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19 July 2018

Putin says powerful forces at work trying to damage US-Russian relations

Socialist Venezuela continues decline - general health and safety affected

Even Dems admit Socialist vision would bankrupt the U.S.

18 July 2018

Trump, House GOP discuss further tax cuts

Four Dem states sue Federal government over "unfair" tax cuts

Soros calls Obama his biggest disappointment

17 July 2018

"Economy growing considerably stronger"

16 July 2018

Sore Loser Hillary Clinton Trolls Trump, questions his loyalty to U.S.
Good article listing President Trump's accomplishments

"Much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people and all the Dems know how to do is resist and obstruct! This is why there is such hatred and dissension in our country – but at some point, it will heal!" - President Trump

15 July 2018

SCOTUS Justice Scalia made clear the Second Amendment and the Heller case prohibit "assault weapon" bans
           The AR-15 is America's most popular gun, with 10-12 million in circulation.

Petulant little boys - Princes William and Charles refused to meet President Trump
        Certainly not leadership material

CO2 emissions reduced in the US, but increase in the EU
        The free market wins, socialism loses.

14 July 2018

Free speech is dead in Britain

13 July 2018

Trump, May pledge cooperation on trade

Twelve Russian GRU agents indicted for hacking into
state election computers, Hillary campaign computers, DNC computers

Mueller Indicts 12 Russian Spies for Hacking in 2016 Campaign
        Read the indictment here

UK Trumped!

Strzok's infidelity to wife and to U.S.

Giuliani slams Strzok for collusion, refusal to name co-conspirators

12 July 2018

Gowdy accuses Strzok of 'textbook bias'
The Left is made up of:   (1) the wannabe power-mongers who are in control; (2) their thugs, and (3) the patsies, suckers, and dupes who think it is all about building socialism. Strzok is one of the thugs.

Trump takes Britain by storm

09 July 2018

Overview of the Supreme Court and the selection process

08 July 2018

How much savings do you have in your 401k?   Is it enough?

07 July 2018

Record 155,576,000 Employed in June; 10th Record for Trump
            Average hourly earnings is $26.98

Hispanic-Latino Unemployment Rate Hits 4.6% - Lowest Level on Record
            Hispanic-Latino unemployment rate averaged 9.4% during Obama Presidency

Dems call jobs growth "reckless" in desperate attempt to derail Trump successes

Low unemployment gives employees baragaining power - training, better pay ...
            "Businesses are getting a little desperate."

Trump orders formation of Space Force as sixth military branch

Prime Minister May wins support from divided UK government on Brexit plan

AIDS vaccine passes key early test

06 July 2018

Trump is not wrong on the China trade war

"If the future of the Democratic Party is Socialism,
then the Democratic Party has no future"

NY Dem says Party betraying American values

05 July 2018

3.4 million new jobs created since Election Day

43 Obama-era EPA scandals the media ignored

Trump down to three candidates for Supreme Court
            Decision will be announced Monday, July 9th

U.S. labor shortage reaching a critical point; holding back economic growth

California Congressional Rep. Maxine Waters - a corrupt, dirty politician

Excellent article reprinted here, from


Freedom Is Indivisible

          Feature Article by Robert Tracinski, July 4, 2018

The biggest news this week is that the left has officially turned against the First Amendment and freedom of speech—and just in time for the Fourth of July!

If you’re on the right, it is not news that the left wants to shut us up. The only change is that this goal is being announced openly in the leading publications of the mainstream left, specifically in a long article in the New York Times warning about “How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment.” Weaponized. That’s right, they’re giving the First Amendment the same treatment they gave the Second. Does free speech seem as scary and dangerous as an AR-15 yet?

So what’s wrong with the First Amendment? It protects people the left doesn’t like. No, really, that’s the argument.

On the final day of the Supreme Court term last week, Justice Elena Kagan sounded an alarm. The court’s five conservative members, citing the First Amendment, had just dealt public [employees’] unions a devastating blow. The day before, the same majority had used the First Amendment to reject a California law requiring religiously oriented “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide women with information about abortion. Conservatives, said Justice Kagan, who is part of the court’s four-member liberal wing, were “weaponizing the First Amendment.”

The article laments that free speech arguments at the Supreme Court used to mostly protect speech by people on the left.

“Because so many free-speech claims of the 1950s and 1960s involved anti-obscenity claims, or civil rights and anti-Vietnam War protests, it was easy for the left to sympathize with the speakers or believe that speech in general was harmless,” [Frederick Schauer, a law professor at the University of Virginia] said. “But the claim that speech was harmless or causally inert was never true, even if it has taken recent events to convince the left of that.”

So now—the horror!—”free-speech claims” are being used to protect Christians and corporations and people who don’t like being forced into unions, and how dare anyone stand up for those people.

The Times even went so far as to commission a study counting the number of times the Court has ruled in favor of “liberal speech” and “conservative speech.” This is a highly dubious exercise, since there is a good deal of subjectivity in deciding which speech is “liberal” and which is “conservative,” and the study is so vague about its criteria (and the resulting Times article even more so) that its assertions are meaningless. Warren Henry notes that a similar study—more about that in a moment—counts rulings upholding the imprisonment of anti-war activists during World War I as “anti-progressive,” despite the fact that these cases were prosecuted by the Progressive hero Woodrow Wilson.

Yet anyone on the right can venture a guess as to why the Court has seen more cases involving “conservative speech” in recent years and decided more frequently in favor of them. With the advent of crusades against “hate speech,” people on the right are more likely to be targets of attempts to suppress their speech.

The glib answer here would be to chalk this up as a generational difference between the old “liberals” who preened themselves on their dedication to free speech, and the authoritarian Political Correctness of younger “Progressives.” But the old liberals’ dedication to free speech was always a more pragmatic and instrumental than they liked to admit. You can see this in the complaints in the New York Times article from the very same old liberals who pioneered free-speech arguments in defense of left-leaning advocacy groups or anti-war political candidates, who are now appalled that these same arguments are being used on behalf of corporations and conservative political activists. Back in the day, old liberals like John F. Kennedy talked about how “freedom is indivisible,” so that in defending the freedom of one man, you are defending the freedom of all. Now the fact that freedom of speech protects everyone is considered a problem with First Amendment jurisprudence.

In short, many of the old liberals fought for free speech largely because they wanted to protect people like them from overbearing authorities. But now people like them are the overbearing authorities. Consider the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which was decided based on the way members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission spoke contemptuously of a baker’s Christian faith before imposing a fine on him. Now that the left holds power, they chafe at any restrictions on their authority.

Catherine MacKinnon states this view in its most strident and tendentious form: “Legally, what was, toward the beginning of the 20th century, a shield for radicals, artists and activists, socialists and pacifists, the excluded and the dispossessed, has become a sword for authoritarians, racists and misogynists, Nazis and Klansmen, pornographers and corporations buying elections.” In this view, there are only two types of free speech defendants: radical socialists and bigots. The first deserve legal protection and the second don’t.

But there is also something else going on. As the left has gained more political power, it has championed regulations that have spread out like a fine net into every part of human life. But Margaret Thatcher also reminded us that freedom is indivisible, and she did so to destroy the “myth” that “you can have political freedom and economic slavery.” The more the government seeks to dictate all of our decisions—what kind of cakes we have to bake, what medical advice we can offer, who gets to negotiate with our employer on our behalf—the more they necessarily impinge on our freedom of speech. That is the left’s problem with First Amendment protections for people who they think should be regulated to keep them in line.

This is really what Elena Kagan is complaining about in her dissent in the Janus decision where she warns that the Court’s conservative justices are “weaponizing the First Amendment, in a way that unleashes judges, now and in the future, to intervene in economic and regulatory policy.” What gives rise to these cases is the fact that the old “liberal” differentiation between economic freedom and intellectual freedom—the first of which could be violated without limit but the second of which had to be scrupulously respected—was an artificial one. In her conclusion, Justice Kagan actually does a pretty good job of making Mrs. Thatcher’s point for her.

Speech is everywhere—a part of every human activity (employment, health care, securities trading, you name it). For that reason, almost all economic and regulatory policy affects or touches speech…. The First Amendment was meant for better things.

When Kagan writes, “The First Amendment was meant for better things,” I can’t help hearing, “The First Amendment was meant for better people”—for good Progressives and not for the likes of you and me. But what she specifically means is that the First Amendment should be ignored when it impinges on anything having to do with commerce or capitalism—despite her own admission that all such activity involves freedom of speech.

The left is turning against the First Amendment because absolute respect for freedom of speech is not consistent with tearing down capitalism. This brings us to Georgetown University law professor Louis Michael Seidman, who laments, “What I have come to see is that it’s a mistake to think of free speech as an effective means to accomplish a more just society.” The New York Times piece is mostly just echoing the argument made by Seidman in a forthcoming law review article which asks, “Can Free Speech Be Progressive?” Seid answers “no,” and says, in effect, so much the worse for the First Amendment.

The most ominous part of Seidman’s article is not specifically about the First Amendment. It is his naked admission about the basic political priorities of Progressivism, which he sums up this way: “by ‘Progressivism,’ I mean the modern political stance favoring an activist government that strives to achieve the public good, including the correction of unjust distributions produced by the market and the dismantling of power hierarchies based on traits like race, nationality, gender, class, and sexual orientation.” Did you notice what is missing? Freedom is not included among the political values sought by the left. It is not one of the standards by which political outcomes are to be judged. No wonder they have given up the defense of freedom of speech and ceded it to the right.

Freedom was still nominally on the list of priorities for the old “liberals,” who still held to John Stuart Mill’s idea of the individual’s unquestioned sovereignty “over his own body and mind.” But as I have described elsewhere, this “liberal” paradise couldn’t last. The essence of Seidman’s article is his concern that the legal distinction between property rights and freedom of speech is breaking down, and breaking down in the direction of more freedom for both, rather than more government control of both. He is a little cagey about his own preferred outcome, but it is in the direction of more control, and he hints at some kind of Progressive paradise of centrally planned and optimized “redistribution of speech opportunities.” In other words, Progressives get to speak, and everybody else doesn’t.

It is inevitable, really, that the left would finally turn openly against freedom of speech, because the First Amendment is a weapon. It is a legal weapon that can be used by private citizens against government coercion. It is a weapon in the hands of the people against overbearing authority. But it is only a weapon because freedom is indivisible, and so long as the First Amendment exists, it is a threat to all other forms of domination and control.


04 July 2018

John Stossel - what the Fourth of July is really all about
          Don't miss Stossel's contrasting the lack of rights in not-so-free Britain
          yet this is the Socialist European dream envisioned by so many Democrats.

Happy Independence Day !!

Judge tosses suit alleging Trump campaign conspired with Russians in hack

Dershowitz unloads on NY socialist Dem, Martha's Vineyard liberals
"I want a fight within the Democratic Party to restore it to the days when it was a great centrist party"

Judicial Watch statement on Clinton email investigation

Ramussen Report
          48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance
          U.S. Supreme Court Earns Highest Approval in Years
          More Voters Now Want Merit-Based Immigration, Not Family-Based
          41% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction
          The Majority Are Proud to Be an American, Proud of History

Senator Tim Scott to recommend Trey Gowdy for Supreme Court seat

03 July 2018

Rep. Nunes calls ten Obama officials to testify
on possible government surveillance abuse during the 2016 election

Democrats "are the ones that have all this blood on their hands.
They're the ones who completely destroyed the FBI and DOJ."

The Left's tactics have not changed from those used in 1917 by Lenin in Russia
          *   corrupt and destroy the means of justice, making justice impossible
          *   corrupt and destroy the truth:   control the news, and fill it with lies
          *   corrupt and destroy integrity:
                    deny doing the things you have been doing, in the face of any and all evidence
                    accuse the opposition of doing all the illegal things you have been doing
                        as was reported in this news article on remarks by Ca. Senator Harris.

01 July 2018

Inside Trump's plan for a new Supreme Court Justice

Leftists in panic that freedom-lovers may prevail over "progressive" socialists
          If this keeps up, they won't be able to take over, and get to tell you what to do.
          Socialism Will Work This Time, The Left Promises (ignore Venezuela).

The Left needs to face reality - Trump is winning - he is doing what Americans want.
          Actually, I think that is why the are attacking him so strongly - they are in a panic.

Lashing out at Trump is nothing new for liberals

'We are Witnessing the Evolution of a Socialist Coup'

30 June 2018

Dinesh D'Souza Compares Trump to Lincoln in New Movie Trailer - coming August 3rd

Congressman Gowdy's choice:   his future will not include being a Federal Judge

29 June 2018

Congressman Gowdy to AG Rosenstein on Russia probe - 'Finish it up'

Dems go mainstream on abolishing ICE - want to end legal protection for Americans

Washington florist life turned upside-down, business in jeopardy for religious beliefs
Would the state's AG be so aggressive if the roles were reversed?   Or is this really just blatant persecution?

Trump and the Supreme Court - Trump voters are the winners - and America is, too!

28 June 2018

Maxine Waters advances Leftist strategy with calls for mob action
Unable to impose its will at the ballot box, the Left descends into violence

Dems demand elimination if Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The Left feeds on disorder - Dems want no protection for Americans from foreigners

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy is retiring at end of July

27 June 2018

Primaries - good for Trump - divided Dems
"The insurgents have the potential to change the Democratic Party over the long term into something more in line with left-leaning parties in Europe, rather than continuing to remain within the uniquely American spectrum where both parties agree to one degree or another that market forces should continue to play a role in setting economic policy" with "such things as rolling back the Trump tax cuts, free college for all, Medicare for all and – in essence – a transformation of the United States into a full-blown version of a European-style welfare state."

Supreme Court:   State workers cannot be forced to pay union dues

26 June 2018

Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

Supreme Court decisions generally conservative so far

25 June 2018

Harassment of Trump officials grows as socialists resort to intimidation and fear
Classic socialist behavior - can't win at the polls, sink to violence

South Carolinians do not hesitate to let CNN's Lacosta know how worthless he is

Socialist Venezuela running out of water
          military taking over; corruption and tyranny grow


Read about why Socialism does not and can not work.

24 June 2018

Unfortunately, Freedom is won by heroes, even for unthinking fools . . .


20 June 2018

FBI may have modified witness reports, misled DOJ Inspector General
And - if Hillary had won the election - so would begin the corruption that leads to tyranny:
The cover-up of crimes that were committed by the government
The government charged with preserving justice becomes the corruptor of evidence
Result:   the impossibility of justice and the destruction of American culture and ideals
Seven highlights from the DOJ Inspector General's report

Congressman Trey Gowdy Takes Justice Dept IG to Task:
          Biased FBI Agents 'Prejudged Outcomes' of Clinton & Russia Probes

19 June 2018

Dems, Obama cause of immigration problems; Left uses kids as pawns
Of course; socialists thrive on ignorant masses
          can't survive an informed, educated populace

GOP Congressmen demand names of anti-Trump FBI employees from IG report

18 June 2018

38% happy with the way US is going - highest since 2005

15 June 2018

Just liike Hillary
          Comey used private emails and an email server - and deleted his emails, too
          Can you spell "Collusion" and "Conspiracy"?
          If you wanted to literally steal an election, without fear of getting caught,
                    isn't that the way to do it?

Comey's FBI complicit in hidig Weiner's access to classified emails
          used "Russian collusion" as a cover-up

68% of GOP want Trump to run for reelection in 2020
          More popular than JFK, Reagan, Obama

13 June 2018

Tuesday's Primaries show attacking Trump is losing strategy for Dems and for GOPers

Fed raises outlook for U.S. economy in 2018 and lowers expected unemployment rate

America's biggest enemy is fake news

Radical plan to split California into three states to be on the ballot!

12 June 2018

The U.S.-North Korea Summit - summary of what happened
          De-nuclearization of North Korea
          Remains of US soldiers from Korean War coming home
          Human Rights violations
          End to US - South Korea military exercises

Joint statement by Kim Jong Un and Trump

Trump shows off the Presidential limo to Kim Jong Un Beach condos and hotels coming in North Korea?

Trump's unlikely allies - progressive Dems

11 June 2018

Nikki Haley's key role at the UN in bringing North Korea to negotiate

Is Pelosi a GOP secret agent?

Obama's 2015 so-called 'net neutrality' rules expire; innovation and court battles to come

8 June 2018

Out-of-touch Pelosi argues against employment and prosperity under Trump
        The Left doesn't want you to succeed - they want to rule unwashed masses

France's Macron, Canada's Trudeau start row against Trump going into G7 Summit
"The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion," states Trump, "Europe and Canada are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers."
Time for more balanced trade, Europe and Canada.   Even up the playing field.

Don't miss the latest news about the European Union.

Trump's signature moment in summit with North Korea

NASA finds building blocks of life on Mars

4 June 2018

Socialists' violent Antifa goons start riot against pro-Trump rally

1 June 2018

Federal jobs cut 24,000 so far during Trump Presidency
Unemployment at 18-year low - not a coincidence
Wages rise - shaking off Obama-era socialism improves life for everybody
Black unemployment breaks the record again - new all-time low


U.S. oil production rises to new record
Meanwhile, Mexico's socialized oil continues to have problems
Capitalism wins, Socialism is a failure

25 May 2018

Soros spending millions to make American legal system over in his own image

22 May 2018

FBI not the only Obama agency to go after Trump
"This is just the beginning."

"They destroyed the FBI and DOJ" - DiGenova

14 May 2018

U.S. Embassy is in Jerusalem!   -   "We stand with our friends and our allies, and above all we've shown that the US will do what's right, and so we have."

13 May 2018

Big Trump wins the media refuses to report

Dems continue to wage war on God, faith, and American history

About that FBI "Source" or try here to see the PDF copy.

10 May 2018

Lowest unemployment rate in 48 years - since December 1969

7 May 2018

Illinois counties form sanctuaries for gun owners to thwart state's push for gun control

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