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

Obama 2011: “We’re Leaving a Stable Iraq”; 2014: Not True (Video)

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 8, 2014:

English: No more war in Iraq

Policies put in place long before the arrival of President Obama virtually assured the disruption and revolution in Iraq currently being viewed on every television channel in America. But back in 2011, the president assured the American people that all was well in the country, that America’s adventurism had succeeded, and that it was safe to leave it to manage its own affairs without further American interference.

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Job Openings Highest Since 2000, Reflecting Robust Economy

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 8, 2018: 

The “Job Openings” report released Tuesday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was nothing short of remarkable: “On the last business day of March, the job openings level increased to a series high of 6.6 million. The series began in December 2000.” Translation: The U.S. economy, as measured by job growth, job openings, and unemployment numbers, is stronger now than at any time in the past 17 years.

Those job openings are in professional and business services, the segment of the economy that facilitates the rest of the economy through technology. Employers are also looking for construction workers (68,000 openings in March) and in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (37,000 openings in March).

Buried in the numbers is another astonishing fact:

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Monmouth Poll: Republicans Gaining in Competitive House Seats

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 4, 2020: 

Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, after reviewing its latest poll, said “Republican gains on the generic ballot in competitive seats should worry Democrats.”

The pollster posed a generic ballot test for the U.S. House with its results published on Wednesday: 48 percent of registered voters currently support the Democratic candidate in their district while 45 percent back the Republican candidate.

But in 12 congressional districts where the winning margin for Democrats was greater than 15 points in 2018, the Democrats’ overall advantage currently has been cut in half,

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Biden Campaign Raises Record $365 Million in August

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 3, 2020: 

Democrat Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign reported on Wednesday that it raised nearly $365 million in August, obliterating the previous record haul of $193 million by Barack Obama in 2008. It was more than double what his campaign raised in July.

It also removed any remaining doubt about Biden’s ability to raise money, at least half of which came from 1.5 million new contributors and four million total contributors during the month.

In addition,

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Stocks Hit New Highs on Tuesday, Marking Third-fastest Recovery Since 1929

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 19, 2020: 

Two of the three major market indexes closed at record highs on Tuesday, marking the end of the bear market and making it the third-fastest recovery since the Great Depression.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index lost 34 percent of its value between February 19 and March 23. Since then, it has gained it all back and now shows a gain for the year. That five-month recovery is the third-fastest since 1929.

The Nasdaq has also rebounded, setting new highs, while the Dow remains a scant five percent away from a full recovery from the COVID shutdown.

Tech stocks have driven the recovery, including GAFAM

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President Trump Honors 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment by Pardoning Susan B. Anthony

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 18, 2020: 

During a White House ceremony on Tuesday morning celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment — “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” — President Trump announced he would be pardoning perhaps its most ardent supporter, Susan B. Anthony.

For her efforts, Anthony was tried and convicted of voting for president in 1872, a time when it was illegal for women to do so.

Said the president:

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President Trump Considering Pardoning Whistleblower Edward Snowden

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, August 16, 2020:

During President Trump’s interview with the New York Post on Thursday, the name of whistleblower Edward Snowden came up in the context of the spying by the Obama administration on the Trump campaign now coming to light. Said the president,

When you look at [former FBI Director James] Comey and [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe, and [former CIA Director John] Brennan — and, excuse me, the man that sat at this desk, President Obama, got caught spying on my campaign with Biden. Biden and Obama, and they got caught spying on the campaign….

 

Snowden is one of the people they talk about. They talk about numerous people, but he is certainly one of the people that they do talk about.

 

I guess the DOJ is looking to extradite him right now?… It’s certainly something I could look at. Many people are on his side, I will say that. I don’t know him, never met him. But many people are on his side.

At a press briefing Snowden’s name came up again:

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National Debt Projected to Hit $41 Trillion by 2030

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 12, 2020: 

If the Manhattan Institute is correct, the national debt will reach $41 trillion no later than 2030, less than 10 years from now. Their calculations take into account the budget deficits baked into the numbers before the COVID crisis hit, the stimulus packages initiated since, the impact of an aging demographic on Social Security and Medicare, falling tax revenues due to a smaller economy, and rising interest rates.

Said the institute:

Over the full decade, the coronavirus recession is expected to add nearly $8 trillion to the national debt, pushing the debt held by the public to $41 trillion within a decade, or 128% of the economy….

 

This gives lawmakers six years or less to avert a potential debt crisis in which rising debt and interest costs would overwhelm Washington’s ability to tax and borrow.

Two key questions arise:

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Biden Campaign Announces Ad Buy Targeted to Black Voters

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

In announcing its multi-million dollar ad buy on Wednesday, the Biden campaign let the Associated Press see an advance copy of its ad titled “Better America” targeted specifically to black voters. The AP quoted part of the one-minute ad:

We must choose to fight for that better America. And just like our ancestors who stood up to the violent racists of a generation ago, we will stand up to this president and say “No more” because America is better than him.

 

So we choose to be bigger. We choose to be bolder. We choose to bring back justice, respect and dignity to this country. We choose Joe Biden to lead us all towards that American promise together.

Except that a large bloc of those black voters aren’t choosing Biden. The results from the American University Black Swing Voter Project, which were just released, showed that the most reliable Democrat bloc remains those black voters over 60. The Project said that 86 percent of them plan to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden in November.

But of those between ages 30 and 59,

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Democrats Continue Push to Cancel Presidential Debates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com Monday, August 3, 2020: 

Last week’s opinion piece by Joe Lockhart at CNN confirmed, if any confirmation was necessary, that Democrats are frightened by the prospect of “Sleepy Joe” Biden mixing it up in nationally televised presidential debates with President Trump.

Lockhart is CNN’s political analyst and former White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton’s administration. He warned Biden: “Whatever you do, don’t debate Trump.”

He explained that it would be “a fool’s errand to enter the ring with someone who can’t follow the rules or the truth. [You] will undoubtedly take heat from Republicans … for skipping the debates. But it’s worth the risk as trying to debate someone incapable of telling the truth is an impossible contest to win.”

Besides, penned Lockhart,

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“Swing” Voters Are Staying With Trump, Says Liberal Pollster

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

“Swing” voters — defined as those Democrats who voted for Obama in 2012 and for Trump in 2016 — are staying with Trump, according to Rich Thau, a focus group moderator. Thau, head of the Swing Voter Project for the polling consultancy firm Engagious, told CNN on Wednesday:

Focus groups are early-detection systems of shifting public opinion. Before something important appears in polling it often bubbles up first in focus group conversations.

 

And, each month for the past 17 months, I’ve had a unique window into the Americans largely responsible for giving the president his slim Electoral College victory: [the] so-called “Obama-Trump” swing voters across the upper Midwest.

 

Our Swing Voter Project has uncovered that many of these people … prefer Trump over Biden. In fact, 22 of 33 respondents [in Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Michigan] feel this way.

Thau explained why:

  • They think a businessman is best suited to turn the country around;
  • They feel that COVID-19 was not Trump’s fault;
  • They equate the Black Lives Matter protestors with the rioters attacking federal buildings and retail businesses;
  • They don’t want historic monuments torn down;
  • They dismiss the idea of defunding the police as “ridiculous”;
  • They want America to be first;
  • They oppose immigration policies that grant benefits to foreigners at their expense; and
  • They like a leader who fights back instead of a politician who “folds in the face of special interests.”

From his focus group conversations with these voters, Thau learned that most of them “couldn’t name a single thing [that] Biden had said or done regarding the pandemic. In bellwether Macomb County [Michigan], on July 21, none of the nine voters I interviewed could name a single thing Biden had achieved in nearly 50 years in national politics.”

And several told him they perceived Biden as a “puppet” of special interests if he were elected, while others said they were convinced that Biden has dementia, even mocking him after viewing videos of his gaffes online.

He noted the difference in their views of Biden compared to Hillary Clinton:

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Trump’s $20 Million Fundraiser Confirms Enthusiasm Chasm Over Biden

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 24, 2020: 

In the press release that followed President Trump’s first-ever virtual fundraiser held on Tuesday, hostess Kimberly Guilfoyle, chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, exulted:

Trump Victory’s groundbreaking fundraising record proves the American people are passionate about gaining four more years under President Trump’s strong leadership.

 

Across the nation, the SILENT MAJORITY are coming together to donate their valuable time and hard-earned money to help make this President’s re-election a reality.

 

The most important measure of success in this race is enthusiasm, and the enthusiasm from President Trump’s supporters cannot be matched.

In fact Democrat Party presumptive candidate Joe Biden can’t even come close. His most successful virtual fundraiser brought in just $7.6 million.

More than 300,000 donors contributed to the record set on Tuesday, with the average donation nearly $67. When supporters express enthusiasm in polls, that’s one thing. When they express it by debiting their credit cards, that’s another thing altogether.

The enthusiasm “gap” between the candidates was revealed in an Emerson College poll in late April, which found that

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Biden Slipping, Trump Gaining Among Young Black, Brown Voters

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, July 22, 2020:

The shrinkage of support for the Democrat Party’s presumptive presidential candidate Joe Biden among young black and Hispanic likely voters in November’s election has caught the attention of Harry Enten of CNN.

Enten is one of the new breed of political journalists specializing in data-driven reporting and was one of the first people Nate Silver hired when he relaunched his FiveThirtyEight polling website under the auspices of ESPN in 2013. He not only writes for CNN but also produces The Forecast Fest, which focuses on the 2020 presidential election.

Noted Enten on Tuesday, “Trump continues to do something perhaps unexpectedly among Black voters: hold his own against Biden relative to many people’s expectations.”

Those expectations were that Biden would

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Nikema Williams to Replace John Lewis in Georgia’s 5th District

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

Upon learning that the executive committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia had selected her to succeed John Lewis as the representative from Atlanta’s 5th Congressional District, Georgia State Senator Nikema Williams said:

Nobody could possibly fill the shoes of Congressman Lewis. His leadership and fighting spirit is needed now more than ever in this country.

 

I believe it is imperative that we choose someone with a long track record of fearlessly standing up for what is right and someone who will take on the endless attacks on our rights that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from the Republican Party.

With that statement, she gave notice that little if anything is going to change: The voice from the 5th District of Georgia will continue to be noisy, shrill, and demeaning to Republicans, especially the president.

As one of 131 people vying to take John Lewis’ place, Williams campaigned on Zoom featuring a framed picture of Lewis’ mugshot from his arrest during a Nashville sit-in during the 1960s. She declared herself to be “a student of the John Lewis school of politics,” which “practiced the art of getting into ‘good trouble.’”

This was a phrase no doubt familiar to members of the executive committee. In 2016, Lewis made a presentation at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he quoted Martin Luther King, Jr.:

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Secretary of State Pompeo Announces New Policy Over China’s South China Sea Claims

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 14, 2020: 

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo issued a statement on Monday directly and forcefully challenging China’s claims to most of the South China Sea:

Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them….

 

Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal states [the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam], bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion, and replace international law with “might makes right.”

In 2009, the Communist Chinese unilaterally and arbitrarily drew a circle around what it considered its sovereign territory, a series of nine dashes on the map of the South China Sea extending from the Paracel Islands (about 200 miles due East of Da Nang, Vietnam), south to Malaysia, curving north to enclose the Spratley Islands and ending 50 miles offshore of Taiwan. The enormous waters see nearly $5 trillion worth of global trade passing through them every year.

Said Pompeo:

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Trump Pulls the Plug on WHO, Effective July 2021

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, July 8, 2020: 

President Trump kept another promise on Tuesday: He had earlier threatened to pull the United States out of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) unless the outfit shaped up. It didn’t, so he left.

The president filed a notice of withdrawal, effective July 6, 2021, with the UN Secretary General.

Trump cut off U.S. funding to WHO back in April. In a May letter to WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom, he explained, “On April 14, 2020, I suspended United States contributions to the World Health Organization pending an investigation by my Administration of [your] organization’s failed response to the COVID-10 outbreak. This review confirmed many of the serious concerns I raised, [including WHO’s] alarming lack of independence from the People’s Republic of China.”

The letter devoted wrote four pages to summarizing what the Trump administration learned. This included:

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Trump’s EO Creating “National Garden of American Heroes” Is a Master Stroke

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

In announcing that he had signed an executive order creating a National Garden of American Heroes during his Mt. Rushmore speech on Friday night, Trump displayed a masterful understanding not only of the national psyche but how such an order would put his critics on the defensive.

The national psyche is fed up with destruction, especially of national monuments celebrating American heroes. It reflects an increasing level of disgust and distrust of the national media, which opposes “everything Trump.” His executive order is a mark of political genius.

At Mt. Rushmore on Friday night the president said:

I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past. I am signing an executive order to establish the National Garden of American heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.

 

Let us go forward united in our purpose and rededicated in our resolve. We will raise the next generation of American patriots, we will write the next thrilling chapter of the American adventure, and we will teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them, and that no one can hold them down. They will know that in America, you can do anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.

His executive order made clear the purpose of the statuary park:

America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices. Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before. Since the time of our founding, Americans have raised monuments to our greatest citizens….

 

These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal. They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten. These works of art call forth gratitude for the accomplishments and sacrifices of our exceptional fellow citizens who, despite their flaws, placed their virtues, their talents, and their lives in the service of our Nation.

 

These monuments express our noblest ideals: respect for our ancestors, love of freedom, and striving for a more perfect union. They are works of beauty, created as enduring tributes. In preserving them, we show reverence for our past, we dignify our present, and we inspire those who are to come. To build a monument is to ratify our shared national project.

His order names a task force to plan for the park, to be completed no later than July 4, 2026, the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The statues “should depict historically significant Americans … an individual who was, or became, an American citizen and was a public figure who made substantive contributions to America’s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history.”

His order provided guidelines for his task force:

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Trump Sharpens Attack on America’s Enemies in His “Salute to America” Speech

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, July 5, 2020:

In his “Salute to America” speech given on Saturday night from the White House South Lawn, President Donald Trump sharpened his attacks on America’s enemies while reiterating themes from his remarkable speech the night before at Mt. Rushmore.

He referred to the Trump “phenomenon” as “our movement [which] is based on lifting all citizens to reach their fullest God-given potential,” adding:

Never forget: We are one family and one nation. This rich heritage belongs to every citizen, young and old, first-generation American and tenth-generation American. This heritage belongs to every citizen, young and old — first-generation American — we want to go from first generation to tenth generation; it matters not. We are American. We are from the USA. This great heritage belongs to citizens of every background and of every walk of life.

But there are people, efforts, movements and campaigns to keep that from happening, said the president:

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President Trump’s Remarkable Speech at Mt. Rushmore Excoriated by the New York Times

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, July 4, Independence Day, 2020:  

President Donald Trump’s remarkable speech at Mt. Rushmore on Friday night — Monica Showalter, Deputy Editor at American Thinker, called it “his finest speech … the speech of his presidency” — not only celebrated the giants whose faces are carved into the granite wall behind him, but also called out the enemies of the republic.

And one of those enemies — the New York Times — didn’t like it one bit.

The president opened with this:

There could be no better place to celebrate America’s independence than beneath this magnificent, incredible majestic mountain and monument to the greatest Americans who have ever lived. Today we pay tribute to the exceptional lives and extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt.

 

I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world, this monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defamed, their legacy will never ever be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.

He retold the marvelous story of the founding of the republic, unique in all of human history:

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David Jeremiah’s Prayer for America

Almighty God,

In all history, there has been only one nation like America—founded by Pilgrims seeking freedom to worship, established on a vast continent between two oceans, dedicated to the proposition that we are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights: One nation under God.

You have delivered us in war, prospered us in peace, and raised up generations willing to offer their devotion for the preservation of liberty at home and abroad.

We have been a light for the world. From our shores has gone the greatest missionary force in history.

But now, Lord, America has

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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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