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Latest Edition 12/15/18
America’s 2nd Civil War
There’s a slim chance the hands of the doomsday clock will not touch midnight during this holiday season. But hope for continued peace may vanish in the early weeks of the new year should Trump’s border wall go up in smoke. Our security is at stake and Congress must be ready to protect it by funding the wall.
Is a government shutdown too much to endure for Trump’s border wall?
"If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government," warned President Trump during a meeting with Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office Dec. 11th. And he means it. At 6:30 PM, December 19th, if Congress doesn’t appropriate $5 billion to fund Trump’s wall, the U.S. government will be shut down. Period.
Will this be a terrible event for the American people or will it be just another political scare tactic to move public opinion in favor of one political party and against the other? The answer falls somewhere between the two alternatives. But in no way does preventing the negative results of a government shutdown out weight the risk of one happening in order to compel Congress to fund a strong wall all at our southern border. Anyone who tells you that a government shutdown is the “end of the world” is just plain lying.
Marc Goldwein, senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget – a bipartisan, nonprofit organization that educates the public on fiscal policy issues – has discussed the significance of a shutdown. Goldwein explains that it occurs when the president does not sign into law 12 appropriations bills which provide funding for specific government agencies and they cannot continue certain of their operations.
A shutdown can last for as long as it takes the president and Congress to come to an agreement. There have been about 20 shutdowns since 1976 when Congress introduced the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. Most lasted only a few days. However, in 2013 a shutdown continued for about 16 days, and caused 850,000 government workers to be furloughed or sent home with their pay suspended and later paid to them after the government began operations again. Although there are no strict rules about repaying furloughed employees, none have ever been denied back pay after a shutdown ends.
Most of government continues during a shutdown. Goldwein says a government shutdown means that only “non-essential services” cease to operate and only employees of these services would be sent home. For example, federal employees who work at national parks, monuments and museums would not be able to work. The president, presidential appointees and members of Congress would all still work. So would the Postal Service, the TSA and Air Traffic Control continue business as usual. And all branches of the U.S. military would remain on duty to protect and defend the nation.
Americans would still be able to get their Social Security checks, Medicare benefits and food stamps. However, people expecting VA benefits, unemployment pay, farm subsidies and tax refunds may possibly experience some delays. Additionally, there could be an interruption in activities such as visa processing and immigration services.
Goldwein reports that the federal government can lose money during a shutdown. The 16-day government shutdown in 2013 that furloughed 850,000 workers cost the country $24 billion in all-around lost economic activity (money that these employees didn’t spend while on leave from their work.). Also, the back pay given to furloughed employees represented about $2 billion in lost productivity in that these employees were being paid for not working.
But whatever the inconveniences and costs to the government and the economy—about $26 billion in 2013—a government shutdown is insignificant compared to the costs and dangers of having no wall to defend our border with Mexico. Each year, the many millions of illegals who’ve invaded the U.S. to steal our welfare benefits and jobs cost taxpayers about $139 billion in support that rightfully belongs to our own citizens. And this says nothing about the terrorists. drug dealers, other criminals and seriously diseased individuals who also cross our borders with impunity. They represent a staggering burden and a terrible threat to all Americans.
Although we would not want to welcome a government shutdown, we must be ready to accept it for the sake of our own sovereignty and salvation.
Congress: The hallmark of hypocrisy
An announcement from Senator Marco Rubio reminds us that “After Saudi operatives brutally murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October, the Senate is rightly reviewing U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, including involvement with the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen conflict.” Although Rubio didn’t mention it, this brutal murder is linked to an order from the new Saudi crown prince to eliminate Khashoggi because of his repeated attacks on the Saudi government that gravely embarrassed the royal family.
Murder is an abomination, a reprehensible and outrageous act against another human. Rubio and other members of Congress are correct to condemn the crown prince and his government for this heinous crime. But that is as far as Congress and the president should go—not one step further-- in response to a crime that has nothing to do with the United States government and the American people.
To express outrage at the Saudi royal house is warranted. But to rant and rave about the evil Saudi regime--as senators such as Lindsay Graham and Rand Paul have done –calling for an end to U.S. relations with the Saudis including our military support for their campaign aiding Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels is grandstanding that is stupid, dangerous to our influence in that region and would be disastrous to the Yemeni people. The Houthi terrorist war in Yemen is a vicious conflict that has “claimed over 57,000 lives, driven half of Yemen’s 28 million people to the cusp of famine, and displaced 2.3 million Yemenis from their homes.”
Graham and Paul rant against our interests. It is both in the Saudis’ interests and ours to protect the established Yemeni government against Iran’s aggression in that region. It must be stopped cold. Anything less will totally destabilize the region giving Iran more ground and resources to eventually confront Israel and the U.S. in a war for existence in that part of the world.
We cannot flinch from this task even if we have to deal with a Saudi regime that condones murder as a means for maintaining control of their country.
To argue that doing business with such a contemptable regime is so unusual and so far beneath us that we must sacrifice our vital mission to stop the Iranians is mindless hypocrisy.
We’ve walked hand-in-hand with monsters through most of our history. To name a few: working with the USSR’s Joe Stalin to end World War II; Making a deal with the Ayatollahs to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons; partnering with a Chinese dictator, Xi Jinping, to maintain peace in the Far East; negotiating with a North Korean tyrant who has murdered millions including his family members to solidify his power over a nation he’s starving to death; and attempting to defeat aggression in eastern Europe by negotiating with Vladimir Putin who’s known for reaching out to assassinate his enemies anywhere he finds them including murdering them on the sovereign soil of Great Britain.
It might be argued that we’re willing and ready to link up with monsters and murderers to satisfy our interests nearly as often as we join up with leaders of benevolent, law-abiding nations to achieve our ends.
It’s time to let Senators Graham and Paul know that their “over-the-top” outrage at the Khashoggi murder is laughable and signals their serious lack of the facts about the quality of our other international partnerships. Both senators have a penchant for mouthing off to the media whenever they believe their comments will attract voter support for a run against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Both fail to understand that they don’t have the charisma, the achievements nor the solid populist positions that drove Trump’s successful bid for the White House.
Voters don’t want Central American caravans to enter U.S.
A just completed poll of voters who will decide who controls Congress in the mid-term elections have solidly rejected the idea that the caravans of Central American refugees coming our way should be allowed to freely enter the United States. The poll sponsored by NumbersUSA among likely voters in 31 congressional districts where there is no clear leaders among the candidates running for office. It revealed that only 12 percent want to see a continuation of the long-time catch-and-release policy of letting people who claim asylum at the border move freely around the country until their asylum hearing at some future time.
65% want all caravans stopped before they reach the U.S. border. And of the 65 percent, 40 percent would send them all back to their home countries or to "safe countries” to apply for asylum there. Only 25 percent would allow caravan people to cross into the U.S., but only after they have been approved to do so through an asylum hearing in Mexico.
Of the total number of respondents to the poll, just 18 percent would let the caravans cross the border but would detain them until they have made it through asylum hearings. Only 4 percent of these likely voters had “no opinion” on this explosive issue.
The poll was of a representative sample of 1,000 likely voters in the 31 districts that Real Clear Politics identified as “Toss Ups” as of Friday (Oct. 26). The districts surveyed included ones in California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Virginia.
The poll was conducted for NumbersUSA by Pulse Opinion Research, which is an independent public opinion research firm using automated polling methodology and procedures licensed from Rasmussen Reports.
Are leftist Democrats pushing for a “constitutional crisis?”
Now that President Trump has ordered immediate declassification of many documents relating to the 2016 FBI investigation of his campaign, key figures in the Justice Department, including the FBI and within the National Intelligence agencies are sweating bullets. Exposure of these documents to Congress and the public could easily land some of them in jail; namely Rod Rosenstein, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr.
The documents are expected to reveal the lies committed by these officials in making, and swearing to, a fraudulent application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter Page, and in permitting the FBI to conspire with Bruce Ohr in reports falsely prepared in connection with the Russia investigation.
Also mentioned as documents to be declassified and released without redaction are all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, written by Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page and Ohr.
Conservatives have claimed the documents will reveal gross abuse of the FISA system at the highest levels of the FBI during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Nearly certain is that documents relating to Bruce Ohr’s contacts with fraudulent dossier author, Christopher Steele, will see the light of day, along with Ohr’s wife’s connections to Fusion GPS where the Steele dossier was published.
Many Republicans feel that these revelations will bring a quick end to the Mueller investigation into Trump’s connection to Russian meddling in U.S. elections. They will prove beyond all doubt the crimes of Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, who tried to derail Trump’s White House bid.
The Dems are terrified. That’s why they’re doing everything possible, mostly illegally, to prevent declassification of these documents. Trump has every right under constitutional law to make this information available to congress and the public. Yet Democrats are banding together to refuse to obey Trump’s presidential order. A constitutional crisis is about to break out. This is an act of gross insubordination, It’s a felony that can’t be ignored. Should Trump choose to prosecute, not only will these top officials be fired, but can be sentenced to significant prison terms.
Public libraries offer “Drag Queen Story Hours” to 3-year olds
The TFP Student Association wants everyone to know that the transgender crowd is now attempting to indoctrinate kids as young as three about the joys of living their lives as genderless, be male or female whenever they want . Transgender leaders have sweet-talked the American Library Association into staging “Drag Queen Story Hours” at their facilities across 21 states.
Drag queen mentors are then able to read to these young and impressionable children from 37 pro-homosexual children’s books. There are 18 more of these books developed to entice grade-school children to adopt a transgender lifestyle.
One of the books with the title of “The Dragtivity Book” teaches kids how to create their own drag name…how to spot gender differences and ignore them…how to circle your pronouns and eliminate their references to male/female gender.
The organization that has created the Drag Queen Story Hour describes its purpose as one of “capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.” It promises to help see that “children embrace gender diversity in themselves and in others.
If this makes you sick to your stomach, and you want to protect your children and grandchildren from this abusive transgender indoctrination, please Click Here to tell the American Library Association to STOP targeting children with this “Drag Queen” filth. "
Until the Association complies with your demands, be sure to keep you kids away from American Library facilities in your state. Remember St. Mark’s terrible warning: "Whosoever shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me (Jesus); it were better for him that a millstone was hanged around his neck, and he were cast into the sea" (Mark 9:41).
You can also call the American Library Association directly to express your anger and distain for its program of indoctrinating toddlers into the transgender lifestyle. American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago. Illinois 60611-2795. Toll free: 800-545-2433 Direct: 312-944-6780 | Fax: 312-440-9374. Email:email@example.com.
Spain becomes new doorway for Muslim migrants to overwhelm Europe
Spain is welcoming thousands more Muslim immigrants despite a recent report by the European Commission that says the majority of refugees assaulting the shores of southern Europe “are most likely not refugees in the sense of the Geneva Convention, [because] some 70 percent come from countries or regions not suffering from violent conflicts or oppressive regimes."
Spain just isn’t listening. The European Commission is calling out most of these migrants as not refugees at all, but brazen “economic opportunists” settling at the expense of European taxpayers who’ve set aside their very limited resources to support the poor of their own countries.
Although this warning is as clear as day, it’s reported that “Spain's socialist government, under Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, has promised free healthcare to migrants and says it will investigate every asylum claim individually” The trouble is that Spain doesn’t have the vetting money and manpower needed to insure that the hordes of immigrants crossing its border from Morocco, Algeria and Libya are peaceful, legitimate asylum seekers.
Libyan leader, Fayez al-Sarraj explains just how impossible it is to accommodate migrants passing through Libya to reach Spain: "We have created refugee shelters for tens of thousands of people, but there are hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants in our country. This has heavily impaired the security situation. They include terrorists, criminals, and human traffickers who do not care about human rights.”
It's also been noted that, in late July of this year, more than “800 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa violently stormed the border fence between Morocco, where they were living illegally, and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.” They were brash enough to attempt preventing Spanish police, the Guardia Civil, from getting to the break-in. They threw feces, caustic quick lime, sticks and stones at the police. They even used aerosol cans as flame throwers. Many were injured in the turmoil, while more than 600 illegals were successful in invading Spanish soil.
By extending open arms to these illegals, Spain is replacing Italy as the main point migrants use to enter southern Europe and advance northward. Italy has closed its borders to illegals and demanded those already in the country to “pack their bags and leave.”