On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve a bipartisan bill aimed at protecting special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump. But allow me to tell you why this is nothing more than a PR stunt and would actually be bad for the Left in the long run.
Now, it’s pretty obvious to tell why this is nothing more than a PR stunt. President Trump has not made any indication that he is even thinking, let alone planning, on firing Mueller. He himself has even said that if he was planning on firing Mueller, he would’ve done so last year. The biggest reason the Left is aiming to do this is simply to create a fictitious “victory” over Trump, and gloat over the fact that he would not be able to fire Mueller. But there are some problems with that.
First, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not bring the bill on to the Senate floor, even if it were to be approved by the committee. Now, I don’t trust a darn thing this snake says. Frankly, I would expect him to either flip on this or act as though he’s caving and allow the full Senate to vote on the bill.
Second, even if the bill passes in the Senate, it still has to go through the House. The bill could be stopped right in its tracks by Republicans in the House of Representatives, but I think there are still too many Establishment Republicans even there to allow that. Regardless, there is still SOME chance it could be stopped there, however slim that chance may be.
Lastly, even if it were to pass both chambers of Congress, why would Trump ever sign it? He could easily veto the bill and send it back to Congress, where enough of a majority would have to be there to override his veto, which means getting a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress. I can hardly see that happening, particularly just a few months away from the midterms.
Trust me, as much as Establishment Republicans hate Trump, they still want to keep their jobs.
Now, if this whole thing is simply a self-sabotaging act on the part of the GOP to give Congress to the Democrats and ensure Trump’s impeachment, I don’t think this would work quite the way they would hope. As traitorous and as useless as they’ve been for most things (I’ll give them credit for the tax cuts), while they have not given anyone much incentive to vote Republican, the Democrats have given enough incentive for people to vote Republican.
Democrats were against the tax cuts that are healing the nation’s families. They are against protecting American citizens and are prioritizing illegals over us. They constantly show their true colors as Marxists who punish those who diverge from their line of thought. If Kanye had attacked Trump, do you think the Left would be attacking him? If Kyle Kashuv were part of the anti-gun club in Parkland, would one of his teachers have called him Hitler?
Time and time again, these people have shown their true colors as hateful and disgusting people who want to raise your taxes, keep African Americans and Hispanics unemployed (because a minority that doesn’t need the government should not be a possibility, in their minds), protect illegal killers and rapists while making you pay for it with the higher taxes they will bring back.
What reason does anyone really have to vote Democrat? They are not even hiding who they are anymore!
As scummy as the Republican Party has been so far, I’d much prefer their useless behinds over blood-thirsty, actually insane and enraged Leftists who will impeach Trump on the simple basis that they think he should’ve lost. No actual crime committed is necessary for them. The simple fact that Trump beat Hillary is enough for Democrats to look to impeach him. Why would Trump supporters allow them the opportunity to overturn everything good that’s been happening over these last 2 years?
I shall leave it at that, since that is a rhetorical question and there is another matter I wish to attend to regarding this vote to protect Mueller.
I said in the title that this is the last thing the Left wants in the long run. Sure, this is a good PR stunt, but that’s all it will give them: immediate gratification. On a practical level, they don’t want to keep Trump from firing Mueller.
Do you have any idea the firestorm that would occur if Trump fires Mueller? That would give the REPUBLICANS in Congress enough ammo to take him out! All they need is even the slightest evidence or “reasonable” suspicion of obstruction of justice, which the firing of Mueller would provide.
Trust me, many GOPers want Trump out too, but they will need something substantial. The only silver-lining of Republicans always “taking the high ground” is that they will not get rid of Trump for the same reasons the Democrats want him out. If they were to take him out only because they wanted him out, that would mark the definitive end of the Republican Party.
Now, you may be thinking: “So what? What is stopping the Republicans from destroying the GOP and simply switching to the Democrat Party and make this country a one-party system?” The simple fact that another Party will eventually rise up and contest the Democrat Party far more heavily than the current GOP.
This new Party would not have the same leadership as the current GOP. It would be led by actual Trump supporters and conservatives. And there goes the best chance the Establishment has at keeping control of the country. Because that Party would be INSANELY popular and would likely win many, MANY elections in the future, thus chipping away at the power the Establishment holds in Washington little by little. Perhaps not immediately, but certainly eventually. And such a strong opposition to the Establishment cannot be allowed to flourish, so they must keep the GOP afloat, at least for the time being.
So the Republicans will absolutely need a SUBSTANTIAL reason to impeach Trump. The firing of Robert Mueller could very well provide that substantial reason and simply accuse Trump of obstruction of justice. It wouldn’t be obstruction, but that’s irrelevant to these overlords. If they can even make it slightly seem like obstruction, that’s enough to keep some NeverTrumpers on their side. And it would be enough to at least keep their Party afloat, if severely weakened. Huge, wealthy donors like the Koch brothers would ensure the GOP’s survival, even if the base has jumped ship.
All things considered, with the fact that the investigation has turned up absolutely nothing on collusion, pressuring Trump into firing Mueller is their best shot at impeaching him. This investigation, on its own, will not lead to Trump’s impeachment. Unfortunately, it will hurt people like Michael Cohen, who’s only crime is being Trump’s lawyer, but it will not result in the impeachment of Donald Trump directly.
Now, if the Democrats were to get a super-majority, then the investigation could be the basis for their impeachment (at least officially), but the investigation itself will not get Trump impeached.
And that’s why I shake my head at the Left’s efforts here. Why would they go for something like this if it could backfire so easily against them in a practical sense? It would get their base to be happy for all of 5 minutes and would serve as a nice distraction from the seemingly-enlightened Kanye West and Chance the Rapper. But in their effort to impeach Trump, this would not help them if passed.
Their goal is to get a super-majority anyway. Why keep the Republicans from having an even slightly legitimate-looking reason to side with them prior to the midterms? If they can get Trump to fire Mueller and get the GOP to side with them in their impeachment efforts, that would at least somewhat preserve the fictitious image that there is bipartisanship and a rule of law in Washington. Such an image, people like you and me can see through. But there are plenty of people who still believe the law applies equally to everyone.
If that were actually the case, Bill and Hillary would’ve long been indicted and sent to jail, Comey would have been indicted, and Obama wouldn’t have even fully served his FIRST term, let alone have a second one.
Now, with all of that said, I have my doubts that this will even pass, let alone be signed into law. If their goal is to get Trump to veto it and accuse him of obstruction, big whoop. They’ve been trying this for A YEAR AND A HALF! Vetoing that bill would not be enough for Republicans to impeach him without utterly destroying the GOP, and thus, debilitating the Establishment in the future.
But let’s allow things to play out here. The Left may get their little emotional “victory”, but this will not amount to anything beneficial to them in terms of actually getting rid of Trump. Meanwhile, I’m still planning on going out to vote this November, all for Republican candidates regardless of whether they are Establishment or not.
My ultimate goal is to simply help Trump remain in office. Hopefully, you share a similar goal with me.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
James Comey is set to release his book: “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” on April 17th, 2018. Expectedly, the Left, upon reading excerpts from the book, is praising it and making the claim that there are issues in that book that could really hurt Trump. Spoiler alert: they’re all nothing-burgers.
But that’s a different matter entirely. What I’m focusing on is the fact that, because the media is praising the book and saying this will hurt Trump, the RNC released a video that shows Leftist hypocrisy at its highest.
The video is a compilation of Democrats calling into question Comey’s integrity, credibility and judgment.
The video features short clips of people like Sen. Chuck Schumer saying that he was “appalled by what Director Comey did” upon re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails; Sen. Bernie Sanders saying: “Comey acted in an outrageous way”; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi saying: “[Comey] made a mistake… not in the right job”; and even a tweet from Howard Dean reading: “[Comey] may have destroyed the credibility of the FBI forever.”
Which is really saying something when you fast-forward from that moment to today, when the FBI’s credibility as a whole is in tatters.
But perhaps one of the most telling quotes comes from Rep. Jerry Nadler, who said: “The President should fire Comey immediately and he ought to initiate an investigation.”
Now, unfortunately, I couldn’t quite confirm when Nadler said this, but I have every reason to believe he was talking about Obama, not Trump.
Furthermore, upon doing some more research, I came across an article, interestingly enough published on ABC News’ website, that depicts some of the very same Democrats in the video calling on Comey to resign.
First, they have Chuck Schumer, who said: “I do not have confidence in him any longer.”
Then, Nancy Pelosi, whom they quote with the very same quote from this video, saying that he’s not right for the job.
They also have Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN): “If Director Comey cares about the bureau and the rule of law… I’m sure upon reflection of this action, he will submit his letter of resignation for the nation’s good.”
They quote Rep. Maxine Waters: “All I can tell you is the FBI director has no credibility. That’s it.” And even said, in an interview with MSNBC in which she complained about Trump firing Comey, that “If [Clinton] had won the White House, I believe that, given what he did to her and what he tried to do, she should have fired him.”
I just love the Left’s hypocrisy some times.
From now on, every time you see James Comey tweeting at Trump and you see your friend retweeting what he said to or about him, remind them that even Democrats thought he was not credible and lacking in integrity.
Now, going beyond all of that, I believe this is a teachable moment.
You can clearly see what the Left thinks of James Comey when he acts in a way that they do not like. When he steps out of line. When he has some influence in the election and it’s not to hurt the Republican candidate. They attack, bash and destroy him. They question his credibility, his integrity, his judgment and even whether he’s the right person for the job… all of which is something we have been doing since Comey’s firing.
They loved him when he closed the investigation on the Clinton e-mails and let a criminal walk free but berate him when he re-opens the investigation and dealing a blow to Hillary’s chances of winning the election.
Now, I’m not going to say that that very action is what cost Hillary the election. Obama was the worst President of all time and she was just going to be more of the same and the country was tired of it. She was likely going to lose, open investigation or not. But I won’t deny that the re-opening of the investigation hurt Hillary to a certain extent.
Upon the closing of the investigation (the first time), the media had prime opportunity to bury any remnants of an investigation having ever taken place and focus more of their time on Trump. Closing the investigation would’ve allowed the Democrats to claim Hillary’s innocence, but all of those opportunities went out the window when Comey re-opened the investigation (before promptly closing it once more soon after because his friends were angry with him).
The Left’s bias is evident. When Comey helped Hillary, he was a “good guy”, “full of integrity” and “perfectly credible”. But when he steps out of line and does something to anger the Democrats aka doing the right thing, they berate and bash him, hoping to assassinate his character.
Now, he’s back where the Left wants him to be, as a martyr for the Leftist cause to take down Donald Trump, and they have nothing but good things to say about him and his book.
But all of that is irrelevant when there’s very accessible records of Democrats attacking Comey in much a similar way that Donald Trump attacks him. He has questioned his credibility, and evidently, so have the Democrats.
Now, if they’re hoping this book will be the end of Trump, they will be very much disappointed. I doubt this book, particularly when reminding people of what Democrats have said about the author, will do much if anything to harm Trump. If Michael Wolff’s book did nothing, neither will this.
At least this attempt at taking down Trump is a nice change of pace from giving credibility to a porn star. Though they will get back to her once the “hype” for this book dies down.
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Usually, attacking an opponent’s family is uncalled for and distasteful (unless that family member is or was in politics themselves, such as Bill Clinton). It’s a tactic that the Left uses sometimes, and a tactic that failed Republican nominee Jeb Bush used recently.
According to the Daily Wire, the biggest failure of the Bush family (and that’s saying something) had a talk “sponsored by The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale University,” where he said that “after the 2016 Republican primary in South Carolina, he returned home to children who ‘actually love me,’” thus attacking both Trump and his family.
His anger after the 2016 primary loss is clear and present. Much like Hillary Clinton, Jeb’s defeat has severely affected him, given that during that appearance at Yale University, he also said: “I’m not going to talk about the 2016 election. I’m still in therapy.”
I don’t know if he meant that as a joke or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he really was in therapy. Particularly given the response from Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter: “Jeb! I love everything about my father. I love that he’s a fighter, I love that he has guts, I love that he’s President (all those things you’re not). Also love that he learned enough about politics in a few weeks to dismantle you piece by piece despite it being your life’s work.”
Here’s some advice for Jeb Bush: apply cold water to the burned area.
All of those things are hard truths about Jeb Bush. He’s not a fighter (something that I think even he knows). That much was evident during the campaign. And that much would’ve been expected had he become the Republican candidate. He wouldn’t have fought hard against Hillary. Much like Romney didn’t fight hard against Obama. Same goes for McCain (though I doubt he would’ve won against him even if he had actually fought hard).
The Establishment’s darlings don’t ever fight hard. They are more than happy with being the gracious losers of elections. They don’t fight the fire with fire. They fight fire with ice. And they’re more than happy to keep things that way. It’s part of the reason they hate Trump as much as they do.
He also is lacking in guts. Part of fighting hard is having the willingness and the guts to do it. While Bush’s pride may make him believe that he does have guts, reality is far different from his imagination.
The third truth is one that surely stings more than the previous two: Trump is President and he’s not. Now, without the guts and willingness to fight hard against Hillary, he likely was not going to be President anyway. But what stings him more than not being President is seeing that the man he hates most in this world is sitting at the Oval Office and running this country.
Like I said, the Establishment is more than happy with being gracious losers. Not being President is not what stings Jeb more. It’s the fact that Trump actually IS President that angers him.
But the final comment, and hard truth, in Trump Jr’s. tweet is what surely destroys Jeb the most. It’s not that he is not a fighter that hurts him. He knows he’s not a fighter. It’s not that he’s gutless. It’s not even that he’s not President and Trump is that hurts him the most. It’s the fact that, despite being a career politician, being in the Establishment, being a member of the Bush family and having been a governor of one of the largest states in the country (Florida), he was soundly beaten by someone who’s never held political office before.
He was beaten by someone who’s only had to play politics in order to gain favor in building projects. He was beaten by someone who wasn’t simply outside of the Establishment, but was outside of the career of POLITICS altogether.
And all of this happened, resulting in an embarrassing loss for Jeb Bush. Donald Trump ended the primaries with 1,457 pledged delegates. Jeb ended the primaries with 4.
Jeb was nowhere near among the biggest contenders for the nomination. Even his fellow Establishment candidates, Marco Rubio and John Kasich did considerably better, with 166 and 160 delegates respectively.
Aside from being a massive defeat for the Republican Establishment, this was an even bigger defeat for Jeb, someone who was born into the right family, ran at the right time when America was getting sick of Obama’s policies and the likelihood of a Republican winning was a tad higher than the previous two elections, and had made a career within the realm of politics to understand it and experience it up close.
He had a lot of things going for himself and ended up being utterly spanked by someone who had spent less than a year in politics by the time he announced his withdrawal from the primaries.
His anger is clear as well as the reason for it. At least he’s likely doing considerably better than Hillary Clinton. If there’s any former candidate from the 2016 election that needs therapy it would be her.
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed the Omnibus bill, effectively funding Planned Parenthood, Sanctuary Cities, Chuck Schumer’s insanely expensive pet-project and a myriad of other things.
However, there is one outlying thing that was in that bill that is what Trump wants and that’s military funding. Such a thing is always welcomed, but did Trump give up too much in exchange for this?
Just as a reminder, here are just some of the things that this steaming-pile-of-turd-lawmakers-are-calling-a-bill effectively does:
Of course, there’s more to it than just what I’ve mentioned. The bill is over 2000 pages long and there’s a whole lot to cover, so I can’t get to absolutely everything, but these are some of the more important parts.
Now, almost every single one of these things in this omnibus bill go against the very idea of Making America Great Again.
Funding Planned Parenthood is horrendous. It’s horrible that we continue to provide funding for an organization that commits one of the most horrendous atrocities in human history on a daily basis.
We are also providing funding for Sanctuary cities, which goes against the biggest reason people voted for Trump: illegal immigration.
The funding of sanctuary cities places illegals ahead of Americans, which is the polar opposite of what Trump ran on, so it’s understandable if Trump supporters are ticked off at him over this.
Chuck Schumer’s pet project, the Gateway Bridge, is not something that should cost a tenth of what we’ll be giving the military.
“Fixing” the FBI’s background check system only works if every state gives the correct information about registered owners to the FBI. Some recent shootings occurred partly because the FBI did not get the correct information, or any at all, about the specific shooter. As with abortion, some states don’t give necessary information to federal authorities.
Ensuring that we “secure U.S. elections from Russia” stems strictly on the idiotic and false belief that Trump colluded with Russia to beat Hillary. Would that statute have even gotten into the bill if Hillary had won? Yes, it’s part of national security, but it’s borne of malicious intent and a ridiculous notion that Trump had to cheat to win.
33 miles of secondary fencing isn’t nearly enough for the 700 mile border across the south, but this is honestly more than we have gotten from Democrats when it comes to border security to this point. While this isn’t even close to being the wall we were promised, we have to realize that not a single Democrat and Establishment Republican wants a wall. THEY are the ones standing in the way of the MAGA agenda.
Finally, $300 billion for military spending, which is great, but did we give up far too much just for that? Well, let’s not belittle how important funding our military truly is. If you saw the press conference when Trump announced he’d sign the bill, you’ll know that he made this whole thing about military spending and the importance of it.
If you saw the press conference, you saw that he mentioned that for the past few years (all thanks to Obama), we have had serious cuts to our military and defense. He mentioned that his job is to “keep America safe… nothing more important.”
He mentioned that, as a matter of national security, he signed the omnibus bill and immediately followed by saying: “there are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill,” but that if we wanted to rebuild our military, we were forced to have.
He then said: “I will never sign another bill like this again.”
Now, here’s the mindset I think Trump had: he felt he had no other choice, if he wanted to make our military stronger, than to sign this bill that he knows is terrible.
That, in essence, he was backed into a corner and had no other option than to sign this bill. Now, I know that he had the power to veto and, in my opinion, that’s likely what he should’ve done. Veto the bill, send it back to Congress to override it but put the entire blame on them for this.
But maybe he felt that this was going to be the best deal he would get to benefit our military. I don’t know. But something in his gut told him that he should sign this bill.
One thing that I’m clinging to to be true is this argument I’ve seen countless times on social media. Here’re the most important parts: “The Omnibus… [is] not an official ‘Federal Budget’… Congress basically screwed themselves by not passing a Budget… Per the Constitution… the President must adhere to a Budget set forth by Congress and direct the expenditures as provided therein. This is another one of those big Porkulus Bills, like they gave Obama for 8 years… An Omnibus Spending Bill may have some ‘instructions’ as to how the money will be spent… Obama ignored them. He spent the money, or didn’t spend it, however he wanted to… like Obama, Pres Trump can spend this money on whatever he wants to. Or… not spend it. Planned Parenthood? What if our President decided to tell the Treas. Department to ‘slow-walk’ that money to Planned Parenthood… until the Senate gets off their ass and confirms his appointees? Sanctuary Cities? What if our President decided to ‘slow-walk’ that money too… until those Sanctuary Cities assist ICE in rounding up criminal illegal aliens?...”
And so on. Now, I don’t know if that’s all true. These are the words of someone on the internet and a lot of people are sharing this, but that doesn’t make it true. However, I do know that the President does have spending power (as evidenced by 8 years of Obama). If the comment above is correct, he could well use this to his advantage.
I believe him when he said that there are a lot of things in the bill that he’s unhappy about. I’m not about to throw him under the bus just because he signed what he felt was the best deal he would get out of the snakes that call themselves Republicans.
The military had to be funded and I doubt he wanted to risk losing that in exchange for nothing. I’m not about to simply give up on him and give up this country to the rotten Washington Establishment that put him between a rock and a hard place. This was a bill that was horrible for Americans, and we all knew that, including the Republican Establishment, who were all too happy to deliver this Christmas gift to the Democrats.
Trust me, I don’t like this bill any more than you or Trump does. I don’t know if this will come back to bite the Establishment in the butt as the aforementioned comment suggests and I don’t know if military funding will outweigh everything else that the Democrats and the Swamp get here. But what I do know is that, under the right Congress, we will never have to be in such a dark place again.
We have invested far too much in Trump and the Make America Great Again movement for this one thing to keep us from continuing our support for one of the greatest Presidents we’ve seen in a long time. I don’t know if signing this bill was a mistake. I think it was, but even then, I’m not willing to throw Trump under the bus for this. He did what he felt he had to do and I hope he prayed to God for guidance here.
And I hope he prays for continued guidance as we move along. If he indeed does have the power that the aforementioned comment says he does, then this has at least some potential to be a blessing in disguise. I hate the idea of funding the baby killers. I hate the idea of funding the Sanctuary Cities and I hate the fact that this is one of the most expensive bills we’ve seen in recent time.
But there’s a reason for everything. Personally, I’ve seen more Trump supporters who will still back him despite this, understanding that he didn’t want to sign this bill and that the Establishment essentially has forced him to do it than I’ve seen Trump supporters be incessantly angry with him over this, thinking this is the beginning of the end of the Trump administration.
Whether this will mark the beginning of the end of Trump will remain to be seen. But either way, we should have faith in God that there’s something great waiting for us. We should pray that this isn’t the end of Trump’s administration, but have faith that there will never be an end of GOD’s administration.
The Swamp may have gotten what they wanted with this, but I refuse to lay down and surrender to them. Trump’s very election indicates that the Establishment can be defeated (since he beat Hillary who cheated in the election and still lost). What we need to ensure is that no Establishment Republican ever wins anything of significance again. I single out Republicans because there will always be Democrats in Congress. California alone guarantees that.
What I’m trying to say is that, while the Swamp may have won the battle, they haven’t won the war.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
For the next few of paragraphs, I’ll likely be venting some frustration that comes with this bit of news, so please excuse me if I ramble a tad. I’ll still try to stay focused on the overall message, but I’ll likely rant a bit as well.
First, I just want to say that it’s days like these that I truly HATE the Republican Party. But I should probably clarify what I mean by that. It’s not the Party itself that I hate, despite what the previous sentence says. It’s the so-called “leadership” that is at the helm of it. Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsay Graham, Loser Mitt Romney, Future ex-Senator Jeff Snowflake.
These are merely some of the people that constantly get in the way of the MAGA movement. These are some of the people that are Democrats in disguise. Not a single one of them is a conservative. There’s nothing for which I could possibly defend any single one of them. I would say that I’m thankful for McCain’s service as a member of the military, but his actions as a Senator, particularly as of late, have branded him a traitor to the United States of America in my eyes.
He may be considered a military hero, but in reality he’s nothing more than a socialist in disguise. Either that or he’s simply a gutless fool. He’s shown to be either a massive coward as a Senator or a massive and willing traitor to every-day Americans.
But stepping a bit backwards and looking at his RINO comrades, this omnibus deal just proves that Democrats are still in control. As of the time of writing this article, the bill hasn’t yet passed the Senate, but we all know that it will. This is a deal that heavily favors Democrats.
Just to name a few things in this over 2000 page bill (which was given less than 36 hours to be voted on in the Senate), this bill includes funding for Planned Parenthood, funding for Sanctuary Cities, funding for the New York Gateway Bridge project (which is mostly a matter of how much money this project is getting. By the way, it’s $30 BILLION!), and this entire bill will drive the deficit up by $1 TRILLION IN THE NEXT YEAR ALONE! It will include stricter background checks for gun purchases with the “Fix NICS” (the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System) bill without a gun-friendly state reciprocity bill attached to it, no bailout for Obamacare and dumping $687 million on securing U.S. elections against Russians.
But you have to think: “There’s no way that Democrats would get so much without Republicans getting something in return!” Oh, they get something, alright. They get a whole 33 miles of fencing along the 700 mile southern border! Whoopee! This new, fancy fence will likely stop one small child from illegally entering the country! And at the low, low cost of $641 million! Notice how we get less money to secure the border (and this money doesn’t cover hiring more patrol agents) than we get to further “secure U.S. elections against Russians”.
Aside from that pathetic excuse for border security, we also get $300 billion to increase domestic and military spending, with an additional $90 billion in disaster aid for states affected by last year’s hurricanes and $140 billion for emergency military funds. Now, that’s not too bad, it is an increase in our military and defense spending, but we give up far too much to make this worthwhile.
The only other thing that we “get” is no actual resolution on DACA, but that will likely be put in a bill in the future that may be like this one. It seems the Democrats have figured out a way to get their way in a Trump administration: omnibus bills that has them surrendering little while gaining a lot.
And the Republicans, at least the RINOs, are more than ok with all of this, considering that it’s already passed the House and will most certainly pass the Senate. This is a horrible deal in almost every way that you look at it.
Economically? This is a bill that will drive us over a trillion dollars further into debt in the next year alone.
Morally? The very continued funding of the world’s largest child-killing organization tugs at the heart strings of every morally-conscious American.
Security? Sure, we get more money for the military, which we really need, but we get peanuts in terms of securing our border.
Illegal immigration from the southern border will almost entirely cease with a cement wall. A fence does next to nothing in the way of keeping illegals out of the country. And we don’t get provisions to hire more border agents.
As Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said: “We got about 80% of what we were trying to get…”
Now, tell me. How could it possibly be that Democrats get 80% of what they want in a House of Representatives ruled by Republicans, a Senate ruled by Republicans, if even slightly, and a White House led by a Republican?
THAT SHOULD NEVER BE THE CASE EVER!
And what was the excuse we would constantly get from Republicans? “We don’t have the House!” And so, we gave them the House. “We don’t have the Senate!” And so, we gave them the Senate. “We don’t have the White House!” And so, we gave them the White House. What’s their new excuse? “We don’t have 60 votes!”
60 VOTES ARE ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT IN THIS CASE! The Constitution mentions a 60-vote supermajority. But that supermajority is only necessary in specific cases, such as ratification of treaties, conviction of a President in an impeachment trial, overriding presidential vetoes, approving constitutional amendments, and barring a disabled President from regaining power if the President objects to staying on the sidelines.
Nowhere does it mention that a ruling party has to have 60 votes to do smaller things. If it did, less than nothing would ever get done in Congress and there’d be no point in even having a Congress.
Republicans only need a majority, which they have, in order to pass things. The problem is that they seldom often USE IT! They used it for the tax cuts, and that was great. In fact, because it was so great and it yielded great results, the GOP should see that what they want can easily pass Congress if they stop betraying each other.
Of course, that’s not going to happen. These RINOs are evil, not stupid. They understand perfectly that, with the power they have, they are able to pass everything Republicans have been wanting for decades. They could fully repeal Obamacare and watch as Democrats cry in the corner. They could defund Planned Parenthood and save millions upon millions of babies. They could alleviate much of the nonsensical gun control legislation already in place and make people safer. They could fully fund Trump’s wall by just cutting funding to Sanctuary Cities alone.
They could fully fund Trump’s wall and make it 100 feet high with Star Wars drones guarding it by just defunding Planned Parenthood (I exaggerate, of course).
They have the power to pass every little thing they were initially SENT THERE TO DO! But frankly, we’re merely lucky tax cuts passed. Who knows when will be the next time that every single Republican in Congress will agree on something.
The GOP Establishment has turned heel (wrestling term meaning betrayal). They are backstabbing the American people with the passage of this bill. And I even question whether Trump will even veto it (I know that Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has said Trump will sign it, but I’m still not 100% convinced unless he actually does it). He likes the fact that we get more military spending, but he should be smart enough to realize a bad deal when he sees one. HE WROTE A WHOLE BOOK AROUND THAT TOPIC!
He should see just how disgustingly bad this bill is. He should see just how spineless the GOP is in passing things that Democrats want.
I hope he vetoes this horrendous bill. The very passage of this bill already helps Republicans lose seats in Congress, and I believe that’s precisely what they want. They don’t want Trump as President any more than Democrats do, but they couldn’t possibly write up articles of impeachment based on nothing. That’s a job they want to leave to their Democrat buddies.
They understand that if they were to impeach a Republican President, they’d leave next to no reason for people to vote Republican ever again. They want to win, but not with people like Trump.
And Trump should have realized this for a long time now. He has no friends within the Establishment, only enemies. RINOs will never fully support him and his agenda. They despise him and his efforts. This bill should offer enough proof of that statement’s validity.
It’s clear to me that the very people we voted for to represent us have betrayed us. This is not a sudden realization. I’ve known this for some time. But it’s days like these that remind me of that sort of betrayal. We didn’t vote for Republicans so that they would PASS 80% OF THE THINGS DEMOCRATS WANT!
We voted for them to do THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THAT!
Now, I’ve come to an actually recent realization. There’s no sense in badmouthing the Party itself. There’s no sense in not calling myself a Republican. Why? Because it’s not the Party that has betrayed us, it’s the leadership. The Party is nothing more than a name and a cause, founded by Abraham Lincoln. We represent our Republic. We fight for it. The Party is worth defending. Its leadership is not.
So rather than attack the Party itself, I’ll simply attack the ones in power. The very people I’ve named above and those who stand by them. They are our enemies as well. It’s not just the Democrat Party that is our enemy. It’s the leadership in the GOP as well.
We need to drain the swamp completely. Not a shred of it can be allowed to remain. We must never vote for another establishment candidate again. That’s not to say that we should allow Democrats to win, either.
We should stick to voting for our beliefs, not our parties. If a Republican candidate like Romney comes along, we should not vote for them. Back in 2012, I was angry with the roughly 3 million Republicans (I think that was the number) that didn’t vote for him. Today, I’m so glad they didn’t elect Romney, because despite the fact that it meant 4 more years of Obama, it also meant 4 to 8 years of Trump.
That whole ordeal taught me something: to be patient for God. He was not surprised Romney lost. He was not surprised that Obama won. But He didn’t relinquish any of His power when Obama won. Obama was allowed to do only what God allowed him to do. And God didn’t allow Hillary to continue doing what Obama was doing.
What I’m trying to say, politically, is that we should refrain from strictly voting for someone just because of their Party affiliation. Now, saying that, I also have to emphasize the importance of keeping a Republican majority in Congress. I know that this sounds contradictory to my overall message, but here’s my reasoning: I’d rather be insanely angry with the Republican hacks that are betraying us if it means that Trump doesn’t get impeached.
The GOP will never impeach their own Republican President just because they don’t like him. They need a legitimate reason. The Democrats don’t. They’ll write articles of impeachment the day they get back to work in Congress if they get the majority.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that we should try to do both things here. We should vote for someone who aligns with our beliefs while also trying to keep Democrats and RINOs at bay. This may seem like an unsurmountable task. It’s rather complicated and difficult to pull off. You need the right candidate in the right area to do that. I doubt California will be the place where a true conservative candidate would flourish. But even if one doesn’t, we shouldn’t despair if a RINO or a Democrat wins.
We have seen what God can do for us in our lives. He let Obama win twice so that we would have Trump, possibly for 8 years. But even if we don’t get Trump for 8 years, or even if we don’t get him for 4 and he’s impeached, we still shouldn’t despair.
And even if the Democrats get absolutely everything: White House, Congress and Supreme Court, we still shouldn’t despair. And even if the Democrats turn the U.S. into Soviet Russia, ruling in full-on communism, we still shouldn’t despair.
Why? Because no power on Earth is strong enough to hold a candle to God.
The whole world may turn to Globalism (global communism), but there’s not a reason on Earth that Christ’s followers should despair. This is the mortal world, after all. It’s merely temporary. The world, under Globalism, would be dark for sure. But it would still God’s to control. And God’s to decide when enough is enough.
I don’t know when that will all happen. I would hope not within our lifetime, or our children’s lifetimes. But regardless on when it happens (if at all), we should not feel despair. We should not feel hopeless. We should trust in God’s plan and His will. He knows when and how everything will end. He knows that His children will be spared from the lake of fire and sulfur. He knows that when His children suffer on Earth, He will restore and appease them in Heaven.
Now, I’m not saying all of this to frighten you. On the contrary, this should make you feel hopeful for the future. Maybe not for the future of the country or for the world, but future for yourself and your fellow Christians. There’s not a single thing that the Devil can do to harm you on Earth or in Heaven if you keep your faith and trust in Christ.
You may see and feel struggles in the horizon. You may feel saddened if Democrats win and impeach Trump. But you should remember that it’s not them who have the final say. The one who has the final say is the one who had the initial say.
This article is running a little long. Currently well over 2000 words. So I’ll simply end with this: there’s a reason for everything, even for darkness. For in the darkness is where we can find the Light most easily.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
It’s rather rare for any celebrity nowadays to be a supporter of the 2nd Amendment or at least to not support gun control. Frankly, it’s often social and career suicide for a celebrity to not side with the collective mind of the Left. It’s dangerous for celebrities to stray from the same collective thoughts of the Left. Still, we occasionally see some celebrities come out against something the Left is pushing.
In this case, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is that celebrity. On an interview with WABC in New York City, Shaq weighed in on the gun rights debate and offered a solution that’s far closer to Trump’s than what Democrats propose.
“The government should give law enforcement more money. Give more money, you recruit more people, and the guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools.”
“You put ‘em in front of schools, you put ‘em behind the schools, you put ‘em inside the schools. And we need to pass information. I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools.”
“There’s a lot of weapons already on the streets. So it’s not like, if you say, ‘Ok, these weapons are banned,’ people are gonna go, ‘Oh, man, let me turn it in.’ That’s definitely not going to happen.”
All of the things he said are nightmare fuel for the Left. Not just the content of the words but also who is saying those words. Shaq is considered one of the greatest Centers of all time and among the best players to play the game. He was the most dominant big man in the NBA for almost his entire career. He’s widely loved, admired and respected. So for him to be saying these things, the Left must feel hurt.
Shaq has dared go against their brainwashed think tanks. He’s dared challenge their policy and he’s dared to seemingly agree with Republicans on this issue. Even worse, he’s dared to seemingly agree with TRUMP on this issue. To the Left, for anyone, let alone a celebrity, to do that is bordering on a capital offense. At least, that’s what they would want it to be.
So let’s go into each particular point he raised. First, he mentioned that he wants the government to give more money to law enforcement. Right off the bat this is something that angers the Left. They’ve spent the last few years demonizing law enforcement. They’ve painted a horrible and demonic picture of police. The Left is adamantly against law enforcement… at least when it’s not under their direct control.
With Shaq saying that, it only angers them further. Of course, it’s important to know that Shaq is technically a cop since he completed an unofficial police academy program in 2016 and “has been named an honorary reserve officer by police departments around the country,” according to The Hill.
So his support for law enforcement should be expected, but that doesn’t mean it irks the Left any less. In fact, it should irk them even more considering he’s been an advocate for law enforcement for a long time now and his support has obviously not wavered even after all the Left’s attacks on law enforcement’s image.
Then, of course, he essentially is agreeing with Trump with his proposal to put trained and good people with guns inside and around the schools. This ties with the previous comments supporting law enforcement. Again, the Left has demonized police, so that’s part of the reason they disagree with this option. Of course, the other reasons are that this would mean siding with Trump on anything; this would mean there’d be more guns, not less guns, around; and that the “racist” police officers would be present in schools where they could “harass” the minority students.
And finally, he says that there are a lot of weapons on the streets already and that just declaring something to be illegal is not going to get people to give up their guns. First of all, the likelihood of a bill that would ban semiautomatic weapons passing Congress are slim to none. Under Republican control, there’s 0% chance that that would happen. Under conservative control of the Supreme Court, there’s 0% chance that it would be allowed, as it’d be a clear violation of the 2nd Amendment. And under President Trump, there’s 0% chance that a bill like that, if passed, would be signed by Trump.
And that’s just the legal side of things. Like Shaq said, people aren’t going to give up their weapons. If they do, they’ll have to be ripped from their cold, dead hands. We were willing to go to war over ridiculous taxes and over earning the rights of human beings. We’re certainly willing to go to war over keeping our guns. After all, the very REASON the 2nd Amendment exists is to protect the citizen from a government that has grown too big and tyrannical. The passage of such a bill would be the evidence the people need to see that our very own government has betrayed us and we have to rise and fight for our rights once again.
So realistically speaking, we’re never going to be without guns. And this is a concept that Shaq clearly understands. Rush Limbaugh has said this multiple times: the next shooter is already out there and he already has the weapon he’s going to use. No measure of gun control will prevent the next shooting, or the one after that, or the one after that.
I would also like to bring up an argument I’ve made in the past. And, to make things easier on you, I’ll even bring up the same statistic I used in the past. American Enterprise Institute (AEI) released an article not too long ago about the gun homicide rate in the U.S. from 1993 to 2013, a 20 year time span. It shows a 49% decrease in that rate during that time span. It also shows the number of owned guns in that same time span. The article says that “the number of privately owned firearms in U.S. increased from about 185 million in 1993 to 357 million in 2013.”
All of those numbers are significant, but, at the moment, I’d like to specifically focus on that “357 million in 2013” number. Do you know what the population of the United States is currently (or at least what it was in 2017)? Roughly 325 million. Statistically speaking, everyone in the U.S. owns at least one gun. So I’d like to raise the same point here as I did the first time I shared that stat line: if guns were the problem, even I would know and admit it.
There are more guns OWNED in the U.S. than there are people. I capitalize own because, first, it’s not quite clear whether that counts unregistered guns (in theory, it shouldn’t). I say this because there, in theory, should be a lot more guns in the country today. Again, I don’t think this counts unregistered guns and that is a number from 5 years ago at this point. There’s a good chance that there are far more guns today than back then.
So I’ll repeat myself: if guns were the problem, even I would know and admit it. If guns were the problem, we’d all be dead. If guns kill people and there are more guns than people in the country, it only makes sense to assume that the people would all be dead, right?
Regardless, let’s return to Shaq, one of my new favorite NBA legends (he already sort of was since I’m a Miami Heat fan and he helped us win our first championship in 2006). I’m glad to see Shaq side with logic over emotions on this issue. He obviously shows far more insight and knowledge on the topic than all the highly emotional high school students, Hollywood celebrities and elected Democrats (who showed up for an anti-gun rally in D.C. with high school students, but it wasn’t political, supposedly) have.
Here’s hoping more people, whether celebrity or not, actually think logically and realistically about this issue without holding on to Nazi-like pipe dreams of taking guns away from people.
“Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
State of the Union addresses are very important. A President only gets 4 or 8 (usually) chances to stand behind a podium at the Capitol Hill to give a speech to members of Congress in attendance. And this State of the Union speech by Trump was incredible in many different ways.
First, this was a pro-America speech, through and through. He spent the beginning of his speech talking about the booming economy, as well he should have. He mentioned record-low unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics (which, interestingly enough, the Congressional Black Caucus didn’t applaud or cheer in the least. In fact, they looked down-right ticked off).
He often touted the greatness of our country, with one instance coming from this quote: “To every citizen watching at home tonight – no matter where you have been, or where you came from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.”
This message is a message of hope for anyone who is struggling financially. A message that anything is possible. A message that the American Dream, though on life-support for many years, is quickly coming back and stronger than ever. After all, “Americans are Dreamers too.”
When I heard that line, you couldn’t imagine the grin on my face. Not only is it a fantastic message of hope for Americans, it also no doubt annoyed the ever-living Hell out of Democrats.
If you saw the SOTU, you saw Democrats looking annoyed, angry and, dare I say it, jealous. The country is doing fantastic and none of it is due to Democrats. African Americans and Hispanic Americans’ unemployment rates are dropping like flies and the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses couldn’t be more annoyed by that.
Why? Because the Democrats need a perpetually poor voting base that depends on the government. If African Americans and Hispanics are increasingly finding jobs and not having to rely so much on government assistance, that goes against everything Democrats want. They WANT and NEED people to depend on them. And if some of them realize that they’re doing better thanks to a Republican President, how likely are they then to continue voting Democrat?
This speech was one of Trump’s greatest ever. And many people agree. According to CBS News: “Viewers approve of Trump’s first State of the Union address – CBS News poll”.
That’s an actual HEADLINE to their article. According to their poll: “Three in four Americans who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight approved of the speech he gave. Just a quarter disapproved.”
Now, it’s important to note that the sitting President’s political party tends to watch these addresses. It’s no surprise, really, that more Republicans watched the speech than Democrats did. But that’s not the only thing the CBS poll tracked.
“Eight in 10 Americans who watched tonight felt that the president was trying to unite the country, rather than divide it. Two-thirds said the speech made them feel proud, though just a third said it made them feel safer. Fewer said the speech made them feel angry or scared.”
And addressing the surplus of Republican watchers, the poll indicates that “Nine in 10 Republicans said the speech made them feel proud, while just over half of Democrats said it made them feel angry. Independents who watched the speech – nearly half of whom counted themselves the President’s supporters – tended to approve of the speech, and said it made them feel proud.”
All of this is significant. First, it’s expected that Republicans will approve of the speech given by the Republican President. But nine out of ten is very promising. That serves to further unify the Party behind Trump and dwindle the number of Republicans who are still NeverTrumpers.
But notice how many Democrats they said felt “angry” about the speech. Over half of Democrats watching felt that way. Considering who Trump has been painted to be by the media, Hollywood and Democrats over the past couple of years, shouldn’t that number be far higher? And it’s just over half?
Doesn’t that mean, then, that almost half of the Democrats watching LIKED the speech? Yes, I understand that only 25% of the viewers identified as Democrat, but nearly half of those Democrats didn’t feel how they would normally feel about anything related to Trump? Now THAT is significant.
Then, it mentions Independents and that they “tended to approve of the speech”. That is also quite significant, since Independents tend to be the ones the Republican Party (more specifically, the Establishment) attempts to appeal to. If a lot of them approved of the speech, then the Republican Establishment should be happy with that. And while I did see Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham smiling during the speech, I don’t know that this particular information will get them to like Trump too much more. But, as it is, they can seemingly get along and play nice every once in a while, so there’s that.
Overall, Trump’s speech was a smash hit for Americans. He touted our incredible success against ISIS in the Middle East, having almost completely wiped them out in an area that they completely dominated just last year. He called out the horrors of North Korean communism by pointing to an incredibly brave defector who literally risked life and limb to escape that horrible country.
Watching that part of the speech, I thought “And people like Chelsea Handler or Manning (I often get the two confused, given that they’re both lunatic Leftists) would rather have Kim Jong-un as their leader than Trump.”
Of course, I doubt this speech would change anything regarding that for the Left. Kim Jong-un is a communist who is in charge of a communist regime. Democrats find more in common with him than they do with Trump. Democrats and Little Rocket Man believe in one thing and one thing only: the supreme power of the State. Kim has the power Democrats would kill for. If Kim Jong-un were POTUS, the Democrat Party would celebrate him as the greatest President of all time. Granted, they would be forced to given how he’s forcing his people to treat him as a god, but my point remains.
And yet, despite the incredible story of bravery by this man, the Democrats sat and groaned for everything. Throughout the speech, they only had one mood: angry. Even things that they tend to agree on and push for such as protecting 1.8 million illegal immigrants, paid family leave, and more infrastructure spending, all they did was sit.
And when Trump touted American greatness, freedom, the flag, the anthem, and opportunity for Americans, they still sat. And THAT was a big mistake on their part, as they would be portrayed as not “progressive”, but anti-American on all fronts.
Of course, I already knew they hated this country and wasn’t surprised to see them angry at the mention of American greatness, but most people would think that every member of the government wants America to succeed, even if they have different ways and views on how to do that.
Sitting down when the President was talking about our greatness as a country and as a people only shows them to be cynical, hateful, intolerant and anti-American. Most people who don’t hold elected office who vote Democrat vote for them because they think Democrats have a better way of making our country great. That’s why we call them uninformed. Aside from not getting the right information about any specific topic, they also believe Democrats are elected to represent them. No, Democrats are there to OWN them, in Democrats’ minds.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Democrats took a sizeable hit in their popularity by sitting down when American greatness was discussed. And especially to those who left the speech when “USA!” chants began, such as Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).
Despite the Democrats’ best efforts of tearing this country down and blaming it for the problems of the world, it’s still not cool to be anti-American. Hating this country gets you more negative attention than positive attention. It gets you more people telling you you’re wrong than people telling you you’re right.
On Tuesday, Trump delivered a powerful and unifying speech. A speech that should unify Americans and strive to continue Making America Great Again. And on Tuesday, the Democrats showed their true colors. They showed themselves to be the Party of Division by sitting down for everything Trump brought up. They showed themselves to be the Party of Hate by not applauding and cheering for the greatness of our nation.
Trump made himself out to be someone looking for unity and Democrats made themselves out to be sore losers who refuse to shake hands with the victor.
In keeping theme with adding arsenal to Republican candidates in November, this speech is another weapon to be used against Democrats. Their divisiveness and hatred was in full display Tuesday night.
They should now and forever be known as the Party of Hate.
“For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.”
Author: Freddie Drake Marinelli.
I’ll begin this article by saying that I could understand NeverTrumpers a year or so ago. I could understand their worries. I could understand their skepticism. I could understand why they were against Trump back then.
Trump was largely unproven. He never held elected office (which is one of the many reasons we like him), he had never really enacted conservative policy. He was an insanely successful entrepreneur. But he was a New Yorker too. What I mean is that he spent a lot of time with liberal friends and making friends with elected liberals in New York. This is one of the reasons NeverTrumpers didn’t like him.
Plenty of politicians before Trump came along and said the right things at the right time. Back in 2012, Romney would sound super conservative when he needed to, but then turn around and be the cowardly establishment rat that he is. Trump kicked off his campaign with a very strong and conservative message. And while he wasn’t taken very seriously back then, he still faced opposition from NeverTrumpers such as Glenn Beck.
He spoke nice but he had yet to prove he was a true conservative. And even Trump himself said that he considers himself to be more of a “common sense conservative”, as opposed to some of his opponents who were more “constitutional conservative”; meaning, his opponents were more focused on the legality of situations. That’s not to say that being a constitutional conservative is a bad thing. On contraire, I would hope to see more of them in Congress. But Trump wasn’t a lawyer. He wasn’t focused more on the constitutional side of things.
Obviously, he cares deeply about our Constitution, but he’s never made it the focus of things. So I understand why NeverTrumpers were skeptical about him. They theorized that the only reason he ran is so that he could hand over the election to Hillary (I’m actually paraphrasing something I heard Glenn Beck say one day when I actually listened to him). They expected him to either go soft against Hillary just as Romney did against Obama, or if he won, that he would betray his supporters and side with the Democrats that he once befriended and donated to.
But over this past year, he’s left little doubt that he intends to keep his promises. That he intends to Make America Great Again. And I’m not the only one who’s noticed.
The Heritage Foundation, a well-respected conservative think tank, ranked Donald Trump’s first year in office ahead of Ronald Reagan’s first year in terms of enacting conservative policies.
How do they rank the two presidents? Well, according to Breitbart: “In 2016, Heritage came up with 334 conservative policies, a wish-list of sorts, for a new Republican administration. Trump has enacted 64 percent of those items. In 1981, his first year in office, Reagan scratched off only 49 percent of the items on that year’s Heritage list.”
Now, there are some notable differences that have to be acknowledged. In 2016, Republicans retained control of Congress. Back in 1980, Republicans managed to take back the Senate, but the Democrats still held a pretty decent majority in the House. No doubt, things were expected to be very difficult to be passed.
Now, I also acknowledge that Republicans in Congress have been jerks, to put it lightly, and have not passed much MAGA agenda policy. So while Republicans control Congress, there are those who are hidden Democrats that refuse to help Make America Great Again. There’s not that many, but enough to obstruct the agenda. And since Republicans now only hold a 1 vote lead, it’s even easier for Congressional NeverTrumpers to obstruct things.
Another difference worth mentioning is that Reagan and Trump have worked in entirely different eras. Reagan didn’t have social media and conservative media to help expose the b.s. coming from the Left. Had Trump also not had social media and conservative media to help him out, I don’t think he would’ve become the Republican candidate. He still might’ve, but it’s doubtful. And the likelihood of him winning the general election would’ve been slim.
If all people had to go on to learn about Trump was what the MSM said about him during the campaign, I’m not certain he would’ve even come close to winning. Reagan managed to utterly crush his opponents despite the lack of social media and conservative media.
That being said, I also have to mention that Reagan had a very different character than Trump does. Reagan was more “constitutional conservative”. He was what conservatives today aspire to be. For as much as I love Trump, he isn’t as articulate as Reagan was.
And one final difference would likely be how they were both treated by the media. Yes, both Reagan and Trump were treated as a joke. But even though I wasn’t alive to see Reagan campaign, I doubt the media was as bloodthirsty back then as they are today.
I imagine they had some semblance of manners and respect. At the very least some decency. I can’t say that the media has any of these qualities anymore.
Again, I don’t know exactly how the media treated Reagan back then, but I can’t imagine they were as beastly as they are towards Trump. Biased, sure. But not beastly.
Now, let’s return to the issue of the NeverTrumpers. While I could understand their skepticism a year ago, I can’t say I can understand any of their arguments anymore. They said he wasn’t a real conservative, yet a well-respected conservative think tank acknowledges that Trump has been more conservative than even REAGAN in enacting conservative policy. As an example, take deregulation.
Charlie Kirk, a conservative activist and founder of Turning Point USA, informed us that “President Trump has cancelled and killed more than 1,500 regulations in the last 11 months. The most of any President in history in first year of a Presidency.”
Deregulation goes a long way to helping the country, and a long way to establish yourself as a true conservative. While Democrats and liberals enact and call for more regulations to absolutely everything they possibly can, conservatives tend to deregulate things that don’t need to be regulated.
A large reason the economy is doing as well as it is is because of these deregulations on businesses. It’s amazing what the economy can do when you take off the shackles placed by Democrats (who have a rich history of shackling things).
Aside from a booming economy, Trump has been doing wonders to fight for the rights of unborn children and destroying our radical Islamic enemies.
Trump has proven to be extremely conservative in deed. He may not be an ideological conservative, but he has very conservative instincts. He may not have seen Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats as his enemy, but I believe he will start seeing them that way. He expected the country to rally behind him once he was elected but that didn’t happen. That wasn’t ever going to happen. But he’s learned that these people will hate him no matter what he does… or doesn’t do, as in the case of merely CONSIDERING firing Mueller (which he has every right to do) but deciding against it.
I believe he’s beginning to understand and see things more conservatively. Thus, his actions and growth as a President should leave no one on the Right to still be against him.
He’s proven to be conservative in the actions he’s partaken. Anyone on the Right who is still against him is merely being stubborn at this point. Thankfully, there are some NeverTrumpers who have realized their mistakes, such as Mollie Hemingway from The Federalist and radio talk show host Dennis Prager.
Both have realized that he’s more conservative than they believed he was. No doubt, it’s his policies and actions as POTUS that led them to realize their mistake in opposing him.
Unfortunately, there are still some who choose to remain stubborn, choose to side with the Left, if anything, and continue opposing him. People like Jonah Goldberg of the National Review and Bill Kristol. Perhaps even Glenn Beck, though I’ve ceased to listen to him and follow him on Twitter. A shame, really, since he was pretty funny at times.
Regardless, it’s this stubbornness that will ultimately alienate them from the rest of the country, both conservatives and liberals. Much like with yet another NeverTrumper, Megyn Kelly, these NeverTrumpers will never be liked by the Left as long as they don’t disavow their supposedly “conservative” values. And with their stubborn opposition to Trump, conservatives won’t like them either.
Why would they? Again, I could understand their skepticism a year ago. But not anymore. They have no actual reason to still dislike him or what he’s doing. Their continuing hatred towards him proves them to be just as stubborn as anyone on the Left. Despite clear evidence, they stick to their beliefs.
It takes more faith to be an atheist and believe in climate change than it does to believe in God. Likewise, it takes more faith to believe Trump isn’t conservative than to believe he is.
And that’s where the biggest comparison is made between the NeverTrumpers and the Left at this point in time. Both groups are insanely stubborn and refuse to believe in the evidence presented to them.
“He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.”
Author: Freddie Drake Marinelli.
Look, I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t want any sort of amnesty for even a single illegal immigrant. But sadly, there are Republicans in Congress who refuse to help pass much of anything to do with Making America Great Again. I’ll give them credit for passing the tax cuts, but tax cuts are things Republicans tend to vote for anyway.
But the sad reality is that there are RINOs in Congress such as Lindsey Grahamnesty. So in order to fulfill some campaign promises such as building the Wall, ending the visa lottery program and ending the chain migration program, deals have to be made. And sometimes, that means giving up some things in order to get what you want.
Even though Trump’s amnesty plan will help 1.8 million illegals to a path to citizenship (which will undoubtedly go towards voting for Democrats), his plan will also help the country far more than you may think.
First, I want to clear some things up. This is not amnesty in the way Democrats would want it. Democrats would hope for immediate legalization of illegals and an immediate and quick path to citizenship. This plan doesn’t do that at all.
According to Breitbart: “The path to citizenship would require a 10-12 year period where recipients would be required to demonstrate good behavior, work and education requirements, and good moral character.”
In other words, the illegals helped in this amnesty plan won’t get to help the Democrat Party any time soon. Not to mention that this plan means that any illegal that doesn’t meet the requirements will then not be eligible to become a citizen thereafter. So no evil jerks like Kate Steinle’s killer or that monster who killed two cops and wishes he could’ve killed more would be able to become citizens under this plan.
Not to mention that this plan also helps keep the promise made to Chuck Schumer after he agreed to reopen the government. Schumer was promised that a vote on immigration must occur on the Senate floor by February 8th. This is likely the plan that will be put to vote by then. (Everyone and their grandmother expects the Democrats to reject this bill and there’s always a chance that some Republicans will vote against it).
But if the biggest purpose of having this plan is so that the Democrats won’t shut down the government again in February, then this plan helps.
This plan, according to Breitbart, also includes: “A $25 billion lump sum ‘trust fund’ for a border security ‘wall system’ for not only the Southern border but major security investments on the Northern border as well. It also includes sweeping limitations for chain migration – limiting family immigration sponsorships to only spouses and minor children – not for parents or extended family members… The proposal would also end the visa lottery program and reallocate them towards fulfilling the skilled-based visa backlog.”
So we can see why this plan is not the “betrayal” you might think it is. I wish it didn’t have to come to this, but RINOs in Congress such as Grahamnesty will constantly side with the Democrats on this issue. In a perfect world, all Republican members of Congress would get behind the MAGA agenda in full and not challenge things every step of the way. If there’s one thing they should learn from Democrats it’s how to be united with each other.
This plan is most certainly not something Democrats would want, even though they claim to fight for “DREAMers”. If anything, this plan will also expose Democrats in their efforts. By voting against it, they are essentially stabbing the “DREAMers” in the back by telling them that they have to continue struggling until they can get rid of Trump. Frankly, the Democrats should know that they’re not going to get a much better deal than this. They should know Trump isn’t going to give them amnesty without funding for the Wall, an end to the visa lottery program and an improvement (or utter abolishment) of the chain migration program.
This plan, though it doesn’t sound good on the outset, is actually a pretty good plan. I’m talking about more than just what the plan is itself. I’m also talking about the fact that this backs the Democrats into a corner. Either they stick to their promise to help the illegals even if this is not a great deal or they abandon the illegals and leave them in the dust for as long as Democrats aren’t in control.
It could be that Democrats are hoping they will be able to take Congress, but frankly, they’d need a super-majority in order to get what they want. They know, or at least should know, that Trump will veto any bad bill that the Democrats pass in Congress. The Democrats would have to gather enough votes to overrule his veto and I don’t see that happening.
First, I don’t see them even gaining any sort of majority, since, and I’ve said this in other articles, all Republicans would have to do is point to the booming economy and say that the Democrats didn’t vote for that. If done right, Republicans could win more seats. Maybe not 60, but certainly gain more of a lead on the Democrats.
Second, even if the Democrats end up retaking Congress, I don’t see them getting a super-majority. Even if some Republican candidates are idiots and don’t utilize the booming economy well (I know there’s more to it than that, but that’s at least one thing all Republican candidates should use), I don’t think enough will lose their elections to get the Democrats a super-majority. I’m also aware that there will be RINOs like Graham in Congress, but I don’t think there will be enough to help out the Democrats. Particularly so since Jeff Snowflake won’t seek reelection (which he would lose anyway) in 2018.
Considering everything, the Democrats should know that this will likely be the best deal they’re going to get from Donald Trump. If they vote against it, we conservatives can use it as ammunition, saying things like “See? The Democrats don’t care about the people, they only care about their votes. This bill would help nearly 2 million of these illegals but still, the Democrats voted against it.”
Even Rush Limbaugh has said, multiple times, that he’d support an amnesty bill for as many illegals as the Democrats wanted if it means that the illegals don’t get to vote for at least 15 years.
So, overall, this bill isn’t anywhere near as bad as you might believe. Is it perfect? No. In a perfect world, no such deal would have to be made, Republicans in Congress would’ve voted to fund the Wall months into Trump’s first year in office, voted to end chain migration immediately and ditto for the visa lottery program.
But this is not a perfect world. And in order to make deals, sometimes you have to make sacrifices. This plan helps the country more than it hurts it. It’s not what a lot of Trump supporters wanted, but it’s something we should be able to realize isn’t as bad as initially thought.
Not to mention that I’m pretty much ok with whatever the outcome is. If it passes, then we get funding for the Wall, an end to the visa lottery program and a chain migration program that isn’t b.s. If it doesn’t pass, then these illegals will remain illegal and the Democrats might even take a hit on their popularity (I say “might” because I don’t see a large likelihood of that happening. But I know that I’d bring it up as much as possible when talking about the subject).
Either way, I believe the country wins to a certain extent. Frankly, I’d prefer if this bill passes even at the cost of legalization and future citizenship of these “DREAMers” if it means the Wall will start getting built, chain migration is improved to something that makes sense and the visa lottery program is done away with.
Not to mention that funding the Wall will likely result in another drop in illegal crossings. I’ve seen multiple Breitbart articles talking about illegal border crossings getting higher beginning with talks of immigration. Compare that to articles from earlier in 2017 when Trump was freshly inaugurated and Breitbart wrote multiple articles talking about illegal crossing numbers getting lower out of fear for the Wall.
Well, eventually, that fear goes away if the Wall is no closer to being funded than it was last year. Upon the mere passing of this bill, crossings are likely to decrease since the fear of the Wall will soon become a reality.
Now, one could say that these numbers could also skyrocket if people figure that it’d be better to try to cross now, before the Wall is finished building, than later. I would say there’s a possibility of that if I didn’t expect more funding to likely go to border agencies. If I’m thinking about this possibility, I have no doubt that Trump has thought about it as well and would likely do what he can to keep a surge in those numbers from happening as a result of this bill passing.
But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here. Frankly, I don’t actually expect this bill to pass Congress. But if it does, I’m sure Trump is thinking about repercussions and possibilities about the mere news getting out that it will and/or has passed. And if it does pass, I don’t want you to think that Trump has betrayed you or abandoned his campaign promises. In fact, he’s fulfilling a big one with this plan as it is.
Either way, I think things will be fine. And you know me. I’m more of a realist than an optimist.
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Considering the amount of ridiculous articles the MSM has written over the past couple of years, it’s honestly surprising for an MSM source (The New York Times) to write something like this.
According to The New York Times: “support for the [tax] law has grown significantly over the past month, and more Americans believe that they will receive a tax cut. Forty-six percent of Americans strongly or somewhat approved of the law in early January, up from 37 percent when the bill was nearing passage in December. At the same time, falling unemployment, accelerating economic growth and a surging stock market have made Americans increasingly positive about both their own finances and the overall economy.”
Gotta say, I never expected a Mainstream Media source to actually write something truthful, or even acknowledge the surging economy under Trump.
Frankly, that’s merely one of the reasons people like the tax cut. Individually, of course people want to keep more of their hard-earned money. But in terms of overall prospects for the future of the economy, people are seeing unemployment numbers plummeting and more jobs being created.
Even Apple has announced that, due to the tax cuts, they “will bring hundreds of billions of overseas dollars back to the U.S., pay about $38 billion in taxes on the money and invest tens of billions on domestic jobs, manufacturing and data centers in the coming years,” according to Fortune.
Not to mention that, according to an article written on January 14th by the Washington Examiner: “A list of 40 firms offering millions of employees bonuses and customers fee cuts has surged to 164 in just 10 days as the likely financial benefit of President Trump’s tax reform.”
“Jet Blue… is offering a $1000 bonus to 21,000 employees,” said the article. “Some companies are offering bonuses up to $3000 increases in 401k contributions and wage hikes.”
And let’s not forget that Walmart (and other companies) are raising their minimum wage thanks to the tax cuts.
It’s really no surprise, then, that more and more Americans are more supportive of the tax bill, which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed would be “the end of the world.”
It’s not the end of the world. It’s the end of the Democrat Party’s chances to retake Congress in 2018.
Honestly, all Republican candidates would have to do is remind people that the Democrats didn’t want them to keep more of their money. That the Democrats didn’t want jobs returning to the country. That nothing like this ever happened while Obama was President. That nothing like this would ever happen with Democrats at the helm.
Add that to the fact that Democrats really don’t have any actual agenda other than “we hate Trump”, then I really wouldn’t be too surprised if they lost MORE seats rather than gain more. Of course, that all depends on the Republicans and the candidates. But the 2018 midterms really is the Republicans’ to lose. If the economy is doing far better by November of this year, unless the Republican candidate absolutely sucks, I don’t see any Democrat candidate being too successful this coming election.
I mean, considering everything we’ve talked about and adding the fact that black and Hispanic unemployment rates are dropping like flies, along with the overall unemployment rate, why would anyone ever vote Democrat again?
Like I said, the Democrats don’t really have an agenda. All they will run on is “we hate Trump and we’ll work to impeach him”. Well, if Trump is fulfilling his promise to Make America Great Again at least economically (he’s also doing that in other aspects, but we’ll stick with economics), then why would people want to vote for people who don’t want Trump in office?
Not a single Democrat voted to pass the tax bill that is helping millions of employees get bonuses and helping Americans across the country to keep more of their money. Not one Democrat thought that companies would be more willing to invest more of their money in the U.S. economy. Not one Democrat wanted more jobs coming into the country. Not one.
So why would anyone want them back in power? Even from a liberal’s point of view, I would be able to see that the economy is doing far better than anyone expected. I would be able to see that Trump and the GOP have helped us keep more of the money we earn and helped people who are struggling to find a job to actually get a job.
That’s precisely why even The New York Times of all people have to acknowledge that more Americans are happier with the bill than before it passed. That’s something we conservatives saw coming.
While the Democrats can try all they want to say that this bill is actual “Armageddon”, people will notice a difference in their bank accounts and their paychecks. And they will realize just where this extra money is coming from. They will realize what has helped the unemployed to become employed. They will realize that lower taxes is a good thing for everyone, including the government in the long-term.
And they will realize that Democrats aren’t the ones who want to lower taxes. Quite the opposite, in fact, they want to increase your taxes by trying to sell you on the ridiculous idea that if the government gets more money, more good things will happen and it will be able to help more people. They try to sell you the idea that higher taxes are a good thing, when everything including economics and logic tells you differently.
If Republicans run on this economic point at least, I doubt many Democrats will be successful in 2018.
Regardless that’s a matter to be discussed in the future. For now, we’ll delight in the fact that the American economy is doing fantastic and the future looks bright.
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