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Obituary For The Good Old U.S.A.

Is it time for the obituary for the good old USA? In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the
University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the
Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always
Temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent
Form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until
The time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous
Gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority
Always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from
The public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally
Collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a
Dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the
Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200
Years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

  • From bondage to spiritual faith;
  • From spiritual faith to great courage;
  • From courage to liberty;
  • From liberty to abundance;
  • From abundance to complacency;
  • From complacency to apathy;
  • From apathy to dependence;
  • From dependence back into bondage.”

The Obituary follows:

“United States of America”, Born 1776, Died 2016
It doesn’t hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in
St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning

The last Presidential election:

Number of States won by:…………………………..Obama: 19……………Romney: 29
Square miles of land won by:……………………….Obama: 580,000……….Romney: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by:……………………..Obama: 127 million……Romney: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:…Obama: 13.2………….Romney: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory
Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low
Income tenements and living off various forms of government
Welfare…”
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
“complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of
Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population
Already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase..

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million
Criminal invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say
Goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

If you want to keep this tragedy from happening, you have no other choice– vote for Donald Trump.

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What Is Crony Capitalism?

By Political Editors · Feb. 23, 2016

The latest from Prager University: “This election season there’s a lot of talk about corruption, about politicians being ‘bought and sold’, and about ‘crony capitalism’. What do those terms mean? Why should we care? Is there a way to reduce corruption and restore our trust in government? Author Jay Cost, staff writer at The Weekly Standard, answers these questions and proposes a solution that every society could benefit from.”

Just click HERE to enjoy a short but very informative video.

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The History Of A Failed Secretary of State

The information below clearly reveals the history of a failed Secretary of State, unfortunately it is only a partial list of the misdoings of Hillary R. Clinton.

In 2008, before Hillary Clinton became president Obama’s Secretary of State, the Clinton family foundation and the Obama administration reached an agreement intended to minimize any possible conflicts of interest.

Aspects of the agreement included full disclosure of questionable donations and restrictions on foreign contributions. But the Washington Post has reported that” the Clinton foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State”,which plainly violated the agreement.

During Hillary’s time there, the State Department approved the sale of 20 percent of all U.S.’s uranium inventory to Vladimir Putin’s Russian government.

Uranium is the key ingredient of a nuclear warhead. The sale of America’s precious uranium inventory to Russia is almost inexplicable…..or is it? The uranium sale occurred only after nine investors (who raked in profits from the uranium deal) had donated a total of $145 million to Hillary’s family foundation. The New York Times reported that Bill Clinton was also paid $500,000 for a single speech to a Kremlin-backed bank “shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One.”

The Washington Post also uncovered another 1,100 foreign donor names that were never disclosed by the Clintons (through a partnership with controversial billionaire Frank Giustra). Guistra made his fortune in mining. “Coincidentally”, the Post also discovered that Hillary’s brother, Tony Rodham, received a coveted “gold exploitation permit” in Haiti, only the second awarded in the last 50 years.

Speaking of mining, Canadian mining tycoon Stephen Dattels scored an open pit mining permit in Bangladesh just two months afer his firm gave the Clinton Foundation 2,000,000 shares of stock, a donation the Clinton Foundation kept hidden.

And it gets worse: At least 181 Clinton Foundation donors also lobbied Hillary”s State Department including some of the most powerful corporations in the world (John Deere, Eli Lilly, Goldman Sachs, McDonald’s, etc.).
The AP discovered that the Clinton’s operated a secret “pass-through” company called WJC, LLC, which was used to launder “payments to the former President”.

And the Daily Beast notes that the Clintons scored millions from the terror-tied country of Qatar and the corrupt FIFA Soccer Organization.

After all of these revelations, when the ultra-shady Clinton Foundation wound up on a watch list published by ,a href=”https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=311580204″ target=”_blank”>Charity Navigator, the most prominent nonprofit watchdog, the Foundation attempted to strong-arm the group according to New York Magazine.

The Federal Records Act requires the preservation of any record relating to the performance of a federal official’s duties. In fact, the State Departments own manual has stipulated, since 1995, that e-mails must be preserved under the act.
Furthermore, the National Archives Regulations, issued before Hillary Clinton assumed the position of Secretary of State in 2009, required that any records created on private email accouints must be saved to the Federal-Records system.

But Hillary Clinton went far beyond the occasional use of private email. She operated her own email server out of her home. And after her time at State, she wiped the server clean. It is a felony when any custodian of official government records willfully and unlawfuly conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same. The crime is punishable by up to three years in prison. Further, the law states that the perpetrator shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.

Furthermore, a private email server used for official business is a magnet for spies. A top intelligence official under President Obama, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, says that it’s very likely that Hillary’s private email server was hacked by the Russian, Chinese and Iranian governments.

Operating a personal server to conduct all official business as Secretay of State is an action plainly undertaken in order to evade Federal-Records laws. It was also a National Security nightmare.

Since the writing of this article, thousands of emails have be been obtained, many classified; 22 emails were obtained with the classification higher than Top Secret. So highly classified that they cannot be released.

One thing is crystal clear: Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to lead this nation. Her election to the Oval Office would be a continuation of the lawlessness and lying this nation has endured for the past six years.

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Trump – Things You Might Not Know About Him

By Peggy Noonan

 

Trump, hopefully, is waking some of the RINOs up.  The criticisms of Trump are amazingly missing something. They are lacking in negative stories from those who work for him or have had business dealings with him.  After all the employees he’s had and all the business deals he’s made there is a void of criticism. In fact, long term employees call him a strong and merciful leader and say he is far more righteous and of high integrity than people may think.  And while it may surprise many, he’s actually humble when it comes to his generosity and kindness.  A good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a deserted highway outside of New York City.  A middle-aged couple stopped to help him and as a thank you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn’t brag about that.  Generous and good people rarely talk of charity they bestow on others.But as much as all this is interesting, the real thing that people want to know is what Donald Trump’s plan is for America. It’s funny how so many people say they don’t know what it is, or they act like Trump is hiding it. The information is readily available if people would just do a little homework.  But, since most Americans won’t. 

1.) Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other country’s problems without being compensated for doing so.  If America is going to risk the lives of our soldiers and incur the expense of going to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay for our help.  Using the Iraq War as an example, he cites the huge monetary expense to American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the cost in human life.  He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each family of soldiers who received severe injuries. 

2.) Trump wants America to have a strong military again.  He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense.  He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General MacArthur that could lead our military buildup back to the strength it needs to be. While he hasn’t said it directly that I know of, Trump’s attitude about America and about winning tells me he’d most likely be quick to eliminate rules of engagement that handicap our military in battle.  Clearly Trump is a “win at all costs” kind of guy, and I’m sure that would apply to our national defense and security, too. 

3.) Trump wants a strong foreign policy and believes that it must include 7 core principles  American interests come first.  Always.  No apologies. Maximum firepower and military preparedness. Only go to war to win. Stay loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies.Keep the technological sword razor sharp. See the unseen Prepare for threats before they materialize. Respect and support our present and past warriors.

4.) Trump believes that terrorists who are captured should be treated as military combatants, not as criminals like the Obama administration treats them.

5.) Trump makes the point that China’s manipulation of their currency has given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them.  He says we must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will cause American companies to be competitive again and drive manufacturing back to America and create jobs here.Although he sees China as the biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing.  For example, Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or vehicle Ford makes in Mexico be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into the U. S., which would cause companies like Ford to no longer be competitive using their Mexican operations and move manufacturing back to the U.S., once again creating jobs here.

 

6.) Trump wants passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act – NOPEC – S.394), which would allow the government to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws.  According to Trump, that would break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to drill domestically (sound like Sarah Palin’s drill baby, drill?) thereby increasing domestic production creating jobs and driving domestic costs of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreign oil.

  

7.) Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America.  He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from entering and put controls on immigration. (And he says he’ll get Mexico to pay for the wall, which many have scoffed at, but given his business successes I wouldn’t put it past him.)  He also wants to enforce our immigration laws and provide no path to citizenship for illegals.

 

8.) Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money to our nation would do wonders for our economy.  He wants to make America the place to do business.  He also wants to lower the death tax and the taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6 trillion back into the economy and help rebuild the 1.5 million jobs we’ve lost to the current tax system.  He also wants to charge companies who outsource jobs overseas a 20% tax, but for those willing to move jobs back to America they would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and spark economic growth.  He wants to change the personal income tax to: Up to $30,000 taxed at 1%. From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%. From $100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%. $1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%.

9.) Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it’s a “job-killing, health care-destroying monstrosity” that “can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed.”  He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down.  He also believes in tort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.

 

10.) Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that America spends far more than it receives in revenue.  He has said he believes that if we don’t stop increasing the national debt once it hits $24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country.

 

11.) Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. He believes that the citizens have faithfully paid in to the system to have these services available and that the American government has an obligation to fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits. Therefore, he wants to build the economy up so that we have the revenue to pay those costs without cutting the benefits to the recipients.  He disagrees with Democrats who think raising taxes is the answer and says that when you do that you stifle the economy.  On the other hand, when you lower taxes and create an environment to help businesses they will grow, hire more workers, and those new workers will be paying taxes that become more tax revenue for the government.

 

12.) Trump also wants reform of the welfare state saying that America needs “a safety net, not a hammock.” He believes in a welfare to work program that would help reduce the welfare roles and encourage people to get back to work.  And he wants a crackdown on entitlement fraud.

 

13.) Trump believes climate change is a hoax.

 

14.) Trump opposes Common Core.

 

15.) Trump is pro-life, although he allows for an exception due to rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

 

16.) Trump is pro 2nd Amendment rights.

 

17.) Trump’s view on same-sex marriage is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but he also believes that this is a states rights issue, not a federal issue.

 

18.) Trump supports the death penalty.  Trump believes that there is a lack of common sense, innovative thinking in Washington (Hmmm… looks like he believes in horse sense!).  He says it’s about seeing the unseen and that’s the kind of thinking we need to turn this country around.  He tells a personal story to illustrate the point: “When I opened Trump National Golf Club at Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles, I was immediately told that I would need to build a new and costly ballroom. The current ballroom was gorgeous, but it only sat 200 people and we were losing business because people needed a larger space for their events.  Building a new ballroom would take years to get approval and permits (since it’s on the Pacific Ocean), and cost about $5 million.  I took one look at the ballroom and saw immediately what needed to be done.  The problem wasn’t the size of the room, it was the size of the chairs. They were huge, heavy, and unwieldy.  We didn’t need a bigger ballroom, we needed smaller chairs!  So I had them replaced with high-end, smaller chairs. I then had our people sell the old chairs and got more money for them than the cost of the new chairs. In the end, the ballroom went from seating 200 people to seating 320 people.  Our visitors got the space they desired, and I spared everyone the hassle of years of construction and $5 million of expense.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little common sense.  On top of his saving years of construction and $5 million in expenses, he also was able to keep the ballroom open for business during the time it would have been under remodeling, which allowed him to continue to make money on the space instead of losing that revenue during construction time.

19. Donald Trump’s entire life has been made up of success and winning.  He’s been accused of bankruptcies, but that’s not true.  He’s never filed personal bankruptcy.  He’s bought companies and legally used bankruptcy laws to restructure their debt, just as businesses do all the time.  But he’s never been bankrupt personally.

20. He’s a fighter that clearly loves America and would fight for our nation.  Earlier I quoted Trump saying, “I love America.  And when you love something, you protect it passionately – fiercely, even.”   We never hear that from Democrats or even from most Republicans.  Donald Trump is saying things that desperately need to be said but no other candidate has shown the fortitude to stand up and say them.  Looking over this list of what he wants for America I see a very necessary set of goals that are long past due.

  

Before we criticize someone because the media does, maybe we should seriously consider what he has to offer, as it is important to know what each of our candidates to replace a President who has ruined us globally, and who has put us on a path to disaster!   
This is not an appeal to vote for Trump, only to give some depth of comparison, before this week’s debate.

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The direction of our current government and cultural environment

These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

Funny how that works. And here’s another one worth considering…

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money! What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t.

Think about it…..and Last but not least:

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.

Am I the only one missing something?

A Few More Odd But Interesting Quips.

Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. (Think this one over and over…makes sense!)

“A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.”

The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.

Here are six Conundrums of Socialism in the United States of America:

  • 1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
  • 2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
  • 3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
  • 4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
  • 5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
  • 6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

Think about it!

And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the direction of our current government and cultural environment in the 21st Century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math.

If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.” – Plato

Just a “heads up”….word is that John Gault is back from the gulch and you can read his latest report at John Galt Speaking.

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How America Failed to Keep the Republic

The story, whether true or not, is that after the Constitution was adopted in closed proceedings at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Ben Franklin was asked on the street what form of government was created. He replied, “A republic — if you can keep it.”

Through the creation of the “Administrative State,” with vast bureaucracies violating the separation of powers in ways unaccountable to the people and the Constitution itself, America has failed to keep the republican form of government created by the Founders.

 
Former Reagan administration lawyer Charles Cooper has penned a must-read essay, “Confronting the Administrative State,” which in terms of brilliance in describing the root causes plaguing America’s governance, ranks with Angelo Codevilla’s “America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution.”

Cooper’s essay describes how America has failed to keep the republic because the constitutional structure created by Franklin and his fellow Founders is no longer the law of the land. The Administrative State “has become a sovereign power unto itself, an imperium in imperio regulating virtually every dimension of our lives. Its nearly 450 agencies are manned by legions of bureaucrats, now numbering almost 2.7 million,” writes Cooper.

Unlike the frequent violations of the Constitution through legislation or executive orders that may be reversed by future Congresses or presidents, the Administrative State has become an institutionalized violation of the constitutional structure itself.
Instead of the representative branch of government making laws, a separate executive branch enforcing laws, and a neutral judiciary adjudicating disputes — and enforcing the rule of law on government itself — the republican structure of government has been displaced by the Administrative State.  No longer are the powers of government separate.

Congress has delegated lawmaking functions to bureaucrats; bureaucrats have usurped the power to adjudicate disputes; and courts now defer to bureaucrats in interpreting the law. This is exactly contrary to the purposes of the Constitution, and has been a “fundamental transformation” of American government starting decades before Barack Obama ever uttered the words.

Citing Federalist Papers such as James Madison’s No. 51, Cooper explains how the separation of powers was designed to create conflict among the branches of government, which was “admitted on all hands to be essential to the preservation of liberty.” Instead of “ambition . . . [being] made to counteract ambition,” the Administrative State grew under a ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ approach among the three branches of government.

The principal villains in the destruction of the republic are not the electorate or those whom they elected, although elected officials clearly share the blame. It has been the courts, which time after time since the 1930s refused to be the bulwark for liberty by preserving the separation of powers. The courts have dismantled the constitutional structure by yielding powers to the Administrative State in ways not authorized by the Constitution. By conceding to the accretions of power within the Administrative State, the courts have institutionalized violations of the Constitution, and replaced its carefully planned structure with the Leviathan.

The other villain is Woodrow Wilson and his progressive roadmap of transplanting the Constitution by giving government officials “large powers and unhampered discretion.”

The lonely hero in Cooper’s essay, who seems to be holding his finger in the dike against total transformation away from a constitutional republic, is Justice Clarence Thomas. In the past term at the Supreme Court:

…four opinions authored by Justice Clarence Thomas…call into question the constitutionality of the massive and largely unaccountable bureaucracy that we commonly refer to as the administrative state. In bold and clear prose, Justice Thomas explained how the basic principles of our Constitution’s separation of powers are incompatible with the system of bureaucratic rule that took root in the Progressive era and now reaches into virtually every realm of American life.

Cooper notes Justice Thomas’ reliance on the brilliant scholarship of Philip Hamburger, whose book Is Administrative Law Unlawful? has exposed the flawed, even unlawful, bases of the current Administrative State.

I would add two thoughts to Cooper’s brilliant analysis.

The power given to administrative agencies to issue their own warrants for papers, emails and other private property without probable cause or oath and affirmation before neutral judges has created a police-state effect. “Administrative subpoenas” are judge-less warrants. They are not only institutionalized violations of the Fourth Amendment, but are used as blunt-force instruments to create policy and silence critics of government through extortive concessions by their targets.

Secondly, the destruction of our republican structure of government at the federal level has trickled down into the states, which to varying degrees have adopted the Administrative State methods of the federal government. States themselves have a constitutional obligation under Article IV, section 4 to follow a republican form of government, yet many states have transplanted administrative discretion for the constitutional rule of law.
Opponents of a constitutional convention will find fault with Cooper’s recommendation for one, but that proposed solution should not distract from anyone’s appreciation of how his analysis of the problem shows the roots go beyond merely a solution through the ballot box. The destruction of America’s constitutional republic has become institutionalized, and may be beyond cure by even an army of constitutional conservative legislators.

Cooper’s is a must-read essay for political commentators, conservative elected officials, and anyone who is serious about trying to understand the sad state of how America is governed today in violation of the Constitution.

Source: By Mark J. Fitzgibbons
American Thinker

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