Stalinist Style Show Trials in the U.S. House of Representatives

As Attorney General Barr confirmed “Spying did occur.” I can add to his statement that it was a foreign force that did the spying. ”There is a special espionage operation going on today in America. Read my column The Chronology of Treason to be ready for the 2020 election. Here is a link to it. This is my twitter to the former CIA man, declaring the absence of such event, March 30th. And he is not alone. This is the actual reason, I’ve been writing about Russia for the last thirty years. it is my endless love for this country and the existential threat that the American Republic faces. As events are progressing, fortunately there are more people who feel as I do, and they are speaking and fearlessly acting. I can sign every word written below:

“The Enemies Within zooms in on the best kept secret of modern politics. Almost no one is aware of the fact that fewer than 20,000 U.S. communists, socialists and extreme progressives are able to influence the politicians, and even write the laws that control the lives of over 300 million Americans.” – The Enemies Within.

Don’t you see where this existential threat is coming from? My warning for you about the Dems is that, in fact, they are a Socialist Party and using the title to mask their real nature—a typical Socialist trick, handwriting with fraudulent intent. I also constantly warned you about thousands of the KGB’s operatives are working with the Dems on our soil. Using the term KGB, I mean the entire Russian Intelligence Service–a collective image of several Intel agencies. Those three letters are familiar to the vast majority of Americans and they really represent the Soviet Gestapo, the mighty vehicle harming us and dispersing globally the ideology of Soviet Socialism.

There is another respectful source presenting the Dems as the culprit, which is giving an ideological implication to the matter and a specific connotation to the issue in this e-magazine—it is the column by its publisher Rich Swier:

The Democratic Party has become the party of “cultural Marxism.” Urban Dictionary defines cultural Marxism as:

A social and political movement that promotes unreason and irrationality through the guise of various ’causes’, often promoted by so-called ‘social justice warriors’. These causes and their proponents are often contradictory and are almost never rooted in fact. Indeed, true argument or discussion with proponents of these causes is almost impossible, as most attempts at discourse descend quickly into shouting, name-calling and the chanting of slogans. Ten Policies That Prove the Democratic Party is the Party of Cultural Marxism, April 2, 2019

Nobody living and watching current politics in America can argue with this statement. Our culture has been changed dramatically during the last 2-3 decades and is becoming unrecognizable. Of course, we can hold the Dems responsible for those incredible cultural changes, bringing “Cultural Marxism” in America. I am in agreement with the column written by Rich Swier, yet, as a former Soviet defense attorney, I’d like to add some other information. Marxism alone couldn’t achieve this dramatic cultural transformation, the actual unified forces on the ground could. My books and columns are providing you with the knowledge of that unified force on the ground, working daily against the American Republic…

The Democrat Party: No. 1 Enemy of America

As you know Marx’s idea was only a theory. The real and materialized idea of Socialism came with the victory of the 1917 Socialist Revolution in Russia, and hence we have only Soviet Socialism in reality. And that exact idea of Soviet Socialism has been spread throughout the world. This idea was articulated later for America and brought into action by the KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov. The idea was a simple one—to dismantle and destroy the American Republic from within by infiltrating the intelligence apparatus of the government, the media, and other specific democratic institutions to stop capitalist mobility and cripple any American innovations…

If you read my books and columns you know that I was always stunned by the cultural events in America that are strikingly resembled to the events I  experienced in Russia: the revision and attacks on this nation’s history and its heroes, destruction of historic monuments and buildings, constant government lies and fraud. You are the witnesses of all Socialist ideas offered by the Dems: The Democrat Party morphs into the party of “Abolish ICE,” “open the borders,” “give away healthcare,” “give away college,” “guarantee everyone a green job,” and “voting at 16.” This is a direct path to a Socialist agenda to demolish and destroy the American Republic: plus also consider already functioning Obamacare, copied from the Soviet medical system, provided by the Russian Academy of Science to Obama’s administration.

There is also a constant reminder of Soviet Socialism and its KGB in America today. In fact, Fake News is the enemy of the people, because Fake News is nothing else, but the old KGB “Operation Disinformation” exercised by the KGB for several decades through the media-mob. It is one of a thousand KGB 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 market control by the government. The execution of this transformation has been going on for the last several decades, now it is in its final stage of preparation for the Socialist revolution in America. The main doer is the Socialist Mafia in collaboration with the KGB’s political operatives on our soil. There is a logical cohesion in their united actions aimed at destruction of the unique political system left to us by our Founding Fathers.

The Socialist mafia has somehow succeeded in achieving permanent help from American media, as Andropov has designed it—remember his statement “information is the most precious commodity in politics.” Would it surprise you to know that some journalists have been working in cahoots with the Democrat Party in America? They are not independent. The episode with the NBC journalist working on behalf of DNC is not an accident. Don’t be surprised that American journalists are working with DNC. Do you remember the rate of negative information about President Trump in 2018? It was 93%! And again it is a logical coherence created by Andropov’s design between the media, the Dems, and our corrupt, dysfunctional intelligence that had missed all of the crimes committed by the Dems! Don’t you think that a new Special Counsel should be appointed to investigate the Democrats?

By Andropov’s design, the media was built as a political force acting in collaboration with a political party in America. Look at how the Democrats and media work together to fool and deceive you. Here’s, how fake-news CNN put it:

Democrats are selling a softer socialism, leaning on government as the solution to soaring health care costs, widening inequality, and a new and more dangerous existential threat – climate change – that many fear is literally killing the earth.” Part of the citation-climate change is a fraud, inculcated by the KGB to fight capitalism. It is a myth or hoax. To grasp where a term climate change is coming from, please read Baltic Winds: Testimony of Soviet Attorney, Xlibris, 2002.

The Dems agenda and their ideological program are clear to me: they want to change America’s future development, and stop the social mobility afforded by of capitalism. Just look at the “Green New Deal” –a colossal fraud aimed at stopping the social mobility of Trump’s capitalism, which has already shown the enormous ability of a free market economy to resurrect our nation from Obama’s Socialism. Charlatans in the Democrat Party are the No.1 enemy of the American Republic and Americans! Their methods are easily recognizable: lies, fraud, deceit, cheating, and alike identifying as charlatans who are fooling, deceiving, corrupting, and inculcating decent people.

I am not the only one thinking this way. A famous Russian Olympic Champion Larisa Latynina criticizing AOC and her ”Green New Deal” compared the deal to the Soviet Constitution of 1936. She is right, the Soviet Constitution was full of false promises and, for your information, political prosecutions, Stalinist Show Trials, Purges, deportation of the scientists and clergy began in 1937, a year after the Constitution was adopted. Stalin executed a total politicization and criminalization of the opposite party. Please, read my book: What is Happening to America? The first chapter of my book titled—1937—A Year of Infamy… Reading the chapter you’ll grasp the real meaning of Socialism.

A Global Spy Ring

By the way, Socialist mafia has “achieved” a great deal in changing our culture and lowing our moral standards. The recent College admissions scandal is very familiar to former Soviet citizens—we had a carbon copy national scandal in the 1970s. Everybody in the Soviet Union knew that bribing was the only way to achieve your plans—a bribery was a standard procedure from the top echelon to bottom in the country—it was called–Blat. Please, read a description of the scenes, my buying vegetables and meat in the country under Soviet Socialism, pp. 168-171 Baltic Winds: Testimony of a Soviet Attorney, Xlibris, 2002.

The release of the Mueller Report promised us a peaceful conclusion, but…The ongoing false narrative that Trump is a foreign agent is still alive and well. Now the Democrats want to see Trump’s tax return for six years. The Socialist mafia will not stop running that narrative until we expose, prosecute, defeat, and convict the enemies of the  Trump presidency. Get serious, because it is even worse than Rush Limbaugh described it recently. Rush acknowledged the three main reasons the Dems will never surrender. I believe there is a fourth and more crucial one—The Dems have to cover-up the treason their leadership had committed during the last 3-4 decades. The treason, I have been describing in my books and columns all that time.

Today we have heard about indictment of Greg Craig, a member of Obama’s Deep State. Former Obama Administration Lawyer Greg Craig Was Charged With Lying About His Work For Ukraine, by Zoe Tillman, Buzz Feed News, April 11, 2019. For me Greg Craig was an open book after he orchestrated an attempt to assassinate Ronald Reagan, using a mentally ill individual in 1981. It was a typical KGB method to trick a mentally ill person, to create a legend and teach a sick man how to commit crime. For your information all shooting in the schools by the mentally ill persons had been orchestrated by the KGB in coordination with the agents on the ground…

Julian Assange was arrested today as well. I don’t know about his connection with Russia, but I know his actual connection with the Dems, Clinton mafia, and Tony Podesta. AG Barr has his hands full—the past history of treason carried out by the Dems in our very presence—he should identify the enemy within and my columns are the only remedy for that… The 2020 election is around the corner, we have less than two years. To win, we must identify the people of Socialist mafia who collaborate with the KGB’s operatives. In my opinion, we are dealing with an attempt to oust the U.S. President and overthrow the U.S. government, a political system left to us by our founding Fathers by transforming America to Socialism—a continuation of Obama’s and Bernie’s design…

The first time I heard the term Democratic-Socialist from Trojan Horse Bernie–millionaire in 2015. He was an open book for me—a typical Soviet provocateur. I reacted immediately writing my disagreement in the letter to a reader, Socialist Lies: From Stalin to the Clintons, Obamas, and Sanders, Xlibris, 2016:

“The recent election campaign for the U.S, presidency is a misleading enterprise from both sides: The Republicans and the Democrats. Just look at Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a Democratic Socialist. The term itself is an oxymoron—a democrat can’t be a socialist, a socialist can’t be democratic. The term reveals a total absence of the knowledge of socialist policy and agenda. Socialism means a totalitarian dictatorship in a struggle to end individual liberty and private property, which is the opposite of democracy. Yet the incompetent and timid Republican establishment doesn’t even attempt to argue and reject the fraud.”

My opinion has not changed since, but just look at our media, no one even criticizes the term and our Intel and Academic Institutions are silent as usual allowing the Dems to perpetuate the fraud! Now the Andropov design is coming to fruition: the structure of the Democrat Party has been rebuilt comprised of the Socialist mafia, Islamists, and progressives working for decades with the KGB. What a tremendous fiasco of the entire American Intelligence system! And for nearly three years our country has been put through hell investigating President Trump? Why we are spending billions on our Intelligence apparatus? And this is not the end of their fiasco. Putin’s KGB is running with the ball! Blaming Trump for obstruction is laughable, yet he very successfully has obstructed the Witch Hunt and maybe the entire special espionage operation.

Immigration

There is an International Law in coherence with the American Law on immigration. Only a person who receives a permission or asylum to enter a foreign country can be called Immigrant. Period! We do not have illegal immigrants, we have illegal aliens, migrants, or foreign-nationals, who have violated American Law. Words matter, they deliver the meaning, which Obama violated by separating children with the families, making foreign nationals’ children legitimate. The language should be corrected, dealing with the parent-felons. Moreover, then Obama created the order to send those children to the State of Senators Shelby and Session (both Republicans). To grasp how the KGB use children, you should read my column about the children of the Spanish-war 1936-1939, brought by Stalin to the Soviet Union and twenty years later used them to infiltrate the Central and South America.

Sixty years later Obama used children to fight his Republican political adversaries and undermine the American Republic. As a result, the flow on the Southern border has doubled, overwhelming human facilities and our courts. Now to stop this surge, we need extreme measures, perhaps even Martial Law. Then in 2015, after the Muslim invasion in Europe, our Intel should’ve known the KGB’s criminal design for Western civilization and America, and the methods the KGB using inside and outside our country to fight Western civilization and capitalism … Knowledge is Power!

After writing for thirty years about Russia and its Intelligence Services, I am constantly repeating a refrain; Knowledge of Russia is a Must! In my writings, I am explaining the reasons why this knowledge is a must. One of them is that the KGB is using any illegal opportunity to enter our county and harm us. Today, I’ll give you an example of KGB’s illegal activities and why the knowledge of Russia is a Must.

Europe was shocked by real Invasion of the Muslims in 2015. Do you know that now any criticism of Islam in Europe is treated as a form of racism, and “Islamophobia” is considered a crime or a sign of mental illness? “Europe has renounced force, so to many, it appears weak, vulnerable and easily able to be overpowered.” Muslim Invasion of Europe, by Guy Millière, October 22, 2015.

I am giving you this paragraph, because we are at war with the forces that manufactured Muslim Invasion of Europe. It was orchestrated by Russia and its Intelligence apparatus. Read my columns to learn how it was designed and prosecuted. I have been writing about an asymmetrical war against Western civilization for the last thirty years, I called it WW III. The highly publicized Caravan is a carbon copy of the Invasion of Europe that was orchestrated and well-organized by the same forces. Both cases are the examples of an asymmetrical war against the West. Anti-Trump war is a part of this war. It is a carbon copy of its war waged against Nixon by the Soviet Intelligence machine–the history of treason has very deep roots. But this topic requires a separate column. I don’t want to repeat many other reasons why Knowledge of Russia is a Must! Believe me it is!

Knowledge is Power!

Knowing the Russian methods, agenda, and its proclivity to mold Soviet style charlatan-leaders around the world to engineer cadres of fifth columnists, I believe there are two types of people committing betrayals: Those who do not like the political system established by our Founding Fathers and are trying to transform it– they are currently collaborating with the KGB to destroy the country, and those people who haven’t a clue about the KGB infiltrations, hence becoming their unwitting accomplices. Both groups constitute a huge help to President Putin, who is continued running the anti-Trump show… “

Unfortunately, some in the Fox News channel have not read my books and columns, so they often make mistakes, interviewing KGB agents as the source of the events, confusing their audience…Juan Williams and Shepard Smith have not read them yet, but it is not their fault, because it was a corrupt FBI that submitted my name to the FISA Court to make me a foreign agent and banned my writings in 2002. Applying logic, I would say that the crime against me had been done for the interests of Russia not for the interests of the American Republic. Think about that. Who could’ve done that to deprive Americans to know the Truth about Russia to prevent the waste of billions, tons of human energy, and precious time stolen from you?

My books and columns provide you with the Truth about the constant collaboration of the Democrat Party and its members with Russia, about Clinton’s Foundation, which is the eyes and ears of the KGB, about the Obama/Putin Conspiracy, and attempts to undermine Trump’s presidency, attacking him personally for the last three years. As a former Soviet attorney, I know the real reason the Dems are constantly creating crises—“Offense is the best defense” as Stalin’s teaching and this is the only way for the Dems to survive. They have to cover up their criminal conduct over the last several decades, to save their own skin and the mere existence of the Democrat Party…

I want to give you my personal research of Obama/Putin Conspiracy and please, remember that Greg Graig was Obama’s advisor. Here is a list of military collaboration under Obama/Putin Conspiracy during all eight years of Obama’s presidency:

  1. Killing of bin-Laden
  2. Invasion of Libya, conspiracy of Obama, Putin, and French President Sarkozy.
  3. Benghazi, murder of the U.S. ambassador Stevens.
  4. “On 6 August 2011, a U.S. Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter was shot down while transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board—25 American specialists … Fifteen of the Navy SEALs that were killed were members of the Naval… “
  5. The return of deserter Bergdahl from Afghanistan to release five Taliban’s commanders.

If you read my columns, you will find a detailed description of all five events. This information tells me about a close collaboration between Obama and Putin, which I called a special espionage operation, or a Global Spy Ring. I don’t know whether Robert Mueller was a part of the “criminal cabal” I have been writing during the last three years. The Witch Hunt against President Trump was arranged before the Mueller investigation, it was manufactured by a Global Spy Ring, run by Putin’s KGB.

“Do you remember when he (Trump) was still a candidate and he accused Obama of spying on him? The entire international media ridiculed him ad nauseam. Then, we found that it was really happening. The sitting President of the United States [Obama] was abusing his position to spy on a political opponent. Then, he lied about it. That sounds a lot like Nixon.” WATCH: Lindsey Graham Blasts Lack of Investigation into Dems: ‘Those Days are Over.’ I would add Sen. Graham’s statement: the Witch Hunt has begun by the Dems in collaboration with Putin’s KGB long prior to the Mueller Report. The current Dems events prove it completely:

Two virulent anti-Trump lawmakers Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, headlined a rally outside of the White House on Thursday to demand that the Department of Justice release the Mueller report in its entirety, claiming that it will reveal whether President Donald Trump has “abused his office.” “The protest, staged by leftist groups like moveon.org, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, the Women’s March, and the Center for American Progress, drew a couple of hundred people carrying anti-Trump and “release the report” signs.“

Just look for the participants of the rally, this is the unified force on the ground: Socialist Mafia in cooperation with some KGB ground forces sponsored by Soros. For many years, I am introducing George Soros as the KGB’s agent. Now you can see for yourself the integral parts of the Democrat Party—Socialist mafia and the KGB. It is not getting the Truth out—it is continuing covering-up. The Dems were committing crime for several decades being soft on the Soviets and now they are putting finger of blame to the Republican opposition and particular to President Trump, like Stalin taught them. Here is an additional information for you:

According to a new report, a major media source for “hate crime” reports is financially backed by none other than George Soros. The 2017 tax forms for one of Soros’ foundations show significant contributions to ProPublica, a journalism nonprofit that launched a project called “Documenting Hate” in the same year. Report: George Soros funded creation of ‘hate crime’ database, March 28, 2019 by Jerry McCormick. Patriot News Alerts. Now we finally know where all these anti-Trump stories have been originated.

I am repeating again that the KGB is feeling free to harm us by acting in all corners within the American Republic from promoting Marijuana and constantly suing the Boy Scout organizations to a hundred of Smollett and other Soviet style provocateurs. The major battle is being executed in our Congress, where Dems’ Socialist Mafia, Islamists and radical Progressives are offering abolishing Electoral College, to dismantle completely the system left to us by our Founding Fathers. A Global Spy Ring is also threatening us military—“The Pentagon is scrambling to protect America’s power grid and nuclear facilities amid fears of imminent attack by Russia.”

“Fifty years ago an American patriot, Whittaker Chambers, had defined both culprits, the Communist Party and the KGB: ‘I became convinced that it was evil and a threat to Western civilization.’ …The Evil Empire may be dead, but not the evil that drove it—the Soviet mafia. Until this evil is exposed, there won’t be stability on our planet.” My book The Russian Factor; from Cold War to Global Terrorism, Xlibris, 2006, p. 149.

Fifty years later “The Mueller Report is an unmitigated disaster for the American press and the ‘expert’ class that it promotes” Lee Smith, System Fail, March 27, 2019. Lee Smith is correct, because $30 million are wasted without any needed results—we didn’t learn yet. One Show Trial ends, the other started in the Congress by the Dems. As I have repeated many times: knowledge of Russia and its Security Apparatus is a Must for all politicians and especially for members of Trump’s administration to win the 2020 election. DHS Secretary Nielsen did not have it and the outcome is obvious.

New CBS Poll: 57% voters think the Russia investigation was a hoax. My suggestion is to read my books and columns, to learn Andropov’s legacy and dismantle the consequences of it by the appointment of a Special Council with knowledge of Russia and its Security Apparatus.

Now, reading this column, you at least, have answers to two questions:

  1. Why I am lately renaming Soviet Socialism to Soviet Fascism.
  2. Why the corrupt FBI has been banning my writings since 2002.

My fellow Americans! God gave us this last chance to save our county—President Donald J. Trump! Don’t allow Soviet Socialism to take over the American Republic. Now you can recognize all candidates for 2020 presidency, the Trojan Horse Bernie, AOC, Beto, other Soviet Socialists, and their leader Tom Perez. They are lying, fooling and deceiving you for decades. The Mueller Report has confirmed that. Be vigilant! Some of them are sponsored by the KGB. Fight the ideology of Soviet Socialism and save the legacy of our Founding Fathers and the American Republic!

Knowledge is Power! Good Luck my beloved America the Beautiful!

To be continued www.simonapipko1.com www.drrichswier.com/author/spipko/.

Income Is Determined by the Scarcity of Your Contribution, Not the Value of Human Worth

In a few months’ time, my wife and I will send our second child to daycare. Like all parents, nothing is more precious to us than our children. So it’s surprising that the people whom parents trust to take care of their kids—childcare workers and preschool teachers—get paid median salaries of just $22,290 and $28,990 a year.

This seems more than unfair. It seems perverse. Why would people trusted to take care of infants and toddlers 40-50 hours a week be paid the same as dog walkers and janitors? Why should people with such important jobs be paid so little?

There’s a lot of popular misperception concerning why some people make more than others. Most recently, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, citing the “value of human worth,” tweeted confusion over why people resist a $15 minimum wage when an airport croissant costs $7. Such confusion stems from the Marxist labor theory of value, a theory that economists have thoroughly debunked.

Popular misperception of how wages are determined is understandable because even the introductory economics course explanation of “productivity” doesn’t help much. “More productive workers get paid more” is a fine approach for the classroom but ultimately incomplete for the apples-to-oranges comparisons people like to make. Are people who take care of your children really as productive as dog walkers and janitors?

Here’s a better explanation, one that accounts for essentially all income differences:

Your income is determined by the scarcity of your contribution.

That’s it. There is no trick here, no intellectual gymnastics to perform. This is the grounding explanation for why some people make more than others. If you want to understand income inequality, or you simply want to make a lot yourself, this is the explanation you should always keep in mind.

Consider childcare again. Taking care of a room full of kids is exhausting. Like all jobs, it’s not inherently fun, which is why you have to pay people to do it. But it’s certainly more appealing than most jobs. There’s no work to take home and no grading to do. The hours are regular and, if the weather is nice, the work is outside. Many find the work meaningful.

It’s not only a relatively enjoyable job, but the skills required are also relatively easy to acquire. Evolution demands that most people be able to do the job of early childhood educators. Applicants might not always have the credentials, but its essential elements are no mystery. Most people have a lot of practical experience with their own children.

Even though childcare work is incredibly valuable, capable workers are relatively abundant. Pay falls accordingly because wages are determined not only by value or by availability. Wages are determined by scarcity.

Wages (or compensation, to include benefits) are prices of labor, and like all prices, wages measure scarcity. Scarcity is the operative word here. Scarcity is not just a matter of how much there is of something (supply) but also considers how much people want something (demand). The higher the price, the greater the scarcity. The lower the price, the lesser the scarcity.

For example, lots of people want water, but there is so much available, the price of water is low. At the same time, if I made a sculpture it would be the only one that exists, but no one would want it. Its price would also be low. Honestly, its price would probably be zero: even one David Youngberg original would be too many.

Labor markets are like any other market, and wages are like any other price. To illustrate, consider how crucial cashiers are to any grocery store. Though self-checkouts have taken away some of their necessity, most stores absolutely need cashiers. Yet cashiers make just $10 an hour, and their pay was low even in the time before self-checkouts, when a store literally couldn’t function without them.

Now compare cashiers to other grocery store jobs. Floristsbutchers, and bakers aren’t nearly as critical to the store, but their median pay is $12-$15 an hour. You don’t need a flower shop or deli or bakery to sell most groceries, so why are cashiers paid so little?

Scarcity is why. It’s not just about how much employers want to hire (demand) but how many people are available to hire (supply). Anyone can do a cashier’s job, as evidenced by the proliferation of self-checkouts. Florists, butchers, and bakers require more training and a greater degree of conscientiousness. Even though a cashier is more “productive,” other workers are much scarcer and are paid accordingly.

The “incomes as scarcity of contribution” explanation is merely descriptive; it is not a commentary on the justness of the outcomes. Luck can suddenly render a useless skill relevant or a valued skill redundant. That’s unfortunate, even unfair, for the people on the losing end of that change, but it’s how the world works.

There’s no avoiding the underlying reality of the competitive pressure of markets.More commonly, the level of scarcity is politically manipulated. Licensing creates barriers to entry, making jobs like hairdresser and interior designer scarcer than they otherwise would be. Other regulations drive up the wages of providers in industries like health care and law. Corporate subsidies, including farm subsidies, drive up demand and artificially increase scarcity. Just because income is determined by the scarcity of the contribution doesn’t mean all levels of scarcity are natural.

Contribution is a wholly different concept from hard work. Some work hard doing low-value activities, and others can create a lot of value with little effort. There’s a correlation between effort and contribution, but it’s noisy. As the saying goes: work smarter, not harder.

Nor is your “worth” as a person the same as your income—it probably doesn’t even correlate. “Contribution” describes only market activity. Many people add a great deal of value to society, from stay-at-home parents to volunteers to very good friends. That they don’t get paid for this contribution only means that people are more than what they do for a living. They are valuable in some larger sense, but you only get paid for market activity. People are much more than their income.

This last point is the hardest to internalize. There are many people who have contributions that are so relatively abundant, they have a difficult time purchasing their basic needs. It’s easy to fall into a trap that the world thinks little of them because of their income.

The low salary of preschool teachers, janitors, and cashiers only tells us that what they contribute to economic activity isn’t that scarce. It says nothing about their worth as people. When you understand that wages are just measurements of scarcity, deriving from natural differences in work and people, the absurdity of minimum wage increases become clear.

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Bank of America Donated over $20,000 to SPLC in 2017

Over 60 organizations are currently considering legal action against the Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC) over the falsely applied “hate group” designation. However, the most recent available financial documents show Bank of America has increased its financial support for SPLC in recent years.

The Bank of America Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that serves as Bank of America’s charitable giving arm. The foundation’s 2017 Form 990 reports $20,518 in contributions to SPLC for the purpose of “program/operating support” in that year.

Similar contributions for previous years fall with the range of $2,000 to $5,000.

The spike in funding corresponds with an increase of corporate partnerships with SPLC beginning in 2017. Corporations like GuidestarFacebook, Twitter, Amazon, Google, and Paypal have implemented SPLC’s “hate” designation as an authority for excluding or labeling organizations on their platforms. Companies like Apple specifically solicited donations for SPLC from their customers and CNN republished SPLC’s data to create a list of alleged “hate groups” without explaining the origin until called out by conservative groups.

However, recent events suggest SPLC’s operations have less to do with fighting “hate,” and more to do creating political animosity for the purpose of fundraising. Conservative groups like the Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Family Association, and more have all been tagged as “hate groups” for simply upholding traditional marriage in accordance with Judeo-Christian values. Yet, entering 2017, SPLC reported nearly $450,000,000 in net assets.

Jeremy Tedesco, an attorney with ADF, told PJ Media:

Today’s SPLC has zero credibility and its ‘making hate pay’ business model should be rejected. Whether or not this opens the SPLC to future lawsuits, it is clear this group has defrauded the public for long enough.

[ … ]

Today’s SPLC is a corrupt fundraising scheme that capitalizes on fear by mixing legitimate societal concerns with baseless allegations against its ideological opponents. The media commits journalistic malpractice when it cuts and pastes the SPLC’s unfounded allegations and lies as fact.

Given that Bank of America has pumped tens of thousands of dollars into SPLC’s coffers, shouldn’t stockholders be concerned a “zero credibility” organization that has “defrauded the public” is receiving corporate funds? Bank of America customers should certainly be offended that a portion of their banking fees and return on investment is being used to prop up a “corrupt fundraising scheme.”

Customers and investors should contact corporate offices immediately and demand Bank of America change its charitable giving policies. Remember, Bank of America’s annual meeting is on April 24th—shouldn’t these activities be addressed?

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Response from Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) on Gun Control/Red Flag Laws

I wrote to U.S. Representative Darren Soto (D- FL) in protest to his support for national Red Flag Laws like those in Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety (Gun Control) law which allows for Risk Protection Orders. Be aware that Soto is a big gun control advocate including banning of all AR-15 style rifles which he falsely claims are “assault rifles” and also all high capacity magazines over 10 round capacity.

His letter below is a total false smokescreen when he says,

“Please know, this is not an effort to take guns away from lawful gun owners or to undermine the Second Amendment – it is a common-sense solution that would ensure the current law is fully implemented without loopholes in order to keep our communities safe.”

This means he supports the totally unconstitutional Risk Assessment Orders allowing seizures of firearms, ammo, permits without Due Process.

LETTER FROM REPRESENTATIVE SOTO

Dear Royal,

Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns regarding gun-related legislation. Hearing from you helps me better represent Florida’s Ninth Congressional District.

I am sure that, like me, the alarming number of violent, gun-related tragedies has left you grief-stricken for the innocent children, teachers, first responders, and families who fell victim to these acts. We have a responsibility to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous individuals. I strongly believe we must work to protect all Americans – men, women, and children – from gun violence.

An overwhelming majority of gun owners are law-abiding citizens, but it can be too easy for criminals and others that cannot pass background checks to obtain firearms. Please know, this is not an effort to take guns away from lawful gun owners or to undermine the Second Amendment – it is a common-sense solution that would ensure the current law is fully implemented without loopholes in order to keep our communities safe.

I also believe we need to improve mental health services. It is critical that we work to ensure that mentally ill individuals are not further stigmatized or assumed to be universally dangerous and violent. At the same time, it’s also important that we ensure that all Americans have access to quality mental health care in their communities. Mental illness is not the cause of most crimes, but we may be able to prevent some future tragedies by providing better care and services.

Should any related bills make it to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote, I will keep your views in mind. Thank you for taking the time to share your views with me, I hope you continue to do so in the future.
Sincerely,

Darren Soto
Member of Congress

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Pro-Nazi Film ‘Aftermath’ Fails because of its Immoral Relativism

The film Aftermath is set in Hamburg, Germany. The fictitious events presumably take place five months after the fall of Nazi Germany.

Zero Media posted this Fox Search Light/BBC Films trailer for Aftermath:

The film fails because of its pro-Nazi, pro-immoral relativism theme.

The film primarily takes place in and portrays the destruction of Hamburg, Germany. The film begins with British Colonel Lewis Morgan picking up his wife Rachael at the Hamburg train station. Colonel Morgan is the regional commander of British forces in Hamburg. Colonel Lewis and Rachael, en-route to their new quarters, pass through the bombed out streets of Hamburg. Colonel Lewis tells his wife that more bombs were dropped on Hamburg by the British in a single weekend than all the bombs dropped on Great Britain by the Nazi Luftwaffe.

This is a lie.

BBC News reported, “Some 30,000 tonnes of bombs were dropped overall and more than 40,000 people killed…The largest bombs dropped on Britain were almost 4,000lb (1,800kg) devices nicknamed Satans.” Wikipedia reports, “In total, the RAF dropped 22,580 long tons of bombs on Hamburg…The Allied bombing of Hamburg during World War II included numerous attacks on civilians and civic infrastructure. As a large city and industrial centre, Hamburg‘s shipyardsU-boat pens, and the Hamburg-Harburg area oil refineries were attacked throughout the war.”

Colonel Lewis and his wife move into a home owned by a German architect named Siegfried Leitmann. Leitmann has a teenage daughter. We learn during the film that Leitmann’s wife was killed in one of the Allied bombing raids. We also learn later in the film that her family owned the shipyards in Hamburg, where the U-boat pens were most likely located. This would mean that Leitmann and his wife would have been close to the Nazis, if for no other reason than her family’s ownership of key strategic assets critical to the Nazi war effort in Northern Germany. During the film we also learn that Colonel Morgan and his wife Rachael lost their son during a Nazi bombing raid in England.

The film depicts the aftermath, which is the “resistance” by those still loyal to Adolph Hitler. Sound familiar? The writers of Aftermath, Joe ShrapnelAnna Waterhouse, appear to push the theme that it is morally necessary for the Nazis to resist because of the destruction caused by the Allied bombing of Hamburg and the aftermath of British forces occupying Hamburg. If you just change the plot to be about a Palestinian family and the Israeli occupiers of Judea and Sumeria after the Six Day War you could have the next Fox Search Light/BBC Films movie titled “Aftermath II?”

Those in the resistance have the number “88” burned into their skin. According to the Anti-Defamation League,

88 is a white supremacist numerical code for “Heil Hitler.” H is the eighth letter of the alphabet, so 88 = HH = Heil Hitler.

Leitmann’s daughter befriends one of the “88” Hitler youth members because she is angry that her mother was killed in an Allied bombing raid followed by the British confiscating her father’s home. The daughter provides information (spies) on Colonel Lewis, which leads to an assassination attempt. Her father, while Colonel Lewis is away, seduces Colonel Morgan’s wife. In the end Rachael fully submits to this sinful affair, making plans leave her loyal husband and run away with Leitmann.

The symbolism is stark in that the Leitmann is asked if he knew about the Nazi Neuengamme death camp located in Bergedorf district of Hamburg. The Neuengamme camp eventually became the largest concentration camp in Northwest Germany. Under questioning Leitmann states that he did not know about the German death camp. But how could he not know, given the status of his wife’s family to the Nazis and his estate located on the outskirts of Hamburg?

It is interesting that the main character is named Rachael. Rachael is an important figure in the book of Genesis. Rachel is the younger daughter of Laban and wife of Jacob, Rachel is the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, who become two of the twelve tribes of Israel (Gen 35:24; 46:15–18). We do not know if Colonel Lewis’s wife Rachael is Jewish.

When watching “Aftermath” it is important to understand that the producers and director are pushing pro-immoral relativism messages. The first is that cheating on your husband, while sleeping with the enemy, is acceptable. The second message is that Great Britain bombed Nazi Germany and Nazi Germany bombed Great Britain so both are equally at fault. Denigrating the Allied efforts to stop Nazi Germany is akin to recent efforts, by a past U.S. administration and our European allies, to allow Iran to continue to develop nuclear weapons in order to bring death to America and Israel.

The message that should have been emphasized in Aftermath is “Never Again!”

Putting Readiness First: Transgender Military Policy Finally Takes Effect

Today is a banner day for any American who is committed both to the best interests of the military and the rule of law. After nearly two years of judicial obstruction, President Trump’s commonsense policy on transgender service in the military has finally taken effect (although legal challenges to it are still being litigated).

In July of 2016, as President Barack Obama’s second term was coming to a close, he left another gift to his far-left constituents by lifting long-standing restrictions on military service by transgender persons — those who identify psychologically with something other than their biological sex. Although long justified on grounds of both mental and physical health, President Obama and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter decided that political correctness was a more important priority than military readiness.

A year later, though, Donald Trump was President, and he fulfilled a campaign promise to stop using the military for social experiments, announcing on Twitter that he would reverse the Obama/Carter policy. After careful study by a panel of experts, in March 2018 Defense Secretary James Mattis announced the detailed new policy — and the substantial justifications for it — in a 44-page Report and Recommendations.

Lawsuits were filed against the policy in four different U.S. District Courts, though, and all four judges issued preliminary injunctions to prevent the policy from taking effect. It was not until after the Supreme Court intervened that the last of the injunctions was lifted, allowing the Trump/Mattis policy to take effect.

While none of the cases have reached a final decision yet, the Supreme Court’s decision — that the policy does not cause the kind of “irreparable harm” that would justify a preliminary injunction — is encouraging. It may rest in part on the fact that Service members who have “come out” as transgender from the time the Obama/Carter took effect until yesterday are “grandfathered in” and will still be allowed to serve.

In the end, the courts must uphold the commander-in-chief’s power to make personnel policy for the armed forces. To understand the details of the Trump/Mattis policy and the compelling justifications for it, see FRC’s publications “Summary of Trump Administration Policy on Transgender Military Service” and “Department of Defense on Why Those with ‘Gender Dysphoria’ Are Disqualified from Military Service.”


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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RAISE Act Reintroduced By Jennifer G. Hickey

On Wednesday, Sen. Tom Cotton, (R-AR) joined with fellow Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Josh Hawley of Missouri to reintroduce the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act,” dubbed the RAISE Act. The bill, which was first introduced in 2017, would replace the existing employment visa framework with one that serves the national interest.

The RAISE Act would build an immigration system that increases working-class wages, creates jobs, and gives every citizen a fair shot at achieving the American Dream, no matter whether their family came over on the Mayflower or just took the Oath of Allegiance,” said Cotton.

Specifically, that system would be a skills-based points system that places a priority on immigrants with U.S.-recognized college degrees, English language competency and eliminate the fraud-plagued diversity visa lottery.

It also would lower overall immigration to 637,960 in its first year with a goal of seeing a 50 percent reduction in legal immigration in the tenth year of the bill.

“Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), along with Representative Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), should be applauded for recognizing the current dysfunction of our outdated immigration policies that, unlike the rest of the nation, have been stuck in a time warp for the last 50 years,” said FAIR President Dan Stein in a statement.

If you are interested in reading more about this important legislation, please check out our blog on ImmigrationReform.com.

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Benedict XVI: Sexual, Theological Corruption at Root of Abuse Crisis

Pope Emeritus traces crisis to 1960s cultural, ecclesiastical revolutions


VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) – Voicing hope for “a new beginning” for the Church, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is speaking out against the clerical sex abuse crisis.

On Thursday, the former pontiff issued a 6,000-word essay on the roots of the crisis; titled “The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse,” the piece was published in Klerusblatt, a monthly journal for German-speaking clergy, instead of through official Vatican channels.

Outlining the “wider social context” of the predator priest phenomenon, Benedict begins by observing that, in the 1960s, “an egregious event occurred, on a scale unprecedented in history. It could be said that in the 20 years from 1960 to 1980, the previously normative standards regarding sexuality collapsed entirely, and a new normalcy arose that has by now been the subject of laborious attempts at disruption.”

He points to the malign influence of radical “state-prescribed and supported” sex education programs introduced during the period, noting that under the guise of “liberation,” they destroyed the innocence of Western youth by inciting hedonistic self-indulgence and abandoning the concept of human sexuality as a sacred, God-given gift.

“Among the freedoms that the Revolution of 1968 sought to fight for was this all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer conceded any norms,” he writes.

As sexual revolution inflamed societies across the West, inside the Church, a parallel crisis was developing. After decades spent working quietly in the shadows, modernist philosophers and theologians began emerging from the shadows, using Vatican II as cover to promote their views. Among them, Benedict writes, was the idea that morality is relative — that truth is not absolute:

In the end, it was chiefly the hypothesis that morality was to be exclusively determined by the purposes of human action that prevailed. While the old phrase “the end justifies the means” was not confirmed in this crude form, its way of thinking had become definitive. Consequently, there could no longer be anything that constituted an absolute good, any more than anything fundamentally evil; [there could be] only relative value judgments. There no longer was the [absolute] good, but only the relatively better, contingent on the moment and on circumstances.

As these concepts took hold among Catholic theologians, clerics and laity, doubts about “the fundamental authority of the Church in matters of morality” exploded, he notes. Then, as now, those “who deny the Church a final teaching competence in this area force her to remain silent precisely where the boundary between truth and lies is at stake.”

“The long-prepared and ongoing process of dissolution of the Christian concept of morality was … marked by an unprecedented radicalism in the 1960s,” Benedict observes. “This dissolution of the moral teaching authority of the Church necessarily had to have an effect on the diverse areas of the Church.”

“The extensive collapse of the next generation of priests in those years and the very high number of laicizations were a consequence of all these developments,” he adds.

By the late 1960s, the surging licentiousness of secular society had engulfed the seminaries.

“In various seminaries homosexual cliques were established, which acted more or less openly and significantly changed the climate in the seminaries,” Benedict writes.

“There were — not only in the United States of America — individual bishops who rejected the Catholic tradition as a whole and sought to bring about a kind of new, modern ‘Catholicity’ in their dioceses,” he continues. “Perhaps it is worth mentioning that in not a few seminaries, students caught reading my books were considered unsuitable for the priesthood. My books were hidden away, like bad literature, and only read under the desk.”

“Indeed, in many parts of the Church, conciliar attitudes were understood to mean having a critical or negative attitude towards the hitherto existing tradition, which was now to be replaced by a new, radically open relationship with the world,” the former pontiff recalls. “One bishop, who had previously been seminary rector, had arranged for the seminarians to be shown pornographic films, allegedly with the intention of thus making them resistant to behavior contrary to the faith.”

Reflecting further, Benedict notes the catastrophic impact of the 1960s revolutions on the Church, and the West as a whole:

A society without God — a society that does not know Him and treats Him as non-existent — is a society that loses its measure. In our day, the catchphrase of God’s death was coined. When God does die in a society, it becomes free, we were assured. In reality, the death of God in a society also means the end of freedom, because what dies is the purpose that provides orientation. And because the compass disappears that points us in the right direction by teaching us to distinguish good from evil. Western society is a society in which God is absent in the public sphere and has nothing left to offer it. And that is why it is a society in which the measure of humanity is increasingly lost. At individual points it becomes suddenly apparent that what is evil and destroys man has become a matter of course.

“And now we realize with shock that things are happening to our children and young people that threaten to destroy them,” Benedict laments. “The fact that this could also spread in the Church and among priests ought to disturb us in particular.”

“Why did pedophilia reach such proportions?” he asks.

Ultimately, the reason is the absence of God. … God is regarded as the party concern of a small group and can no longer stand as the guiding principle for the community as a whole. This decision reflects the situation in the West, where God has become the private affair of a minority.

“A world without God can only be a world without meaning,” says Benedict. “For where, then, does everything that is come from? In any case, it has no spiritual purpose. It is somehow simply there and has neither any goal nor any sense.”

“Then there are no standards of good or evil. Then only what is stronger than the other can assert itself. Power is then the only principle. Truth does not count, it actually does not exist,” he continues. “Only if things have a spiritual reason, are intended and conceived — only if there is a Creator God who is good and wants the good — can the life of man also have meaning.”

Benedict reminds Catholics that though today’s Church is infested with sexual and doctrinal dissenters, the institution itself will, as Christ promised, weather the current storm: “It is very important to oppose the lies and half-truths of the devil with the whole truth: Yes, there is sin in the Church and evil. But even today there is the Holy Church, which is indestructible.”

“Today there are many people who humbly believe, suffer and love, in whom the real God, the loving God, shows Himself to us,” he notes. “Today God also has His witnesses (martyrs) in the world. We just have to be vigilant in order to see and hear them.”

Benedict goes on to acknowledge that “today’s Church is more than ever a ‘Church of the Martyrs’ and thus a witness to the living God.”

“If we look around and listen with an attentive heart, we can find witnesses everywhere today, especially among ordinary people, but also in the high ranks of the Church, who stand up for God with their life and suffering,” he notes. “One of the great and essential tasks of our evangelization is, as far as we can, to establish habitats of Faith and, above all, to find and recognize them.”

COLUMN BY

Stephen Wynne

Stephen hails from the City of Fountains, Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Pepperdine University, and an E.M.B.A. from the University of Missouri.

His interests include international relations, cultural diplomacy, and theology; he is fascinated by Church history, particularly crisis points such as the Protestant revolt and the rise of modernism. Particular sounds — the crashing of waves, the wind in the trees, the pealing of bells — turn his thoughts toward God.

Stephen likes bullet trains, BBQ, and the works of Hieronymus Bosch. His favorite places include Iceland, Britain and above all, the Netherlands.

He is fueled by prayer and Red Bull, in that order.

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The Poison of Main Stream Media Propaganda

If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly. Thomas Sowell

The media has brainwashed the electorate to expect the government to do something. The best economic policy of any government is to do nothing but reduce the size of the government, reduce the size of the laws, and reduce the size of regulations. Marc Faber

There is no greater tyranny, than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.  Montesquieu


Maxine Waters was last year’s cheerleader for publicly confronting and harassing Trump administration members.  Now we’ve degenerated even further into the foul-mouthed language against our President from Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and the anti-Semitic diatribes from Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.  There is no respect for the office.  The last two years were disgusting enough with Pelosi and Schumer, now it has sunk into the depths of depravity.  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”  I Peter 5:8 perfectly describes this evil.

The socialist (communist) Democratic Party and their propaganda arm, the lapdogs in the main stream media (MSM), have pushed their bias, lies and distorted views of anything Trump to the level of violence.

We can thank the 1964 NYTs v. Sullivan decision which removed libel and slander from the province of state law and state courts.  Supreme Court Justice William Brennan set out the rule that reshaped libel law with his majority opinion. A public official could recover in a libel action only if and when a court found that the libelous statement about the official was made with “actual malice”—that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.  As long as the press has an “absence of malice,” public officials are barred from recovering damages for the publication of false statements about them.

And just how does one now prove actual malice?  They can’t, and thus reputations of public figures are destroyed or promoted at will by the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party, our MSM, the experts in brainwashing.

Perhaps Benjamin Franklin’s famous adage needs an update.  “The only thing certain in life is death and taxes” …and lies from the media.

Attacks on Politicos

The propaganda via the MSM has also affected Americans who fully believe media’s duplicity and deception.  There are many examples.  Former Director Kirsten Nielsen of the Department of Homeland Security was accosted and driven out of a Mexican Restaurant where she and her party had chosen to dine.

Back in June of 2018, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and other diners in her party were asked to leave by the owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.  They immediately left.  Sarah and her husband went home, but the rest of the family went across the street to another restaurant, where the owner of the Red Hen, Stephanie Wilkinson, followed them and tried to get them tossed from that restaurant as well.  As of September of 2018, the entire town is still struggling to recover its image as a welcoming community. The whole town faced a backlash after The Red Hen refused to serve Sanders and her family.  Cordiality is now a thing of the past.

Even Senator Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao were attacked by a mob.

And Vice President Pence was lectured from the Broadway stage as he sat in the audience watching the play, Hamilton.

This is what both media and Democrats like Maxine Waters are promoting.  Congresswoman Waters needs to lose her next election to Republican Omar Navarro.

Propaganda Spreads Nationwide

We all saw the expressions of hatred for Trump via Kathy Griffin and even the Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar wherein a Trump looking Caesar is murdered.  We even saw pictures of school teachers, in front of their classes, pretending to shoot a holograph of our President.  There has been far more and far worse.  Imagine the outrage and banishment of anyone who would have tried that with Barack Hussein Obama.

This evil has spread to Americans who now believe it is politically and publicly condoned to attack anyone they disagree with, especially those with a MAGA hat or a Trump t-shirt.

A Texas teen at a fast food Whataburger Restaurant had his MAGA hat grabbed by the server and a drink thrown in his face.  Yes, an adult did this to a youngster just because he had on a MAGA hat.  As he threw the drink, he screamed at the teen, “The President you ain’t supporting.”

Just recently a 74-year-old Jewish man wearing a MAGA hat was having coffee in a Starbucks and a crazed socialist Democrat lackey starting screaming that he was a NAZI and asking others to join in.  Rebecca Mankey, took a picture of Victor inside Starbucks and posted it to her Facebook page (which is now deactivated), with a tirade, calling on others to confront Victor if they see him.  Read the full story here.

This is what the Democratic socialists (communists) and their propaganda arm in the main stream media have given us.  Propriety, civility, public decorum, common courtesy and human dignity have been discarded by the brainwashed fools who listen to the propaganda arm of the Democratic socialists.

Media Propaganda Hits Home

Several months ago, a dear friend of 45 years, who happens to be a black American gal, called me regarding Donald Trump and racism.  We lived catty corner from each other years back when our children were young, and we constantly talked, ran to each other’s homes, and even helped decorate our homes together.  Her oldest daughter attended Catholic school, and I sewed her plaid outfits for her.

Over the years we kept in touch despite the moves, and went on cruises together with our hubbies, talked about our pets, our children and our faith in God.  And when we hurt, we called each other even in the middle of the night.  She and her husband were highly educated; both of them made over six figure incomes when they were working.

After her husband passed suddenly a good dozen years ago, my friend has been in our home numerous times and once even brought one of her friends with her.  We have had years of fun and friendship together.  I cannot express how much I love this sweet Christian gal, who sings like an angel and can dance up a boogie-woogie storm.

Yet, in these 45 or more years I have never discussed politics with her, and she never with me, until Trump. She has called me twice and claimed Trump was a racist.

Why? Because when the neo-Nazis and the white supremacists got in a battle with each other in Charlottesville, VA in August of 2017 over a Confederate monument, the media lied about what the President said, and my friend’s excuse for saying he’s a racist is because she believes the lie.  This is her only excuse to call President Trump a racist.

I tried to explain the truth to her.  I gave her many examples and even mentioned to her that as a Christian with four children of her own, how could she vote for anyone who wasn’t pro-life.  This over 45 year very close friendship may have come to an end because of the propaganda of the MSM and there is little I can do to dissuade her.

Running for President Made Trump a Racist

President Trump was never called a racist and bigot until he ran as the 2016 Republican presidential candidate.  Before then, he was well liked by many liberal celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Michael Jackson. Trump was known as a bombastic businessman, but he always had a pretty diverse circle of friends. Even on his show, The Apprentice, the contestants and celebrities were from all backgrounds, genders and ethnicities.

In the 1990s, Donald Trump worked with the Rainbow-PUSH coalition to help bring more black Americans and minorities into corporate America. Jesse Jackson was so impressed that, in 1999, he praised Trump for a lifetime of helping the African American community. That’s right, a lifetime, not just one day, or one hour…

In 1986, Trump was awarded the Ellis Island award for contributing to bettering the conditions of inner-city black youths.  He is standing alongside Muhammed Ali, and Rosa Parks.

I also explained to my dear friend that over 30 years ago, Donald Trump upset the applecart of racism in the elite clubs of Palm Beach, Florida.  He fought until the old “gentlemen’s agreement” went the way of the horse and carriage and all clubs in the area opened their doors to both Jewish and black folks as he did when he opened Mar-a-Lago.  They fought him, but he persevered and won against their racist policies.

Lynne Patton, a lovely black gal who has worked for the Trumps for a dozen years, now heads Region II of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which oversees New York and New Jersey.  Her boss is Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD.  Lynne originally worked for Eric Trump’s Foundation and was even the wedding planner for Eric’s wedding.  She even cast two of Trump’s Apprentice programs.

She, and others I’ve spoken to have told me point blank that Trump is the least racist person they’ve ever known.  Lynne has openly stated that as a daughter of a Birmingham, Alabama father, she would never work for someone who was a racist.  When I told my dear friend this, she said she no longer liked Ben Carson.

The true statistics of non-whites hired by the Trump organization in all departments including upper management shows an abundance of blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other people of color.  What counts with Trump is ability and loyalty, not your color, your faith or your ethnic background.

Obviously, Diamond and Silk adore our President and are seen on Fox News at least once a week.  They were even at several of Trump’s campaign rallies.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, the things I told my friend did not resonate with her.  She believes the propaganda spewed by the media to destroy Trump and his supporters is absolute truth.  She has been brainwashed by the lies of the MSM…lies they’re allowed to spout on a daily basis because of the 1964 Supreme Court decision in NYTs v. Sullivan.

I’m still shocked that after knowing me for 45 years that she would think that I could possibly vote for anyone who was a racist.  I’m not sure if she was trying to convince me to not support Trump or if she thought I had some racist tendencies.  As heartbroken as I was after her last call, I phoned another friend, a gracious black gentleman who is married to a beautiful white woman and they totally understood and comforted me.

The media and the Democratic Party have completely destroyed our once most cordial and genteel culture.  We have become a nation filled with hatred and violence against those who do not buy into the Marxist worldview.  Daily, they spread their poison.

What the left hates about Donald Trump is the same thing they hate about America, that the typical American still loves God, family and country.

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LAUNCHED — ‘Tea Party for Trump’

It is exciting that my patriot brothers and sisters at Tea Party Express have announced the launch of “Tea Party for Trump.” My first tour on Tea Party Express in 2008 led to me speaking and preforming my “American Tea Party Anthem” at over 500 rallies on several national bus tours.

The launch of “Tea Party for Trump” feels similar to the Blues Brothers saying, “We’re getting the old band back together again because we’re on a mission from God.” My fellow patriots, “Tea Party for Trump” is our mission from God to reelected our remarkable president. 

The Amazing Whistle Stop

Our Tea Party Express rally in Searchlight Nevada featuring Sarah Palin drew 25,000 people. Our rally in Boston drew 19,000. The most memorable rally for me was not a scheduled rally. After completing a rally, our tour bus headed to the next scheduled rally in Memphis Tennessee. A staffer received a phone call requesting that we make a brief whistle stop so around 50 people could meet our team of speakers and entertainers.

When our tour bus arrived at the location, state police were directing traffic. Our bus was greeted by over 500 people enthusiastically cheering while waving American flags. As our team exited the bus, the crowd acted like we were rock stars. The truck hauling our staging and sound system was on its way to Memphis.

Our team used the back of a pickup truck for a stage. Someone handed us a megaphone. After each team member addressed the crowd, we all joined in singing “God Bless America” a cappella. Several people cried. No fancy staging. No powerful PA system. Just Americans, all on one accord, sharing in their love for our country. It was awesome. We were showered with gratitude, homemade baked goods, small gifts and requests to take pictures with us. Once our team was back on the tour bus, the mood was quiet. We were blown away.

Despicably, Congressional Black Caucus Rep Andre Carson said the Tea Party wants to see blacks hanging from a tree. No one tried to lynch me.

For decades, we have allow leftists to dominate public education. Consequently, we have a generation of youths who are clueless regarding this extraordinary, unique and successful experiment we call America. Far too many young voters are willing to surrender their constitutional freedom and throw away every principle and value that has made America great for the promise of government handouts.

Founding father Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

For years, I sought funding to bring “Reach Your Dreams” rallies to black neighborhoods and black colleges. I believe if blacks heard black conservative Republicans tell their stories, commonsense would lead blacks to abandon the repressive insulting Democratic party. The GOP’s response to my proposal was, “Why bother? Blacks will never break their loyalty to Democrats.”

My buddy, Wild Bill for America called me. He said the dumbest place in America is college campuses. Bill wants to schedule Tea Party rallies on college campuses. I think that is a great idea.

In essence, we are talking about taking the truth about Trump and our great country directly to low-info voters, by-passing the lies and distortions of fake news media.

“Tea Party for Trump” is the righteous resistance to Democrats’ deranged lawless resistance to Trump. Please support the Tea Party Express effort to keep president Trump in the White House; keeping America great.

Since 2008 at Tea Party Express rallies, I performed wearing my trademark black hat and black leather vest. Thanks to my KETO diet, the vest still fits – see y’all at a rally.

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Historians Will Know This As ‘The Era Of The Witch Hunt’

There really is nothing new under the sun. The infamous Salem Witch Trials started with a group of young girls claiming they were doing bad things because they were possessed. They then said that it was witches who caused them to be possessed, naming them without providing any evidence. The “witches” were then summarily executed. Well, eight in total, over just a few months.

According to History.com:

“The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. As a wave of hysteria spread throughout colonial Massachusetts…”

Sound familiar? Eerily familiar?

The reasonably legitimate origins of the  #MeToo movement, and illegitimate origins of the Trump investigations, have rapidly turned into a dreadful allegory of the Salem witch trials. Horrible men such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Les Moonves, Louis C.K., Bill Cosby, Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer are just the tip of the bad actors in power positions in Hollywood and the media to take advantage of their positions to sexually exploit women.

Things began to get questionable when it seemed that, as more women made accusations on more men, some were driven by money and some by politics. The movement was getting twisted, which was probably inevitable. But not until the unverified and then repudiated accusations against Brett Kavanaugh did it become clear how completely the movement had been hijacked for political purposes into witch-hunt land.

Really, this idea of women accusing men in heightened political atmospheres (almost entirely Democratic women accusing Republican men) really started with Anita Hill’s unsubstantiated and largely discredited accusations against Clarence Thomas during his Senate confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(In a different sense, the accusations against Bill Clinton were by dozens of women over a couple of decades, with a fair amount of substantiation, witness corroboration and payoffs on some of them. Yet Clinton was elected twice as the media deeply scrutinized the accusers in the 1990s with the help of Hillary Clinton.)

George W. Bush had vague accusations made against him. Herman Cain was derailed when the conservative black businessman ascended to the top of the Republican presidential nomination fight in 2012 by claims he denied and that were never substantiated. Then came Kavanaugh and the absurd accusations that were clearly not true — two of the three witnesses suggested by the accuser to corroborate her story said the incident never happened, while the third said she never heard about it.

While not burned at the stake, Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Thomas are permanently stained for all of history by witch-hunt style charges. Their reputations are forever marred.

That, unfortunately, does not matter to those conducting the witch hunts.

Emily Lindin, a columnist for Teen Vogue magazine, tweeted during the Kavanaugh witch hunt:

“If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay.”

Meanwhile Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono astonishingly said Kavanaugh doesn’t deserve a presumption of innocence because of his “ideological agenda.” Given the chance to “clarify” that statement on the friendly CNN network the next day, she doubled down.

Of course, this extends beyond sexual assault accusations.

President Trump has been hounded on multiple fronts. (His sexual escapades, while tawdry, seem to have been consensual.) Most ominously and clearly, the entire Trump-Russia collusion accusation turned out to be a giant witch hunt conducted at the highest levels of the U.S. law enforcement apparatus.

It is quite obvious that after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that cleared Trump completely of the collusion accusations, Democrats say it raised more questions than it answered — and the media reported that straight as though that was even remotely possible.

And now, Democrats in Congress have promised to investigate Trump’s business, Trump’s non-profit, Trump’s holdings, Trump’s tax returns, Trump’s family members, Trump’s friends and Trump’s business partners.

Calling it a fishing expedition is far too gentle. It is a witch hunt, and one swimming in a growing sea of witch hunts. These are just more sophisticated than those launched by the girls in Salem more than three centuries ago.

EDITORS NOTE: This Revolutionary Act column is republished with permission.

Restoring Jewish Sovereignty

Intensive investment must be made in civil society frameworks that can not only draw the idea of extended Israeli sovereignty into the main-stream discourse as a legitimate political objective, but as one that can dominate that discourse

I am going to extend sovereignty and I don’t distinguish between settlement blocs and the isolated settlements…From my perspective, any point of settlement is Israeli, and we have responsibility, as the Israeli government. I will not uproot anyone, and I will not transfer sovereignty to the Palestinians. – Benjamin Netanyahu, Channel 12, April 6. 2019.


In a significant departure from his usual ambivalent and non-committal policy formulation regarding the final status of the territories of Judea-Samaria (a.k.a. “West Bank”), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out with an unexpectedly robust and unequivocal statement of intent just a few days prior to the April 9 election.

Last Saturday, Channel 12 interviewer, Rina Matzliah, fired an almost taunting question at Netanyahu, asking him why, given the fact that he had a largely compliant government domestically, and a firmly supportive administration in Washington, he had not done more to extend Israeli sovereignty over Judea-Samaria. In response, the Prime Minister announced that that was precisely what he intended to—if reelected in the elections that were due to be held the following Tuesday.

Two-states increasingly unfeasible

Since the interview, the election results have come in, making it almost certain that Netanyahu will continue as prime minister and be tasked by the president to form the next government—putting him in a position to fulfill his pledge.

Nonetheless, while the election results gave an unambiguous victory to Netanyahu and the “Right-wing” block, it is still anyone’s guess as to how sincere he was in his statement of intention and how serious he will be about implementing it in practice.

Be that as it may, even at this early stage several issues are already clear.

The prospect of any measure entailing the transfer of large tracts of Judea-Samaria to Palestinian-Arab control is becoming increasingly unfeasible. Indeed, as Netanyahu pointed out in his interview, the likely outcome of such an initiative would be the creation of a mega-Gaza–twenty times the scale of what has developed in the South.

Accordingly, there appears to be growing awareness of the dangers entailed in any such policy—especially over time. After all, even if some “genuine Palestinian-Arab peace partner” could be identified as having sufficient pliancy to accommodate Israel’s minimal security concerns, and sufficient authority to enforce an agreement acceptable to Israel on a recalcitrant public, there is no guarantee that his hold on power could be ensured for long. Clearly, once Israel relinquishes control over territory, it cannot determine who will seize the reins of power—as the 2007 Islamist take-over of Gaza starkly underscores—and the pliant peace partner could be replaced—by the ballot or the bullet—by a more inimical successor…precisely because of the “perfidious” deal he cut with the infidel “Zionist entity”.

Lethargic support for sovereignty in new coalition?

But the election results also embody another message for the advocates of Jewish sovereignty. For they underscore just how tenuous relying on elected politicians to promote and implement any initiative for the extension of Jewish sovereignty across the 1967 Green Line can be.

For despite an ostensibly robust showing by the “Right”, when one examines the composition of the emerging coalition, the only strong advocate for extending sovereignty is the “United Right”, an amalgam of three factions, widely considered to be “ultra-right” religious Zionist parties, with four parliamentary seats. At the time of submitting this piece, neither the New Right (advocating extending Israeli sovereignty to Area C), nor Zehut (advocating Israeli sovereignty over all of Judea- Samaria) passed the minimal thresholds for election to the Knesset. So whatever the overall reason was for their poor performance, both these parties clearly failed utterly in rallying wide-spread popular support for the idea of extended sovereignty—whether partial or otherwise.

Moreover, none of the other prospective coalition partners can be said to be avid advocates of sovereignty—whether the ultra-Orthodox parties, Shas and United Torah; the Kulanu faction, headed by former Finance Minister, Moshe Kahlon; or even Yisrael Beiteinu headed by former Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman—who despite his bellicose rhetoric towards both the Palestinian and Israeli-Arabs has in fact expressed support for the two-state principle .

The need to generate greater public support

Accordingly, if the call for extending Israeli sovereignty over Judea-Samaria is not to be seen as a concept that is embraced almost exclusively by the religious right, strenuous efforts must be made to advance its legitimacy in the non- observant quarters of Israeli society.

For if this is not accomplished, it is likely to be dismissed as no more than a tenet of a radical religious credo, with little chance of it being adopted as a legitimate political objective by wider circles with the Israeli polity or society at large, beyond the ranks of the religious Zionist sector.

This is a consideration of utmost importance for sovereignty advocates. For given Netanyahu’s hitherto reticence in advancing the principle, it is not implausible to surmise that unless considerable pressure is exerted on him, he may, despite his impressive electoral success, be loathe to advance the issue of extended sovereignty with sufficient vigor to take full advantage of the clement climes in Washington—which cannot be counted on indefinitely.

There are three potential sources of pressure on Netanyahu.

The first is from within the Likud itself—where a good number of Knesset members and ministers support extending sovereignty to some degree or other. However, given Netanyahu’s intra-party dominance, it is unlikely that pressures from within the Likud will be sufficient to compel him to undertake far-reaching initiatives, which he is reluctant to adopt.

The need to generate greater public support (cont.)

The second is from his coalition partners, but as pointed out previously, apart from the United Right with only 4 seats, sovereignty has not been a central issue for the remainder of the coalition members, who are unlikely to make this a cardinal condition for their continued support of Netanyahu, should he balk at honoring his pledge.

The third—and most important, but sadly, the most neglected—source of pressure is from the public. It is here that “Right-wing” benefactors in general, and sovereignty supporters in particular, have been especially remiss.

In previous INTO THE FRAY columns, I have been at pains to point out that whoever controls the political discourse controls the political decision makers’ perception of the possible alternatives open to them and the unavoidable constraints confronting them. Accordingly, by controlling these perceptions, whoever controls the political discourse controls the political decision making process.

It is precisely here that “Right-wing” benefactors have misread the ideo-political battlefield—see Failed Philanthropy; and Like a Man in a Bucket: Failed Philanthropy (Cont.) . For as I have pointed out in these and other columns, whereas “Left-wing” benefactors have funded frameworks and mechanisms to advance political agendas, “Right-wing” benefactors have channeled support largely to causes more concrete and tangible in nature.

Accordingly, by focusing on the concrete rather than on the conceptual, “Right-wing” benefactors have allowed the “Left-wing” to hijack the discourse and acquire influence on the political decision making process—and hence on policy formulation—far beyond its electoral success at the polls – see The Limousine Theory: Understanding Politics in Israel- How It Works And Why It Doesn’t .

Learning the “Oslo Lesson”

Indeed, the “Right-wing” can learn much from the modus operandi of the “Left”.

After all, at the beginning of the 1990s, advancing the notion of Palestinian statehood was considered borderline sedition. Contacts with Yasser Arafat’s PLO were an offense punishable—and punished—by imprisonment. Yet, undeterred, the Left persisted—and because it was resolute in its aim, resourceful in its pursuit, and successful in raising resources, it managed to convert an idea, that was not only marginal and marginalized, not only illegitimate, but illegal, into the principle political paradigm that dominated the discourse for decades.

Indeed, in this regard, it is important to recall that the Oslo Accords, which essentially catapulted the pursuit of Palestinian statehood from being an act of treason to the internationally acclaimed centerpiece of Israeli foreign policy, were not born in the political system or created by incumbent politicians. They were born in Israel’s civil society and created by unelected civil society elites, who then imposed their agenda on the—often reluctant—elected incumbents.

There is an important lesson here for the advocates of extended sovereignty.

The key to implementing Netanyahu’s pledge to extend Israeli sovereignty to Judea-Samaria may not lie in direct efforts to persuade elected politicians to embrace it, but by investing resources in dominating the public discourse so as to mold decision-makers’ perceptions of what can be done and what must be avoided.

This then, should be the most urgent post-election priority for sovereignty advocates and their benefactors—especially in light of the looming specter of the Trump  “deal of the century”,  rumored to include demands for significant Israeli concessions:
Intensive investment of resources in civil society ideo-intellectual frameworks and mechanisms, that can not only draw the idea of extended Israeli sovereignty into the mainstream discourse as a legitimate political objective, but as one that can dominate that discourse.

That is the most reliable, hands-on approach to restoring Jewish sovereignty to the heart of the Jewish homeland.

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VIDEO EXPOSE: Vicious Anti-Semitism at University of North Carolina and Duke University

United With Israel in a column titled “SHOCKING: Rampant Anti-Semitism at US College’s ‘Gaza’ Conference” wrote:

Ami Horowitz exposes how a thin veneer of anti-Israel sentiment hides an ocean of open anti-Semitism at a recent conference on the Gaza conflict.

Filmmaker Ami Horowitz made some disturbing discoveries at a Gaza conference on the conflict in Gaza organized by the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

From the speakers to the entertainment, Ami quickly discovers anti-Israel sentiment is no more than a flimsy disguise for open anti-Semitism.

The fact that hate like this is acceptable at an American university in 2019 is absolutely horrifying.

The Daily Wire published this video titled “Ami on the Move: Open Anti-Semitism At UNC And Duke Conference” on its YouTube channel:

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VIDEO: Massive Pentagon Decision May Have Just Handed Trump 2020

The Conservative Tribune published the following commentary and video on its YouTube channel.

Months after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency for the border crisis, progress is finally being made. The Department of Defense authorized nearly $1 billion for Trump’s campaign-promised border wall. The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that two different companies have been given $976 million in contracts to start building portions of the border wall, CNN reported.

SLSCO Ltd., a company based in Texas, has been given a $789 million contract to build a wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and Barnard Construction Company, based in Montana, has been given a $187 million contract for work in Yuma, Arizona. Department of Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said that the wall in the El Paso border sector in Santa Teresa would include a “30-foot bollard fencing and a five-foot anti-climb plate.” The Yuma sector project includes an “18-foot bollard fencing and a five-foot anti-climb plate.” These projects are both expected to be completed by October 2020, one month before the presidential election.

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Netanyahu expected to remain Israel’s prime minister, after getting a boost from Trump

It’s all but certain now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue in office for a fifth term, following Tuesday’s national election. His main opponent – retired Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Alliance – conceded defeat Wednesday.

Israeli media report that Netanyahu’s Likud Party will be able to put together a coalition government with conservative and Orthodox Jewish parties that will hold 65 seats in the Knesset, the 120-member Israeli parliament.

With almost all votes counted it appears that Likud and the Blue and White Alliance (named for the colors of the Israeli flag) will each control 35 seats in the Knesset. But four right-wing and religious parties pledged support for Likud, while another party was expected to join a coalition with Likud as well, cementing Netanyahu’s majority.

President Trump, who didn’t officially endorse Netanyahu but whose strong support of Israel boosted Netanyahu’s popularity, told reporters at the White House Wednesday: “Everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and the Palestinians. I think we have a chance. I think we have now a better chance with Bibi having won.”

Trump’s actions strengthening Netanyahu’s position included: moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal; recognizing Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights that were captured from Syria in 1967; and branding Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a “foreign terrorist organization.”

The Trump-Netanyahu relationship was far better than Netanyahu’s relationship with President Obama, who frequently criticized Israeli actions under Netanyahu and sought to strengthen U.S. ties with Palestinians.

Netanyahu welcomed “a night of great victory” once election results confirmed his Likud party had gained seats in the Knesset. He promised to form a new government “swiftly” with his conservative coalition partners.

The past 25 years in Israel have been the Netanyahu years. You can tell how much Israel has changed by looking at those opposing the prime minister in the election.

In earlier years, Netanyahu was challenged on the left by a “pro-peace” Labor Party. Indeed, President Clinton weighed in heavily in support of the Labor Party to defeat Netanyahu twice after the Oslo Peace Accords were reached with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

But since the second intifada (Arabic for “uprising”) erupted in 2000 and Palestinians turned to suicide bombings, rocket attacks and other actions to strike Israeli civilians, the mood in Israel has shifted dramatically to the right.

The Israeli government under then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon started to build a wall to keep out the terrorists from the West Bank. Sharon was widely criticized for it at the time, including by the administration of President George W. Bush, because the wall cut through some Palestinian neighborhoods.

Israelis called it the “Oslo Fence,” noting that it only became necessary after the Oslo Peace accords brought armed terrorists to their doorsteps. Israelis have also built walls along the northern border with Lebanon and the southwest border with Gaza.

Few Israelis still retain any illusions about the possibilities of a negotiated peace agreement with the Palestinians. With Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas – the most “moderate” of Palestinian leaders – vowing to never recognize the state of Israel, there simply is no partner for peace.

And so in Tuesday’s election, Netanyahu’s main opponents were three former Israeli Defense Forces chiefs of staff, who criticized him for being too soft on the Palestinians – not too hardline. They wanted him to launch a full-scale invasion of Gaza last November when Hamas and Iranian-backed militias stepped up rocket attacks into Israel.

Netanyahu argued, to the surprise of many, that he had received “secret intelligence” that convinced him to respond more cautiously, causing then-Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to resign in protest.

I believe that intelligence focused on Iran’s troop and missile infrastructure buildup inside Syria, and Iran’s repeated vows to open a “land bridge” from Iran through Iraq into Syria that would allow Iran to send massive numbers of ground troops and equipment right up to the Israeli border unhindered.

I reported from the front lines of the 2006 Lebanon war the last time an Israeli prime minister made the mistake of overestimating the threat from Gaza and underestimating the threat from Iranian-backed militias to the north.

At the time, Hezbollah fired some 4,400 unguided rockets into Israel, causing relatively few casualties. Today, Hezbollah alone claims it possesses 150,000 Iranian rockets, many of them equipped with sophisticated GPS guidance systems.

The Islamic State of Iran has long boasted that it will “eradicate” the state of Israel and “annihilate Tel Aviv” if Israel attacks; nothing new, for sure. But Iran has patiently built up new capabilities to make those threats much more convincing.

Iran today can open a three-front war against the Jewish state using proxy forces in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. This is a proven capability, not an idle threat. So far, Netanyahu has kept all three at bay.

In December 2017, for example, a senior Iranian-backed militia leader from Iraq posed for selfies on the Golan Heights peering down into the Galilee in northern Israel after he drove in a small convoy across the newly opened “land bridge” from Iraq.

The Iranians today command an estimated 80,000 militiamen in Syria from Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps commanders have said that the “land bridge” will allow them to flow in another 100,000 troops to Israel’s borders, clearly the prelude to war.

And this is why Israel, under Netanyahu’s cautious leadership, has been relentlessly striking at Iranian military and intelligence bases in Syria over the past two years, pushing the Iranians as much as 80 kilometers from Israel’s northern border.

Netanyahu has shown himself to be a consummate diplomat, regularly flying to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin to win Russian acquiescence to the Israeli air strikes.

Netanyahu’s calm behavior contrasts starkly with the hot-headed remarks of opposition candidate Ganz, the most gaffe-prone of the three former Israeli military chiefs. Ganz has called for annihilating not the Iranian threat but the Palestinian one, boasting in campaign ads of having sent parts of Gaza “back to the stone age” when he was chief of staff during the 2014 war.

Many Israelis may be fed up with Netanyahu the politician. They may be tired of the corruption allegations swirling around him – allegations he denies.

But Israelis increasingly appreciate Netanyahu’s steady hand on the tiller, and his ability to avoid war without appeasing Israel’s enemies. That alone is worth awarding him another term.

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EDITORS NOTE: This Fox News column is republished with permission.