6 Things to Know About the Prosecutor Investigating Spying on Trump Campaign

John Durham, known for prosecuting FBI agents connected to infamous mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, is now a fourth attorney general’s pick to lead a special investigation into suspected government misconduct.

The Justice Department confirmed to media outlets that Attorney General William Barr named Durham, now U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, to look into why and how department and FBI officials began investigating associates of President Donald Trump before the 2016 election.

Durham’s resume includes investigating the mafia and crooked politicians.

Attorneys general from the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama administrations all previously appointed Durham to lead special investigations.

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Barr reportedly selected him to head the probe weeks ago, as the FBI came under intensified scrutiny for spying on one Trump campaign adviser and sending a confidential informant to talk to another.

In the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report clearing the Trump campaign of conspiracy with Russia to influence the election, many Republican lawmakers called for an investigation into how the probe of Trump and his team commenced.

Two known incidents loom large: The FBI obtained a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to put Trump campaign aide Carter Page under surveillance. The FBI also sent a confidential informant to talk to George Papadopoulos, another Trump campaign aide, in a bar. The woman told Papadopoulos that her name was Azra Turk, and he later described her as “flirtatious.”

Here are six things to know about the prosecutor picked by Barr.

1. Career Prosecutor

Durham, 68, began his career as a Connecticut state prosecutor working from 1978 to 1982 in the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office.

A registered Republican, he next served in nonpolitical positions through 35 years in the U.S. District of Connecticut, based in New Haven.

From 1982 to 1989, Durham supervised the New Haven field office of the Boston Strike Force in the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. For the next five years, he was chief of the criminal division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Haven.

From 1994 through 2008, he served as deputy U.S. attorney, and then, through 2017, as counsel to the U.S. attorney.  

Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, appointed Durham as acting U.S. attorney for Connecticut in October 2017, and Trump nominated him for the post the next month. He took office in February 2018.

2. Busting Mafia-FBI Connection

In 1999, then-Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Durham to investigate corruption in federal law enforcement in Boston.

He examined whether two Boston mob figures, Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, had corrupted the FBI agents whom they served as informants.

Durham’s investigation led to a 10-year prison sentence for retired FBI agent John Connolly Jr., found guilty of helping the two gangsters avoid prosecution.

As part of this investigation, Durham produced documents showing four men had been framed by FBI agents and convicted of murder in the 1960s. Two died in prison, but two others won a $100 million civil judgment against the Justice Department.

3. Special Probes of CIA and Terror Detainees

In 2008, then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed Durham as a special prosecutor to conduct what turned into a three-year probe of the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes. He didn’t recommend any prosecutions.

In an overlapping probe, then-Attorney General Eric Holder named him as a special prosecutor to investigate alleged mistreatment of terror suspects by CIA interrogators and government contractors.

The second probe came after the Justice Department released a report noting possible past abuse by CIA interrogators. Durham concluded by closing most of the cases, but called for continued inquiries into the deaths of two prisoners.

4. Devoted Catholic, Red Sox Fan

Despite handling high-profile cases, Durham typically keeps a low profile.

Earlier this year, according to The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Leonard C. Boyle noted the only reason that Durham would make a public speech to a crowd at the University of St. Joseph, a Roman Catholic school in West Hartford, Connecticut.

“Other than an overwhelming commitment to the cause of justice, the two great devotions of John’s life are his Catholic faith and his family,” Boyle said of Durham.

Durham and his wife Susan have four sons and eight grandchildren. He reportedly is a big Boston Red Sox fan.

The New Republic, a liberal magazine, wrote of Durham in 2011 that he “earned a nonpartisan, camera-shy, ‘white knight’ reputation.”

5. Public Corruption

Durham led some of the biggest public corruption cases in Connecticut.

Among them was the case of Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, a Republican who resigned in 2004 after federal prosecutors found he illegally took gifts from state contractors. Rowland pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in prison for offenses committed as governor.

Durham also led an investigation of Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, a Democrat, who was convicted on racketeering and bribery charges in 2003. Ganim spent six years in prison.

6. Lauded by Democrats

Democrats recently excoriated Barr for even using the word “spy” to talk about actions by the Obama administration’s FBI and Justice Department against the Trump campaign before the presidential election in November 2016.

However, Democrats could have a difficult time in attacking Durham.

Confirmed as U.S. attorney in February 2018 by a voice vote in the Senate, he had gained praise from Democrats when Trump nominated him.

Among these admirers were two of Trump’s biggest critics, Connecticut’s two Democratic senators—Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. The two men had recommended Durham to serve as U.S. attorney.

“John Durham has earned immense respect as a no-nonsense, fierce and fair prosecutor, and we are pleased that the White House has agreed with our recommendation that he serve as United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut,” a joint statement by Blumenthal and Murphy said. “As an Assistant United States Attorney, John Durham has proven himself time and time again in some of the most challenging and sensitive cases.”

It looks like Barr has found just such another case for Durham.

COLUMN BY

Fred Lucas

Fred Lucas is the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal and co-host of “The Right Side of History” podcast. Send an email to Fred. Twitter: @FredLucasWH.


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With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

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TAKE ACTION: Ask Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to Implement E-Verify Statewide

Over 4 million Floridians for Ron DeSantis for governor. Thousands voted for now Governor DeSantis based on his promise to implement E-Verify. During this session the Florida state legislature failed to bring E-Verify to the floor for a vote. It is time for Governor DeSantis to take action to implement E-Verify statewide.

Governor DeSantis said during his inaugural address:

We will stand for the rule of law. We won’t allow sanctuary cities. And we will stop incentivizing illegal immigration, which is unfair to our legal immigrants, promotes lawlessness and reduces wages for our blue-collar workers. [Emphasis added]

Having illegal aliens fill jobs that can, should and would be filled by legal Florida citizens is wrong. Implementing E-Verify will eliminate the incentive to come to Florida.

Please take immediate action to correct this most important problem for our Great President and the American citizens to Make America Great Again.

CLICK HERE TO Email Governor DeSantis @ flgov.com

If you wish send the information to your state Senator and Representative.

Mark Levin Exposes the ‘Democrat Cabal’ Working to Overturn the 2016 Election on Hannity

In my column The Gang of Five and the Pseudo Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump I discussed those key figures in Congress working to undermine the Trump administration. I wrote about the Gang of Five stating:

Five powerful Congressional Chairmen and Chairwomen who control the Democratic Caucus, (3) from California ,(1) from New York and (1) from Maryland all from Democrat ‘safe’ Districts who received a total of approximately one million votes will decide whether to impeach and try to remove President Trump from office, a duly elected President that received approximately sixty three million votes.

The following are the votes counts for these five Congressmen and Congresswomen:

Pelosi 275,000 votes
Cummings 202,000 votes
Shiff 196,000 votes
Walters 152,000 votes
Nadler 192,000 vote

President Trump’s 63,000,000 voters could be disenfranchised by five powerful Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen. Even if they are unable to convict the President they could bring the wheels of government to a halt. Their threats and spurious investigations have to a great extent already done this.

Mark Levin has the same view about what is really happening.

Sean Hannity talked to Mark Levin on Fox News on May 9 2019. Levin calls for a special council and that grand juries be impaneled to investigate the “Democrat cabal” working to negate the 2016 election of President Donald J. Trump.

Wall Street Journal in a column titled “The Pseudo-Impeachment” wrote:

Democrats hold show trials rather than vote to oust the President.

House Democrats are escalating their campaign against the Trump Administration with complaints that its resistance to Congressional requests for documents is a threat to democracy. It’s more accurate to say that Democrats are performing what amounts to a pseudo-impeachment so they don’t have to undertake a real one.

Democrats are agonizing over impeachment because while they’re itching to do it, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report blew up their Russian collusion hopes. He also took no position on obstruction of justice while reporting a highly critical “analysis” of President Trump’s actions. Democrats now find themselves caught between a left-wing base that says they’ll abdicate their duty if they don’t impeach and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cold-blooded calculation that it could cost their majority in 2020.

What to do? Democrats have decided to act out a pseudo-impeachment that claims Mr. Trump and his Administration are committing offenses against the Constitution without daring to open a formal impeachment inquiry. The split-level goal is to appease the left while sparing the swing-district Democrats who delivered the 2018 majority from ever having to vote on articles of impeachment.

Read more.

It appears Mark Levin and I are on the same sheet of music.

New York Times May Have Broken Law by Publishing Trump’s Tax Returns

The New York Times no doubt considers it quite a coup to have obtained and published President Donald Trump’s tax return information from 1985 to 1994. But doing so violated Trump’s right under federal law to the confidentiality of his tax returns.

The Times—which reported that Trump’s businesses lost $1.17 billion during the 10-year period—has no more right to Trump’s tax returns than it has to mine or those of any of you reading these words.

Confidentiality, as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held in 1991 in U.S. v. Richey, is essential to “maintaining a workable tax system.”

Taxpayer privacy is “fundamental to a tax system that relies on self-reporting” since it protects “sensitive or otherwise personal information,” said then-Judge (now Supreme Court Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1986 in another case when she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Federal law—26 U.S.C. §7213(a)(1)—makes it a felony for any federal employee to disclose tax returns or “return information.” Infractions are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine as high as $250,000 under the Alternative Fines Act (18 U.S.C. §3571).

Regardless of the accuracy or inaccuracy of The New York Times story, tax returns themselves, as well as tax return information such as these IRS transcripts (which are a summary of the tax returns), are protected from disclosure by federal law. And this provision applies to private individuals as well as government employees, a fact that should be considered by the New York Times’ source.

According to the newspaper, it did not actually obtain Trump’s tax returns but “printouts from his official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, from someone who had legal access to them.”

The Times quotes a lawyer for the president, Charles J. Harder, as saying that the tax information in the story is “demonstrably false” and that IRS transcripts, particularly from the days before electronic filing, are “notoriously inaccurate.” However, that claim is disputed by a former IRS employee now at the liberal Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.

The president tweeted Wednesday in response to the Times story: “Real estate developers in the 1980’s & 1990’s, more than 30 years ago, were entitled to massive write offs and depreciation which would, if one was actively building, show losses and tax losses in almost all cases. Much was non monetary. Sometimes considered ‘tax shelter,’ … you would get it by building, or even buying. You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes….almost all real estate developers did – and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport. Additionally, the very old information put out is a highly inaccurate Fake News hit job!

Regardless of the accuracy or inaccuracy of The New York Times story, tax returns themselves, as well as tax return information such as these IRS transcripts (which are a summary of the tax returns), are protected from disclosure by federal law. If the newspaper obtained this information from an employee of the IRS, that employee will be in big trouble if he or she is identified.

Could the editors and reporters at The New York Times be prosecuted for publishing this information?

Section (a)(3) of the law makes it a felony for any person who receives an illegally disclosed tax return or return information to publish that return or that information. But it’s unknown if the bar on publication by a media organization could survive a First Amendment challenge.

What we do know is that in previous incidents, the government did not attempt to prosecute the publisher of tax return information. In 2014, the IRS agreed to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 to settle a lawsuit after an IRS clerk illegally disclosed the organization’s tax return.

The clerk gave the tax return to Matthew Meisel, a former employee of Bain & Company, who gave it to the Human Rights Campaign (a political opponent of the National Organization for Marriage). The tax return was then posted on the Human Rights Campaign website and published by The Huffington Post.

Although the IRS paid to settle the lawsuit, none of the individuals or organizations involved in the illegal disclosure and publication were prosecuted.

If such a prosecution were attempted, there is no doubt that a First Amendment challenge would be filed.

The courts would then have to answer an important question: Are the interests of the government in an effective tax system and that of citizens in maintaining the confidentiality of their financial information outweighed by the First Amendment right of the press, and by and the public’s interest in obtaining financial information on elected officials?

In the midst of this illegal disclosure to The New York Times, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Monday that he would not comply with a demand by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., to provide the committee with copies of tax returns filed by Trump and eight of his companies for the last six years.

Mnuchin sent a letter to Neal telling him that “the Supreme Court has held that the Constitution requires that congressional information demands must reasonably serve a legitimate legislative purpose.”

The treasury secretary is correct. Numerous court decisions hold that legislative investigations must have a legitimate legislative purpose. Mnuchin says that Neal’s request “lacks” such a legitimate purpose.

The court decisions supporting Mnuchin’s decision include the 1957 decision in Watkins v. U.S., in which the Supreme Court told the House Un-American Activities Committee that “there is no congressional power to expose for the sake of exposure” the “private affairs of individuals.”

Neal has claimed that the legislative purpose of getting the Trump tax returns is to examine how the IRS audits presidents. But as Trump’s legal counsel has pointed out, Neal didn’t ask for the tax returns of any other presidents and hasn’t asked any questions of any kind about IRS policy and procedures for such audits.

Mnuchin tells Neal in his letter that he is willing to provide the congressman with complete information on “how the IRS conducts mandatory examinations of Presidents, as provided by the Internal Revenue Manual.”

If examining how the IRS audits presidents is really Neal’s legislative purpose—as opposed to simply wanting to expose anything embarrassing the committee finds in Trump’s tax returns—IRS information on its policies and procedures would be the only information the House committee would need.

So the Treasury Department has put House Democrats in check for now. It will probably be up to the courts to see who achieves checkmate when it comes to the Trump tax returns.

Now the interests of protecting the privacy of taxpayers warrants the opening of a government investigation to find the leaker who provided the Trump tax information to The New York Times.

The IRS and the Justice Department should investigate how this disclosure happened, find out who did it, and prosecute anyone who violated the law.

COMMENTARY BY

Hans von Spakovsky

Hans von Spakovsky is an authority on a wide range of issues—including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform—as a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and manager of the think tank’s Election Law Reform Initiative. Read his research.Twitter:  .


Dear Readers:

With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

We are looking for a select few conservatives to become a Heritage Foundation member. With your membership, you’ll qualify for all associated benefits and you’ll help keep our nation great for future generations.

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The Gang of Five and the Pseudo Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

The Gang of five.

Five powerful Congressional Chairmen and Chairwomen who control the Democratic Caucus, (3) from California ,(1) from New York and (1) from Maryland all from Democrat ‘safe’ Districts who received a total of approximately one million votes will decide whether to impeach and try to remove President Trump from office, a duly elected President that received approximately sixty three million votes.

The following are the votes counts for these five Congressmen and Congresswomen:

Pelosi 275,000 votes
Cummings 202,000 votes
Shiff 196,000 votes
Walters 152,000 votes
Nadler 192,000 vote

President Trump’s 63,000,000 voters could be disenfranchised by five powerful Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen. Even if they are unable to convict the President they could bring the wheels of government to a halt. Their threats and spurious investigations have to a great extent already done this.

In 2018 Republican and Democratic voters gave the Democrats control of the House of Representatives believing that a Democrat controlled House would address America’s real issues. They were sent there to resolve issues that affect every man, woman and child in America.

The Tyranny of the Gang of Five

The gang of five consists of the following four House Chairmen and Women and the Speaker who come from ‘safe Democratic seats’: Pelosi, Cummings, Shiff, Nadler and Walters. These five people literally control the Democratic caucus and thus control the total agenda of Congress. Instead of doing the business of the voters they are proceeding with a Pseudo Impeachment because they have no evidence of any ‘high crime or misdemeanor’ by Trump. For these five it is a matter of power and control — the voters business be damned.

They are like five angry pit-bulls who can’t give up the bone. The tyranny is that the Gang of Five together got about 1 million votes out of a total Presidential vote of approximately 123 million votes (less than 1%) and they have the power and audacity to conduct a Pseudo Impeachment or possibly a real Impeachment in the future without regard for the voters or the country. In drafting our Constitution our forefathers never contemplated that five ‘professional’ politicians with less than (1%) of the vote could stymie the will of all voters. But that is what is happening.

This is no joking matter.

The issue of Trump ‘collusion’ with Russia and then “obstruction of justice’ were to be resolved by the Robert Mueller Special Counsel investigation. No collusion and no obstruction was found. Instead of moving on the Democrats continue to rehash a closed investigation and are continuing with a Pseudo Impeachment against President Trump and now a Contempt Order against Attorney General Bar. In the case of AG Barr they have found him in contempt of Congress for failing to make public a limited amount of redactions, which he is not permitted to release to the public by law.

Nevertheless at an interview Speaker Pelosi said to interviewer Costa…(Transcript) “How far can you go on that front, Speaker Pelosi? Could you hold the Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin in contempt? Some Democrats have even raised the prospect of arresting the Treasury secretary if he does not comply with congressional demands?”

PELOSI: “Well, let me just say that we — (Applause) — we do have a jail down in the basement of the Capitol. (Laughter) But if we were arresting all of the people in the administration — (Laughter) — we would have overcrowded jail situation, and I’m not for that. But I think again, getting to the committee, Richie Neal, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, he has a path — again all of this is so low and precedent-based to do the right thing as we go forward. And there are several options. One of them is to go directly to court.”

COSTA: “So it’s probably going to be settled in court?” [crosstalk]

PELOSI: “We will see what the chairman announces because that’s the way we do it.”

Read what the Wall Street Journal says:

The Pseudo-Impeachment

Democrats hold show trials rather than vote to oust the President.

House Democrats are escalating their campaign against the Trump Administration with complaints that its resistance to Congressional requests for documents is a threat to democracy. It’s more accurate to say that Democrats are performing what amounts to a pseudo-impeachment so they don’t have to undertake a real one.

Democrats are agonizing over impeachment because while they’re itching to do it, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report blew up their Russian collusion hopes. He also took no position on obstruction of justice while reporting a highly critical “analysis” of President Trump’s actions. Democrats now find themselves caught between a left-wing base that says they’ll abdicate their duty if they don’t impeach and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cold-blooded calculation that it could cost their majority in 2020.

What to do? Democrats have decided to act out a pseudo-impeachment that claims Mr. Trump and his Administration are committing offenses against the Constitution without daring to open a formal impeachment inquiry. The split-level goal is to appease the left while sparing the swing-district Democrats who delivered the 2018 majority from ever having to vote on articles of impeachment.

Read more.

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The Injustice of the Left’s Fury Against Barr

Nancy Pelosi’s Equality Act Would Undo Trump’s Most Significant Achievements

Back in October, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told an audience at Harvard University that if the Democrats retook the House, one of her top legislative priorities would be to pass the misnamed Equality Act, a bill that would impose radical sexual ideology on the nation.

Democrats took the House, and Pelosi wasn’t bluffing. She’s now pushing a bill that would undo some of the most significant achievements of the Trump administration. Here’s how.

The Equality Act adds the phrase “sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity)” to our nation’s civil rights laws that ban discrimination on the basis of race. This means the law would suddenly treat people as racists if they dare to dissent from the left’s ideology on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Here are the major Trump victories that the Equality Act would undo.

1. The Equality Act would force employers to cover abortion, and medical professionals to perform or assist in performing abortions.

When the Obama administration tried to force this same policy in its very last months in office, a federal judge declared it unlawful. When the Trump administration came into office, the Trump Justice Department agreed with that judge and did not appeal his ruling, which placed a 50-state injunction on that regulation.

Should the Equality Act become law, this abortion policy would become the law of the land, undermining President Donald Trump’s significant pro-life record.

2. The Equality Act would force employers to pay for sex “reassignment” procedures in their health insurance plans, and require medical professionals to perform them.

Think Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor, but only worse. If a health care plan covers mastectomies in the case of cancer, but not in the case of “reassignment,” the Equality Act would deem this illegal “discrimination.” So, too, if a doctor chooses to perform mastectomies in the case of cancer but not for sex “reassignment” purposes. That doctor would be guilty of illegal “discrimination.”

Thankfully, when the Obama administration attempted to impose this mandate, a federal judge struck it down, and the Trump administration agreed with the judge and did not appeal the ruling. Should the Equality Act become law, it would undo Trump’s policy of protecting the freedom of medical doctors to not perform “reassignment” procedures if they deem them bad medicine.

3. The Equality Act would force all schools and businesses to open their women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and sports teams to boys who “identify as” girls and to men who “identify as” women.

The Obama administration imposed this transgender mandate on schools in all 50 states, and thankfully the Trump administration reversed the misguided policy during its first weeks of office. But, should the Equality Act become law, it would override the Trump policy and would threaten the privacy, safety, and equality of women and girls across the country.

4. The Equality Act could be used to force the military to pay for “reassignment” procedures and force the military to accept recruits suffering from gender dysphoria who are not combat-ready.

The Trump administration has implemented a careful, nuanced policy that allows people who identify as transgender to serve in the military—provided they no longer suffer from gender dysphoria and serve in accordance with their biological sex. But should the Equality Act become law, this Trump policy could be deemed “discrimination.”

5. The Equality Act would force faith-based adoption agencies to either violate their conviction that every child deserves both a mother and a father or to stop serving children in need altogether.

Thankfully, the Trump administration has taken initial steps to protect adoption agencies from these misguided policies. Additional steps are needed. But if the Equality Act became law, it would force all adoption agencies in all 50 states to either violate their convictions or close their doors.

6. The Equality Act would force a variety of small business owners to violate their beliefs about marriage, sexuality, and gender.

At the state level, this has happened to bakers, florists, photographers, and even funeral home owners.

Thankfully the Trump administration has supported these small business owners as their cases proceeded through the court system. But should the Equality Act become law, it would bring the full force of the federal government against these small business owners, treating them as violators of federal civil rights law.

7. The Equality Act, in general, threatens the freedom of speech, freedom of association, and free exercise of religion rights of countless people.

Anyone who believes we are created male and female, and that male and female are created for each other, will be at risk. This means Orthodox Jews, Roman Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Latter-day Saints, Muslims, and people of no particular faith tradition but who take science seriously will be on the wrong side of federal civil rights law.

Thankfully, the Trump administration has championed freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, and the rights of conscience. All of this would be at risk should the Equality Act become law.

COMMENTARY BY

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, where he researches and writes about marriage, bioethics, religious liberty and political philosophy. Anderson is the author of several books and his research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices in two separate cases. Read his Heritage research. Twitter: .

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Discrimination Isn’t the Only Thing Causing Inequality

Why Sen. Cory Booker’s Gun-Licensing Program Would Be Ineffective


Dear Readers:

With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

We are looking for a select few conservatives to become a Heritage Foundation member. With your membership, you’ll qualify for all associated benefits and you’ll help keep our nation great for future generations.

ACTIVATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY


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Judgment Day Coming for Democrats

Democrat Sen Mazie Hirono verbally brutalized AG William Barr during the Judiciary Committee hearing. Sen Hirono’s abuse of AG William Barr and disrespect for our president was condescending and breathtakingly evil. Her request for Barr to resign was rooted in spin and lies. She venomously denounced president Trump as a “grifter and liar”.

Can you imagine the American lefts’ response to a Republican calling Obama a grifter and liar? That Republican would be declared a racist; high-tech beaten and stoned to death in the public square. All standards of decency have been thrown out the window in leftists’ mission to stop Trump from restoring America’s greatness and to remove him from office. Vitriolic disrespect for Trump and his family and even death threats are acceptable.

Wicked Democrat Nancy Pelosi outrageously claimed Barr lied and committed a crime during the hearing. Pelosi knows fake news media will promote her absurd charge against Barr as the truth.

On my car radio, I heard ABC news report that the Mueller report concluded that Trump did try to collude and obstruct justice. I thought, “That is not what the Mueller report concluded.” My relatives who pay little attention to politics hear fake news media lies and believe them. Most of my black relatives believe Trump is racist, hates women, blacks and Mexicans. These are absurd strategic lies promoted by evil Democrats and their evil fake news media minions.

Due to fake news media hiding the truth while promoting Democrat lies, my black relatives have no idea that Trump is doing an amazing job for America, blacks and women. Black unemployment has reached historic lows. Women and Hispanics are also thriving in Trump’s economy

By rolling back a ton of Obama’s overreaching absurd government regulations, America is experiencing a remarkable wave of prosperity. Unemployment is at 3.6%, the lowest since 1969. In essence, everyone seeking a job has one. The private sector average hourly wage is $27.77. Despicably, fake news media is hiding the great job Trump is doing for the American people. Fake news media is demonically obsessed with spreading lies about Trump 24/7.

But folks, what really turned my stomach was watching Democrats Mazie Hirono, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris’ arrogant attitude of superiority at the hearing as they spewed evil hateful lies. Clearly, they will destroy whomever necessary to undermine Trump’s remarkably successful presidency. My sense of justice and fair-play hates to see Hirono, Pelosi and their fellow Democrat minions get away with it.

The Bible says they will not get away with it.

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaks lies shall perish.” Proverbs19:9

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Exodus 20:16

Democrats are insidiously bearing false witness; lying to the American people, in total contradiction of the Mueller report which did not find Trump guilty of collusion or obstruction. And yet, Democrats with the help of their minions in fake news media persist in keeping their Trump colluded and obstructed lie going.

A day of reckoning is coming for Democrats and their fellow treasonous anti-Trump/anti-America resisters.

Democrats and fake news media still do not know how to defeat Donald J Trump, the new sheriff in town in Washington DC. Like the sheriff in the classic movie, “High Noon”, Trump is courageously fighting alone. Unlike most Republicans, Trump stays on offense rather than cowering in fear in response to political attacks.

Democrats and the deep state are panicked because President Trump is about to declassify details of their silent coup to destroy his presidency. As the Bible says, those who bear false witness will be punished. Praise God!

Socialist Ideology—the Enemy of Humanity

If you are unconvinced about members of the Deep State—the “criminal cabal”, just read this column and you will want to see them in handcuffs. Yes, the ideology of Socialism is the enemy of humanity, its agenda is directed at the destruction of capitalism. That is the crux of the matter. The ideology has a thousand methods and tricks aimed at subverting capitalism: they have different forms, sizes, and colors, always using lies, intimidation, fraud or threat, and all have the same agenda of dismantling our free market economic system and transform it to Socialism. As a former Soviet attorney with some experience in these matters, I would say there is a special international espionage operation going on today in America. Read my column The Chronology of Treason to learn more.

The US must contest this foreign operation. To be effective we must know its methods, devices, ideology, and agenda. I’ve promulgated the information in my books and columns. I’m not alone in this task, please read the words of a former KGB member about Russia and terror. “Russia and Islam are not Separate: Why Russia backs Al-Qaeda” by Konstantin Preobrazhensky:

“A key distinction between Russian and American attitudes towards Islamic terrorism is that while, for America, terrorism is largely seen as an exterior menace, Russia uses terrorism… as a tool of the state for manipulation in and outside the home country. Islamic terrorism is only part of the world of terrorism. Long before Islamic terrorism became a global threat, the KGB had used terrorism to facilitate the victory of world Communism.”

I’ve written the same, identifying the fact that Socialism/Communism and terrorism are inseparable, they intertwined by Stalinist history of the enormous level of violence and terror executed against the people of the opposition in Russia. People are brought under socialism via the big lie…you will have a better life under that system. Once power is consolidated they are kept under a regime of authoritarianism and terror. He says “the KGB had used terrorism to facilitate the victory of world Communism.” All known to you terror groups had been initiated and established by the Russian Intel to conduct the war against capitalism. Today, in May 2019 that exact war is going on in our Congress with investigative overreach mirroring interrogation by the Soviet KGB. You are watching a so-called preemptive strike by the Dems’ House against Republican AG William P. Barr, because he has already started investigation of the real Russia collusion–Obama/Putin Conspiracy against the American Republic, which began years ago.

The Deep State or the International Spy Ring

You were warned about the coup-de-etat’ against President Trump for the last three years, it has started at the moment Trump announced his candidacy for presidency on the escalator. We are dealing with the same war against capitalism. This was written a year ago: “The GOP is missing the elephant in the room: the Dems’ reason of hateful resistance to the GOP is not only to revenge a losing election, the main reason of resistance is to cover-up the sinister crime of TREASON that they have committed over several decades. This crime of the Dems, committed by the DNC leadership and Socialist mafia should be a major topic in the midterm election on November 6, 2018.”

Unfortunately, Republicans did not discuss this major topic before the midterm election and for this and many other reasons they lost. The loss was global, as we are dealing with an aggressor fighting Western civilization for the last hundred years—it is complicated history described in my books and columns. The erroneous American foreign policy and incompetent Intel gave the aggressor an opportunity to spread the ideology of Socialism throughout the world, including America. We will see the usual Socialist lies, deceit, fraud, provocations, and a lot of killings, assassinations, and terror.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 was a special and wonderful day to celebrate Easter for Christians and Passover for Jews globally… Alas, the ideology of the aggressor and Evil-terrorists darkened the day by killing more than 300 Christians in Sri Lanka. They were multi-faceted, well organized and calculated military attacks, probably by ISIS…Remember the words of Konstantin Preobrazhensky: “the KGB had used terrorism to facilitate the victory of world Communism.”

The shooting in Sri Lanka was followed in the San Diego synagogue with one killed and three injured. It was the second shooting in 6 months after killings in the Pittsburg synagogue. And Terror Reins. The terror in Sri Lanka has continued, and the result has been more tragic deaths. Fifteen people, including 6 children, were killed in the Asian island country on Friday night when three terrorists detonated suicide vests. Many more were injured in the bombings. Sri Lanka has become the new hot-spot for terror attacks.

On Easter weekend in Colombo, more than 200 people were killed, and hundreds more injured. Then, on Friday night, in the town of Kalmunai, which is about 200 miles from the capital, suicide bombers took more lives. Meanwhile, tensions are on the rise in the nation, as residents are pointing to Muslims to place the blame. Patriot News Alerts, April 27, 2019 by Jerry McCormick.

A couple of weeks prior to that Europe was stunned by the fire in Paris… Melissa Mackenzie, publisher of the American Spectator, wrote, “The images from the burning of Notre Dame provoke the same sort of heart-heavy dread as the 9/11 images. … It feels like we’re witnessing the end of Christianity and Western civilization. Notre Dame is irreplaceable. No tower can be built in its stead. There will only be a time before and after Notre Dame.” And Jihadists were celebrating the burning of Notre Dame and warning vaguely, “Wait for the next…”

Christian Houses of Worships are constantly being attacked around the world. There are systematic patterns of targeting Judeo-Christian believers and Christianity. I remember how every December, we had attacks on the Christmas holidays in different parts on the world, including America. Now it is Easter and Passover. We called attackers differently: Extreme Muslims, Radical Islamists, Radical Islam, and so on. Yet, all attacks on Christmas had been done by Muslim terrorists. Where did they come from? Please, listen again to a conversation of two KGB Generals, Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking KGB officer ever to defect to the U.S, with Yuri Andropov the KGB Chairman:

“In 1972 the Kremlin decided to turn the whole Islamic world against Israel and the U.S. As KGB Chairman, Yuri Andropov told me a billion adversaries could inflict far greater damage on America that could a few millions. We needed to instill a Nazi-style hatred for Jews throughout the Islamic world, and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter the United States. No one within the American/Zionist sphere of influence should any longer feel safe.  (“Russian Footprints,” by Ion Mihai Pacepa, National Review Online, August 24, 2008.)

General Pacepa wrote in the same article: “According to Andropov… the Muslims had a taste for nationalism, jingoism, and victimology. Their illiterate, oppressed mobs could be whipped up to a fever pitch. Terrorism and violence against Israel and her master, American Zionism, would flow naturally from the Muslims’ religious fervor, Andropov sermonized.” When you are reading these words, please see those who are tearing apart America today, dividing Americans and sabotaging our political system. In my opinion, we are dealing with the united force of the KGB in cahoots with the leadership of the Democrat Party—they are executing a special international espionage operation against the American Republic.

Ship-America is not sinking, however the irony and paradox of the predicament is obvious: there is Russia hysteria in America, millions are discussing Russia, yet only a few are really aware of Russia and its security apparatus… The KGB Operation Disinformation has a complex structure, with different fences, colors and forms and its main purpose is to divert attention from the real criminals; in America it is “the criminal cabal”. For thirty years, I have written about Russia and repeated the same refrain “knowledge of Russia and its Intel is a MUST.” I have to show you why I am convinced that knowledge is the major means to save the world…

The History of Socialism’s Crimes Against Humanity

The ideology of Socialism is a fraudulent Utopian concept. It is even worse than that. Our First Lady, by raising the danger of drugs, is doing it at just the proper historical moment: Melania Trump: Media should focus less on gossip, more on opioid epidemic, Conservative Institute, April 25, 2019. The First Lady is right and history can explain both subjects: incompetent media and therefore a spread of drugs. History is the Mother of all sciences and the constant attack of different drugs throughout the world has a political history. Only awareness of this history and the knowledge of the aggressor’s socialist regime can stop these crimes against humanity…

It is for a reason, my latest 20-25 columns revealing the real face of the KGB, as a global terrorist agency. Nothing has changed in Russia and I am using the term KGB, uniting the images of all Soviet/Russian agencies—as the term is familiar to Americans. The entire Russian Intel is a para-military apparatus under a military Doctrine. While researching Soviet Socialism, I read a book Red Cocaine the Drugging of America, by Joseph Douglas, St. Martin Press, 1990. It was an incredibly interesting and unique book, giving me indispensable information on the sinister history of the Soviet’s attempt to drug the world, showing me the real fascist’s intention to conquer the world using this and other criminal activities.

The Soviet Academy of Science researched the effect of drugs on the human body and mind for many years and the conclusions were that drug trafficking would be extremely effective and the most vulnerable countries would be the United States, Canada, France, and West Germany. This study was approved in 1955 by the Soviet Defense Council. It was the first formal Soviet decision of the Soviet government to launch narcotics trafficking against the bourgeoisie and especially against the American capitalists:

“Soviet strategy for revolutionary war is a global strategy… narcotics strategy is a sub-component of this global strategy. First was the increased training of leaders for the revolutionary movements—the civilian, military, and intelligence cadres.”  You can read in my books the entire document to see the nefarious design of the Soviet Defense Council in 1955.

Moreover, the criminals had “cadres” to implement the decision by using Spanish-speaking children, brought by Stalin after the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939. Twenty years later the target has been chosen: Central and South America, speaking Spanish and Spanish children had been drilled to execute the design… Obviously, Cuba was targeted for the same reason—language is the means of communication to inculcate, infiltrate and corrupt… The agenda is the same—destruction of capitalism and transformation to Socialism. Guess, who is running drug-cartel in Mexico?

There is a motivating and fascinating third and fourth steps of the mentioned document: “The third step was international drug and narcotics trafficking. Drugs were incorporated into the revolutionary war strategy as a political and intelligence weapon to use against the bourgeois society and as a mechanism for recruiting agents of influence around the world.” I have been writing about this mechanism recruiting agents of influence for many years…The fourth step was “to infiltrate organized crime and, further, to establish Soviet Bloc sponsored and controlled organized crime syndicates throughout the world.” A great deal to implement this decision by the Soviet Defense Council was accomplished by a famous KGB Chairman, Yuri Andropov…                      

The Criminal Alliance with the KGB

I wrote a lot of pages about the KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov 1967-1982, and his menacing plan to infiltrate the American security apparatus and social media simultaneously, the way the Soviets did it in Europe. My work within legal community coincided with Andropov’s tenure. I know his design and I believed that Watergate had been orchestrated by the KGB, where Carl Bernstein was an obedient toy in the arms of the agency. Today, the resurrection of John Dean in politics did not surprise me—the KGB toys of the Watergate have been used again with the same methods and techniques. The anti-Trump campaign is orchestrated again by the KGB. Please read: The Ideological Battlefield in Washington D.C. May 27, 2018.

These are the tactics of an old KGB formula being used against President Trump that had been used against President Nixon in the Watergate days—a corrupt security apparatus in cahoots with the social media of the day. A good example is the September 16, 2018, the CNN show, GPS, hosted by Zachariah, interviewing Bob Woodward. As usual, it was a one-sided conversation on behalf of the Dems and against Republicans. Woodward was talking about confidential sources in the past. There was not one word about the involvement of the KGB in both cases, as if it didn’t exist… In that show we saw the transformation—media becoming an extension of the DNC—it was Andropov’s design, a plan in action. I watched it in reality.

This is another part of Andropov’s design: the mechanism of recruitment agents of influence. Andropov had known how to use it. I dedicated many pages to Bill Clinton and described in details the manner in which he was recruited, talking about the KGB Romeo Department and the women trained in the Department. There are hundreds of them on our soil today, besides the agent Maria Butina, involved in her scheme to infiltrate GOP political circles. They are all working for the Dems against Republicans, the way Bill Clinton was established it and promoted. I have already described both American Manchurian Presidents; the damage they inflicted to the American Republic, to the people of the country, our culture, and the system left to us by our Founding Fathers we will feel for many years to come…

President Trump is in the process of repairing this gigantic damage–this is the reason the aggressor against him. It is no coincidence that the social media-mob works in cahoots with FBI’s dirty and corrupt top-leadership; Andropov designed the process to work in that exact way, and not once, but several times resulting in giving America two Manchurian Presidents. I was writing about Greg Craig for a reason; for me both George Soros and Greg Craig are KGB agents, recruited according to the third step of the 1955 Document’s designed projection… The war has been going on ever since and today the KGB is preparing for us the third American Manchurian President. The way the Deep State weaponized the FBI and CIA, that exact way the KGB has weaponized the entire leadership of the Democrat Party…

Rush Limbaugh is right “…she (Hillary) needs to be indicted, and she needs to be in jail, and any of her co-conspirators in this whole sordid affair, which amounted to nothing more than a silent coup to overturn the election results of 2016.” I agree with Rush only partially. Hillary is a mediocre woman with a great lust for power. She is also a very misfortunate woman, being married to a scoundrel-traitor. It was her husband who directed and coordinated every step in her entire career. For many years, I was following the Clinton mafia, identifying the Clinton Foundation as “the eyes and ears of the KGB.” It was the Clinton mafia that provided China with America’s brains in the 1990s and the KGB has always supported the Clintons… History of his treason can shed light on certain people within the current predicament in America…

The Challenges Facing Attorney General Barr

History is the Mother of all sciences and history can help to find the Truth. To bring the truth you have to first call a spade a spade—the real Socialist ideology is the ideology of Soviet Fascism, about which I have warned you for the last three decades. Glenn Beck is also talking about the significance of history: “And the history that’s happening right now, you’re a problem if you’re a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it’s my way or the highway, if you believe that people don’t have a right to their opinion or don’t have a right to their own life — you could be a fascist.”

I am glad Beck uses term fascist. It is crucial to recognize a proper term in politics. I was describing Soviet Socialism in all my books and columns. It is time to proper identification of the aggressor as the ideology of Soviet Fascism in America. Just look at the cartoons in the New York Times, it is a typical repetition of Nazis and the Soviets methods of propaganda against opposition’s leader. Similar cartoon about Churchill was published by Goebbels in Nazi Germany. I remember Stalinist cartoon and book: A Bloody Murderer about President Tito of Yugoslavia. History shows us that fascism in different countries has identical features. Just learn history–Anti-Semitism is one of that exact common feature for fascist regimes. As a Russian Jew, I can testify to that and I would say that today’s war against Republicans in America is run by Putin’s KGB as well…

Look at the Democrat Party in our Congress. It consists of three major parts: members of Socialist mafia, Progressives that collaborated with the KGB for decades (read my columns), and a new faction, the Islamists. If you remember the words of a former KGB member, mentioned in the beginning of my column, you will know who the new Islamists are, especially Rep. Omar. Watch Dems’ 2020 candidates for president. All of them have one thing in common: Their ideas are aimed at destroying the pillars that keep our country thriving. They are at war with a political system designed and established by our Founding Fathers, they are thinking of centralization of the government and acting like Soviet Socialists. We cannot let our country fall into the hands of America’s Socialist Mafia.

The Progressives are the bulk of the Deep State, using all the methods of Soviet Fascism, including lies, deceit, and fraud. Every hour you can see an advertisement of Progressive Insurance in your TV. The ads are exclusively positive and benevolent, showing Progressives as a kind and gentle people. The word insurance is written with very small print. In fact it is a fraudulent advertisement of the Democrat Party globally to fool and deceive you as usual… Attorney General William P. Barr should be aware of the ideology of Soviet Fascism, while investigating the Investigators.

The term Fascism and fascist is not coincidental in politics, some Dems called President Trump-fascist, because he is nationalist. Those people do not know or refuse to know the difference between a nationalist and national-socialist. National-Socialists means an abbreviation, which is Nazis, it was a fascist regime in Hitler’s Germany with Gestapo activities against the personal liberty of the population. The same regime was established by Stalin with the KGB and activities totally against the personal liberty and freedom of the people. The notion of Show Trails and Stalinist purges should be known to people of the world and all children to prevent the repetition of the history. Investigative overreach in the current House reminds me the KGB’s obstructive interrogations in Russia. The long collaboration with the KGB has provided the Dems with the methods and tricks of the ideology of Soviet Fascism, turning American system of Justice upside-down…

There is an information that during the 2016 election the U.K. reportedly spied on the Trump campaign and passed the info to the Obama administration, where it was then used by Trump-hating officials. Working with any foreign powers to influence a U.S. election is a treasonous crime, I warned you daily. Even worse. According to a New York Times article, Hillary’s campaign colluded with Russian officials in order to put together the Steele dossier– a faulty piece of opposition research that was unlawfully used to launch the Mueller investigation. I categorically insist: the faulty piece is definitely KGB’s production-a weapon against capitalist-Trump. I believe it was a predicate, the beginning of huge international operation against the American Republic, a preparation for the 2020 election against President Trump…

Jerome Corsi charges Robert Mueller investigation with prosecutorial misconduct, April 29, 2019 and we soon know whether Mr. Mueller was a part of the anti-Trump “Criminal cabal” or not. I can see the investigation as a part of the war waged by the Dems’ Deep State against Republicans in preparation for the 2020 election in America. This information is for the Attorney General: this special international espionage operation is even bigger than I suspected, it is definitely run and coordinated by Putin’s KGB… Putin loves to fish in a murky waters, the Dems will keep the Russian story alive, therefore don’t expect any discussion on real substance: it will be multi-faceted attacks on you and Republicans to divert attention from the criminals of Dems’ leadership—one of the methods of the Operation Disinformation

There is alarming information on Chinese military achievements and even more, concerning our Intel. “The Chinese government is actively working to recruit radicals within the U.S. intelligence community – radicals whose purpose is to resist and obstruct President Trump.” Patriotic viral news stories, April 29, 2019. I believe this is true. However, we can’t ignore the existence in reality of “The Axis of Evil,” which represents an Association of the governments under Russian umbrella, adhering to the ideology of Socialism, I renamed Soviet Fascism. The North Korean dictator is not acting independently, Putin prevented his meeting with President Trump. There is no independent leaders within The Axis of Evil, Putin’s KGB runs it.

You have evidence of socialism’s cost in Venezuela, where Cuba, Russia, China, and Iran are running the show, defending the Socialist dictator Maduro. The explanation is very simple: As a devoted disciple of Stalin and Andropov, Putin has continued an expansionist policy of Soviet Fascism. If you read my latest columns, you will see that same Russian policy expended in Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and the Middle East as a whole. The agenda stays the same, left by Stalin and Andropov—a war against Western civilization and capitalism by all means, methods, and tricks possible. We have been dealing with the [known to me] KGB Disinformation Campaign responsible for holding us hostage by a Trump/Dossier fraudulent KGB’s production for three years. It is a very sophisticated KGB international operation against American President and against the American Republic …

Vladimir Putin was very successful vis-à-vis Democratic administrations during last thirty years. He and his KGB have deceived, fooled, and infiltrated our government, social media, and many democratic institutions. Don’t be surprised: China just repeated the procedure, taught by the Russian KGB and learned by them through the ideology of Soviet Fascism, like stealing the intellectual property—all of that is the KGB’s schooling. Don’t be also surprised by the death of Truman’s Party and the birth of America’s Socialist Party, infiltrated by the KGB, which has been freely acting on our soil and across the world for the last thirty years.

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Can 5 Members of Congress with a total of 1 Million votes disenfranchise 63 Million Trump Voters?

Five powerful Congressional Chairmen and Chairwomen who control the Democratic Caucus, (3) from California ,(1) from New York and (1) from Maryland all from Democrat ‘safe’ Districts who received a total of approximately one million votes will decide whether to impeach and try to remove President Trump from office, a duly elected President that received approximately sixty three million votes.

The following are the votes counts for these five Congressmen and Congresswomen:

Pelosi 275,000 votes
Cummings 202,000 votes
Shiff 196,000 votes
Walters 152,000 votes
Nadler 192,000 vote

President Trump’s 63,000,000 voters could be disenfranchised by five powerful Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen. Even if they are unable to convict the President they could bring the wheels of government to a halt. Their threats and spurious investigations have to a great extent already done this.

Can you think of one important piece of legislation the Democratic controlled House of Representatives have done since 2016?

This is the sad state of affairs in America today.

VIDEO: The Chilling Night. When 20,000 Americans met in Madison Square Garden to Celebrate the Rise of Nazism and Antisemitism

The Chilling Night.

When 20,000 Americans met in Madison Square Garden in 1939 to Celebrate the Rise of Nazism as Jews were being transported in cattle cars to concentration camps and Murdered. The Jews are once again threatened with genocide.  

As of this writing over 400 rockets have been launched against innocent Israeli Jewish men, women and children by Jihadists and Hamas in Gaza. I just received an email from my friend Mark Kleinman, AIPAC Southeastern States Director to let me know Israel is once again under attack. He said:

Today is a reminder of the constant dangers Israelis confront on a daily basis. On any given day, life can be turned upside down by any of the threats facing Israel. That is why every morning we must continue to wake up committed to ensuring Israel has the support of the United States and what it needs to defend itself, by itself”‘ 

Years ago my wife Esther and I started making annual donations to AIPAC and made a legacy gift. The legacy gift to AIPAC is really a legacy gift to protect our children, grand children and future generations of grand children so that AIPAC’s work to Cement the Relationship between America and Israel will long continue if each of us support AIPAC’s work. A strong Israel means a strong Jewish population in America, Israel and the world for generations to come.

Why is this important?

In 1939 a ship called the St.Louis with a thousand Jewish men women and children arrived from Europe to Miami. The American authorities refused to allow the Jews to disembark. The ship then proceeded to New York and again the Jews were not permitted to disembark. The ship returned to Europe and most of the people died in concentration camps.

Roosevelt was the President at the time and allowed this to happen because the Jews were afraid to speak out. In 1939 antisemitism and support for Hitler was in full bloom by the likes of Father Coughlin with a mass radio audience, Charles Lindbergh, Congressmen and others.

The New York times was sympathetic to Hitler at the time. The antisemitic movement was gaining strength in America but was short circuited by World War II. The video below shows actual footage of “Chilling Night”, because this happened in America when Jews were too frightened to speak out.

Why AIPAC exists today.

If Israel and AIPAC existed in 1939 the Holocaust could have been prevented. Antisemitism is rising around the world including America. Several new Democratic Congresswomen clearly are Anti-Semites with a following and proud of it. They attack Israel and American Jews.

The rise of antisemitism is very serious. This is why a strong U.S./Israel relationship is so important, and why AIPAC needs your support now. Share this message.

See the Chilling Night. This actually happened in America.

VIDEO: My Presentation at ‘The Trump Club’ in Florida

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When the clocks strike 13

“It was a cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”  Thus began George Orwell’s prophetic novel, 1984, written forty years earlier, preparing the reader for a dystopian future under socialism – a society of great suffering and injustice, and bereft of reason.  This symbol of the thirteenth stroke brings into question what transpired through all the previous twelve hours, when inhumanity triumphed over our society, destroying our time and history itself.

In Orwell’s tale, words were constantly being removed from the language and history repeatedly revised so that the citizens could no longer formulate thoughts.  The character, Winston Smith, explains, “He who controls the past, controls the future.  He who controls the present controls the past.”   We live in similar times, perhaps not as dramatically, but certainly equally disturbing.   We are witness to ongoing destruction of our vocabulary, disintegration of the family unit, isolation and disorientation of the individual, demolition of historic monuments, whitewashed history, and a tampering of time, all combining to extinguish and remake our society.  The focus of this diminished schooling and re-education is our young.

“British schools are removing analog clocks from exam halls because kids can’t read them,” reported Paul Bois, in the Daily Wire, April 2, 2019, with the subheading, “Many educators are phasing out analog clocks…”  Rather than teach the kids to read the time, the educators are removing the clocks; this is happening in the US, as well.  An emailed message from a teacher in the US read, “I get fifth graders asking me what time it is; there are two clocks in my classroom.”  Where are the parents? And why can’t this teacher with two clocks set aside five minutes a day to teach what should have been taught in Kindergarten?

Studies have shown that being able to tell time on an analog clock is good for the brain and the mind.  It enhances the children’s cognitive and creative skills and helps them to visualize and learn time management – to understand the passage of time and how much time is left to complete a task.  It boosts their abilities to solve complex mathematical manipulations, with increments and fractions comparable to similar concepts in other activities – even to grasp and learn map direction.  Of course, the academics and psychologists are aware, yet the regression continues as we move closer to thirteen o’clock.

Another methodical and consistent destruction to our children’s conceptualization, creativity, and ability to work through and solve problems is the removal of cursive writing from the curriculum.  Suzanne Baruch Asherson, occupational therapist, wrote in the New York Times (April 13, 2013), “Putting pen to paper stimulates the brain like nothing else.”  It stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and right hemispheres, leading to increased comprehension, expression, critical thinking, working memory, and higher SAT scores – skills not achieved from printing and typing.  Improved handwriting strengthens fine motor skills, develops better reading and math skills, all known to help them excel academically.

Modern technology is a poor excuse for keeping the children at computer and keyboard, where, unlike workbooks, the child is robbed of seeing how the progression of his thoughts leads to the emergence of his creation.  It has been reported that Silicon Valley parents are now demanding their children return to books, but technology continues for the masses.  Depriving the children of “best friends” and keeping them on the computer, away from group discussions, have also diminished their verbal communication and social skills.

Another assault is their victimization by the concept of “sexual fluidity,” sexual disorientation that is bound to create seriously dysfunctional adults, another means of reducing our population, according to the globalists’ dream, and to provide a motive for welcoming culturally conflicting migrants.  Libraries are now inviting drag queens to be Storytime readers, and the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are threatening the end of the world in twelve years, proposing that it is best not to marry and reproduce.

Further, the intentional change from a religious to a secular country has brought us a decline in civility, morality, ethics, and compassion.  Deprived of intellectual curiosity and honesty, our children are being trained to rage and protest, manipulated for the left’s political purpose.  But it is thought, reason, and the power of choice that distinguish us from the lower life forms.

Religion is too potent a force to be left undisturbed.

Under the guise of inclusion of people of all religions, the Judeo-Christian Bibles were removed. but with ample funds from Qatar, the children are being immersed in the Arabic culture, against parental will.  In fact, parents are threatened that their children will fail the class if they don’t comply, so kids must learn the Arabic language and script, Islamic scripture and prayers, despite the ban on prayers in public schools – for a complete indoctrination program.  Some schools have expanded days to a full K-8 dual-language Arabic program. A school in Philadelphia has its children praising martyrs and singing of violence against Israel.  A standard feature of totalitarianism is the shift of children’s loyalty and obedience from parents to state.  As we have seen with Nazism, communism, Islamism, and Hillary’s socialist “it takes a village,”  so Orwell’s fiction is becoming fact.

Our Biblical teachings of goodness and integrity have been replaced with Quranic laws that are antithetical to ours.  Students are not reading the classic stories and poetry that improve reading, speaking, and vocabulary skills; and missing out on  tales of history, adventure, and invention that inspire achievement.   Rather, they are engaged in dystopian literature, Islam and socialism.

Our history is rewritten as commemorative statues are demolished.   Our schools are denying the greatness of Europe’s “old white men” who produced the Constitution of the United States of America under which people could thrive and live freely and in harmony with each other, and who created one of the world’s safest, most influential and powerful countries in the world.  Thus, these children have not the ability to value our well-ordered society of a self-governing people; rather, they seek dependence on a benevolent ruling class. America is not founded on a common ancestry but on our history and unique system of  beliefs, laws, and traditions.  Academia’s intentional theft is creating students who are less educated, less respectful, and less dedicated.  They will not understand the “fundamental changes” that will subjugate them as our constitutionally-granted freedoms are eroded.  The noose continues to tighten as they adjust slowly to the global elitists, remaining blissfully and fatally unaware.

The grand theft accomplished, what are they learning instead?  That everyone has his own truth, view, compulsion, relative to his/her own partiality; that there is no Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, and no facts.  The doctrine of “cultural relativism” teaches that our culture has been bad and all other cultures good; that America is racist (not that we legally banished racism and slavery), and we may therefore not criticize racism and slavery elsewhere – Islamophobia on steroids; and open to conquest and oppression.   They are learning that diversity from newcomers with dark skin is our strength, and Christianity, Judaism, white skin and conservativism our weakness.  Multiculturalism was designed to make our own children detest our own culture, and accept incompatible cultures, languages, beliefs and behaviors, even if they sow dissension – particularly if they sow dissension.

The children are learning that Western civilization is imperialistic and evil; that we are to blame for the world’s backwardness and corruption; that the world is divided between oppressors and victims – male against female, whites against people of color, heterosexuals against GLBTQ, Christians and Jews against Muslims.  This is cultural Marxism – dividing people by class, gender, race, sexual practice, ethnicity, and religion, to ensure a form of equality irrespective of merit, and a means of propagating envy and hate; to prevent capitalism, where one may rise according to work ethics and abilities.  As the “oppressor” yields to the “victims,” the oppressor becomes the new victims, underrepresented, underproductive and suppressed, all brought down to the lowest denominator for “equality” and malleability, under globalist rule.

We must act before that cold day in April is upon us, when the clocks strike 13.

Note: Wilfred M. McClay has written Land of Hope, An Invitation to the Great American Story, to offer young and old readers “an accurate, responsible, coherent, persuasive, and inspiring narrative” of their own country – individual liberty, self-reliance, and relentless optimism.  It is meant to be “THE antidote to abysmal levels of historical knowledge our high school graduates possess”; an “accurate but stirring rendition of the past.”  Published by Encounter Books,  Land of Hope will be available this month, May 21, 2019.  (Reviews by Jenna A. Robinson and Mark Bauerlein.)

Poorest Americans Are Benefiting Most From Strong Economy

It’s hard to escape the good economic news these days.

New reports show that in the first quarter of 2019, the U.S. economy grew by 3.2%, outpacing expectations by almost a full percentage point. In the month of April, unemployment fell to a 50-year low of 3.6%. Businesses continue to add hundreds of thousands of jobs month after month.

The sustained good economic news is in no small part thanks to last year’s tax cuts, and President Donald Trump’s work to cut unnecessary regulations that made it too costly to hire new workers or grow businesses.

The old cliché is that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” That’s correct, but it misses the full scope of what a strong and growing economy does for the poorest among us. It is actually the poor, those who have been historically disenfranchised, people with disabilities, and lower-skilled workers who benefit the most from rising economic tides.

Let’s look at the details.

In April, the unemployment rate for Americans with a high school degree fell to the lowest rates since before the Great Recession. Unemployment for workers with disabilities fell from 8% to 6.3% over the last 12 months, the lowest level since the measure began in 2008.

Hispanic unemployment is the lowest it has been since 1973 (also when the measure began). Black unemployment remains close to historic lows, climbing slightly since the end of 2018.

One could hardly wish for a better trend. This economy is working for every class of American.

When the economy is strong and unemployment rates are consistently low, two things happen. First, job openings pull workers off the sidelines and into the workforce. People who had been so discouraged that they stopped looking for work start getting jobs again. That’s what we’re seeing. New York Times reporter Ben Casselman noted that more than 70% of new hires last month “weren’t actively looking for work, but got jobs anyway.”

Second, employers raise wages in order to keep good talent and attract new workers to fill job openings. And that’s happening, too. Until recently, wage growth had lagged behind expectations. Not anymore.

Following the 2017 tax cuts, the growth rate for average hourly earnings began to tick up, and over the past year, average hourly earnings rose by 3.2%. That’s a raise of roughly $1,400 in a year’s take-home pay. Before 2018, wage growth hadn’t reached 3% since 2009.

The recent wage gains have been largest for those who need it most. For the last six months, wage growth for production and non-supervisory workers outpaced the average for the entire economy.

In the past year, wage growth was 6.6% for the 10th percentile of workers with the lowest incomes, according to the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers. That’s double the 3.3% growth rate for workers at the top of the income distribution.

As poorer workers continue to benefit the most from the strong economy, we will see trends in wage inequality go down. By one measure, we have already “seen some narrowing of inequality, measured as wages at the top relative to the bottom,” as reported by Obama administration economist Jason Furman.

The American people seem to be internalizing all the good news. Job satisfaction and consumer confidence are high. Workers have the highest job satisfaction since 2005, and satisfaction improved faster for lower-income households in the most recent data.

Thanks to the strong economy, Americans who aren’t happy at their current work are voluntarily leaving their jobs for better opportunities at the highest rate since 2000, when the measure started.

In addition, consumer confidence remains high after surging to an 18-year peak last fall, signaling that Americans are confident in the economy. Retirees are also more confident about their retirement security and ability to live comfortably on their savings, reporting the highest retirement confidence numbers since the early 1990s.

For now, American workers are enjoying the benefits of pro-growth policies. But there is still more that Washington can do to ensure this economic expansion continues. The most pressing example is Congress’ unwillingness to cut federal spending, which has driven our debt to dangerous levels that are already dragging down our economy below where we should be.

If spending isn’t brought under control, our ballooning deficits could lead to higher taxes on current and future generations.

Right now, the powers of good policy are buoying the U.S. economy and workers. If our representatives in Washington can manage to keep taxes low and rein in federal spending, the future can be even brighter.

COMMENTARY BY

Adam Michel

Adam Michel focuses on tax policy and the federal budget as a policy analyst in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Twitter: .

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Destruction of the Old Guard Trump 2020 Landslide

With the release of the Mueller report, the release and statement of the Barr letter, and the recent desperate unsuccessful attempt by the Democrats at the Senate Judiciary hearing with AG Barr, we are witnessing the destruction of the old guard. The deconstructing of the Deep State apparatus has just begun and this will play out now in public for some years to come. Yes, historical events begin to unfold with Trump and team now on the offense.

What’s Next?

With the treasonous Illegal take down and the failed Coup d’ etat now behind us, what’s next? What’s next is a continuation (at least in the next couple of months), of extraordinary acts of desperation by the Deep State, the Fake News Media and the Democrats. We are witnessing panic, outrage, baseless attacks now on AG Barr, screaming and further diversionary tactics as they know that AG Barr and team are coming after them. Yes. Trump has all the goods on everyone. Trump will not be impeached. The attacks against AG Barr such as lying, perjury, contempt, etc, is all BS, a complete waste of time. No actions of consequence will be endured by AG Barr. The witch hunt is over, dead and gone, finished. Game over.

The attacks will now actually ratchet up against Trump and Barr as they gasp for their last breath of air. They are trying to divert the attention from their soon to be revealed crimes, felonies and treasonous acts. The very things they are accusing Trump and now Barr of, they themselves are in fact guilty of, and truth be told, far worse. Soon to follow, we shall see them destroy their own, with an unintended consequence of ensuring a Trump 2020 landslide. This will be the final and fatal blow to the Democrat party, bring it on. Democrats in droves, will be voting for Trump (albeit many in the closet). The Black and Hispanic population will also flock to the voting booths in favor of Trump. And many Republicans that sat on their butts in 2016, will, also support this President. Trump 2020 landslide.

Violence is Coming

This will be the first time since JFK that the Deep State has been challenged. This time they have met their match and in my opinion, justice is coming for JFK. There are no coincidences. President Trump, in March of 2018 made critical changes to the Martial Law code. The mass arrests that many of us have been talking about for quite some time now will be reaching the main stream news cycle. The Fake News Media will also receive their fatal blow along with the Democrats.

We are seeing resignations. Firings and so on. We will see actual suicides over time as well as those who have been “suicided”. We can anticipate violent activity from the left wing lunatics and Soros funded hate groups. We will see the escalation, (in terms of frequency and magnitude) of false flags events against citizens of the U.S. as well as people around the world. There are no coincidences. President Trump at the NRA speech, dealt a blow to the UN regarding USA gun control making certain that Americans are armed and prepared for what may lie ahead. Not a call to arms per say, but certainly a calculated move and a warning to be prepared.

Justice is Coming

The long (and wisely), awaited de-class. The declassification is coming. When? May-June, 2019. Many are in violation of 18 US Code Sec. 2384 & 2385 which addresses seditious conspiracy and advocating the overthrow of a government. Remember Trump, Barr and the patriots are now in control. What else can we expect? Here is a short list. The Comey Report. Investigation of the source point and cause of the fake dossier. Declassification of FISA. OIG report. Judicial Watch findings, law suits and investigations. The unsealing of the sealed indictments of which there are now over 94,000 across the globe. Huber Report.  Wiener laptop. The beginning stages of taking on the Central Bank and the Federal Reserve system, the Global Financial Reset. Clinton Foundation and other Clinton treasonous acts and crimes. Pedophiles list. NSA files. Wikileaks testimony and more. And yes, in the end, all will leak up to Clinton and Obama. The Bush’s, to a large degree, are already under control by team Trump. Listen closely to Lyndsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani, AG Barr, and President Trump. The pendulum has shifted. They are all going down. The destruction of the old guard has begun.

18 US Code Sec 2385

The code in part states. “Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 2, 70 Stat. 623Pub. L. 87–486June 19, 196276 Stat. 103Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994108 Stat. 2148.)

Enter Joe Biden, Stage Left

David Carlin: The former Veep is a liberal Catholic. It will be interesting to see how many bishops will offer corrections to his non-Catholic positions.


Joe Biden, a Democrat who happens to be a Catholic, is now officially running for President of the United States.  And he’s doing so in an effort to save what he calls the “soul” of America.

His assumption seems to be that there are two (more or less Platonic) Ideas of America currently struggling for dominance, the true Idea and the false Idea.  I suppose he sees himself and his views as symbolizing the true America, while he sees Donald Trump and his views as symbolizing the false America.

If Biden is to be the Democratic candidate, he will, of course, have to embrace and endorse the beliefs and values that currently prevail in the Democratic Party, and these beliefs and values include the following:

1. Abortion is a fundamental human right.

2. Homosexual behavior is a fine thing for people who are born that way; and anybody who disagrees is a homophobic bigot.

3. Same-sex marriage is a fundamental human right.

4. The U.S. Constitution, thanks to the theory of substantive due process, protects all human rights; and it’s up to any five members of the U.S. Supreme Court to decide what is, or what is not, a human right.

5. Non-liberal whites are almost always racists.

6. It is a great duty of the U.S. government to protect those among us who are most oppressed; namely, blacks, other persons of color, women, undocumented migrants, Muslims, homosexuals, transgender persons, and criminals (including drug dealers) who have committed no violent crimes.

7. When the rights of churches or religious individuals collide with the rights of the above-listed victim groups, the former must give way to the latter.

8. When the rights of parents collide with the rights of their transgender children, the former must give way to the latter.

9. Almost all our social ills can be cured, or at least significantly mitigated, by actions of the federal government.

Lest anybody think that the above is an invidious description of the Democratic belief system given by a person who is a lifelong Democrat-hater, let me assure the reader that I once possessed very strong Democratic credentials.  I think I first thought of myself as a Democrat on that day when I was about eight-years-old and my father explained to me, “The Republicans are the party of rich people.  The Democrats are the party of poor people, like us.”

Later in life I became a politician in my home state of Rhode Island.  I served twelve years (1981-93) as a Democrat in the R.I. Senate, two of those as majority leader.  In 1992, I was the (losing) Democratic candidate in my district for the U.S. House of Representatives.

By that date, it was clear that my party had become a pro-abortion party.  Yet I, a pro-life Democrat, still hoped that the party’s anti-Christian momentum could be reversed.  That, as it turned out, was quite foolish.

Increasingly, cultural enemies of Christianity have gained ideological dominance in the party.  From abortion they moved on to homosexuality and same-sex marriage; more recently they have advanced to transgenderism; and, in the future, they will almost certainly move on to assisted suicide: first to voluntary euthanasia, later to involuntary.It is with regret that I say it, but my old and dearly loved party has become a party of atheistic anti-Christianity.  This is Biden’s party, and if he doesn’t embrace its values he won’t get its nomination.

Some people may object to what I’ve said. They may point out that today’s Democratic Party still contains many Christians and is far from being a party made up solely of atheists.  True . . . and beside the point.

Many persons who identify as both Christians and Democrats are simple souls who imagine that their party, because it has the same name it had in the good old days of FDR and JFK, is the same party it has always been. They don’t understand, or they won’t allow themselves to understand, how radically their party has changed.

But those people are followers, not leaders. The ideological leadership of the party is in the hands of persons who may be called Secular Progressives.  These people are atheists and near-atheists. By “near-atheists” I mean agnostics, religiously indifferent people, and liberal Protestants (in contrast to Evangelical Protestants).

If liberal Protestants are Christians, it is in a Pickwickian sense of that word only.  For more than a century now, liberal Protestantism, in an attempt to “save” Christianity for persons with a modern mentality, has been shedding one element after another of Christian belief.

Having shed almost all Nicene doctrines, they have more recently, under the impact of the sexual revolution, dropped all traditional Christian sexual morality plus the ancient Christian taboo against abortion.  Nowadays liberal Protestantism, while not quite full-fledged atheism, is far closer to atheism than it is to traditional Christianity.

Liberal Catholicism, while drifting in the same direction, got its start later than liberal Protestantism, and so has not yet traveled quite so far down the road to atheism as has its elder brother.  Its main project at the moment is to persuade the Church to remove its age-old condemnation of homosexuality.  To all appearances, it has had considerable success with this project, not just among tolerant laypersons, but even among many priests and some bishops.

When Joe Biden tries to exploit the “fact” that he’s a Catholic, it will be interesting to see how many Catholic bishops will denounce his spurious appropriation of the faith.  If the denunciation is nearly universal, it will be a sign that the Church in America is recovering its health.  If not, it will be sign that we are still sliding downhill.

As for myself, I’m not optimistic.

COLUMN BY

David Carlin

David Carlin is a professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America.

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