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

U.S. Threats and Sanctions Forcing Venezuela’s Maduro to Negotiate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 22, 2019: 

It’s clear that the sanctions being imposed by the White House on Nicolás Maduro’s tottering regime in Caracas are forcing him into negotiating with his opposite number. Last week the Associated Press reported that talks between Juan Guaidó’s people and Maduro’s were scheduled to take place in Norway.

Those sanctions, which have been applied to dozens of Maduro’s top officials, have extended to countries doing business with the Marxist regime. Consequently, Maduro’s primary source of revenue from his state-owned oil producer PdVSA has been cut drastically. In the past two years, oil exports have dropped from more than three million barrels of crude a day to 500,000 barrels a day. And most of that production is committed to Cuba in exchange for its military and technical support.

In April, the White House applied sanctions on the Central Bank of Venezuela, sharply limiting its access to American dollars. Those sanctions also

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Biden’s Baggage No Hindrance as Polls Show Him Way Ahead of Other Dems

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 20, 2019: 

With the latest polls showing Joe Biden increasing his lead over his rivals for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, even new evidence of his negative baggage is failing to shrink his advantage.

According to Real Clear Politics, which averaged the four latest opinion polls of Democrat voters, Biden’s lead is now nearly 20 points ahead of his nearest rival, socialist Bernie Sanders. Capturing support from more than 38 percent of those polled, Biden is leaving his competition in the dust. Sanders scored just 18 percent, while every other announced candidate remains way behind, in the single digits.

Revelations that Biden successfully pushed for a Ukrainian prosecutor to be relieved of his position because he was investigating corruption in a company whose board included his son, Hunter, seemed to have no effect on Biden’s widening lead over his rivals.

That Hunter was discharged from the Navy after testing positive for cocaine in 2014 and left further evidence of drug use in 2016 has either been forgotten or is being ignored by Biden’s rivals and the compliant/complacent media.

That the launch attending his official announcement for the presidency over the weekend was poorly attended doesn’t seem to matter either.

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If Woody Allen is Right, Trump will win in a walk

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 20, 2019: 

It was Woody Allen who said that showing up is 80 percent of life. If that’s true, then president Trump should be able to mail in his reelection win next November.

His opponent is nearly certain to be hapless Joe Biden, to the astonishment of his rivals, the frustration of the New York Times, and the delight of Republicans. With the latest polls showing Joe Biden increasing his lead over his rivals for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, even new evidence of his negative baggage is failing to narrow his lead.

According to Real Clear Politics,

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Democrats: No Trump Impeachment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 17, 2019: 

Following an hour-long, closed-door meeting with top Democrats on Wednesday, observers noted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has once again demonstrated her control over the Democrat Party, especially those on the far Left who want to begin impeachment proceedings against the president immediately. Wrote the Washington Post:

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Kamala Harris Reiterates Her Anti-gun Platform on CNN

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 13, 2019:

On Sunday Democrat presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) reiterated her position on gun control on CNN’s State of the Union: “I’m proposing … that if by my 100th day in office when elected president of the United States, if the United States Congress fails to put a bill on my desk … then I’m prepared to take executive action because that’s what’s needed: Action.”

She added:

For anyone who sells more than five guns a year, they will be required to perform background checks on the people they sell them to. This will be the most comprehensive background check policy that has ever been had in our country, by far.

 

I’m also prepared to say and to direct the ATF [the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] to remove and take away the licenses of gun dealers who fail to follow the law. 90% of the guns that are associated with crime have been sold by 5% of the gun dealers. We need to take their licenses away.

When asked if she supported candidate Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in his quest to create a federal gun registry, she said “I like the idea.”

She was merely paraphrasing her official campaign statement, issued in April:

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With Mueller Report Dead and Economy Thriving, Democrats Are Flailing About

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 13, 2019:

With polls showing voter fatigue over the Mueller report and Joe Biden being the best Democrats can come up with (so far), President Donald Trump should win reelection in a walk.

Biden, with a Freedom Index rating (for his time in Congress) of just 18 out of 100 (identical with Nancy Pelosi), and a penchant for fondling females, is just now being fully outed. His Democrat opponents are doing everything they can to blunt his runaway train, and Republicans are having a field day exposing Biden’s Ukrainian exploits involving his son Hunter.

The Democrats just can’t seem to catch a break. According to a study the Brookings Institution prepared for Bloomberg News:

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Trump 5, Democrats 0

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 13, 2019: 

The Trump economy is benefitting “Trump country” the most, according to a study the Brookings Institution prepared for Bloomberg News:

Jobs are growing at a faster rate in Trump country than they are in the Democratic-leaning urban and coastal areas….

 

During the first 21 months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the 2,622 mostly rural and exurban counties he won in the 2016 election added jobs at twice the pace they did during the previous two years under the Obama administration….

 

The uptick in Trump country is crucial to the president’s re-election chances in 2020.

Score one for Trump.

The latest Gallup weekly tracking poll shows

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Instead of Draining the Swamp, Trump Is Helping to Refill It

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 10, 2019: 

Among the many slogans Donald Trump’s campaign used to propel him into the White House in November 2016, one stood out: Drain the Swamp.

Now, more than two years into his presidency, Trump is reneging on that promise, and slowly turning himself into a caricature of the very creature he railed against.

Perhaps the swampiest of all “swamp creatures” is the Export-Import Bank. It has lain fallow for four years, with its ability to guarantee loans limited to $10 million or less thanks to three vacancies on its governing board.

On Thursday, at the insistence of the president and the willing compliance of Senate Majority leader McConnell, the Senate filled those three seats. Now the bank is no longer limited to guaranteeing loans of $10 million but

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After Failed Coup Attempt in Venezuela, What’s Next?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 6, 2019:  

Juan Guaidó, Nicolás Maduro’s opposition in Venezuela, said on Saturday that the reason his attempted coup failed last week was that he overestimated the support he would be getting from Maduro’s military: “We need more [of his] soldiers to support [us], to back the constitution.”

The failure has left the foreign policy wonks and neocons embedded in the Trump administration scratching their heads. What else can they do to get rid of Maduro and replace him with Guaidó?

Their options are limited. There are conversations between President Trump and President Putin over Venezuela, with both of them saying they don’t want war. Said Trump following that phone call on Friday:

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Democrat Quandary: Most Voters Don’t Want Trump Impeached, Are Tired of Mueller Report Scandal

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 2, 2019: 

Results released by two pollsters confirm what The New American reported on Monday: Most voters don’t want the House to start impeachment hearings, especially the independents. On Monday TNA reported that, based on polling results from Rasmussen Reports and Washington Post/ABC News, “barely a third of registered voters or likely voters favor trying to impeach the president … while nearly 60 percent think it would be both a waste of time and politically dangerous.”

On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported the results from PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist and CNN/SRRS polls. They were nearly identical in their findings:

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Rosenstein Hopes No One Will Notice the Damage He Wrought

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 1, 2019: 

Former President Harry Truman said it best: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein is taking Truman’s advice: things are likely to get hot for him and he’s getting out while the getting is good.

His letter of resignation to his boss – the one whom he schemed to oust using a wire and the 25th Amendment – was lavish in praise and thin in substance. (His letter is available in Sources below.)

Wrote Rosenstein:

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Deputy AG Rosenstein Resigns, Says Nothing About Mueller Witch Hunt, FISA Surveillance He Ordered

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 30, 2019:

In his resignation letter to the president on Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was all sweetness and light:

I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education, and prosperity…. The Department of Justice pursues those goals while operating in accordance with the rule of law. The rule of law is the foundation of America. It secures our freedom, allows our citizens to flourish, and enables our nation to serve as a model of liberty and justice of all.

His letter, which announced his resignation effective May 11, sounded corny. He lavished praise on his boss whom he once considered attempting to oust under the 25th Amendment. He didn’t mention anything about the “wire” he allegedly jokingly suggested wearing as reported by the New York Times.

And he most certainly didn’t mention the pain and suffering he unleashed on his boss by giving Robert Mueller virtual free rein to investigate him and anyone in close proximity to the president in an attempt to find something — anything — to hang around his neck and bring him down.

And Rosenstein didn’t say anything about the five articles of impeachment that were drawn up against him last summer after months of his stalling to provide important and likely revealing documents to a House committee.

Now that the Mueller investigation is over, Rosenstein is heading out the door. It’s clear that he wants to put some distance between himself and his past.

On May 17, 2017 Rosenstein

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Early Polling puts Biden Ahead of Trump

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 29, 2019: 

Joe Biden has one thing going for him: he appears to be an affable, low-key, friendly, warm human being, which appeals to independent voters put off by Trump. That was enough to propel him to an eight-point lead over the president in early polling after he officially announced for the presidency on Thursday. It’s clear that voters couldn’t care less about his peccadilloes with a number of women who have accused him of inappropriate touching, kissing, caressing, or smelling, even when they have provided videos of his creepy behavior.

They seem impervious to claims of his shady involvement, along with his son Hunter, with Ukraine. Hunter, it will be remembered, took a lucrative job with a major Ukrainian energy company, but when it became the target of a corruption probe there, the senior Biden used his influence to have the prosecutor fired.

He wasn’t on camera when the following conversation took place with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

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Impeachment Fervor by Democrats Fading as 2020 Draws Closer

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 29, 2019: 

Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) says that 90 percent of incoming calls to her office favor impeaching the president. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) says she supports the resolution to impeach offered by her fellow freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) has filed articles of impeachment. Billionaire hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer’s campaign Need to Impeach has already collected eight million signatures.

But when pollsters asked the common folk — the voters themselves — their interest in the issue is approximately No. 12

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Biden Under Attack by Far-left Democrats for Being too “Centrist”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 29, 2019: 

Even before former Vice President Joe Biden’s video announcing his candidacy for the Democratic Party 2020 presidential nomination hit YouTube on Thursday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s political action group Justice Democrats weighed in on it. It posted a comparison between Biden’s past votes and the “Democrats’ Future”:

Joe Biden’s past votes: FOR Iraq war; FOR Bankruptcy Reform Act; FOR Mass Incarceration; AGAINST School Desegregation; AGAINST: Marriage Equality

Versus

Democrats’ Future: FOR Medicare for All; FOR Green New Deal; FOR Free College; REJECTING Corporate Money; ENDING Mass Incarceration and Deportation.

This was followed by a tweet from Grace Segers, a political reporter with CBS News:

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Could Lightning Strike Twice in Ending Maduro’s Marxist tyranny in Venezuela?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 26, 2019: 

It’s odd that Juan Guaido, in calling for “the largest march in the history of Venezuela” to protest and end the Marxist Maduro regime in Venezuela, would pick May 1 for the protest to happen. It’s not only the middle of the week, but the date also has historical references and allusions. It was on May 1, 2011 that Osama Bin Laden was declared dead near Abbottabad in Pakistan. May 1 is the socialist International Workers’ Day. And, perhaps most importantly, on May 1, 1776 the Bavarian Illuminati was formed by Adam Weishaupt.

Guaido could be hoping that lightning might strike twice. After all,

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Maduro Uses Threats to Keep Military Loyal, Frustrating Opposition

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 25, 2019: 

After months of offering amnesty to Venezuela’s top military in exchange for their defection, the opposition to Nicolás Maduro’s Marxist dictatorship has largely failed in its efforts. As of Wednesday, barely 1,500 of Maduro’s 280,000-strong military have done so, escaping to Colombia to the west and Brazil to the south. Most of them have come from the lower ranks and the country’s National Guard.

Those few who have successfully escaped told Reuters that rebellion “has been contained by intimidation and threats of reprisals against officers’ families.” Said one escapee, a female National Guard lieutenant who crossed into Brazil on foot, told Reuters, “Most military people that are leaving are from the National Guard. They will continue coming. More want to leave.” But they are constrained by threats of reprisals against their families if they oppose Maduro. Those threats are being carried out by the colectivos — motorcycle gangs with automatic weapons — who terrorize any who might support Guaidó’s opposition to the Maduro dictatorship.

An official who worked on President Trump’s Venezuela policy told the Washington Post:

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“No More Mr. Nice Guy” Trump Fights Back Against Congressional Attempts to Embarrass Him

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 24, 2019: 

The second demand for Trump’s income tax returns and related documents for the past six years was for all practical purposes ignored by the White House. The deadline imposed by the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was 5 p.m. Tuesday. Instead Neal received a letter from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting more time to consider the matter:

 History demonstrates that private tax information is susceptible to abuse for partisan purposes — regardless of which party is in power. Unless carefully restrained by law, this risk threatens the privacy of all taxpayers….

 

[Your committee’s request is] unprecedented [and] this Department cannot act upon your request unless and until it is determined to be consistent with the law.

Mnuchin then threw down the gauntlet: “Article I [of the U.S. Constitution] grants Congress no express power to investigate.”

Neal is reportedly considering his options.

Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is way ahead of Neal and has already issued more than 100 subpoenas in his quest to obtain information from the president that would be used to embarrass him and give Democrats ammunition in the upcoming presidential election campaign next year.

After having given the Mueller investigation team full access to more than 1.5 million documents, Trump has had enough. In an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, he said: “There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it’s very partisan — obviously very partisan.”

Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, agrees:

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Social Security Taxes Won’t Meet Payouts Starting Next Year

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 23, 2019: 

The report issued by the trustees of the Social Security (Old Age and Survivors and Disability Insurance, or OASDI) trust funds on Monday was blunt: “Social Security’s total cost is projected to be … higher that its total income in 2020 and all later years.” It added that its total liability over the next 75 years is $16.8 trillion. With less than $3 trillion in reserves, the program is 83 percent underfunded, worse by far than any other public or private pension plan in the country.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) promised that it would never happen. After signing the bill into law in 1935, Roosevelt famously said: “We put those payroll contributions there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral and political right to collect their pensions and their unemployment benefits. With those taxes in there, no damn politicians can ever scrap my social security program.”

FDR was wrong on all counts but one:

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Trump Impeachment: the Democrats’ Third Rail?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 22, 2019: 

The response to Democrat presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren’s demand on Friday that the House “should initiate impeachment proceedings” against President Trump was no doubt disappointing to Warren. Seeking to bolster her position among the 17 other candidates vying for the position as front-runner for the Democrats in the run-up to the 2020 president election, she sent out a series of tweets on Friday:

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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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