Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: History

In 1992 James Carville told Bill Clinton, “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” It still is.

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 24, 2020: 

James Carville posted the following sign on the wall of Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters when he was vying to oust George H. W. Bush from the Oval Office in 1992: “Change vs. more of the same”; “Don’t forget health care”; and the one that still resonates today, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Two polls released late last week prove the point.

On Thursday, Gallup released the results of its latest polls showing that the president’s approval rating jumped five percentage points since early January. This was driven not only by higher approval by Republicans, but, more importantly, by independents who gave him their highest approval rate since Gallup has been asking them.

These results go along with Gallup’s noting that the level of national satisfaction is the highest the pollster has seen since February 2005, 15 years ago. More than three out of five of those polled not only rate current economic conditions as either good or excellent, but that they expect the economy to continue to get even better.

The pollster also noted an increase in the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as Republicans, while the percentage of those calling themselves independents declined.

This is, according to Gallup, translating into greatly improved chances that the president will be reelected in November:

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Is Bernie Sanders a Communist?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 10, 2020: 

Is Bernie Sanders a communist? The president thinks so. At a rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday night, Donald Trump railed against Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders, calling him a “socialist-slash-communist” and saying that his tax plan would “take everything.”

On Fox News Sunday Sanders had a chance to respond: “Obviously, I am not a communist. I presume the president knows the difference. Maybe he doesn’t.”

As French enlightenment philosopher Voltaire said, “If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.” Confucius warned of the danger: “When words lose their meaning, people lose their liberty.”

In his monumental Overview of America, John F. McManus defined the terms “fascism,” “Nazism,” “socialism,” and “communism.” He said they are all forms of total government, ranging from the least obvious, fascism, to the most obvious and blatant, communism. Fascism allows individuals to believe they are still free to run their businesses while operating under rules and regulations that tell them under what conditions they may operate — hiring, firing, advertising, selling, pricing, and so forth.

Nazism is more obvious:

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U.S. Lawmakers Are Late to the Game

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 10, 2020:

Michael Pillsbury, in the Afterward to his monumental The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, wrote:

As I’ve noted in this book [published in 2015], American intelligence and national security officials have for too long succumbed to wishful thinking about China’s strategy and ignored the obvious evidence of its deliberate challenge to the West….

 

Only now, after a forty-year slumber, are we finally beginning to awaken to China’s detailed and deliberate strategy to surpass us by 2049.

 

We can only hope it is not too late.

The infiltration of the U.S. media is just one of the many battlegrounds China is funding for that purpose, along with the theft of American intellectual property, building its military second to none, and initiating its “Thousand Talents Plan” to insinuate thousands of Chinese nationals into sensitive positions in the U.S.

Thirty-five lawmakers have just become aware of how the Chinese Communists have been publishing “cover” articles – designed to look like legitimate news articles – in major U.S. media for decades. Only last week have they discovered the effort and have sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr to look into it. They sought a response from Barr about reports that the Chinese Communist Party’s China Daily has been violating this country’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for years.

The demand in the form of a letter sent last Thursday followed reports from the Washington Free Beacon in December that China Daily has for years been acting as a transmission belt for communist propaganda without complying with FARA. Said the Beacon:

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Congressional Lawmakers Press AG Barr to Investigate China’s Propaganda Mouthpiece, China Daily

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, February 9, 2020: 

Thirty-five lawmakers sought a response from U.S. Attorney General William Barr about reports that the Chinese Communist Party has been violating this country’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for years.

The demand in the form of a letter sent last Thursday followed reports from the Washington Free Beacon in December that China Daily has for years been acting as a transmission belt for communist propaganda without complying with FARA. Said the Beacon: “China Daily, an official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, has published hundreds of propaganda articles designed to look like ordinary news stories in some of America’s most influential newspapers…. The propaganda outlet has repeatedly violated [FARA] by failing to provide full disclosures about its purchases.”

For example,

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Serious Sorting to Take Place Tonight in New Hampshire Democrat Debate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 7, 2020: 

Unless former Vice President Joe Biden pulls off a miracle, there will be only three serious candidates left vying for the Democrat Party’s nomination to face the president after tonight’s debate. One of them won’t even be on the stage tonight at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.

Of the seven debate participants — Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, and Amy Klobuchar — two are serious contenders. The third — Michael Bloomberg — will be eyeing the expected brawl from the sidelines.

Buttigieg has declared himself the victor in Iowa’s botched results while Sanders is so close behind that the media are calling them the “twinners” in that contest.

According to the New York Times the “steel bar” rule is this:

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Unions See PRO Act as Their Last Opportunity to Save Themselves from Extinction

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 7, 2020: 

In 1945, 35 percent of U.S. workers belonged to a union. Today, less than eight percent do. In order to keep from becoming totally extinct, unions are pushing the House to pass what the National Retail Federation (NRF) calls “the worst bill in Congress.” It’s a “compilation of dozens of extreme labor policy proposals from the past several years lumped into one disastrous bill,” according to Lizzy Simmons, NRF’s Vice President.

Not only does the bill – H.R. 2472, “Protecting the Right to Organize Act” or PRO Act – have the support of Democrat presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Joe Biden, it has 218 co-sponsors in the House. Which means that the bill, expected to be voted on within days, will easily pass over Republican resistance.

The bill threatens all of the gains the president crowed about during his State of the Union message on Tuesday, including wage growth among the lower-paid workers and a thriving economy pushing unemployment down to levels not seen in 50 years.

This summary includes the most egregious of the 30 provisions of the bill:

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House Set To Pass “Worst Bill,” the PRO Act

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 6, 2020: 

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is calling the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, “the worst bill in Congress”. It’s a “compilation of dozens of extreme labor policy proposals from the past several years lumped into one disastrous bill,” according to Lizzy Simmons, NRF’s Vice President.

Not only does the bill have the support of Democrat presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Joe Biden, it has 218 cosponsors in the House. This means that the bill, expected to be voted on on Thursday, will easily pass over Republican resistance.

The bill threatens all of the gains the president talked about during his State of the Union message on Tuesday, including wage growth among lower-paid workers and a thriving economy pushing unemployment down to levels not seen in 50 years.

This summary includes the most egregious of the 30 provisions of the bill:

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China Now Reaping the Whirlwind of Its Family Planning Commands

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 3, 2020: 

God’s complaint in Hosea didn’t come close to the horror inflicted on the Chinese people by Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward.” Said the Lord: “Israel’s foolish plans are like planting the wind, but they will harvest a storm.”

Mao’s foolish plan was to turn China’s agrarian society into a communist paradise by force, thinking it would miraculously propel his third world country into the 20th century. Instead, his insistence that all plots be managed by collectives, and private tending of gardens forbidden, cost the lives of some 45 million people through starvation. With Mao gone, his followers implemented a “two child policy” in order to help recover from what historians refer to as the greatest famine in all of human history.

That policy worked so well that by 1979 the communists reversed course, commanding that families implement a “one child” policy to rein in its population growth.

It didn’t take long for that new policy to take effect. It worked so well that

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Virginia Democrats Pass New Gun-control Bills in Order to “Save Lives”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 31, 2020: 

Virginia’s House of Delegates passed seven bills infringing on the rights of lawful gun owners in the Old Dominion on Thursday, all in the name of reducing gun violence. They included universal background checks prohibiting the private transfer of firearms between consenting citizens, an unconstitutional “red flag” law that violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, limiting the right of a Virginian to purchase firearms to one per month, and others.

Virginia has been moving left for years.

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Fed Chairman Powell Said a Lot by Saying Very Little on Wednesday

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 31, 2020: 

By saying very little on Wednesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell revealed a great deal about himself, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), and the Federal Reserve banking system itself. With the economy hitting its stride, he’s unhappy. Inflation is too low and he wants to do something about it. Following Wednesday’s meeting, Powell said:

We’re not satisfied with inflation running below 2%, particularly at a time such as now where we’re a long way into an [economic] expansion and a long way into a period of very low unemployment when in theory [emphasis added] inflation should be moving up….

 

While low and stable inflation is certainly a good thing, inflation that runs persistently below our objective [of 2%] can lead longer-term inflation expectations to drift down, pulling actual inflation even lower.

 

In turn, interest rates would be lower as well … as a result we [the FOMC] would have less room to reduce interest rates to support the economy in a future downturn….

To make sense of this hash,

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Democrats’ Quandary: What To Do About Bernie?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 29, 2020:

With Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stretching his lead over former Vice President Joe Biden in the days heading into the Iowa caucuses, the Democrat Party’s leadership is getting nervous. A poll by Iowa State University shows him leading Biden by nine points: 24 to 15, while Emerson reports Sanders ahead of Biden 30 to 21. The NY Times/Siena poll shows similar results: Sanders 25, Biden 17.

This is making key Democrat leaders nervous. Matt Bennett, vice president of the Democratic think tank Third Way, said, “We issued a warning a year ago that Sanders could win the nomination and would likely lose to Trump.… It’s past time for Democrats to come off the sidelines.… We simply can’t stand by while there’s a threat that Democrats could nominate a guy who would hand such nuclear-level ammunition to the Trump campaign.”

Part of Sanders’ success is his appeal to the anti-establishment Left:

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The Supreme Court’s Decision in Citizens United 10 Years Ago Has Strengthened the Republic

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 29, 2020: 

The issue of free speech came to a head more than 10 years ago when a conservative political advocacy group wanted to air a program detailing the shady dealings and dark background of Hillary Clinton just before the 2008 presidential election. Titled “Hillary: the Movie” it detailed her political chicanery and exploits ranging from Whitewater to her cattle futures investment “success.” A lawsuit was brought, claiming the effort to inform violated existing election laws. On appeal, the Supreme Court ruled those laws violated Citizens United’s First Amendment right to free speech.

Predictions that that decision by the Supreme Court would allow “dark money” to invade and take over the political process in the United States have failed to materialize. Instead the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech has been strengthened in the political arena, to the benefit of the Republic.

Some Democrats still haven’t gotten the memo. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) declared just last week that, “Ten years after Citizens United our democracy has reached a crisis point. Just look at the ever-increasing amount of secret money flooding [into] our elections.” The New York Times whined at the time of the ruling that the decision “paved the way for corporations to use their vast treasuries to overwhelm elections … thrust[ing] politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century.”

Udall didn’t bother to check his facts, and the Times is silent over the failure of its gloomy prediction.

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10 Years Later: Gloomy Predictions Following Citizens United Decision Didn’t Happen

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 28, 2020:

Predictions that the decision by the Supreme Court 10 years ago in Citizens United v. FEC (Federal Election Commission) would allow “dark money” to invade and take over the political process in the United States have failed to materialize. Instead, the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech has been strengthened in the political arena, to the benefit of the Republic.

Some Democrats still haven’t gotten the memo. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) declared just last week that “Ten years after Citizens United our democracy has reached a crisis point. Just look at the ever-increasing amount of secret money flooding [into] our elections.” The New York Times whined at the time of the ruling that the decision “paved the way for corporations to use their vast treasuries to overwhelm elections … thrust[ing] politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century.”

Udall didn’t bother to check his facts,

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The New “Stakeholder Capitalism” is the Old Fascism: Control Without Ownership

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 24, 2020:  

The elites gathering to greet, meet, and eat in Davos, Switzerland this week have an agenda: fascism on a global scale. They dare not call it that, of course. Instead, the cover is called “stakeholder capitalism,” being promoted to replace the old, outmoded “shareholder capitalism” that has lifted the world’s standard of living to heights never dreamed of.

As Bill Jasper noted in The New American on Wednesday, the real agenda of the Davos confab taking place in Switzerland is giving more and more power and control to the elites in order to make the world more “sustainable.” He wrote: “This involves us giving them – the saviors – more power and more money.” The partners supporting the World Economic Forum (WEF) vision include Big Business, Big Banking, Big Tech, Big Foundations, Big Green, and Big Labor. Noted Jasper, “This united front pushes for more Big Government as the solution to every “crisis” – with Global Total Government as the ultimate solution.”

The “crises” du jour Davos is laboring to solve consist of “income inequality,” “climate change,” and “political polarization.” The solution: changing how corporations operate to meet those needs and solve those problems, by force.

The real intentions of the gathering at Davos were barely visible in 1973 when

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Second Amendment Freedom Fighter Bill Richardson Dead at 92

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 21, 2020: 

Gun Owners of America (GOA) announced the passing of its founder, Hubert Leon “Bill” Richardson, on January 13, calling him a “feisty” Republican from Southern California who challenged the powers that be. Called “Wild Bill” by his friends, Richardson served as a California state senator for 23 years, from 1966 to 1989. He failed in efforts to gain a seat in the U.S. Congress, but left a legacy in how successful political campaigns are run.

Blessed with an effervescent personality and a sense of humor, he galvanized efforts to

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Clients of Goldman Sachs Say Trump Will Win Reelection

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 20, 2020: 

When the international banking and investment firm Goldman Sachs quizzed 160 of its clients attending its Global Strategy Conference in London last week, it learned that 139 of them think Donald Trump will win reelection in November. The word “triumph” appeared in its research note to its clients.

Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, thinks so too. While Goldman’s clients cannot in any way be confused with the average American citizen and voter, Hanson thinks those citizens and voters will reelect Trump. History is on Trump’s side, says Hanson. In the 1996 presidential election Bill Clinton crushed Bob Dole in both the popular vote and in the Electoral College, not because Clinton was so popular (his polls were in the 40s) but because Dole was “uninspiring” to voters, according to Hanson.

In the 2012 election, Republicans repeated the mistake,

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Why Is Religion so Important to the Health and Strength of the American Republic?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 20, 2020: 

The answer was missing last Thursday when Trump celebrated National Religious Freedom Day by confirming and expanding those freedoms for American citizens.

The guidance issued by nine of his executive branch agencies was certainly welcome. It addressed the issue frontally, declaring that there is war against religion in the United States, and that it has, until recently, been going badly for people of faith.

The president said:

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This Time Senator Chuck Schumer May Be Right: Phase One is Worthless

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 17, 2020:  

In response to the signing of the Phase One trade deal, liberal New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer called the deal “an extreme disappointment.” He said the agreement “concedes our leverage” over China for “vague, unenforceable promises” that China “never intends to fulfill. I fear that Xi [China’s communist leader] is laughing at us behind our backs for having gained so much at our expense.”

What Xi gained was the signing of an agreement in exchange for a reduction in tariffs – an agreement that is so flawed that it is practically worthless. But the communist Chinese leader gained much favorable national and international credibility just for showing that he is Trump’s equal.

Skeptics scouring the 94-page agreement aren’t finding much to cheer about. The centerpiece of Phase One is the pledge China made to purchase at least $200 billion worth of additional American products over the next two years. In addition it allegedly puts in place enforcement mechanisms to keep China from stealing American companies’ trade secrets and advanced technology.

First, from a practical point of view,

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China Won’t Let Phase One Stand in Its Way

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 15, 2020:

China isn’t about to let a piece of paper like Phase One stand in its way to global hegemony. It has spent the last 30 years manipulating its currency, attracting American capital, and stealing American technology in its quest to become the world’s largest economy. As is becoming more widely known, it seeks unprecedented global power and influence in another 20 years. This is how the communists plan on celebrating their 100 th anniversary of capturing China in 1949.

As an example, it demanded a “condition precedent” before agreeing to sign Phase One scheduled for Wednesday in Washington. The president, in full reelection mode, acquiesced. It was a victory for China and an indicator that much more work needs to be done in “Phase Two” and future additional agreements to have any chance of reining in China’s hunger and thirst for American capital and technology through deceit and manipulation. Its war on the West won’t be stymied in the slightest, even after “Phase One” is signed.

Mnuchin tried to make the deal sound attractive:

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Money Manager Claims Now Is Time to Buy China Stocks

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 6, 2020: 

Eric Moffett, a portfolio manager for mutual fund giant T. Rowe Price who works in Hong Kong, told the Wall Street Journal on Saturday that he thinks investors should consider investing in China “because we’re at a sentiment low [and] we think it creates a lot of opportunities.”

It’s no wonder that investor sentiment is low: Investors in the Shanghai Composite Index for the last 10 years have made nothing. Zero. Nada. And this was while China’s economy was allegedly growing at better than six percent a year.

Investors suffered through government manipulations of that index, watching their accounts

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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