Are Americans hypnotized?

American Presidential election,
Where gone is the respect
That America enjoyed in the world?
What happened to the leader of plant earth?
Fallen from ivory tower to a hut?
Are Americans hypnotized?
Are there Americans
Who will vote for Donald Trump
Come November?
Trump for a second term in the White House!
That would be magic, wouldn’t it?
If there are people to vote for old Donald,
As I hear some say they will,
Are they sane or hypnotized?
I beg to know,
It’s mind boggling, isn’t it?
Are there people in America
Who love the ways of Donald Trump?
Who genuinely love the ways of Donald Trump?
After all that he does?
I mean who sincerely love the man’s leadership?
If there are,
Are they okay?
I beg to know;
If you are a supporter of Trump,
I plead with you not to be angry with me
But to take time and explain to me what you like about him;
If there are people in America
Who are fighting for Trump,
To be reelected president,
I really wish to know
If they know what that means:
Another four years in office;
How many people will he destroy again?
How much harm will he do?
How much damage to the reputation of his country?
Tell me if this man’s supporters are fine;
I can’t just imagine they are;
That someone with a sound mind
Would freely caste his vote
For someone so unstable;
So inconsistent;
So unreliable;
So unpredictable;
So incompetent,
Like Donald Trump for the oval office;
A man who, any time, can compose
The nuclear code
And before the world knows
What is going on,
He has wiped out all of humanity!
I can’t imagine
That people would vote
For someone so unscrupulous!
Who values money so much,
And prefers it to people;
It bids my imagination
That he has a single soul supporting this man’s haphazard leadership;
I am tempted to think
That something is wrong.
Are the great American people confused or charmed?
Who says Americans
Are not hypnotized?
How can a sane man
Who values democratic principles
Support a man who wants to destroy democracy?
A man who does not respect human rights;
A man who looks down on women;
A man who hates people
Who do not have the same skin color like him;
When we said it before 2016,
Some did not listen;
And said we were globalists;
Some said the man was God sent;
That he would make America great again;
Has he made America great again?
Who is proud of America today?
He has made America small;
Smaller than it has ever been;
He has rubbed America in mud;
Brought shame to a great nation;
We need somebody
To save America from perdition;
America is on the decline.
The writing is on the wall:
Like one man,
All Americans must say no
To the man who wants to destroy their great country;
To err is human;
To forgive, divine.
But to allow a serpent
To sting you twice
Is an error
Only a fool can commit;
You made a colossal mistake
In 2016;
This is not a time
To repeat that monumental mistake;
The world can forgive you
For that first time;
But don’t expect it a second time;
You will be the laughing stock
Of the world.
Poor great America
On decline!
How can brilliant America,
Great America,
Mighty America
Be duped
By one foolish man?
Ronald Regean’s America;
Barack Obama’s Anerica;
John F. Kennedy’s America;
Bill Clinton’s America;
What would Abraham Lincoln say
If he came back to life today;
If all the great leaders
That America has known,
came back to life today,
To see what they sweated to build,
So rubbed in mud!
Poor great America on decline!
Some Americans have been hypnotized.

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2020 Election Will Feature a Democratic Candidate Who Is Socialist Even if it Isn’t Sanders [Video]

Bernie Sanders, 2020 U.S. Presidential elections

The 2020 American national presidential primary season is in full swing and will continue until the respective political party’s national conventions this summer. The nominee of the GOP is going to be President Trump.

The Democratic nominee is not yet certain, though “Democratic Socialist” Senator Bernie Sanders, a registered Independent from Vermont, is leading at present. However, if he somehow doesn’t get the nomination, the contest will still feature a Socialist, no matter who is chosen to oppose the most successful President in decades and likely fall in ignominious defeat.

Sanders Is the Openly Socialist Candidate 

There is no question that Senator Sanders is openly Socialist, though he thinks to call it “Democratic” somehow conceals his love of the heinous doctrine. He is certainly not shy in his admiration for Communist dictators from his youth to the present day.

Sanders’ well-documented honeymoon in Moscow is just the beginning of many times when he has not simply defended but praised the murderous regimes of Castro, the Soviets, and other tyrannical Socialist regimes. He is at the forefront of the new Democratic party which is now under Socialist control.

The ideas embraced by Sanders are blatantly Socialist and align with the rather radical wing of the Democratic party led by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez [D. NY]. He favors the “Green New Deal,” and his pet programs are “Medicare for All,” and tuition-free college for everyone, and universal government child care, and a guaranteed minimum wage of at least $15.00 an hour, any one of which are astronomically expensive by themselves if implemented. 

Altogether this massive government expansion would transform America into a fiscal wasteland of forced compliance to an increasingly authoritarian regime. However, Sanders is only unique among the Democrats in two ways.

One is that he is openly proposing Socialism. Two is that his proposals are all-encompassing for American society.

Sanders would make the state the provider for all individuals from cradle to grave. President Sanders (shudder the thought) would do as Marxist-Socialists have always done, put all control into the hands of a central government that can then determine virtually everything about your life.

Yet, make no mistake, none of the other Democratic candidates are free from the Socialist virus, and whatever veneer covers their intentions, it will morph into Socialism sooner or later should any of Sanders opponents overtake him for the nomination. The only significant difference between Sanders and any other Democrat contender is whether Socialism comes all at once or somewhat incrementally to become dominant in America if they have their way.

Sanders Is Not the Lone Socialist on the Stage

Democratic Socialism, 2020 electionsMoreover, all of the other Democratic candidates advocate Socialism in some manifestation and any one of those forms would destroy freedom and prosperity in America. The most immediately dangerous of these is the unanimous proclamation of strict gun control even to the extent of disarming the populace.

Everyone in the Democratic debates has proposed violations of the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Calling those violations ‘red flag laws,’ and ‘buybacks by the government,’ doesn’t change the fact that they are violations of sacred human rights.

Some might question whether ‘gun control’ is a Socialist policy, but when the history is examined there is no question. Every truly Socialist government has implemented some kind of disarmament of the people, and those that exist today follow that policy as well.

The same is true about the socialization of the American healthcare system. All the Democrats favor some form of nationalized healthcare, even the supposedly ‘Capitalist’ Mike Bloomberg.

Along with the impossible expense of a fully Nationalized healthcare system comes an inevitable reduction of liberty for families and individuals. Bloomberg himself showed this in microcosm with his infamous “soda ban” while he was mayor of New York City.

Not content with the impossibility of providing cradle-to-grave government provision to Americans, all of the Democratic candidates support expanding that to cover all illegal aliens in the country now and allowing virtual open borders to boot. That is one position Sanders himself has radically changed to cater to the new Socialists in charge of the Democrat party.

Socialism in any manner is opposed to anything but the state having the ultimate authority over individuals. Thus its proponents attempt to replace God as provider, as the Democrats are doing and their candidates are proposing, and sooner or later, this will result in severe limitations on religious freedom.

This is true in any system which tries to shoehorn God into His place within the rule of the government. God is sovereign over all, and attempts to displace Him to a subordinate role under the false pretenses of biblical ‘interpretation,’ are evil and will always fail.

All of the Democrats Embrace the Socialist Anti-Life Doctrine 

Inset.2.2.28.2020The most pernicious factor in Socialism is its inherent devaluation of human life while claiming this is necessary because the government wants to preserve life. Total state provision for any life will always mean state control of the existence and length of that life.

This is most evident in the area of ‘healthcare’ advocated by Planned Parenthood, legalized abortion. It is no accident that Planned Parenthood has historically craved government support, especially considering the philosophy of their founder, Margaret Sanger.

Sanger was a proponent of eugenics, a philosophy that places the value of human life according to its usefulness, rather than life having inherent value as sacred to God. Such a philosophy is tailor-made for a socialistic government, and Ms. Sanger, being a racist, favored the NAZI brand of Socialism.

Sanger promoted the goals of eugenics throughout her life, and it led her to associate with truly evil movements such as National Socialism, otherwise known as the Nazi Party. Author George Grant writes,  “Because of her [Sanger’s] Malthusian and Eugenic connections, she had become closely associated with the scientists and theorists who put together Nazi Germany’s ‘race purification’ program. She had openly endorsed the euthanasia, sterilization, abortion, and infanticide programs of the early Reich.

There is one question that will not be asked in any of the Presidential debates by any of the moderators, yet there is no doubt as to what the answer would be from all of the Democrats. If asked whether or not they thought Margaret Sanger was a great woman with great ideas, all of them would say “Yes!”

The more any nation implements socialistic programs, the more individual rights are reigned in until the sovereignty of the state is unquestioned and brutally enforced. This inevitably will envelop the God-given right to life and eliminate that very right.

Whoever the Democratic nominee will be, Socialist policies will be proposed under his or her banner. Should that nominee gain an improbable victory, America’s future will move toward tyranny at an astonishing rate and we will all suffer as a result.

You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!” Mark 7:8,9 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

George Grant – “Grand Illusions, The Legacy of Planned Parenthood,” Wolgemuth and Hyatt, Publishers, Inc., 1988.

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Socialism Has Been and Will Always Be an Evil Failure [Video]

Socialism Has Been and Will Always Be an Evil Failure [Video]There is an incorrect assumption fervently adhered to by the Socialist Left idealists of the world. Simply stated, they believe that the principles of Socialism would work, regardless of the historical record, if only the right people of principle would implement it.

However disillusioning this may be to such idealists, that is false. Socialism has never succeeded and will never succeed as a form of governance because the system itself is evil and fatally flawed.

Socialism is Fatally Flawed by False Promises

Socialism, CapitalismThere are two fundamental promises of Socialism that are demonstrably false. They form the premises of a pro-socialist argument.

A lesson from rational thought that when the premise of an argument is false, the argument itself is invalid and false.

To clarify any misunderstanding, I use the word “argument” meaning the reasonable appeal someone would make for accepting their claims as true. It doesn’t refer to an argument as in a hostile and angry exchange.

The first false promise is that through Socialism the government will make all things in life free and make all people economically equally well off. Fulfilling that promise is not within the realm of possibility.

There is an old wise epithet that rebukes this promise of Socialism, ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch.’ Socialism promises the government will provide whatever is needed or desired for the lives of everyone at no cost.

It has always failed to do that because the promise itself is not humanly possible to fulfill. The effort required to achieve the ‘ideal’ Socialist society is beyond our powers.

To understand why, we need to examine the meaning of Socialism apart from the emotional appeals made to a false “fairness and equality,” idealism. It must be examined as it is defined in as plain and rational a manner as possible.

The multiple definitions of Socialism in various dictionaries do not equally apply to Socialism on a governmental scale. According to Merriam-Webster online, Socialism means,

1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

This is an excellent and comprehensive definition of Socialism as separate systems, each of which are represented in modern society. The shortest definition listed is the one favored by advocates of Socialism within the ‘Christian’ community.

The Leftward Church and their Justification for Socialism

There are those within the ‘Christian’ churches who latch onto Socialism because they latch onto definition number “2a,” which bears a resemblance to the early Church described at the conclusion of Acts chapter 2.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 [ESV]

Socialism, Bernie SandersThis journal has delved into the influence of the Left upon the modern mainstream churches in greater detail in previous articles. Leftism today, inside or outside of those churches, has lost any veneer they once had to disguise their blatant Socialism.

As with Socialism in any human incarnation, the Leftward Church picks and chooses the truth to suit their evil end goal. This is what happens when the Word of God is used to justify their phony claims, as is done with this passage in Acts.

However, that interpretive game doesn’t work in this case either, because the Leftist apologists conveniently ignore the context of the passage. The first and most obvious context is that this was a case of God’s intervention directly through the witness of the Holy Spirit.

Outside of an explicitly Spirit immersed Christian fellowship, this is impossible to accomplish in human society, even with a relatively small group of people. Which brings to mind the second contextual parameter, the method necessary to distribute the proceeds of all the donations was a central body of individuals, in this case, the Apostles.

This factor limits the growth of any Socialist group to a small number of people, and this was demonstrated later in Acts when the group grew past 5,000 men and their families. Following the martyrdom of Stephen in chapter 7, the persecution against the first Church increased beginning in chapter 8.

And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.  Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. Acts 8:1-3 [ESV]

Saul later became the great evangelist Apostle Paul, who helped bring Christianity to the ends of the Roman Empire, and wrote more than half of the New Testament. The church in Jerusalem had grown to the point that a Socialist system, even with the administration of the Apostles, would inevitably invite greed and sloth and a sense of self-sufficiency that would work against the spread of the gospel to the world.

Incidentally, this factor also mitigates against the mega-church sizes of today, but that is a different article. Suffice it to say that even a heavenly-influenced fellowship needs to realize that utopian visions of society are reserved by God for the fellowship in heaven and the New Earth to come, and were never meant to exist upon this earth.

However, the Socialist Left today is not interested in religion except as it might serve their malevolent interests in the system. They are far more concerned with the aspect of implementing central government control of individual lives.

Unfortunately for their argument, this method exacts a larger cost than any other at the scale of a national government. It cannot take care of anyone without exerting fascistic control over their individual lives, and the provision even in those conditions is pitiful.

Socialism Is Not Free in Any Way

Socialism, Bernie SandersThe second false premise of Socialism is that the government can provide for all and do so with no real “cost.” That is not true economically, experientially or spiritually.

The economic costs of a Socialist society obliterate whatever perceived benefits provided in such a society. The lone economic benefit of Socialism is thought to be that the costs of providing equally for the needs of a society are also shared by everyone in society.

However, that so-called benefit is subject to the control of the central government in Socialism for every individual’s income is determined by the state for distribution by the state. In a truly Socialist society, everyone works for the central government, and each person must adapt to a certain level of income and position as doled out by the government.

Economically, this system is unsatisfying to the workers, and never provides enough revenue to cover the normal expenses incurred within the nation’s society. It is also detrimental to life experientially for everyone except the ruling authorities.

Total control of economic production also makes the control of individual lives necessary. Rationing of goods and services will eventually be practiced anytime a fully Socialist model is in place.

For example, universal ‘free’ health care suffers from this inevitable circumstance because the government pays the care providers a basic stipend to cover salary and supplies. This means care is rationed out according to government priorities including the physician’s time and the treatments available.

The results of rationing mean waiting times for serious treatments become longer and longer, as has been seen with the American health care system under the Veterans Administration. The new changes from President Trump have helped alleviate this by allowing physicians outside of the VA to be chosen by veterans if needed.

The final way that Socialism fails is in the provision of the human soul and spirit. Socialism fails here, and in reality in every way, for one very large reason that most critics of the system fail to recognize; the fact that Socialism claims territory reserved for God in human affairs.

To illustrate this, take the example of present-day China and how that Communist nation handles the religious needs of its people. A “Christian” religion of sorts is permitted in China, but with very serious restrictions added so that the attendees are continually reminded that ultimate loyalty goes to the state and not to God.

This is true in any system which tries to shoehorn God into His place within the rule of the government. God is sovereign over all, and attempts to displace Him to a subordinate role under the false pretenses of biblical ‘interpretation,’ are evil and will always fail.

President Trump has noted this particular aspect of human nature that has been incorporated into America’s national heart from the very beginning. He has said on several occasions that,

…in America we don’t worship government, we worship God.

This is the primary cause of the rise of various “underground church” movements within places like China growing in tremendous numbers despite all efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to stamp them out. Socialism can never provide for anything other than a poor and bleak existence for the “masses” in society.

Socialism Cannot Escape the Verdict of History

Former President Obama meets with former Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez in 2009

The third very significant false promise of Socialism is the promise that this time, it will be immune from its history. It is hoped that if the right people are implementing it, Socialism will work regardless of its 100% rate of historic failures wherever it has been ‘tried.’

Incidentally, the use of the words Socialism and Communism as basically interchangeable terms is not accidental or inaccurate. I agree with the late Vladimir Lenin when he said,

The goal of socialism is communism.

Therefore, any system which names Socialism as a part of the system is doomed to eventually become Communist in operation if not in name. The most recent example of a nation falling apart under Socialism is the case of Venezuela.

Venezuela was once the envy of South America and the wealthiest nation on that continent. The wealth was amassed because of the gargantuan oil reserves within Venezuela and made the nation a powerful and prosperous country in the later years of the 20th century.

This level of prosperity was erased in just over two decades and Venezuela was plunged into a hell on earth for its citizens while making the late dictator Hugo Chavez and his family incredibly rich at the same time. In fact, as the following video notes, the daughter of the dictator left the country with a personal worth of 4 billion dollars, while the people succumbed to the fatal infection of Socialism!

Chavez has passed on but his hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, is every bit the tyrannical Socialist dictator Chavez had been. Moreover, that is the historical pattern of all nations that have gone all-in for Socialism as their method of governance.

The historical record of truly Socialist countries is one of death, deprivation, and tyranny.

Together with Germany’s National Socialism, the Communist Socialists such as the old USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and Communist China have racked up a body count of over 150 million people!

But …What About Sweden?

One of the modern objections to this is to cite the record of pseudo-socialist countries in Scandinavia, such as Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. This is one of the favorite talking points of the Left, and especially from the self-declared “Democratic Socialist” presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders [I-VT].

Since these nations seem to be doing well while providing things such as a Socialist model for health care, something along the lines of Sanders’ proposed “Medicare for all” plan should do fine in America. However, a closer examination of the facts puts that lie to rest.

How do these nations pay for the government services they provide, and how good are those services? First, the tax rates and structure are far different than those in America.

The various Scandinavian countries tax individuals at very high rates which are also flat rates. Thus in Sweden, the marginal income tax and payroll tax rates are 56.9% for everyone earning 1.5 times the national average of income.

Contrast that with America where we have a ‘progressive’ income tax which increases as income levels rise. The top marginal income tax rate is now 37% but doesn’t kick in until someone is making 8.5 times the national income average.

Socialism, Bernie Sanders, Capitalism, President TrumpMoreover, Scandinavian systems also charge a tax that is non-existent in America, a VAT, or Value Added Tax, on its businesses that is passed down to the consumer. A VAT is a system that taxes businesses at various stages of production which they must add in as a part of the product cost to the consumer.

This is a very efficient way to raise revenue quickly for the government, however, it has a serious drawback.

many …see VATs as a regressive tax because they fall more on those that spend a larger share of their income, mainly the poor.

These are various Socialist tactics that increase the economic burden of individuals. Conversely, at least until recently, the corporate tax rates and structure have been lower in Scandinavian countries than in the United States, thus favoring a Capitalist model.

In 2015, the highest corporate tax rate among Scandinavian nations was found in Norway, who taxed businesses at 27% of income. At that time the United States had a 39.1% corporate tax rate, which made Norway a far more attractive place to do business and made its policies more Capitalist than Socialist.

The only way for a Socialist model to survive is with very high individual taxes and a stream of income brought in from outside of the system. That is what is happening in Scandinavia, along with the fact that these nations use little or none of their budgets for defense spending.

Thanks to the tax cuts under President Trump, America has lowered its corporate tax rates below the levels of any Scandinavian country. In fact, we have gone from the third-highest corporate tax rate in the world to the 83rd-highest rate, and among the very lowest of large industrialized nations worldwide.

The results of those very Capitalist policies in America have proven wildly successful as the business arena has seen outstanding growth reflected by record levels of unemployment in every area. As has been seen in this brief review, Socialism can only boast of failure and will never be anything but evil and a failed government system with ruinous results for the citizens under its sway.

The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Left’s Illegal, Immoral, and Idiotic Pseudo-Impeachment [Video]

Trump, Impeachment

Photo from a February 2017 demonstration

In the past few weeks, the world has witnessed a series of historically unique political events courtesy of the Leftists occupying the United States Congress. All of these events are honed in on their last-ditch, desperation shot to stop the juggernaut that is President Donald J. Trump.

It is evident that the Left realizes the truth of the situation heading into a presidential election year in 2020. Each day Trump succeeds in any area, whether a speech electrifying mammoth crowds or his foreign policy victories, hammers home the understanding within the progressive psyche that no Democrat can defeat the President in this election.

This has whittled the choices of the Left down to three measures. Their chances of succeeding with these are slim and none and, as the saying goes, ‘slim just left town.’

The choices are first, that the Left can somehow engage in enough widespread voter fraud to snatch a phony ‘victory’ from the jaws of defeat. That possibility should not be taken lightly and measures such as a mandatory voter-ID law should be passed to help prevent this.

However, this avenue of attack is almost certain to fail should the forces on the Left attempt it. The 2020 elections will likely be the most scrutinized in history, and conservatives in all arenas have become much more aware of potential voter fraud since 2016.

Second, the Left can put its full efforts into influencing the vote through social media manipulation, however, this is also a vain effort 2020. The recent testimony of Dr. Robert Epstein revealed that millions of votes had been influenced toward Hillary Clinton through the machinations of the giant internet platform in 2016.

Of course, that hidden effort did not result in Hillary winning the presidency. Now that this information is public going into 2020, it is highly unlikely that another such attempt would be successful in defeating the President.

This leaves choice number three, which is the course the Left is currently embarking upon, to attempt to impeach President Trump. In their view, if somehow they can get rid of Trump in this manner, then the election will be theirs by default.

I’m not one to rain on the Left’s parade, well actually I am, but this effort is also doomed to failure for three big reasons. It is a pseudo-Impeachment that is illegal, immoral, and idiotic.

It Is Illegal

Inset.1.10.26.2019The U.S. Constitution gives the Impeachment power to the House of Representatives with but one statement within Clause 5, Section 2 of Article 1;

The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Section 3 of Article 1 deals with the functions of the Senate. The Impeachment process is explained in more detail concerning the role of the Senate in Clause 6 and 7.

The Senate shall have the sole power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be under Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment, and Punishment, according to the law.

Article 2 of the Constitution establishes the working rules of the Executive Branch of the Federal government. Section 4 of Article 2 provides the conditions under which a President could be impeached and removed.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, and other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Inset.2.10.26.2019The current ‘Impeachment’ inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee violates the Constitution with its limited and secretive procedures and is thus fundamentally illegal. The legal requirement is that the House, not a committee in the House, has Impeachment power.

Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA], the Committee Chair invoked rules keeping testimony ‘secret’ and not allowing subpoenas or ‘witnesses’ other than from Democratic sources. This is an unprecedented procedure by the House when dealing with the Impeachment of the President.

In prior Impeachment proceedings of any sort, nothing was conducted in secret and advocates for the President were allowed to participate. That was rightly the case because of the unique importance and seriousness of Impeachment.

Impeachment is arguably the most important criminal procedure in the nation for it seeks to remove the choice of the people who voted. Thus every part of the procedure should be open to public observance and legal participation by both sides of the argument which has been the case until now.

Moreover, the failure to even name a potential charge for any particular crime and keep the proceedings cloaked from view is more reminiscent of secret courts in tyrannical regimes throughout history.

Schiff and his allies have attempted to justify the secrecy by likening the Committee’s sessions to Grand Jury indictment proceedings. These are secret and designed to indict and move forward with criminal prosecution.

However, Impeachment functions more as a pre-trial hearing then as a Grand Jury indictment. When actual Impeachment happens, the real trial begins in the Senate, and both procedures are rightly public with representation for both accused and accuser.

To deny all of this is to foist an illegal pseudo-Impeachment upon the people of the United States. The determination of the Left to do so regardless of this and other destructive consequences renders the effort immoral as well.

It Is Immoral

ImpeachmentThe intent of the Left is simply to gain unassailable political power over America and its citizenry. Much like the Borg of Star Trek fame, they possess a hive mentality toward that end such that any means, moral or immoral to accomplish its goal is justified for the Left.

The pseudo-Impeachment attempt is one of those immoral means employed by the Left against America. It is immoral because it is aimed at forcing the removal of a duly elected President illegally without due cause and thus usurping the will of the people of the nation.

The accusation against President Trump is both ludicrous and fallacious. He is accused of pressuring the Ukrainian President Kesleyev to investigate a political rival for corruption in order to gain a political advantage in the 2020 election in a phone conversation in July of this year.

We know this accusation is bogus because President Trump provided the actual transcript of the phone call to the public, including the members of the House of Representatives. The transcript reveals that nothing resembling the Left’s preposterous claims is true.

At this point, some readers might ask, “What about the ‘whistleblower’ complaint?” First of all, the ‘whistleblower’s’ complaint which began this newest fiasco is a moot point since we have the transcript of the call.

In fact, the so-called ‘whistleblower’ is now so clearly irrelevant that Chairman Schiff has decided he or she might not need to testify at all.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that testimony from the intelligence community whistleblower at the center of the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump may no longer be necessary. “Given that we already have the call record, we don’t need the whistleblower who wasn’t on the call to tell us what took place during the call,” he told Margaret Brennan during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

It is telling that this pseudo-Impeachment is the culmination of the TDS infected Left’s efforts since before Donald Trump became the President. This was evidenced by a ‘celebrity’ video attempt in December of 2016 to convince the electors to change their pledged votes and go against Donald Trump.

The celebrity video was accompanied by numerous street protests demanding electors not support the then President-elect, against the voters of their respective states. As seen in the video, electors received a lot of pressure from Leftists in the form of calls, letters, emails to abandon their trust regardless of their promises.

The first national public official to call for impeachment was Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA]. In a recent interview with ESSENCE online, Waters stated,

I have been calling for and talking about the impeachment of this president since his inauguration.

When that statement is considered closely, it actually means that Waters believed it was a right or moral action to impeach a President who had literally not done anything in the office of the President! She would have been deliriously happy if formal Impeachment hearings would have begun on January 20, 2017, immediately after Trump took the oath of office.

Moreover, as can be seen from the top photograph, public demonstrations pushing for Trump’s Impeachment began a month after his inauguration.

Essentially for the Left, the entirety of Trump’s presidency has been an Impeachment investigation searching for a crime. Any possible crime, even with invented evidence, is tossed to the salivating Leftmedia and they invariably use it to excoriate the President and his supporters, while calling for Trump’s destruction.

It is immoral to visit political and personal destruction upon this President as the Left is doing with their pseudo-Impeachment. It has been so since the calls for Impeachment began.

It Is Idiotic 

Inset.4.10.26.2019The Left’s illegal, immoral, pseudo-Impeachment is also an idiotic political move. Moreover, there is already evidence that simply efforts at an ‘Inquiry’ concerning Impeachment have backfired with increasing support for President Trump.

For instance, since the rhetoric of Impeachment became incessant, Trump’s re-election campaign coffers grew by 125 million dollars last quarter, which is a record and many times the DNC’s fundraising efforts.

“President Trump has built a juggernaut of a campaign, raising record amounts of money at a record pace,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.  RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel credited Democratic attacks on Trump for motivating supporters to donate in record numbers.

This surge was a reflection of over 300,000 new donors added to the RNC in the third quarter as well.

President Trump’s 2020 re-election effort raised $45 million online in the third quarter on a surge of small-dollar donations driven by 313,000 first-time donors, campaign officials said. The money, which the campaign raised jointly with the Republican National Committee, was part of the $125 million overall raised in the quarter. The online amount wasn’t previously disclosed and represents a 29% increase over the second quarter.

 

The reality is that going through with this pseudo-Impeachment only ends badly for the Democratic party. If they manage to actually vote to ‘Impeach’ and can’t get the votes, they look petty and Trump wins 2020 in a landslide.

If they vote for Impeachment’ it is dead on arrival in the Senate, and Trump remains in office. The Democrats look foolish and petty and Trump destroys them in 2020.

The President is already packing out stadiums and campaigning at a furious pace. The Left’s ‘Impeachment’ furor is only serving to create a backlash that increases his support.

However, the political Left may now be cornered by reality. They cannot beat Trump at the ballot box, so they hope against hope to damage him with a pseudo-Impeachment.

The attempt will be futile, but that fact won’t stop the attempt from being made. Moreover, it is what the Left may try after failing with pseudo-Impeachment that is perhaps more concerning, but that is another article.

Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. Psalm 52:1-2 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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It’s Halloween Season and HRC Is Back from the Dead [Video]

It’s Halloween Season and HRC Is Back from the Dead [Video]

The recent ‘impeachment inquiry’ farce has revealed the corruption of the Leftist Democrat machine to a greater degree than perhaps ever before. Moreover, in recent weeks it has also once again brought forth the darkness the Democrats matron of evil to haunt us as we head into the 2020 election year.

It is fitting that in October of 2019, the political horror of 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been revived from near-death. Many doubted she would ever recover from her embarrassing thrashing at the hands of that despicable Donald Trump and his “deplorables.”

However, some recent media appearances and statements concerning the impeachment fever of the Left by Ms. Malevolence, aka HRC, have altogether dispelled the rumors of her demise. Yes, Hillary is back and, unfortunately, she will remain high-profile long after Halloween.

A Brief History of Hillary’s Evil

Entire books have been written concerning the nefarious exploits of HRC. For the sake of brevity, we will cover only two areas of Hillary’s vast catalog of heinous behavior.

The first area covers a series of horrible acts that have yet to be legally pinned to Hillary, but they are virtually certain to be actions she participated in by one means or another. The latest of these involved the ‘suicide’ of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in August of this year.

Clinton, EpsteinThere were connections between Bill Clinton and Epstein’s infamous “pedophile island,” as has been revealed in specific flight logs when the former President joined Epstein on excursions to that den of filth. That itself would only cast a shadow of suspicion towards the Clintons if not for the fact this makes almost 50 “associates” of Hillary and Bill which had died under suspicious circumstances, many of which were ruled a “suicide.”

Epstein would make the list of suspicious deaths three years after the last ‘victim,’ DC staffer Seth Rich who was murdered on July 10, 2016, in what was ruled a robbery attempt in which nothing was stolen. They are currently number 47 and 48 on the list.

Here are a few more outstanding examples of suspicious dying while having dirt on the Clintons:

 James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.
Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder …happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
Vince Foster – Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the Air Traffic controller committed suicide.
Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.

The sheer volume of the questionable deaths of those close to the Clintons defies any reasonable explanation other than somehow, they were involved in at least some of them. It resembles the body count of a Mafia boss who systematically eliminates his foes.

Inset.2.10.9.2019The second piece of Hillary’s sordid history is connected with a new revelation by Judicial Watch in their investigation of Hillary’s e-mail scandal. It shows communication between the Department of Defense and the State Department on the evening of September 11, 2012, concerning military support of Americans under fire in Benghazi, Libya.

The newly released email reads:

“From: Bash, Jeremy CIV SD [REDACTED]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:19 PM
To: Sullivan, Jacob J; Sherman, Wendy R; Nides, Thomas R
Cc: Miller, James HON OSD POLICY; Wienefeld, James A ADM JSC VCJCS; Kelly, John LtGen SD; martin, dempsey [REDACTED]
Subject: Libya

State colleagues:

I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton].

After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a [REDACTED].

Assuming Principals agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to procure the approval from host nation. Please advise how you wish to convey that approval to us [REDACTED].

Jeremy”

Jacob Sullivan was Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the time of the terrorist attack at Benghazi.

“Spinning up as we speak,” meant that they were ready to take off and awaiting the go-ahead order. According to congressional testimony by Gregory Hicks, this aid would have arrived in time to prevent American deaths. Hicks was the,

Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attack. According to Hicks’ 2013 testimony, a show of force by the U.S. military during the siege could have prevented much of the carnage. Said Hicks, “if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them.”

The help never arrived and Americans Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens likely could have been saved. Hillary knew about all of this and left them to die anyway.

Moreover, President Obama knew about it as well and both of them repeatedly lied, as well as told their underlings to lie about the attack both concerning its nature and cause, as well as denying that help could have been sent and lives saved. Bill Whittle provides more details in the following video.

A weeks-long cover-up of this horrific crime commenced, but the truth eventually came out despite Hillary’s insistent rant of,

What difference does it make?

Benghazi alone disqualified Hillary for the office of the President and should have bought her a ticket to prison. However, as we all now know, Hillary’s evil acts continued and it appears that the e-mail scandal could finally prove to be her downfall.

However hopeful that sentiment is for the sake of some justice, Hillary has once more resurfaced to torment us with her pearls of perverted wisdom. Here are some samples of Hillary’s latest “hits.”

Hillary’s Latest “Hits”

HillaryPerhaps the most astonishing thing about Hillary is how morally obtuse she is regarding the death and destruction she had already visited upon America even before she ran in the 2016 presidential election. In the annals of American history, Hillary was the most corrupt candidate ever to run for President of the United States, period.

She has learned nothing in the interim which would grant her a conscience in the time since her trouncing by Trump. Her latest ramblings remain full of elitist arrogance and ooze royal entitlement to a throne she still believes was stolen from her.

Evidence of that attitude was amply displayed in an October 2, 2019, TV interview.

Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump is an “illegitimate president” during a Wednesday appearance on ABC’s “The View.” The former presidential candidate made the comment after host Joy Behar asked what she made of Trump leading “lock her up!” chants at campaign rallies. “I do think that [Trump] knows that he’s an illegitimate president,” said Clinton to applause from the studio audience.

That is, of course, another lie spouted from the political queen of deception. President Trump not only scored a decisive defeat of HRC, but he also did it completely legitimately in full accord with the Constitution of the United States.

To no one’s surprise, Hillary has enthusiastically jumped aboard the “impeachment” train, which hasn’t legitimately left the station and is actually headed nowhere. However, for Hillary and her supporters, this is a step toward a bigger opportunity laid before them.

Hillary has to date claimed she is not interested in running for president again in 2020. Yet in a recent social media exchange, she strongly hinted at wanting a rematch, claiming she would win.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has trolled President Donald Trump, joking that she can defeat him in a 2020 rematch after he mockingly said that the former first lady should run for the president again. “Obviously, I can beat him again,” Clinton joked during an interview on PBS News Hour on Tuesday when asked about a tweet from Trump in which he suggested that she run against him in the 2020 polls.

This reference may indeed have been a joke, but make no mistake, the only thing Hillary would like more than a 2020 rematch would be if President Trump were impeached and removed from office. Then she would be able to run against a President Pence.

HillaryCould Hillary actually run as the Democratic nominee in 2020? Absolutely, and this is how it could come about.

Consider first the current crop of Democratic candidates. The frontrunners are former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Neither these two nor any of the remaining contenders are any real challenge to President Trump’s re-election, despite current political polling. Hillary could step in to try and ‘rescue’ the Democratic party given her wealth, popularity on the Left, and the promises of future power in her administration she could make to the other candidates.

Most importantly to the elitist Left, this is what they really want because they need to refute the 2016 election. They agree with Hillary that Trump should not ever have been elected President and only if Hillary triumphs over Donald Trump will they feel vindicated for the 2016 defeat.

At this point, a run by Hillary for 2020 seems unlikely for one reason, she has a lot more to lose than just another election. Hillary is facing a lot of heat already with the continuing e-mail revelations from Judicial Watch and the investigations of the Attorney General into the origins of the ‘Russia collusion’ hoax.

However, she has proved adept at avoiding the legal consequences of her evil actions in the past. If she does step back into the race, it will be quite a show, but I predict she would suffer an even more lopsided defeat this time, and I sincerely pray I would prove prophetic in that circumstance.

Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah Psalm 52:2,3 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Penultimate Power-grab of The ‘New Left’ [Video]

Leftism and antifa

The Left has always been a movement which sought power to obtain their warped view of the ‘greater good.’ Moreover, that view has always trended toward Socialism in one variety or another.

Leftists search for power is through both cultural and political avenues. For the better portion of the last 60 years, the Left has used the public education system at all levels toward gaining influence and control in both.

Thus it was only a matter of time before their movement would produce powerful Leftist leaders in culture and politics. The Left’s quest in America reached its political height when Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

They exulted during Obama’s 8-year attempt to “fundamentally transform” America. Now the Obama years are behind us and Left’s anointed choice to ascend did not win.

In the three-plus years of President Trump’s first term, we have witnessed the emergence of a new set of Leftist politicians, an overtly and aggressive Socialist bunch, along with a more violent Left in society. This is the dangerous and desperate ‘new Left’ of today.

No Longer the Non-violent Left

AntifaToday’s new Left is becoming increasingly violent in pursuit of their nefarious goals. They are beginning to resemble the Leftists of the 1960s and 70s from whom they are descended.

The recent violence by the Fascist Left group Antifa is troubling, but it has not reached the level of protest bombings that characterized the earlier Leftists of the 20th century. Such violence of that level could yet occur if this is not effectively squashed.

In fact, recently an attempt was made by a committed Leftist, who claimed at least sympathy with Antifa in a written manifesto, at an I.C.E. facility in Tacoma, Washington to destroy it altogether.

“Anti-immigration enforcement protester, Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was armed with a loaded rifle and attempted to ignite a commercial-size propane tank attached to the detention facility,” Shawn Fallah, resident agent in charge of ICE Office of Professional Responsibility said in a written statement provided to Breitbart News. “This could have resulted in the mass murder of staff and detainees housed at the facility had he been successful at setting the tank ablaze, said Shawn Fallah, resident agent in charge of ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. These are the kinds of incidents that keep you up at night.”

However, there is one rather startling difference between these eras of Leftist unrest. During the 1960s there emerged a very hardy and effective counter-movement of non-violent protest, led by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The modern ‘new Left’ has no such non-violent champion who is rallying the faithful in a peaceful manner. Moreover, it is increasingly clear that they aren’t interested in conducting any sort of non-violent campaign.

In fact, the violent anarchists also have the Leftmedia practically cheering them on when they practice violence. This excusing of violence was engaged in by many so-called “progressives” as well.

The only reason actions like these can go unpunished and under-reported is because of the source of the attack and the victim. Antifa is heralded by many progressives as people who simply oppose fascism. They’ve been praised by politicians ranging from Joe Biden to Mitt Romney.

No Longer the Lawful Left

Leftist violence, antifa

Portrait of Luftwaffe staff, Goering in center

Today’s Leftist spokespeople, in media and politics, are reminiscent of the testimony by Reichs Marshall Hermann Goering at the famous war-crimes trial in Nuremberg, Germany, after the allies had triumphed in World War II.

Before I venture into this potentially troubling area, I need to make something clear. I am not claiming that Leftists are Nazis. Rather I am claiming that the Left now employs the same methods to gain power as the Nazis did almost a century ago.

Goering was Hitler’s second-in-command and the head of the Luftwaffe, i.e. the German version of the Air Force. He was very close and loyal to Hitler right up to the very end of the Third Reich.

This was Goering’s answer to a specific question about whether or not Hitler and his cohorts had come to power “legally.”

Goering: Of course the Party had come to power in an entirely legal way, because the Party had been called upon by the Reich President according to the Constitution, and according to the principles in force the Party should have been called upon much earlier than that. The Party gained strength and came to power only by way of normal elections and the franchise law then valid.

The ‘Party’ Goering referred to was the National Socialist German Workers Party, aka the Nazis. A few moments later he explained the rationale for not simply gaining power, but trying to keep that power on a permanent basis.

Goering: It was a matter of course for us that once we had come into power we were determined to keep that power under all circumstances.We did not want power and governmental authority for power’s sake, but …We did not want to leave this any longer to chance, to elections, and parliamentary majorities, but we wanted to carry out the task to which we considered ourselves called. [italics added]

Antifa, Leftism, violence

SA Stormtrooper and his son.

Reviewing Goering’s testimony and other historical facts revealed some interesting items which seem very like the maneuvers of the ‘New Left.’ One such item was the formation and operation of the SA, aka “Storm Troopers,” or “Brownshirts.”

The SA was very instrumental in the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party. They functioned as an ‘army’ of thugs to intimidate Hitler’s foes.

the SA men protected party meetings, marched in Nazi rallies, and physically assaulted political opponents.

The astute readers of this publication, which I of course believe is all of you, will have already seen the parallels between the SA and Antifa today. The Left as a political movement is obviously in favor of Antifa and their like-minded allies and has been for a long time.

Antifa has obliged the Leftists and become their violent head-buster gang to deter conservatives in as many ways as they can. They are the modern storm-troopers of today and many in Law Enforcement are having their hands tied due to the cowardly cooperation of higher city officials.

Witness the pathetic excusing of Antifa in Portland after attacking journalist Andy Ngo, and the Police Association President’s critique of the mayor.

Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner condemned the violence but demanded that Mayor Wheeler allow police to do their jobs. “Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence?” Turner asked in a statement. “If this violence had been directed at Antifa, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation. “It’s our job to ensure that our community can peacefully protest without fear of violence but right now our hands are tied,” he added later in the statement.

Nor is Portland, Oregon the only place Leftists attacks are going unopposed by law enforcement. Recently an I.C.E. facility in Aurora, Colorado was stormed by protestors and they took down the American flag and ran up the Mexican flag in its place.

Instead of an attack on individuals, this was a shot at the symbol of the national sovereignty of America, on our soil! Law enforcement stayed away from the immediate scene did nothing to stop the disgraceful act.

There are a plethora of examples of unopposed violence from a number of Left-wing college campuses to public disasters where people have died, such as Charlottesville, VA, where enforcement response was virtually non-existant and could have prevented it. In other words, law enforcement officers were on the scene or nearby, and did not intervene in an adequate measure.

The Penultimate Power-grab Is Coming in 2020

AntifaWe have seen that the Left doesn’t hesitate to use violence to further their Socialist agenda. It has also been noted that the law is not a barrier for Leftists as they have and will continue to abuse as well as use the law when it’s to their advantage.

This brings us to the upcoming national election in 2020. The campaigning has already begun in both political parties and there is still another 15 months before the election.

The Left will make its next attempt for a penultimate grab at political power during the campaign and election process in those 15 months. However, control of the government in America is not the Left’s ultimate goal.

Rather, it is the last step they need to climb in order to reach the Leftist’s ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is not simply government control, but total and permanent government control.

The true idealists on the Left do not even realize that fact. They truly believe the goal is to make humanity a blissful Socialist utopia.

Goering also had declared that the Nazi party wanted power to make things better, not for power’s own sake. Personally, I believe Goering was lying, at least to himself, about his own ideals.

I believe that because Goering also noted that once they obtained the power they were not going to willingly give it up. Trust me, the Left might legally obtain power through our elections, as the Nazi party did but they won’t be satisfied there.

If this modern group of Leftist power-brokers obtains such power, they will try to keep it by any means deemed necessary, just like the Nazis in Germany. Whether the idealists on the Left realize a permanent hold on power for the sake of power is the ultimate goal or not, there are those on the Left who do understand and aim to have it.

Thus it is critical that the Left be opposed in this effort at every turn. Perhaps the most essential area is the preservation of American election integrity.

Things such as mandatory voter identification laws need to be in place, which President Trump supports. Moreover, it is vital that enforcement of election law ensuring that not one living non-citizen can vote in the election is also in place.

Finally, we must be about coming with renewed vigor to the LORD for His Divine aid. Pray for the President and all those who combat the Left on a daily basis, and ask God what you can do to help combat against this dangerous and vile attempt to destroy the nation.

The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Psalm 11:5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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3 Big Reasons We Voted for and Support President Trump

Trump supporters

Feb. 28, 2019

There is much animus from the Left against conservatives, especially during the Trump era. This again surfaced in recent weeks through violent exchanges such as the assault of a young man at Berkeley last week.

The verbal barrage has been constant and unwavering against Trump voters in the Leftmedia. We have been labeled with various hateful appellants including racist, Nazis, misogynists and so on.

There is an implied question lurking behind these accusations. It is not expressed much directly, but Leftists want to know why anyone, let alone 62 million ‘anyones,’ would vote for Donald Trump.

There is confirmation for this analysis from a Leftist who has been an integral part of the Russian Collusion Delusion to take down Trump. Former FBI agent Peter Strozk wrote in a text to his paramour that Hillary Clinton should win the 2016 election,

100 million to 0.

In other words, Strozk couldn’t see any reason any person would vote for Trump. Here are three big reasons for Strozk and everyone else who may be wondering why Trump voters selected him for the President of the United States.

I cannot speak for all Trump voters, and yes, I am among them. However, I am fairly confident that these reasons were on everyone’s list.

No. 3 – He Wasn’t Hillary

How high this ranked as a reason to vote for Trump will vary. It was number three on my personal list.

Hillary was a Socialist nightmare and by many’s reckoning guilty of two massive crimes. First, her deliberate attempt to cover-up her culpability in the deaths of 4 Americans at Benghazi was criminal and shameful.

This video from 2014 presents the Benghazi case in great detail.

Unfortunately, neither Hillary or Obama have been made to suffer consequences for this crime.

The second crime she also got away with due to allies within the FBI. This involved Clinton setting up her own private e-mail server illegally and both sending and receiving classified information on that server.

Trump SupportersOnce she was being investigated, she tried to eliminate the evidence by having cell phones destroyed and hard drives ‘wiped’ using Bleachbit. This was after she had been served with a subpoena from Congress to preserve those emails.

Moreover, Hillary was easily the most corrupt candidate ever to run for president. Trump voters were not so naive as to believe the Leftmedia and their Democrat cohorts that Ms. Clinton didn’t excuse and try to cover up the actual sexual assaults of her husband’s past for her shot at power.

We weren’t so blinded by having the ‘first female president’ elected that we would ignore her and Bill’s theft of money from Haitians in need through the Clinton Foundation. Regardless of what his shortcomings were, it is certain that Trump voters thought he was a better choice than Hillary.

No. 2 – He Wasn’t a Politician

The second-ranked reason I believe such large numbers of people voted for Trump was this fact, he wasn’t and had never been a politician. He had spent his entire adult life in the private sector as a successful businessman.

There was, of course, no guarantee that a businessman could do the job of the top political figure in the world. However, Trump’s supporters in 2016 were confident the risk was worth it.

Trump SupportersMy reasoning, in particular, was that America had given the politicians enough chances to do the President’s job as it should be done. In sum, my thoughts were, “We’ve tried it the politician’s way, and they failed, so hit the highway politicians! Time to try another way.”

Moreover, candidate Trump was not simply a dynamic personality. He put forth policies and plans which showed promise to improve many aspects of American life.

Trump addressed long-standing issues such as illegal immigration in ways no politician would, with real, common-sense solutions, like a border wall. His economic proposals were Reaganesque which attracted anyone with knowledge of how that brought prosperity back to the nation after the economic malaise of the Carter administration.

Incidentally, Trump’s promise to have Mexico pay for the wall was off the charts unpolitical behavior. How that would happen was a mystery to most of us, and Trump never said how that would come about. However, we were willing to wait and see if he could somehow pull that off.

No. 1 – He Was Pro-Life and Favored Religious Freedom

This is really two reasons, but these two are inextricably linked. That’s due to the overwhelming majority of those with pro-life sentiments also being Christian.

During the campaign, Trump consistently presented strong pro-life views and continually acknowledged that religious freedom was under siege in America. For example, he promised to appoint pro-life judges and defund Planned Parenthood, as well as defend religious liberty with vigor during his administration.

Trump supportersThose dual positions work together because religious freedom enables the pro-life movement to continue to exist relatively unscathed. Moreover, pro-life activists had seen an increase of pressure against them from previous administrations and were looking for someone in the presidency that would give credence to the movement.

There was a considerable gamble made by anyone who voted for Trump. He was an unknown commodity with no guarantee he would even attempt to keep his promises.

However, the fact that Hillary already had a political voting and advocacy record of anti-life, aka ‘pro-choice’ views meant that voters knew what she would do. Trump voters felt a bit better gambling on him than pulling the lever for someone who was anathema to pro-life people.

What About Trump’s Moral Failings?

Trump’s moral failings were, of course, centered on his sex life and his three marriages.  This issue was difficult for many voters to stomach, and Clinton’s campaign tried to make the most of that fact.

The Left also tried, as they still do, to make outlandish claims that Trump was a lying, racist, misogynist women-hater. These factors made many wrestle with their convictions and reluctantly having to decide between the least of two evils.

I admit to such consternation in my own thoughts. I was also frustrated by the fact that the last time I felt good about voting for a presidential candidate was 1984 to re-elect Ronald Reagan.

However, Trump’s peccadillos were not sufficient for me, and many others, to vote against him, or to vote for a 3rd party candidate to soothe my conscience. It was obvious that if many turned to that alternative, they would only be helping Hillary to the presidency.

The Results Merit Continued Support for Trump

Trump supportersPresident Trump has in the first two years of his administration has delivered a very encouraging performance for conservatives and more importantly, for America. Whatever one may think of his rhetoric, his deeds have put to rest a lot of doubts among his supporters.

This isn’t to say that Trump hasn’t made some mistakes along the way. In hindsight, I believe that he himself would agree that he should have done more to ‘clean house’ of any Obama holdovers on day one.

I think beginning the wall construction on day two would have helped as well. If those things had happened it is unlikely Trump would have the difficulties he presently faces concerning building a border wall on the southern border.

The President is at last beginning to defund Planned Parenthood with his orders concerning Title X funding of PP. This is a good start even though it removes just 60 million from the over 500 million dollars the federal coffers give to the largest abortion provider in the nation.

Trump supporters are ecstatic about his judicial appointments of Constitutional conservatives who are pro-life. Both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court fit that bill.

Economically, Trump’s policies have delivered in an extraordinary manner which the political class, including former President Obama, said was basically impossible. The extremely low unemployment rates, GDP growth over 3 percent annually, and revival of industry in America are truly spectacular.

Foreign policy has undergone a serious shift from his predecessors. Trump has shown he is unabashedly pro-Israel. For instance, he didn’t just talk about moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, like so many before, he did it!

Trump supportersThis administration has also shown a definite non-political approach to both China, with tariffs on trade, and dealing with North Korea’s nuclear threat. Trump also delivered on a campaign promise to withdraw the U.S. from the disastrous Iran Nuclear deal.

Moreover, Trump has been far tougher on Russia than Obama had ever been with more stringent sanctions and direct support of Ukraine against Russian incursions. No, everything has not gone ‘swimmingly’ concerning Trump making good on promises, but a remarkably high percentage of what he promised has already happened.

It is noteworthy that all of this has been accomplished in the first half of the President’s first term. He merits continued support and needs continual prayer as we head into the 2020 election season.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  1 Timothy 2:1-2 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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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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