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

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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“Second Amendment Sanctuary” Movement Explodes

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 18, 2019: 

It’s unlikely that Joe Thoele, a member of the board of Effingham County, Illinois, had any idea that his unhappiness over Springfield’s anti-gun measures would spark a national resistance movement. A year ago all he wanted to do was send a message to the anti-gun politicians in his state’s capitol: “I would just like to send a statement to Springfield that I don’t want them to be infringing on our Second Amendment rights as legal gun owners.”

Thoele persuaded six of the seven other members of the board to pass a resolution declaring his county (population 34,000) a “sanctuary” county. After all, if political entities such as counties and states could declare themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, why couldn’t they declare themselves sanctuaries for legal gun owners?

Effingham County’s resolution not only targeted a number of anti-gun proposals and laws emanating from Springfield, but also

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Maduro Caves, Allows Red Cross to Help Hospitals With Medical Supplies, Generators

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 17, 2019: 

The International Red Cross (IRC) delivered 24 tons of medical supplies and 14 generators to Caracas’ airport bound for Venezuela’s hospitals on Tuesday. This was a de facto admission by Maduro’s socialist regime that it couldn’t provide even basic life-sustaining necessities for its people, the initial crack in Maduro’s facade of denial that his government is failing and a very public admission that, once again, socialism has failed to keep its promises of lifting people out of poverty.

Indeed, socialism has reduced what was once one of South America’s most prosperous countries to one filled with

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Could Trump’s Reelection Results beat Nixon’s in 1972?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 15, 2019: 

The Democrat Party seems intent in its own self-immolation. It banked everything on the Mueller Report, knowing that there was something – anything – that the special prosecutor (a Deep State insider) would find that would finally sink the Trump administration into oblivion.

When it didn’t, Democrats shifted gears and moved to obtain Trump’s tax returns, knowing – just certain – that he was hiding something. Once again they are banking everything (what little cred they might have left) on finding something to destroy him and his administration.

If this bet goes against them, the rout in 2020 could be epic. It could be something for the ages. It could even exceed the obliteration of George McGovern and his running mate, Sargent Shriver, in 1972. When the dust had settled, McGovern couldn’t even win his own state, South Dakota. He and Shriver took Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. The McGovern/Shriver ticket won just 37.5 percent of the popular vote to Nixon’s 60.7 percent. In the Electoral College, the defeat was even worse, if possible: McGovern got 17 votes while Nixon got 520.

Following the president’s refusal to meet the demand from the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal (D-Mass.), last week, he made another demand:

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Will Trump’s “Tax Returns” Issue Turn Out To Be Mueller 2.0?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 15, 2019: 

Frustrated that the Mueller report didn’t find anything of substance to hang around the president’s neck, House Democrats are now going after the president’s tax returns. When all is said and done, that request may turn out to be just another witch hunt in which nothing is found to damage the president.

Following the president’s refusal to meet the demand from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) last week, he made another demand: Have the requested documents for the past six years including returns, appendices attached thereto, and all relevant and related documents in his office no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 23rd.

Or else.

Speculation abounds as to what Neal might do if and when the president fails to meet Neal’s second demand. There could be a subpoena issued to obtain the documents, or there could be a court challenge. The trouble is that the law that Neal is using was drafted in 1924 and has no penalty for noncompliance.

In the meantime the issue makes for entertaining reading. Chairman Neal contends that the 1924 law gives his committee the power to demand Trump’s tax returns, including the four years prior to his becoming president. In his demand letter, Neal said nothing about political retribution but instead couched his language as “consistent with its authority.… The Committee is … conducting oversight related to our federal tax laws [and] the extent to which the IRS audits and enforces the Federal tax laws against a President.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sees this is a blatant prevarication: “The implications of [Neal’s demands are] way beyond … a congressional oversight issue.… The issue is that … the IRS does not become weaponized like it was under the Nixon administration.”

Trump lawyer William Consovoy saw through Neal’s smokescreen as well. In writing to the General Counsel at the Treasury Department, Consovoy said:

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Jobless Claims at 50-year Low, but Raising Minimum Wage Would Stop That

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 12, 2019: 

Following its monthly poll of economists, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that many respondents believed “even a small boost to [the] federal minimum wage [currently $7.25 an hour] would cause some job loss.” And if the mandated wage was increased to $15 an hour, as some are demanding, job losses would be greater.

The results of the survey were published a day before the Department of Labor released its report on initial unemployment claims for the prior week: Those claims were “196,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week … [and] the lowest level for initial claims since October 4, 1969 when [they were] 193,000.”

In addition, the four-week moving average of initial jobless claims fell to 207,000, “the lowest level for this average since December 6, 1969.”

Translation:

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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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