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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Taking CAIR of Business

Rev. Franklin Graham
by Tony Perkins: Donald Trump and Rev. Franklin Graham have one thing in common: they're not easily intimidated. Apparently, that memo never made it to the extremists at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who seem intent on pressuring the new administration to drop Billy Graham's son from the inaugural program. "If President-elect Trump truly seeks to unite our nation as he promised in his acceptance speech," the controversial group ranted, "he will limit the list of those offering prayers at the inauguration to religious leaders who work to bring us together, not to create divisions between faiths. Rev. Graham's ill-informed and extremist views are incompatible with the Constitution...."

And what views are those exactly? That religious freedom exists for people of all faiths? That every person has a right to life and liberty? Franklin Graham's views aren't incompatible with the Constitution -- they're in the Constitution.

Thankfully, but not surprisingly, CAIR's complaints have fallen on deaf ears in the Trump team, where they respect and appreciate Franklin's role in mobilizing evangelicals to vote in November. The president-elect himself hasn't been shy in pointing to Graham as one of the major factors in his election success. "I want to thank so many great people, but having Franklin Graham, who was so instrumental -- we won so big -- with evangelicals." And for the Grahams, Friday's event is a continuation of a longstanding family tradition. Ninety-eight year-old Billy Graham prayed at the inauguration of several presidents -- including Democrats.

If anything, CAIR should be praising Franklin's participation. After all, his charity, Samaritan's Purse, just finished work on an emergency field hospital in Iraq -- where the same Muslims CAIR accuses Graham of disparaging, are getting life-saving treatment. So perhaps it isn't the accused we should be looking at, but the accuser. As FRC's own Lt. General Jerry Boykin pointed out, "CAIR has been labeled as a terror group by the governments of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, yet we let them operate freely in the U.S. as a credible voice; they are in fact an evil group that has no good intentions for this nation." In other words, when it comes to the inauguration, Trump shouldn't care about CAIR!
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Tony Perkins is President of the Family Research Council . This article was on Tony Perkin's Washington Update an written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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Undoing Obama: Who Should Do Which Government Rollbacks?

Let’s Celebrate LOTS of Repeal Days
by Seton Motley, Contributing Author: Donald Trump will on Friday be sworn in to succeed President Barack Obama. Trump is the incoming – in large part because he repeatedly promised to undo much of what has been done by the outgoing.

For his part, Obama is Tmaking conciliatory comments – while doing everything possible Tto make Trump’s transition as painful as possible. Included in bringing the pain – Tis ramming through as many last-minute regulations as can possibly be issued.

Way to respect the will of We the Voters, President Outgoing.

These twilight regs are, of course, on top of the mountains and mountains of regulations already issued these past eight years. And all of those are on top of all the bad laws President Obama passed whilst in possession of a Democrat-majority Congress – most famously, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. From which have subsequently flowed (tens of) thousands of additional pages of terrible regulations.

There’s a whole lot of big, bad, heinous government to undo. Just from President Obama. Then there’s the last century-plus….

Late former New York Governor Mario Cuomo once observed “You campaign in poetry – you govern in prose.” Un-governing is, if possible, even less flowery. How, exactly, to rollback so much awful government?

The bad legislation – Obamacare and Dodd-Frank – requires good legislation to undo it. Certainly if you want full repeal (and we do). But so much of the Obama legacy consists of regulation – not legislation. How to address all of that?

If it lives by the executive action – it can die by the executive action. But despite the sound of it, that undoing process takes, in many instances, lots of time. There are rule making processes – with announcement periods, public comment periods (which are ignored by government when the public doesn’t like the agenda being pursued) and then finally agency action.

Rome wasn’t built in a day – neither was DC’s Mount Regulation. Regulatory agency answers to the Regulation Question can happen – but attention to the very many details must be paid if it is to be a truly comprehensive restoration of sanity. The very many agencies must each be charged with meticulous attention to every aspect of Project Rollback. And all of the Is and Ts must be dotted and crossed.

A key component in the Trump-Republican Rollback – is a regulatory triage. Determinations must be made – about which regulations are the most harmful, and thus must be dealt with in faster fashion.

Thankfully, there is a much more rapid way to bypass the slower agency rollback – though, sadly, only for very recently imposed regs. That bypass is – the Congressional Review Act (CRA): “The law empowers Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, to overrule a regulation. Congress is given 60 legislative days to disapprove, after which the rule will go into effect. For the regulation to be invalidated, the Congressional resolution of disapproval either must be signed by the President, or must be passed over the President’s veto by two-thirds of both Houses of Congress.”

This is a good way to deal with as much as possible of outgoing Obama’s many post-election regulation additions. Thankfully, the Republican Congress is already working on that. A slate of rollbacks will be on the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk – passed by Congress and awaiting brand-new-President-Trump’s signature.

But there are some pre-election regs that are so egregious, so damaging to the private sector – that they too deserve this expedited undoing. One such regulatory assault – is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s ridiculous “privacy” rules.

What these rules were – were a massive power grab by the Commission to favor administration cronies like Google, Facebook and Netflix: “The FCC(’s)…regulations…(dictate) how broadband providers handle sensitive customer data.”

“Broadband providers” – are companies like Comcast and Time Warner. These companies have WAY less access to FAR less data than companies like Google, Facebook and Netflix – who are unscathed by these new regulations: “95+% of Google’s monstrous income – comes from selling sensitive customer data. Broadband providers – are (much smaller) data-selling competitors. The FCC is about to make it much more difficult for Google’s much smaller competitors – while leaving Google’s massive data-selling model totally alone. Regulations for thee – not for me, eh, Google?”

These regulations will absolutely, inordinately help the likes of Google, Facebook and Netflix (because they clearly need it) – and make our Internet service much more expensive.

These regulations most certainly deserve triage priority – so much so that they should be added to Congress’ slate of CRA rollbacks.

Because, thankfully, though they were imposed last March, they weren’t actually implemented until recently – recently enough for them to be CRA eligible.

Speaker Paul Ryan and his fellow majority Republicans should add them to the CRA pile awaiting President Trump’s Oval Office arrival.
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Seton Motley is the President of Less Government and he contributes to ARRA News Service. Please feel free to follow him him on Twitter   /   Facebook.

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Honoring Reverend King, Lewis vs. Trump, In Case You Missed It

by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author:    Honoring Reverend King -  Today is the day we honor the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The left and the secular media like to refer to him as "Doctor," a title he certainly deserved. But I like to call him Reverend because it reminds us that he based his entire effort on the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. Those words tell us that our rights come from God. And because we are all created in His image, skin color is irrelevant.

Reverend King had a dream -- that his children would live in an America where they would be judged based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

It is so sad that the country's first black president has exploited race time and again rather than bringing us together and achieving the reconciliation so many desired. After eight years of Obama, race relations are at their lowest level in decades.

Lewis vs. Trump - No doubt you saw the headlines. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and President-elect Trump were trading sharp words. It all started when late Friday when Lewis said, "I don't see this President-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected."

As we have noted repeatedly, there is not one shred of evidence that the Russians hacked voting machines or changed vote totals.

Not surprisingly, Trump responded. He tweeted, "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results."

The left-wing news media pounced. Virtually every outlet ran headlines like this one from ABC: "Donald Trump Attacks Civil Rights Icon John Lewis." They all ran pictures showing Lewis being beaten at the historic 1965 civil rights march in Selma.

Casual observers were left with the impression, quite deliberately, that Trump started the feud. The degree of distortion is breathtaking!

Lewis' leadership in the civil rights movement is indeed praiseworthy. But it does not give him a free pass to engage in demagoguery in the political arena without any response.

I did a little research this weekend and was reminded that Rep. Lewis has a disturbing history in this regard. He has repeatedly smeared conservatives with unfounded accusations of racism his entire career.

Lewis compared John McCain and Sarah Palin to George Wallace. (By the way, Wallace was a Democrat.)

Lewis suggested that Mitt Romney was a closet segregationist.

It was John Lewis who smeared Tea Party activists in 2010, saying they used the "N word" at an anti-Obamacare rally.

Breitbart founder Andrew Breitbart offered to donate $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund if anyone could produce any evidence to corroborate Lewis' charge. There were members of Congress, staff, reporters and activists there, yet no one could back up that slanderous charge.

I have no doubt that Vladimir Putin, first and foremost, wanted to discredit our constitutional republic by creating doubt about the results. But John Lewis is playing right into Putin's hands. Both Putin and Lewis want a weak president who is unable to marshal political support behind him.

When Lewis makes absurd claims questioning Trump's legitimacy, I'm sure glasses of vodka are being raised in his honor in the Kremlin.

In Case You Missed It -  CIA chief John Brennan publicly attacked Donald Trump over the weekend, saying he took "great umbrage" with Trump's reaction to repeated leaks about his intelligence briefings. I can't recall the last time a CIA director was so clearly engaged in partisan politics.

Legendary Watergate reporter Bob Woodward defended Trump against leaks from the intelligence community and the alleged Russian dossier. On Fox News Sunday, Woodward said:

"I've lived in this world for 45 years where you get things and people make allegations. That is a garbage document. It never should have been presented as part of an intelligence briefing. . . I think if you look at the real chronology and the nature of the battle here, those intelligence chiefs . . . made a mistake here. And when people make mistakes, they should apologize."Writing in the Wall Street Journal historian John Steele Gordon suggests that Trump's victory may signal the beginning of a new political order.

While Hillary won the popular vote, Gordon notes the following: "Hillary Clinton's popular-vote margin of 2.9 million was built on an extremely narrow base. . . Subtract her margins in a mere five counties -- the New York City boroughs, save Staten Island, and Los Angeles County -- and she lost the popular vote in the remainder of the nation by more than 500,000."
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Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families

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Obomber . . .

. . . The Obama to Trump “Peaceful Transfer of Power” maybe more like the transfer of booby traps set to disable and trip up the Trump White House.

Editorial Cartoon by AF "Tony" Branco

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Birmingham Jail

by Kerby Anderson, Contributing Author: On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let me suggest that you take some time to read his letter from a Birmingham Jail. If you are young, I think it will give you a better idea of what the civil rights movement in the 1960s was all about. If you are older, it will remind you of some forgotten events and chapters in American history.

I realize that it will take some time to read his letter. When I printed it out, it took more than ten pages since it runs nearly 7,000 words. He wrote it response to a published statement by eight clergymen and was written in the margins of the newspaper and later on scraps of paper and finally on a pad his attorney left for him.

He answers his critics about his tactics during the civil rights movement and then makes his case for his nonviolent campaign. To those who call his action “untimely,” he reminds them of what it is like to be a black person in America that has “seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim.”

He also deals with the controversial issue of just laws and unjust laws. “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

Finally, he addresses the responsibility of the church. He notes that the church of the early Christians “was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.” And when they were commanded to do something contrary to the Bible they said they were “called to obey God rather than man.” This was a reference to Acts 5:29.

As you read his letter remember that he wrote it when he was 34 years old and in jail. Ask yourself how many people you know (pastors, professors, activists) who could write with such intellect and such passion. This letter by Martin Luther King, Jr. is worth reading, and I trust you will consider doing so today.
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The Damage Done

by Paul Jacob, Contributing Author: In his Washington Post op-ed, "The dangerous myth of the 'missing black father,'" Mychal Denzel Smith argues that "responsible fatherhood only goes so far in a world plagued by institutionalized oppression."

He asks:

If black children were raised in an environment that focused not on bemoaning their lack of fathers but on filling their lives with the nurturing love we all need to thrive, what difference would an absent father make? If they woke up in homes where electricity, running water and food were never scarce, went to schools with teachers and counselors who provided everything they needed to learn, then went home to caretakers of any gender who weren't too exhausted to sit and talk and do homework with them, and no one ever said their lives were incomplete because they didn't have a father, would they hold on to the pain of lack well into adulthood?"

Hmmm. The first question answers itself. If all children get everything they "need to thrive," it is assumed they'll thrive. The second question is impossible to know . . . at least until the creation of that perfect utopia with universal material abundance, a flawless education system and indefatigable single-parents.

Fatherlessness is not just a black problem. And let's agree there are great single-parent (or no-parent) homes as well as terrible two-parent homes.

Still, fathers are nice. Oftentimes they help children thrive, in part by providing "electricity, running water and food" as well as "love" -- both tough and nurturing. Proclaiming that fathers would not matter in a society where everything's automatically supplied is . . . simple-minded.

Often called socialism.

Smith raises the issues of "racist drug laws, prosecutorial protection of police officers who kill, mass school closures . . . the poisoning of their water." He's right: having a father won't magically solve those.

But it would solve the problem of not having a father.

This is Common Sense. I'm Paul Jacob.
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Paul Jacobs is author of Common Sense which provides daily commentary about the issues impacting America and about the citizens who are doing something about them. He is also President of the Liberty Initiative Fund (LIFe) as well as Citizens in Charge Foundation. Jacobs is a contributing author on the ARRA News Service.

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Will Trump Continue the Bush-Obama Legacy?

Dr. Ron Paul
by Dr. Ron Paul: This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. Most so-called “fiscal conservatives" voted for this big-spending budget because it allows Congress to repeal some parts of Obamacare via “reconciliation." As important as it is to repeal Obamacare, it does not justify increasing spending and debt.

It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the Obamacare repeal would be used to justify increasing spending. Despite sequestration’s minor (and largely phony) spending cuts, federal spending has increased every year since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives. Some will attribute this to the fact that the Republican House had to negotiate with a big-spending Democratic president — even though federal spending actually increased by a greater percentage the last time Republicans controlled the White House and Congress than it did under President Obama.

The history of massive spending increases under unified Republican control of government is likely to repeat itself. During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump came out against reducing spending on “entitlements.” He also called for a variety of spending increases, including spending one trillion dollars on infrastructure.

One positive part of the infrastructure proposals is their use of tax credits to encourage private sector investments. Hopefully this will be the first step toward returning responsibility for building and maintaining our nation’s infrastructure to the private sector.

Unfortunately, the administration appears likely to support increased federal spending on “shovel-ready” jobs. Claims that federal spending helps grow the economy rely on the fallacy of that which is not seen. While everyone sees the jobs and economic growth created by government infrastructure projects, no one sees the greater number of jobs that could have been created had the government not taken the resources out of the hands of private businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs. Despite what some conservatives seem to think, this fallacy applies equally to Republican and Democrat spending.

President-elect Trump has criticized the past two administrations’ reckless foreign policy, and he has publicly shamed the powerful Lockheed Martin company for wasting taxpayer money. Yet, he continues to support increasing the military budget and has called for increased military intervention in the Middle East.

The fact is the United States already spends too much on militarism. Not only does the United States spend more on the military than the combined military budgets of the next eight highest spending countries, but Pentagon waste exceeds the total Russian military budget.

America can no longer afford to waste trillions of dollars on a militaristic foreign policy. Donald Trump should follow-up his attacks on wasteful military spending by dramatically changing our foreign policy and working to cut the Pentagon's bloated budget.

If the new administration and Congress increase spending, they will need the Federal Reserve to monetize the growing debt. The need for an accommodative monetary policy gives the Federal Reserve and its allies in Congress and in the deep state leverage over the administration. This leverage could be used, for example, to pressure the administration to abandon support for the Audit the Fed legislation.

Fed action can only delay the inevitable day of reckoning. Raising levels of federal spending and debt will inevitably lead to a major economic crisis. This crisis is likely to be reached when concerns over our national debt cause more countries to reject the dollar’s status as the world's reserve currency. The only way to avoid this crisis is to stop increasing spending and instead begin reducing spending on all aspects of the welfare-warfare state.
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Dr. Ron Paul, Chairman of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, is a former U.S.Congressman (R-TX) for 21 years. He twice sought the Republican Party nomination for President. As a MD, he was an Air Force flight surgeon and has delivered over 4000 babies. Paul writes on political and economic theory, American foreign, domestic, and monetary policies, the military–industrial complex, the War on Drugs, the Federal Reserve, and compliance with the U.S. Constitution.

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Lifelong Democrat Gives 3 Reasons Why He Pulled the Lever for Trump

Michael Reeb
by Michael Reeb: Asking with a terseness normally associated with changing religions or declaring a new nationality, many people that know me have politely cornered me and demanded: “How could you—a lifelong, left-leaning, Obama-believing, Indy-Dem voter—vote for Donald Trump?”

My answer to them is simple: Our nation is in the middle of a crisis. We are stuck at the crossroad of hometown humiliation, job fabrication, and cultural mutation. Here’s what I mean by that.

Hometown Humiliation
My reasons for going Trump this election cycle weren’t a surprise to my hometown friends in Rust Belt Butler, Pennsylvania, home of the world’s first Jeep.

In Butler, we’ve seen the destruction of our middle class, the loss of our factories, and the pollution of our clean water (Butler is now also home to the nation’s second most polluted waterway, the Connoquenessing). At the same time, we’ve had record-high heroin use and juvenile jailing rates, and the population has shrunk nearly every year since the 1970s.

Butler is my hometown, and Butler is in trouble. My hometown friends and I understand this plain as day, but the nation hasn’t been listening to the decades-old problem of hometown humiliation.

Trump proved to be different, and unpredictably so. Fate would have it that the very last person I would have predicted to show love for the common man would be one of the world’s richest men. A businessman who seems to have been hurt the least by our nation’s outsourcing has become a champion of the working class.

While Hillary Clinton was hiding from press conferences and startling the world with her hard-left policy dash to catch her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders, Trump was out visiting Pittsburgh.

While he was out building bridges with working America on any given day, Clinton could be found ducking reporters, recovering from her husband’s latest gaffe about Black Lives Matter. This was but one of many “blunder-then-bunker” examples that came to define the Clinton campaign.

Did Trump blunder? Daily! But his ultimate atonement was that he showed love for the American people and is a patriot. It’s a lot easier to forgive a blundering candidate hugging the American flag in a room full of blue-collar Americans, than one hiding in the back of a 737 dodging press questions.

The trust between small-town America and her political representatives had been broken. As with all great relationships in turmoil, Trump knew he needed to put in quality time and a true love for the small-town cause in order to kick-start the healing process between Rust-Belt America and the national leadership.

Trump unapologetically did just that. His candidacy was the beginning of the healing process for humiliated hometown America, which had been desperate to find a champion.

Job Fabrication
Statistically, Trump was up against a hard economic game. On paper, President Barack Obama has created jobs every month for years and broken many “records” numerically. There’s just one problem—jobs are not just numbers.

In the wake of the promised tidal wave of more and more jobs, somehow fewer jobs appeared. Not fewer in number, necessarily, but in quality.

Butler lost its factories when I was living there in my teens, and they never returned. Some of my most vivid family memories regarding work consist of suffering the humiliation of my uncle being flown to Mexico to train his factory “replacement,” with the threat of no severance pay if he objected.

When you take a man’s craft away from him, no numeric of fast food, retail, or administrative work positions can ever replace that feeling of seeing something of value that you created move down the line and into America’s homes. As we’ve heard it said a thousand times: “Not everything valuable is numeric, and not everything numeric is valuable.”

Our economy had sold us out, and not just in terms of income or the American dream. The corporate and elite classes of America took the craft away from the men and women who built the Jeeps of Butler County that beat Hitler in World War II. Their new “jobs” weren’t jobs at all; we were the victims of job fabrication.

When Trump descended from his golden tower in New York City, I expected a much different presidential announcement. Maybe something witty about how the other side doesn’t understand “real” economics, or perhaps a Ronald Reagan quote from a “gotcha” debate moment.

I was prepared for another in a long line of Republican gaffes about women’s anatomical health, another canned attempt at communicating political ideology, or at the very least something reminiscent of the dehydrated Florida politician that I had on YouTube repeat not so long ago.

In place of that, I was shocked to find a Trump openly criticizing the economic policies that have led to America’s economic decline. He spoke of jobs being lost to China and Mexico, and asked one of the most biting economic questions I’ve ever heard in my life: “When was the last time you saw a Chevy car in Tokyo?”

Somehow, up in a multimillion-dollar New York tower overlooking what seemed like the whole world, Trump heard that our jobs had been fabricated—and he sounded like the only one who had heard.

So we heard him out. And when he unloaded a mouthful of rage on his political opponents about the issue, it left many of them speechless. And it left many of his Rust Belt critics speechless, too.

I don’t know a soul back home who would stand 100 percent behind every single comment Trump has made—but I know many that still trust him despite his gaffes.

We’ve all had that mean-spirited co-worker or boss who had the sole saving grace of being amazingly skilled at their job. That is Trump. You may hate him for his thin skin and explosive “tweet-punches,” but I knew that from the vantage point of my hometown, considering the other candidates, we had no other choice.

With no other boxer to bet on in America’s most dislikable election, and as a last-ditch message of desperation to the political establishment that had sold us out for years, we simply had to believe that Trump could rise to the occasion for us.

A Cultural Mutation
Hypocrisy was as rank as always in this political cycle, but the sources of it were most surprising. Some in the media criticized Trump’s tendency to rate women numerically. This is quite easy to criticize, until we ask ourselves why over 7 million Americans watch women rated numerically every year in our very own swimsuit-laden Miss America pageants.

Should we really be outraged at one and OK with the other?

Ironically, it was not priests and holy men that were castigating Trump’s comments, but a hypocritical media that had done or reported on the exact same things they accused Trump of doing.

Rust Belt America had already been bruised from the last self-righteous political campaign victory in 2012, which played it neutral on moral issues, but ended up trying to legislate men into children’s bathrooms by 2016.

Hometown Americans understood this hypocrisy and, unlike the “tender” millennial generation, didn’t seem to mind a little rough talk. Upon reflection, the American people knew that they had said worse things, or viewed worse things, felt worse things, and even heard the same things from other political leaders (think President Richard Nixon).

The final straw for hometown Americans was Clinton herself—shiftlessly avoiding any hard commitment to a policy, and attempting to mount a cultural attack against a man who is enormously versed in pop culture.

Criticizing Trump’s use of celebrities turned out to be a catastrophic and costly move for Clinton. Her accusations of sexism against Trump followed by her complete, open-armed endorsement of Miley Cyrus and the hardly-PC Jay-Z revealed her selective moralism.

Those paying attention saw that Clinton’s posture of indignation was simply that: a posture.

In the end, my once go-to party had morphed into a party of unrecognizably veiled actors, much like the Hypokrinesthai—ancient actors wearing masks, from whom we derive the English word “hypocrite.” But whereas those once-famous masked actors would play one character, only to pull back the mask to reveal the real hero underneath, this Democratic “hero” was much different.

The Democratic Party did not yield a heroic protagonist this election cycle, but a cultural mutation, constantly in flux and fearful of definition. To many lifelong Democratic voters, Clinton was morally unrecognizable. In political terms, she was the epitome of lukewarm—which, if anything, meant she would not stand up for hometown America.

Given all these factors, many like myself from small-town, Rust Belt America could no longer afford to take the establishment’s candidate by faith. Trump saw the true state of our hometowns, our fake jobs, and the hypocritical elite, and was willing to break every political norm in the book to address these critical issues.

So we voted for Trump. And he won—big league.
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Michael Reeb is a Pittsburgh area native, an Air Force combat veteran, and a D.C. information technology consultant for a Fortune 25 company.

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Cabinet Offices

by Penna Dexter, Contributing Author: As the president-elect chooses his cabinet we’re reminded of the size and complexity of our federal government. One wonders, can this really be changed?

Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, is one observer who is hopeful. In the December issue of Hillsdale’s publication Imprimis, he writes “our government has swollen beyond recognition.”

The founders enshrined a separation of powers in the Constitution so that each branch could work to keep the others in check. We have come to have, instead, a bloated executive branch filled with cabinet agencies. Dr. Arnn writes: “Since the founding, twelve cabinet offices have been added to the federal establishment.” So, we must ask, how many did we have back then? Four.

It was necessary to have a Secretary of State because we must have relations with other countries and we need someone to handle that.

Since we had and will always have enemies, we needed someone to oversee the defense of the nation. At our founding we had a Secretary of War – now called the Secretary of Defense.

Any government, in order to fund its operations, has to collect taxes and spend money. So we have always needed a Secretary of the Treasury to manage the federal government’s money and budget.

Arguably these three secretaries need departments under them to handle their functions.

The fourth cabinet officer created at our founding was the Attorney General whose job it was to enforce the laws of the federal government. Dr. Arnn says that the Attorney General did not oversee a department. He now leads the Department of Justice.

But do we really need all the departments that have been created since? Larry Arnn points out that the Department of Education was created 1979 under president Jimmy Carter. Hillsdale College, had been doing just fine since its founding in 1944 without a Department of Education. In fact, Dr. Arnn writes, “Education was a thing to behold in the United States long before there was a Department.”

And, he says, “people had homes before we had a Department of Housing and Urban Development; they traveled before we had a Department of Transportation; they traded before we had a Department of Commerce.”

And so on. These cabinet departments and agencies push out rules and regulations to the point that nearly every institution in society is subject to them or worried and watching in order not to inadvertently violate something.

And some of the rules emanating from these departments are expensive, or destructive to freedom, or really over the top. The mandate that schools open girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms to young men who identify as female came from the U.S. Department of Education.

The recent election was partially about this. There was a rallying cry against the governing elite and its control over our lives. Now we hear talk of the elimination of certain departments and restricting the mandates of others. This should be encouraged.
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Penna Dexter is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network endorsed by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service

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Farewell to Roy Innis, Civil Rights Champion: June 6, 1934 – Jan. 8, 2017

Farewell to Roy Innis, Civil Rights
Champion: June 6, 1934 – Jan. 8, 2017
by NRA-ILA: America lost a civil rights icon and a true free thinker with the death of Roy Innis on Jan. 8.

For the NRA, his departure was personal. Mr. Innis served on the NRA’s Board of Directors for nearly 25 years and was a friend to many within the organization. For the nation at large, he was a champion of freedom who exemplified the courage of a man who follows his own convictions.

Born June 6, 1934 in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Roy Emile Alfredo Innis moved with his mother to New York City in 1947 (his father, a police officer, died when Roy was 6 years old). From ages 16 to 18, he served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He went on to study chemistry at the City College of New York.

Innis became active in the civil rights struggle during the tumultuous 1960s. Although he claimed he initially joined the Harlem Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to spend more time with his girlfriend, he distinguished himself as a member and became the organization’s national director in 1968. He would continue to lead CORE until his death.

Roy Innis’s views on the best path to equality and achievement for African Americans often diverged from other civil rights figures of his day. After two of his sons were murdered with firearms in New York City – Roy Jr., 13, in 1968, and Alexander, 26, in 1982 – he became an advocate for self-defense and an opponent of gun control.

By disarming law abiding citizens the government aids and abets crime, he explained to the New York Times. He counseled other African Americans that gun control “was not meant to protect your safety; it was meant to deprive you of your freedom.”

These views led him to become a life member of the National Rifle Association, and he was eventually elected to its board of directors.

Innis was a talented amateur boxer and never one to shy away from any sort of confrontation. He famously manhandled a member of a white supremacist group who insulted him with a racial epithet on the Geraldo Show in 1988 and scuffled with Al Sharpton during another television appearance that same year. Innis would later insist that he and Sharpton were friends both before and after the incident.

But it was his tendency to embrace conservative and libertarian principles and his support for constitutional originalism that most distinguished his later activism from that of other civil rights figures of the 1960s.

About this, Mr. Innis was unapologetic. “My brand of conservatism is the traditional, most decent and rational expression of the American personality,” he told the New York Times in 1996. "I believe that the success of America has been the application of pragmatism in society, and that view is particularly unfashionable in the civil rights movement."

In this regard, he followed a similar path to Charlton Heston, who marched in support of civil rights with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. in 1963 and later became an iconic NRA president.

During a roundtable about the march, Heston stated:
Two years ago, I picketed some restaurants in Oklahoma, but with that one exception -- up until very recently -- like most Americans I expressed my support of civil rights largely by talking about it at cocktail parties, I’m afraid. But again like many Americans this summer, I could no longer pay only lip service to a cause that was so urgently right, and in a time that is so urgently now.Like Heston, Innis championed controversial causes at times and in ways in which doing so was not comfortable or easy and at the risk of serious personal consequences. Wherever elite or fashionable opinion might have been at any given moment, both were fiercely committed to their own conscience and sense of right and wrong.

That made both a natural fit with the National Rifle Association of America. And that means the loss of Roy Innis will be felt that much more keenly by NRA members and all who appreciate rugged individualism and a constant striving toward a better America for all.

“Roy's passing leaves a huge void for the NRA and his many good friends among the NRA family,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in tribute. “Rest in peace, my friend.”

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Senator Fischer Delivers the Weekly Republican Address on ‘Health Care Reform Done the Right Way’

‘We Americans believe in freedom. Of speech. Of religion. Why not in health care too? Freedom is powerful…We’re on the path now to giving families freedom in health care. To restoring choice and control. To delivering compassionate, hassle-free, personalized care that treats people like people, not numbers.’

WASHINGTON, DC – Following this week’s congressional passage of legislation that puts ‘the tools in place to repeal Obamacare,” Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) delivers the Weekly Republican Address stating it’s time to put “…this failed law behind us and focus on making life easier for families.” Sen. Fischer goes on to say that the goal is “a long-term, sustainable solution that gives patients flexibility and choices in their coverage.… The American people deserve health care reform done the right way and for the right reasons.” Video and transcript below:
Transcript follows:
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Hi, I’m Deb Fischer, United States Senator from the great state of Nebraska.

“When I hear from patients and their families about Obamacare, they tell me the law is a broken promise. They couldn’t keep the plan they liked. Or the doctor they trusted. Their costs shot up, not down.

“Jim, a grandfather from Grand Island, Nebraska, says this: ‘Our kids’ new insurance premiums went up 36 percent, which is over 50 percent of their income...This leaves my grandkids with no insurance.’ Tim from Kearney, Nebraska saw his health insurance premium jump 60 percent.

“Obamacare’s financial cost is well-known. But it has another, hidden cost. One you can’t count with dollars and cents. It’s an emotional toll. The worry that comes from a lack of control.

“How many of you have seen your health care costs increase? How many of those you know have lost their health care? In November, the American people said, ‘Enough.’ They asked us to stop the hurt.

“This week, the Senate answered: we voted to put the tools in place to repeal Obamacare. Now, we will begin the process of putting the American people in charge of their health care.

“Congress will work with the President-elect’s administration to put patients and families first – not Washington. We will work for a stable transition period to protect families. We will fight for patients with pre-existing conditions, children, parents, and people who need to be protected. Our goal is a long-term, sustainable solution that gives patients flexibility and choices in their coverage.

“Obamacare failed because it took choices away from patients and families. It took choices away from all of us. Well, it’s time to get our choices, our control, back so we can promote our health and wellness.

“We Americans believe in freedom. Of speech. Of religion. Why not in health care too? Freedom is powerful. It made thirteen tiny colonies the greatest nation on earth. It took a man to the moon. It cured polio.

“We’re on the path now to giving families freedom in health care. To restoring choice and control. To delivering compassionate, hassle-free, personalized care that treats people like people, not numbers.

“Sadly, Democrats in Washington have stated their plan is to frighten Americans about this process. That kind of scorched-earth attitude, peddling dread and pushing anxiety, will not help the American people.

“It’s time to move forward. Let’s put this failed law behind us and focus on making life easier for families. The American people deserve health care reform done the right way and for the right reasons.

“I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to deliver the results the American people need and deserve. It’s the right thing to do.

“Thanks for listening. Thank you, and God bless.”

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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Wollman Rink vs. the Congressional Budget Office

The Wollman Rink
by Newt Gingrich: Congressional Republicans are about to be confronted with the first great choice of the Trump era, and it will be interesting to see if they can apply the lessons of the November 8th victory and the country’s desire for real change.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is simply incompatible with the Trump era.

President-elect Trump won as an entrepreneurial change agent who would “drain the swamp”, get Washington under control, take charge of the bureaucracies, and get things done in an entrepreneurial, common sense way.

The Congressional Budget Office is the opposite of these commitments.

It is a left-wing, corrupt, bureaucratic defender of big government and liberalism. Its scoring of ObamaCare was not just wrong, it was clearly corrupt. CBO literally brought in the architect of ObamaCare to be the adviser on scoring the very Obamacare legislation that he helped write. The score was a lie. It was so wrong it was totally indefensible. A year later the CBO produced a new score that was so much more expensive that it was clear ObamaCare would have been defeated if it had been the original score.

In the four years during which I was Speaker of the House, CBO was consistently difficult to work with. If we hadn’t fought with them constantly we would never have balanced the budget.

President-elect Trump presents a perfect test case for CBO in one of his best stories, the repairing of the Wollman Rink in Central Park.

This story is told brilliantly in Trump’s bestselling book, The Art of the Deal.

Every citizen should read the chapter on fixing the Wollman Rink.

In 1980 the skating rink stopped making ice.

For six years at a cost of $13 million dollars the city bureaucracy failed to fix it. The very sophisticated, expensive system they installed did not work. You could tell it did not work because there was no ice.

Trump’s penthouse looks out over Central Park. He got tired of looking at the empty skating rink so he began taunting Mayor Koch in the newspapers.

Finally, Mayor Koch responded, saying the city would give Trump $3 million and six months to fix the skating rink.

What tells a lot about Trump and Trumpism was his reaction to Mayor Koch’s challenge.

Trump admits he did not know anything about fixing ice skating rinks. He also knew he had to solve the situation or be ridiculed.

There is a great deal to learn about President-elect Trump from studying his thought process.

He asked himself, ‘Who fixes ice skating rinks?’

He concluded, Canadians – because of their great love of hockey.

He then found the Canadian firm that had built the most ice skating rinks for the NHL.

Everyone recommended the same firm.

Trump called the company and their CEO explained the principles of building ice skating rinks.

The Canadians flew in and were astonished at how dumb the New York City bureaucracy had been.

Within four months, for $2,250,000, the Wollman Rink was fixed. In its first year back, 225,000 people used the rink.

If we are truly moving into the Trump era, we must confront the amazing public policy implications of this story.

An entrepreneurial, problem solving, red tape cutting approach had solved the skating rink for 1/5 the cost in 1/18 the time.

How would the Congressional Budget Office accurately score the Trump approach?

All the current estimates for the wall with Mexico assume traditional bureaucracy with traditional red tape moving at traditional speed (ultra slow).

All the current projections for getting back to the moon and on to Mars are based on NASA red tape, NASA bureaucracy, and a system so badly run we currently put American astronauts on the space station using Russian rockets.

Every reform effort will get a false score from CBO.

It is impossible for the current CBO to come anywhere close to an honest, accurate score of a red tape cutting, entrepreneurially hard charging system.

The current obsolete, inaccurate, and dishonest CBO bureaucracy should be replaced with two bold reforms.

First, a competitive system of bidding should provide three to five scores for every legislative proposal. Over time, the projections should be measured against reality and the worst performers should be dropped while new performers should be added.

Second, all the secret formulas which CBO today refuses to release should be made public.
In the modern information age, it should be possible for anyone to work through the scoring conventions and produce their own estimates.

Recognizing the importance of the Wollman Rink example and insisting on replacing the Congressional Budget Office would be a bold step in the right direction for Congressional Republicans.
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Newt Gingrich is a former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House. He co-authored and was the chief architect of the "Contract with America" and a major leader in the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections. He is noted speaker and writer. The above commentary was shared via Gingrich Productions.

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Obama Blocks Cubans Fleeing Regime, Scraps Defectors Program

With only 8 days left before leaving office, Obama punishes the Cuban Americans community & supports communist Cuban Castro.

Group of men from Cuba hug after coming ashore in Key West, FL
 in June 2016. (Mike Hentz, Key West Citizen via AP & PJMedia)
by Bridget Johnson: President Obama has revoked the “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy that has provided refuge for Cubans escaping the communist island since the mid-1990s, prompting Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to accuse the administration of turning its back on people fleeing persecution.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), whose family fled Cuba when she was 7 years old, declared that Obama eliminated the refugee policy, and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole program that encouraged defections of doctors and nurses working abroad, "because that's what the Cuban dictatorship wanted and the White House caved to what Castro wants."

“Castro uses refugees as pawns to get more concessions from Washington so there is no reason to do away with the Cuban medical doctor program, which is a foolhardy concession to a regime that sends its doctors to foreign nations in a modern-day indentured servitude," Ros-Lehtinen said.

The Department of Homeland Security said the programs were scrapped for the sake of "ongoing normalization of relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba" and "a commitment to have a broader immigration policy in which we treat people from different countries consistently."

"The United States will now treat Cuban migrants in a manner consistent with how it treats others; unauthorized migrants can expect to be removed unless they qualify for humanitarian relief under our laws," DHS said in a statement, adding that the Cuban government "has agreed to begin to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed."

"Cuba and the United States will work to further discourage unlawful migration to the United States and promote bilateral cooperation to prevent and prosecute alien smuggling and other crimes related to illegal migration."

Obama said the policies were "designed for a different era" and the elimination of the medical parole program was for the benefit of Cubans. "By providing preferential treatment to Cuban medical personnel, the medical parole program contradicts those efforts, and risks harming the Cuban people," he said. "Cuban medical personnel will now be eligible to apply for asylum at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, consistent with the procedures for all foreign nationals."

"With this change we will continue to welcome Cubans as we welcome immigrants from other nations, consistent with our laws," the president added. "During my administration, we worked to improve the lives of the Cuban people - inside of Cuba - by providing them with greater access to resources, information and connectivity to the wider world. Sustaining that approach is the best way to ensure that Cubans can enjoy prosperity, pursue reforms, and determine their own destiny."

On a White House call with reporters this evening, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said there has been "a continued uptick in Cuban migrants coming to the United States" since the administration's policies to deepen relations with the regime have gone into effect, and officials "did not want to speculate publicly about the likelihood of this change for fear of inviting even greater migration flows."

"There's obviously an enormous number of -- there's a very large Cuban American population, and many Cuban migrants are already here. It was going to be too complicated, frankly, to significantly return people who are already here," Rhodes said. "We wanted to get things right going forward."

Rhodes added that "the best way" for Cubans to have opportunity "is for them to be able to pursue it at home through an economy that has continued to pursue market-based reforms."

Menendez said Congress "was not consulted prior to this abrupt policy announcement with just nine days left in this administration."

"The Obama administration seeks to pursue engagement with the Castro regime at the cost of ignoring the present state of torture and oppression, and its systematic curtailment of freedom," the senator said.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said on the White House call that "the discussions leading up to this were very sensitive," and that's why Congress was left in the dark.

"The policy that we're announcing today is effective immediately. We did not want for there to be a mass exodus from Cuba in anticipation of a change in policy," Johnson said.

White House official said they hoped Congress would repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act, the 1966 law allowing migration of Cubans able to escape. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) acknowledged that the law needs reform, but said "the Obama administration’s characterization of this change as part of the ongoing normalization with the Castro regime is absurd."

"We must work to ensure that Cubans who arrive here to escape political persecution are not summarily returned to the regime, and they are given a fair opportunity to apply for and receive political asylum," Rubio said.

He called on the incoming Trump administration to reverse the part of the executive order eliminating the medical parole program and "allow these doctors to seek asylum at U.S. embassies or consulates in other countries."

Menendez said the eliminated policies "reflect our commitment to the values of liberty and democracy."

"We should never deny a Cuban refugee fleeing a brutal regime entry into the United States. We must remind ourselves every day of the continued oppression and human suffering that is happening – not only halfway around the world, but just 90 miles off our shores. The ongoing repressive behavior of the Cuban regime still haunts our hemisphere today," the New Jersey Dem said. “The fact is the recent ill-conceived changes in American policy towards Cuba have rewarded the regime with an economic lifeline while leaving everyday Cubans less hopeful about their futures under a brutal totalitarian dictatorship."

"And while more needs to be done to prevent the small universe arriving from Cuba who may seek to exploit the privileges and freedoms that come with the 'wet-foot/dry-foot' policy, those few actors should not destroy our efforts to protect the many who are forced to flee persecution."
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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill. She is the Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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ICYMI: Barbara Bush: DeVos Should be Confirmed Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos has the courage to do the right thing for parents and their children.

Extract from article by former first lady Barbra Bush:
Betsy DeVos
by Barbara Bush, The Press Herald: I am enthusiastically endorsing Betsy DeVos to be our next secretary of education. Mrs. DeVos has a real compassion for children and a proven record of championing reforms to improve literacy and learning in our nation. I am confident that she will provide the leadership we sorely need to raise the bar on education in America and provide better opportunities for our most vulnerable students.

.... Betsy DeVos has helped pass reforms to drive gains in literacy. The Great Lakes Education Project she founded in Michigan was instrumental in passing a comprehensive reading law last year that provides extra tutoring to struggling students and other intervention strategies to ensure that kids are leaving third grade with the literacy skills they will need to succeed in later grades. Reading is truly the building block of a successful education, and Mrs. DeVos has fought hard to ensure that elected officials in her home state and across the nation are giving literacy its proper attention.

.... I also believe Mrs. DeVos has the right priorities on important issues such as school choice, early childhood development and accountability in education. I have worked with Mrs. DeVos’ advocacy organizations for years and I know that her commitment to children runs deep. She believes passionately that children should have access to high performing schools regardless of their race, income or zip code. That is why she has fought valiantly to give parents of at-risk children the right to send their kids to charter and private schools when the public school system is letting them down.

.... I believe Mrs. DeVos is an educator at heart. She is a woman who has dedicated much of her adult life to fighting some really tough battles on behalf of our nation’s school children, including mentoring children for decades in her home state of Michigan. There are powerful forces in our education system that are resistant to change. Mrs. DeVos has the courage to do the thing for parents and their children.

I know Betsy DeVos is the right woman to help usher in an era of education reforms that can drive significant improvement in student achievement. She has a big heart, a strong backbone and she wants to serve in Washington for only one reason: to make a difference in the lives of America’s school children. We need more people like Mrs. DeVos in our nation’s capital. She is the type of leader and reformer who can bring positive and lasting change to America’s classrooms.

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Obama Does It Again, The Left's Priorities, Defunding The U.N., Fighting Christian Persecution

Gary Bauer
by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author:  Obama Does It Again - With just one week left before he leaves office, Barack Obama is still attempting to "fundamentally transform" America. Last night, the White House announced another major change to American foreign policy by terminating the "wet foot-dry foot" policy toward Cubans fleeing the repressive Castro communist regime.

For many years, our policy has been that Cubans who make it to America are permitted to stay. Those caught at sea are returned. Now Obama is planning to deport all Cuban refugees no matter where we find them. Now he gets tough on deportations?

Whatever one thinks of the policy itself, I am struck by the many contradictions of the president's actions.

Since Obama began "normalizing" relations with the Castro regime, tens of thousands of Cubans have fled the island: 40,000 left in 2015 and 56,000 left last year. That speaks volumes about Castro's "workers' paradise."

But Obama and the left are big advocates of open borders. Obama has broken our immigration system with his quasi-amnesty orders. He has handcuffed our Border Patrol agents. He has tolerated and encouraged sanctuary cities, where American citizens are murdered by illegal immigrants who shouldn't be here.

But suddenly, just as he is walking out the door, Obama slams the door on Cubans who want to escape tyranny.

There was bi-partisan condemnation for Obama's action. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) said, "This last act of diminishing lifelines to Cubans languishing in totalitarianism is one final despicable betrayal of a people who deserve better from an American president."

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) blasted Obama, saying his policies would "tighten the noose the Castro regime continues to have around the neck of its own people." Menendez added that Obama was "ignoring the present state of torture and oppression" in Cuba.

But the Castro regime is happy. Once again, Obama has given a major concession to an enemy without getting anything in return.

Conditions in Cuba have not improved since Obama began appeasing Havana. A human rights activist was arrested just this week.

Of course, it's exactly the same with Obama's Iranian nuclear deal. Obama gave the ayatollah virtually everything he demanded. We lifted sanctions. We sent Iran billions in gold and cash.

Nothing good has come of it. Nothing has changed in Tehran. Iran still chants "Death to America." Iran still promises a second Holocaust of the Jews. And Iran is still the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism.

January 20th can't come fast enough!

The Left's Priorities - Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, was testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday as part of his confirmation process. Needless to say, this is a unique opportunity for senators to ask important questions about the most critical national security threats facing our country.

What might you ask the future CIA director? His plan to defeat ISIS? How to stop radical Islam in America? The threats we face from China or North Korea? How about protecting our electrical grid from hacking? Those would be great questions.

But none of that was on the mind of the left coast's newest senator, freshman Kamala Harris of California. Instead she quizzed Pompeo about same-sex marriage, bigotry against Muslims and global warming.

Defunding The U.N. - As you know, the U.N. Security Council approved a measure last month that labeled East Jerusalem and parts of Judea and Samaria as "occupied territories." Instead of blaming Palestinian terrorism for the lack of peace, the U.N. blamed Jews living in areas where Jews have lived for thousands of years. The Obama Administration had previously vetoed a similar resolution. But last month Obama betrayed Israel and allowed it to pass.

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have joined forces to punish the United Nations. They have introduced legislation defunding the United Nations until Security Council Resolution 2334 is repealed.

Speaking on MSNBC yesterday, Sen. Cruz said, "Congress must hold the U.N. accountable and use our leverage as its largest contributor to push for the repeal of this resolution, making it clear to the world that Congress stands unequivocally against efforts to undermine Israel."

"Twenty-two percent of the money to fund the U.N. comes from the American taxpayer," Sen. Graham added. "I don't think it's a good investment for the American taxpayer to give money to an organization that condemns the only democracy in the Middle East."

I couldn't agree more! We will keep you posted as this legislation begins to move on Capitol Hill.

Fighting Christian Persecution - Kudos to Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. He is once again introducing legislation designed to provide emergency relief to Christians facing genocide and persecution in the Middle East.

As we have noted repeatedly, Christians have been relegated to the end of the line when it comes to Obama's Syrian refugee policies. According to CNSNews, "Christians only accounted for 0.8 percent of the refugees resettled in 2016" -- a fact Rep. Smith has denounced as "unconscionable."

Rep. Smith traveled to Iraq last month and spoke with Christians there. "These genocide survivors told me the United States and global community had abandoned them," he said. "They are at-risk from freezing winter temperatures and require emergency help."

His legislation would provide emergency aid to organizations assisting persecuted religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, as well as those investigating allegations of genocide. In addition, Smith's legislation amends refugee policies to make it easier for members of persecuted religious groups in Iraq and Syria to apply for asylum.
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Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families

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Liberals Due For A Reality Check; They Lost

by Jim Mullen, Contributing Author: Watching a child covering both ears, teeth clinched and eyes tightly closed, repeatedly screaming, “I can’t hear you” over something they find objectionable; like an adult forcing them to face truth and reality, is somewhat amusing and sometimes “cute.”

Watching and hearing adults exhibiting this child-like, petulant behavior, however, is bizarre. A significant segment of the Democrat Party, academia, and the mainstream media ignore the obviousness of the recent presidential election. These infantile ignoramuses, who, despite the overwhelming victory by Donald Trump, insist Bill’s wife, won the election.

These pitiful pundits and pretenders imagine they are of superior intellect, blessed with God-like insightfulness, and that they are endowed with the divine right to rule over the sweaty, unknowing masses. They fancy themselves far above such trivial matters of or resembling reality and truth. These trifles just hold them down and inhibit their ascension to the high moral ground and self-important smugness.

Leftists live, write, and speak employing preprogrammed liberal talking points (aka preconceived lies) sprinkled with bountiful fairy dust fantasies. Depths of thought and introspection are sorely absent. These thoroughly indoctrinated, idealistic, pipe dreamers living in their own fantasy world will not change reality regardless of how hard they try, invectives they hurl, or how loudly they scream.

Twisted logic, bullying, and misrepresenting facts (AKA) lying, will not liberate anyone from truth and the real world. Recognizing the world as it is will purge those talking points from those overly programmed minds.

Come on all ye left-wingers - may I suggest you put on your ruby slippers, click your heels together three times, and say, “there’s no place like reality,” and maybe you’ll be transported - or should I say, transformed and liberated.

Ah, yes. The starkness of the world can be stone cold sobering, but accepting it can allow you to live at peace with the truth. You behave like spoiled brats with your incoherent wailing. You’re so used to getting your way you pout and insist the world change to fit your warped version of existence.

As you begin your long journey back to earth from your aerie home in La-La Land, remember; set your unsteady feet squarely in the Republic of the United States of America, and consider the following:

Our nation is not a direct democracy, but rather a constitutional representative democracy - otherwise referred to as a republic. We elect representatives to vote for president, and we elect senators and congressional representatives to represent us in Congress. Each state is represented individually in presidential elections; therefore, nationwide voting totals for president are irrelevant. Since each state is apportioned delegates according to their population, this system works well and prevents sizable population centers like California, New York, and a few other states from overwhelming smaller states and repeatedly selecting the American President. As a result, contenders for president must campaign and interact with voters across the nation, rather than campaigning full-time in large states.

Ignorance of these facts says volumes about the deplorable failures of the government, the media, and especially the corrupt education system with which our nation has been cursed for decades. There was a time when eighth-grade civics taught Americans more about their government and how it works than graduate students in college know today.

Now, for all those back into the realm of reality, get the ludicrous idea that Russia hacked the presidential election, allowing Trump to win, completely out of your mind. Clinton’s soon-to-be campaign manager, John Podesta, fell for an obvious phishing sting and revealed his email password to scammers. His emails provided grist for every political mill in the world. They gave a repulsive insight into the Clinton campaign and exposed corruption, media collusion, racism, anti-Semitism, and seamy discourse between staffers. Clinton’s own staff directed the unflattering, glaring light upon the incompetence and corruption of Mrs. Bill Clinton. No one disputed anything in this tell-all, soap opera- scenario of Podesta emails; in other words, the inconvenient, bare bone's truth, well known by the media was, at last, unmasked and confirmed.

Our country hacks nations - friends, and foes alike, all over the globe. Likewise, they hack us. In the eight years of Obama’s corrupt regime, our nation was hacked by Russia, China, Iran, Korea, and dozens of other countries. However, nothing even ruffled a feather in Obama’s defensive quiver; until Clinton fumbled at the goal line and lost, what he thought was a sure-win election. In spite of the theft of millions of federal workers’ personal information, nothing moved him to launch a diplomatic or punitive arrow toward the Chinese perpetrators. In the end, no experts believe Russia hacked our election. Likewise, no experts believe that revelations of these emails or unmasking the truth, led to Clinton’s loss. Americans simply wanted change from the Marxist policies of Barack Obama on which she campaigned. Additionally, she had one qualification for president; she married Bill Clinton.

Continual histrionics of carping and whining that Bill’s wife won the election is delusional, and smacks of desperation. To be perfectly clear, let’s paraphrase from that infamous, narcissistic, hero-god of liberalism - Barack Obama. Elections have consequences; we won; you lost. Let that penetrate the closed-minded little neurotic worlds of all you liberal ideologues. In the real world, you don’t get to change or make up rules after an election, like you carry out in your progressive dreams. Allow the inevitable to sink in - Donald J. Trump is President of the United States!
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Jim Mullen is a West Virginia conservative Republican activist writing articles at Freedom For US Now and a contributing author to the ARRA News Service

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