Urban Violence Begins in Broken Homes

The Chicago Tribune reported a big drop in violence in Chicago this past weekend. Forty people were shot.

This down from the weekend before, when 74 were shot.

The Tribune’s Steve Chapman rejects what he calls the “popular myth, cynically promoted by Trump and other outside critics” that Chicago is an “exceptionally dangerous city.”

Yes, 674 people were murdered last year in Chicago, more than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. But that is much better than 1991 when, says Chapman, 920 were murdered, and the 674 killed in 2017 was down 15 percent from 2016.

Whether or not we call this violence “exceptional,” it is certainly unacceptable. It should concern us all, particularly its racial characteristics.

As Chapman notes, “Chicago’s crime problem is concentrated in a small number of poor, blighted, mostly African-American neighborhoods.”

He continues, “Those areas owe their plight largely to a sordid history of systematic, deliberate racial discrimination and violence, endemic poverty, and official neglect over the years.”

For sure, misguided government policies have contributed to this sad state of affairs. But these policies were supposed to help these communities, not destroy them.

Policies, such as excessive taxation and government housing, that have fostered indifferent absentee landlords and crime-ridden neighborhoods.

If there is any “deliberate racial discrimination” that drives violence and crime in black urban areas, it is the racial discrimination of the left. It is the racial discrimination of identity politics, which promote the idea that different ethnicities should live under different rules and receive special treatment.

Let’s recall that the unfairness that blacks had to deal with in America’s history was unequal treatment under the law. This is what needed to be fixed, and this is what was fixed in the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

The problem was that liberals wanted to use their agenda not to fix the law but to change the country. And in the name of racial fairness, the era of big activist government, financed with oceans of taxpayer funds, was born.

But government can’t fix anybody’s life. It can only make sure that the law protecting life, liberty, and property is applied fairly and equally.

The beginning of big activist government fostered the demise of personal responsibility.

The perpetrators, and victims, of violence in Chicago and other urban areas are largely young black men. They mostly come from homes with no father and from communities where this reality is the rule rather than the exception.

Making a child is not hard to do. Raising a child and conveying the values and rules that make for a successful life and responsible adulthood is. Particularly now that popular culture largely dismisses these truths. And in black communities, politics and media are dominated by the left, whose message for them is that life is unfair because of racism and the answer is big government.

According to recent data from the Pew Research Center, 36 percent of black children under 18, compared to 74 percent of white children under 18, live in a household with married parents.

And according to Pew, 30 percent of households headed by a single mother, 17 percent of households headed by a single father, 16 percent of households headed by an unmarried couple, and 8 percent of households headed by a married couple are poor.

Data from the Cook County Department of Health show that, in suburban Cook County and in Cook County under Department of Health jurisdiction, in 2016, 86 percent of babies born to black women between 18-29 were born out of wedlock.

President Donald Trump is doing his job. We have robust economic growth that we haven’t seen in years, with unemployment rates at record lows.

Black leaders need to start doing their job and convey that marriage, work, education, and personal responsibility are the only things that will fix black America.

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Omarosa vs Trump: It’s All About The Mid-Term Elections

Candidly folks, I have not paid much attention to the Omarosa/Trump soap opera. For the past few weeks, my wife Mary and I have been in Arizona with the Conservative Campaign Committee intensely campaigning for Dr Kelli Ward for US Senate. August 28th is the primary election.

This may sound surprising coming from a black guy, but I do not care if Trump used the N-word. All I know is president Donald J Trump is doing an awesome job for my country. I think of that Bible verse that says “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” As I have stated in numerous articles, leftists freely use the N-word, including calling me a “stupid n*****” for simply loving my country and not viewing myself as a victim.

Sources say Trump is not the man he once was and has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I am judging Trump by his deeds. This man has treated blacks far better than Obama. Even leftist blacks had to admit that blacks suffered and moved economically backwards under Obama

Trump has black unemployment at historic lows. Countless times, to no avail, I’ve tried to explain to black family members who viewed Obama has their Great Black Hope that Obama’s sole mission was to further the American left’s anti-God and anti-American agendas. His skin-color was only a weapon to silence anyone who opposed him ignoring our Constitution while implementing initiatives to punish America for being mostly white, extremely successful and the world power.

The Congressional Black caucus also betrayed blacks by selling its soul to the American left. This is why at the State of the Union, when Trump announced that black unemployment is at an historic low, not one black democrat in that hall stood or applauded. They sat on their hands wearing stone-cold faces. Their behavior told us all we need to know about their true agenda; not helping blacks –but furthering liberalism

This latest fake news media created firestorm featuring Omarosa is simply more of the American left desperately attempting to keep the public’s focus off Trump’s remarkable achievements for We the People thus far – to block his make America great agenda and remove him from office. This is the goal of every fake news media story 24/7.

From my vantage point outside of Washington DC in real America, all I see is a self-adsorbed selfish vindictive woman (Omarosa) screaming, “Look at me ! Look at me!” while relishing the media spotlight. Omarosa does not give a rat’s derriere about all the good Trump has achieved for her fellow black Americans. She is focused on bringing Trump down by branding him a racist and the American left is loving her for it.

The question is, Will the American left’s 24/7 Omarosa, Trump-is-racist-smear dupe enough voters to harm the GOP in the swiftly approaching mid-term elections?” Folks, life has taught me to always look for God’s blessing in every situation. There just might be a pony for us with the pile of horse-manure promoted by the American left. This Omarosa fake news media frenzy is really about helping the democrats regain control of the house and senate. This Omarosa madness could be a God-given wake-up call to all Americans who are fat and happy thinking Trump has turned things around so they can chill; turning a blind-eye to politics.

Every patriot who loves what Trump is doing should be extremely committed to becoming and staying engaged in the mid-term elections.

The American left is dragging out Omarosa’s smear against Trump, drip, drip, dripping more details daily. As I stated, I really do not care. My fellow brother and sister Americans, we must keep the GOP in control of congress to continue Trump’s restoration of America; an America where education, hard-work, risk-taking and character are honored. We reject leftists’ America in which everyone is a victim of something, government should bully us into embracing extreme behaviors against out religious faith and government should confiscate the hard earned stuff of risk-takers to give to lazy deadbeats.

Dr Kelli Ward is a strong Trump supporter because, like you and me, she believes in lower taxes, fewer regulations, personal responsibility and following the Constitution. These are principles which made America great – a beacon of hope for the world – a shining city on a hill.

Please get involved in the mid-term elections. Quoting my wife’s favorite comic, Larry the Cable Guy, “Let’s git er done!” for America.

RELATED ARTICLE: FLASHBACK: That Time Omarosa Was Fired from the Clinton White House

Energy Conferees Shut Down Fuel Economy Mandates as Costly to Consumers

NEW ORLEANS—Sterling Burnett doesn’t always want to sit next to someone he doesn’t know on a train, plane, or bus.

But he’s willing to fight for the freedom of those same strangers when it comes time for them to purchase a motor vehicle.

“What I care about is … your freedom to choose the vehicle of your choice,” Burnett, an environmental policy expert for the Heartland Institute, said during a panel discussion at the free-market think tank’s America First Energy Conference that took a critical look at fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks.

“I don’t think government should be in the business of deciding the characteristics of the vehicle you drive,” Burnett said of the so-called Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. “That’s what CAFE standards do. Automobility is a form of freedom.”

Burnett, a senior fellow on environmental policy at the Heartland Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization based in Illinois, espoused the virtues of automotive freedom:

I take the train, I enjoy the train, and we all fly. And I take buses. But sometimes that’s not my alternative and quite frankly, I don’t always want to sit next to strangers. And maybe I want to listen to a particular kind of music or a news program, and I don’t want plugs in my ears.

When I used to commute to work, I enjoyed my time in the car because it was my time and it wasn’t dominated by work. Cars allow [you] to have the freedom to live outside of inner cities, and to visit distant relatives whenever you want. One hundred years ago, you couldn’t do this.

‘Victory for Consumer Choice’

Congress first enacted Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in 1975 in response to the Arab oil embargo of 1973 that limited gasoline supplies and drove up prices. The idea was to reduce American dependence on foreign oil.

The latest version of CAFE and emissions standards for light-duty vehicles is called SAFE, an acronym for Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks.

The Trump administration has proposed a rule change that is a joint initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The two agencies are seeking public comment on regulatory options, according to a press release, “including a preferred alternative that locks in [model year] 2020 standards through 2026, providing a much-needed time-out from further, costly increases.”

Nick Loris, an economist with The Heritage Foundation who focuses on energy, environmental, and regulatory issues, credits the Trump administration with moving forward with a proposal that he sees as beneficial to consumers.

“Without a doubt, the Trump administration’s recent proposal is a welcome victory for consumer choice, but also for people who are just concerned about the upfront costs of new cars and new trucks,” Loris said during the panel discussion at the Heartland Institute conference.

“It would be nice if Congress demonstrated similar fortitude and recognized that energy use mandates for vehicles, for dishwashers, and [for] clocks on microwaves are all unnecessary and repealed these standards, but I think that’s wishful thinking.”

Challenging California

The Trump administration’s preferred alternative “reflects a balance of safety, economics, technology, fuel conservation, and pollution reduction” and is expected to reduce road fatalities and injuries, the EPA and highway safety agency say in the press release.

The rule change begins a process to create a new, 50-state standard for fuel economy and tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions for cars and light trucks with the model years 2021 through 2026.

The Obama administration permitted California to set its own auto emissions standards under a federal waiver, but the Trump administration could seek to eliminate the waiver as part of the change.

Twelve states concentrated in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest follow California’s lead with stricter emissions standards, as does the District of Columbia.

The Obama administration worked with state officials in California to set fuel efficiency standards, a key component of Barack Obama’s efforts as president to address climate change.

If the Trump administration proposal is implemented, California and the 12 other states would need to observe the new federal rules on emissions.

 ‘Relics of the Past’

Loris, the Heritage economist, described energy use mandates and CAFE standards as “relics of the past” and byproducts of “politically concocted problems” that put energy consumers at a disadvantage.

Loris said he sees a “systemic problem” in how politicians, pundits, and lobbyists view energy markets.

“The inability of the federal government and regulators to predict what’s going to happen in energy markets” often leads to counterproductive regulatory policies, he said.

For instance, Loris noted, predictions about the price of oil tend to be off the mark.

For a 2008 article, The Wall Street Journal asked “a wide range of economists, energy analysts, and other experts to predict what the price of oil would be at the end of year,” Loris recalled.

Their predictions ranged from a low of $70 per barrel to a high of $167.50. The actual price: $44.60.

Sam Kazman, a panelist who is a lawyer with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, discussed a legal victory he secured on behalf of the Washington-based free-market public policy organization.

A federal appeals court ruled that federal transportation officials illegally concealed how fuel-efficiency standards jeopardized public safety on the highways.

The court found that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration illegally tried “to paper over” the safety issue through a combination of “fudged analysis,” “statistical legerdemain,” “lame claims,” and “specious arguments.”

Keeping Costs Down

Kazman expressed disappointment that avowed consumer-safety champions such as former presidential candidate Ralph Nader didn’t support the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s position against the fuel-efficiency standards.

But to improve public safety through CAFE standards requires officials to “get rid of a government program, rather than expanding it,” he said.

With the proposed rule change, Trump administration officials say they anticipate consumers will experience reduced costs and improved safety.

“The current standards have been a factor in the rising cost of new automobiles to an average of $35,000 or more—out of reach for many American families,” the EPA’s release says, adding:

Indeed, compared to the preferred alternative in the proposal, keeping in place the standards finalized in 2012 would add $2,340 to the cost of owning a new car, and impose more than $500 billion in societal costs on the U.S. economy over the next 50 years.

Officials also point to a study earlier this year by the highway safety agency that found newer vehicles are safer than older vehicles now on the road, and their wider use would result in fewer fatalities and injuries.

“What the Trump administration has done is stunning,” Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said during another panel examining the administration’s progress on energy policy.

“They have kicked California out of setting the CAFE standard,” Ebell said. “They have done everything right, and it is great for consumer choice.”

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WWII video-game to replace toxic male characters with females

STOCKHOLM – Responding to overwhelming backlash from video gamers, who complained about the encroaching forced diversity and political correctness in the WWII shooter Battlefield franchise, the game creators have fired back at their core followers by threatening to remove all playable male characters who are driven by toxic masculinity, and replace them by female soldiers with the emphasis on caring and nurturing.

In an interview about the upcoming release of Battlefield V, created by the Swedish EA Digital Illusions (DICE), the company executive Oskar Gabrielson described masculinity as a “toxic and destructive force,” and complained that the modern gamer is woefully ignorant of the role women played in wars throughout history.

According to Gabrielson, “Nearly one quarter of the paratroopers on D-Day were self-identified females, and almost as many were transgendered. If a bunch of neck-bearded misogynists can’t get over the inclusion of these diverse characters on the battlefield, then we will just have to dispose of all male characters altogether and rid our fan base of toxic gamers.”

The series has faced a constant wave of disapproval ever since the new preview prominently showcased female soldiers in the Second World War, with critics accusing the company of pushing a political agenda through video-games. EA DICE executives have responded to criticism by telling their consumers, “If you don’t like it then don’t buy it.”

Gabrielson mentioned plans to put more focus on the game characters’ fashion accessories and body jewelry, as well as to include rainbow-colored tanks on both sides. “History is changing and our fans must change with it,” he said, adding that “If we are to free ourselves from the chains of a male-dominated market for video games, then we must force the player to embrace diversity or leave that market.”

EDITORS NOTE: This political satire column by Chedoh originally appeared on The Peoples Cube.

The Flames of Envy

The achievements of others can either inspire us to excel or foster envy that brings destruction.  The choice is ours and the Islamic world has chosen the latter.

The so-called Palestinians have devised a new form of terrorism to wage against their highly achieving neighbors.  Motivated by envy that springs from insecurity and bitterness, their youth are launching combustible kites and helium-filled balloons over the Gaza border that explode into an inferno in Israel.  Today, a huge incendiary kite from Gaza landed on kibbutz power lines, causing loss of power for several hours.  The raging fires reflect the Palestinians’ own rage that fills their illiterate, unproductive, empty lives.

During this fire jihad, they have thus far destroyed more than 82,000 acres of forest and agricultural land, with its produce and wheat fields devastated, avocado groves scorched, the bee industry and wild life burned alive.  The 7,000 acres of nature reserves, which also contains the 75-acre Karmiya Reserve, an animal and reptile habitat, are turned to cinders.  The estimate of loss is in the billions of dollars.  The Israelis are dealing with the loss of homes, their every possession, their livelihoods, while also suffering from respiratory illnesses from the fouled air and stench and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the constant barrage of rockets.  Eighteen hundred acres of food are demolished.  The desert and swampland that the Jewish pioneers of almost a century ago rescued and restored from Arab neglect are now in complete ruin.

Who are these despoilers and what motivates them?

Islamic jihadis are raised in a loveless household, forced marriages where the man may have four young wives with severely limited rights, bearing and treating their numerous offspring as objects, and eagerly declaring their willingness to martyr their children for the cause.  From early childhood, Palestinians are taught to hate the miniscule landmass they covet for Allah and learn to detest the citizens for the happiness and innovations enjoyed in Israel.  As youths, they are intentionally deprived of every creative outlet (music, dance, art), forbidden from socializing and celebrating birthdays, and commanded to pray five times a day, so that participation in riots can provide them with a welcomed, albeit perilous, excitement beyond the harsh restrictions of the culture.  This upbringing prepares them for the malignant influence of Mahmoud Abbas, who keeps them distraught, agitated and provoked by announcing the next Days of Rage, rallies to explode into violence, when their lives have little else to occupy them. These are the despoilers and these are their motives.

There’s a psychological reason for their use of kites.  In her book, The Jihadi Dictionary, Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin explains, the “jihadis do not live in an empathic world or in reality, so they misuse just about everything. In their interior world, everyone is a mere object rattling around in their minds.”  They’ll make bombs in the kitchen, a room for nurturing and bonding, stuff them in toys, designed for imaginative play, and weaponize small children, because the Koran says, “slaughter not of the animal but of the infidel.” They misuse knives for cutting food as hard weapons in the Palestinian Knife Intifada, and playthings (dolls and kites) to deliver destruction and death.  Other perversions include sexual distortions, their Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the prevalent homosexuality with Bacha bazi boys, their confusion of good with bad, right with wrong.  Their use of symbolism is a cognitive deficit, a result of their emotional deprivation as children.

Muslims, as a whole, are known for creating little for mankind’s benefit.   Mohammed’s followers were usually acquired at the end of the sword and their supposed inventions were purloined from the conquered non-Muslim world.  Islamic arches were adapted from Roman arches,  Arabic numerals from Hindu symbols (glyphs), and their cryptography from ancient Egypt.  Their physicians were primarily captured Jews who practiced medicine and their astronomers and cartographers were traced to Jewish astronomers and cartographers.  Their calligraphy, although ornamental, is exacting, with no room for imaginative originality.  Their art is geometric and precise. A warring nation encourages conquest, not creativity.

As Sir Winston Churchill astutely declared, “Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it.  No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”  The destruction through the centuries was wrought by the Mohammedans, Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, Arabs, Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Islamic State (IS), Muslims, Muslim Brotherhood, Moors, Palestinians, Sunni, Shi’a, Wahhabi, all who follow the laws of the militant, proselytizing Islamic faith.  The Arab dons the terrorist’s hat when he prepares to murder but assumes the Palestinian hat when he seeks world sympathy.   

Why does the world continue to send foodstuffs and provisions to those who persist in destroying Israel’s food source and provisions, and where will they send them when the Muslim migrants conduct the same destruction by fire in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, England, the United States?  The Islamic tide is rising worldwide.  They have created nothing that benefits the world and, therefore, have no veneration or will to save it from destruction. Their motivation is misery and resentment; their goal, the destruction of what is not theirs.  Those who choose martyrdom admit their unhappiness in this life and seek escape to 72 virgins in heaven.  If their home environment is not changed, there can be no psychological changes.  They will not plant and care for fruit trees or tend innocent animals; they will not mature into compassionate human beings.  They will have no compunction about their criminality and destruction as long as they are consumed by impotent jealousy and vengeance.

But their non-Muslim neighbors, Israel, will continue to plant new orchards on the ashes of the old.

NOTE:  On the evening of submitting this essay for publication, one of several headlines reads: Sweden is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities.

The Boston Globe calls for Journalistic Jihad against Trump

Last Friday (Aug 10th), the Boston Globe called on the American news media to produce editorials tomorrow (Thurs, Aug 16th) denouncing what they describe as President Trump’s “dirty war against the free press.” The Globe claims they have already recruited dozens of major metropolitan dailies, as well as several smaller weeklies. Locally, I’m sure our Tampa Bay Times is chomping on the bit for this one.

I am confident tomorrow’s papers will be loaded with aspersions against the president, who will be cast as a Nazi dictator trying to suppress the news media. There will be a lot of whining, cat-calling, and some rather unfortunate comments made. In the end, the press will have finally come out of the closet and shown its true colors as to their feelings about the president. It won’t be pretty. Now, instead of random attacks against the president, it will be an orchestrated effort, which will finally be put on display for all to see.

In the end, this temper tantrum is going to hurt the press as they will lose further credibility with their readers and cause them to lose more subscribers. By forcing a confrontation, the press is ultimately asking the public to choose sides, thereby further dividing the country, for in the end, people will be asked to determine if the press is “the enemy of the people” or if it is Mr. Trump, and I’m afraid they are not going to like the answer they receive.

Here are some realities:

First, the news media has already lost the trust of the people, which has been eroding over the last few years. People realize news is important in order to be good and responsible citizens. A new Knight-Gallup survey shows Americans believe the media has an important role to play, but they do not see that role being fulfilled.

Second, the public understands money drives the press, thereby making it sensational. As such, it appears the press is shooting itself in the foot as newspapers continue to close, subscriptions plummet, and TV viewership declines. As a recent Pew poll reports:

  • The average audience for the evening newscasts for ABC, CBS and NBC decreased by 7% in 2017, down to 5.2 million, compared with 5.6 million in 2016.
  • The average audience for morning news programs from ABC, CBS and NBC also declined over the past year, down 10% in 2017, to about 3 million.
  • The average audience for the four news magazine shows aired by the networks – ABC’s 20/20, CBS’s 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, and NBC’s Dateline – declined in 2017, down 12% from 2016.

All of this means, they are losing the trust of the American people.

As an aside, Pew also reports the news media is more trusted in Europe than it is in the United States.

More importantly, Pew reports 78% of Americans say the news media should never favor one political party over another. Yet, this is precisely what has become of the American news media.

And third, look for a major push back from the Trump administration following the August 16th editorials. I’m sure the president will Tweet his displeasure but look for some other major changes, such as:

  • The White House could distribute news through written press announcements only. After all, if the press is not honest with the White House and often misinterprets the news secretary, why bend over backwards for the press?
  • The White House could insist on granting press credentials only to those who belong to The Constitution First Amendment Press Association (CFAPA). This pledge is a sort of Hippocratic oath as applied to journalists. The CFAPA pledge means they will conform to ethical standards.
  • We must remember the press has no “rights” to be in the White House, that it is a a privilege instead. This could result in some changes being made, such as holding a press briefing outdoors, not in the comfort of an indoor facility.

There might also be some possible libel lawsuits or other drastic measures. One thing is for sure, if they want to fight him, Mr. Trump will not let the challenge go unchecked.

Bottom-line, the news media is playing with fire and will likely earn a black-eye as a result of their editorials on Thursday. By announcing their intentions publicly, they only confirm what a lot of people already know, that the press is out to get President Trump at all costs. Their timing couldn’t be any more obvious, just before the midterm elections. What they do not realize though with this president, he is not afraid to do battle with them.

So, is there a war on the news media? Yes, definitely, just as there is a war against President Trump. While other presidents have taken the abuse, Mr. Trump has elected to fight back, and the press doesn’t like it one bit.

Anybody who believes the press is fair and impartial is taking it in the arm. Journalistic integrity is a myth. The rhetoric is already so vicious by the liberal press that drastic measures are likely in the offing. Since the press is not honest with the White House and often misinterprets the news secretary, why bend over backwards for someone whose mission is to destroy the president?

The one sad thing about all of this is that honest and professional journalists will be hurt in the process.

It will be interesting to see how the press fires upon Fort Sumter tomorrow. Expect cannonade in return, certainly not a flag of truce.

Keep the Faith!

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Black Refutes Omarosa’s Trump-is-Racist Lie

My fellow Americans, I am so weary of people on the national stage willing to sacrifice the best interest of our country and people to serve their egos and personal vendettas. Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman is the latest to show her true colors. Omarosa was fired. Now she is claiming she heard Trump use the N-word.

President Trump has been awesome for minorities; sending black and Hispanic unemployment to historic lows. So what good does Omarosa’s unsubstantiated claim do for anyone other than feed the American left’s lie that Trump is racist? Clearly, Omarosa is another ego and power driven person making it all about her. The American left will treat Omarosa’s claim like manna-from-heaven; promoting it 24/7. The American left is so obsessed with blocking Trump from making America great again that they will use any and every despicable evil low-life tactic necessary.

The American left claims to be outraged over the possibility of Trump using the N-word. Meanwhile, their operatives freely use the N-word and racial slurs to trash patriotic blacks. For years, leftists have called me a “stupid n*****” for loving my country. The American left did not have a problem with Bill Clinton saying this about Obama, “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.” The American left was not particularly outraged when former KKK member Democrat Senator Robert Byrd said, “I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time…”

When black Republican Michael Steele ran for U.S. Senate, a leftist defaced Steele’s photo to depict him in black face. The caption with the racist photo said, “Simple Sambo wants to move to the big house.”

The American left had no problem with the N-word when cartoonist Ted Nall declared black Secretary of State Condolezza Rice Bush’s “house nigga”.

Years ago, I attended a party in which white guys were freely using the N-word, quoting lines from Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” movie. It was as though the movie made it cool. I was taken aback. In my day, if a white person disrespected you by using the N-word in your presence, as a black person, you were obligated to kick their butt. But somehow, the leftist movie director using the N-word made it okay – even cool. Tarantino’s movies obsessively use the N-word; 110 times in “Django Unchained” and 65 times in “The Hateful Eight”. The American left says, hey it is acceptable because Tarantino is one of us (leftist).

White kids think it is okay to spout the N-word when they are quoting rap songs. Anyone caught criticizing black rappers for using the N-word is deemed racist by the American left for not understanding black culture.

Notice the American left’s glaring hypocrisy regarding who is allowed to use the N-word.

The entire Trump-is-racist-narrative is rooted in smoke, mirrors, lies and spin. On numerous occasions I’ve asked fellow blacks to name one thing Trump has done to confirm he is racist. They cannot. They simply believe Trump is racist because fake news media says he is. In desperation to prove me wrong, they parrot leftists’ absurd lie that make America great again is code for turning back the clock on freedom for blacks and women.

I find it extraordinary that the American left has successfully made Trump saying he wants to make America great again deemed racist in the minds of many. For crying out loud, we live here. This is our country. Isn’t it common sense that every American should want their homeland made great? And yet, leftists call the statement “hate-speech” and are physically attacking Americans wearing “Make America Great Again” caps and t-shirts.

Along with 63 million Americans, I knew presidential candidate Trump had a heart for his country. This is why I am the singer/songwriter of the “Trump Train” music video. In a remarkable short amount of time, Trump has brought back jobs; putting Americans back to work. Our economy is booming. Trump has put the world on notice that they can no long undermine the US and expect us to shower them with money. Trump truly is a new sheriff in town standing up for America’s best interest.

Omarosa obviously cares more about destroying Trump than she cares about the good he is doing for her fellow blacks and fellow Americans. It is time we tell these petty all-about-me people to go away.

RELATED ARTICLE: Remember When & WHY Omarosa Was Fired From The Clinton White House? … We Do

VIDEO: Former Obama Supporter Explains Why She Chose to #WalkAway

A former Obama supporter says she joined the “#WalkAway Campaign,” a movement that highlights stories of why people walk away from leftist ideology, because she could no longer subscribe to what the Democrat Party aligned itself to.

“I did vote for our current president and I will vote for him again in 2020, and just seeing how the left has become or is extremely dehumanizing. They are not into logic; it is all about your emotions, it is all about, ‘I feel like this, so therefore, it is fact,’” a YouTube user whose handle is Tumi Yukii said in a video posted July 10 to the video-based site.


Yukii said she grew up in a left-leaning household, attended the first presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, and was in Washington, D.C., to celebrate his second inauguration.

She said her political convictions began changing when she saw the party’s inconsistencies.

“I was raised a Democrat, I was raised to believe that, you know, Republicans, conservatives, who are old school, right-wing, racist[s] who wanted to keep America like the 1940s or the slavery times,” Yukii said. “You know, I was brought to different political events as a kid, all that kinda stuff.”

“I got off the Democrat plantation,” Yukii said. “And I noticed that there is a quote that says if you do the same thing over and over again and expect different results, that’s insanity, so voting for these Democrats over and over and over and over and [then] they’re doing nothing for inner cities, they’re doing nothing for black people.”

The WalkAway Campaign Facebook page, which has over 60,000 likes, advertises on its wall the “WalkAway Campaign” Facebook group, which includes over 151,000 members and is a place for members to share their story of why they are no longer part of the left.

The movement was founded by Brandon Straka, a former liberal, and is a “video campaign movement, dedicated to sharing the stories of people who can no longer accept the current ideology of liberalism and what the Democratic Party has become,” according to the campaign’s website.

Yukii said the 2016 presidential election showed her how the left demonizes those who it does not agree with.

“Everybody loved Donald Trump, black people included,” Yukii said. “He was an idol to a lot of black people, rappers would make songs about him. Rappers and all different types of people would hang out with him until he became a candidate for the 2016 election cycle, not running as a Democrat. Then everybody said he was a racist, he was so sexist … everybody was coming out of the woodwork with an evil story to tell.”

The liberal-turned-conservative said that many liberals today aren’t even able to come to terms with the history of their party.

“When you try to hit them with the facts, even basic facts like the history of their own party, like Margaret Sanger who started Planned Parenthood … she spoke to women in the KKK and said we don’t want word to get out that we are actually trying to exterminate the Negro race,” Yukii said. “She was into eugenics, she was into sterilizing black women, which she did, giving black women hysterectomies, and Hillary Clinton said that Margaret Sanger was her idol.”

Yukii said that folks like Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who recently called on supporters to harass members of Trump’s administration, are on the wrong side of public discourse.

“I was just in shock because what is she doing; she shouldn’t be running around telling people to hurt Trump supporters, she should go and fix what she is supposed to fix, but she is not,” Yukii said.

“I don’t see myself ever returning to the Democrat Party,” Yukii said.

This video where Yukii details her story, titled “Why I Chose to #WalkAway, My Story!,” has received well over 100,000 hits.

Other videos Yukii has published on her channel have received anywhere from 28 views (“How to Write A Book In Three Months, Part Two”) to a couple hundred views (“Why You’re In the Wilderness”) to a few thousand views (“Candace Owens, Alex Jones, and Liberal Hate”).

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Dear Democratic Socialists: Entitlements Are Not Rights

In her official platform, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supports tuition-free public college and trade school for all, housing as a human right for all, improved and expanded Medicare for all (including full vision, dental, and mental health care), and a federal jobs guarantee for all that includes a $15 minimum wage, full health care, and child and sick leave for all. But how will we possibly pay for all of this free stuff, and who will pay?

In a chapter titled “Affordability” in The Thomas Sowell Reader, economist Thomas Sowell addresses the key issues of affordability, basic necessities, rights, entitlements, and trade-offs to counteract Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s misguided views of the economy:

People who complain about the “prohibitive” cost of housing, or of going to college, for example, fail to understand that the whole point of costs is to be prohibitive. Why do we go through the whole rigmarole of passing around dollar bills and writing each other checks, except to force everyone to economize on the country’s inherently limited resources.

What about “basic necessities”? Shouldn’t they be a “right”?

The idea certainly sounds nice. But the very fact that we can seriously entertain such a notion, as if we were God on the first day of creation, instead of mortals constrained by the universe we find in place, shows the utter unreality of failing to understand that we can only make choices among alternatives actually available.

For society as a whole, nothing comes as a “right” to which we are “entitled.” Even bare subsistence has to be produced—and produced at a cost of heavy toil for much of human history.

The only way anyone can have a right to something that has to be produced, is to force someone else to produce it for him. The more things are provided as rights, the less the recipients have to work and the more others have to carry their load.

That does not mean more goods are available than under ordinary market production, but less. For the government to make some things more affordable is to make other things less affordable—and to destroy people’s freedom and make their own trade-offs as they see fit, in the light of economic realities, rather than political visions. Trade-offs remain inescapable, whether they are made through a market or through politics.

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The History of ‘White Nationalism’ is the History of the Democratic/American Nazi Parties

A “Unite the Right” rally was held in Washington, D.C. VoteVets.org, an arm of the Democratic Party, has labeled the event as “salute their president, Donald Trump.”

The problem is this is a lie. White nationalists have historically been socialists, Democrats and American Nazis.

Wikipedia defines white nationalism as:

[A] political ideology which advocates a racial definition of national identity for white people; some white nationalists advocate a separate all-white nation stateWhite separatism and white supremacism are subgroups within white nationalism.[1] The former seek a separate white nation state, while the latter add ideas from social Darwinism and National Socialism to their ideology. [Emphasis added]

In a column titled “Pinning the Tail on the Democratic Party Donkey”  wrote:

After Democrats gained control of the White House and both houses of Congress in 1894, they introduced the Repeal Act of 1894, hoping to repeal all of the major civil rights laws enacted by Republicans since the Civil War, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the First Reconstruction Act of 1867, the Enforcement Act of 1870, the Force Act of 1871, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, and the Civil Rights Act of 1875 (identical to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which today’s Democrats attempt to take credit for).

Just before the final Senate vote on February 7, 1894, Senator George Hoar (R-MA) took Democrats to task on the Senate floor.  He said, in part, “Wherever there is a crevice in our protection of the freedom of the ballot there you will find the Democratic Party trying to break through.  Wherever we have left open an opportunity to get possession of an office contrary to the true and constitutional will of the majority, there you will find that party pressing; there you will find that party exercising an ingenuity before which even the great inventive genius of (the) American People, exerted in other directions, fails and is insignificant in the comparison…

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On August 8, 1925 the Ku Klux Klan, the militant arm of the Democratic Party, marched in Washington, D.C. during the Democrat National Convention.

Wikipedia says this about White Nationalism:

During the Democratic Party National Convention Ku Klux Klan members march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. in 1928.

The Naturalization Act of 1790 (1 Stat. 103) provided the first rules to be followed by the United States government in granting national citizenship. This law limited naturalization to immigrants who were “free white persons” of “good moral character.” Major changes to this racial requirement for US citizenship did not occur until the years following the American Civil War. In 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed to grant citizenship to black people born in the US, but it specifically excluded untaxed Indians, because they were separate nations. However, citizenship for other non-whites born in the US was not settled until 1898 with United States v. Wong Kim Ark169 U.S. 649, which concluded with an important precedent in its interpretation of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This racial definition of American citizenship has had consequences for

White Power

The slogan “white power” was popularized by American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell, who used the term in a debate with Stokely Carmichael of the Black Panther Party after Carmichael issued a call for “black power“.[73] Rockwell advocated a return to white control of all American institutions, and violently opposed any minority advancement. He rejected the Nazi idea of “master race”, however, and accepted all white European nationalities in his ideology, including Turks.[74]

Relationships with black separatist groups

In February 1962 George Lincoln Rockwell, the leader of the American Nazi Party, spoke at a Nation of Islam rally in Chicago, where he was applauded by Elijah Muhammad as he pronounced: “I am proud to stand here before black men. I believe Elijah Muhammed is the Adolf Hitler of the black man!”[82]Rockwell had attended, but did not speak at, an earlier NOI rally in Washington, D.C. in June 1961,[83] and once he even donated $20 to the NOI.[84] In 1965, after breaking with the Nation of Islam and denouncing its separatist doctrine, Malcolm X told his followers that the Nation of Islam under Elijah Muhammad had made secret agreements with the American Nazi Party and the Ku Klux Klan.[83]

Rockwell and other white supremacists (e.g. Willis Carto) also supported less well-known black separatist groups, such as Hassan Jeru-Ahmed’s Blackman’s Army of Liberation, in reference to which Rockwell told Los Angeles Times reporter Michael Drosnin in 1967 that if “Any Negro wants to go back to Africa, I’ll carry him piggy-back.”[85]

More recently, Tom Metzger, erstwhile Ku Klux Klan leader from California, spoke at a NOI rally in Los Angeles in September 1985 and donated $100 to the group.[86] In October of that same year, over 200 prominent white supremacists met at former Klan leader Robert E. Miles‘s farm to discuss an alliance with Louis Farrakhan, head of the NOI.[84] In attendance were Edward Reed Fields of the National States’ Rights PartyRichard Girnt Butler of the Aryan NationsDon BlackRoy Frankhouser, and Metzger, who said that “America is like a rotting carcass. The Jews are living off the carcass like the parasites they are. Farrakhan understands this.”[84]

Wikipedia proves that White Nationalism is the bastard child of the union between the Democratic/American Nazi parties and the Nation of Islam.

RELATED ARTICLE: Big Lies About Charlottesville – No, White Nationalists Are Not on the Right

 

When The News Becomes The News

I had the opportunity to attend the Trump rally in Tampa Florida on July 31, 2018, wow! If you have never attended a Trump rally I strongly suggest you do. The camaraderie, energy and love with nearly 20,000 people waiting for and listening to President Trump is extraordinary.

The dangers and risks to this movement are real and present but the pendulum has shifted, we are winning.

Thanks to a friend and fellow activist, my book, “Trump and the Resurrection of America”, at this event in Tampa, was placed in the hands of Eric Trump. This spawned a book campaign meeting on Saturday that will lead to major inroads for 2019 and beyond that may contribute to our movement to MAGA.

You know we are winning when the news becomes the news. Thank you President Trump. You told us at the RNC that “I am Your Voice“, well indeed you have spoken for us, thank you sir. Let’s touch on When The News Becomes The News, shall we?

Jim “The Cry Baby” Acosta

Trump has played the media like a fiddle from day one when Megan Kelly (before she crashed and burned after going after Trump), asked Trump the kick off question at that debate that led Donald Trump to answer by saying, “Only Rosie O’Donnell”. Donald Trump continues daily to antagonize the Fake News media at his rallies, interviews and tweets by simply calling select media outlets and individuals for what they are, Fake News.

While at the rally before President Trump took to the stage (what a night), Jim Acosta went live on CNN and the entire arena welcomed him by crowding the media platform and chanting in unison “CNN SUCKS“. What a wonderful thing. You see there is a common observable fact, that many who are dealing with darkness and lies who go after this great, amazing, brilliant and brave president end up crashing and burning. Kathy Griffin, Megan Kelly, MSNBC, CNN, Hollywood and so on. You get the picture. So cry baby Jim Acosta gets his head handed to him not only at the rally, but also by Sarah Sanders when he addresses Trumps’ view of the Fake News.

We are winning and the battle has just begun. Get out and vet, then vote the for the right Republicans supportive of President Trump’s agenda in this primary and mid-term. The president is relying on you and me. And remember when your children and grand children ask you “What were you doing when the global governance was being thrust upon America and the world”, what will your answer be? Freedom it’s up to us. Vote. Volunteer. Get some skin in the game. Let us not waste this miraculous opportunity to save America. Everything depends upon what we do right here, right now.

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Trump Derangement Syndrome: A Prelude to Anarchy

The election of President Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the emotional stability of those living in subjective reality because they cannot tolerate the threat of objective reality that President Trump represents. The clash between subjective reality and objective reality has launched what is now known as Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDR) or more recently Trump Anxiety Disorder (TAD). The incursion of objective reality is so threatening to anti-Trumpers that they break down psychologically and require medication and psychological services.

In times of severe emotional stress such as death, divorce, loss of a job, it is not uncommon for individuals to have a period of adjustment when they need time to come to terms with the reality of their new situation. In extreme cases of traumatic stress individuals may even withdraw from reality until they are strong enough to deal with the facts of their new situation. What is different about anti-Trumpers is that their coping mechanisms are so underdeveloped that they are traumatized by election outcomes and refuse to accept the loss of their preferred candidate. What happens? They suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDR).

Mark Alexander posted an article he wrote 8.1.18 titled, “Therapists Rebrand ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’” exploring the subject:

“The pop culture Urban Dictionary defines Trump Derangement Syndrome as “a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump, to the point at which they will abandon all logic and reason. Symptoms for this condition can be very diverse, ranging from hysterical outbursts to a complete mental break. . . I would suggest that the increasing frequency and intensity of hysterics associated with TDR is greatly exacerbated by the unmitigated, constant consumption of hateful Democrat/mainstream media propaganda, 24/7/365. The result is a mass movement of those so intent on undermining Trump that they are now far off the reality reservation and utterly obsessed with defeating peace and prosperity.”

Anti-Trumpers were groomed to become global citizens in the mythical land of income equality and social justice. They believed the myth of collectivism because it made them FEEL good – no mention of failed socialism – no talk of Venezuela – until President Trump.

Objective reality is the world of facts – subjective reality is the world of feelings. The United States of America was founded on the principles of ordered liberty articulated in our Constitution and supported by objective reality. The Culture War that is attacking America is an attack on ordered liberty, the Constitution, and objective reality. The Culture War is supported by subjective reality and its world of feelings. This is how it works.

In a stunning case involving Bill C-16, the Transgender Rights Bill in Canada, a transwoman called Joshua who still had male genitalia filed a human rights complaint against a female Windsor aesthetician, called Suzanne, and her at-home women only spa for refusing to give Joshua a Brazilian wax. Barbara Kay wrote an article in The Post Millennial discussing the elements of the case and how Suzanne is effectively being forced by the state into the subjective reality of Joshua. Barbara Kay rightly points out that, “a transwoman’s right to demand services meant for women only ends with a woman being compelled to touch – or even see – Joshua’s exposed male genitalia.”

Joshua expects Suzanne to accept him as a woman because Joshua “feels” like a woman regardless of the fact that he has a penis and is demonstrably a man. The left/Joshua expects society/Suzanne to accept their insanity as sanity, their feelings as facts, and their subjective reality as objective reality. The metric for assessing mental health used to be the degree to which a person lives in objective reality. Conversely, the degree to which an individual lives in subjective reality was a measurement of his dysfunction. So, in 1950 a man with a penis who says he is a woman would be considered psychotic – insane. Today, the left wants you to believe that Joshua is a woman if he says he is a woman.

The left is trying to drive you crazy – why?? Because the overwhelming anxiety that is produced when people are being pushed into insanity makes them vulnerable. The intolerable anxiety experienced when human beings hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time is called cognitive dissonance. An example would be the feelings experienced by individuals pressured to accept George Orwell’s doublespeak “war is peace or slavery is freedom.” People will do anything to stop the anxiety including accepting the unacceptable – and that is the end game of this leftist political campaign. The left wants you to willingly surrender to their subjective reality and accept a man with a penis as a woman because he “feels” like a woman.

The left is pressuring society to accept Orwellian doublespeak. They want you to accept feelings as facts, subjective reality as objective reality, and insanity as sanity.

Ordered liberty in America requires consensus on what is real. The divisiveness in America has escalated far beyond racial, ethnic, religious, socio-economic, sexual, or political divides. The divisiveness in America has surpassed internationalism, globalism, nationalism, and Americanism – the divisiveness in America is now a war over reality. The country is divided between those living in objective reality and those living in subjective reality.

English aristocrat Lord Bertrand Russell described the deliberateness of the effort to push the population into subjective reality in his 1952 classic The Impact of Science on Society. Russell states unapologetically that the purpose of pushing the population into subjective reality is social control and it begins with the children. He details the cognitive dissonance required to convince children that snow is black and how driving an individual into subjective reality means driving that person insane. Here is a quote from Bertrand Russell:

“Education should aim at destroying free will so that pupils thus schooled, will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished . . . Influences of the home are obstructive; and in order to condition students, verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective . . . If is for future a scientist to make these maxims precise and to discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for more than one generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.”

The leftist Culture War against America was articulated by Bertrand Russell in 1952. For decades the left has infiltrated public and private schools until today we find ourselves at a tipping point of anti-American curricula that foments American self-loathing, reverse discrimination, and an anti-individualism, pro-collectivist, pro-socialist, pro-communist agenda.

Our elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities have been politicized by educators and administrators who embrace the Marxist doctrines of collectivism lauded by our enemies. Political correctness, moral relativity, and historical revisionism are the tenets of the new religion of leftist liberalism that has replaced traditional religions and traditional education in America. Obama’s “resistance” movement is an anti-American coalition of groups who identify as marginalized and victimized – they are a coalition of identity politics who refuse to accept the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. They refuse to accept objective reality.

In 1950 the goal of parenting was to help your child become a self-sufficient adult. In the 60s the goal of parenting shifted from self-reliance to insuring your child’s happiness. Schools adopted the shift in the 70s and 80s and continue to be the agents of social change. Schools abandoned individualism and the meritocracy and replaced them with collectivism and the happiness standard. Schools abandoned facts and adopted “feelings” as the standard and every student became a butterfly. From the time they were in elementary school students were pressured to live in subjective reality so their feelings would not be hurt. They were lied to and told they were all butterflies – not true – some kids are smarter than others. They were lied to and told that they could do anything – not true – some kids do not have the aptitude or physical strength to do what they wanted to do.

We are now watching these butterflies come undone at the university. It is not surprising that they refuse to accept the outcome of the election – they still live in subjective reality and lack the coping skills to absorb disappointment. They are so fragile and so emotionally underdeveloped they need Play-Doh and safe spaces to protect themselves from unwelcome ideas on campus including unwelcome election outcomes. We are witnessing a generational failure to mature – the unwillingness to accept facts – the student anti-Trumpers refuse to accept objective reality.

Instead, their subjective reality has fostered a dangerous feeling of righteousness about lawlessness, lack of civility, and violence. These butterflies actually believe they are justified in destroying the duly elected President of the United States simply because they don’t like him. They still live in a world where feelings are more important than facts. Since they feel the President is illegitimate they act as if he is illegitimate and can justify any behavior including violence and anarchy.

These anti-Trumpers were raised to believe that they are more important than they are, that they have more skills than they possess, that their happiness is primary, and that becoming self-sufficient is unnecessary. They believe it is the government’s responsibility to care for them from cradle to grave and to protect their fragile selves. They do not believe in adulthood – they aspire to eternal childhood. These anti-Trumpers are too arrogant to realize that they are participating in their own destruction.

Anti-Trumpers are currently being shocked with objective reality by President Trump who is telling them that socialism is a failure and Venezuela is a disaster – even the president of Venezuela admits socialism has failed – but anti-Trumpers refuse to accept facts. They prefer the fiction of the mythical land of social justice and income equality they were promised – they prefer subjective reality.

Independence requires living in objective reality and dealing with facts not feelings. For anti-Trumpers this is a catastrophic threat to their emotional stability. They are slowly realizing that everyone is not a butterfly like they were told and that their happiness doesn’t matter to an employer. Their fictitious world of subjective reality is being shattered by President Trump’s unapologetic demand for objective reality and the outcome for many anti-Trumpers is Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Objective reality is an existential threat to those living in subjective reality. Subjective reality is an existential threat to the stability and future of the United States of America. As President Trump exposes the fiction of subjective reality his enemies are getting more and more desperate to stop him. Trump Derangement Syndrome is a prelude to anarchy.

RELATED ARTICLE: Treating the Six Known Symptoms of ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’

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

The Unsung Hero Who Financed the American Revolution, and His Lesson for Today

The name that King George III is said to have called the “most damning name of all” on the Declaration of Independence was not that of Benjamin Franklin, John or Samuel Adams, or even John Hancock. Instead, it was businessman Robert Morris.

As the “financier of the revolution,” Morris deserves to be duly recognized for his role in the American founding.

Morris came from humble beginnings as an orphaned immigrant from England and served as an apprentice for a shipper-banker in Philadelphia. By age 24, Morris had already opened the London Coffee House while also leading a shipping and banking firm of his own. Through these endeavors, he quickly garnered wealth, influential connections, and renown in his community.

Excessive British interference in the corporate affairs of the American Colonies stirred Morris’ desire for liberty. The Stamp Act of 1765 was a particularly egregious infringement for businessmen like Morris, prompting him to assemble his fellow colonists and take to the streets in protest.

By inspiring those around him to defend their freedom, Morris’ efforts held the overreaches of the monarchy in check.

Encouraged by this success, Morris began discovering new methods to utilize his resources and connections to secure liberty. Working his way up through local governmental bodies, he found himself in the Second Continental Congress, for which he managed organizational capital and even began procuring war supplies from Europe in preparation for prospective large-scale conflict with England.

His network of distributors in the commercial shipping industry allowed him to identify and involve supporters—even those back in Europe—who were sympathetic to the budding revolution.

Despite Morris’ desire to rein in governmental overreach, he thought that talk of revolution was premature, and questioned whether the Colonies were yet in a position to govern themselves.

When the time came to vote on independence, Morris surprisingly dissented, because he thought the Colonies were not prepared for self-governance. Yet, witnessing the desire of the people to be set free, he abstained from voting for the sake of having the motion for American independence pass.

In a letter to Gen. Horatio Gates in 1776, Morris revealed that he was willing to set aside his personal thoughts on revolt because of how earnestly his fellow colonists desired it. “I am not one of those politicians that run testy when my own plans are not adopted; for I think it the duty of a good citizen to follow when he cannot lead,” he wrote.

He later gladly signed the Declaration of Independence.

George Washington liked Morris’ character and fundraising abilities so much that he maintained regular communication with him, penning more than 130 letters from 1776 to 1798.

One of Washington’s most pressing requests to Morris came as his army awaited the crossing of the Delaware for the famous Battle of Trenton. In this gloomy hour of the American Revolution, with his troops exhausted and downtrodden, Washington wrote to Morris asking for $10,000 to provide much-needed provisions for his troops.

Morris selflessly answered the call, donating $10,000 of his own funds. This provided the boost Washington needed for a decisive victory in Trenton, one that would inspire more troops to join his ranks.

Later in the revolution, during the Yorktown campaign of 1781, Morris would rise to the challenge again. The fledgling nation was fiscally faltering, so Morris decided to issue $1.4 million in notes backed by his own credit to keep the nation afloat.

As he noted in a letter to Benjamin Harrison, “My personal credit, which thank heaven I have preserved through all the tempests of the war, has been substituted for that which the country has lost … I am now striving  to transfer that credit to the public.”

In fact, Morris was so highly respected that he secured many loans on behalf of the government with nothing but his integrity as collateral.

No other man single-handedly contributed more to funding the Revolutionary War. Morris truly lived out the words written in the declaration he signed, pledging his “life, fortune, and sacred honor” for the sake of his country.

His faithfulness in doing so should cement Morris as a hero in the minds of all Americans, but especially conservatives.

Our nation is once again at a crossroads between liberty and tyranny, with the ideals of the Founders challenged by the liberal left.

As Morris asserted in a letter to Col. Joseph Reed, “[I]t is the duty of every individual to act his part in whatever station his country may call him to in times of difficulty, danger, and distress.”

More than ever, we need generous conservatives to take up the mantle of Robert Morris and employ whatever skills and passions they have toward reclaiming America.

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Doctors that Run ‘Pill Mills’ Deserve the Same Punishment as Crack Dealers

Please excuse me for not welling up with empathy for those who are addicted to opioids. Yeah, I know drug addiction is a bad thing, but people make choices and have to live with the consequences.

I am old enough to have lived through the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s and found little to no empathy from the public, especially politicians, because crack fell disproportionately hard on the Black community. As a matter of fact, Blacks were told it was a moral failing by the user and the seller, thus they deserved what they got. As a matter of fact, the public demanded legal action be taken against those caught up in the crack epidemic.

Lock ‘em up and throw away the key was the political sentiment in Washington, D.C. during the 90s when it came to crack dealers and users. This view led to the mass incarceration of low-level drug dealers and users, culminating with people like Hillary Clinton labeling young, Blacks who were caught up in the drug trade as “super predators.”

According to the U.S. News and World Report, 79 percent of 5,669 sentenced crack offenders in 2009 were Black, versus 10 percent who were White and 10 percent, who were Hispanic.

Juxtapose that with what the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found about the opioid problem. In 2016, according to the foundation, White victims made up almost 80 percent of the deaths from opioid overdoses, with Black victims comprising only 10 percent of deaths and Hispanic victims 8 percent.

Opioid addiction is being treated as a medical condition, with hundreds of millions of dollars being allocated to various forms of treatment and prevention; whereas, crack addiction was labeled a moral failing and a law enforcement issue.

Basically, the crack epidemic disproportionately affected Blacks and the current opioid epidemic disproportionately affects Whites. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that cocaine-related overdose deaths among Blacks were on par with heroin- and opioid-related deaths among Whites between 2000 and 2015.

Now lawmakers, Black and White, are calling for humane solutions to the scourge of opioid addiction. There are all kinds of reasons for this and I get it.

Real leaders in the Black community need to stand up and demand more money and programs for the drug problems that are destroying the Black community that have nothing to do with opioids? When will the public demand law enforcement action against physicians who have willfully overprescribed opioids to patients unnecessarily?

These physicians are the modern-day version of the drug dealer, except they are not working on the street corner, but rather in the cozy confines of their medical offices.

Where is the lock ‘em up and throw away the key sentiment towards opioid users that politicians showed towards crack dealers?

One would have to be totally blind not to see the racial optics being played out in this whole debate about the humane solutions for the opioid drug problem compared to how the War on Drugs was handled.

I am really struggling with my inability to muster up any empathy for the victims of this latest drug scourge that is moving across our country.

So, to those who are reading this column who think I am cold, heartless, and hateful please spare me your unrighteous indignation.

RELATED ARTICLE: Pharmacist charged with supplying pill mills in 2 states

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Democrats Using Fake Russian Collusion to Destroy the U.S. Election System & Constitution

In case you aren’t aware, the leftist Democrats (that would be all Democrats) are using the fake charges that Russian Collusion changed the outcome of the 2016 elections to now question the legitimacy of our Constitution and our election system including the Presidential Electoral College especially where any Democrat or Socialist loses an election. Even if Democrats win they will say they could have won bigger without Russian interference and an outdated Constitution. This will be a continuing theme from now on.

Even our very own Florida Senator Bill Nelson is already using this charge of Russian interference to excuse the fact that he is behind in the Polls when compared to Governor Rick Scott.

Nelson and his leftist ilk view our Constitution as archaic and needing to be changed or eliminated because it establishes a Constitutional, Representative Republic rather than a Democracy. They refer to Hillary and Gore’s losses to show that they would have won in a Democracy since they won the popular votes and their followers resisted both Bush and now Trump as illegitimate Presidents.

They are charging that our Founders were old white men obsessed with power and didn’t know what they were doing including insuring all states big or small had equal representation in the Senate offset by House members based on state populations and that there was a 3 level system of Balance of Power in our govt. Dems try to deny that the big Democrat controlled cities that make up the bulk of our population would always determine the outcome of our Presidential elections totally ignoring those living in the rest of the country.

They also ignore the fact that the largely leftist Judiciary system especially among the District Courts of Appeal are legislating from the bench. Without the Electoral College the rest of us would no longer have any influence over the Presidential elections and the Judiciary will become even more out of control..

Obviously they don’t understand history where no country with a pure Democratic system of government has ever lasted because of the “tyranny of the majority” just as no socialist country has ever lasted. One analogy of Democracy is 2 wolves and 1 sheep discussing what to have for lunch. Leftists express outrage over the election system but hypocritically won’t consider all the illegal aliens who are fraudulently voting in our elections especially in California, New York and Illinois nor will they acknowledge the too powerful Judiciary overstepping their bounds in challenging Presidential Authority and/or Congressional laws not based on the Constitution but their own liberal agenda.

All this despite the fact that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller, reported that not one vote nor the outcome of the 2016 elections could be contributed to Russian Collusion nor has the Mueller investigation shown any evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians to tamper with the election. In fact the Mueller investigation has been so drug out to influence the outcome of future elections or at least give the Democrats excuses for losing and ammo to continue calling for an end of our Constitution and current voting practice.

Please, Mr. President please de-certify all of the documents related to the FISA warrants and Mueller investigation so that we will all know the Truth.

Meanwhile, leftist Hollywood types, others in sports entertainment industry and even some Democrat politicians are calling for fraudulent voting as a way of influencing the Mid-Term outcome, e.g. the old Communist theme, that the “ends justifies the means”.

All of this madness is influenced by the rush to Socialism as the ideology favored by Democrats. They will deny this but their voting records bely their denials. In fact, their is no difference now between Socialists and Democrats. One friend has defined Socialists as “Honest Democrats” meaning those that are honest know their ideology is socialism and will say so but using honest together with Democrats is an oxymoron so I would prefer calling them “Candid Democrats.”

In fact there is no difference between the ideologies & world views of elitist, power hungry, never-Trump Republicans and Democrats who are for big govt control and spending including universal health care, housing, internet, cell phones, globalism and open borders resulting in freebies, asylum or amnesty for illegals, etc. The results of their policies as shown under Barack Hussein Obama was an ever growing gap between the rich and poor; worst ever race relations; growing poverty levels; shrinking middle class; class warfare caused by identity politics; growing national debt; increased taxes & regulations; declining economy; much weaker military, etc. America was falsely denigrated as too wealthy, too powerful and the purveyor of evil around the world and Obama apologized on our behalf.

A Socialist is in fact a fascist because they both believe in govt. control of private industry through massive regulation & taxes. A fascist is the furthest thing away from a conservative. Hence they believe capitalism works but should be restricted and that private industry should support big govt thru big taxes (and kick backs). Socialists also want to control people (not govern them) making them dependent on big govt. for all their bennies/freebies including healthcare, housing, college,internet, cell phones, food stamps etc. Such dependence and division by class keeps people from incentives to work. from prospering and divided from those who do work and prosper.

Then throw in the assaults on the 1st (especially free speech and religious rights) and 2nd Amendments to try to reduce the voices of and the ability of conservatives to defend against crime & tyranny. On top of all that, protect the ever growing demands of Islamists to spread Sharia & fight against western civilization, our culture, values and traditions.

Meanwhile, these socialist & RINO leaders & celebrities get rich, often in corrupt ways, becoming elitists at the top of the pyramid. Somehow our education system has touted the virtues of socialism at the expense of common sense, reality and history and way too many young people & millennials have fallen for their lies. When they run out of other people’s money, maybe they will wake up.

We must continue to fight against the evils of socialism and Islam both of which have common agendas. We must get out and vote, push a red wave for the mid-terms; re-elect President Donald Trump and then elect and re-elect Mike Pence and all the other conservatives running for office in 2018 and beyond.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is by Javier Zarracina/Vox.