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The Left’s War Against Immigration [Video]

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The hottest story on the planet at the moment is taking place at the southern border of the United States. The unwashed masses of ordinary Americans are being assured by the Leftmedia’s press politburo that illegal aliens rushing the border are only a problem because of President Trump.

The now infamous photo of a woman running from tear gas with children in tow is offered as evidence of Trump’s evil intent regarding immigrants. Surely all those racist and misogynist Trump supporters will realize that the Left is only trying to help open their eyes and they will turn away from this obviously insidious man.

Of course, this means that the Left must ignore or downplay the fact that President Obama did exactly the same thing to other groups of illegal aliens trying to rush the border. Moreover, he did this on hundreds of occasions.

In truth, the Left isn’t interested in engaging the facts of the matter. Nor are they bothered about the destructive fruit of their efforts on the American citizen.

Their sole concern is the completion of their malevolent mission against America. Those people and institutions destroyed as a result are considered acceptable civilian casualties of war for the sake of the Leftist ideal.

Encouraging Illegal Aliens Harms Immigrants

ImmigrationThe truth of the matter is that encouraging illegal aliens to break in and enter the United States harms immigrants themselves. Not the leftist-lionized illegals, rather those who are legal immigrants are substantially harmed.

As a clarification to those who might wonder why I use illegal aliens to identify the wannabe invaders. I use the legal term for these persons, as should be used for we are discussing the rule of law and sovereignty of a nation.

Legal immigrants are really the only people who deserve the title of immigrant. They have earned the name because they entered America respecting the laws of America as their first act.

Many of these same people go through a grueling process to gain their citizenship as an American. A process that is costly in many respects.

These honorable and courageous people are being ignored in the current debate, much to our detriment. They are also adversely affected by invading illegal aliens, and their voices should be heard.

Those immigrants who come to America legally by visa, green card or become citizens are in the same pool of workers as any other American. Thus they suffer the same fate of seeing their wages undercut by the cheaper labor of illegals.

Legal immigrants also suffer just like other Americans with the drain on social and governmental resources caused by illegal aliens. The legal immigrant suffers as well from the increase in crime that often accompanies large numbers of illegal aliens in many areas.

Favoring Illegal Aliens Profoundly Insults Immigrants

ImmigrationThere is a very insulting message sent by the Left to immigrants with their favor of illegal aliens in America. It is the message that their patience, perseverance and hard work were the efforts of fools.

In an excellent piece by Don Feder, he writes,

My wife’s father was born and raised in Barbados. He immigrated to the United States when he was 17-years-old. Although it would have been easy for him to enter the country illegally, he chose to enter legally and stood in line for hours to be processed through Ellis Island.

He was proud to be a legal immigrant his entire life, until his death in 1985. He worked for the United States Post Office in New York City and in Arizona. He also served as an officer in the New York City Police Auxiliary.

Living in Arizona he was very familiar with the influx of illegal aliens and often spoke out against them. He believed that every person wishing to enter the United States do so legally, as he and so many others did.

The hubris of Leftism declares this immigrant a chump for following the law. By leftist thinking, illegal aliens are far more valuable than American citizens, especially those who immigrated legally.

After all, immigrants who become citizens are on record with an oath of loyalty to the United States and its Constitution. Loyal American citizens are always a source of irritation to the Marxist Left and their minions.

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Immigrants become citizens in Naturalization Ceremony at Grand Canyon National Park

The fact that a former resident of another country would renounce his homeland to become an American is even worse for the Left. That person willingly embraces what they reject; that America is a great country and patriotism is a worthy ideal.

Moreover, illegal aliens are easy to attract and recruit for the Left. They are praised by the Leftmedia and given a plethora of handouts thanks to our Left-leaning politicians.

This serves to increase a population the Left will push hard to turn into a legal voting block. Should that fail, they always have their race card to pull which facilitates not requiring ID to vote and makes voter fraud their art form.

The Border Wall Can Save Immigration

The current situation at the southern border is untenable. Dishonest politicians in collaboration with the lying Leftmedia exacerbate the problem of an illegal alien invasion.

On his November 28, 2018 radio program, Buck Sexton superbly highlighted these lies of the MSM concerning this recent “caravan” of illegals,

Number 1: “It’s mostly women and children.”
Number 2: “It’s mostly valid asylum seekers.”
Number 3: “No criminals (in the caravan)”
Number 4: “No external organizers”
Number 5: “The troop deployment is not helpful”
Number 6: “There is no threat to U.S. personnel posed by this caravan”

Border patrol agents on the scene at the border stated the following revealing the truth and countering these lies.

President Trump made solving this problem the keystone of his campaign in 2016. The promise to “build the wall,” was repeated often during the campaign as the biggest solution.

It is the one major promise which has yet to be fulfilled. In fact, there is no timeline or substantial funding for a wall at present.

This is surprising considering that both the House and Senate have been held by Republicans for the past two years. It is to the shame of many RINO “never Trumpers” that we do not have the needed security of a border wall.

Without such a physical barrier, there is no way to control the southern border onslaught America is under today. If America is under such assault, immigrants are as well.

Israel and San Diego Show Walls Work

ImmigrationThe question of a border wall’s effectiveness has already been answered. Yes, a border wall does work, both in other nations and in America.

American ally Israel and the city of San Diego have both shown positive results by using physical barriers at their borders.

In a 2017 statement by Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis, he said concerning Israel,

Johnson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, released a report titled “Securing Israel: Lessons learned from a nation under constant threat of attack.” The report came after a trip Johnson made to Israel where he met the Israeli prime minister and other security officials. The report notes that the number of people illegally crossing the Israel-Egypt border was more than 16,000 in 2011 and less than 20 in 2016, a 99 percent decrease.

San Diego used to be the primary entry point for illegal aliens in the 1980s and 90s. Almost half of all border apprehensions in the United States in 1991 were in the San Diego area.

“Before this primary fence was built, migrants were coming north with no fencing, no barrier to stop them,” [San Diego Border Agent Tekae] Michael said, noting that before they began constructing the initial barrier in 1991, people were “driving basically straight on through the border.”

“So this primary fence was built to stop those huge loads of people and narcotics,” she said. These days, it’s relatively quiet. Michael notes that on this tour of the border wall, it’s unlikely we’ll encounter many people trying to cross illegally—something that would have been a common sight in the 1980s and ’90s.

ImmigrationPresident Trump was right to emphasize building the border wall during the campaign. His efforts to build the wall in the first half of his first term have been frustrated by his foes both Democrat and Republican.

The president still believes this must be done soon, and he is correct. The wall is necessary for American security despite the whining from the Left.

If the Left really cared about immigrants or immigration, they would support building the border wall. Instead, they chant at their violent protests,

No Trump, No Wall, No USA at all!

If the Left cared about immigrants, they would not support sanctuary cities that harbor illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes including rape and murder. Instead, left-leaning federal judges declare that President Trump cannot withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities.

The truth is that Leftists despise immigrants for getting in their path to an imagined Socialist “utopia.” They would rather open the border to a flood of illegals and help destroy the greatest free nation the world has yet known.

Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them, that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance. Psalm 106:4-5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles 2001

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Seven Spectacular Successes of the Trump Economy [Video]

Seven Spectacular Successes of the Trump Economy [Video]

There has been a bundle of recent news about the incredibly positive direction of the American economy under the tutelage of President Donald Trump. What? You haven’t heard? Other than tweets from the president, that is.

Rest assured, both the economic success and the stories about it exist. Both those stories which misinterpret, mislabel, and misinform, and those which deal with the facts and the numbers supporting them.

Additionally, the real news and correct analysis can be found and is being found, by those who look in the right places. How can one know if the news in real?

At this point, any news that denies these are incredible economic successes is questionable at best. Any news that denies the president should get the credit is suspect.

Trade Policy Success

Perhaps the most startling success in the area of the Trump trade policy is the new trade agreement with Mexico. The benefits of this deal for the United States are breathtaking.

Inset1.9.2.2018Most pundits and leftist economists thought this couldn’t be done. Columnist Wayne Allen Root weighs in on the new agreement.

 

 

 

“That was all before President Trump announced a United States-Mexico trade agreement. Because Trump talked tough and never gave in, US workers will benefit,” he wrote. “US carmakers will benefit. US manufacturers will benefit. US taxpayers will benefit. Trump did it. He won. We all won. …Trump announced he will terminate NAFTA,” he continued. “While we don’t know all the details yet, I guarantee this new trade deal will save us tens of billions, perhaps hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.”

A ‘side’ benefit of this deal is suggested by Root. He believes that these savings could be thought of as a way for Trump to fulfill his statement that Mexico would end up paying for the border wall.

Successful Economic Growth

Another recent occurrence of good news has been the announcement that last month’s GDP figures had to be revised upward. The number went from a great 4.1 to a magnificent 4.2 percent growth in Gross Domestic Product.

Economic indicators have shown us that the U.S. economy grew at 4.2-percent in the 2nd quarter of 2018, having been revised up from the original estimate of 4.1-percent. The U.S. economy is the strongest it has been in four years. The Atlanta Fed is predicting the possibility of hitting 5-percent GDP growth in the 3rd quarter (July – September).

GDP is a measure of the economic productivity of the nation. The greater the numbers, the higher the productivity.

The higher productivity indicates both an increase in supply as well as an increase in expected demand for products from American businesses. This reinforces other economic indicators, such as the record-breaking stock market gains since the 2016 election.

Successful and Strong Deregulation

Inset.image.3.9.2.2018When President Trump was on the campaign trail he made a promise to eliminate the excessive regulations imposed by the government. His promise was that for every regulation enacted two regulations had to be removed.

Trump has more than delivered on that promise.

During the first year, for every regulation enacted there were 22 regulations removed! That amounted to a reduction of 33,944 pages from the 2016 Federal Register.

The economic impact of this cannot be over-estimated. This crucial measure in the course of Trump’s presidency could save more than a trillion dollars each year! That holds true if the president reaches merely half of his goal.

He believes that the government can reduce its regulations by as much as 75%. The cost of enacting and enforcing federal regulations reached almost 2 trillion (yes with a ‘t’ which is 1,000 billion dollars) in 2015.

The Competitive Enterprise’s (CEI) ninth annual Ten Thousand Commandments report claims the federal government issued 80,260 pages of rules in 2015. …The price tag for all these rules adds up to 1.88 trillion…

The Success of the Tax Cuts

Inset.image.3.9.2.2018President Trump’s most ballyhooed economic measure was the new law enacting large tax cuts for Americans signed in December of 2017. The cuts rang up to a huge 1.5 trillion in total tax reduction, the largest cut in dollar amount ever.

How has this affected the economic climate? The results as of January 2018, less than a month after the cuts became law, have been very encouraging. Even Bloomberg’s analysts have had to admit it, and they are certainly not supporters of the president.

Since Republican leaders pushed through their once-in-a-generation tax overhaul, more than 70 major U.S. companies — including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. — have announced either pay raises or bonuses for rank-and-file employees, or more hiring and investment.

I can tell the readers from personal experience at my other full-time job that just weeks after the tax cuts, all employees were given an extra $1,200 bonus. This was on top of a generous holiday bonus of $1,000.

Additionally, every employee was given a dollar or more hourly raise beginning in 2018, and the entry-level wage was raised by almost two dollars per hour.

I have been employed at my current position for over 12 years. This is the first time there have been extra bonuses paid out to everyone. It is also the first time I received a pay raise that was even close to a dollar an hour.

Successful Results of Job Growth and Low Unemployment

Inset.Image.4.9.2.2018The expansion of the job market has been another smash hit for the Trump economy. The overall numbers have exceeded expectations for both numbers of people employed and for the falling unemployment rate.

Since January of 2017 through July of 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a gain of a little over 3.5 million non-farm jobs in the United States. This gain is across the board.

The unemployment figures are particularly noteworthy. Unemployment has dropped dramatically in the United States.

the Labor Department is reporting that jobless claims are at their lowest monthly average since 1969

Moreover, these low numbers are reaching record or near-record levels in all parts of the population. For example, the president highlighted these focusing on the newest figures for black unemployment in his State of the Union address.

“Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low,” Trump said during his State of the Union address in February. “It’s something I’m very proud of. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.”

A Successful Rejuvenation of Business and Industry

This is one of the topics President Trump truly enjoys talking about. While he was on the campaign trail in 2016, Trump often spoke of bringing jobs back to America that had left under previous administrations.

Candidate Trump was roundly criticized for making that promise. One of the most famous critiques was given by then President Obama on PBS in 2016.

Here is some of what the president had to say about the rejuvenation of business in the country back in February of 2018.

“Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States, something we haven’t seen for decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan, Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama. Soon, plants will be opening up all over the country. This is all news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing…” Trump added that other companies were investing in the U.S. “Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers,” he said and added that on Monday, ExxonMobil announced that it will pour $50 billion into expanding operations in the U.S.

It would appear that President Trump found the ‘magic wand’ that Obama said he needed to bring jobs back.

A Successful Revival of Economic Hope

Hope can be a difficult factor to measure. However, in economic terms, hope is measured in large part by surveying consumer confidence for a certain period.

According to Reuters news service, this measurement is on a meteoric rise.

U.S. consumer confidence surged to near an 18-year high in August, as households remained upbeat on the labor market, pointing to strong consumer spending that should help to sustain the economy for the remainder of the year.

The ‘surge’ in confidence reflects a renewal of economic hope among Americans. This renewal has been triggered by the actual experiences of consumers in everyday life.

The average consumer has gained great confidence and hope for their own future because of what they see in their own communities. This personal testimony beautifully illustrates this revival of hope.

There is something good to be said about a reinvigoration of economic hope. President Trump’s policies have begun this process and I pray prosperity will continue to bloom in America.

However, the ultimate hope for America and the world is found in the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ. It is obtained one person at a time by trusting all of life to His guidance and care and being redeemed by faith in Him.

If your hope is solidly in Him, even a terrible economic outlook can be dealt with and your soul will prosper in the best possible way.

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Leftist Abuse of the First Amendment, Part 2 [Video]

First Amendment

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was crafted to help ensure five different fundamental freedoms, religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly, and to petition the government.

This is the text of the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, or to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Left of recent years has engaged in abuse of at least four of those rights. Last time we examined the abuse of the freedoms of religion and speech. Here we will survey the leftist abuse of the freedom of the press and the freedom to peaceably assemble.

Abuse of the Freedom of the Press

Image.article.8.25.2018The ‘press’ of today encompasses the news/media complex of print media, radio, broadcast networks, cable news, and the fast-growing internet world including social and anti-social media.

This may be the easiest freedom to abuse because it can be hidden under a veneer of professionalism and ethics. It also happens to be an easy way to leverage influence and power toward a personal or corporate agenda.

The agenda of the Leftmedia is an active promotion of socialism. Since the election of Donald Trump, this has been tethered to an incessant and hostile denigration of him and his administration.

Examples of this kind of conduct are legion. I have covered many of them in past articles. This is a persistent theme seen in response to every action the president takes or proposal he makes. This hostility extends to anyone in his administration and even his family and friends.

One of the more recent demonstrations of abusing freedom of the press came in response to Education Secretary Nancy DeVoss’ suggestion for perhaps arming some teachers in the classroom. Here is a portion of that response.

PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor… claims she has spoken with advocates who believe any programs that arm teachers will pose a threat to minority students. “If you start arming teachers, there are black and brown students … who are being disciplined more than their white counterparts, you could then start seeing statistics where potentially black students are getting shot or in accidents when their teachers are trying to shoot or do gun safety measures,” Alcindor claimed.

The suggestion that arming teachers will be a threat to minority students is both ridiculous and racist. It is an incendiary comment meant to stir up racial tensions and demean a member of Trump’s cabinet.

As far as the Left is concerned, the fact that a blow can be aimed at the Second Amendment is a bonus benefit. This is a terrible abuse of the freedom of the press to spread false innuendo and rumor devoid of fact.

Abuse of the Freedom to Peaceably Assemble

Image2.article.8.25.2018This freedom is the keystone of the ability to protest against or show support for causes in a public forum. Peaceful assemblies of even large groups of people cannot be prohibited within certain limitations for public safety and venue capacity.

Leftist abuse of this freedom has been increasing since the middle of the Obama administration with the violent protests of groups such as Black Lives Matter. There were pertinent examples of abusing lawful assembly such as one from April of 2015 where protesters blocked an interstate in the San Francisco area.

Officers detained six people here. Authorities tell KTVU all six were taken to the city jail and booked for unlawful assembly and being a public nuisance.

However, some of the most egregious abuses of the freedom to assemble were carried out during the presidential campaign at rallies for candidate Donald Trump. These involve the inciting of violence by Clinton and DNC supporters planted at the rallies.

The following video contains graphic language. It is raw footage and viewer discretion is strongly advised.

This kind of conduct is a deliberate abuse of the right to assemble peacefully at a public event. It is also abusing the freedom of speech in order to disrupt those who are exercising their freedom to assemble.

It is abuse solely for political gain, and it should be unacceptable as well as prosecutable. As of this writing, the leader of these efforts, Bob Creamer, has stepped down from his position, but there have been no attempts at prosecution.

Moreover, the Wisconsin Attorney General has refused to even investigate the organization, Democracy Partners, which Creamer led. Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe responded to this non-action by the AG.

Project Veritas Action has released a written and video response to Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel’s memorandum regarding Project Veritas Action’s Democracy Partners video investigation. …However, according to Schimel, “Based on all the available facts I do not believe there is any basis to conclude that the videos demonstrate or suggest violations of Wisconsin criminal laws.” Project Veritas Action and its legal team strongly disagree.

Unhindered Abuse Will Result in Loss of Freedom

The U.S. Constitution delineates our various individual rights on paper. Those rights are built on the foundation laid out in the Declaration of Independence.

Image3.8.25.2018.articleThe Declaration itself clarifies a very important point. Individual rights are not granted by the government. They are given inherently by God to human beings.

When any part of these constitutional rights is abused, the entire structure of the document is threatened.  It is impossible to violate just one portion of the Constitution without bringing down all of it.

In practical terms, if such leftist abuse of the First Amendment is unchallenged and unhindered the entire gambit of liberty enjoyed by Americans is at risk. The process is already beginning impelled by the Democratic socialist machine, funded by leftist operatives such as George Soros.

The United States Constitution is a testimony to human freedom on earth. It is also a plea for the people of the nation to value our freedom as a precious gift from God.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1

If freedom is properly valued then its beneficiaries will ‘stand firm’ in that freedom. That is true for the liberty of a nation, and the freedom of the soul.

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles 2001
The Constitution of the United States, National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2009, 2012

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Leftist Abuse of the First Amendment [Video]

The Constitution Is Non-negotiable

President Donald Trump pulled the security clearance of Obama’s former head of the Central Intelligence Association John Brennan on August 16, 2018. According to the Left, this was a violation of Brennan’s First Amendment right to free speech.

Moreover, this is just the latest egregious move by the president to silence dissent if you believe the screeching of leftists in politics and the Leftmedia.

Yet, the facts do not support their complaints against Trump. Rather, they show that the Left routinely abuses the First Amendment for their own purposes.

The Form of the First Amendment

The text of the First Amendment reads,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, or to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was crafted to help ensure five different fundamental freedoms, religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly, and to petition the government.

The Left of recent years has engaged in abuse of at least four of those rights. Here we will examine the first two of these leftist abuses of the First Amendment.

Abuse of the Freedom of Religion

166642911_123b31c585_mThe first freedom delineated in the First Amendment concerns religion.

 

 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

Every freedom is qualified by the condition that “Congress shall make no law…” which would restrict that freedom. The tragedy of modern jurisprudence is that this meaning has been expanded and twisted out of recognition, but that’s another article.

The Left in America has consistently abused the free exercise clause. This is done by claiming that almost any public venue must be free from religious expression, or the government is endorsing or establishing a religion.

A recent episode in Colorado illustrates the Left’s determination to abuse the freedom of religion. It involves the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips.

Phillips had recently won a case against the Colorado Human Rights Commission at the Supreme Court. The Commission attempted to force him to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding against his religious beliefs.

SCOTUS rightly recognized that the government could not force Phillips to act against his sincerely held religious faith. Now, the Commission is after Phillips at the behest of a transgendered person who desired a cake to celebrate his ‘transition’ to female.

After the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips went all the way to the Supreme Court, he is in yet another asinine legal battle after refusing to bake a cake celebrating a person making a transgender conversion.

This newest idiocy serves only the purpose of trying to destroy religious opponents of the Left. It is outlandish enough for even leftist comic Bill Maher to pose a pertinent question in partial jest during his monologue.

“Is there only one bakery in Colorado?” Maher asked.

The obvious implication is that this particular bakery is being targeted by the Left’s anti-religious idealogues. That is abuse in its very essence.

A Selective Defense of Freedom of Religion

5402352896_31c50b2016_qHowever, in even more recent times the Left has taken to defending, the public expression of one religion, the religion of Islam. Here is one case from a recent article by Pamela Geller about a pro-Islam piece in USA Today.

 

“So, what actually subjugates Muslim women? It’s not Islam or hijab, but instead racism and Islamophobia.” So says Dalia Mogahed.

Really? Islam doesn’t subjugate women? Geller observes,

The sharia, which mandates that women cover their hair, is the only brutal, murdering ideology that gets such overt support. What other ideology that oppresses, persecutes, and subjugates gets such sanction? Whereas the crime is not condemned, just those pointing out the crime

Why, indeed does the Left seem to make an exception for Islam? Is it their own fear of seeming intolerant to a minority? Whatever the reason, there is a bitter irony in this action.

Should Islam succeed in its goals in America, the freedoms the Left says they value will be snatched away in an instant. Today’s naive idealist followers of an ephemeral Marxist paradise are no match for the ferocity of Jihadists nor the strictures of Sharia law.

Abuse of the Freedom of Speech

281730063_4e23efe9b8_mThe next bit of the First Amendment adds this to the list of freedoms Congress can’t touch.

 

 

…or abridging the freedom of speech

A plain reading of this amendment reveals that Congress, now judicially interpreted to mean the government at any level is not allowed to censor speech with certain exceptions.

For example, speech that might incite a violent riot or uprising is not protected by the First Amendment. Therefore the government can intervene to silence such speech.

The Left engages in abuse of this freedom in particular perhaps more than any other. Their tactics are simple.

Leftists loudly critique any speech from political or cultural adversaries and demand they be silenced. However, any methods the Left employs, including violence, are pushed as legitimate expressions of free speech.

There has been a multitude of examples which really began to up the violence quotient starting in 2017 with the rioting of Antifa at the University of California, Berkeley. This violent ‘protest’ was severe enough to prevent one Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay conservative, from speaking there in February of 2017.

Silencing the Opposition in the New ‘Public Square’

Modern technology has provided another tool for the Left to attempt suppressing free speech from conservatives. The public square is no longer the open arena.

6325794474_c2d28f6968_mSocial media has become the new ‘public square’ for America and the world. The meteoric rise of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter allowed expressions and opinions to flow freely, at least initially.

That freedom spurred almost exponential growth. At first, the voices of the Left were dominant and conservatives were tolerated because of their relatively small numbers.

The conservative presence on social media began to grow rapidly and steadily gain influence. This was especially the case during the eight years of the Obama administration.

However, it took the surprise election of Donald Trump to propel the Left toward the silencing of conservatives in the new public square. In their view, it was the conservatives who prevented Hillary Clinton from being elected, and that was intolerable.

It also awakened the Left to the sizeable social media clout being wielded by conservatives and the effectiveness of their critiques of leftist philosophy and policy. The Left is now responding in the only way they can.

Since they can’t prevail in the war of ideas, they attempt to shut down opposing speech on the internet. A most egregious instance of this is the virtual banning of videos from Prager University by YouTube and Facebook.

The Case of Prager University

One of the first reports about possible censorship of Prager’s material concerned the ‘banning’ of some videos on YouTube’s platform in October of 2016. It began with a relatively small number, 21, of the educational videos.

YouTube has gotten in on the anti-conservative act. Prager University, which was created by conservative radio host Dennis Prager and offers short educational videos on a variety of topics from a Judeo-Christian perspective, has charged that Google-owned YouTube has been censoring a number of its educational videos by classifying 21 of them as “restricted.” Video titles such as “Are the Police Racist?,” “What ISIS Wants,” “Did Bush Lie About Iraq?” and “What is the University Diversity Scam?” have landed under YouTube’s “restricted mode.”

Prager’s short presentations involve a multitude of subjects and have never featured violence, any exhortations to violence, rudeness, sexually inappropriate material, racism, or vulgarity of any kind.

Here is one of Prager University’s offerings that are not “restricted” by YouTube at the present.

Nevertheless, at present, the active censorship of Prager U has expanded on YouTube and Facebook. 

Last Thursday, Prager University issued a public statement alerting its millions of Facebook followers to the fact that “our last 9 posts have been completely censored reaching 0 of our 3 million followers.

Facebook later apologized for this claiming that the censoring was a “mistake.” However, the harm was done, even though Facebook restored the videos. Moreover, they still have not explained how this “mistake” happened. Thomas Gallatin offers a reasonable explanation.

It’s increasingly clear that Facebook’s post-2016 algorithms are tilted against conservative perspectives, which are too easily flagged by trolls as content containing “fake news” or “hate speech.”

When the major providers of the space for a new ‘public square’ decide only one point of view is permissible, free speech is effectively eliminated there. Next time we will look at the abuse of freedom of the press and freedom to peaceably assemble, as well as possible solutions to the problem.

Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. John 8:43 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
The Constitution of the United States, National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2009, 2012

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SIWO Global News 19th May 2018 #33

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A Beautiful Magical Royal Wedding

The big day arrived amid glorious and warm May sunshine. 150,000 happy people began to gather in Windsor to cheer and support Prince Harry and Meghan. It appears that about 2 billion people watched worldwide. The British pageantry, pomp and circumstance was in full view.  British, American flags, Canadian maple leaves and handmade bunting decorated the town, houses and businesses.  The door  of the  West Wing of George’s Chapel had an amazing array of white flowers and green foliage, white Roses and Lily of the valley gave a wonderful scent.

Celebrities such as Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, the Beckham’s, the Clooneys, the Cordens, the Suit TV actors and Serena Williams and her husband were among the guests.  200 Charities were represented, altogether 600 guests came to the wedding.  The Queen and Prince Philip led the Royal family in this joyous occasion.

The bride and her mother were dignified throughout the magical ceremony.  In her spectacular Givenchy creation by Clare Waight Keller she stepped out of the Rolls Royce.  The open bateau neckline showed off her shoulders and the cut of the dress accentuated her slim waist. The back of  the dress extended to the 15ft train, which was embroidered with the flowers of all the Commonwealth countries.  Her ten pageboys and bridesmaids were splendid including the two year-old.  Prince Charles walked her down the aisle to Prince Harry who met her with smiles.

There was a difference to this Royal Wedding.  The powerful and moving  sermon by Bishop Michael Curry on the Power of love,  the songs Stand by Me and Amen sung by the Kingdom Choir, the Orchestra with and Cellist Sheku Kanneh- Mason were all outstanding.  The vows were sincere and everyone said they will support them in their journey of marriage. A rapturous cheer followed them in their ride through the town to Windsor Castle.

Going to the first of their evening parties, the new Duke drove his wife the Duchess of Sussex in a powder blue E-type Jaguar. Congratulations to the newlyweds.

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SIWO Global News 18th May 2018 #32

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Eve of Royal Wedding

The day started with the announcement that Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle up the aisle.

Apart from those people coming from all over the world to celebrate at Windsor and in UK, those who couldn’t make it here are organising parties in their respective countries.  In most cases, they are connected with Prince Harry or Meghan or just happy for the couple.  The World Press have assembled their mikes and cameras for the occasion.

Is the wedding dress designer British or American?  That’s the question.  It is thought that the wedding is going to be worth £1BN  to the British economy.  The luxury goods market is especially great in bringing in American customers and tourists.

Ex Russian spy is discharged

Sergei Skripal has been discharged from Salisbury Hospital.  He thanked the medical team for their care, his recovery continues under strict security.  The political problems concerning the nerve agents are still a point of discontent  between Russia and Britain.

Legal and General launches 1st Gender Diversity Fund

The L&G Future World Gender in  Leadership in UK Index Fund (‘GIRL’ Fund) is expected to raise gender diversity standards.  These are for firms across the UK in the equity market.  More funds will be given to those who do more to and have achieved higher levels of gender diversity.  Investors are encouraged to invest their money to make a difference to these companies and wider society.

Inspirational Story

Horse riding changed Kai’s life- Showjumping  “Don’t condemn kids with ADHD” he said.

Due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity  Disorder (ADHD) Kai had to leave school.  However, his love of horses is helping him to focus on his ambition to be a professional showjumper.  From his mother we learn, that coping with a child with ADHD is not easy and it has its trails and tribulations.  When Kai was excluded from school she had to find a way to fill his time and give him some sort of education. Seeing her son riding confidently now makes all the things she has to do to manage his ADHD worthwhile.

The first time Kai had been taken horse riding was at three and a half years old and he found he loved horses, there was an affinity. When he was excluded from school, he was devastated, it made Kai feel he was being written off.  But he knew he had to push through that obstacle. At the Centre he was at, a group was going horse riding, so his Mother put his name down to go too.

At the stables Kai was assessed on his ability and his mother was told of a charity, that could help Kai achieve his ambition to be a professional showjumper.  She wrote to Emile Faure’s charity, on reading her letter he was moved to accept Kai on their programme.  This was on unusual personal request because they normally deal with referrals from organisations.

When Emile saw Kai with the horses he could see, the natural empathy, respect and care the boy had for them as well as, his ambition, determination and focus to succeed.

Kai said, ” Don’t condemn kids with  ADHD, just because they are different”.

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SIWO Global News 17th May 2018 #31

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Cladding ban on high-rise residential buildings?

There could be a ban on cladding of  high-rise residential buildings by the government after further consultation.  A Review if Building Regulations by Dame Judith Hackitt has fallen short of calling for a ban on cladding. This has surprised survivors of the Grenfell fire who have been critical of the Review and are calling for an outright ban on cladding.  In the Review  Dame Judith she was highly critical ofcyhe building industry and one of her recommendations is to have a new authority to oversee building safety.

Help to stop high gambling charges

A limit has been put on the betting slot  machines in shops, pubs and other public places.  £2 instead of £20 or £100 would be the limit per game.  The rules have come about due to the cases of gambling addiction arising from playing slot machines.  People were loosing thousands of pounds at a time and it was causing the breakup of families, povetty and mental stress.

Royal Wedding- 2 days to Big Day

Meghan Markle made a statement that her father would not come to her wedding due to ill health.  All speculation by the media can now cease for the happy couple to deal with situations as they arise.

Inspirational Story

Teen to a grown up with a heart

This teenager like most of his peers did not put himself out to help in the house.  He was quite happy to let his brother do all the work expected of both of them.  When his brother went away to college nothing changed, Joe still enjoyed his easy life and regarded himself as selfish.

Things changed when Joe went away to college and while there he got married.  Soon a baby was on the way but he pursued things that made him happy.    Household responsibilities followed.  It was shortly after his baby was born and his wife was asleep and baby was crying.  Joe picked the feeding bottle, held his baby in his arms and started   feeding  his baby.   Joe looked down and saw two big innocent trusting eyes.  He knew then that when you give love then your heart grows.

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SIWO Global News 15th May 2018 #29

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PM meets Invictus Games athletes

Theresa May, PM and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson were at Horse Guards Parade to meet the 72 injured, sick, and wounded athletes from the military  representing UK.  It was a time of smiles and a photo shoot.  The Invictus Games  is wonderful idea of Prince Harry’s.  While travelling back to Britain from Afghanistan, he wanted to improve the quality of life for the injured fellow soldiers he was travelling with.  Soldiers from many countries are taking part and it has helped them in their journey of recovery. The Prince is busy with his wedding preparations an.  The Games will be held in Sydney, Australia in October.

U.N. Security Council Live

Live session of the U.N. Security Council was televised showing many countries, such as China, Turkey, South Africa and the EU with  the UK Ambassador to the UN as spokesperson calling on Israel to restrain from using live ammunition against the protesters.  This emergency situation arose due  to the killing of 62 Palestinians mostly young people.  Israel’s Ambassador to  the UN together with the US Ambassador was saying no country would tolerate attack on her border therefore the right action was taken.  The US rejected an inquiry into the matter and it has been suggested that the US has become part of the problem not the solution. Israel and US felt there were men from Hamas among the protesters and they were using the innocent prople as human shields In order to get through the fence.  It was a divided assembly even the U.N. Special    Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process spoke passionately about finding a solution quick before the situation worsens.  Two States, Israel and Palestine living next too each other  in peace is the goal to strive for.

Floods in South India, Go a and Sri Lanka.

Heavy rainfrainfall has caused flooding in South India.  The samegsame goes for Goa and Sri Lanka.

Royal Wedding Countdown

The World Press have arrived in the UK, specifically to Windsor for the wedding of the year. Saturday is the day and many tourists and well wishers have come too.  Wishing the couple well is the general consensus as to every problem there is an answer.

Inspirational Story

Where do you serve?

A nurse held a birthday party for her two year old.  She invited her colleague’s six year old daughter and the all the children had immense fun.  On the way home the six year old wanted her mother to take her to the Mall to look at toys, gifts and take pictures.  As children do, the little girl thought it was too early to go home.  While in the shop a lady dropped one of her items.  The nurse took it over and said, ” You don’t want to miss this precious item to give to your special someone.” The lady indicated it was for her mother, who is going to like it and the two shook hands and introduced themselves.  The nurse noticed the texture of the lady’s hands and mentioned that she must be busy.  “Oh yes, I serve in an airline company”, the lady replied.  The nurse added, “It must be exciting being an air stewardess.”

‘I served as an accountant for 5 years,  I had a great time serving there, I liked  numbers,  but I quit to study marketing.  Though suggesting she could probably still do both,  the nurse could see the steely determination of the lady.  They parted ways with another handshake and goodbyes.  What struck the nurse was the lady’s emphasis on the word ‘SERVE’.  She saw how ‘WORK’ always so sounded like ‘LABOUR’ This stranger had given her something to think about and share the essential essence of serving to many people.  Work is Labour that earns money or benefits.   Serve is service stretching out to help graciously with no demands for rewards yet it is motivating.

We normally ask, “Where do you work?”  So next time, try saying,   “Where do you serve?, or ” I serve in a …………company or in a hospital” as the case may be.  Remember your title or role doesn’t matter your heart matters.

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