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

It’s Not Biden’s Gaffes but His Age That Concerns Democrats

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 16, 2019: 

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s gaffes have provided entertainment for many and grist for others, calling into his question his presidential run. But Biden’s real problem is something that cannot be fixed: He’s old and getting older. He’ll be 78 just weeks after the November 2020 election.

Biden’s verbal flubs, such as getting dates, cities, and the British prime minister’s name wrong, have provided material for conservative commentators and for some of Biden’s rivals. And the president has no doubt been collecting them in a special file to be rolled out during presidential debates next year if Biden survives the primaries.

Pressure on Biden’s staff to cut back on his public appearances in order to reduce the chances for additional verbal blunders and misstatements would not effectively hide from the public the one thing that cannot be fixed: Biden is getting older and he is slowing down, both mentally and physically.

Alan Feirer, Democrat Party chair in Madison County, Iowa, told the Washington Post:

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Universal Background Checks Require Gun Registration

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 14, 2019: 

In spite of fading support for universal background checks, as reported by CNN on Tuesday, there are still some in the White House and nearly all of the mainstream media who are deliberately keeping the conversation in favor of background checks going.

According to CNN, lawmakers are reconsidering the political risks of pushing for universal background checks in this highly toxic political environment leading up to elections next year. “It’s a sign of a possible divide between Trump and his party,” wrote CNN, and that many Republicans “have appeared skeptical” about Trump’s belief that he needs to “do something meaningful” following the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio last week. It added that “several conservative allies and Republican lawmakers have privately voiced opposition to his push for [universal] background checks.”

This hasn’t fazed the New York Times in the slightest, declaring that

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A Closer Look at the Dangers of Red Flag Laws

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 13, 2019: 

As the hysterical cries continue, demanding that government “do something” about gun violence, more thoughtful advisors and commentators are digging more deeply into the dangers of “doing something.” Especially concerning is the rush to implement major infringements of gun rights, with many politicians using the flawed argument that “If even one life is saved, infringements on the rights of many are justified.”

This is the siren song of tyranny.

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said everyone should take a deep breath and step back from the ledge: “I like to remind people that we should never make sweeping policy changes in a state of hysteria. A wiser course of action would be for elected officials to talk people in off the ledge so we can have a reasonable conversation about the horrific incident after things settle down. Emotion-based policy always turns out to be a lousy policy loaded with unintended consequences.”

One especially grievous black mark in America’s recent history is the rush to judgment about Japanese Americans in the months after Pearl Harbor. President Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order forcibly removing more than 110,000 of them from their homes and into “internment” (read: concentration) camps. They were guilty of nothing more than being Japanese. As Colonel Karl Bendetsen (the architect of the program) put it, anyone with “one drop of Japanese blood” would be taken from their homes by force and placed in concentration camps.

The Supreme Court never ruled on the constitutionality of the incarceration of these American citizens, although their Fourth Amendment rights were clearly violated. Modest financial reparations were belatedly made by the federal government to those survivors in 1988, along with an apology.

Tony Lovasco (R-Mo.) exposed the danger of thinking that red flag laws could never apply to law-abiding citizens. After all, most people would never dream of shooting up a Walmart store. Wrote Lovasco, “Proponents of gun control (and make no mistake, red flag laws are gun control) want you to think, ‘I’m not like them. This isn’t about me.’ But you are like them, and it is about you. It’s about everyone.”

Every American citizen, gun owner or not, has unalienable rights, wrote Lovasco: “The right to face your accuser. The right to due process. The right to protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Every one of these rights is explicitly violated under red flag laws.”

Added Lovasco:

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Is “Old Joe” Losing It? Biden’s Gaffes Continue to Mount

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 12, 2019:

Joe Biden’s gaffes, malapropisms, or “verbal indiscretions” would be funny if he weren’t serious. But at age 76 (he’ll turn 78 just weeks after the November 2020 presidential election), and increasingly likely to be the Democrat Party’s pick to face President Donald Trump, they’re not funny.

Speaking on Thursday to the Asian & Latin Coalition PAC in Des Moines, Biden fumbled the ball:

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Chances of New Gun Controls Fade with the Passage of Time

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 12, 2019: 

Once the media hype dies down, the present push for more infringements on the rights of law-abiding gun owners will fade away as well. It is helpful to remember what is perhaps the single most important legacy of the Trump administration: the outing of the mainstream media as nothing more than howling dogs barking at each other over the back fence. They have been exposed as mouthpieces for the Deep State. They are like the Boy Who Cried Wolf: if you always tell lies, people will eventually stop believing you; and then when you’re telling the truth for a change, when you really need them to believe you, they won’t.

It’s also helpful to remember that the president has no ideological foundation rooted in the Constitution. He’s the ultimate pragmatist, a businessman seeking only to solve problems the most expeditious way possible. He also would like very much to get reelected next November.

Put all that together then, and the New York Times is right: Said the paper, the president’s past “flip-flops” on background checks “raises questions about his real commitment to legislation that would improve the background check system.”

Liberal Politico agrees:

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Pelosi Asks Trump to Call a Senate Vote on House-passed Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 9, 2019: 

During Friday morning’s free-ranging meeting with the press, President Trump once again reiterated his determination to pass “meaningful,” “common sense” background checks and red flag laws.

When asked about resistance from the National Rifle Association, Trump quipped, “They’ll come around.” (After all, following Trump’s demand that his ATF ban bump stocks, there was nary a puff of resistance from the NRA.)

This is the opening that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using to demand that President Trump call back the Senate from summer recess to vote on further infringements of the Second Amendment.

Pelosi referred to that opening in her demand letter:

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What About Firearms That Saved Lives Last Month?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 8, 2019: 

Media hysteria over recent mass shootings just reached new highs. Rather than rehashing the ghastly atrocities committed over the past weeks, the Associated Press instead recounted the number of shootings committed since the first of the year and loudly lamented in its headline: “U.S. Mass Shootings This Year Nearly Reach 2018 Levels, and It’s Only August!”

It proclaimed:

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“If It Bleeds, It Leads.” But What if It Doesn’t?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 9, 2019: 

According to the Urban Dictionary, “‘If it bleeds, it leads’ basically means that the media loves violence: television, radio, and film for the most part have much higher ratings if it’s about a bunch of people getting murdered rather than something nice, like somebody saving a cat from a tree.”

And the slogan first created by New York Times‘ owner Adoph Ochs in 1897, “All the News That’s Fit to Print” remains on the masthead of the paper today.

But what if the news doesn’t “bleed?” What if it doesn’t “fit?”

There’s been plenty of blood lately, goodness knows. The Associated Press raised the level of hysteria to a new high with its headline, “U.S. Mass Shootings This Year Nearly Reach 2018 Levels, and It’s Only August!”

The AP proclaimed that “Just seven months into 2019, the U.S. has experienced almost as many mass killings as occurred in all of 2018 … mass killings so far this year [total] 23, leaving 131 people dead. There were 25 mass killings in 2018 … according to a database complied by the Associated Press, Northeastern University and USA Today.”

The AP went on to explain how it defined “mass killings” – now apparently no longer referred to as “mass shootings” – “as killings involving four or more fatalities, not including the killer. What the AP failed to explain is how they missed reporting on those incidents where firearms were used to prevent injuries and killings.

Back when Obama was president,

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President Trump and Marxist Dictator Maduro Using Same Tactic, but for Vastly Different Purposes

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 7, 2019:

This writer was too optimistic back in June when he prematurely rejoiced that Trump’s sanctions on Maduro’s totalitarian regime in Venezuela appeared to be working (see Sources below). It seemed reasonable at the time. After all, similar sanctions applied by President Reagan to the Noriega regime in 1989 had the desired effect.

When one of Russia’s suppliers of military equipment to Venezuela pulled out, it was easy at the time to report that it represented “a body blow from which it [Maduro’s dictatorship] might not recover.” In cocktail party parlance, “the first olive out of the bottle is always the hardest; the others come out a little more easily.”

It didn’t happen. And so, on Monday night, President Trump went for broke. He issued an executive order placing an immediate and total embargo on Maduro’s regime, and explained why in a letter he sent to Congress at the same time:

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Trump Imposes Full Embargo on Venezuela in Effort to Remove Maduro

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 6, 2019: 

As he signed an executive order on Monday night placing an embargo on Venezuela, President Trump explained why he did so in a letter to Congress:

I have determined that it is necessary to block the property of the Government of Venezuela in light of the continued usurpation of power by the illegitimate Nicolas Maduro regime … [which includes] human rights abuses, arbitrary arrest and detention of Venezuelan citizens, curtailment of free press, and ongoing attempts to undermine Interim President Juan Guaido of Venezuela and the democratically-elected Venezuelan National Assembly.

The extraordinary escalation exceeds previous sanctions against some 100 individuals associated with Maduro’s inner circle. The executive order now blocks anyone

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El Paso Mass Shooting Elicits Calls for More Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, August 4, 2019: 

The reactions following the ghastly atrocity that took place outside and inside a Walmart store in El Paso on Saturday morning were predictable. The president called it hateful and offered his sympathies and prayers, the state’s lieutenant governor warned Antifa to stay out, and Democrats called for more gun control.

Tweeted the President:

Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people. Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News:

I just saw … where Antifa is posting they want to come to El Paso and do a 10-day siege. We don’t need them coming in on September 1.

 

We didn’t need them to begin with before this happened. I would say to Antifa: scratch Texas off the map and don’t come in. It’s not the time or the place for them to come at any time, but particularly in the aftermath of what just happened in El Paso.

Bodies of slain victims weren’t even cold before Democrats running for president saw another opportunity to burnish their anti-gun credentials. Elizabeth Warren tweeted:

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Trump: Spend Now, Cut Later

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 2, 2019: 

Following passage of the two-pronged budget/debt-ceiling bill by the Senate on Thursday, President Trump tweeted triumphantly: “Budget Deal is phenomenal for our Great Military, our Vets, and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Two year deal gets us past the Election. Go for it Republicans, there is always plenty of time to CUT!”

The “deal” avoids the automatic cuts under the Budget Control Act (BCA) which, without Congressional action, would have cut government spending by $125 billion. Instead, those cuts were avoided and government spending was increased. It also eliminates the debt ceiling for two years, well past the November presidential election.

As The New American noted last week,

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Trump Wants Fed to Cut One Full Percentage Point; Powell Likely to Give Him One-quarter

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, July 31, 2019: 

President Donald Trump wants Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, to cut the Fed Funds rate by a full percentage point Wednesday afternoon. Powell is certain to give him just one-quarter of that, with the possibility of more cuts soon.

The president has expressed regret repeatedly about his appointment of Powell as head of the country’s central bank, blaming him for raising rates four times last year, nine times since 2015, intentionally slowing his economy just as his reelection campaign is heating up.

The last time the Fed cut rates was in

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Garlic Festival Shooting: So Many Questions, So Few Answers So Far

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

Almost immediately after 19-year-old Santino Legan was killed by police within a minute of beginning a shooting rampage that left three dead and a dozen wounded at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, Sunday night, questions began: How did he get into the festival? Where did he get this weapon? Why the festival? What motivated him? Why didn’t California’s strict gun laws keep this from happening?

There are, at this writing, precious few answers, but a few clues.

Santino had been planning the attack for some time. He knew California’s strict gun laws would keep him for being able to purchase a firearm, as he was only 19 (California restricts firearm ownership to those age 21 and older). He knew that security at the food festival — one of the nation’s best known and most popular — would be extremely tight, with metal detectors at the main entrance.

The shooter’s solution:

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Budget Deal a Win for Everyone Except Taxpayers

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

The budget “deal” cobbled together over the last couple of weeks is a win for every vested interest but one: the U.S. taxpayer. It provides proof about what can be accomplished, even by Congress, when the motivation is sufficiently strong.

That motivation was provided by a letter from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on July 12 that his “extraordinary measures” being employed since the debt ceiling was reached in early March were about to be “exhausted.” This move allowed him to conduct budget negotiations directly with Pelosi, sidelining Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney and resulting in a deal that was a win for nearly every vested interest in Washington.

First and foremost

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Mueller Testimony Is Dems’ Last Chance at Impeachment

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

Last week’s overwhelming rejection by the House of a motion to begin impeachment hearings against the president — 332-95 — didn’t faze Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen or New York Democrat Jerry Nadler. On Friday, during an interview on CNN’s The Situation Room, Cohen unloaded his frustration over the vote: “There was just a smorgasbord of obstruction by Trump, whether asking staff to lie for him, whether asking staff to do deeds that were obstructive, and asking Mueller to resign, or asking [then-Attorney General Jeff] Sessions to unrecuse himself, dangling pardons before Manafort, dangling a pardon before Michael Cohen at one time.”

On Sunday, Nadler told Fox News Sunday that the president

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Democrats’ $15 Minimum Wage Bill Ignores Economic, Political Reality

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 19, 2019: 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejoiced following passage of the Democrats’ Raise the Wage bill on Thursday, which would raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an hour by 2025: “This is an historic day. Today we wake up for a day of jubilation because of the sense of fairness this legislation engenders. We wake up with a smile on our face[s], showing the world with all the love in our hearts, and that love in our hearts is about fairness for the American people.”

She failed to mention the people who would be treated unfairly if the Senate agrees and the president signs it into law. The New American reviewed what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) thought of the proposed legislation: “For most low-wage workers, earnings and family income would increase, which would lift some families out of poverty. But other low-wage workers would become jobless, and their family income would fall — in some cases below the poverty level.”

Those low-wage workers mostly at risk presently hold positions primarily in the service industry: restaurants, bars, hotels, retail stockers, and cashiers. Once their employers are required to pay them more than they currently are worth, they will be jobless. So much for being fair.

And how about those just entering the workforce with few if any marketable skills? What business owner would hire someone who isn’t worth $15 an hour? Worse,

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Representative Massie’s Safe Students Act Gains Major Endorsement

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

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the 650,000-member Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), endorsed the Safe Students Act of Representative Thomas Massie’s (R-Ky.) on Wednesday. In his endorsement, Gottlieb noted that the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, an act that made schools into gun-free zones and that would be repealed by the Safe Students Act, has been an unqualified failure:

The Gun-Free School Zones Act was passed by Congress in 1990, and it’s been a disaster. It has not prevented a single tragic school shooting, but instead has given students, teachers, administrators, and parents a false sense of security that evaporates the moment some madman ignores the law and invades a school campus to commit mayhem.

 

By declaring schools to be “gun-free,” the law has simply turned schools into risk-free, target-rich environments for disturbed people willing to harm innocent children and teens.

On the other hand, Massie’s bill, if it becomes law, would allow local and state jurisdictions the freedom to decide on the issue for themselves. Said Gottlieb:

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Brilliant California Lawyer Applauds Trump’s Court Picks

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 17, 2019: 

Ben Feuer, chairman of the California Appellate Law Group, has been deemed one of the top appellate litigators in California. The National Law Journal calls him an “Elite Boutique Trailblazer” while the Los Angeles Daily Journal named him one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.” The San Francisco Bar awarded him its “Outstanding Barrister” prize, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals appointed him an “appellate lawyer representative,” one of just a handful of attorneys selected from the Ninth’s 11-state jurisdiction for that position.

And so, when Feuer wrote in February that “Thanks to Trump, the liberal 9 th Circuit will be liberal no more” he knows whereof he speaks.

He had nothing but praise for Trump’s appointees who are reshaping the judicial landscape not only at the Ninth Circuit but across the land:

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China Reports Its Economy Growing at Slowest Pace Since 1992

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

The “official” numbers released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Friday show the world’s second-largest economy “growing at its slowest pace since at least 1992,” as the Wall Street Journal expressed it. But real numbers from the real world — not those reported by the communist government for public consumption — show that the world’s second-largest economy may not be growing at all, and in fact may be shrinking.

NBS spokesman Mao Shengyong all but admitted it: “Economic conditions are still severe both at home and abroad, global economic growth is slowing down and the external instabilities and uncertainties [read: trade dispute with President Donald Trump] are increasing. The [Chinese] economy is under new downward pressure.”

The statement from the NBS accompanying its press release was just as blunt: “The Chinese economy is still in a complex and grave situation.”

Officially, NBS said

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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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