Black Leaders Should Focus on Lifting People Out of Poverty, Not Purging Statues

Many blacks and their white liberal allies demand the removal of statues of Confederate generals and the Confederate battle flag, and they are working up steam to destroy the images of Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis from Stone Mountain in Georgia.

Allow me to speculate as to the whys of this statue removal craze, which we might call statucide.

To understand it, we need a review of the promises black and white liberals have been making for decades.

In 1940, the black poverty rate was 87 percent. By 1960, it had fallen to 47 percent. During that interval, blacks were politically impotent. There were no anti-poverty programs or affirmative action programs. Nonetheless, this poverty reduction exceeded that in any other 20-year interval.

But the black leadership argued that more was necessary. They said that broad advancement could not be made unless blacks gained political power.

Fifty years ago, there were fewer than 1,000 black elected officials nationwide. According to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, by 2011 there were roughly 10,500 black elected officials, not to mention a black president.

But what were the fruits of greater political power?

The greatest black poverty, poorest education, highest crime rates, and greatest family instability are in cities such as Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Buffalo.

The most common characteristic of these predominantly black cities is that for decades, all of them have been run by Democratic and presumably liberal politicians. Plus, in most cases, blacks have been mayors, chiefs of police, school superintendents, and principals and have dominated city councils.

During the 1960s, black and white liberals called for more money to be spent on anti-poverty programs. Since the Lyndon Johnson administration’s War on Poverty programs, U.S. taxpayers have forked over $22 trillion for anti-poverty programs.

Adjusted for inflation, that’s three times the cost of all U.S. military wars since the American Revolution.

Despite that spending, the socio-economic condition for many blacks has worsened.

In 1940, 86 percent of black children were born inside marriage, and the black illegitimacy rate was about 15 percent. Today, only 35 percent of black children are born inside marriage, and the illegitimacy rate hovers around 75 percent.

The visions of black civil rights leaders and their white liberal allies didn’t quite pan out. Greater political power and massive anti-poverty spending produced little.

The failure of political power and the failure of massive welfare spending to produce nirvana led to the expectation that if only there were a black president, everything would become better for blacks.

I cannot think of a single black socio-economic statistic that improved during the two terms of the Barack Obama administration.

Some have become tragically worse, such as the black homicide victimization rate. For example, on average in Chicago, one person is shot every two hours, 15 minutes, and a person is murdered every 12 1/2 hours.

So more political power hasn’t worked. Massive poverty spending hasn’t worked. Electing a black president hasn’t worked.

What should black leaders and their white liberal allies now turn their attention to in order to improve the socio-economic condition for blacks?

It appears to be nearly unanimous that attention should be turned to the removal of Confederate statues. It’s not only Confederate statue removal but Confederate names of schools and streets.

Even the Council on American-Islamic Relations agrees. It just passed a resolution calling for the removal of all Confederate memorials, flags, street names, and symbols from public spaces and property.

By the way, does the statue of Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman qualify for removal? He once explained his reluctance to enlist former slaves, writing, “I am honest in my belief that it is not fair to our men to count negroes as equals … (but) is not a negro as good as a white man to stop a bullet?”

It’s difficult to determine where this purging of the nation’s history should end.Portrait of Walter E. Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

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Mid-Term 2018: Why Americans Should Love Their Odds

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case, the picture is worth a whole lot more. 2016 marked a major turning point for the United States – away from global Marxism back towards American exceptionalism, freedom, liberty and justice for all.

But it wasn’t the end to an all-American movement, it was just the beginning.

The Picture of Hope

Everywhere you see RED the people voted for President Donald J. Trump to turn this country around. Every RED county voted to end the Obama era lawlessness and march to global Marxism. They all voted against D.C. establishment career politicians in favor of a D.C. outsider who promised to represent the will of the legal American citizen.

This means that as we head into the 2018 mid-term elections, with 435 House and 34 Senate members up for reelection, the same RED counties have the power to Repeal and Replace Congress… if they work together in strategic fashion, with a take-no-prisoners attitude the same way they seized the White House in 2016.

99% vs. 1%

Americans have finally come to the realization that the battle is not right vs. left or republican vs. democrat. It’s 99% of Americans vs. the 1% career political elite who serve no interests but their own. 99% of Americans want America to be great again, no matter past party affiliations. All of them have been ignored and abused by their elected representatives.

To put a fine point on the matter, try to name one member of congress who has not violated their oath of office? Try to name just one who has not violated Article IV – Section IV of the U.S. Constitution, even today.

“The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.”

The answer is not ONE member of the House or Senate has kept their oath to uphold, defend and enforce the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, democrat or republican. NOT ONE! Yes, the 1% includes the anti-American media, which makes them appear more powerful than the people.

Only the People can “drain this swamp”

No matter how much Donald Trump might like to “drain the swamp,” alone, he can’t. No one person could. The “swamp” is vast to say the very least. 97% of federal employees, every branch and every agency combined, supported Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in 2016. This means we have approximately 3% who are not part of the anti-American swamp…

For Trump (or anyone else) to succeed in “draining that swamp,” better defined as a cesspool or sewer, they will need “the people” to help with that process. Congress and the courts aren’t standing at odds with Trump… they are standing at odds with America!

In 2016 the people focused on seizing control of the people’s White House. In 2018, they must focus on seizing control of the people’s congress and they can do it… in fact, based upon that RED map above and the fact that this battle is really 99% “We the People” vs. 1% they the career politicians, I like our odds a lot.

If you don’t love these odds, it’s because you are not yet engaged with all fellow Americans determined to Make America Great Again! WE are the only solution WE have…

REPEAL and REPLACE CONGRESS state-by-state, district-by-district. If we don’t, there will be no one to blame but ourselves!

When I was young there were only 2 classes of people — the working class and those wanting to join the working class

“I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

When I was growing up there were only two classes of people, those who were working and those who aspired to work. The type of work did not matter so long as it was honest work.

Many Americans remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial. I however, believe that his greatest speech was his “Street Sweeper” speech given at the New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, on 9 April 1967.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’

No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

The King Center expands on Dr. King’s words noting:

We need to constantly reflect on the privilege of being blessed to live in a country where we are free to labor in whatever work we choose, and are divinely called into, let us remember that no labor is in vain, nor is it worthless, but brings lasting value to those that we serve – let us serve with honor and excellence!

It seems that this quotation’s from Dr. MLK Jr. alludes to two things:

  1. That all work or actions have an impact in the world — there is nothing humanity does that is insignificant.
  2. That when such work is focused on uplifting and freeing human kind, it must be practices with awareness to doing it precisely and carefully…or in his words “with painstaking excellence”.

All our tasks are so intertwined no matter where we are in the society, in our churches, in our factories.  If one of us does not do our task well it brings down the entire group. [Emphasis added]

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The first black president did not heed the words of Dr. King, Jr. with a focus on “the privilege of being blessed to live in a country where we are free to labor in whatever work we choose.” Rather President Obama during his administration has:

  1. Created a black white racial divide.
  2. Created an economic divide, which created social stratification (i.e. more haves and abandoned the have-nots).
  3. Used government regulations and departments to attack opponents.
  4. Introduced Common Core into public schools nation wide to indoctrinate not educate.
  5. Created a divide between Christians and anti-Christians (e.g. Muslims, homosexuals, satanists, collectivists).
  6. Created a social divide between naturalized citizens and illegal aliens.
  7. Created class warfare (i.e. the 99% versus the 1%).
  8. Created a war on fossil fuels, especially coal, using Environmental Protection Agency rules.
  9. Created a barrier between law enforcement and citizens (e.g. in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, Detroit)
  10. Created a war against lawful gun owners rather than addressing criminals like Vester Lee Flanagan.
  11. The war against unborn children – over 55 million causalities and counting.
  12. The Planned Parenthood Industrial Complex – selling dead, mostly black, babies for profit.
  13. Created a opaque government rather than his promised transparent government.
  14. Created a political divide between Democrats and all others opposed to his policies, including some Democrats.
  15. Created a divide between America and Israel.
  16. Created a foreign policy divide between America and global freedom loving movements.
  17. And on, and on, and on…

Before President Obama Americans did not see issues like being black, being a member of a particular economic class, being Hispanic, homosexual or bulling as important. Rather Americans were focused on working, providing for their families and being good members of their community.

President Trump understood that Americans simply wanted to get back to work, hence his slogan Make America Great Again. This slogan resonated with the working class and those who aspired to become part of the working class in America.

Americans understand that “If one of us does not do our task well it brings down the entire group.”

Time for Americans to get to work. Work is a blessing.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with workers at the Carrier factory in Indiana.

Melania’s shoes now on our ‘Molon Labe’ T-shirts — Buy them online now!

This image first appeared on another thread, Melania Trump denounced by Vogue fashion editor. Due to an overwhelming positive response on social media, we have set up T-shirts with this design for online purchase. Customers have the ability to change shirt styles and colors, but please choose the lighter ones because the grays in the picture may not work well against darker backgrounds. Click on any of these stores.

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A: Some comments on FB and Twitter show that not everyone gets the humor. At the risk of ruining the joke by explaining it, here’s a blanket clarification.

Remember the 300 Spartans? When Xerxes, king of Persia, demanded that the Spartans surrender their weapons, King Leonidas responded, “Come and take them” (“μολὼν λαβέ” in Greek), meaning that Xerxes could only pry them from his cold, dead hands – but at a high cost to the Persian army.

King Leonidas saying μολὼν λαβέ [come and take them]. Image from the film 300.

Today these words have become an unofficial slogan for the defenders of the 2nd Amendment – both the Greek and the English versions.

AP/Washington, D.C. – A secret service agent removes a sticker that a vandal managed to affix to the side of president Obama’s limousine. The sticker said “Monon Labe”, which is a saying that is growing in popularity in the wake of the latest discussions about pending gun control legislation. It is Greek for “Come and take them,” referring to citizen’s guns.

In a comical twist, after the fake news media trashed Melania Trump for wearing stilettos on a flight to Texas during Hurricane Harvey, she stubbornly wore the same stilettos on her second trip, showing her spirit of a fighter. It’s as if she was saying, “In your face, fake news media! You can only pry them from my cold, dead feet!”

Q: Why are all these T-shirts made for women and none for men?

A: That’s sexist!

EDITORS NOTE: This satirical column originally appeared on The Peoples Cube. The shirts are real and available for purchase.

A tweet that says it all!

Invasion of Europe news…..

It is so mind boggling to realize that supposedly smart people in Europe (Merkel, Macron, etc) cannot see what has happened to them.

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More babies please!

(And, come on, you can afford it! To save big don’t send them to an expensive college to be brainwashed!)

See my complete ‘Invasion of Europe’ archive here.

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Failed FBI Motto: Fidelity Bravery Integrity

In a staggering admission of ongoing partisan protectionism the FBI just announced there was not enough “public interest” to release the information requested to further investigate Hillary’s unsecured basement email server.

The FBI has denied NY attorney Ty Clevenger his FOIA request for Hillary Clinton’s documents due to “lack of public interest.” Now that is a new one!

Mr. Clevenger recently received an asinine explanation from FBI records management section chief David Hardy saying, “You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject.” The stunning arrogance of this FBI response is rivaled only by former FBI director Comey’s recommendation against prosecuting Hillary after publicly articulating the powerful case for proceeding with prosecution.

The corrupt politicized FBI is still protecting Hillary. Now that is an old one!

FBI: Fidelity to the Constitution of the United States. Bravery to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats. Integrity to combat public corruption at all levels. The entire FBI motto continues to be tested in the ongoing Hillary Clinton email affair and all three elements fail.

The FBI, Treasury, State Department, and Justice Department were all seriously politicized during the Obama administration. The departments operated more like protection rackets than proper non-partisan government agencies. They became political enforcers for Obama’s Washington Mafia including the Clinton Crime Family. Refused FOIA requests, stonewalling FOIA requests, conducting incompetent investigations that the Three Stooges would laugh at were all part of the scheme.

Whistleblowers didn’t last long in the Sicilian Mafia and they don’t last long in Washington either.

America elected a new President who has been isolated by government agencies still staffed by the Obama Washington Mafia leftovers determined to protect their crime boss. Obama’s “resistance” movement is nothing more than a criminal syndicate determined to destabilize and overthrow the government of President Donald Trump. After all, anarchy is still a crime in America. The Capos in congress sit on both sides of the aisle and work in collusion with the mainstream media whose bosses have a shared agenda to bring down President Trump.

The fake news, deliberate distortions, stonewalling of FOIA requests, malfeasance and ongoing lack of cooperation from the FBI, State Department, and West Wing democrats active in the White House are all part of the broader plan to protect Hillary which protects Obama which protect their globalist elite puppet masters.

The globalist elite groomed swamp master master Barack Hussein Obama to become president and bring the seismic change the globalist elite need. The legacy of swamp-master Barack Obama will be that he activated the Leftist/Islamist axis to destroy America from within. The hope and change that Obama brought to America was designed to create the social chaos necessary for the globalist elite to impose their own dystopian one-world government.

Barack Obama is a pro-Muslim narcissistic useful idiot. Hillary Clinton is a greedy Leftist useful idiot. Their sycophants are the lemmings that help bring anarchy through the Leftist/Islamist axis. What these arrogant fools do not understand is that there is no place for them in the one-world government envisioned by the elite globalists.

The existential enemy of the Leftist/Islamist axis is President Donald Trump. His Americanism and America-first policies are diametrically opposed to the globalism envisioned by his enemies. If President Trump does not immediately take back the White House he will be neutralized and relegated to the dust heap of ineffective Presidents.

We need to restore our government agencies to America-first. We need to restore the FBI motto to Fidelity Bravery and Integrity. We need President Trump to stand up in the White House and declare himself PRESIDENT not in a political rally in front of his base.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the Goudsmit Pundicity.

My ‘Sex Change’ Was a Myth. Why Trying to Change One’s Sex Will Always Fail.

Recently, during a radio show on which I appeared as a guest, a caller posed a question I frequently get asked: “Do the administration of cross-gender hormones and genital surgery change a boy into a girl or a girl into a boy?”

The answer is simple: biologically, not at all.

Underneath all the cosmetic procedures, vocal training, and hair growth or hair removal lies a physical reality. Biologically, the person has not changed from a man into a woman or vice versa.

Sex is an indelible fact of a person’s biology. Specifically, it describes one’s biological makeup with respect to its organization for reproduction. As Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul R. McHugh explain in The New Atlantis:

In biology, an organism is male or female if it is structured to perform one of the respective roles in reproduction. This definition does not require any arbitrary measurable or quantifiable physical characteristics or behaviors; it requires understanding the reproductive system and the reproduction process.

The authors go on to note that “[t]here is no other widely accepted biological classification for the sexes.” Sex pertains to the two different ways males and females are structured for reproduction, and these structures are permanently engrained in one’s biology. They cannot be chosen at will.

A man can mutilate his body, but he can never transform it to be organized as a female—and vice versa for the woman.

This makes sense of the head-snapping (and false) headline many of us saw about a man having a baby. The “man” featured in the story is simply a biological woman who kept her childbearing anatomy intact.

My Sex Change Fiction

My “sex change” surgery from male to female was performed by Dr. Stanley Biber in Trinidad, Colorado.

His unusual field of expertise drew clients from around the world and earned the small mountain town the nickname “Sex Change Capital of the World.” The surgeon estimated that he performed over 5,000 such surgeries during his career.

I lived legally and socially as a female for eight years, but I came to the realization that I wanted to go back to living as a man. To legally change my gender back to male, I needed to file a petition with the California Superior Court that verified I met certain criteria. (The process has since changed.)

My surgeon wrote a letter to the court stating that I met the medical criteria for the courts to legally change my birth certificate back to male. The very surgeon who earlier said that hormones and surgery had changed me to female, now admitted that it did not.

In the letter, he testified that the surgery and cross-gender hormones had the effect of neutering my external appearance and genitalia, but my internal biological structure and my genetics were still male.

That’s the key to understand: Hormones and surgical changes can affect one’s external appearance, but no innate biological change of sex occurs.

This truth should seem obvious, but discontented trans women contact me who say they didn’t know that they could never become a “real” woman. They are unhappy and opting to go back to the gender of their birth.

False Hope Could Lead to More Suicide

A 2004 U.K. Guardian article, “Sex Changes Not Effective,” points out:

“While no doubt great care is taken to ensure that appropriate patients undergo gender reassignment, there’s still a large number of people who have the surgery but remain traumatized—often to the point of committing suicide.”

Too many post-surgical patients contact me to report they deeply regret the gender change surgery and that the false hope of surgical outcomes was a factor. For children, the focus on encouraging, assisting, and affirming them toward changing genders at earlier and earlier ages, with no research showing the outcomes, may lead to more suicides.

Others Advocate Less Surgery

A growing number of people like me, 50 years after the first surgery at Johns Hopkins University Gender Clinic in 1966, are advocating the scaling back of the radical, irreversible, often unnecessary genital mutilation surgeries.

Rene Jax, in his 2016 book, “DON’T Get on The Plane!” says, “Sex change surgery will ruin your life.”

Jax and I have had similar experiences. Both of us were approved for hormones and surgery to resolve our gender dysphoria, and after following the medically prescribed full regimen of hormones and genitalia surgery, and living as women, both of us came away with the same conclusions:

  • Gender change surgery was a destructive body mutilation and a waste of time and money.
  • After the medically-certified gender change, life didn’t improve.
  • Gender dysphoria, that feeling of unease with one’s gender, persisted, and was not relieved as promised.

Surgery as a Last Resort

Based on the emails I receive, I would urge the person who thinks that gender change is the answer in their situation to delay any surgical changes, or at the very least to restrict any physical changes to ones that are reversible.

This is especially important for younger people who may want to have children one day.

Today in 10 states, only a verbal declaration and a doctor’s letter supporting the change are needed to legally change the gender on a birth certificate. Cross-gender hormones or surgery are not required. Only 10 states affirm that surgery and hormones do not change biology.

Studies show that two-thirds of people with gender dysphoria have co-existing disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

I’ve become an outspoken critic of gender reassignment surgeries because many people are not being treated for other co-existing problems first. Instead, they are quickly prescribed cross-gender hormones and shuttled on a path toward surgery.

But as noted earlier, this surgery cannot succeed in delivering what it promises. It will only mutilate the body, a far cry from the promised “sex change.”

Walt Heyer is an author and public speaker. Through his website, SexChangeRegret.com, and his blog, WaltHeyer.com, Heyer raises public awareness about those who regret gender change and the tragic consequences suffered as a result.

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EDITORS NOTE: According to the most widely accepted definition of “sex” and America’s most famous sex-change doctor, a true change of sex is biologically impossible. Featured image: iStock Photos.

We Were Winning … and so they started cheating

The web changed the public’s knowledge about Islam. Through the work of hundreds of bloggers, authors, and video postings, the public was educated about Islamic doctrine. These people dominated YouTube, Twitter, Google, Facebook and many article comment sections. Proponents of Islam and its apologists could not hold their own.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) then made money from the Left by publishing a “Hate List” which included Islamophobes, the ones teaching the world about Islamic doctrine. The SPLC raked in millions of dollars in donations by telling the world that the people who told the facts about Islam were bigots and haters.

Then the Silicon Valley billionaires decided they would punish those on the SPLC Haters List, and they came up with another idea: don’t let the “bigots” use the web. Google would suppress search results so the Islamophobes had lower rankings. PayPal would cut off donations to these haters. YouTube would start censoring videos and suppressing “likes,” and Twitter would shadow-bann certain tweets. They cannot win in a debate, so they crush by power and money.

This is web-based totalitarianism by those dedicated to the annihilation of the Bill of Rights and freedom of speech.

The Left and Islam cannot win in a fair fight, so they cheat.

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Jesus Was Not a Socialist

Recently, Speaker Paul Ryan was confronted with the following question from a Dominican nun: How do you reconcile your political philosophy (meaning conservatism and its defense of the free market) with Christ’s teaching that we should always stand on the side of the poor and the destitute?

Of course, the question presupposes that Speaker Ryan and all who share his political views reject their moral obligation to stand with the poor.  That glaring flaw notwithstanding, the question is still valid, particularly in light of the fact that those of us who truly attempt to live out a Christian life ought to be continuously asking this question, not only as it relates to our political beliefs, but also as it relates to every action we undertake.

How do we reconcile what we’re doing with the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

There are actually two separate answers to the Sister’s question, both leading squarely to the adoption of a conservative view of government.

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Socialist policies are abject failures

The first is a practical one, and one that stands as irrefutable: Because socialism does not work!

The left argues that to properly apply Jesus’s teachings to governmental design, government must actively and zealously take wealth away from the hands of the haves and place it in the hands of the have nots. But this approach undercuts what it means to be a person — and certainly a Christian.

Christians believe that each individual has a direct and immutable relationship with God. We believe that we are placed on this earth for a reason, and that reason is a divine one, and that such a purpose is intertwined with promoting goodness and charity to our fellow men.

But these callings are placed on us as individuals, not as a group.

If God’s mandate had been placed on government, then there would be no direct relationship with God. Rather, our purpose would be merely to support the state. We would live, work, and die only at the pleasure of government, which was entrusted to carry out God’s plan.  An absurd result indeed!

No. Socialism does not work, and pursuing socialistic solutions to the challenges of poverty and suffering will only result in furthering the man’s suffering and to suppressing the very Christianity leftists are using to validate their quest.

Jesus’ interest is man, not government policy

But there is a second and more compelling reason why Christ’s teachings will not result in a socialist government, and it centers on Jesus’s audience.

Jesus did not come to live amongst us to speak of “Poli Sci.” In fact, the only time Jesus Christ was presented with a question dealing with politics, he rejected addressing it completely.

In Matthew 22, the Pharisees plotted to set a legal trap for the Messiah. Shrewdly, one of them asked Jesus about the appropriateness of paying a tax to Caesar. Detecting the snare, Jesus first responded by calling his inquirer a hypocrite. Then, after asking whose image appears on the denarius, he astutely responded, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

As was true of so many of Jesus’s answers, not only did he refuse to take the bait placed before him, but his answer opened even more insights regarding man’s relationship with God and what was expected of us here on earth.

So what belongs to Caesar? Worldly things.

Laws belong to Caesar. Taxes belong to Caesar. Political philosophy belongs to Caesar.

And what belongs to God? Only your soul.

Jesus came to save men’s souls. And as such his calling is meant to serve as a mandate to each and every one of us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves and to sacrifice for his or her wellbeing . . . as individuals!

Jesus, governmental formula was immaterial to his mission and his analysis. So, in Jesus’s world, there is no call for a government that redistributes wealth by fiat. There is only a call for each of us to stand with the afflicted, not under the banner of government, but through our covenant with God.

The reality is that government needs to be designed in a manner conducive to a self-sufficient society and respectful of the rights of man. Socialism has consistently failed in the former and ignores the latter. Observance of restraints in government inevitably leads to a government whose power springs from the people and interferes as little as possible with the liberties of its citizens.

And the only guarantee that such a society will work for the oppressed and the poor is if there exists a close association between each individual in that society and God.

Sadly, our more recent national experience has been one that has disrupted such a close association; and with devastating consequences.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Revolutionary Act.

A Republic Tested: What Hurricane Harvey taught us

I had a dear friend of mine tell me the other day about people coming together in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, helping each other, looking out for each other. She wanted to show everyone how Texans take care of their own. Now she is a proud Texas lady and I love her dearly…salt of the earth, but her comment made me think…..was this really about Texas, and the only answer I could come up with is, no. The answer that I did come up with in my mind, however, is, I believe, far more heartening.

Coast Guard rescues infant in Hurricane aftermath in Houston. Photo: Redditt

When a disaster of this magnitude strikes, the one thing that you can always count on is that it will immediately lay bare the good and the bad in people, and Houston was no different. The good rallied from everywhere; They came from Louisiana as the “Cajun Navy” with their camo and boats hauled by pick up trucks with, “Proud to be a Redneck” bumper stickers. They came from nearby Oklahoma and from other areas of the country. They came with boats and paddles, with food and gear. They came with guns and guts, but mostly they came with their hearts and their hands. There were even displaced Northern Yankees like my own son who, even though high and dry and well provisioned, went out every day looking for those who could be helped.

We often forget that Latin phrase which adorns every coin and dollar bill that passes through our hands; E Pluribus Unum, From Many…One! We need to always remind ourselves that we are never in this alone, but always count on the faith, strength, and generosity of others to help us through trying times. We are the United States and when difficult times come to one state, it comes to us all.

Our unity and strength has been strained and tested as of late. With riots and tearing down statues, there will always be those that work to divide us. They are the vocal minority and somehow they are always the loudest voice in the room. They espouse hatred, bigotry, and divisiveness. They mean to shock us with their antisocial behavior and rhetoric, and there are times when we feel that our social fabric is about to unravel, but at the end of the day they are just the same garden variety nonsense that we’ve seen before; remember the sixties?

As Dr. Benjamin Franklin emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1776, someone hollered out to him, “Well Doctor, what have we; a Republic or a Monarchy?” To which Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Harvey came and with it came the strength and unity of the American people. State to state, shoulder to shoulder, we have come together, looked devastation in the eye and beat it back as one people. Harvey was more than a devastating and terrifying storm, it was a message to all who would seek to bring their violent hate and social discontent to our door, any door within these fifty United States; Doctor Franklin’s Republic is alive, well and united and from state to state, and Harvey reminded us that an attack on one, is an attack on us all.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carrying Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son, Aiden, after rescuing them from their home surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Aug. 27 in Houston. AP photo/David J. Phillip

On the Wrong Side of America’s Cultural War

As a Jew it is sad for me to have to agree with Melanie Phillips that American Jews are on the wrong side of America’s Cultural War.

Jews are reputed to be highly educated and reasonably smart people. Therefore it is hard for me to understand that a majority support the very people who are enemies of the Jewish people and Israel.

These Jews have forgotten the lesson that supporting your enemies does not endear you to them, they will eventually destroy you.

ON THE WRONG SIDE OF AMERICA’S CULTURE WAR

By Melanie Phillips

In America, four liberal rabbinic organizations have scrapped their participation in the annual conference call in which the president traditionally offers his greetings for the Jewish New Year.

Their reason? President Donald Trump’s statements about the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville were “lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred.”

After that rally, which gave rise to a violent counterprotest and the murder of a young woman when a white supremacist driver plowed his car into a group of “antifa” (or anti-fascist) protesters, Trump provoked widespread fury by observing there had been violence on both sides.

According to the liberal rabbis, responsibility for the violence “does not lie with many sides, but with one side: the Nazis, alt-right and white supremacists who brought their hate to a peaceful community.”

Yes, they did so; and the fatality was caused by a white supremacist. But until that point, violence had mainly come from the antifa attacking the far-right rally, which although obnoxious was legal; indeed, the antifa had come equipped with baseball bats and other weapons.

There is now ample evidence of the hatred, intimidation and violence these supposed anti-fascists direct – not just against far-right extremists, but against all conservatives and white people, and Israel, too.

Last weekend on the Berkeley campus, more than a hundred antifa members attacked a small number of Trump supporters, injuring six, while screaming their true intention – to destroy the USA.

If anyone is “lacking in moral leadership and empathy” for the victims of hatred, it’s surely those liberal rabbis.

Faced with left-wing aggression and bigotry, many American Jews display a high degree of cognitive dissonance. That’s because they think not as Jews, but as leftists – not least because they can’t discern the difference.

Left-wing antisemitism is running at epidemic level. Demonization of Israel based on lies, double standards and a near-supernatural attribution of cosmic malevolence is the default position on the Left.

Liberal American Jews aren’t merely allowing their liberalism to supersede their Judaism. They are actively siding with the enemies of the Jewish people and the Western civilization built on Jewish values.

They fell over themselves to have their annual Rosh Hashana conference call with former president Barack Obama, a man who refused to say that the slaughter at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris in 2015 was an antisemitic attack.

They voiced no outrage when Rep. Keith Ellison, who once had close ties to the profoundly Jew-hating, black racist organization Nation of Islam, supports Hamas and who has a history of troubling remarks about Jews, was elected vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Instead, Trump is himself smeared as a supporter of white supremacism. The proof is supposed to be that the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, David Duke, supports him.

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A Boy from Brooklyn: An interview with Rabbi Samuel Waidenbaum by Mike Bate and Jerry Gordon

Mike Bates:      Good afternoon and welcome to Your Turn on 1330AM WEBY, Northwest Florida’s Talk Radio. I am your host Mike Bates. This half hour we have two special guests in the studio. One is my regular host for Middle East Round Table discussions, Jerry Gordon with the New English Review and its blog, “the Iconoclast”. Welcome Jerry.

Jerry Gordon:  Glad to be back Mike.

Bates:                   Also in the studios, but hopefully not for the last time, is Rabbi Samuel Waidenbaum with B’nai Israel synagogue in Pensacola. Welcome Rabbi Sam.

Rabbi Waidenbaum: Thank you very much Mike. Nice to be here.

Bates:                  I appreciate you coming in.  So what brings you to Northwest Florida?

Waidenbaum   It seems like there was a calling for a Rabbi at B’nai Israel Synagogue and I applied for it.  Eventually we had a Skype interview. They liked what they saw. I liked what I saw, they interviewed me. I told them eventually that I was also interviewing them as well as a congregation. I guess I passed the test, they passed the test and we became an item.  I am the Rabbi of this wonderful congregation.

Bates:                 So what was the long and winding road from being an Orthodox trained Rabbi from Brooklyn to being a Rabbi at B’nai Israel in Pensacola?

Waidenbaum:    I have to tell you something. A Jew is a Jew is a Jew whether you are Orthodox or whether you are Conservative, whether you are a Reform or whether you are a Reconstructionist.  It makes no difference. A Jew is a Jew is a Jew. My theory and my feelings always have been and still are today that you work for God, you don’t work for the people. You are doing God’s work but it is through the people. We are doing it through the people, getting them to a better place, making them understand what it is all about.  I learned that, thank God, from my father, may he rest in peace. That is what he did and it seems like it just runs in the family. I picked up on that and I said do you know what? I like it. I don’t have to be in an Orthodox synagogue because in an Orthodox synagogue they know what to do. They know it already. They are Orthodox, they are Hasidic or they know it already. But when you wind up in a Conservative synagogue or an egalitarian synagogue it makes no difference where you can reach out to them and make them better Jews.

Gordon:                 You are no stranger to the Gulf Coast Rabbi Waidenbaum having spent five years at a program over in New Orleans. What was that like?

Waidenbaum:     Well over there I was not the Rabbi, although I was already ordained, but I was the Cantor there in New Orleans.  It was an easier job and that is where I also learned to play tennis by the way.

Gordon:                   That’s amazing.

Waidenbaum:        Yup.

Gordon:                    So you became a tennis addict (or advocate)?

Waidenbaum:        Yes sir.

Gordon                       That means you watch the U.S. Open.

Waidenbaum:         Yes I do. Thank you.

Gordon:                     Okay.

Mike:                          You mentioned Rabbi Sam that a Jew is a Jew is a Jew whether you are Orthodox, whether you are Conservative, whether you are a Reform and there are even more sub-sects of Judaism. In your travels there would have to be some differences or they wouldn’t give themselves different labels. What have you seen as you have traveled throughout your path as a Rabbi in various congregations that you have either attended or led?

Waidenbaum:        Congregations are basically all the same.  It is that sometimes the different sects that you have within any religion I would imagine everyone thinks that they know what God wants from them or they are the favorite, or that God loves them better than someone else and that is not the truth. The truth is God loves everyone; every person on the face of this earth is God’s child whether you are Jewish or Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, and it makes no difference. We are all God’s children and what I enjoy doing is reaching out to the Jews that I can help them be a little bit more Jewish, be a little more charitable, observe a little bit more like lighting  candles on Shabbat, make the Hamotzi,  make Kiddush, do the prayers the right way.  If they have a problem with anything I am here to help them in any way, shape or form. Sometimes they need a little boost in the money department, they ran out or something happened and they lost their jobs we do that as well. I am here to help my community and sometimes even outside the Jewish community as well.

Gordon:                     So you have been here for about three months now right?

Waidenbaum:        Yes sir it’s my third month anniversary.

Gordon:                     What has been your experience trying to be flexible with a small egalitarian Conservative Jewish congregation here. What was that like?

Waidenbaum:         I don’t think it has to do with egalitarian or Jewish or Orthodox or trained Rabbi, it has nothing to do with that. It has to do with how you feel the culture and the climate of the synagogue, of the temple, of the shul. I figured out that each one, everyone is separate. I could never do what I do at B’nai Israel in another synagogue where you have three hundred people sitting in a large sanctuary because this is a little bit smaller. So I do not read from a prepared sermon. We have a dialogue so that everyone participates and it gives them a chance to get into my head, I get into their head, we learn better that way because when you participate more, you learn more as opposed to sitting there and the Rabbi speaks for twenty minutes then we go home. It doesn’t work that way.  I like this format even better and I think it has worked for us. It’s worked specifically with our congregation. I saw that early on and I said this is the way I’m going to conduct services and I think it has been very successful.

Bates:                           Is it almost like a Q and A where people raise their hand and you call on them and they get to ask questions or is it more like a spirited debate?

Waidenbaum:          Absolutely.

Bates:                           All of it, all of the above?

Waidenbaum:          I start off with the Torah portion of the week that we have to talk about that we just read that we learned.  We go from there. If there are any questions, people raise their hands and ask questions.  Then you have to have the answers for them. If I wouldn’t have the answers I wouldn’t be the Rabbi.  So we have to have the answers and that’s what we do.  Sometimes it is literally out of the box and out of the box is fine too and we take care of that as well.

Gordon:                      And sometimes it’s humorous.

Waidenbaum:         Sometimes it’s very humorous too. We have fun. Many people have told me that they came to the synagogue because they heard about the humor, that we have fun, that religion should be fun. It shouldn’t be very strict, upright and straight. Sometimes it’s not.  You can put comedy into a sermon and you could put comedy into a service as well.

Bates:                         So from the pulpit obviously you are talking about spiritual issues.  How often do social issues and social causes come into play? There has clearly got to be a Jewish view of social issues?

Waidenbaum:        Right.  We do talk about charity, how to give charity, how does one give. How much should you give? What should you do? How do you approach it? What is the best way of doing it? We study that as well. We study about how to do a Mitzvah. A Mitzvah is a good deed. How do you approach it? How do you do it? If someone on the street needs some help, well there are ways of doing it the right way, the correct way. Then there is a very not nice way where you begrudge the individual, you just are very distant from the person. I believe when someone reaches out to you that they need some help. I think you have to approach them with dialogue. You have to speak to them a little bit and say here is what I can give you. What else do you need? It’s cold outside or it’s too hot, can I get you a sandwich to eat? Can I get you a hamburger or whatever it is how can I help.  I think that is more important to talk to someone in need than to just give them a dollar or two or three or five. I think that interaction is so important between people that it alleviates stress.  It is like when someone who visits a hospital visits a sick person, the patient. The moment you walk in they smile, they are happy, there is life in them. , They sit up a little bit.  All of a sudden you feel for them a little bit. That is what it is all about.

Bates:                         Rabbi Sam there are countless churches in Northwest Florida and the majority of the population of Northwest Florida self-identifies as Christian.  But a fraction, certainly less than half of those Christians attend church regularly. The Jewish population in Northwest Florida is smaller and there are two synagogues. There is B’nai Israel on 9th Avenue where you are the Rabbi and there is Temple Beth-El on Palafox Street.  I’m curious.  What is the percentage of the Jewish population that regularly attends services? Is it half? Is it 80/90 I mean, how does that typically fall?

Waidenbaum:        I don’t think I’m here long enough to even give you those numbers. I have to be a little bit longer to figure out what the numbers are.

Bates:                          Jerry, what’s your take on that? What is your observation? Is it a majority?

Gordon:                     I would think it’s about half are regular synagogue or Temple goers in that regard.  Since his arrival here it’s been remarkable to see folks start turning up again because he is after all the new Rabbi on the block.  But he’s also has this comportment that he just described of being able to reach out to congregants. There was an episode in the case of an unfortunate death of a child that occurred in our community not long after his arrival.   I think it’s a combination of one being a decent human being, a mensch is the word we typically use,  and also being able to be a caring and thoughtful person,  but not austere in the sense of saying  there has to an  I thou  relationship between the spiritual leader and the congregation and its members.  I think he’s proven his worth during the first ninety days.

Waidenbaum:         Thank you Jerry and I appreciate those kind words.  You know we went over to that church and met the pastor.   It was that little girl who was killed. We went down there for the service. There must have been fifteen hundred people there at the service.  We came down to show our support for the community because the bottom line is we have the same blood as anyone else.  We are the same people.  We are God’s children end of the story.  We have to be respectful of everyone and every other religion that there is. That’s the way it goes.

Bates:                         Do you encounter much anti-Semitism in Northwest Florida?

Waidenbaum:        Not at all. I wear my kippah, my yarmulke everywhere I go and no one has bothered me at all.

Bates:                         Well that’s good. Did you think that anti-Semitism nationally is up or down from where it was say a decade ago. What’s your perception?

Waidenbaum:        Could be somewhat up. I think in Europe it is probably even worse.

Bates:                         Well in Europe, certainly.  That’s why I was asking about the United States. Here in the U.S., if you believe the news media which for the record I generally don’t, you would think that it is all over the place, it’s ubiquitous.  That a Jewish man can’t walk down the street without being attacked or spat upon.  I know that’s not true.  I’m just curious as a Rabbi who has traveled extensively, what is your experience with anti-Semitism or does it not really exist in your world personally?

Waidenbaum:         It does exist, it does exist in my world because of where I was and where I served and what congregations I served .I know it is if there is a swastika on synagogues, they break windows, if they take the Torah, the Bible, the scripted Bible and they do many things that they shouldn’t do. Having said that, I have not seen it although I know it’s there, it’s always there. It just depends when they want to raise their nasty necks up and come out.  Like all fights we have had just lately the last couple of weeks or so with the demonstrations in Charlottesville, they just want to fight.

Bates:                         Rabbi Sam I understand that as a young man you spent some time in Vietnam. How did that come about?

Waidenbaum          I sometimes ask myself the same question.   I do have the answer to that. You know it’s like when mom bakes cookies and then she takes them and puts them in the jar.  She puts it up on top of a cabinet and says to the little child don’t touch those cookies, they are for guests.  The first thing the child does when mom goes out of the room is climb up on the counter, gets into the cabinet and attacks the cookies. It may have been the same thing for me. I have always been sheltered with my religion and my father was a Rabbi, his father and probably his father all the way back were Rabbis. It probably was not what I was thinking at the time. I think when you learn that we are at war, I had no idea what that even meant, I thought I wanted to go and I let myself actually be drafted.  That is what happened in ’65, ‘66 when they sent me to Vietnam. That is how I got to Vietnam by being naïve, I guess.

Bates:                          Now when you say let yourself, is that because you didn’t invoke a religious exemption?

Waidenbaum:          Not at all.

Bates:                           Is that the reason why because you could have not gone, right?

Waidenbaum:          Yes, I wanted to go. I actually wanted to go and experience what it was that everybody else was going to Canada, they were leaving, and they were defecting.  I said I would never do that but so what would you do?  Well I said I will go and serve my country. That is what I thought I would do

Bates:                          And I presume you were there for one year?

Waidenbaum:         Exactly one year.

Bates:                          What did you do?

Waidenbaum:         I was supposed to be a Chaplain’s Assistant which never happened, because they didn’t have that position open at the time. There was one I think in Cam Ran Bay and another one in Saigon.  So I became a Chaplain’s Assistant.   However, that didn’t work.   So I worked in a place called Tent City in Cam Ran Bay.  Tent City was where the other soldiers who came into Vietnam were processed with their Military Operating Specialties (MOS). If one was a medic we shipped them out to Pleiku. If one was a gunner in a helicopter we shipped them out. Whatever they needed all over Vietnam we shipped them out as they came in.  In Tent City they stayed with us for two to four days before we shipped them out.  We were also part of R&R, Rest and Recuperation.  Those who were going on vacation for the week came to us and then we shipped them out and they came back to us a day or two before they left.

Bates:                         While you didn’t say it, I presumed that it was U.S. Army?

Waidenbaum:        It was the Army, yes sir.

Gordon:                    And what sort of takeaways did you have from your encounter with fellow GI’s during that experience?

Waidenbaum:        I had more trouble with my being Jewish than with enemies. I had a couple of verbal arguments.  I did have one or two fights as I had to protect myself.  That’s what I did. I thank God I won fights, the verbal and the physical.

Bates:                         Rabbi, how important is support for Jerusalem and Israel for the B’nai Israel congregation and for Jews around the world in general?

Waidenbaum:        I think you said a mouthful.  That should be from everyone. Every Jew has to support Israel, because without Israel we are back again to seventy years ago where you had no Israel and look what they did to us. Today they can’t do that. It is not going to happen because Israel can defend itself. Thank God we have the United States who does support Israel today anyway.  We are going to be fine.  We have to support Israel. I know we have a Federation here in Pensacola and everyone supports the Federation. We give a lot to Federation, we do a lot for Israel which we support 110%.

Bates:                         Well I am not Jewish but I concur with that. I think it’s very important to support Israel. A lot of Christians support Israel based on a religious interpretation of scripture and that’s great. For the record my support of Israel is 100% secular. I’m not saying I don’t believe scripture but I’m saying that my support for Israel is 100% secular because it is a very decent country made up of very decent people with very decent policies in a very dangerous neighborhood and for that reason alone I have complete support for Israel.

Waidenbaum:         I could not have said that any better than you did.

Gordon:                     Amen, Mike.

Waidenbaum:        Thank you. Amen is right. Thank you.

Bates:                         Rabbi Sam, before we go I want you to close with a blessing can you tell us what time your services are at B’nai Israel on 9th Avenue?

Waidenbaum:         Services on Friday night as a rule are at 7:00 PM in the evening and Saturday Shabbat morning at 9:30 a.m.  As a rule the services end Friday night about five or ten minutes after eight.  On Saturday they last about two hours and five or ten minutes followed, of course by a lovely Kiddush, a little Oneg, a little food

Bates:                          Meal.

Waidenbaum:         Yes, a meal of food.

Bates:                          Would you please close with a blessing?

Waidenbaum:          Houston, Texas is having a very difficult time and so it is really a blessing and a prayer for all those who are suffering out there with our heartfelt condolences to all of those who have passed away and we hope and pray that things will get better for them.  Our God and God of our ancestors, we pray for all of those caught up in the midst of tragedy and disaster in the state of Texas, Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey. For those who have lost life and those working to save life, for those who are worried for people they love and for those who will see their loved ones no longer, Lord have mercy on them. For those in need of  peace that passes all understanding, for all who turn to you in the midst of turmoil and for those who cry out to you in fear and in love, Lord have mercy. For those in confusion and those in despair, for those whose tears are yet to dry, for those in need of your unending love, Lord have mercy and let us all respond even at home, Amen.

Bates:                           Amen.

Gordon:                      Amen.

Bates:                          Alright, Rabbi Sam thank you so much for coming in. Jerry Gordon thank you for arranging this and I look forward to attending services soon at B’nai Israel on 9th Avenue with you, Rabbi. I hope to do that soon.

Waidenbaum:         Thank you Mike. Thank you Jerry.

Listen to the 1330AM WEBY interview with Rabbi Samuel Waidenbaum.

Melania Trump denounced by Vogue fashion editor

On Tuesday  far left hacks the righteous attacked First Lady Melania Trump for wearing heels to board Marine One in the South Lawn on the way to inspect the damage the in Texas.

Melania wearing High Heels.jpgLeading the charge was Lynn Yaeger from Vogue Magazine.

Melania Trump’s Hurricane Stilettos, and the White House’s Continual Failure to Understand Optics

Lynn Yaeger is a contributing fashion editor to Vogue.com and a contributing writer to Vogue. She is a former fashion reporter for The Village Voice, having worked for the paper for 30-years. Her column, “Elements of Style”, was renamed “Frock Star” in February 2007. Yaeger is also a regular contributor to The New York Times, Style Magazine, American Vogue, Travel & Leisure, and countless antiques & collectibles dealers.

Yaeger is also a fashion columnist for Full Frontal Fashion, a style website in association with Sundance Channel. Melania Trump boarded Air Force One wearing a pair of towering pointy-toed snakeskin heels better suited to a shopping afternoon on Madison Avenue or a girls’ luncheon at La Grenouille.

A spokesperson for FLOTUS said she has other shoes to change into on the plane—and one sincerely hopes there is a pair of leopard-print Wellies-in-waiting to get her from the tarmac to the limo.

But what kind of message does a fly-in visit from a First Lady in sky-high stilettos send to those suffering the enormous hardship, the devastation of this natural disaster?

Here is a montage showing Ms. Yaeger displaying her “Blend-in with the People” style.Lynn Yaeger Montage.jpgWatch the Current Truth change before our eyes when the same journalist reports on two different women’s fashion.

A proposal for a new Hitler video titled, “Fashionista Lynn Yaeger finds out that Melania Trump wore stilettos.”

(That camel toe on her lip sure looks like Hitler’s ‘tache).

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Make America Great Again (MAGA) Performance Review

It is time for the Make America Great Again (MAGA) performance review. How have Candidate Trump’s campaign promises fared in President Trump’s White House?

When ex-president Obama promised President Trump the customary peaceful transition of power President Trump believed him – it was a devastating mistake and catastrophic for MAGA. Our new President is a savvy businessman and America needs his business expertise – but government business is even dirtier and more corrupt than the New York real estate business.

In real estate it is far easier to identify your enemies – in government the swamp creatures are camouflaged by their ever-changing colors, deceitful smiles, and ability to adapt. Swamp creatures are entirely self-serving – there are no teams or loyalties in the swamp – just survival.

For eight years ex-president liar-in-chief Obama staffed the United States government with Globalists, Islamists, and Leftist activists. His hope and change agenda was designed to destroy American democracy and replace it with socialism. Obama followed Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to create the social chaos required for seismic social change. Obama weaponized his pro-Muslim agenda and used it in his information war to destabilize America and create social chaos. He staffed the government with Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR members. Obama weakened the military and national security apparatus with training manuals rewritten to satisfy his MB/CAIR advisers that deliberately deleted any mention of Islam as the ideological inspiration for jihad terror. He used Common Core to re-educated our youth with a revisionist curriculum that rejects Judeo-Christian traditions and exalts Islam as a religion of peace. Obama was the media’s globalist darling and they covered up his crimes against America to advance the globalist agenda of their owners.

Make America Great Again advances Americanism. MAGA is the new program that President Trump brought to Washington to oppose globalism. So, after seven months what does the MAGA performance review reveal? A shocking reorganization from MAGA to GAMA – Globalists are Management Again.

In a stunning reversal of staffing all the President’s men are OUT and all the ex-president’s men are IN. This is a catastrophic management upheaval. It is simply impossible for President Trump to fulfill his campaign promises to MAGA with an oppositional staff that rejects Americanism, a Washington swamp that embraces globalism, a biased mainstream media that protects the globalists, a pro-Muslim educational system that idealizes globalism, and a national security apparatus that denies Islamic ideology is the inspiration for jihadi terrorism.

How did this happen? How does a dream become a nightmare? How does unlikely Candidate Trump become President Trump and then lose his way?

Thought precedes behavior. Businessman Trump built an empire by trusting his own vision. He began with a vision, listened to the advice of trusted advisors, evaluated the information through the prism of his own thoughts and values, and then made decisions.

Candidate Trump became President Trump by trusting his own vision. He began with a vision MAGA, listened to the advice of trusted advisors, evaluated the information through the prism of his own thoughts and values, and then made decisions.

President Trump brought his MAGA vision to Washington but the globalist traps were already set. There was no peaceful transition of power as promised. Instead, the swamp offensive began. The first attack was on General Michael Flynn, a true America-first patriot who understood the clear and present danger of radical Islam. General Flynn had the information to expose Obama’s insidious master plan to destabilize and destroy America from within. The globalist swamp needed to destroy General Flynn’s credibility to survive and so they did. But the creatures were not satisfied and the swamp attacks continued.

President Trump’s America-first MAGA team that was designed to oppose and dismantle the existing globalist swamp in Washington was attacked relentlessly and has itself been devoured by the swamp creatures instead. Team members Michael Flynn, K.T. McFarland, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Derek Harvey, Rich Higgins, Adam Lovinger, Steve Bannon, and Sebastian Gorka – all disappeared. Obama loyalists H.R.. McMaster, Dina Habib-Powell, Allison Hooker, Fernando Cutz, Andrea Hall, Rear Admiral David Kriete, Jessica Cox, Stephanie Morrison, Heather King, and Robert Wilson – all reappeared. Why?

The immediate and complete dismantling of the Trump team was necessary for the globalist forces to control the information. Control of the information is what controls public opinion. Public opinion is the weapon of choice in an information war. Obama’s globalist Common Core re-education curriculum was designed to tilt American youth toward future globalism and Islam. The ongoing globalist media assault on President Trump was designed to discredit his Americanism and tilt American public opinion toward globalism and Islam. The coordinated globalist assault on President Trump’s America-first team was deigned to control the information the President receives and tilt his opinion away from his signature Americanism toward globalism and Islam.

So, who controls the information that President Trump now receives in this information war? Who controls the re-education of President Trump? How influential are the opinions of President Trump’s children who have been educated toward globalism and raised on John Lennon’s “Imagine” instead of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Whoever controls the information controls the future. Sadly, the MAGA performance review indicates that GAMA has replaced MAGA. The GAMA globalists who replaced Trump’s America-first MAGA team now control the information in the President’s daily briefings.

The MAGA performance review concludes:

  1. Ivanka and Jared Kushner have become impediments to President Trump’s America-first agenda and should no longer serve in any official capacity.
  2. The West Wing Democrats are impediments to President Trump’s America-first agenda and should no longer serve in any official capacity.
  3. The leftover Obama replacement team is committed to sabotaging MAGA.

The MAGA performance recommendation is:

  1. President Trump fire the entire team of West Wing Democrats including Cohn and Tillerson – You’re Fired!
  2. President Trump fire the leftover Obama replacement team starting with H.R. McMaster – You’re Fired!
  3. President Trump rehire the America-first Trump team loyalists and staff his administration with personnel committed to MAGA – You’re Hired!

The MAGA performance review forecast:

  1. The short term upheavals resulting from the massive firing and hiring recommendations will salvage MAGA and allow the President to pursue and achieve his ambitious campaign promises.
  2. If President Trump does not regain control of the information and continues to allow GAMA to control it he will lose his presidency and ability to govern. He will become insignificant.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on the Goudsmit Pundicity website.

Where Did Antifa Come From?

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Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you are probably now familiar with the term, “Antifa,” but are not too sure what it represents. In a nutshell, it is an abbreviated form of “Anti Faschists,” and is at the heart of the violent protests plaguing America. Antifa was there at Charlottesville, VA, in Phoenix, AZ for the Trump rally, at the desecration of several Civil War monuments, and more recently at the heart of the violent Berkeley, CA protests. These were ugly hostile environments the police had difficulty controlling.

Make no mistake, Antifa promotes anarchy, and proudly proclaims itself as such in their literature and web pages. They are also communists with a deep aversion to capitalism. They claim their group descends from a like-titled European group of the early 20th century. However, I could find no evidence today’s Antifa knows what Fascism truly means. They claim to want to destroy what they call the “American Plantation.” From their perspective, they see slavery in every minority group and abhor their white Christian “masters.” Yet, many of their members are middle class whites. They want liberation and freedom ON THEIR TERMS, not as defined by the Constitution. As such, they advocate the overthrow of the United States government and are committed to combating any sign of support for the government or any other opinion conflicting with their own. And, No, they are most definitely not advocates of free speech as prescribed by the First Amendment.

In reality, Antifa’s roots are planted in the Occupy Wall Street Movement of 2011, a group of people seeking social and economic reform. Interestingly, the Occupy movement quickly faded from view following the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012. However, after Donald Trump was elected in 2016, a period of social unrest grew, all aimed at resisting the new president at every turn. The tactics, unfortunately, were less peaceful and more militaristic. Consequently, Antifa began to flourish.

Antifa’s numbers are relatively small, but they are getting organized and beginning to recruit impressionable millennials either in school or fresh out of college. Many professors preach Socialist dogma to their students thereby influencing their motivation and perspective. As a result, they foster Antifa recruits.

Currently, the tactics of Antifa appear to be based on a “Minute Man” approach whereby whenever a major demonstration is led by Republicans, such as a pro-Trump rally, they rush to the scene and engage in vocal and violent confrontation. The theory is that if they do this enough times, they hope to suppress any outward signs of support for the president. It’s called “intimidation.” They also hope to spin the media to promote their values.

Antifa is now in the process of creating a network of chapters throughout the United States, the latest being in Philadelphia. Such meeting places are used to recruit and train new members in various organizational and communications tactics. The concern though is the teaching of terrorism, complete with military training.

The mouthpiece for Antifa is the web page “It’s Going Down,” which spreads information and encourages support for the group. The main web page for the group is titled, “Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement,” which articulates their purpose and activities. They also claim to rely on donations and have established an Internet Fund drive. The irony here is that Antifa are devout anti-capitalists, yet when asked “Why do we ask for money?”, they claimed, “Sadly we have not freed ourselves from capitalism. We too need to eat and pay the bills.”

Antifa makes no pretense they are unwilling to use violence to serve their needs and have demonstrated their willingness to do so. Photos on their web site and elsewhere proudly display a variety of weapons and recruits learning how to use them. However, these are predominantly young people who want to graduate from playing “Call of Duty” on a computer to actually facing violent confrontation. I suspect many are naive about what they are doing and do not realize the consequences of their actions. This becomes a dangerous scenario that could lead to the deaths of either themselves or their opposition. Should they develop a well equipped arsenal, someone is bound to eventually pull a trigger and all Hell will break loose.

As real as the prospect of violence is, Democrats have been slow in condemning Antifa; only recently has Nancy Pelosi spoken against them, but we have yet to hear from Chuck Schumer, the Clintons, and former President Barack Obama. Their silence only serves to encourage the Antifa movement, not to suppress it. Even the Main Stream Media appears reluctant to take them to task.

Make no mistake, Antifa is worse than all of the left-wing nut jobs combined, including the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter. They are misguided, armed, and view themselves as international terrorists. This is not about “American Plantations”; it’s about the overthrow of the United States government. If you hear someone sympathize with Antifa, be sure to straighten them out.

Keep the Faith!

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the Huffington Post. All trademarks both marked and unmarked belong to their respective companies.