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

Democrat Representative Elijah Cummings Dead at 68

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 17, 2019: 

When President Trump learned that Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee (which has issued subpoenas for Trump’s personal tax returns), had passed away early Thursday morning, he offered his condolences in a tweet:

My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!

Back in July, the president sent a tweet that wasn’t so kind:

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Surprise: New York Times Writer Says Rich Don’t Pay Enough Taxes

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 16, 2019: 

In his zeal to prove the specter of “income inequality” that has been talked about by every Democrat running for the presidency, New York Times writer David Leonhardt turned out a 1,400-word book report. The book in question, The Triumph of Injustice, written by a couple of left-wing professors at the University of California, Berkeley, claims that, thanks to Trump’s tax policies, the rich pay a lower tax rate on their income than do the rest of us. Wrote Leonhardt,

The overall tax rate on the richest 400 households last year was only 23 percent, meaning that their combined tax payments equaled less than one quarter of their total income….

 

President Trump’s 2017 tax cut helped push the tax rate on the 400 wealthiest households below the rates for almost everyone else.

This is proof positive of the present inequity of the system since the “overall rate was 70 percent in 1950 and 47 percent in 1980.” In other words, in the upside-down world of liberal economic thinking, higher taxes on the wealthy is a good thing, while allowing them to keep more of their wealth for themselves is a bad thing.

Leonhardt added that it’s a class struggle between the “haves” and the “have-nots” of classical Marxist theory:

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Chinese Imports, Exports Drop Further in September While Trade Talks Pause

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 14, 2019: 

China made clear its reticence to do anything more than stall, delay, dither, and otherwise put off any serious discussions on items of real importance in its announcement on Friday. Said the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece People’s Daily: “China’s position of safeguarding the nation’s core interests and the fundamental interests of its people cannot be shaken. On issues of principle it is impossible to engage and impossible to solve the problem by exerting pressure on the Chinese side.”

Translation:

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Jane Fonda Suffers Another Episode of Socialist Mental Illness

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 14, 2019: 

Ever since being infected with the mental illness called socialism, octogenarian actress Jane Fonda has had recurring bouts of anti-social behavior. The latest occurred on Friday when she deliberately and intentionally invited her arrest, along with 15 others so infected, for unlawfully demonstrating in front of the U.S. Capitol.

When conservative radio host and author Michael Savage wrote “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder,” it stayed at the top of the New York Times‘ best-seller list for three weeks. Although he never mentioned Jane Fonda by name, she has for nearly 55 years served as Exhibit A for the condition.

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Aging Communist Activist Jane Fonda Arrested for Unlawfully Demonstrating at U.S. Capitol

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, October 13, 2019: 

Aging actress and long-time communist activist Jane Fonda was arrested on Friday for unlawfully demonstrating in front of the U.S. Capitol. Following her press release, a couple dozen supporters showed up along with her, 15 of whom were arrested as well.

Her press release issued prior to her arrest invited anyone interested in combatting climate change through government force to join her:

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California to Lead the Way in Expanding Red Flag Laws

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 10, 2019: 

Unless California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes them by Sunday, all nine gun control bills presently sitting on his desk will become law.

Two of the most pernicious and dangerous concern expansions of the state’s already unconstitutional red flag laws, and illustrate the dangers of passing any such laws in the first place. Once enacted politicians then find it easier to expand definitions to make them more draconian in their impact on precious rights. It isn’t hard to imagine a time in the very near future when red flag laws, all by themselves, will enable the complete disarmament of every law-abiding citizen in the country.

As Steve Byas noted in his article appearing in the latest issue of The New American magazine, “Red flag laws are not benign. They are a serious threat to every American’s right to keep and bear arms.”

That threat is about to become reality in California.

At present California’s red flag (extreme risk protection order, or “gun violence restraining order”) law allows

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BLM to Allow 37 New Oil & Gas Wells in California; Environmentalists Outraged

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 9, 2019: 

A decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to allow “up to” 37 natural gas or oil wells to be leased on government property in California has raised the ire of environmentalists, left-wing papers, and liberal green “public interest” law firms.

The press release from the BLM last Thursday sounded scary, and the green movement took maximum advantage of it. BLM said the approval “makes approximately 680,000 acres of Federal mineral estate available for leasing … and another 42,000 acres available” for a total of 722,000 acres now open for bidding by energy developers.

Immediately, the San Francisco Chronicle headlined the coming disaster with a photo of oil derricks dotting the landscape near Bakersfield and a warning that the “Trump administration opens California to new oil drilling; possibly Bay Area, too.” The Sacramento Bee’s headline shouted:

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Pelosi Has Opened Pandora’s Box

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 9, 2019: 

Historians reflecting on the reelection of Donald Trump in November 2020 are likely to point to the true date of his reelection: September 24, 2019. It was on that date that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi caved, and opened Pandora’s Box. In Greek mythology, Pandora opened the box and learned to her dismay that it contained all manner of sickness and death. She further learned that once opened, the box could not be closed.

Pelosi is a skilled and experienced politician, and is likely to rue the day that she caved to pressure from the left. On September 24, she announced that the House – without an official vote on the matter – would begin an “inquiry” into the impeaching of the president.

It didn’t take long for Trump and his reelection campaign to seize the opportunity Pelosi had given them. Two days after Pelosi’s announcement, the president, through his reelection campaign, sent out this email to 65 million addresses:

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Impeachment Threat Driving Record Contributions to Trump and RNC

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 8, 2019: 

Two days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that an “inquiry” into possibly impeaching president Donald Trump had begun, the president, through his reelection campaign, sent out this e-mail to 65 million addresses: “It’s time to set something straight once and for all. The Democrats’ constant personal attacks, vicious lies, and now these baseless impeachment attacks, have never had anything to do with me.… Their goal has always been to silence YOU. They want to steal YOUR voice and YOUR vote.”

At the bottom was a button to donate to Trump’s “Official Impeachment Defense Task Force” with a note that the president would get a list of everyone who made a donation.

Within 24 hours, the campaign raised

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Hillary to the Rescue?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 7, 2019: 

Following a disastrous week for the Democrats, Hillary Clinton seems to be offering herself as the “default” candidate to take on President Trump in a rematch next November.

The Party’s week from hell included the overtaking of Biden’s nearly insurmountable lead in the polls by far-left Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders’ heart attack that reminded everyone of just how fragile life is for septuagenarians such as him and Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s faux announcement that the House was going to be conducting an “inquiry” into a Trump impeachment without the House’s official approval, the latest whistleblower’s creds being shredded, etc.

All of a sudden, Hillary is everywhere. She’s on The View. She’s on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She’s on Good Morning America. On CBS Sunday Morning on September 29 she all but announced her willingness to ride to the rescue of a Democrat Party that has lost its way.

When sympathetically asked by hostess Jane Pauley “How are you doing now?” Clinton’s carefully crafted response spoke volumes: “Personally, I’m doing well and having my grandchildren … has been a gift beyond measure. I feel very blessed. I feel good.”

And then the announcement:

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Joe Biden Meets Indiana Jones

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 7, 2019:

Perhaps the most memorable moment in all of the Indiana Jones movies, this from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), relates most directly to Joe Biden’s campaign for the presidency. When Marion (Karen Jones) says to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), “You’re not the man I knew ten years ago,” Jones responds, “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.”

For Joe Biden, it’s both. He’s been in politics for 44 years. And next month he turns 78.

And both the years and the mileage have taken their toll on the septuagenarian.

It was a sweltering day in August in Iowa that provided the pivotal moment that defined Joe Biden’s battle with the one opponent he can’t beat: Father Time. At Living History Farms, just outside Des Moines, Politico reporter Michael Kruse took careful notes of Biden’s presentation to several hundred supporters and reported Biden’s revealing comments:

I think that, uh, the behavior of this administration has awakened, uh, a whole new generation to get engaged in ways that they may not have gotten before. Just like in my generation, when I got out of school that, uh, when Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in the ’70s, uh, late seven – when I got engaged, um, you know, up to that time, remember the, none of you women will know this, but a couple men may remember, that was a time in the early, late ’60s, and the early ’60s and ’60s, where it was drop out and go to Haight-Ashbury, don’t get engaged, don’t trust anybody over 30. I mean, for real. What happened to them, by the, by the early ’70s, the late ’60s, there was a whole generation that said, “Enough.” The war in Vietnam was underway, and it was – a lot of you served in that war – and, uh, we were fighting like the devil to make sure that there was something dealing with cleaning up the environment, which was only beginning. We were in a position where the women’s movement was just beginning to move. We should have, by now, long before, passed the ERA amendment, but that was another issue…

Biden turns 78 on November 20. If elected president in November 2020 he’ll be just two weeks away from turning 79. The math is daunting: only three U.S. presidents have served while in their 70s: Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower. And no president has ever finished a term at the age Biden would begin his!

It didn’t help any that

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Biden’s Greatest Opponent — Father Time — Is Catching Up With Him

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, October 5, 2019: 

It was a sweltering day in August in Iowa that provided the pivotal moment that defined Joe Biden’s battle with the one opponent he can’t beat: Father Time. At Living History Farms, just outside Des Moines, Politico reporter Michael Kruse took careful notes of Biden’s presentation to several hundred supporters and reported Biden’s revealing comments:

I think that, uh, the behavior of this administration has awakened, uh, a whole new generation to get engaged in ways that they may not have gotten before. Just like in my generation, when I got out of school that, uh, when Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in the ’70s, uh, late seven — when I got engaged, um, you know, up to that time, remember the, none of you women will know this, but a couple men may remember, that was a time in the early, late ’60s, and the early ’60s and ’60s, where it was drop out and go to Haight-Ashbury, don’t get engaged, don’t trust anybody over 30. I mean, for real. What happened to them, by the, by the early ’70s, the late ’60s, there was a whole generation that said, “Enough.” The war in Vietnam was underway, and it was — a lot of you served in that war — and, uh, we were fighting like the devil to make sure that there was something dealing with cleaning up the environment, which was only beginning. We were in a position where the women’s movement was just beginning to move. We should have, by now, long before, passed the ERA amendment, but that was another issue.

Biden turns 78 next month. If elected president in November 2020 he’ll be just two weeks away from turning 79. The math is daunting: only three U.S. presidents have served while in their 70s: Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower. And no president has ever finished a term at the age Biden would begin his!

It didn’t help any that another Democrat hopeful, Bernie Sanders, was forced out of the race last week to have two stents implanted. Sanders is barely one year older than Biden.

Biden’s campaign staff has almost eliminated his social media advertising due to poor results, said Tim Lim, a Democratic digital strategist: “It’s clear that there’s something in the numbers that’s directing them to go in that direction, and the likeliest explanation is that the rate of return just wasn’t there for Facebook and Google.”

The decline in his spending online has been precipitous. His campaign spent $1.2 million on Facebook and Google ads in the first two weeks of his campaign but during the 30 day run-up to the September 30 reporting deadline, he spent just $32,000.

During one week in August his staffers spent just $300 on Google. That same week Elizabeth Warren spent $66,000.

In the last six weeks for which data is available, Biden’s campaign spent $20,900 on Google while his primary opponent Elizabeth Warren was spending $553,700 — 25 times as much.

The New York Times called Biden’s pullback from online advertising “worrisome”:

In a race where many voters are following politics on their smartphones, Mr. Biden’s pullback is an unusual and potentially worrisome sign about his appeal among the Democratic activists, young people and donors who are especially engaged on social media. Candidates rarely withdraw so much money from their online campaigns unless they are seeing weak results in online fund-raising.

Bloomberg expressed similar concerns, noting the vast chasm between Biden’s age and those on social media: “For Biden, 76, who has been in public office for 44 years, it’s a natural hazard of running to represent a party that is becoming younger, less white and more female.”

Cort Kirkwood has been following the Democrat campaign closely for The New American and reported on Thursday that, according to the latest polls, “the race for the Democrat nomination is all but tied. It’s Biden vs. Warren.”

Warren has all the momentum while Biden’s early double-digit lead has vanished.

The death throes of Biden’s campaign — his third and final attempt to seize the crown jewel of American politics — reflect its leader. It’s not his history of lying, his corruption or his involvement in the Ukraine that’s weighing so heavily on his campaign. It’s Father Time, the one opponent Biden cannot beat.

Strong Jobs Report Quashes Recession Fears

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 4, 2019: 

Friday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) confirmed Wednesday’s release from ADP: The U.S. economy remains strong and robust, employing record numbers of Americans and paying them more than ever.

In addition to reporting that the U.S. economy added 136,00 new jobs in September, other key takeaways from the BLS report include:

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Don’t Listen to Establishment Economists on September Jobs Numbers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 2, 2109:

Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi never saw a jobs report under the Trump administration that he liked. September was no exception. In a statement accompanying the release of jobs numbers by accounting firm ADP on Wednesday, Zandi said: “Businesses have turned more cautious in their hiring. Small businesses have become especially hesitant. If businesses pull back any further, unemployment will begin to rise.”

During a conference call following the release of the September jobs numbers, Zandi expanded on his disdain:

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Mainstream Media Ignores FBI Report That Violent Crime Decreased Again

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 1, 2019:

When the FBI released its 2018 Crime Statistics on Monday, the silence from the anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment mainstream media was deafening. The Washington Post and the New York Times gave the report short shrift, while the Wall Street Journal ignored it altogether.

Apparently the mainstream media isn’t interested in listening to facts and data that contradict their preconceived ideology:

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Taxpayers Have Been Lied To About Their State’s True Financial Condition

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 30, 2019:

Until just a few years ago, states were able to hide the real condition of their finances. Now, however, the truth is coming out. Thanks to new rules that states are required to follow, and efforts by a Washington, DC think tank, full accounting for all pension and healthcare benefit promises is now available for every taxpayer to see. The news isn’t good.

In its latest report, Sheila Weinberg, head of Truth in Accounting (TIA), which prepares and publishes its Financial State of the States report every September, said:

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40 of the 50 States Don’t Have Enough Money to Pay All Their bills

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, September 29, 2019:

Most of the “sinkhole” states with the most red ink are blue. But should we be surprised?

Now that states are required to follow new rules of full financial disclosure, the truth is coming out: Most of the states in the union don’t have enough money to pay all of their bills. In its latest report, Sheila Weinberg, head of Truth in Accounting (TIA), which prepares and publishes its Financial State of the States report every September, said:

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National Public Radio, Meet Murray Rothbard

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

Economist Murray Rothbard was a central intellectual figure in economic thinking called the Austrian School. He brilliantly applied common sense to the study of economics that Keynesians had distorted out of all proportion.

One of his primary principles rankles Keynesians to this day: Consumers determine prices, not producers. Accordingly, those producers exist at the mercy and discretion of consumers.

Staffers at National Public Radio (NPR) bought the Keynesian line.

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Beto’s Threat to Confiscate “Your AR-15, YTour AK-47” Confirms Democrats’ Ultimate goal: Disarm the Citizenry

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

Beto’s outburst (Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, with a Freedom Index rating of 25 out of 100, who is seeking the Democrat Party’s nomination for president) continues to resonate and generate angst and joy days after his performance at the Democrats’ debate Thursday night.

A sound bite from an outburst has already become an unwelcome appellation for the Democrats and a source of encouragement for those in the freedom fight.

When O’Rourke was asked by the moderator if he was proposing taking firearms away from their owners, he answered:

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Should “Beto” Be Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 16, 2019: 

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established by then-President John F. Kennedy in 1963 to recognize a person who has made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States.”

Who says “Beto” (aka: Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who is seeking the Democrat Party’s nomination for president in 2020) should get the award? Isn’t he the same Texas congressman who earned an anti-freedom rating of just 25 out of 100 in the John Birch Society’s Freedom Index for his unconstitutional votes while in office? Isn’t he the one who shouted out at Thursday night’s Democrat debate that “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!”?

Yes, and yes.

Here’s what he said Thursday night in response to the moderator’s question about his “mandatory gun buyback plan”:

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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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