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

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Texas Governor Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 12, 2021:

Through an executive order issued on Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott prohibited “any entity” — including privately owned businesses and other non-governmental entities — from requiring their customers and workers to show proof that they have been vaccinated.

On the surface, it sounded good. Abbott said his order was “aimed at protecting the health and safety of Texans, ensuring uniformity across Texas, and achieving the least restrictive means of combatting [COVID’s] evolving threat to public health.”

Some perceived his order as a direct confrontation to the Biden administration, which has ordered all businesses across the land employing more than 100 workers to require their employees to be vaccinated.

Article VI of the U.S. Constitution reads:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States, which shall be made in Pursuance thereof … shall be the supreme Law of the Land.

In other words, any laws that violate the U.S. Constitution are null and void. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist, No. 78: “No legislative act, therefore, [which is] contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.”

That means that Biden’s executive order was, and is, unconstitutional, as that precious document doesn’t grant any such power to the federal government. By extension, that means that any state may declare itself free from its edict.

Where Governor Abbott erred was in making his own edict that reached beyond his authority as governor of Texas. He should have listened to and followed the path trod by Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

When two state legislators proposed a law similar to the decree announced by Abbott, she asked rhetorically: “If we mandate one thing, are we [not] setting a precedent for what we are telling businesses they have to do in the future?”

She expanded on her position during an interview reported by Reason:

I don’t have the authority as governor to tell them what to do.

 

Since the start of this pandemic I have remained focused on what my authorities are and what they are not.

 

Now, South Dakota is in a strong position because I didn’t overstep my authority. I didn’t trample on the rights of our people, and I’m not going to start now.

She warned that when authorities, including governors such as Texas Governor Abbott, overstep their bounds, the result is devastating:

When leaders overstep their authority, that is how we break the country, and if government starts acting unconstitutionally, even if it’s doing something that we like, that’s a dangerous path to walk down.

 

It is not “conservative” to grow government and to tell businesses what to do and how to treat their employees.

Noem is correct. As Robby Soave wrote in Reason: “It is wrong for the government to tell individuals, private associations, and businesses what to do. If they want to require vaccination, it’s really no concern of the state.”

Texas Governor Abbott would have saved himself some political grief by simply declaring that Texas is exempt from the Biden mandate, leaving Texans alone to make their own determinations about vaccinations. But he sullied his reputation as a “conservative” and left himself open to attacks from two Republican candidates running against him in next year’s primary.

“Don’t mess with Texas.” That slogan originated in a 1985 state-wide campaign against littering, but eventually was adopted as a slogan of pride in the state’s independence. It’s one that Abbott should have used instead of issuing his executive order aimed at businesses and citizens over vaccination mandates.

Influential Democrat Political Analyst: His Party’s Clout Will Shortly Disappear

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 11, 2021:  

David Shor, perhaps the Democrat Party’s leading political analyst and forecasting guru, believes that unless his party’s messaging changes significantly, and soon, it will lose in 2022, lose badly in 2024, and runs the risk of disappearing altogether by 2032.

Shor, once a pariah for telling the truth, is now back in vogue. And his message is getting attention at both The New York Times and Politico.

Shor, at age 30, has been heavily involved in Democrat Party polling since he was 16. Through his computer models he predicted the outcome of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2012 within tenths of a percentage point. But when, following the death of George Floyd in 2020, he tweeted that the riots that followed would reduce the Democrat Party’s clout in the next election, he was fired.

He has come back from the dead, but not in a way Democrats want to hear. Ezra Klein, writing for the Times on Friday, declared that not only is “Biden’s agenda … in peril … Democrats are on the precipice of an era without any hope of a governing majority.”

Shor’s current model shows the Democrats losing seven seats in the Senate in 2024, giving Republicans the advantage: 57-43. Noted Kline:

The heart of Shor’s … work is the fear that Democrats are sleepwalking into catastrophe….

 

The Power Simulator [his current computer model] keeps telling him the same thing: we’re screwed in the Senate.

The problem, according to Shor, is that the Democrat Party is listening primarily to liberal college graduates for its messaging, and that message is greatly missing the mark: The party focuses on issues and agendas that the average working-class voter cares little about. As Ian Ward noted in Politico:

They probably majored, or are majoring, in political science or public policy….

 

They are … the foot soldiers of the Democratic Party’s permanent reserve army….

 

Democratic candidates hail these young people as a major political asset, pointing to them as proof of the party’s growing base of support among the next generation of leaders and voters.

But Shor disagrees. The agenda items that stir their hearts are at the very bottom of the list among those who actually vote. He noted that “the people the Obama campaign had hired to win over swing voters were seismically out of touch with the people they were meant to persuade … as a result their engagement with those voters may have hurt Obama’s chances more than it helped them.”

As an example, in 2015, nearly a quarter of Obama’s staffers believed that “income inequality” was the single most important issue facing the country, “whereas,” noted Shor, “fewer than one percent of all voters listed ‘the gap between rich and poor’ as the most important issue.”

Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, agrees: The demographic composition of the Democratic Party’s staff does not reflect the demographic make-up of its key voters.

But the problem, according to Phillips, can be remedied by getting more of them to come to the polls to vote. Shor thinks the message needs to change instead. Absent a change — a substantial change — in the message the Democrat Party is delivering, the party is in desperate trouble.

Ward ends his Politico article:

Shor says that Democrats’ expectation that long-term demographic shifts would give the party a semi-permanent majority has fallen flat, and the rural bias of the Senate and the Electoral College will soon make it practically impossible for Democrats to win a governing majority without winning back at least some rural swing voters in key purple states.

 

Unless the party’s messaging changes, the highly educated young liberals who serve as the standard-bearers of the party’s platform are leading Democrats down a path toward political obscurity.

 

Unfortunately, for Democrats, this cadre of young people isn’t likely to disappear anytime soon.

For Republicans, this is good news. Will they take advantage of it?

Biden’s Approval Rating Hits All-time Low

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 8, 2021:  

The headline from Quinnipiac Unversity’s poll results released on Wednesday says it all: “Americans Give President Biden Lowest Marks Across The Board.” Specifically, Biden scored a 53-percent job disapproval rating among the 1,326 citizens who were polled last week, compared to just 38 percent of them who approved. That’s a spread of minus 15 percentage points.

Three weeks ago, Quinnipiac showed Biden with a 50-percent job disapproval rating, and a 42-percent approval rating, a spread of minus eight points. In other words, Biden’s negative spread has doubled in just the past weeks!

His disastrous disapproval rating is in every category:

• Response to COVID: 50 percent disapprove;

• The economy: 55 percent disapprove;

• As commander in chief: 58 percent disapprove;

• On immigration: 67 percent disapprove; and

• On the crisis on the southern border: 67 percent disapprove.

When it comes to overall competency in running the government, Biden scores another low: 55 percent think his administration is not competent for the job.

As Quinnipiac’s polling analyst, Tim Malloy, expressed it:

Battered on trust, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall competency … Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide.

This poll merely confirms polls from Gallup and Associated Press. Especially notable is Biden’s loss of faith among independents. Three weeks ago, 52 percent of them disapproved of Biden’s job performance. It now stands at 60 percent.

This is also confirmed by Gallup (independents’ approval rating down to 37 percent from 61 percent at the beginning of his presidency) and AP (independents’ approval rating at 38 percent, down from 62 percent in July).

This is making it increasingly difficult for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (the leading Democrats in the House and Senate, respectively) to pass Biden’s “legacy” bills, including the enormous pork-laden $3.5 trillion plan to turn America into something like Europe. As the midterms draw ever closer — just over a year away — Democrats don’t want to go down with the Biden ship. Those leaders have been forced to postpone votes on this monstrosity as the votes increasingly aren’t there to pass it.

There’s increasing angst among Democrats and their pollsters about them being obliterated next November. Political analyst and consultant to top Democrats Douglas Schoen nervously declared that “Democrats [are likely to] suffer the most substantial midterm loss of any party in recent history.”

Recent history is useful in attempting to measure the potential loss facing Democrats in November 2022. In 1994, President Bill Clinton had a disapproval rating of 42 percent, and Democrats lost 52 House seats in the midterm election.

In 2010, President Barack Obama had a disapproval rating of 41 percent, and Democrats lost 64 seats in the House.

Today, Biden is suffering from a disapproval rate of 53 percent and climbing. Readers can do the math and draw their own lines: Schoen’s prediction could be too conservative for the November 2022 Democrat disaster.

Biden either isn’t aware of the impending disaster, or he doesn’t care. He continues to push on issues Americans don’t want: his vaccination agenda (everyone gets the jab, or else!) and his gargantuan spending bill (it will cost “zero dollars”).

Assuming Republicans retake the House and the Senate next year, the real work of repairing the damage and restoring the Republic begins. That work will only be successful if enough constitutionalists replace the spendthrifts and revolutionaries presently in the Congress. And if they are held to their oaths of office by the informed electorate who put them there.

As President Abraham Lincoln said: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

Pro Basketball Player: Government Threatening Our Freedom

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 6, 2021:  

Jonathan Isaac, starting forward for the Orlando Magic professional basketball team, appeared Monday night on “Fox News at Night,” hosted by Shannon Bream. He has recently gotten attention over his decisions not to wear a BLM shirt or kneel during the National Anthem.

But his decision not to get vaccinated has caused the mainstream media to focus on him once again.

When Bream asked him about his stance, his response was reasonable, well-balanced, and winsome:

I believe what I’m saying is rational…. We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave and [I] have the opportunity and the platform to say what it is that [I] feel is right.

 

I’m taking that right to do so, not just for me, but for all of those people who feel like they don’t have a voice.

His stance is reasonable: Individuals have the right to make their own decisions about what goes into their bodies. And government is threatening that right through mandates, while the media is hounding the unvaccinated by suggesting they are selfish — even (in some cases) “terrorists.”  Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar promoted the lie that the unvaccinated are threatening the vaccinated. He suggests that Isaac and others who are refusing to get the jab are putting his teammates and their opponents at a greater risk of infection.

The fact that this is illogical — that those vaccinated allegedly have greater protection from the virus than do those unvaccinated — isn’t considered. MSN calls it a “debate” where there isn’t one, or shouldn’t be. In the land of the free, a citizen is free to determine whether or not the vaccine makes sense to him or her personally, based upon the best information available. Government shouldn’t be involved in the decision-making process at all, even in providing the information needed. That should all be provided by the free market.

But government has overstepped its bounds and is not only providing continuous and often contradictory advice, but is now, through the Oval Office, issuing executive orders and mandates that people must be vaccinated — that government knows best, and personal freedom of choice is expendable in face of the “crisis.”

Isaac told Bream:

I believe that we’re entering a period of time where the government is setting a precedent that in light of any emergency, your personal autonomy, your religious freedom, and your freedom as a whole becomes negotiable.

Isaac added:

I would just say [to those deciding not to be vaccinated and being pressured and hounded and abused as a result], stay encouraged. It may feel like hopelessness but there are people who are out there [who] are trying their best to hold the line.

 

And I believe that we’re going to see a great revival through this as well, as people begin to [open] their eyes.

One of those “holding the line” is Julius Ruechel, a Canadian libertarian writer who encourages his readers to stand firm in the face of such government threats. In July he wrote “The Emperor Has No Clothes: Finding the Courage to Break the Spell,” followed by his more recent “A Glimmer of Hope: Crisis Brewing in the Ranks as More Police Officers Stand up to say “NO” – Tyranny Collapses if Enough People Refuse to Participate.”

He makes the case in his first article that people are cowed into silence through the threat of peer pressure and the risk of being ridiculed for taking a stance that goes against the government position. He wrote:

The Ash Conformity Experiments of the 1950s showed how powerful peer pressure is. No one wants to stand up against the herd. Standing alone is psychologically painful.

 

That is why, in Hans Christian Andersen’s folktale, it was the innocent voice of a little boy and not the self-righteous adult townsfolk who broke the spell about the emperor’s new clothes.

In his more recent article, Ruechel expresses his hope that recent pushback by police officers in Canada and healthcare workers in the United States is perhaps the beginning of the end for these government mandates: “Momentum is building. Courage begets courage. Something big is brewing.”

Orlando Magic basketball player Jonathan Isaac may not know Julius Ruechel. But they are kindred spirits in the freedom fight against government tyranny. Both recognize the need for citizens not only to become informed and then exercise their personal responsibility, but to also take a stand when challenged by the powers-that-be who would encroach on and abrogate and override those rights.

Massachusetts’ Anti-gun Threats Force Departure of Smith & Wesson

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 1, 2021:  

“An Act to Stop Mass Shootings,” a bill co-authored by anti-gun Massachusetts State Representatives Frank Moran and Marjorie Decker, and supported by anti-gun Representative Bud Williams, was the last straw. In the news release issued by Smith & Wesson on Thursday, the gunmaker that has been based in Springfield, Massachusetts, for nearly 170 years said it was left “with no other alternative” but to move its headquarters and part of its manufacturing facilities out of the state.

Said Mark Smith, S&W’s president and CEO:

This has been an extremely difficult and emotional decision for us, but after an exhaustive and thorough analysis, for the continued health and strength of our iconic company, we feel that we have been left with no other alternative.

Anti-gun bills “would,” said Smith, “prevent Smith & Wesson from manufacturing firearms that are legal in almost every state in America, and that are safely used by tens of millions of law-abiding citizens every day.”

Those bills, which are likely to be passed by the anti-gun Massachusetts legislature, would ban the manufacture of the firearms that made up more than 60 percent of the company’s gross revenue last year. They would preclude the company, and many of the 24 other gunmakers presently located in the state, from manufacturing so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The state already forbids its citizens to purchase, sell, or possess such items. The bills would be an extension of the state’s anti-gun mentality, applying it to gunmakers as well.

S&W’s move, scheduled for the summer of 2023, will end some 550 jobs in and around Springfield. The company will also close operations in Connecticut and Missouri as part of the move.

Said Smith:

We are deeply saddened by the impact that this difficult decision will have on so many of our dedicated employees, but in order to preserve future jobs and for the viability of our business in the long run, we are left with no choice but to relocate these functions to a state that does not propose burdensome restrictions on our company.

Many gun-friendly locales bid for the opportunity to host the gunmaker’s new headquarters, but the winner was Maryville, Tennessee. Key factors included, said the company:

Support for the 2nd Amendment;

Business friendly environment;

Quality of life for employees;

Cost of living and affordability;

Access to higher education institutions;

Availability of qualified labor for its operations and headquarter functions; and

Favorable location for efficiency of distribution.

It helped that, back in 2019, the Blount County Commission passed a resolution declaring the county, where Maryville is located, a “2nd Amendment Sanctuary.” The governor is equally supportive of the move.

Said Smith on Thursday:

The strong support we have received from the state of Tennessee and the entire leadership of Blount County throughout the process, combined with the quality of life, outdoor lifestyle, and low cost of living in the Greater Knoxville area has left no doubt that Tennessee is the ideal location for Smith & Wesson’s new headquarters.

Steve Troy, the founder and head of gunmaker Troy Industries, also located in Springfield, Massachusetts, agrees. Back in May, in response to threats from groups such as Stop Handgun Violence to pressure Massachusetts legislators to ban the making of firearms, he announced he was moving his operations to Tennessee.

His move was the first olive out of the bottle. With S&W’s announcement, many of the other two-dozen gun makers in the Bay State may be encouraged to make similar moves. At present, the gun industry supports nearly 8,000 jobs in Massachusetts.

State Representative Bud Williams, the Democrat who represents Springfield, doesn’t care. He remarked, “It’s unfortunate that [Smith & Wesson has] taken that position. I guess it’s in response to the ban on making assault weapons.”

Once passed, Massachusetts will join California, New York, and New Jersey in banning the manufacture of firearms. Those states are also suffering an exodus of businesses and citizens tired of oppressive government and who are finding much more friendly locales.

Biden Declares His “Build Back Better” Budget Will Cost “Zero” Dollars

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 29, 2021:

Last Friday, Joe Biden told reporters, “We’re doing to pay for everything we spend.” On Saturday he tweeted, “My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars.… It adds zero dollars to the national debt.”

Republicans dutifully laughed at Biden’s claim. Representative Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) wrote, “$3.5 trillion does NOT equal zero.” The GOP’s House Judiciary Committee tweeted, “This is a lie.” Representative Steve Womack (R-Ark.) said, “This is completely false.” Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Biden “is very confused.”

Biden Chief of Staff Ron Klain said last month, “We have found a way to pay for every part of the spending … with taxes.” Consequently, “the net cost of Build Back Better is zero.”

Such magical bookkeeping involves refocusing away from the cost. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who infamously claimed that Congress needed to pass a bill before voters could learn what was in it, said, “This is not about the price tag. This is about what’s in the bill.”

So, what’s in the bill? In thousands of pages, the Biden budget-buster provides funding for paid family leave, child tax credits, environmental giveaways, increased spending on SNAP (food stamps), subsidized child and elder care, universal pre-kindergarten funding, two years of tuition-free college, housing and green-energy subsidies, programs for electric vehicles, and additional funding for governmental healthcare.

Best estimates (the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has yet to “score” Biden’s bill) are that about half of the proposed spending will be provided by new taxes. The rest will be borrowed and created.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed on the matter on Tuesday when a reporter asked:

Do you guys acknowledge the broader truth that it does cost somebody, right? The cost of the investments the president wants to make — they’re not simply a free lunch, right?

She responded with a classic waffle: “There’s a clear difference between what we’re talking about as it relates to taxpayer funds, right? Or funding that will lead to our debt, right?”

After fumbling and rambling further, Psaki finally admitted that yes, “we’re asking [businesses and the wealthy] to pay more. So, yes, it will cost them more.”

It’s not that simple, however. The real costs of the $3.5 trillion budget, if passed into law, will fall on everyone, especially the middle class. As David Ditch, a budget expert at the Heritage Foundation explained:

The $3.5 trillion in spending and tax credits combined with at least $2 trillion in tax hikes will add to the debt and have a tremendous cost to the economy and to the health of American families.

 

The taxes will hit families taking home as little as $30,000 a year, violating … Biden’s promise, reduce private sector investments that create jobs and opportunities for workers, and put America at a disadvantage with our global competitors.

 

Huge increases in welfare spending will discourage work and make families increasingly dependent on government, which is exactly the wrong approach to increasing wealth for low-income households.

Even Glenn Kessler, the “fact-checker” for the liberal Washington Post, admitted that Biden’s statement about his plan costing “zero dollars” is “misleading”:

It’s worth recalling that this legislative package has evolved since Biden first claimed … that his spending plans would not “add a single penny to our deficit.”

 

One part of that package has already been pegged as a deficit-raiser.

 

And in a bit of sleight of hand, the White House is now focused on the second part….

 

[A] big chunk of the funding [for the Biden plan comes] from unused funds taken from a previous coronavirus bill….

 

[Lawmakers will likely] play all sorts of budget games.

Concluded Kessler:

Given our long experience in writing about the federal budget, we’re pretty certain a deficit score of zero would only be accomplished with some dubious gimmicks that help disguise the true cost of Biden’s agenda.… The president’s claim is misleading.

 

For now, Biden earns Two Pinocchios — a number that could grow higher.

When even Biden’s supporters in the mainstream media see and admit the fraud of Biden’s claim of “zero dollars,” it’s clear he is once again lying to the American people.

Liz Cheney’s 60 Minutes Interview Confirms She’s a RINO

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 28, 2021:  

Any lingering doubts about Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) being a Republican in Name Only (RINO) were dispelled on Sunday when she appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl. The puff piece sounded more like a job interview than an objective journalistic effort.

It started off with CBS declaring that Cheney was “like a lone ranger riding out of the West.… one of the few Republicans willing to, daring to, stand up to Mr. Trump and the House Republicans who opposed her joining [Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 investigation] committee.”

Stahl asked her how that came about:

Cheney: She [Nancy Pelosi] called me. And asked me to be a member of the committee. And I accepted and…

 

Stahl: Right away?

 

Cheney: Right away.

 

Stahl: No hesitation?

Cheney has decided this is the hill for her to die on. She told Stahl:

I think that millions of people around the country have been betrayed and misled and deceived by Donald Trump. He has said that the election was stolen. He continues to say that. He continues to say things that aren’t true and continues to raise money off of those claims. And so, to me, there’s just not a question….

 

I watched while the attack was underway — understood very clearly what he did on January 6, what he failed to do on January 6. Instead of stopping the attack while it was underway, he was busy calling up senators trying to get them to delay the count. So, there was no calculation.

 

I think he’s very dangerous.

Cheney confirmed her close ties to her father, Dick Cheney, who served as President Gerald Ford’s chief of staff and George W. Bush’s vice president. Richard B. Cheney is a long-time member of the world government-promoting Council on Foreign Relations (CFR):

Stahl: Did you go to your father and ask for his advice on this? And did he encourage you to wage this rebellion?

 

Cheney: I talk to my dad probably just about every single day. And he sees things the way that I see them.

Recent polling shows that three out of every four Republicans in the Cowboy State will not vote for Cheney next year. She would lose overwhelmingly to any of her Republican opponents. Pollster John McLaughlin says Wyoming voters “want to see Liz Cheney defeated next year.” And pollster Lee & Associates “found … Liz Cheney [to be] incredibly unpopular.”

Stahl asked her about this:

Stahl: The Republican Party here has disowned you. They’ve called for your resignation. We’ve been told your approval rating here is down around 30%. Can you win this seat?

 

Cheney: Absolutely. I think it’s going to be the most important House race in the country in 2022.… It will be one where people have the opportunity to say: “We want to stand for the Constitution.”

 

Stahl: Do you think a vote against you is a vote against the Constitution?

 

Cheney: A vote against me in this race — a vote for whomever Donald Trump has endorsed — is a vote for somebody who’s willing to perpetuate the big lie, somebody who’s willing to put allegiance to Trump above allegiance to the Constitution. Absolutely.

In its follow-up story after the interview, CBS pointed out that RINOs haven’t given up on Cheney: “Former President George W. Bush is holding a fundraiser for her. And Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have sent in donations from their political action committees.”

Bush is hosting a fundraiser in Dallas on October 18. Dallas is about 900 miles from Cheyenne, and that is a very good thing. Few would likely attend if it were held anywhere in Wyoming. Polls continue to show Cheney proving to be, in the words of Tristan Justice, writing in the Federalist, “the most unpopular Republican in the country among GOP voters.”

CBS doesn’t talk to Wyoming, and Wyoming doesn’t tune in to CBS. All the interview confirmed is that Cheney will likely find a position at CBS as the network’s “conservative” voice in the liberal network following her overwhelming defeat in the primaries next year.

Democrats Pass Radical Abortion Bill in Response to Texas Heartbeat Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 27, 2021: 

Rushing H.R. 3755 — the deceitfully titled “Women’s Health Protection Act” — to the House floor on Friday without so much as a single committee hearing on it, Speaker Nancy Pelosi secured the votes of all but one Democrat in the House of Representatives in passing it, 218-211. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was the only defector who joined every Republican in voting against it. As the White House explained, the bill is intended “to codify this constitutional right [to abort their unborn child].”

Critics more properly called it the “Abortion on Demand Act” or the “Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act,” which, if passed by the Senate, would essentially erase every limitation states have erected to protect the lives of unborn children. The deceit begins with the title, as half the babies aborted in this country are female. But nothing in the law says anything about them.

Instead, the bill passed by the House would, as summed up by LifeNews:

Eliminate all state and federal parental consent laws in relation to abortion;

 

Eliminate all state informed consent laws, including those that allow women to view an ultrasound prior to abortion;

 

Prevent states from passing laws to protect babies at 20 weeks, thereby joining countries like North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands in not protecting unborn children later in development;

 

Force doctors and nurses opposed to abortion to lose their jobs, and Catholic hospitals could lose public funds unless they perform abortions;

 

Eliminate decades-long limitations on direct taxpayer funding of abortion — including the popular Hyde Amendment, which has saved over 2 million lives since enacted; and

 

In short, overturn all federal and state pro-life laws, and go further to make it illegal for elected officials to even introduce pro-life legislation.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was unnervingly explicit about what the bill would allow if it were passed into law:

For the first time ever by congressional statute, H.R. 3755 would legally enable the death of unborn baby girls and boys by dismemberment, decapitation, forced expulsion from the womb, deadly poisons, or other methods at any time until birth.

The language goes far beyond the “rights” conjured by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade in 1973 and affirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992:

A health care provider has a statutory right [emphasis added] under this Act to provide abortion services … and that provider’s patient has a corresponding right [emphasis added] to receive such services.

Rights come from God, not government. And, as the Declaration of Independence clearly stated, “to secure those Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”

The bill has virtually no chance of passage, or of even being offered, by the Senate. Under present rules it would take the votes of every Democrat and the votes of 10 Republicans to reach the 60-vote threshold required for passage. But Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is pro-life, and Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who is generally pro-abortion, has said that the bill is even too radical for her.

Knowing in advance that the bill had no chance, the Speaker of the House still rushed the bill to the floor to make a political statement. As Carl Hulse, writer for the pro-abortion New York Times, explained, “The House Democrats’ decision … reflects their view that the issue could resonate strongly in the midterm elections next year.” In other words, Nancy and friends think that this political statement in support of murdering unborn children on demand will actually help them fend off the coming Republican tsunami in some way.

On this issue, the Democrats are behind the curve and losing ground. Not only did the Supreme Court allow the Texas Heartbeat Law to stand, it is hearing arguments next month in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is a direct challenge to the constitutionality of Roe and Casey.

It also reveals the moral corruption of Democrats and the Democrat Party on issues as vital as the right to life. They are sealing their fate with this attack on that right. Many are seeing it not only as an attack on the right to life but an affront to the Giver of Life Himself.

As New Jersey Representative Chris Smith noted, “This bill is far outside the American mainstream and goes far beyond Roe v. Wade. This bill constitutes an existential threat to unborn children and to the value of life itself.”

It may even present an existential threat to the radical Democrat Party as it exposes to the light of day its position on life, and its Giver.

COVID Tyrant Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Backs Off on Mask Mandates in Response to Falling Approval Polls

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 24, 2021:  

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer agreed earlier this week to back off on enforcing her mask mandates. The reversal came in a budget compromise reached with the state’s legislature which has been at odds with Whitmer ever since she violated the state’s rules regarding COVID mandates.

As Thomas Lifson, writing in American Thinker, noted acidly: “The reason for Whitmer’s reversal is not hard to figure out. Her polls stink.”

There is nothing more threatening to an elected tyrant than to risk losing her position as tyrant. As The New American reported last fall, Whitmer continued to exercise her unconstitutional authority even after the state’s supreme court ruled against her. The court wrote:

The sheer magnitude of the authority in dispute, as well as its concentration in a single individual [Whitmer], simply cannot be sustained within our constitutional system of separated powers.

Nevertheless, Whitmer defied the court and continued to extend her mask mandates and other rules. She added to her state’s citizens’ discontent as a “pandemic hypocrite” when her husband was caught violating one of her rules. This was followed up by she herself being caught violating her own rules.

When James Craig, who retired as Detroit’s chief of police in June, announced he was running as a Republican to replace her in next November’s election, his poll numbers immediately reflected Whitmer’s discontent among registered voters: they were neck-and-neck according to polls released right after his announcement.

On Tuesday those polls were confirmed by Trafalgar Group, which reported that when asked “If Gretchen Whitmer and James Craig were the candidates for Governor in the 2022 general election, for whom would you vote?”, registered voters showed the former police chief beating Whitmer by a gaping six full percentage points, 50 percent to 44 percent.

Craig’s leap was no doubt helped by efforts of a Marxist group called Detroit Will Breathe which interrupted Craig’s initial announcement, forcing him to move to another location. Meshawn Maddock, co-chair of Michigan’s Republican Party, thanked the group on her Twitter account. She posted a photo of a protestor holding a sign that said “defund DPD,” adding:

See the sign? These leftists want to defund your police. Republicans are the only sanity left in the country. Gov. Whitmer is finished. Thank you BLM for reminding us what your world looks like.

Whitmer indeed appears to be finished. The Trafalgar Group polled 1,097 likely voters, with Democrats making up 53 percent and Republicans just 35 percent. When your own party disowns you, your career – even that of Governor of a dark blue state – is over.

As The New American noted, the COVID tyranny in Michigan “will only end when the virus ends, or she is removed from office.”

Angelo Codevilla, Conservative Intellectual Giant, Dead at 78

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 23, 2021: 

Angelo Codevilla, a towering conservative intellect, died on Monday in a car accident at age 78.

Charles Bowyer, writing in the Christian Post, called Codevilla “one of our country’s greatest public intellectuals.” Ryan Williams, president of the Claremont Institute, where Codevilla spent his last years reflecting on and writing about America’s intellectual and cultural decline, called him “a scholar, a veteran, a patriot [and] a gentleman.”

Michael Walsh of the Epoch Times called Codevilla “one of the sharpest and shrewdest observers of the contemporary political scene.”

A gifted writer, Codevilla, in his book The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It, called out the Deep State long before the term became popular. More surprising, he all but predicted the rise of Donald Trump, a populist who reflected the growing unrest of Codevilla’s “country class” whom the “ruling class” rejoiced in belittling and coercing.

The “ruling class,” now seen by vast numbers of America’s citizens as corrupt usurpers of political power, have been educated at the country’s most prestigious universities and consequently are convinced of their own superiority over the rest of us. They maintain that they know what is best for us and use governmental power to control every facet of American life.

In 2010 Codevilla wrote his essay The Ruling Class for American Spectator, where it was picked up and read on the air by the late Rush Limbaugh. It was later published in book form and remains available at Amazon. As Matthew Schmitz noted in his memorial to Codevilla, he “observed that Americans could no longer maintain the pretense of being equal citizens. There were now … two classes: rulers and ruled.”

Codevilla wrote from his personal experience. He served as staff to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, worked for the CIA, and helped conceive the technology that became the Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI. He served as a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

He was invited to join the Deep State and turned down the invitation. In a remarkable interview published by the liberal Jewish magazine Tablet, Codevilla, a conservative Roman Catholic, sparred with David Samuels, a liberal Jew. In Samuel’s article, The Codevilla Tapes, Samuels proudly announced that he considered himself part of the intellectual elite and asked Codevilla to respond.

Wrote Samuels in his introduction to the interview:

Angelo Codevilla … is one of the few American political philosophers who combines a deep sense of the Western moral and philosophical traditions with a hard-nosed sense of how the American political system actually works.

 

I thought it would be fair-minded to give Codevilla a hearing, despite the fact that he identifies as a conservative Catholic rather than [myself who is] a liberal Northeastern Jew.

Remarkably, Codevilla agreed to be interviewed, and even invited Samuels to his home and vineyard in Northern California for an evening of discussion and breakfast the morning after.

Here are selected parts from that interview, which reflect Codevilla’s astonishing intellect along with his courage to take on his Deep State opponent with kindness and generosity:

David Samuels: In 2010, you wrote an article, which then became a book, in which you predicted the rise of someone like Donald Trump as well as the political chaos and stripping away of institutional authority that we’ve lived through since. Did you think your prediction would come true so quickly?

 

Angelo Codevilla: I didn’t predict anything. I described a situation which had already come into existence. Namely, that the United States has developed a ruling class that sees itself as distinct from the raw masses of the rest of America. That the distinction that they saw, and which had come to exist, between these classes, comprised tastes and habits as well as ideas. Above all, that it had to do with the relative attachment, or lack thereof, of each of these classes to government.

 

Samuels: One of the things that struck me about your original piece was your portrait of the American elite as a single class that seamlessly spans both the Democratic and Republican parties.

 

Codevilla: Of course, yes. Not in exactly the same way, though; what I said was that the Democrats were the senior partners in the ruling class. The Republicans are the junior partners.

 

The reason being that the American ruling class was built by or under the Democratic Party. First, under Woodrow Wilson and then later under Franklin Roosevelt. It was a ruling class that prized above all its intellectual superiority over the ruled. And that saw itself as the natural carriers of scientific knowledge, as the class that was naturally best able to run society and was therefore entitled to run society.

 

The Republican members of the ruling class aspire to that sort of intellectual status or reputation. And they have shared a taste of this ruling class. But they are not part of the same party, and as such, are constantly trying to get closer to the senior partners. As the junior members of the ruling class, they are not nearly as tied to government as the Democrats are. And therefore, their elite prerogatives are not safe.

Not surprisingly, such a towering intellect didn’t go unnoticed by the Deep State, which tried to coopt Codevilla:

Codevilla: When I started working for the Senate, some folks at the [CIA] figured out that I wasn’t a run-of-the-mill staffer. So I was visited by one of the old boys who took me up to the director’s office — the director wasn’t there at the time. He took me up via the director’s elevator, he had a key. And showed me all around and was very, very clubby with me. Then they took me to his house, which is overlooking the Potomac, with these large wolfhounds sitting about. And essentially, he said the equivalent of “all this could be yours.”

 

Samuels: My son, if you play the game.

 

Codevilla: If you play the game. I said to myself, “Hmmmm, what did the Lord say to all this?”

But it really is a matter of who has dinner with whom. I have worked in Washington long enough to know that people would sell their souls for invitations to be at certain tables. To be allowed to speak with this person or that. In the end, it’s all social.

 

And how do you become social? You express the same thoughts, you have the same tastes. You vacation in the same places. You love the same loves, you hate the same hates….

 

The primary element is, as we Christians were taught, pride. That is the sin of sins.

 

There is nothing that moves human beings quite so much as the desire to be on top of other human beings.

Codevilla, obviously, turned down the invitation, reflecting not only the man’s faith, but his courage to stay true to his faith.

He will be missed.

George W. Bush to Host Fundraiser for Liz Cheney’s Flailing Reelection Campaign

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 22, 2021: 

Former Republican President George W. Bush will host a fundraiser for Wyoming’s sole House member, Liz Cheney. The event will take place in Dallas on October 18 and will be co-hosted by a number of other faux conservatives, including Karl Rove (Bush’s longtime political advisor and frequent guest at Fox News) and former Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

It’s likely to take more than just money to reverse Cheney’s disastrous downward trend among her Wyoming constituents. Having been voted into office in the November 2016 election largely based on name recognition (her father, Richard Cheney, held the same seat for 10 years in the 1980s before becoming vice president under George W. Bush), she has, as The New American has reported, been exposed as a RINO (Republican in Name Only).

Early polling, reported by Politico back in January, showed that three quarters of Wyoming Republicans viewed her unfavorably then, with only 10 percent of them (and 13 percent of all Wyoming voters) supporting her reelection campaign.

In May, the Club for Growth revealed that its own polling showed Cheney with an unfavorable rating of 65 percent, versus 29-percent positive.

In July another poll, conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, showed Donald Trump, Jr. and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis leading in popularity among all prominent Republicans, with 55 and 54 percent net positive approval ratings, while Cheney lagged far behind. She came in at a negative 43-percent approval rating.

She has been the architect of her own failure to represent Wyoming. She joined with nine other RINOs in voting with Democrats in both of their phony impeachment efforts against Donald Trump, and compounded her sin by agreeing to serve on the January 6 Capitol Riot commission stacked with Democrats determined to excoriate Trump for his alleged role in instigating it. She has since been promoted to vice chair of that committee.

As Wyoming voters have come to their senses, they now learn that Cheney is no Wyomingite, but a temporary resident there for political purposes. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and only spent the sixth grade in Casper.

After that, she and her family split their time between Casper and Washington, D.C., as her insider father moved up the political ladder. She attended the ultra-liberal, ultra-chic Colorado College and the University of Chicago Law School before going to work for the government.

She worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State, the International Finance Corporation, the campaign for George W. Bush’s run for president in 2004, and then returned to the State Department.

After that she worked for a non-profit before running successfully for Wyoming’s only seat in the House of Representatives.

In other words, not only is she not a true resident of Wyoming, but she also has never held a real job hiring real employees and providing real services to real customers.

Even if the October fundraiser in Dallas is successful, money will hardly be enough to turn the tide of discontent raging in the Cowboy State. Former President Donald Trump interviewed some of the Republican candidates running to replace her and decided to endorse Harriet Hageman, a fourth-generation Wyomingite raised on a ranch in east-central Wyoming. She is a trial attorney in Cheyenne.

She does have some baggage, however: She served as an advisor to Chenery’s ill-fated run for the Senate in 2014 and campaigned for her in her run for the House in 2016. She was also a member of Ted Cruz’s NeverTrump coalition.

Hagerman has apologized:

Like many Wyomingites, I supported Liz Cheney when she ran for Congress. But then she betrayed Wyoming, she betrayed this country, and she betrayed me.

That apology is likely to be more than enough for voters to replace Cheney. With such disastrous polling numbers, Cheney could not even run successfully, as state GOP officials expressed it, for dogcatcher.

What is surprising is that Republican elites continue to support one of their own, even in the face of the pending disaster in the upcoming primary next year. Former RINO and House Speaker Paul Ryan hosted a fundraiser for Cheney earlier this year. And Cheney returned the compliment by supporting Utah RINO Mitt Romney in his own reelection battle.

The elites support their own, even when one is going down in flames.

Protests Growing Against De Blasio’s Vaccine “Passport” Mandate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 20, 2021:  

Crowds estimated to be in the thousands protested on Saturday against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “passport” mandates he issued earlier this month. When he rolled out what he called “The Key to NYC,” he said his executive order “is going to motivate a lot of people to get vaccinated. It’s going to be a reason for people to get vaccinated.”

What his new mandate has done is motivate people to protest against it. On Monday, September 13, the day of the announcement, hundreds of current and former teachers — Teachers for Choice — gathered in Foley Square to condemn the mandate.

Said one retired teacher, Amy Carroll: “I have lived and worked in this city as a civil servant for 28 years of my life. I should be able to make my own health decisions and make a decision that doesn’t affect my employment, that doesn’t affect my right to go to a restaurant, or a Broadway play … or a museum.”

The Key to NYC requires the following establishments to confirm that their customers and visitors are vaccinated, or face fines starting at $1,000 and increasing to $5,000 for repeat offenders:

• Movie theaters

• Live music and concert venues

• Museums and galleries

• Aquariums and zoos

• Professional sports stadiums and arenas

• Convention centers

• Exhibition halls

• Performing arts theaters

• Bowling alleys

• Recreational game center, arcades, and pool and billiard halls

• Casinos and adult entertainment venues

• Restaurants and bars

• Catering halls and event spaces

• Hotel banquet rooms

• Cabarets and nightclubs

• Cafeterias

• Grocery stores with indoor dining

• Bakeries and coffee shops

• Fast food and quick service eateries with indoor dining

• Gyms and fitness centers, and fitness class venues

• Pools

• Dance studios and sports classes

In other words, “The Key to NYC” locks up tight virtually every conceivable business open to the public to anyone who isn’t vaccinated.

On Wednesday, another protest took place at the mayor’s mansion, which was followed up by another one on Saturday, organized by the New York City Freedom Rally. It’s a chapter of the Worldwide Demonstration campaign and was organized by Eric Grassi.

Said Grassi:

We’re banding together to stop this. This movement is growing rapidly because the fire departments, the teachers’ unions, our troops, the hospital workers — none of these people want this injection.

 

They know what’s in it. It’s causing tremendous death and devastation across the world.

 

The injection of children is an absolute criminal act — a capital crime.

 

Plus, the vaccination programs are driving new forms … driving and developing new forms of the disease.

Vaccine mandates are violating medical ethics and individual rights, said Grassi:

We must stop and end all vaccine mandates. They are overthrowing medical ethics, which allows the individual to decide if they want medical treatment.

 

This is an absolute violation of our fundamental rights.

And the impact on businesses in New York has been massive:

They shut down and devastated New York for no reason. They just wrecked the city. They drove thousands of businesses out of business … they just ruined hundreds of thousands of jobs.

 

They closed whole sectors of the city’s economy permanently. They close half the bars and restaurants in New York permanently. The economy of New York is a shadow of its former self.

So far, these protests are directed at de Blasio’s “The Key to NYC” mandate and have involved a few thousand people. But from such beginnings large movements often grow. The Worldwide Demonstration website claims there were protests in India and France and elsewhere, all protesting vaccine mandates.

As de Blasio’s “The Key to NYC” mandate is enforced, the pushback against it is likely to grow. Finally, it appears people are getting tired of being pushed around and dictated to.

Federal Judge Denies DOJ Demand to Halt Texas’ Heartbeat Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 17, 2021: 

Federal District Court Judge Robert Pitman on Thursday denied the federal government’s demand for a restraining order against Texas’s Heartbeat Law. He wrote that “this case presents complex, important questions of law that merit a full opportunity for the parties to present their positions to the court.”

Texas has until September 29 to present its case. The Department of Justice will have until October 1, two days later, to respond.

The demand from the DOJ was presented on Tuesday, claiming that the Texas law, which became effective on September 1, “prevent[s] women from exercising their constitutional rights,” and that the temporary injunction against that law is “necessary to protect the constitutional rights of women in Texas.”

Nothing was mentioned about the “constitutional rights” of the unborn and defenseless child whose life is at stake. The way the law stands now is untenable: 30 seconds before giving birth a mother may choose to have an abortionist kill her child. She will be deemed to be a hero, exercising her “constitutional rights.”

If she kills the child after birth, she is a murderer.

It’s not the life of the child that motivates the DOJ and the Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland, but politics. He said:

This kind of scheme to nullify the Constitution of the United States is one that all Americans, whatever their politics or party, should fear.

 

If it prevails, if may become a model for action in other areas, by other states and with respect to other constitutional rights and judicial precedents.

That’s already happening. The Texas Heartbeat Law follows similar “heartbeat laws” passed by more than a dozen states. But it is the first one that liberal courts haven’t been able to quash.

By October 1 Texas’ Heartbeat Law will have been in effect for a month. That means it is already saving the lives of unborn children who otherwise would have been murdered in their mothers’ wombs. As the Texas Tribune noted, Texas abortion clinics “stopped offering abortions that were still allowed under the law for fear of being sued.”

However the judge rules, there is sure to be an appeal to the Supreme Court. As The New American noted, “Roe didn’t uncover a right of a woman to kill her unborn child. The court created the right out of whole cloth — and political ideology.”

That is the dirty little secret behind Roe v. Wade and its sister case decided years later, Planned Parenthood v. Casey: The emperor has no clothes. There is no such “right” anywhere in the Constitution. As one of abortion’s most liberal supporters, legal scholar Laurence Tribe, noted: “One of the most curious things about Roe is that, behind its own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgment on which [the decision] rests is nowhere to be found.”

There is an increasing chance that the entire effort to quash the Texas law before it goes national will backfire. The high court could take the appeal under review, and decide that it made a horrendous error in Roe back in 1973, and compounded it in Casey in 1992. The high court has overturned previous decisions more than 300 times. Those who believe that life, a gift from God, begins at conception, would celebrate such a reversal. It would be one more step towards that joyful day when all courts, state and federal, rule that abortion, at any time, is murder.

Prior to 1973, abortion was murder. It still is.

Latest Survey Reveals Women Now Nearly Half of all New Gun Buyers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 16, 2021:  

According to the most recent 2021 National Firearms Survey, almost half of all new gun buyers in the last two and a half years have been women. There were 7.5 million brand new gun owners since January 2019, and 3.4 million of them were female. Among those women, more than a quarter of them were black.

The survey also noted that among those new gun owners 55 percent were white, 21 percent were black, and 19 percent were Hispanic.

A previous survey issued in July provided even more details about gun ownership in the United States. That survey found that nearly a third of all American adults owned at least one firearm. That translates into more than 81 million Americans who are armed. And that number keeps growing. In 2020, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there were more than 21 million background checks completed on people purchasing firearms, up an astonishing 40 percent from the previous year.

That same survey revealed that more than half of those gun owners carry a firearm on their persons for self-defense purposes, with an estimated 21 million of them carrying concealed.

The survey further revealed that about a third of those gun owners have used a firearm to protect themselves or their property. It estimates “that guns are used defensively by firearms owners in approximately 1.67 million incidents each year.”

In sum, 58 percent of gun owners are male, 42 percent are female. And approximately a quarter of blacks own at least one firearm while 28 percent of Hispanics own firearms, nearly 20 percent of Asians own firearms, and 34 percent of whites own firearms.

Those new gun owners are taking their purchases seriously as nearly a quarter of them have subsequently taken at least one gun class, and many have become proficient in the handling of their firearms.

Much of this surge in private gun ownership may be ascribed to the breakdown of law and order by BLM and Antifa groups, the defunding of local police, and the threat of additional gun regulations emanating from the present administration.

This makes the job of turning the United States into a “gun-free zone” — necessary for those working to turn the country into a communist dictatorship — ever more difficult. There are an estimated 100 million U.S. households where a firearm is present, and the task of disarming them would be incomprehensibly difficult.

The reason? Whether each new gun owner realizes it or not, he or she is taking advantage of the freedom to own a firearm guaranteed by the Second Amendment. This peculiar, and vital, freedom is what distinguishes the U.S. from every other nation on the planet. And as long as that freedom is recognized, and enjoyed, it presents a nearly insurmountable stumbling block to those who would disarm the populace in preparation for their New World Order.

Nevertheless the war against the private ownership of firearms in America continues. Earlier this month William Malzahn — with the imposing title of Acting Deputy Director of Office of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction, Bureau of International Security & Nonproliferation at United States Department of State — told the 7th Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty:

I have come from Washington, D.C., this week to take the floor on the agenda item Treaty Universalization to underscore the continuing commitment of the United States to responsible international trade in conventional arms … the Arms Trade Treaty is an important [tool] for promoting those controls internationally.

This treaty is the one that President Donald Trump “unsigned” at the National Rifle Association’s 2019 annual meeting.

As long as the present administration presses forward in its efforts to disarm the American people, the ownership of private firearms by those people is likely to continue and even accelerate, making the task of tyrants ever more difficult.

Democrat Strategist Declares His Party Will Suffer “Blowout Defeat” in 2022

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 15, 2021:  

Political analyst and consultant to A-list Democrats Douglas Schoen self-identifies as a Democrat and sees his party losing massively in November 2022. In The Hill he wrote:

The marked decline in support for President [sic] Biden and his administration nationally and in key states indicates that the Democratic Party could endure a blowout defeat in the 2022 midterm elections.

Comparing where Biden is with where Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were at the same time in their administrations “suggests,” wrote Schoen, “that Democrats could suffer even more substantial losses in 2022 than the party did in 1994 and 2010.”

In 1994, with Clinton’s disapproval rate at 42%, Democrats lost 52 House seats and eight Senate seats.

In 2010, with Obama’s disapproval rate at 41%, Democrats lost 64 House seats and six Senate seats.

According to the latest poll from Civiqs, taken from Biden’s inauguration in January through September 13 and capturing responses from more than 100,000 registered voters, Biden’s national disapproval rate is 50% and climbing.

Drilling down into the data from the Civiqs poll Schoen laments that in five key swing states – Georgia, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania – registered voters disapprove of Biden’s job performance by ten full percentage points or more. In reliably Democratic Michigan and Wisconsin voters there disapprove of Biden’s performance by margins of 7 and 8 points, respectively.

He concludes that “the current outlook for Democrats is grim – and it could be even worse,” adding:

If the Biden administration continues to push unnecessarily big government spending initiatives and tax increases, along with weak immigration policies and an incoherent foreign policy strategy, Democrats could suffer the most substantial midterm loss of any party in recent history.

Schoen’s analysis confirms what The New American wrote a week ago, that Biden’s falling approval numbers are putting Congress into play for Republicans next November.

But The New American asked: will it make any difference? Will those campaigning on Trump’s platform of “Make America Great Again” keep their promises and begin the long, arduous path to restoring the Republic?

C. Mitchell Shaw, writing for The New American magazine last March, answered those questions:

Too many Americans seem to believe that the right president will solve our country’s problems. The past four years — with a good, but imperfect, president who fought to “Make America Great Again” by resisting the Deep State and putting America first — shows that that is short-term thinking.

 

After four years of doing what he did, the establishment moved heaven and earth to burn him to the ground (as has now been confirmed by a Time magazine article, which tells about the actions of some of those involved), steal the election from him, and impeach him a second time under bogus charges. And the establishment succeeded in all of that.

 

The takeaway is this: Patriotic Americans need to stop looking for a hero to save America and be the heroes that save her. Real resistance requires an informed electorate.

Shaw, a member of The John Birch Society, writing for The New American which is sponsored by The John Birch Society, declared that “without the effective work of the JBS over past decades, full-blown, dystopian tyranny would already cover the globe.”

It will take more than just showing up once every couple of years to vote to “throw the rascals out” and replace them with other rascals making false promises. The awakening of the electorate as measured by numerous polls is heartening. The real work of restoring the republic begins, not ends, after the election by making sure the new crop of representatives keeps their promises and their oaths of office to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States. Only citizens who understand their history and their present peril will be up to the job.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Holds Ceremonial Bill Signing to Celebrate Nine Pro-life Bills

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 13, 2021: 

Last Thursday, 10 days after Texas’ “heartbeat law” became effective on September 1, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt held a ceremonial bill signing for one just like it, HB 2441, as well as eight other pro-life bills. All nine bills were signed into law earlier in the year. HB 2441, which prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, becomes effective on November 1, 2021.

The other pro-life bills that were part of last week’s ceremonial bill signing, which served to underscore Oklahoma’s enactment of the bills and their importance, included:

• SB 918, which would restore Oklahoma’s prohibition of abortion if/when Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court and the power to regulate it is properly returned to the states;

• HB 1102, which declares that the performance of an abortion represents “unprofessional conduct” and results in the abortion provider’s medical license being suspended for at least one year;

• HB 1904, which requires abortionists to be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology;

• SB 778 and SB 779, which safeguard women and girls from dangerous chemical abortion drugs;

• SB 960, which extends the time relinquished children can be given to rescuers from seven to 30 days;

• SB 647, – “Lily’s Law” – which requires birthing centers to keep a written policy to allow for the family to direct the disposition of the remains of a child who was stillborn or miscarried; and

• SB 584, which prohibits fetal trafficking.

 

During the ceremony Stitt said:

 

I promised Oklahomans I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk, and I am proud to keep that promise.

As a father of six, it’s an honor to be the most pro-life governor in the country, and I will always step up to protect the lives of unborn children.

 

That same day Governor Stitt pushed back against the uncivil and tyrannical commands from the Oval Office over vax mandates. Declared the President Joe Biden: “It they’ll not help — if these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as President to get them out of the way.”

Responded Stitt:

It is not the [federal] government’s role to dictate to private businesses what to do.

 

Once again President [sic] Biden is demonstrating his complete disregard for individual freedoms and states’ rights.

 

As long as I’m governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma.

 

My administration will continue to defend Oklahoma values and fight back against the Biden administration’s federal overreach.

The governor was backed up by his state’s Attorney General John O’Connor:

We respect the right of Oklahoma businesses and individuals to make healthcare decisions for themselves and their families.

 

My office will vigorously oppos any attempt by the federal government to mandate vaccines.

 

We are preparing litigation to stand up for our rights and defend the rule of law against the overreach of the federal government.

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall added,

President [sic] Biden is about to see the U.S. Constitution still matters in Oklahoma.

 

This isn’t the only unconstitutional Biden administration action Oklahoma needs to challenge. Our country is a republic … and the president does not have the constitutional authority to issue these types of edicts.

The passage of these laws and the statements against federal overreach didn’t happen in a vacuum, but are the result of decades of grassroots education and action by Oklahomans. Through the educational campaigns of members of The John Birch Society (the society has a strong presence in Oklahoma) and other groups, informed pressure resulted in strengthening the state’s pro-life resolve.

The celebration of life at the ceremonial bill signing included statements such as these:

“Governor Stitt has kept his promise to sign every piece of pro-life legislation that reaches his desk. He is at the forefront of nationwide momentum to challenge the status quo and modernize our extreme abortion laws. Across the nation, pro-life governors are taking bold action to ensure that state laws reflect the will of their constituents and the clear science showing humanity of unborn children.” — Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser

 

“All life is precious and a gift from God.  The pro-life measures we passed this year seek to ensure each life is protected at every single stage in Oklahoma.  My life and my public service will continue to be dedicated to making sure that we recognize the dignity of every human being.  Thank you to my colleagues who shepherded these important bills through the process and to the Governor for standing strong for life.” — Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat (R-Oklahoma City)

 

“The Oklahoma House will continue passing strong pro-life legislation for as long as it is necessary to protect the unborn in this country. Securing life who cannot secure it themselves is a solemn duty expected by Oklahomans of the conservatives they have elected. We take that duty seriously and uphold it at every turn.” — Speaker of the House Rep. Charles McCall (R)

 

I’m grateful to the governor and the majority of my fellow legislators for helping to ensure that the day Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, Oklahoma statutes regulating abortions likewise will be reversed. This will end the practice of abortion in our state and protect our precious, innocent children. — House Majority Floor Leader Rep. Jon Echols (R)

 

There is no issue more critical in our time than the defense of the lives of innocent unborn babies. The greatest crime of our nation has been the murder of 60 million unborn babies. House bill 1102 takes the approach of removing the license of any physician who performs an abortion. We thank the Lord for the team of people that worked together to help make this happen, and the multitudes who have prayed for years about this. [Emphasis added.] We also thank the Lord for answered prayer. To God be the glory! — Representative Jim Olsen (R)

 

I consider all lives to be sacred, no matter the age. However, I am honored to be able to stand up for the lives that cannot advocate for themselves. It has been a privilege to work with faith leaders from around the state (emphasis added) on HB2441 the “Heartbeat Bill”, which protects the life of the unborn, by making it clear, that a heartbeat is the indicator of life, and we are called to protect life, no matter what. — Representative Todd Russ (R)

As the war on life and liberty intensifies, it will take educated citizens’ actions such as those being taken in Oklahoma to reverse the tide and excise the cancer of collectivism being injected (literally and figuratively) from the body politic.

Biden’s Falling Approval Numbers Are Putting Congress Into Play for Republicans in 2022

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 8, 2021: 

Remington Research Group, a reputable GOP-aligned polling outfit with a “B” rating from FiveThirtyEight, discovered in its latest survey of seven “middle-of-the-road” congressional districts that “the left’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda is toxic.” This downturn in approval will likely cost the seven Democrats presently representing those districts their jobs next November.

In every district polled, Joe Biden’s approval rating is underwater, averaging 46%. When matched against a “generic” Republican candidate, they are expected to lose by an average of six percentage points.

This is a microcosm of Biden’s approval rating nationally. The eight most recent polls recorded at RealClear Politics show Biden’s approval between 43 and 47 percent, the lowest of his administration so far. FiveThirtyEight’s poll averages similarly have his deficit at 4.1 points as of Sept. 8.

Most vulnerable is the razor-thin eight-seat Democrat majority in the House of Representatives. A loss of just five seats next November would turn control back to the Republicans.

According to Sean Trende, a political analyst at RealClear Politics, the party in power typically loses around 30 seats in the House and two to four seats in the Senate. But, says Trende, “the most important predictor of a party’s performance in a midterm is the president’s job approval rating … abysmal elections for parties in power have occurred when the president was generally unpopular.”

As Biden’s approval rating continues to drop, the likelihood of losses for Democrats in the midterms increases. At 50% approval, Democrats in the Senate would expect to break even. “At 46%,” wrote Trende, “Democrats … only retain control about four percent of the time.”

In the House, Biden’s continuing dismal performance would, per Trende, cost the Democrats upwards of 25 seats. “If he declines much further, however, it could turn into an ugly rout.”

In the Senate, there are five Republican senators with targets on their backs: Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). They painted those targets themselves either by voting to impeach President Trump or supporting the “bipartisan” infrastructure spending bill. Each is taking the easy way out by retiring.

The vacuum in each case is being filled by what Politico calls “Trump acolytes”: those “who have made loyalty to the former president a cornerstone of their campaigns.” For example, former Republican Missouri state Senator John Lamping said that Senator Roy Blunt “is a super-super insider and that’s not what the base wants. No one is running to be a Roy Blunt senator. They’re running to be a Donald Trump senator.”

Three other Republican senators are in jeopardy as well: John Thune (R-S.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). They have not yet formally announced their candidacies and could be replaced by Trump “acolytes,” turning the Senate an even darker red.

Biden’s approval ratings are dropping due to his Afghanistan withdrawal disaster, a southern border inundated with illegal immigration, and inflation. Add to that rampant crime in big cities and the economy struggling to find workers, and it’s not at all difficult to see why Biden’s numbers are flagging.

The GOP has other advantages going into the November 2022 midterms: the party controls the redistricting process for 187 House seats, with the Democrats controlling just 75. Biden is unlikely to be an asset on the campaign trail, and his hapless Vice President Kamala Harris is too toxic to put in front of a microphone.

Assuming the Republicans regain control of both houses of Congress in 2022, the next questions must be: will it make any difference? Will those campaigning on the Trump platform of “Make America Great Again” keep their promises and begin the long, arduous path to restoring the Republic? Will they hew to their oaths of office to support and defend the Constitution? Will they make serious efforts to reverse the damage being done by the Democrats? Or will they become invisible in the freedom fight currently raging across the land?

That’s the role of the John Birch Society: creating an informed electorate who will not only select statesmen who promise to keep their oaths but hold them to those promises when they fall away. For more information on how to get involved in the freedom fight, go to JBS.org.

California, LA County Pay $800K to Grace Community Church Over COVID Lawsuit

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 2, 2021:  

The statement from Los Angeles County’s attorneys announcing its settlement with Pastor John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church said nothing about the underlying issues. It only said it was withdrawing from the field of battle and paying MacArthur’s church $800,000 to please go away:

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled [in February] that some public health safety measures could not apply to houses of worship, resolving this litigation is the responsible and appropriate thing to do.

When elders of Grace decided in July 2020 to reopen their church for indoor worship, they knew it would rouse the ire of LA County health officials who had banned such worship, using COVID as cover for their illegal and unconstitutional mandates. They prepared for the battle, issuing a statement that said:

While civil government is invested with divine authority to rule the state [no authority exists which] grants civic rulers jurisdiction over the church.

 

God has established three institutions within human society: the family, the state, and the church.

 

Each institution has a sphere of authority with jurisdictional limits that must be respected….

 

Government is specifically tasked with the oversight and protection of civic peace and well-being within the boundaries or a nation….

 

God has not granted civic rules authority oved the doctrine, practice, or polity of the Church….

 

Government officials have no right to interfere in ecclesiastical matters in a way that undermines or disregards the God-given authority of pastors and elders.

Those government officials demanded under penalty of fines and imprisonment that church officials stop indoor services immediately.

The church ignored the demands and instead filed suit against those officials, claiming they were violating the church’s rights to free speech and free exercise of religion under the First Amendment. The church also claimed it was being discriminated against, as those mandates weren’t being applied equally to secular institutions and organizations.

Sure enough, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of those government officials. The church refused to follow that ruling, and in November, the county went to court.

The church’s attorneys made the persuasive case to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff that the lower court’s ruling couldn’t be enforced until the constitutionality of those mandates had been decided.

And there matters stood until February, when the Supreme Court ruled that most (not all) of those mandates were indeed unconstitutional.

Jenna Ellis, the lead attorney helping Pastor MacArthur’s church fight against the state, rejoiced:

We are very pleased to see Pastor MacArthur and Grace Community Church’s First Amendment protections fully vindicated in this case.

 

It has been a hard-fought battle to preserve religious liberty and we hope that this result will encourage Californians, and all Americans, to continue to stand firm that church is essential.

Lacking further evidence in this case, Ellis’ rejoicing appears to be premature. There was no ruling by a court that the state’s officials were out of bounds constitutionally. There was no admission of guilt by those officials. There appears to be nothing in the record that resolves the conflict between church and state.

Both parties, given the ruling by the Supreme Court (half-hearted that it was), decided to withdraw from the contest, leaving the underlying issue unresolved.

Republicans’ Trust in Establishment Media Cut in Half in Five Years

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 31, 2021:  

Barely a third of Republicans polled by Pew Research Center in June said that they trust the establishment media (ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, etc.) to provide them with unbiased, “fair and balanced” news. Five years ago, more than two thirds of them trusted the media as their primary news source.

Overall, fewer than three out of five Americans of all political persuasions have “some trust” in the mainstream media, down from 65 percent in 2016. There’s even been some substantial credibility slippage among Democrats as well, according to Pew. “This is,” wrote the group, “the smallest share over the past five years.”

Not surprisingly, Pew also reported that the percentage of those who don’t trust the media “at all” jumped from six percent five years ago to 14 percent currently.

This confirms what Statista.com reported on Monday: “The credibility of almost all the news media sources in [our] ranking was considerably lower in 2021 than in previous years, highlighting consumers’ growing concerns about reliability, bias, and trustworthiness in the news business.”

The media’s credibility has been slipping for years. In 2019, for example, ABC enjoyed a rating of 63 percent among those polled. Today it’s at 58 percent.

Similar declines are reported at CBS and NBC. The New York Times’ credibility has slipped from 53 percent two years ago to 50 percent at present, along with CNN. Fox News has slipped from 52 percent to 44 percent over the same period, while Huffington Post suffered the most grievous drop, from just 38 percent two years ago to 31 percent now.

Hugh Hewitt, a radio talk show host, law professor, and conservative political commentator, writes from inside the establishment media. He is a regular on NBC News and MSNBC and writes frequently for the Washington Post.

In May he declared in an article published by the Post that “the media has a big credibility problem”, adding, “Media bias has grown worse in recent years. From story selection to story framing, bias leaps off the page or screen and cannot be escaped. The hazard of this vast tilt left is the belief among millions — perhaps a majority — of Americans that [the] media cannot be trusted.”

That leaves those searching for reliable sources for their news in a quandary: where to go? Many are turning to The Epoch Times, which is enjoying a surge in popularity. So are Newsmax, OneAmerica News, and American Thinker.

The New American magazine and its website, TheNewAmerican.com, makes every effort to “tell the story behind the story.”

Missing from the conservation about media bias is the long and deep influence of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Established in 1921 as a private organization whose purpose was to “awaken America to its worldwide responsibilities,” it has insinuated itself into every major part of the culture since its founding.

Richard Harwood, a former Washington Post senior editor, described the CFR as “the nearest thing we have to a ruling establishment in the United States”, adding that many members have enormous influence in the media:

The membership of these journalists in the Council, however they may think of themselves, is an acknowledgment of their active and important role in public affairs and of their ascension into the American ruling class.

 

They do not merely analyze and interpret foreign policy for the United States; they help make it. They are part of that establishment … sharing most of its values and world views.

Media personalities constitute only about five percent of the overall CFR network. Key members of the organization have included:

Several US Presidents and Vice Presidents of both parties;

 

Almost all Secretaries of State, Defense, and the Treasury;

 

Many high-ranking commanders of the U.S. military and NATO;

 

Some of the most influential Members of Congress (notably in foreign and security policy);

 

Almost all National Security Advisors, CIA Directors, Ambassadors to the U.N., Chairs of the Federal Reserve, Presidents of the World Bank, and Directors of the National Economic Council;

 

Many prominent academics, especially in key fields such as Economics and Political Science; and

 

Many top executives of Wall Street, policy think tanks, universities, and NGOs.

CFR insiders, including political journalist Richard Rovere, have revealed the influence of the CFR across the political, economic, educational, and cultural spectrum:

The directors of the CFR make up a sort of Presidium for that part of the Establishment that guides our destiny as a nation. [I]t rarely fails to get one of its members, or at least one of its allies, into the White House. In fact, it generally is able to see to it that both nominees are men acceptable to it.

This is what makes The New American unique: it reveals “the rest of the story” — that is, little happens domestically or internationally (e.g., Afghanistan) without CFR influence and direction.

In the instant case Pew Research merely reveals the awakening of the American consumer to the extensive bias toward collectivism but without explaining that it is a deliberate part of an agenda to lessen America’s influence in the world, preparing it for its role as a part of a world run by CFR elites and its friends in the media, the culture, government, education, and in Hollywood.

Biden, Harris to Campaign for Newsom; Death Knell for California Governor?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 26, 2021:  

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday confirmed that Joe Biden will travel to California in the near future to campaign for Governor Gavin Newsom. The governor is locked in a tight contest to keep his job thanks to a recall election to be held on September 14.

The announcement comes just two days before Kamala Harris is due to arrive in the Bay Area to campaign for the besieged governor.

Pressure to remove the governor before the end of his term has been steadily building for months, thanks partly to his policies on immigration and his prolonged restrictions on the state’s economy using the COVID-19 pandemic as cover. Hundreds of businesses have failed as a result.

But Newsom hasn’t helped his cause with his outrageous hypocrisy over those restrictions, which appear to apply to everyone except himself. Last November the governor was caught attending a maskless dinner with 11 others at an exclusive restaurant after telling Californians to avoid gatherings of more than three households.

It didn’t help that he is sending his children to a private school while most public-school students were forced to stay home under his mandates.

It’s unclear just how Biden and Harris will “help” Newsom keep his office. Biden’s credibility has been badly damaged by the rolling catastrophe in Afghanistan and his policies that have allowed illegals to pour across the U.S. southern border, including California’s.

And Harris suffers from such low public esteem that she ended her campaign for president even before the first primary. In recent polling, she rates just ahead of Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney in popularity.

Newsom’s leading contender in the recall effort — popular conservative radio show host Larry Elder — is rejoicing at the prospect of having both Democrat politicos coming to help salvage Newsom. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart, Elder said,

I’ll believe it when I see Joe Biden come here. I’m not sure he’s going to.

 

I understand he’s supposedly going to come here to campaign on behalf of Gavin Newsom. His popularity now is in the low forties — I think I saw 41%.

 

Most Americans don’t even believe he’s home — that somebody else is in charge. So it’s going to backfire.

 

But let him bring it in. Let him have him come in, and try to defend Gavin Newsom’s record on crime, and on homelessness, and on the outrageous cost of living, and on the way he ignored science and shut down the state to the point where a third of small businesses are gone forever.

 

Let Joe Biden make that case for him. I want him to come here. Let him do it….

 

Out of all the major political figures in America, Gavin Newsom’s one of the few who’s praised the way he handled the Afghan crisis. And it has been a disaster after a disaster, one of the worst foreign policy mistakes America has ever made.

 

So if Joe Biden wants to come here and lend his presence to California, I welcome that opportunity. But I don’t believe he’s going to do it.

At the moment, Elder leads the pack of some 46 candidates running for governor in the event that Californians boot Newsom in September. His lead ensures that he would replace Newsom if a majority of voters say “yes” to the ballot question: “Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?” on September 14.

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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