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Thank God For Ted Cruz, The Warrior We Need

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Ted Cruz, and the few others like him, are all who are left on the front lines; they are the warriors.

You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.” – Marian Wright Edelman

What in your life is worth fighting for? For all of us, there are certain principles for which and people for whom we would fight to the death. Our children, siblings, parents, and friends, freedom, liberty, and peace; these are all things that are so indelibly linked to our hearts that we could not, and would not let them go without a fight. Our founders risked their lives in order to create a nation in which we could live freely, without oppression from a tyrannical leader, and the governmental powers they have at their disposal. But what happens when just such a tyrannical leader emerges, and no one has the courage to challenge them?
Barack Obama is not a tyrant in the classical sense of the word, but his actions are indeed tyrannical. Google defines “tyrannical” as the exercising of authority in a cruel or arbitrary way. Obama’s recent executive action falls squarely into that category. His defenders call his action within precedent, citing previous actions by Bush 41, but even the left-leaning Washington Post argues against that notion:

The White House has defended President Obama’s unilateral decision to legalize the presence of nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants as consistent, even in scope, with the executive actions of previous presidents. In fact, it is increasingly clear that the sweeping magnitude of Mr. Obama’s order is unprecedented.”

The administration is citing unconfirmed and likely false numbers to justify Obama’s executive amnesty. According to the administration, the amnesty issued by Bush 41 covered approximately 1.5 million illegal immigrants. But this number is false. Once again, from the Washington Post:

However, as The Post’s Glenn Kessler has scrupulously reported , there is every reason to believe that the estimate is wildly exaggerated and based mainly on what appears to have been a misunderstanding at the time…Even the apparent original source of the 1.5 million figure — Gene McNary, who led the Immigration and Naturalization Service at the time — told Mr. Kessler he believes the number is false and was based on a misunderstanding from testimony he gave to Congress. And no underlying data or methodology to justify the 1.5 million figure has been uncovered.

The Post even goes so far as to flatly say that Obama’s action is not justified:

Unlike Mr. Bush in 1990, whose much more modest order was in step with legislation recently and subsequently enacted by Congress, Mr. Obama’s move flies in the face of congressional intent.”

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Given this information, and given that Obama’s actions obviously violate his reach as the chief executive, one would like to believe that Republicans would do everything they can to stop the president form enacting his proposed executive action. But few Republicans seem to be willing to do what they know is right by defunding Obama’s executive amnesty–except for one. According to Lauren Fox of National Journal:

At Wednesday’s press conference, it appeared that some of the House’s hardliners are rallying around Cruz’s strategy–gut Obama’s effort on immigration by defunding it in the must-pass spending bill, now. Cruz is calling for a rider stripping funding for the executive action.”

On Wednesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz called out his fellow Republicans who are unwilling to take a stand, admonishing them to do what they promised they would do during their campaigns:

The same folks who are saying, ‘Gosh, we cannot do anything now,’ are the same folks who in January are going to say, ‘Gosh, we don’t have 60 votes in the Senate,’ It’s like Charlie Brown and Lucy where consistently the same voices pull the football aside and say, ‘You know what, you can never ever ever do anything to stop a lawless president.’ “

But Republicans are afraid that if they pass a bill which would defund Obama’s executive amnesty, Obama will veto it, thus shutting down the government. The media will then pin the shutdown on the Republicans, calling them unreasonable, and obstructionist. This obstructionist label will then cause them to lose the 2016 election. But is obstructionism inherently a negative thing?
The spin machine has already started. Obama’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest Has already begun to place blame squarely on Republicans in the event that there is a government shutdown:

“I actually don’t believe that members of Congress are going to be willing to go along with an effort to shut down the government over the president’s executive action on immigration.”

Obama’s executive action is unprecedented, that is a fact; it flies in the face of the balance of powers–of checks, and balances–which were set up to prevent such actions. With that, it is the responsibility of congress to take matters into their own hands, and use the powers they have been granted in the constitution to obstruct the president. Yes, I said obstruct. It’s not a bad thing when what is being obstructed is an unconstitutional power play that threatens our economy, our safety, and our sovereignty as a nation. Obstruction–in this case–is noble, and reasonable. But the vast majority of congressional Republicans are either too comfortable to risk their jobs, or they are too fearful of the press. Regardless of the reasoning behind the go-along-to-get-along strategy, it is a flagrant violation of the trust the American people have placed in them. As Cruz later remarked: “If the president doesn’t have to follow the law, what is the point of electing Congress?”
Congress has a duty to protect the people from a tyrannical chief executive, should the situation arise. What Obama has done with his executive action is dangerous, and sets a frightening new precedent. If congressional Republicans decide to simply play along, they have contravened their duty to protect the people, and are undeserving of their position.
Deepak Chopra said “Passivity is the same as defending injustice.” I would argue that complicity is even worse. Should congressional Republicans abandon their responsibility to protect the American people by allowing Obama to enact executive amnesty, they will have given free rein, not only to Obama, but to all future presidents, to do whatever they want, regardless of its lawfulness. If congress doesn’t step up, who will stop this runaway train?
Ted Cruz, and the few others like him, are all who are left on the front lines; they are the warriors. Go ahead, shut down the government, do whatever it takes to rein in this lawless president, because if we don’t succeed, our republic will have taken the first step into its grave.

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Democrats Warned They Could Face ‘Civil War’ If Sanders Gets Sabotaged

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel warns that Democrats could face ‘civil war’ if Bernie Sanders gets sabotaged again.

I just love seeing these Democrats come unglued every day! The DNC created this monster when they set up Bernie Sanders to lose against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary. What a pathetic bunch of people who call themselves leaders.

Fox News:

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel warned at the Conservative Political Action conference Thursday that Democrats will face a “civil war” should the party try to sabotage front-runner Bernie Sanders for the nomination.

McDaniel was asked during a CPAC panel Thursday what would happen if the Democratic Party attempted to take the Democratic nomination away from Sanders, I-Vt.

“I don’t know how they can do it without creating a civil war in their party,” she said, adding, “But boy, isn’t it fun to watch?”

McDaniel’s comments come as Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, is leading the Democratic presidential primary field, sounding alarms inside the party with rival candidates and party elders.

Critics have claimed that a Sanders nomination would pave the way for President Trump’s reelection and potentially hurt Democrats’ chances of maintaining the majority in the House or taking the majority in the Senate.

Thus far, Sanders essentially tied for the win in the Iowa caucuses, claimed victory in New Hampshire and notched a massive win in the Nevada caucuses last weekend, driving home the reality that his rivals will have diminishing chances to halt that momentum. More

Democrats made a huge mistake. Instead of partnering on issues and initiatives where they could solve problems for the country and passing laws that get things done, they have been focused on hating a duly-elected President and trying everything they can to get rid of him.

That is not lost on voters. So now they have nothing to run on, no accomplishments to claim and certainly no candidates that are electable just left trying to out-socialist all the other candidates.

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Eight Mississippi Democrats Switch to Republican in One Big Event

The Mississippi Republican Party welcomed a group of new members Wednesday when eight Democrats decided to switch parties.

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The Mississippi Republican Party welcomed a group of new members Wednesday when eight Democrats decided to switch parties and joining the winning team.

The Mississippi GOP announced that the eight newly minted Republicans were elected just last cycle as either Democrats or independents, according to WLBT.

“We have had a relentless focus on switching conservative Democrats over to the Republican party,” said MSGOP Chairman Lucien Smith. “They recognize increasingly that there is only one party that represents the conservative values of our state and that is the Republican party.”

The party jumpers were from Smith and Covington counties. One of the jumpers was a District Attorney from the area.

“We are in a scenario in this country where you can choose to be a member of the party led by Donald J. Trump or you can choose to be a member of the socialist Democratic party led by Bernie Sanders,” Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said.

Millsaps Department of Government and Politics chair Dr. Nathan Shrader noted that the GOP has been growing by leaps and bounds in the state.

“They have a plausible argument to make with these elected officials that your constituent are already aligning with us, the voting patterns in your district are moving in our direction, you should join the team too,” Shrader added.

“There are conservatives Democrats all across the state of Mississippi and there was once upon a time when the conservative Democrats controlled this state,” said 13th Circuit Court District Attorney Matt Sullivan, one of those jumping into the GOP. “It’s a new day in Mississippi and I believe the Republican party is growing and there’s a place in the Republican party for people like me.”

The Mississippi GOP announced the following new members:

Matt Sullivan, District Attorney for the Thirteenth Circuit Court District (Covington, Jasper, Simpson and Smith Counties), (Former Democrat)

Covington County
Guy Easterling, Chancery Clerk (Former Independent)
Bobby Wayne Mooney, Justice Court Judge for the Northern District of Covington County (Former Independent)

Smith County
Cindy Austin, Chancery Clerk (Former Democrat)
Anthony Grayson, Circuit Clerk (Former Democrat)
Mary Lou Powell, Tax Assessor-Collector (Former Democrat)
Danny Arender, Beat 4 Supervisor (Former Democrat)
Hulon West, Justice Court Judge for the Southern District of Smith County (Former Democrat)

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Roger Stone’s Request for a New Trial Will Indeed Be Heard by a Judge

Maybe that Presidential pardon won’t be necessary after all.

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While we may be several months removed from the apparent end of the RussiaGate investigation, we are far from providing closure for everyone involved.

Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress during the Robert Mueller-led probe into a conspiracy theory involving the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, is currently set to serve 40-some months in jail for his crime.  This sentence was announced just days after President Trump publicly dissed the original sentencing structure that would have allowed for the judge in the case to sentence Stone to up to nine years in prison.

But Stone will not be going quietly into the night, which isn’t all that surprising if you know anything about Roger Stone.

A judge has scheduled a pair of hearings for Tuesday in longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone’s criminal case, as she considers how to resolve a motion Stone’s defense filed seeking a new trial based on alleged misconduct by one of the jurors in his case.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who sentenced Stone last week to more than three years in prison for impeding official investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race, said in a brief order Monday that she plans to take up the juror-focused motion behind closed doors in her Washington courtroom at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The court has kept the details of Stone’s motion under wraps since it was filed more than a week ago, but Jackson’s order Monday revealed that Stone’s defense recently moved to open the related court filings and any planned hearing to the public.

The issue revolves around a jury foreperson who posted her beliefs on the case to Facebook in the midst of the trial, demonstrating certain biases in doing so.

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Hillary Clinton Has Startling New Warning About Donald Trump

The assertion is simply laughable.

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Of all of the Democratic deities that the liberal left has burned through as of late, none has left as sour a taste in the mouth of the progressive masses as Hillary Clinton.

The former First Lady’s uncouth collusion with the DNC during the 2016 primary ultimately cost the Democrats the election, as Bernie Sanders’ supporter abandoned the party en masse after the corruption was revealed.

Clinton was oblivious to this, of course, and was still certain that she’d be waltzing into the White House come January of 2017.  The former Secretary of State hadn’t even written a concession speech…that’s how sure she was.

Now, three years into the Trump administration’s first term, Clinton has consistently refused to recognize that she’s overstayed her welcome, and has constantly interjected herself into the 2020 election.

Her latest appearance comes complete with a stark warning about President Donald Trump.

She made those remarks when being questioned by journalists on the red carpet for the Berlin film festival.

Clinton said, “I will support the nominee of our party because I think that our current president is a clear and present danger to democracy and to our future.”

The “clear and present danger” line is a popularized piece of pop culture that has often signified the ultimate in geopolitical trouble, and Clinton’s peddling of the phrase is an indication of her desperation.

 

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Russia Hoax Returns! Lawmakers Briefed on New Russian Meddling Scheme

It’s only a matter of time before the Democrats find a way to accuse President Trump of more ‘collusion’.

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For much of President Trump’s first term, there was a specter looming over the White House.

The left was consistently insisting that Donald Trump’s election came only at the behest of the Kremlin, thanks to a Putin-led effort to meddle in America’s electoral system and – most heinously – the newly-elected President himself was being accused of colluding with the evil empire to our east.

At the end of a 22-month long investigation that cost upward of $25 million, President Trump would face no charges himself, and those who did stumble during the RussiaGate investigation did so not because of their cooperation with some Kremlin comrades, but due to their own issues with telling the truth to investigators

Yet, this boogeyman remained under the proverbial bed, ready to jump out and scare the Democrats again in 2020.

And, predictably, it has begun

Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected, according to three officials familiar with the closed-door briefing.

Trump pushed back Friday accusing Democrats of launching a disinformation campaign.

“Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying that Russia prefers me to any of the Do Nothing Democrat candidates who still have been unable to, after two weeks, count their votes in Iowa. Hoax number 7!” Trump tweeted.

The officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence, said Thursday that the briefing last week focused on Russia’s efforts to influence the 2020 election and sow discord in the American electorate. The intelligence warning was first reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In this iteration of the hysteria, there has yet to be any sort of insinuation regarding nefarious dealings by the President and his men.

But, knowing the Democrats, there is sure to be some form of allegation emerging in the coming days.

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Multiple States Now Targeted by Secessionists as Nation Remains Divided

Are we experiencing some 16 decade deja vu?

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Our nation has been hotly divided for years, and the recent impeachment scandal surrounding Donald Trump may have only made things worse.

For some, this was a failed removal of a soon-to-be tyrant, hellbent on sending our culture back to the 1950’s.  For others, Trump’s acquittal was the welcome end to a long national nightmare.  The wedge between these two, disparate sides has been hammered into place by the mainstream media, further splitting us right down the center.

This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened in America, of course, and our last bout of infighting resulted in the secession of several states and a prolonged and bloody war over it.

Well, don’t look now, but it appears as though we’re at it again.

You’ve got Oregonians seeking to cascade into Idaho, Virginians who identify as West Virginians, Illinoians fighting to escape Chicago, Californians dreaming of starting a 51st state, and New Yorkers who think three states are better than one.

Separation fever is sweeping the nation as quixotic but tenacious bands of frustrated rural dwellers, suburbanites and conservatives seek to break free from states with legislatures increasingly controlled by liberal big cities and metropolitan strongholds.

“Oregon is controlled by the northwest portion of the state, Portland to Eugene. That’s urban land, and their decisions are not really representing rural Oregon,” said Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho. “They have their agenda and they’re moving forward with it, and they’re not listening to us.”

And then there are the coastal conflicts.

In New York, Divide New York State has for years championed the idea of three autonomous self-governing regions, eliminating the need for Congress to create separate states. More ambitious is New California, which seeks to create a 51st state, and Calexit, which wants to make California its own nation.

There is little chance that many, if any, of these potential spin-offs come to fruition however, as the stigma surrounding secession is simply far too damning to escape.

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Roger Stone Sentence Belies True Power of President’s Tweets

The left should take this turn of events as an ominous warning not to ignore Trump’s Twitter tirades.

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There has been a great deal of consternation in Washington this week over the nature of President Trump’s tweets.

He is, after all, the first Commander in Chief to truly utilize the platform for both campaigning and for policy discussion, opening a pathway from the public to the Oval Office that previously did not exist.

But, as with all things Trump, this has not always been a well received change to the status quo, including recently when Trump’s tweets on the subject of political provocateur Roger Stone’s looming sentencing created a headache for Attorney General Bill Barr over at the Department of Justice.

Trump believed that the possible sentence of up to nine years behind bars was far too heavy for Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress during the long and convoluted RussiaGate conspiracy theory investigation.

Today, as Stone was saddled with only a 44-month lockup, it became apparent that Trump’s tweets are indeed quite powerful.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, while taking a firm stance toward Stone in the courtroom, also said the up to nine years originally sought by federal prosecutors was excessive. Her sentence of 40 months in prison was considerably less than that — yet far more than the probation sought by his defense and certainly tough enough to keep speculation alive about a possible pardon from President Trump.

In court, Jackson repeatedly made clear she holds Stone responsible for his circumstances, as his lawyers sought leniency.

“Mr. Stone lied,” Jackson said. She also said Stone injected himself “smack” into a political controversy and was not “persecuted.”

Jackson called Stone’s actions “deliberate” and “planned” – lamenting his “utter disrespect” for the rule of law – but also noted supporters sent “compelling” letters to the court and described him as “caring and generous.”

It has been widely spectacled that Stone could soon receive a presidential pardon – a possibility hinted at by Trump himself with the retweeting of a Tucker Carlson piece supporting the idea.

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