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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)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Trumpism

by Newt Gingrich: The election of Donald Trump marks the third great effort to break free from Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal system that has dominated American government for more than 80 years.

The first effort to overturn this bureaucratic establishment was Ronald Reagan in 1980.

The second was the Contract with America in 1994, which resulted in the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years.

As I argued in my speech at the Heritage Foundation this week, the third great effort is the movement that Donald Trump now leads.

In all three cases, the elites were contemptuous, the polls were wrong, the propaganda media was relentlessly hostile, and the American people threw out the establishment and the Left to their great shock.

In the first two waves–Reagan in the 1980s and the Republican Revolution of the 1990s—the insurgents accomplished a great deal in a short time but the left-wing, bureaucratic establishment outlasted the popular surge and the old order took back power.

The Trump surge is larger, deeper, and more energetic than the first two waves. It really began in 2010, and although it was undermined by an anti-populist, unaggressive presidential campaign in 2012, it grew stronger again in 2014 and 2016.

At its core this movement is about the American people reasserting control over an arrogant and corrupt political establishment that is both failing and failing to be held accountable.

The Trump surge has the potential to profoundly shift government and society from the New Deal-era big government, bureaucratic, redistributive model to an America based once again on decentralized power, work, optimism, and the effort of individuals, communities, and small groups.

Movements of big change require many activists, but they tend to be built around one personality: George Washington in the American Revolution, Andrew Jackson in the first era of populism, and FDR in establishing big government.

If Trumpism succeeds in replacing the 80-year-old bureaucratic model of government, there is no question who will be the defining figure.

Donald Trump is the only person ever to become president of the United States without first holding public office or having served in the military. In this respect, he is by definition unique and worthy of study.

He has an extraordinary combination of energy, business experience, drive, optimism and courage that make him the best chance in a lifetime to reinvent government.

These qualities are also reflected in President-elect Trump’s cabinet, which the press derides for having real world experience, business acumen, energy, toughness, and records of accomplishment that make them unusual cabinet nominees.

So far, the President-elect has nominated one of America’s greatest retired generals for Secretary of Defense, the CEO of the world’s largest company as Secretary of State, a woman who has spent her life fighting for school choice as Secretary of Education, and a world-class pediatric neurosurgeon who grew up in poverty and speaks with moral authority on the crisis of our inner cities as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

These are extraordinarily impressive people who understand how to achieve things in the real world. The press, which has been consistently wrong about everything this year, would like to brand them as unqualified radicals. That they are far more likely to bring change to Washington than the typical establishment cabinet should be obvious to most Americans–and it is exactly why Donald Trump was elected.

These nominees must understand, however, that they are on the front lines of the fight for change. The Departments and agencies they lead will seek to absorb them and outlast them. That is why it is so important that this new leadership is backed by a movement–millions of Americans who will help them and also hold them accountable.
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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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Governor Moonbeam Vows To Launch Own Satellites To Fight Global Warming

by Daniel Greenfield: Governor Moonbeam can finance the satellites just like the light rail. They'll be only $500 billion over budge and ready to go by 2056. Or Elon Musk can help out. So long as everything is taxed to pay for it.

Or maybe everyone can join hands and mediate to launch the satellites with moonbeams.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says California is “ready to fight” President-elect Donald Trump on climate change.

"We've got the scientists, we've got the lawyers and we're ready to fight," Brown said during a heated speech.
Especially the lawyers. Lots and lots of those."If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite," Brown said.Can we launch Brown into space on a satellite. And then he really can be Governor Moonbeam,Brown also jabbed the home state of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), Trump's choice to lead the Energy Department.

"We've got more sun than you've got oil," Brown said, referring to renewable energy.
Except Texas oil makes money. California solar just costs money. That's the opposite of renewal.
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Daniel Greenfield is Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. David Horowitz is a Contributing Author of the ARRA News Service

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Fighting For Faith & Family, Vetting Failure, It's Trump's Fault

Gary Bauer
by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Fighting For Faith & Family - A story on the front page of today's Washington Times grabbed my attention. Here's the headline: "Faithful See Failure Of Religious Liberties From GOP Congress."

The article notes that time and again the "Republican-led Congress shirked its duty" to protect people of faith against a hostile administration. I'm glad somebody gets it. GOP elites were clueless.

How many times have I voiced my frustration with the inaction in Congress? I know how many angry emails I have read over the past eight years. In fact, this is a major reason why Donald Trump defeated two political establishment dynasties -- first the Bushes and then the Clintons.

The frustration with politics as usual boiled over in 2016. And while Donald Trump was not an obvious choice for Values Voters, he has emerged victorious, in a strong position to advance our agenda.

I won't run through the litany of disappointments in the Times story. You know many of them. And while I appreciate the constraints of the Obama White House and left-wing judges, I know many in the GOP establishment simply look for the path of least resistance at the first sign of a fight. That must change.

No more excuses. It is time to fight back and defend our values. There will be major battles ahead. The left is furiously raising money to defend the gains it has made in the past eight years. But there will be many opportunities for us to reverse the damage.

Vetting Failure - Kudos once again to Senator Charles Grassley. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding answers about the vetting process that allowed Ohio State University jihadist Abdul Razak Ali Artan to enter the country as a refugee.

Records obtained by the Judiciary Committee indicate that Artan's mother told immigration officials when she applied for asylum that she was worried her son might be recruited by Al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group based in Somalia.

In a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security yesterday, Grassley wrote:"This information should have caused the asylum officer to conduct additional questioning of the older children to better understand ties to a group that the United States designated as a foreign terrorist organization in 2008. Further questioning could have eliminated the possibility that the asylees had dubious ties to the terrorist group and could have allowed for more robust vetting and data collection. However, although common practice in these cases, no additional questioning was conducted."President Obama and many liberals assure us that our refugee vetting process is just fine. But as Senator Grassley points out, it clearly is not.

As we have noted before, two-thirds of those convicted on terrorism-related charges since 9/11 were foreign born. In other words, tighter border controls could dramatically reduce the danger our homeland faces from radical Islamic supremacists.

Of course we should help refugees. But there are ways to go about it without endangering our security in the process.

For example, earlier this month, the House of Representatives provided $300 million for refugee assistance. But the language included a commonsense provision stating, "such funds shall not be made available for the resettlement costs of refugees in the United States."

Not only does that put our national security first, it is also more cost-effective. According to one analysis, the cost of resettling refugees to the United States is vastly more expensive than providing assistance overseas.

"It's Trump's Fault" - The left-wing media are in an uproar over "fake news," but its own bias often results in the production of blatant propaganda that is essentially fake news. Here's the latest example.

There is breaking news from CNN that a Chinese warship seized an underwater drone from an American scientific vessel. As our ship was recalling the drone, the Chinese ignored radio messages and literally pulled up alongside and snatched it.

Now, here's the kicker. Consider this closing paragraph from the CNN report:"Although it's unclear what the motivation was for the Chinese, the seizing of the drone comes on the heels of other provocative incidents that have happened since President-elect Donald Trump received a congratulatory call with Taiwan's President, a violation of the U.S.'s agreement with China's 'One China policy.'"In other words, it's Trump's fault. He insulted the One China policy, so Beijing seized our drone.

This is beyond absurd. The Chinese have been engaged in a series of "provocative incidents" for the past eight years.

They are building artificial islands and arming them so they can control navigation in the South China Sea.

They are buzzing our jets.

They are harassing U.S. ships.

They hacked our government databases.

They have infiltrated our security agencies.

They humiliated Barack Obama.

And Obama never forcefully responded to any of these incidents, which is why the Chinese continue behaving badly. But the left-wing media are now trying to convince the public that the Chinese aggression is a new development since Trump's election, which is simply a lie.
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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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Could We Be on the Brink of a Republican Realignment?

by Rod Martin, Contributing Author: We are constantly told of the demographic Armageddon that must shortly befall the Republican Party. But what if a different sort of realignment – a Republican one – comes first?

This may sound like crazy talk, I know. But it always does, right before it happens. No one believed the South would ever vote Republican, or that Virginia would ever shift back Democrat. No one believed Colorado would shift left, or shift back right again. California voted for the Republican in every presidential election but one from 1952 until Bill Clinton, and banned gay marriage with a popular vote of 52-47 as late as 2008.

The main constant in politics is its fluidity.

That last example is instructive. Prop 8 passed in a state that has been equated with gayness my entire life, not because Republicans rallied around it – there aren’t anywhere near enough of them – but because of a coalition of blacks, Hispanics and conservatives who shared a moral belief and a common cause that trumped traditional partisan divisions. Had it not been for that improbable alliance, Prop 8 probably would have received something like 37%.
Are there any other issues on which Republicans could build a coalition? Security, for instance? In a post-Paris, post-San Bernardino world, with Democrats hopelessly tone-deaf, maybe. Some will note that security had little impact on minority party identification during the Cold War, but until the demise of the Scoop Jackson Democrats, there was little reason for most Americans to believe Democrats weren’t committed to defending them. That’s patently different today.

There’s education. Courageous Democrats in several major cities, most notably New Orleans and Washington, have adopted the long-time Republican idea of charter schools, to truly impressive effect. In D.C., just under half of all high school students are now in charter schools, with a similar number in the traditional public system. The charter school kids are disproportionately poorer, blacker and in every way more disadvantaged. They’re also greatly outperforming their public school peers, with significantly higher graduation and college acceptance rates, dramatically higher than before the charter movement took hold.

In post-Katrina New Orleans, an astounding 94% of high school students are now in charters: they just exceeded statewide average test scores for the first time on record. The number of kids scoring at the Basic level or above has surged from 15% in 2005 to 57% in 2014. And for the first time, a majority are going on to college.

This is a conservative reform, making an enormous, obvious, life-altering difference in the toughest inner cities because black Democrat politicians decided their kids mattered more than teacher union dogma. I suspect most parents in most places would agree, given a chance, a choice and spokesmen who’ve shown what’s possible. Yet most Democrat leaders remain maniacally opposed to these real-world successes.

There’s prison reform. As I’ve written elsewhere, America has the world’s largest prison population, disproportionately minorities, much of it nonviolent. In a technological age, that makes no sense at all: we can track anyone, anywhere, any time. So why not do so, keeping nonviolent offenders at home with their families, requiring they work to support their own, and also to pay restitution to those they’ve harmed?

This is a vastly more compassionate approach: it puts the victims first, but it also keeps families intact and wives and children off welfare. It might not sit well with many who see criminal justice only in terms of law and order. But conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly, Richard Viguerie and former Attorney General Ed Meese are already leading on this issue, and there’s an opportunity here to bring people together who’ve never before seen eye to eye.

Or how about this one. Immigration, especially of the illegal sort, is widely believed to destroy American jobs and hold down American wages. We can debate the fine points of those arguments, but what is certain is that the people most affected – and most aware of being affected – are poor African Americans and Hispanics.

Though Republicans are really bad at this, it is easy to make the case that Democrats favor illegals who jump to the head of the line over their own core constituents. And this may even be more true for labor unions whose interests have been jettisoned by two consecutive Democrat presidents.

No one’s job prospects are harmed more by the flood of illegals than blacks; nearly half of U.S.-born Hispanics oppose Obama’s amnesty for the same reason. The conventional wisdom assumes that all Hispanics support amnesty and that outsider candidates like Trump and Cruz could never win them (odd considering Cruz’s heritage). But first, they don’t have to win all of them, just a larger minority than Republicans have previously; and second, their outsider status gives them the unique ability to say with unquestionable credibility: “I’m not a Democrat, but I’m not one of them either. Now let’s work together to solve your real problems.”

The “them” of course is several generations of the entire Republican leadership. Ergo, tabula rasa.

Both blacks and Hispanics generally poll conservative on many other issues, especially the social issues under renewed attack from the left. Moreover, Hispanics who become Evangelicals – a fast growing trend – vote 85% GOP. There’s a lot of fertile ground for common cause.

So what is to be done?

The first need is to deal with the fact that the overwhelming majority of both blacks and Hispanics think Republicans just don’t like them. That’s an ingrained belief GOP insiders probably can’t overcome. But Cruz, Rubio, Carson and even Trump might be able to bridge the gap – tabula rasa, once again – as might many other candidates for lower offices who meaningfully seek a coalition on issues of shared concern (California’s unisex public school bathrooms leap to mind).

Indeed, despite currently having to focus on the Republican base if they’re to win the nomination, we are seeing hints that this might be taking shape. Ben Carson has been polling 19% among blacks (Republicans usually get 10%, and black Republicans frequently do worse), and incidentally, running even with Hillary among women. A couple of polls have shown Trump as high as 24% among blacks (one outlier this week had him at an improbable 40%). Given his positions on trade, it is not at all impossible to imagine Trump winning the endorsement of the United Auto Workers and other unions, and if not that of their leadership, then at least of their rank-and-file.

If any of these things carried through to Election Day, Hillary wouldn’t just lose: she’d suffer one of the larger defeats in American history.

The second, third, tenth and twentieth needs are illustrated by the success of Prop 8: Republicans have to dump “outreach” – the very word sounds like us vs. them – and start recruiting, just as they would with any other group in the country. They need to make common cause with blacks and Hispanics on issues of shared concern, not talk at them (halfheartedly) about…whatever.

Am I arguing for a compromise of core principles? Certainly not. But there’s a lot of opportunity here, if someone creative would just think outside the old box.

And that’s really my point. Republicans’ surging outsider candidates are definitionally out of that box. To different degrees on different issues, they can carry new messages stated in new ways to new people their predecessors wrote off for decades. If conservative solutions really are better – and we strongly believe that they are – those messages will resonate with at least some who haven’t heard us before. And a lot of that will be because we actually go to them, above and around their normal, universally-leftist information sources.

That effort is not, as most GOP consultants have believed for two generations, futile. Remember: we don’t have to win a majority of either group to earn a landslide overall. And the combination of these candidates, new technologies, and the almost universal disenchantment with both parties creates a rare moment in history in which a genuine realignment could take place.

Will this happen? I don’t know. But it can. And we should work to make it so.
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Rod D. Martin, writes at RodMartn.org, and is founder and CEO of The Martin Organization, a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and conservative activist. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy, a Past President of the National Federation Republican Assemblies. and a contributing author to the ARRA News Service.

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NPR Finds ‘Godfather’ of Fake News is a Liberal Democrat in California

by Joel B. Pollak: National Public Radio launched an investigation of “fake news” sites — which Democrats blame for President-elect Donald Trump’s victory — and found, to its surprise, that the “godfather” of fake news is a liberal Democrat from Culver City, California.

NPR’s Laura Sydell described the process of tracking down fake news sites — many of which had names and formats designed to look like real news websites — and discovering many that led to one company in particular:
The sites include NationalReport.net, USAToday.com.co, WashingtonPost.com.co. All the addresses linked to a single rented server inside Amazon Web Services. That meant they were all likely owned by the same company. Jansen found an email address on one of those sites and he was able to link that address to a name: Jestin Coler.
Online, Coler was listed as the founder and CEO of a company called Disinfomedia.

… Coler’s company, Disinfomedia, owns many faux news sites — he won’t say how many. But he says his is one of the biggest fake news businesses out there, which makes him kind of like a godfather of the industry.
Once Coler agreed to an interview, he told NPR that the purpose of starting his fake news empire in 2013 was “to highlight the extremism of the white nationalist alt-right” — or, in Coler’s exact words: “The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right, publish blatantly false or fictional stories, and then be able to publicly denounce those stories and point out the fact that they were fiction.”

Coler claimed that his fake news stories worked because “they fit into existing right-wing conspiracy theories.” Left-wingers, he said, were less gullible. (NPR did not question that claim — even though one of the largest social media sites, Occupy Democrats, produces fabricated or exaggerated news for liberals to share on Facebook and elsewhere.)

The moral questions raised by fake news did seem to trouble Coler, though not all that much. He admitted that he has a financial incentive to keep going — and, more important, a political one: “Really the financial part of it isn’t the only motivator for me. I do enjoy making a mess of the people that share the content that comes out of our site. It’s not just the financial incentive for me. I still enjoy the game, I guess.
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The above Breitbart article was shared by Rod D. Martin, writes at RodMartn.org, and is founder and CEO of The Martin Organization, a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and conservative activist. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy, a Past President of the National Federation Republican Assemblies. and a contributing author to the ARRA News Service.

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The Russian Hack (Or Not)

by Dr. Jack Sternberg, Contributing Author: I really really don't know whether or not Russia was responsible for hacking the DNC (Democratic National Convention) and handing over the emails to Wikileaks. Maybe it was Russia or maybe someone else. But, I do have a few thoughts about the controversy.

My first thought is why would Russia want Donald Trump to win the Presidency rather than Hillary Clinton?

Hillary was totally ineffectual as a Secretary of State. She is the one who hit the failed "Reset" button with Russia thereby allowing them to take over Crimea and increase their worldwide influence. If I were Vladimir Putin, Hillary is exactly who I would want to be President. Putin, whether you like him or not, is an amazing strategist who for eight years has kicked Obama's and Hillary's butt. Why wouldn't he prefer her to Donald Trump?

Let's acknowledge that Donald Trump is an unknown entity when it comes to foreign affairs. Putin doesn't personally know Trump nor is there any evidence that they have ever personally spoken. If I were Putin, I would be very concerned that Trump, who is also a major strategist ("The Art Of The Deal"), has the potential to be a significant antagonist to Russia's plans. Since Trump is so unpredictable, he could end up being Putin's worse nightmare. Why take a chance on an unknown when he has such a predictable known in Hillary?

So, my conclusion (my personal opinion) is that Putin and therefore the Russian government was not necessarily responsible for the DNC hack. The Russian government (Putin) wouldn't want to influence the American election for Trump because potentially, it would not be in their best long-term interest. Hillary as President would have been their choice to succeed Obama.

Let me state at the beginning of my second thought that any hacking (security breech) is horrific and should not be allowed to occur. Yet there is an aspect of the hacking that no one seems to want to acknowledge or discuss. TRUTH REMAINS TRUTH NO MATTER WHERE IT COMES FROM. The information that was leaked was important for the American voting public to know.

No one has denied the truthfulness of what was in the emails that were leaked. The emails proved that the DNC favored Hillary over Bernie. How news organization gave Hillary debate questions ahead of time. How newspaper "journalists" cleared articles with the DNC before going to print. How John Podesta and therefore Hillary Clinton viewed many issues, attempted to manipulate the campaign and how he advised Hillary. And so much more.

The Democrat's hypocrisy is that they only complain when it suits their agenda. I contend that if a hacker had emails proving Trump colluded with Putin, I'll bet the left would not be complaining about the origin of the hacker if it were Russia or China.

In conclusion, if this information influenced Americans, those that were undecided or favored Hillary, not to vote for Hillary Clinton and thereby influenced the results of the election, then for the good of the country, I'm glad someone hacked into Hillary's and the Democrat's "truth."
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Jack Sternberg, MD, is a retired medical doctor and  Chairman, Garland County TEA Party Patriots in Arkansas, and a contributor to the ARRA News Service.

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Lessons of Aleppo — for Trump

by Patrick Buchanan: In this world, it is often dangerous to be an enemy of the United States, said Henry Kissinger in 1968, but to be a friend is fatal.

The South Vietnamese would come to appreciate the insight.

So it is today with Aleppo, where savage reprisals against U.S.-backed rebels are taking place in that hellhole of human rights.

Yet, again, the wrong lessons are being drawn from the disaster.

According to The Washington Post, the bloodbath is a result of a U.S. failure to intervene more decisively in Syria’s civil war: “Aleppo represents a meltdown of the West’s moral and political will — and … a collapse of U.S. leadership.

“By refusing to intervene against the Assad regime’s atrocities, or even to enforce the ‘red line’ he declared on the use of chemical weapons, President Obama created a vacuum that was filled by Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.”

But the blunder was not in staying out of Syria’s civil war, but in going in. Aleppo is a bloodbath born of interventionism.

On Aug. 18, 2011, President Obama said, “For the sake of the Syrian people the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” Western leaders echoed the Obama — “Assad must go!”

Assad, however, declined to go, and crushed an Arab Spring uprising of the kind that had ousted Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. When the U.S. began to fund and train rebels to overthrow him, Assad rallied his troops and began bringing in allies — Hezbollah, Iran and Russia.

It was with their indispensable assistance that he recaptured Aleppo in the decisive battle of the war. And now America has lost credibility all over the Arab and Muslim world.

How did this debacle come about?

First, in calling for the overthrow of Bashar Assad, who had not attacked or threatened us, we acted not in our national interests, but out of democratist ideology. Assad is a dictator. Dictators are bad. So Assad must go.

Yet we had no idea who would replace him.

It soon became clear that Assad’s most formidable enemies, and probable successors, would be the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, or ISIS, then carrying out grisly executions in their base camp in Raqqa.

U.S. policy became to back the “good” rebels in Aleppo, bomb the “bad” rebels in Raqqa and demand that Assad depart. An absurd policy.

Nor had the American people been consulted.

After a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they saw no U.S. vital interests at risk in who ruled Damascus, so long as it was not the terrorists of ISIS or al-Qaida.

Then came Obama’s “red line” warning: The U.S. would take military action if chemical weapons were used in Syria’s civil war.

What undercut this ultimatum was that Congress had never authorized the president to take military action against Syria, and the American people wanted to stay out of Syria’s civil war.

When Assad allegedly used chemical weapons and Obama threatened air strikes, the nation rose as one to demand that Congress keep us out of the war. Secretary of State John Kerry was reduced to assuring us that any U.S. strike would be “unbelievably small.”

By 2015, as Assad army’s seemed to be breaking, Vladimir Putin boldly stepped in with air power, alongside Hezbollah and Iran. Why? Because all have vital interests in preserving the Assad regime.

Bashar Assad is Russia’s ally and provides Putin with his sole naval base in the Med. Assad’s regime is the source of Hezbollah’s resupply and weapons to deter, and, if necessary, fight Israel.

To Iran, Assad is an ally against Saudi Arabia and the Sunni awakening and a crucial link in the Shiite Crescent that extends from Tehran to Baghdad to Damascus to Beirut.

All have greater stakes in this civil war than do we, and have been willing to invest more time, blood and treasure. Thus they have, so far, prevailed.

The lessons for Trump from the Aleppo disaster?

Do not even consider getting into a new Middle East war — unless Congress votes to authorize it, the American people are united behind it, vital U.S. interests are clearly imperiled, and we know how the war ends and when we can come home.

For wars have a habit of destroying presidencies.

Korea broke Truman. Vietnam broke Lyndon Johnson. Iraq broke the Republican Congress in 2006 and gave us Obama in 2008.

And the Iran war now being talked up in the think tanks and on the op-ed pages would be the end of the Trump presidency.

Before starting such a war, Donald Trump might call in Bob Gates and ask him what he meant at West Point in February 2011 when he told the cadets:

“Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it.”
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Patrick Buchanan is currently a conservative columnist, political analyst, chairman of The American Cause foundation and an editor of The American Conservative. He has been a senior advisor to three Presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and was the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He blogs at the Patrick J. Buchanan.

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Self-Service Kiosks

by Kerby Anderson, Contributing Author: After many long hours on a road trip, I decided to stop at a McDonald’s to use the restroom and get something to drink. As I entered, I saw their new self-service kiosk. Immediately I thought, “this is what happens when you demand a $15 minimum wage.”

I was not wrong. Ed Rensi, is the former president and CEO of McDonald’s USA. He explains that increasing the minimum wage is why we will be seeing more of these self-service kiosks at McDonalds and other stores.

He explains: “It gives me no joy to write these words. The push for a $15 starter wage has negatively impacted the career prospects of employees who were just getting started in the workforce while extinguishing the businesses that employed them.”

A few years ago, when the fight for a $15 minimum wage was being discussed, he warned that these demands would force business with small profit margins to replace full-service employees with costly investments in self-service alternatives. That is what has happened. Companies that can afford to invest in these self-service touch screens have done so.

You may have noticed that some restaurant chains have experimented with computer tablets for orders and payment. Other stores and restaurants that could not invest in such technology must find a way to hire fewer people or else go out of business.

The people most hurt by a $15 minimum wage are young people trying to get into the workforce. They aren’t looking for a “living wage.” They are looking for an opportunity to get some work experience that they can put on their resume. When I got my first job, I guarantee you that I wasn’t worth $15 an hour. When I said that on my radio program the other day, one guest joked that I’m still not worth $15 an hour!

At the very least, we should provide a starter wage for young people so they can enter the workforce and gain some valuable job experience.
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Kerby Anderson 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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Rick Perry Will Give Back Energy To The American People

Former Gov. Rick Perry
Trump's Pick to head Dept. of Energy
by Natalia Castro: During the second presidential debate, now President-elect Donald Trump discussed making the nation’s energy sector a priority. Trump laid out a plan to empower energy companies, return energy workers to their job, and explore new, efficient energy sources.

With his latest decision to select former Texas Governor Rick Perry as head of the Department of Energy Trump has taken the crucial step toward increasing production in the American energy sector he has promised the country. Perry will give back energy to the American people.

Trump represents a shift away from the exotic, green energy programs implemented under the Obama administration which prioritize clean energy over efficient and job creating energy options in the petroleum, coal and nuclear industries.

As Jack Gerard, president of the Washington-based American Petroleum Institute representing oil and natural gas companies, explained to Reuters on Dec. 15, “As the former governor of Texas, Rick Perry knows the important impact that energy production has on our nation’s economy. In his new role at the Energy Department, he has the opportunity to encourage increased exports of domestically produced natural gas.”

Rather than seeing the Department of Energy as a tool for regulating energy production, Perry will use the department to fuel energy production in the private sector.

Using his experience and close ties with the Texas oil industry, Perry hopes to recreate the job boom he helped foster through empowering Texas’s oil and gas industries from 2000 to 2015. As energy transition spokesman Sean Spicer reminds us, this is ultimately Trump’s plan, and Perry will be integral in implementing the Trump agenda above all else.

This Trump agenda spans far past oil and gas. The Department of Energy also shares powers including implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal, and the maintenance and production of the American nuclear supply.

This is critical, because Perry will finally be able to carry out his goal of the completion and utilization of Yucca mountain which President Barack Obama defunded in 2011.

Since 2014, Perry has been fighting to re-establish Yucca mountain and thus, re-establish a nuclear energy option in the United States. Despite a congressional act entitled the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 directly outlining that the federal government would take possession and provide a disposable solution for all nuclear waste, in 2009 President Obama abandoned the project at Yucca mountain which would act as an ultimate waste zone. After more than $15 billion was spent developing the site, President Obama had the entire project defunded.

Now, American nuclear energy production is at a standstill. In 2014, Perry supported a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality report on nuclear waste disposal. The report outlined options including reopening Yucca Mountain, building a long-term, commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing capability and having multiple disposal options, so that the nation’s nuclear industry is not dependent upon the politics of Nevada.

The report warned, “Early in 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it was developing a new plan to replace Yucca Mountain — estimating that an HLW disposal solution would not be available until 2048. However, in November 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia determined that the federal government has ‘no credible plan’ to dispose of HLW. 2048, or whatever year Washington forecasts that a solution will be provided, is too long to wait.”

In Texas alone, the delay of opening Yucca Mountain had cost taxpayers more than $700 million.

Perry has also made gas and oil production economically efficient in his home state, and has been eager to pursue new frontiers for energy development. The Obama administration prevented state governors like Perry from bringing national solutions to American energy and job growth to the table, but now all that is changing.

As James Taylor, President of the Spark of Freedom Foundation a leader in affordable energy production research, told Forbes on Dec. 14, “Affordable energy is a powerful economic stimulant. Energy costs are a factor in virtually all goods and services bought and sold in our economy. When energy prices are lower, the costs of producing goods and services are lower, which operates like a tax cut… Benefiting from these pro-energy, pro-growth policies, Texas electricity prices have declined nearly 25 percent since 2008. National electricity prices, by contrast, are higher now than in 2008.”

Trump has made it clear since the beginning that he wanted to revitalize our job market and make America efficient again. And Texas led the nation on energy under Perry’s guidance and saw the economic prosperity it generated, now it is Perry’s turn to show the rest of the country he can do it again.
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Natalia Castro is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government.

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The Revenge of the Gatekeepers

by Paul Jacob, Contributing Author: We saw glimmerings last year when Twitter began to selectively enforce “policy” against some (Milo Yiannoupolis) and not against others (the hordes of leftists who threatened to assassinate Donald Trump).

You could see it in Hillary Clinton’s campaign; after Trump won, it loomed to eclipse all reason.

And on Thursday, I noted Congress’s reaction.

I refer to the hysteria over non-Democratic “memes” and “fake news” that trumped the erstwhile gatekeepers of the Fourth Estate and the political classes — including the lobbying and bureaucratic cliques — and stymied the ascension of Mrs. Clinton to the Most Powerful Office in the Whole Wide World.

Now Facebook has come on board with a way to combat this freewheeling flow of ideas.

Fact-checking.

Hayley Tsukayama, writing in the Washington Post, explained the new program:

The social network is going to partner with the Poynter International Fact-Checking Network, which includes groups such as Snopes, to evaluate articles flagged by Facebook users.

If those articles don’t pass the smell test for the fact-checkers, Facebook will pass on that evaluation with a little label whenever they are posted or shared, along with a link to the organization that debunked the story.
The problem, here, is not a First Amendment issue: Facebook is not the government; when it tampers with your communications, it does not break the law.

The problem is that the Internet’s self-proclaimed fact-checkers are not exactly fair-minded, or even capable of sticking to the facts. I quoted Nietzsche yesterday (“there are no facts, only interpretations”), today I will merely reference Ben Shapiro, who has a history with false fact-checkers, and ripp off of Juvenal: who will fact check the fact checkers? (Obvious, I know.)

Meanwhile, the folks behind new social media service minds.com offer an innovative posting promotion system, and promise never to sneakily favor some ideas over others.

The proper response to a business firm’s discriminatory policy is to provide market pressure.

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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EPA Finds No Widespread Water Pollution From Fracking

by Steve Everley: Americans could be forgiven for thinking fracking poses an inherent threat to groundwater.

The anti-fossil fuel “Keep It in the Ground” movement has waged a multimillion-dollar campaign to convince the public of that exact claim, even though there has never been any evidence to support the accusation.

Indeed, anti-fracking activists were peddling “fake news” long before the media professed any concern about it.

But a landmark report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released earlier this month, finally puts that talking point to bed. After more than half a decade of study, the EPA concluded that “the number of identified cases of drinking water contamination is small” compared to the total number of hydraulically fractured wells.

Put differently, activist claims about “inherent risks” to groundwater are simply not true.

Of course, the EPA did its best to soften the blow to the “Keep It in the Ground” crowd. The agency stressed that oil and gas development as a whole “can” have impacts “under some circumstances,” a fact that was already known before the EPA began spending nearly $30 million in taxpayer money to assess the risk.

The EPA also claimed “data gaps and uncertainties” prevented it from making broad-scale conclusions, which is odd considering how Congress appropriated the EPA the money in order to derive a conclusion about the overall risk.

Even the agency’s admission that the number of contamination cases was small was omitted from the EPA’s press release. It had to be pried out of the agency from the media.

In the agency’s draft report, released in the summer of 2015, the EPA explicitly said it “did not find evidence that these mechanisms [fracking] have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” The data did not change, but the EPA removed that line from the final report.

The EPA is now defensively claiming that political pressure played no role in how it characterized its results.

Regardless of the EPA’s press strategy, one thing is abundantly clear. The lack of evidence of water contamination from fracking is now the data.

Multiple officials at the EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Geological Survey have either said there is no evidence of widespread contamination or have released reports showing no such evidence exists.

Peer-reviewed studies have consistently found little if anything to substantiate the idea that fracking can contaminate groundwater.

At a certain point, you have to accept that the lack of evidence actually means something, especially considering the extensive studies that have taken place.

But if you’re waiting for environmental groups to acknowledge the scientific realities of fracking, don’t hold your breath.

The Sierra Club still claims on its website that “fracking has contaminated the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of Americans.” Food & Water Watch responded to the EPA’s report by claiming it shows “the inherent harms and hazards of fracking.”

It’s odd how members of “Keep It in the Ground” love to call their opponents science deniers, considering they are willfully denying what the scientific community has said and continues to say about fracking.

Anti-fracking groups have done a masterful job of scaring the public about oil and gas development. Thankfully, we now have proof that their central claim is without merit.
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Steve Everley (@saeverley) is spokesman for North Texans for Natural Gas, a pro-drilling advocacy group. He is based in Dallas, Texas. And provided article via The Daily Signal.

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A Big Religious Liberty Victory in Texas!

Judge Orders School to Restore Charlie Brown Christmas Decorations
by Todd Starnes: A Texas school district learned a very important lesson Thursday: don’t mess with Charlie Brown, don’t mess with the Baby Jesus and don’t mess with the Lone Star State’s Merry Christmas law.

Judge Jack Jones issued a temporary restraining order against the Killeen Independent School District. The district had backed a principal’s decision to remove a Christmas poster that referenced a poignant scene in the beloved holiday cartoon, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Dedra Shannon, an aide in Patterson Middle School’s nurses office, created the door-length poster - featuring Linus, a scrawny tree, and dialogue explaining the true meaning of Christmas.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” Linus said.

Dedra Shannon’s poster was well-received among the staff and students – but a few days later she was told by the principal that the decorations had to come down because non-Christian students might be offended or feel uncomfortable.

Her father, a local minister, contacted me and the following day I wrote a story about the sad state of affairs at Patterson Middle School. Click here to read that story.

“Our employees are free to celebrate the Christmas and Holiday season in the manner of their choosing,” the district wrote in a statement. “However, employees are not permitted to impose their personal beliefs on students.”

Judge Jones said the poster must include the words: “Ms. Shannon’s holiday message,” the Killeen Daily Herald News reports.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the judge’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order.

“Religious discrimination towards Christians has become a holiday tradition of sorts among certain groups,” Paxton said in a statement. “I am glad to see that the court broke through the Left’s rhetorical fog and recognized that a commitment to diversity means protecting everyone’s individual religious expression.”

Preach it, Mr. Attorney General! Amen!

Paxton said the school district’s decision to affirm the banning of the poster violated the Merry Christmas law. That law, passed in 2013, stipulates that no school official in Texas can silence a Biblical reference to Christmas. God bless Texas!

Johnston Saenz, the president of Texas Values, represented Ms. Shannon in court. He was grateful for the judge’s decision.

“Nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ like a court victory for religious freedom in December in public schools,” Saenz said in a statement.

He called Ms. Shannon a “brave and faithful woman.”

“This scenario is exactly why the Merry Christmas law was written - to protect teachers, staff and students in their expression of the Christmas season,” he said.

Well done, Ms. Shannon. Well done, Mr. Saenz. Well done, Attorney General Paxton. Well done, Judge Jones. And well done, good readers! I suspect your emails and telephone calls had a lot to do with drawing attention to this very important matter.

Merry Christmas, America!
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Todd Starnes (@toddstarnes)is A Christian Conservative, the host of Fox News & Commentary and heard daily on 250+ radio stations and on his iTune podcasts.

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Bye, Bye Wheeler! Republicans retake the FCC!

Phil Kerpen
by Phil Kerpen, Contributing Author: It’s official – Democratic FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his resignation!

This means that on January 20, Republicans will have a 2-1 majority on the FCC and will be able to hit the ground running by overturning Obama’s disastrous “net neutrality” regulations!

And as you know, just last week this victory was unlikely.

The Senate was planning to confirm Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, giving Democrats a 3-2 majority on the FCC well into Trump’s presidency, until American Commitment members like you stepped up to the plate and said NO!

Now that the dust has settled, it’s clear that our hard work paid off!

Instead of starting 2017 with a 3-2 Democratic FCC, Republicans will hold a 2-1 majority and will be able to enact policies that promote Trump’s pro-jobs agenda from Day 1.

Thank you so much for the letters that you sent to Capitol Hill, the posts that you made on social media, and chipping in to help us stop the DC scheme to re-elect Obama’s FCC.

We did it! Bye bye, Tom Wheeler!
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Restoring The Right To Life, CIA Clams Up, Fighting Religious Persecution

by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Restoring The Right To Life - Of all the tragedies of abortion on demand, one of the worst may be that countless innocent American girls have been taught by the culture, and even sometimes by their parents, that their dignity and opportunity depends on their ability to destroy their own unborn children. I believe this sad fact is doing more to destroy America than what any foreign enemy could ever do.

That's not hyperbole, my friends. One million abortions a year is roughly 2,700 abortions a day. We are committing a 9/11 almost every day.

I was reminded what abortion on demand does to young women by an extraordinary confession of one mother on "The View" recently. The mother was Ali Wentworth, wife of ABC News anchor and Clinton loyalist George Stephanopoulos. Wentworth told the panel that when it was obvious Clinton was going to lose the election, her 14 year-old daughter was in tears as she screamed that the election would mean "No Abortion!"

When I read that, it broke my heart. It wasn't that many years ago when 14 year-old girls dreamed of someday meeting the person they would love and who would love them, and with that person bringing new life into the world. It is unnerving to think how many of our daughters and granddaughters may now be convinced that there is nothing more noble than to destroy that life before the child can take her first breath outside the womb.

There are lots of things that must be dealt with in the coming years. But anyone who thinks abortion won't be a big issue just needs to look at what Obama is doing on his way out the door. According to the Washington Times, the Obama Administration finalized a rule yesterday that "requires states to distribute dollars from Title X of the Public Health Service Act without taking into account whether recipient clinics perform abortions." This new regulation is set to take effect on January 18th, two days before Donald Trump and Mike Pence take office.

In spite of public opposition to taxpayer funding of abortions -- here and here -- the Obama Administration is doing everything it can to guarantee that your hard-earned tax dollars are used to subsidize the nation's largest abortion business.

In a very important meeting yesterday, I reminded the attendees that America will not be great again until the day comes when all of our children are welcomed into the world, protected by the law, have a seat at the table and are part of the American family.

We must restore the right to life -- the first right our founding fathers recognized as an unalienable right granted not by government, but by our Creator.

CIA Clams Up - The CIA had a lot to say recently about Russia's supposed role in influencing the election. Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was particularly interested in learning more after information leaked last week claiming that the agency had determined that Russia was trying to help Donald Trump win.

So he called for a closed door hearing for members of the Intelligence Committee with officials from the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Now, however, CIA chief John Brennan has clammed up. He refused to send a representative to yesterday's scheduled hearing, citing President Obama's order for a complete review of the information.

Chairman Nunes is furious, and rightly so. The CIA is casting doubt on the fairness of the election, but it won't explain itself to members of Congress.

Nunes blasted the CIA's "intransigence" as "unacceptable," and warned of the possible "manipulation of intelligence for political purposes."

The left is demanding that the Electoral College overturn the results of the election based on rumors that the Obama Administration is now refusing to explain. This is unprecedented!

Like all red-blooded Americans, I am infuriated by the thought that Russia would attempt to influence our elections. But anyone who thinks that Wikileaks or DNC leaks caused Hillary Clinton's loss must be smoking some of that newly legal marijuana.

It is not credible in my view that Vladimir Putin preferred the election of the candidate who made it clear that the days of pushing America around were over. Clinton, in contrast, was the nominee of the party that resisted efforts to rein in first the Soviet Union and now Russia.

Fortunately, most Americans aren't buying the left's nonsense. A new poll finds that just 32% of Americans believe Russia's attempts to influence the election helped Trump, while 59% say Russia's efforts had no effect. That 32% probably thinks Elvis is hanging out with Martians too.

Some observers think Putin may have been trying to undermine the confidence of the American people in our constitutional republic. The firestorm being created by the media and the left, suggesting that somehow the election wasn't fair, is playing right into his hands.

Sadly, it is clear that the left will resort to anything in order to complete its fundamental transformation of America into a European-style welfare state that spends its time apologizing for its existence. That should outrage Americans far more than the hacking of the DNC.

Fighting Religious Persecution - I am pleased to report that Congress passed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act this week. The bill was named after my good friend former Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia, a fearless advocate for religious liberty here in America and around the world. Wolf retired from Congress in 2014.

The legislation bearing his name was sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). For full disclosure, I proudly note that my daughter, Elyse, worked for Rep. Wolf on this issue for many years, and currently works on a commission for Sen. Rubio on religious liberty issues.

The new law integrates religious freedom into every aspect of U.S. foreign policy. It requires international religious freedom training for all foreign service officers. It elevates the position of ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, requiring that individual to report directly to the secretary of state. And it also requires more frequent presidential actions to combat severe violations of religious liberty abroad.

Protecting religious liberty in America and defending this fundamental human right overseas is a paramount issue. A key priority of my efforts next year will be working with the new administration to reform our refugee program. Persecuted Christians in the Middle East have been left behind  by the Obama Administration. We believe they should be first in line when it comes to our refugee program.
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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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President-Elect Trump Nominates David Friedman as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

David Friedman
ARRA News Service: President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday announced the nomination of Mr. David Friedman to serve as the United States Ambassador to Israel.

Mr. Friedman, a renowned attorney who has been counselor to some of the world’s top businessmen and companies, was one of the President-elect’s principal advisors on the US-Israel relationship during the campaign.

When Israel proclaimed itself an independent republic in 1948, the United States was the first country to extend formal recognition of the new government. From that moment forward, the two nations have enjoyed a special relationship based on mutual respect and a dedication to freedom and democracy.

With Mr. Friedman’s nomination, President-elect Trump expressed his commitment to further enhancing the US-Israel relationship and ensuring there will be extraordinary strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation between the two countries.

“The bond between Israel and the United States runs deep, and I will ensure there is no daylight between us when I’m President,” said President-elect Trump. “As the United States’ Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman will maintain the special relationship between our two countries. He has been a long-time friend and trusted advisor to me. His strong relationships in Israel will form the foundation of his diplomatic mission and be a tremendous asset to our country as we strengthen the ties with our allies and strive for peace in the Middle East. Nothing is more critical than protecting the security of our citizens at home and abroad.”

Mr. Friedman, whose bar mitzvah was held at the Western Wall in Jerusalem 45 years ago, is a fluent speaker of Hebrew and a lifelong student of Israel’s history. On Thursday, he expressed his resolve to be a rock-solid partner with the Israeli leadership as our two countries seek to advance our mutual interests and keep our people safe.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the confidence placed in me by President-elect Trump to represent the United States as its Ambassador to Israel,” said Mr. Friedman. “I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”

Mr. Friedman is a founding partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, a national law firm with approximately 350 attorneys. For the past 35 years, he has specialized in litigation and bankruptcy law, playing a leading role in restructuring many of the nation’s most complex financial and business operations. Mr. Friedman has been widely recognized for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession, and has been named one of the 500 leading lawyers in the United States.

Mr. Friedman has been a generous philanthropist to Jewish causes, including United Hatzalah of Israel, a nationwide volunteer service of first responders providing aid to all injured Israelis, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity, and Aleh Negev, one of the world’s most advanced facilities for the care of severely disabled children.

Under his leadership and at the President-elect’s direction, the US-Israel relationship will be a model of cooperation and respect.

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Beware the Trump Transition Noise

by Herman Cain: Pull it together, libs. You're embarrassing yourselves.

As president-elect Donald Trump nears completion of his top Cabinet nominations (VA and Agriculture undecided), the liberals and the Democrats continue to try and distract from the speed and quality of these nominations.

They have one big problem. The public is getting sick and tired of their snarky, sniveling and irrational attacks on every move, every word, and every nomination by Donald Trump and his advisors.

My colleague Jamie Dupree first pointed this out on his blog, and I'm sure some of you have noticed it too. Democrats are overplaying their weak hand in a spectacular way. The public is telling them that it's time for liberals and Democrats to "move on," but they're still not listening. They're mired in post-election denial and they can't get out of it.

Even some Republicans are starting to take "pot shots" at Trump and his nominees, which only reveals their true political DNA in responding to media distractions and mudslinging. They want to cover their "anchovies" in case some of the mud sticks.

The "Trump Noise Machine" seems to forget that most of the nominees have to be confirmed by the Senate. Senators - on both sides of the aisle - should be preparing to ask hard questions and expect good answers. They should not be whining along with failed candidates and aggrieved pundits.

President-elect Trump has set a positive tone of what to expect from his presidency. That tone has already been reflected in the stock market, the housing market, consumer confidence, and businesses' confidence.

Virtually every economic indicator has spiked since the election and businesses are already making plans to invest the cash and equity they have been sitting on for the last eight years. The reason? They no longer live in fear of Hillary's tax hikes, and have hope that fewer burdensome regulations will be shoved down their throats.

It's called a business-friendly environment.

The liberal propaganda machine is in self-destruct mode. The more they push their outlandish hysteria, the worse things are going to get for their own party. The people aren't stupid but, for whatever reason, the left refuses to hear them. Somebody from the liberal sphere needs to step up and speak up before it's too late.

It's not about Democrats' hurt feelings.

It's about doing the right thing for the United States of America!
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Herman Cain is a conservative radio host of CainTV, a 2012 GOP presidential primary candidate with over 40 years of experience in the private sector as an analyst for Coca-Cola, an executive at Pillsbury, a regional Vice President for Burger King, and CEO of Godfather's Pizza. Cain served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a supervisory mathematician for the Dept. of the Navy.

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Judge Napolitano: Election Fraud in Detroit -- 'Organized & Govt Involved'

Recount workers Sheryl Abrams, left, &Diane Russell begin the
recount of Wayne County ballots during the statewide presidential
election recount at Cobo Hall in Detroit on Dec. 6, 2016.
The presidential recount in Michigan expanded Tuesday to its
largest county, which includes Detroit, and five other counties.
(Tanya Moutzalias/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
by Debra Heine: Jill Stein's recount efforts in Michigan have uncovered what looks like systemic election fraud in Detroit, where roughly 95% of the votes cast were cast for Hillary Clinton. Sixty percent of precincts in Wayne County had to be disqualified from the statewide recount because of "irregularities." According to Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, those irregularities look "organized" and "government involved."

County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News after ballot irregularities were discovered revealed that 37 percent of Detroit precincts registered more votes than voters during the election.Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday.
The Detroit precincts are among those that couldn’t be counted during a statewide presidential recount that began last week and ended Friday following a decision by the Michigan Supreme Court.

Democrat Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly prevailed in Detroit and Wayne County. But Republican President-elect Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes or 47.5 percent to 47.3 percent.

Overall, state records show 10.6 percent of the precincts in the 22 counties that began the retabulation process couldn’t be recounted because of state law that bars recounts for unbalanced precincts or ones with broken seals.

The problems were the worst in Detroit, where discrepancies meant officials couldn’t recount votes in 392 precincts, or nearly 60 percent. And two-thirds of those precincts had too many votes.

“There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal,” said Krista Haroutunian, chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

State officials are planning to examine about 20 Detroit precincts where ballot boxes opened during the recount had fewer ballots than poll workers had recorded on Election Day.

“We’re assuming there were (human) errors, and we will have discussions with Detroit election officials and staff in addition to reviewing the ballots,” Thomas said.

The Detroit News last week was first to report that more than half of Detroit would be ineligible for the recount because of the irregularities. The results were based on county reports obtained by The News.

The new report, compiled by Wayne County elections officials, sheds light on the extent of the problems and shows a systematic tendency toward counting more votes than the previous Wayne County report, which didn’t specify if precincts had over-counted or under-counted ballots.

Republican state senators last week called for an investigation in Wayne County, including one precinct where a Detroit ballot box contained only 50 of the 306 ballots listed in a poll book, according to an observer for Trump.

City officials have told state officials that ballots in that precinct were never taken out of a locked bin below the voting machine tabulator on Election Day, said Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams.

“That’s what we’ve been told, and we’ll be wanting to verify it,” Woodhams said. “At any rate, this should not have happened.”
On Fox Business' Varney and Company Wednesday, Napolitano said that the the over-counting of Democrat votes is an example of the "government defrauding itself."

Host Stuart Varney described the type of"human error" that caused the discrepancies. "The poll worker takes the ballot, and puts it into a scanning machine, and says, 'oh good gosh, it jammed.'" The poll worker then proceeds to rescan the ballot "again, and again, and again."

"That is a different kind of fraud," Napolitano said. "Because that is the government defrauding itself. "The poll worker is an employee of, or a volunteer in behalf of the government. You're talking about a crime now. ... The law guarantees fair elections -- not perfect ones. If this had changed the outcome, it would be unfair and it would warrant a serious inquiry."

"But it happened in 248 precincts!" Varney exclaimed. "More votes were cast than voters!"

Napolitano said that based on the massive scale of the over-counted votes, the effort was "organized, and government involved. Government violating its own laws."
The judge said he didn't think anyone would be punished.

But they should be. There should be a serious inquiry, and those involved deserve jail time if the over-counting was found to be purposeful.

As Napolitano and Varney joked at the beginning of the segment, the results in Detroit look like they could have come from Chicago. Perhaps an audit of Cook County votes would have similar results, as would audits in Baltimore, Philadelphia, St, Louis, and many other Democrat-controlled big city precincts.

Last week it was also discovered (thanks to Jill Stein's recount effort) that over 18,000 voters in Michigan cast ballots without identification last month, prompting the state House of Representatives to pass a voter ID bill during its lame duck session.

The Democrats keep crowing that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but I strongly suspect that she only did so with the help of systemic voter- and election-fraud strategies in major cities.
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Debra Heine is a Catholic, mom of six and long time political pundit. She has written for PJ Media


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