President Trump decides to do something unconventional to stop the invasion of hundreds of thousands of migrants across our southern border, the Demon-Rats and their media slaves begin scare campaigns to set the public against the president.
When Trump decided to declare a national emergency to get money to build a wall, the Demon -Rats and their media bootlickers (lets simply call them all the Deep State) shouted that he was violating Article One of the U.S. Constitution, mis-using funds needed somewhere else, and creating a situation where some future Democrat president would use a national emergency to pass the “green new deal” into law. Ridiculous.
Just recently, when he said he’d close the border with Mexico as a last resort for ending Mexico’s support for migrant invaders by assisting them in crossing Mexico to overrun our country, the deep state unleashed a wave of messages telling Americans of all the Mexican fruits and vegetables and other products from that country that would no longer be available in the U.S. And they attempted to terrify business people about all the trade they’d lose with Mexico.
The deep state knows how very spoiled and selfish many Americans are when it comes to product availability and low prices. They want instant gratification that’s dirt cheap. Tell them that strawberries or tomatoes won’t be on store shelves for a time, or will cost a lot more when supplied from somewhere other than Mexico, and you’d think their life depended on these foods or perhaps on some seafood item caught by Mexicans off their coasts.
Rationing toughened America’s “greatest generation.” Few of us remember the stringent rationing of food items and many other products that was necessary to help win World War II. Our parents and grand-parents took that scarcity in stride, knowing it was vital to ensuring their freedom from terrible enemies. And none of them died because they were short of anything.
But today, too many of us are selfish and unwilling to sacrifice anything to protect the land of the free and the home of the brave. We understand that American lives may be lost in fighting for our freedom. But when it comes to some trivial thing we like to put on our dinner table, we won’t give it up without raising a big stink.
And what about American businesses that may suffer losses because they can no longer trade with Mexico? So what about them? Let them help themselves by finding new products to sell and new markets to serve. No one has guaranteed them a right to survive forever. No one ever guaranteed me a right to a job or permanent employment. No one has guaranteed that right to anybody.
So suck it up America! We need border protection whatever the cost. Get creative. Become inventive in solving your problems without the government having to guarantee you anything other than your natural, basic rights to life and liberty. In this day and age, as always, personal sacrifice must be accepted by everyone if America is to continue to exist.
President Trump, close the border for as long as needed. Courageous, selfless Americans will deal with the consequences.
White House salaries:
Trump saves tax money;
Obama pissed it away~
It was revealed that, on Friday, February 15th, the Trump administration released their annual report to Congress on White House Office Personnel. It includes the name, status, salary and position title of all 377 White House employees.
The report also said that Trump decided not to take a dime of his salary; instead he donated it to an amazing patriotic cause.
The report also showed that President Trump is far better at saving money than Obama was. The total annual White House salaries under Trump are $35.8 million vs. $60.9 million under Obama, a savings of $25.1 million.
...Here are some other key findings:
There are 140 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.
Thirty-nine fewer staffers are also dedicated to assisting The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently, there are only five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump compared to forty-four staffers who served Queen Michelle Obama in 2009.
However, it's what the report said Trump did with this salary that has everyone talking. Instead of taking his salary, Trump donated all $400,000 to the Department of the Interior where it will be used for construction and repair needs at military cemeteries. That’s amazing. It's so great to have a president who loves our brave military men and women so much.
As you might have guessed: the administration’s announcement about employees and their salaries received virtually no attention in the liberal media.
The new Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, isn’t courageous or clever enough to curb Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’ asinine rants about a “Green New Deal,” and now her support for a radical Muslim congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, who repeatedly attacks Jewish-Americans and our government’s loyalty to Israel.
Pelosi’s so afraid AOC will take over leadership of the leftist, progressive wing of the Democrat party. She hasn’t got the guts to stand up against the growing stupidity and anti-semitism of her party’s socialist-driven freshman members. Legislative leaders like Pelosi, who won’t challenge dumb-ass ideas that threaten to become destructive laws--and their obvious hatred for Jews--are the “gifts that keep on giving” Donald Trump the power to storm into his second term as president.
Meantime, AOC, the “twitty,” former bartender from the Bronx who know far more about drink “mixology” than she knows about economics and good international relationships, has turned the Democrat Party into an evil, sick joke. Long live Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. And don’t you just love her lipstick that appears to be applied with a plasterer’s trowel. OMG…how could Democrats have sunk so low and become so brainless?
Great orators of today’s “Demonrat” Party
Here are some of their recent gems of wisdom:
"It depends [on] what your definition of 'is' is?'' William Jefferson Clinton
“Gorsuch isn’t fit to serve because he uses law and not emotions.” Kamala Harris
"What difference does it make?" (re: Benghazi) Hillary Clinton
"America is, is no longer, uh, what it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was, uh, and I say to myself, uh, I don't want that future, uh, for my children." Barack Obama
"I have campaigned in all 57 states." Barack Obama (Quoted in 2008)
"You don't need God anymore; you have us Democrats." Nancy Pelosi (Quoted in 2006)
"Paying taxes is voluntary." Sen. Harry Reid
“Homicide is the leading cause of murder.” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
“No ordinary American cares about Constitutional rights.” Joe Biden.
“Having an abortion is no different than having one’s tonsils removed.” Elizabeth Warren
“Owning guns is not a right. If it were a right, it would be in the Constitution.” ~Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (2018)
"Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true, and honest than he is." Hillary Rodham-Clinton (Quoted in 1998)
“Another brilliant gem of wisdom, from the "Mother Superior of STUPID:” "We just have to pass Obama's Healthcare Bill to see what's in it." Nancy Pelosi (Quoted in March 2010). (As one Doctor said: "That is also the perfect definition of a stool sample.")
“ AND THE [BEST] FROM THIS DYSFUNCTIONAL, STUPID BUNCH: “"My fear is if North Korea nukes us, Trump is gonna get us into a war." ~ Maxine Waters in 2017
“You need to vote for the Democrats otherwise the illegal aliens will lose their rights!” ~ Nancy Pelosi in 2019. What planet is she from exactly?” ~~Source: The “Tolley’s Topics” web site, July 6, 2019. Sheila Tolley, Publisher
Evil Pelosi teaches how to smear Republicans
Many wouldn't believe it unless they actually saw it happen. Here's a video showing House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, teaching fellow Democrats (Demonrats) how to blatantly use lies to smear Republican opponents. She explains how easy it is to do when you have no morals and no conscience. Her instructions are all based on those of the most successful liar/agitator of all times, Saul Alinsky.
Watching this short video should give you every reason not to vote for any Democrat candidate for public office.
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Clint Eastwood, one of Hollywood's few conservatives, sees through the bull crap the movie industry puts out regarding gun control and what's driving America to violence. At 89, his mind can still boil things down to the simple, basic truths about how the nation has allowed progressive ideology to screw us up big time. If we, the people, down wake up and work hard to reverse all the wrongs we've contributed toward destroying America's greatness, we will not survive for another decade. Please take Clint's 19 words to heart and put them into practice.
Don’t let Islamists control America
In spite of CAIR’s terrible attack on American Constitutional law and religious freedom, Democrat Congresswomen like Illan Omar and Rashida Tlaib embrace radical Islamist philosophy. Just like CAIR’s Omar Ahmad, they, too, are here to convert the nation--that means you and me--into radical Muslims who will accept America as an Islamist Caliphate. The beliefs of these U.S.-based Islamists are the same as those who are winning the battle to destroy the Christian-based culture of Western Europe. Islamist fundamentalist nations, such as the middle eastern nations of Iran and Syria, cannot hide the inhuman tyranny that is at the heart of an Islamist Caliphate. This must not be repeated here.
New Salvadoran president takes blame for migrant caravans
Fox News reports that the newly elected president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, has taken responsibility for the migrant caravans exiting his country for the U.S., and also for the sad deaths of Salvadorians, Oscar Alberto Martinez and his daughter, who perished while attempting to cross the Rio Grande river.
President Bukele said the onus is on his government to make the country a safer place -- and one “where migration is an option, not an obligation." He took office just a month ago and promised to make El Salvador “a safer and better place”...and that “his government is responsible for fixing the problems that have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee in the first place.”
Bukele also told Sky News, owned by the Fox organization, that his government will work to "make our country more prosperous and create jobs. So, if people have an opportunity for decent jobs, a decent education, a decent health care system and security, I know that forced migration will be reduced to zero," he said.
Although Bukele accepted blame for his country’s forcing the caravans to leave for the U.S., he went on to say that he did condemn the treatment of migrants in the United States and Mexico. This was totally unfair. More than 35,000 families from El Salvador were rescued by our Border Patrol agents at our southern border in the first eight months of fiscal year 2019.
Bukele should understand that it’s virtually impossible to accommodate these Salvadorians and those from other countries—more than 100,000 each month--in the U.S. and lodge them all in comfortable, uncrowded conditions. Some may be sleeping on the floor, eating the most basic foods available, and often lack recreational opportunities. But, we took them in when El Salvador threw them out. Without our compassionate acceptance, they would have died for lack of any assistance at all.