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: Politics

Impeachment? What Impeachment? Voters Are Tuning Out

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 27, 2020: 

Voters are tuning out of the Trump impeachment trial in droves. After two days of watching the Democrats bash the president, viewership of the six major networks covering it dropped by 20 percent. When the Associated Press asked voters why, they said they’re bored and tired of “the whole partisan saga.”

Most of them made up their minds months ago, said Eric Kasper, director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: “A lot of people have made up their minds, and it looks pretty clear what the outcome of this trial is going to be.”

Only 11.8 million people watched the six networks during the first two days of the Senate trial, compared to

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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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Davos Confab to Replace “Shareholder Capitalism” With “Stakeholder Capitalism”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 23, 2020:

As The New American noted on Wednesday, the real agenda of the Davos confab taking place this week in Switzerland is giving more and more power and control to global elites in order to make the world more “sustainable.” We 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. As we noted, “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 consists of “income inequality,” “climate change,” and “political polarization.” The solution: changing how corporations operate to meet those needs and solve those problems, by force.

It’s called “stakeholder” capitalism, and it will replace the old, outmoded, and corrupt “shareholder” capitalism that has done nothing less than catapult the world’s standard of living to levels never seen in history.

The real intentions of the gathering at Davos were barely visible in 1973 when its Code of Ethics for Business Leaders concluded that

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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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On National Religious Freedom Day, Trump Expands Religious Freedom

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 17, 2020:

President Trump chose Thursday — National Religious Freedom Day — to announce a flurry of guidance from nine Executive Branch agencies that not only confirms Americans’ freedom to worship under the First Amendment but rolls back incursions on that freedom that occurred under previous administrations.

The guidance empowered students who want to pray at school by reaffirming their right to do so, including reading religious materials or praying during non-class periods, organizing prayer groups, and expressing their religious beliefs in their school assignments. It warned state governments not to discriminate against religious organizations and affirmed that the granting of federal funds by Executive Branch agencies likewise will not discriminate against them.

The president said:

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No Mention of China’s Human Rights Violations During Trade Deal Signing

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 15, 2020: 

Missing during the self-congratulatory handshaking that accompanied the signing of the Phase One trade deal on Wednesday was any mention that China remains one of the worst offenders of human rights in the world, if not in all of human history. It wouldn’t have been politic to bring up such a sordid subject. One wouldn’t want to spoil the mood. For the millions suffering from human-rights abuses and violations in China, the silence was deafening.

A week ago, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China issued its report on those abuses, stating that “the human rights and rule of law conditions in China continued to worsen this past year.” The 24-page report expounded and expanded on those abuses:

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To Get Trade Deal Signed, U.S. Says China No Longer “Currency Manipulator”

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

Two days before “Phase One” of a U.S.-China trade deal is to be signed, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that his department was removing China from its list of “currency manipulators.” This was a “condition precedent” in order to get the deal done. 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 rein in China’s hunger and thirst for American capital and technology, often acquired 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: “The Treasury Department has helped secure a significant Phase One agreement with China that will lead to greater economic growth and opportunity for American workers and businesses. China has made enforceable commitments to refrain from competitive devaluation [of its currency, the yuan], while promoting transparency and accountability.”

The underlying assumption is false:

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Big Trump Donors Looking to Double Their Money in 2020

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 13, 2020: 

Most investors expect to get their money back, plus a profit. A few big Trump donors are now being given a chance to double their money by November.

There’s a movement afoot to purchase tiny One American News Network (OANN) for $250 million. It started in 2013 and already reaches 35 million homes.

By contrast, Fox News reaches 90 million households. But an increasing number of Fox viewers are being turned off by its leftward drift, and could be enticed to move to OANN if that drift continues.

There could be a double bonus in it for those Trump donors being given the chance to buy the tiny news network. It being election season, a small network like OAN needs only a few million more households to sign on to make the investment profitable. And if it picks up enough households disgusted with Fox News‘ leftward drift, it could also help reelect the president in November.

That would turn a good investment into a great one.

A dozen GOP heavyweight donors are being pitched on the idea of buying up the tiny television network to offset the steady leftward drift of Fox NewsThe Wall Street Journal first reported that

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Trump Supporters Floating Purchase of OAN Network as Fox Moves Leftward

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 13, 2020: 

A dozen GOP heavyweight donors are being pitched on the idea of buying the tiny One American News Network (OANN) to offset the steady leftward drift of Fox News. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Republican National Committee (RNC) co-chairman Thomas Hicks is helping his family’s investment manager Hicks Equity Partners identify and then propose the buyout to big Trump donors.

Rick Neuman, a Hicks partner, says it’s all about business and nothing about politics:

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CNN Settles $275 Million Defamation Lawsuit Brought by Covington Student

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

Fox19 out of Newport, Kentucky, was the first to announce the out of court settlement of a $275 million defamation lawsuit brought against CNN by Nicholas Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School (CovCath).

The lawsuit stemmed from an incident that CNN transformed into a transmission belt for its anti-Trump hatred. Following the incident last January at the Lincoln Memorial, CNN declared that Sandmann, then a junior at CovCath, was a racist. The network repeated the canard that Sandmann had confronted a Native American while wearing a MAGA (Make America Great Again) baseball cap, thus proving that Trump is a racist along with his followers.

Two videos released in the days following the event (see Sources below for links) showed no such thing, but by that time it was too late. For seven days, CNN, along with the Washington Post and NBC, promoted the lie. In fact, that additional footage showed that it was a hate group called the Black Hebrew Israelites that initially provoked the confrontation by hurling racial slurs and epithets at the students as they were waiting for their bus following a March for Life event. Nathan Phillips, part of a separate event taking place nearby, the Indigenous Peoples March, saw his opportunity and confronted the students.

Sandmann’s lead attorney, L. Lin Wood, said that “CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attack on Nicholas than the Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of homes. They really went after Nicholas with the idea that he was part of a mob that was attacking the Black Hebrew Israelites, yelling racist slurs at the Black Hebrew Israelites. Totally false.”

The 15-minute YouTube video Wood created has been viewed more than two million times. In its lede into the video he published last February, he wrote, “Two weeks ago, the mainstream media, politicians, church officials, commentators, and celebrities rushed to judgment to wrongfully condemn, threaten, disparage and vilify Nick Sandmann based solely on a few seconds of an out-of-context video clip. It only takes 15 minutes to learn the truth. Here it is.”

Added Wood: “If you took the time to look at the full context of what happened that day, Nicholas Sandmann did absolutely nothing wrong. He was, as I’ve said to others, the only adult in the room. But you have a situation where CNN couldn’t resist the idea that here’s a guy with a young boy, that Make America Great Again cap on. So they go after him.”

And for that “rushing to judgment,” CNN is paying a steep price. Although the amount of the settlement of the $275 million lawsuit remains undisclosed, CNN’s reputation as a reliable reporter of the news has been further besmirched.

Wood held nothing back in his filing of Sandman’s lawsuit against CNN:

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Democrat Incumbents Facing Backlash Over Their Votes for Impeachment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 8, 2020: 

The results of a poll taken just days before Christmas reveal that likely voters are now inflicting their unhappiness on Democrat representatives who voted for impeaching the president.

A survey of three congressional districts done by NMB Research for American Action Network (AAN) showed voters now have a more unfavorable opinion of their representatives after they voted for impeachment. Although only three of the 31 districts the Republicans have been targeting since last January were included in the survey, the results are making Democrats nervous.

Democrats consider that 44 seats presently held by their party are vulnerable to flipping, including the seat held by Cheri Bustos (D-IL) who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). She put the best face possible on the challenge facing them when she announced a “Frontline” program last summer:

Today, we are announcing that 44 of these members have been elevated to join the Frontline program because we are determined to build a majority that lasts well into the future. Our majority hinges on these members from tough seats winning reelection in 2020, and with today’s announcement we’re sending a clear message that the DCCC will stand shoulder to shoulder with them in the fight ahead.

She added:

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Likely Voters Turning Against House Democrats Who Voted for Impeachment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 7, 2020:

Polling results released on Monday by NMB Research showed that impeachment of the president isn’t going over well with likely voters, especially those in districts presently represented by Democrats. Specifically, voters in New York’s District 22 (represented by Democrat Anthony Brindisi), New Mexico’s District 2 (represented by Democrat Xochiti Torres Small), and South Carolina’s District 1 (represented by Democrat Joe Cunningham) now have a more unfavorable opinion of their representatives after they voted to impeach President Trump.

Additionally, the survey revealed that likely voters in those districts oppose impeachment of the president by margins even wider than the margins by which they elected President Trump in 2016. Finally, the survey reported that those likely voters in November are seeing the move to impeach the president as a “political charade.”

Those districts are just three of the 31 districts the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has been targeting since last January in its efforts to return control of the House back to the Republican Party in November. The GOP lost 40 House seats in 2018 but needs to win only 18 of them to regain control. Other seats considered vulnerable by the NRCC are those held by freshmen representatives Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), and Max Rose (D-N.Y.).

For their part, Democrats consider 44 seats presently held by their party to be vulnerable to flipping, including the seat held by Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). She put the best face possible on the challenge facing them last summer when she announced a “Frontline” program:

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Trump’s Tax Cut Act 2.0 Coming

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

Few details are presently available about what the president will be proposing later on in his campaign for reelection regarding his “tax cuts 2.0” package, but the rumors are tantalizing. If Republicans regain control of the House, many of those rumors could be enacted.

It was Larry Kudlow, Trump’s economic advisor and head of his National Economic Council, who timed his announcement as a Christmas present to the American taxpayer. On December 19, Kudlow said on Fox Business Network’s “Bulls and Bears”,

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Another Campaign Promise Fulfilled: Marines Now Allowed to Carry Concealed on Base

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 3, 2020:

On the day he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump made a number of promises, including this one: “[I will] get rid of gun-free zones on schools and on military bases.” It took three years and two attacks on military bases in December to get Lieutenant General G. W. Smith, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations, to implement Trump’s promises.

Smith’s memorandum, signed on December 31, reads:

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Pa. Attorney General Declares “Receivers” Are Now “Firearms” Under State Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 24, 2019:  

Just days after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued his “legal opinion” that “receivers” — the part of a firearm that contains the trigger mechanism — are now to be treated as complete firearms by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed suit. The group claimed that Shapiro stepped outside his legal authority:

Rule by executive fiat was rejected by the 13 American Colonies, including Pennsylvania, when they declared independence from England, and we reject such lawlessness today. The attorney general’s revisionist legal opinion adds an entire class of inanimate objects to the definition of “firearm” under Pennsylvania law that the General Assembly never considered, nor intended.

Federal law holds that receivers may be bought and sold (as well as created at home using 3-D printing technology) without federal notice as long as they aren’t completely operable. Referred to as “80 percent receivers,” they can be purchased and then finished at home without having to put a serial number on them or otherwise notify the government.

But, according to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, this is a federal “loophole” that he hopes the expanded opinion from his attorney general will plug:

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Two More Conservative Judges Appointed to Ninth Circuit Ends Its Liberal Domination

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 23, 2019:

With the confirmation of two more conservative judges — Lawrence VanDyke and Patrick Bumatay — to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the last two weeks, President Donald Trump is not only continuing to keep his campaign promise, but also building his legacy of returning American jurisprudence to the originalist understanding of the Constitution of the United States.

As Susannah Luthi lamented on Politico, “If the trend continues, it represents a major shift in the liberal wing of the judiciary, meaning lawsuits for progressive causes won’t find a friendly ear as easily as they have.”

The Ninth Circuit has for years sported the highest “overturn” rate of any Circuit court when cases are appealed to the Supreme Court. But that is already beginning to change.

Liberal Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sees the risk:

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McConnell Claims Democrats Have “Buyer’s Remorse” After Pelosi Puts “Hold” on Impeachment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 20, 2019: 

Following the House vote to pass two articles of impeachment on to the Senate for final adjudication, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put a hold on the process: “We cannot name managers [to present our case to the Senate] until we see what the process is on the Senate side. So far, we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it a stall and a comedy:

Speaker Pelosi suggested that House Democrats may be too afraid to even transmit their shoddy work to the Senate. The prosecutors are getting cold feet in front of the entire country and [are] second-guessing whether they even want to go to trial.

 

They said impeachment was so urgent that it could not even wait for due process but now they’re content to sit on their hands.

 

It is comical.

Editors at the Wall Street Journal said Pelosi’s stall has moved the impeachment process “from folly to farce.”

McConnell said Democrats were now suffering from “buyer’s remorse”:

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Congress to Bail Out One Pension Plan, Opening Door to Bail Out 1,400 More

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 18, 2019: 

The sprawling spending bill just passed by the House and about to be passed by the Senate includes a door that opens Pandora’s Box: the American Miners Act. When signed by the president (who has already said he would sign it in keeping with a campaign promise), the law would immediately transfer $750 million from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to the pension plan run by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). In addition, the language of the bill provides that “the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer an additional amount … to pay benefits under that plan.”

For years, members of the UMWA have been pressuring Congress to bail out their pension plan which, if left alone, will run out of money in less than three years. In 2018, the plan had 95,990 participants, only 3,486 of whom were paying into the plan while the remainder, 92,504, were receiving benefits. Put another way, fewer than four out of 100 participants in the plan are paying into it, while the rest are getting checks from it. That’s equivalent to $5.50 in benefits being paid out for every $1 being paid in.

In her testimony before Congress in July, Rachel Greszler, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, explained what happens if the UMWA pension plan runs out of money:

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Rainforest Action Network Celebrates Victory Over Goldman Sachs

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 18, 2019: 

The motto of the far-left green group Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is “environmentalism with teeth.” Its strategy is simple: pressure a noncompliant entity with “direct action” until it folds, and then move on to its next victim.

It targets a company or a bank, makes demands that it change its ways, and then, if it resists, RAN initiates a campaign of negative publicity, boycotts, and high-profile acts of civil disobedience until it folds. Funded by left-wing foundations like Ford, Rockefeller, and Turner, RAN focuses on lenders to the fossil fuel industry.

It claimed its first victim on Monday:

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Mexico Protests USMCA Labor Provisions

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 16, 2019:

One of the sticking points during negotiations over the USMCA between Mexico and the United States was the issue of national sovereignty. Ironically, it’s Mexican trade negotiator Jesús Seade, not America’s Robert Lighthizer, who considers the matter worth fighting over.

After a very long day of heavy negotiations on Friday, December 6, Seade warned, “We are very willing to find mechanisms … provided it’s all done in a manner that is consistent with our constitution and laws and our sovereignty.”

What’s at issue is

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