Cass County Republicans
"Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords."
- Theodore Roosevelt
from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 5:22-26; 6:1-2
Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Memorial Visitation & Service for
Pastor David L. Baker
The Visitation-Reception for David L. Baker will be Friday, December 11th at
4pm-7pm at the
Heartland Christian School Gymnasium.
The Celebration of Life for David L. Baker will be Saturday, December 12th at 10am at the First Baptist Church Auditorium.
The address for both events is
810 South Cedar, Belton, MO 64012.
Please call 816-331-1000
if you have any questions.
First Baptist Church will provide a Facebook LIVE option to view the Celebration of Life for those who would like to view the service remotely.
First Baptist Church is respectfully asking you to wear a mask to the visitation and memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the David L. Baker Memorial Fund for Heartland Christian School. Donations may be mailed to 810 South Cedar, Belton, MO 64012 - Attention David L. Baker Memorial Fund.
Did you hear what Chuck Schumer said?
He is DETERMINED to take Georgia so he can CHANGE AMERICA and inject his SOCIALIST AGENDA across the nation.
It’s on us to stop him and his liberal cronies before it’s too late.
Today, we’re launching the EMERGENCY GEORGIA DEFENSE FUND in order to FIGHT BACK against Chuck Schumer and his socialist donors from Silicon Valley and New York.
We cannot waste any time. If we are going to stop Schumer from stealing the Senate, we need all of the support we can get.
Can we count on you to join our fight before it’s too late?
Did the Libertarian Party throw the election to Joe Biden? Maybe. At this writing nominee Jo Jorgensen’s vote total exceeds Mr. Biden’s margin over President Trump in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania, enough to change the outcome.
In 2000 the Green Party was accused of ruining things for the Democrats. Did Ralph Nader throw the election from Al Gore to George W. Bush? The cognoscenti are still divided, but the 2020 parallels are strong. Probably most Green voters would have gone Democratic if forced into a binary choice. Similarly, on the Libertarian-O-Meter, Mr. Trump scores much higher than Mr. Biden.
Yes, the Donald is a protectionist, and free trade is the preferred policy of those who favor economic and personal liberty. But when it comes to lowering taxes and easing regulations on business, the party of the elephant is far more closely aligned to the libertarian philosophy than that of the donkey. Mr. Trump has appointed conservatives to the Supreme Court, not libertarians like Randy Barnett, Clint Bolick, Jacob Huebert, Gregory Rome or Brandon Thibodeaux. But supporters of the freedom philosophy prefer judges who adhere to the U.S. Constitution over those who make things up as they go along.
In contrast, Mr. Biden is a puppet in the marionette hands of out-and-out socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Yes, there are some issues on which libertarians are closer to Democrats, such as Oregon’s decriminalization of heroin and cocaine. But these are few and far between.
The national Libertarian Party started in 1971, several state parties earlier. In 1969 I had the honor to run for the New York Assembly. My motto was “Disassemble the Assembly.” I didn’t win; I’m not sure my vote total reached triple digits. But I’ve been a staunch member of the party ever since.
In 2016 physician Donald Miller, historian Ralph Raico and I started a group called Libertarians for Trump. Our advice to libertarian voters was:
If you live in Massachusetts or California, strong blue states, vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee. The Republicans will lose big there, and your vote for the porcupine won’t help the donkey beat the elephant. Likewise in Louisiana or Alabama, where Mr. Trump was sure to win. But if you live in a purple state, don’t vote Libertarian. It is crucial that Donald beat Hillary!
I kick myself for not reinstituting this effort in 2019. My thought was that Gary Johnson, a former governor, was well-known and might manage 5% of the vote. He actually registered 3.27%, still more than three times the previous record of 1.06%, set by Ed Clark in 1980. I figured Ms. Jorgenson for 0.25%. She now looks on track to exceed Mr. Clark’s percentage slightly—and hand the presidency to Mr. Biden.
Pardon me while I beat my head against the wall. How could libertarians in purple states be so stupid?
Mr. Block is a professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans.
Note: Lots of conservatives are turning to NewsmaxTV for their news. It is channel 359 on DirecTV. Or download the App on iOS or Android.
Fox News is intentionally changing by the direction of Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch.
Time is running out.
THIS will be the most important Election in the history of our Nation and President Trump needs your help to protect the future of our great Country.
A vote for President Trump is a vote for:
Massive tax cuts
American energy independence
Our servicemen and women
A vote for Sleepy Joe is a vote for:
The biggest tax hike in history
Slashing Medicare and Social Security
Abolishing American energy
We cannot let America go down the Left's path of socialism and decline, Friend.
Why I Support “Yes” on Amendment 3: Stronger Ethics Laws,
Citizen-Drawn Legislative Districts
“Follow the money.”
– Attributed first to Henry Peterson, U.S. Assistant Attorney General, 1974
Amendment 3 has been placed on the Nov. 3 ballot by the Missouri General Assembly as an alternative to the so-called “Clean Missouri” constitutional amendment passed in 2018. If approved by voters, Amendment 3 would completely ban lobbyist gifts to legislators, lower campaign contribution limits and place Missouri citizens in charge of drawing state legislative districts. Many constituents have asked my opinion of Amendment 3, and I will attempt to justify that opinion below.
“Clean Missouri” was a constitutional amendment that created an untested, completely unprecedented redistricting process in Missouri. According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, 90% of Clean Missouri’s contributions came from outside Missouri; with hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled through secretive groups whose intent, I believe, was to deceive Missourians. In my opinion, these well-funded backers of Clean Missouri played a bait-and-switch with Missouri voters, using promises of ethics reforms and nonpartisan professionals, but delivering something entirely different.
Bipartisan, citizen-led commissions led Missouri’s previous redistricting process. Groups of ordinary Missourians drew legislative districts that had to be compact, contiguous and follow commonsense boundaries like city limits, county lines, major roads and natural features like rivers. Furthermore, this process gave the public at-large an opportunity to offer input and scrutinize the commissions’ work (both during the process and afterwards in the courts). I believe this process was fair and delivered districts that maintained the unique voices of individual communities — especially rural and majority-minority communities.
“Clean Missouri” tossed out Missouri’s citizen-led redistricting process and placed redistricting in the hands of an unelected state demographer. While proponents promised a nonpartisan, professional demographer would draw fair and competitive districts, Clean Missouri’s vague language offers little to ensure this takes place. It lists no job qualifications for the demographer, does not explain to whom that individual is accountable and does not specify the demographer’s salary. And those are just three of the unanswered questions.
“Clean Missouri” switched the criteria for drawing legislative districts from “compact” and “contiguous” to “fair” and “competitive.” For Missouri voters, that means instead of honoring municipal and natural boundaries, communities across the state could be sliced up into districts that potentially dilute and diminish individual communities’ voices. Districts drawn under this process would possibly snake in and out of large urban centers, through the suburbs, and into rural Missouri. In my opinion, this is insulting, it’s ridiculous and it’s unprecedented gerrymandering, plain and simple.
I enthusiastically joined other Missouri legislators in passing an alternative to Clean Missouri: Amendment 3. Amendment 3 bans lobbyist gifts completely and reduces Senate campaign contributions by an additional $100. Most importantly, in my opinion, Amendment 3 restores competency and integrity to the redistricting process, replacing the unelected demographer with bipartisan, citizen-led commissions. Under Amendment 3, districts drawn by those commissions will be compact, contiguous and, I believe, more sensitive to partisan competitiveness while protecting minorities and distinct community voices. From where I stand, a “YES” vote on Amendment 3 will simplify and strengthen ethics laws and – most importantly – will deliver a cleaner, carefully vetted redistricting process that all Missourians can scrutinize and trust.
Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.
The Fake News media is vicious.
I knew they would try and twist the truth about my interview on 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl - who wasn't wearing a mask while she was in the White House - so I released an unedited preview of it so the American People could get the FACTS.
You'll see how ANGRY she is with her constant interruptions, compared to my full, flowing, and “magnificently brilliant” answers to their questions.
It's obvious the Radical Left is working hand-in-hand with the Lamestream media. They will LIE and CHEAT and do whatever it takes to get Joe Biden elected. It's disgusting.
We're going to have to work EVEN HARDER to get our message out these last few days, which means we're going to need more resources if we're going to break through the Fake News filter.
I'm counting on YOU to step up, so I've activated an EMERGENCY 800%-MATCH to help us FIGHT BACK!
I need your help right now. This is the most important Election in the history of the world. We cannot let the Left SILENCE us.
The Left is working OVERTIME to TAKE ME DOWN. They want Joe Biden to win, so they're trying to SILENCE me and all of my administration's great accomplishments.
The Great American Comeback is underway
We will safely develop a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year
We are securing our borders
WE ARE MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
I've requested a donor list of all Patriots who step up during this critical time. I hope I see your name.
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The study's results were published in the Journal of Medical Virology
Never in America have we witnessed a more serious conspiracy than the lawless assault on our nation by the Left in collaboration with the Deep State to open our borders without restriction, corrupt our electoral process and bring down the Trump administration.
This seditious conspiracy against our Republic continues today, but you’ll read how Tom Fitton’s army of investigators and litigators at Judicial Watch man the thin line ferreting out the truth, protecting the rule of law and defending our Constitution from this enemy within.
Tom Fitton’s explosive new book, A Republic Under Assault: The Left’s Ongoing Attack on American Freedom, puts the American public officially on notice about the Left’s dangerous attack on American freedom! Order today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and retailers everywhere!
This gave me chills.
When was the last time you read the definition of fascism? Here it is:
“Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
Does any of this look familiar to you? Race wars and rioting in the streets. Governments forcing businesses to shut down and issuing far-reaching edicts.
Propaganda so effectively distributed and bought into that citizens fear disobeying for threat of physical harm or public shaming.
How is this America, a country marked by its love for FREEDOM?
Patriots, it’s time to stand up and speak up before we have no voice left.
It’s time to decentralize control by calling a Convention of States to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.
When power is strongly held in D.C., it’s too easily corrupted and controlled by the fascist agenda, corruption, and media.
Our strength is in the states, which more closely represent the true will of the American people.
Act now. For a limited time, we’re re-opening our Convention of States membership program. Join us today and receive your customized membership card for 2021.
We REFUSE to stand by and watch as the country we love is destroyed brick by brick. Join the fight. Become a member today.
Nicole Galloway claims she supports our law enforcement officers, but when push comes to shove, she has a habit of aligning herself with those who want to defund the police. That includes accepting money from organizations and supporters who advocate for this dangerous ideology.
Those organizations and individuals include Cori Bush, Clem Smith, Rasheen Aldridge, Planned Parenthood, Indivisible, NARAL, and the Sunrise Movement. The list is long, and each one proves that while Nicole claims to support the police, her actions show something completely different. Help expose Nicole’s corruption by visiting nicoledefundspolice.com.
You already know that Governor Mike Parson will always fight to support our law enforcement officers. Mike served in law enforcement for over 22 years, which means he knows what it’s like to be under attack. He’ll NEVER allow our Missouri officers to face the same thing. Will you join Mike in fighting for our offices by working to keep Mike in Jefferson City?
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We need Mike fighting for our officers. Election day is less than 3 weeks away, and Mike needs your support NOW. Fight for Mike >>>
Fox News saw a bit of a dust-up this week when Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, referred on air to the influences of billionaire George Soros on the violence that’s gone forth in the streets of mostly Democrat-controlled communities — only to have his comments shut down. Censored, some might even say.
Apologies and clarifications soon after came. But let’s be clear and let’s stay clear on this: Soros is indeed diddling in America’s political and legal systems. And his diddling is indeed having a “have at it” effect on those who would take to the streets, with bricks, to express their frustrations with President Donald Trump.
This is no conspiracy theory.
This is no tin foil hat moment.
This is a fact — a traceable, verifiable fact. What’s more, it’s not too hard to trace and verify.
In the 2018-2019 election cycle, Soros spent more than $2 million on three commonwealth’s attorney races in Northern Virginia. As The Daily Signal wrote it up: “Radical social justice activists will serve as the top prosecutors for three major Washington, D.C., suburbs — including the two wealthiest counties in the U.S. — after George Soros’ political action committee poured $2.1 million into ordinarily sleepy local races.”
Even The Washington Post recognized his financial contributions — at least part of them.
“PAC funded by George Soros pumps nearly $1 million into local races for prosecutor,” the newspaper wrote in June 2019.
Soros tossed almost another $2 million into a Philadelphia district attorney race, helping his candidate of choice, Larry Krasner, actually win. And then he threw more behind other Pennsylvania candidates, too.
“George Soros wading into the Delco District Attorney race shows problematic influence,” Christine Flowers of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote in November 2019.
Why is this problematic?
Flowers nailed it. Soros, she wrote, has “no connection to the Philadelphia area,” yet “tried to manipulate” the local political machine to his will with $1 million “to get a Delco Democrat elected.”
It’s what he does. It’s how Soros spends his money — by buying or trying to buy political influence and political candidates.
Between 2014 and 2019, Soros spent around $17 million on local law enforcement races around the country, including $2 million to stop the strictly conservative, strictly law and order Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona, from grabbing the seat.
These are not hidden wheelings and dealings.
These are not hard-to-track, tough-to-discover campaign contributions.
“Soros Aims to Transform the Justice System by Funding DA Races,” Capital Research Center wrote in one headline from December 2019.
Indeed he does.
And there’s nothing quiet about it.
Except maybe the silence of many in the news media.
But facts are facts. And the fact that Soros, a social justice warrior who advocates for the same types of prison reform that make up the leftist talking points — you know, that Blacks are targeted by police for arrest, and criminals in America are too harshly treated — the fact he presses these ideas absolutely explains the thuggery in the streets right now. The fact he furthers these principles absolutely explains the emboldened thugs in the streets right now.
If Soros funds far leftist prosecutors who think justice is about skin color first, alleged crime second, then who’s to prosecute the thuggish, violent street protesters? Who’s to put the Antifa terrorists behind bars? Who’s to reel in the Black Lives Matter radicals tossing Molotov cocktails?
Like it or not, this is Soros’ money, this is the Soros influence, at work.
• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE.
Did you know abortion has a smell?
In the RNC speech now heard around the world, my friend and colleague for life, Abby Johnson, humanized abortion in the mainstream culture in a way that is rarely afforded in our society.
Abortion has a smell.
Her words punched me straight in the gut that night.
Traumatic events, like abortion, are ingrained in our senses: touch, taste, SMELL.
We remember people and places.
We’re transported back to the abortion clinic....the hospital corridor.
We didn’t need Abby to finish her sentence, because we know what the smell of abortion is.
Abortion has a smell.
It smells like death.
The abortion industry, their lobby and the media were quick to pounce on these words and reframe them, in the way they always do.
Abortion has a smell.
“It smells like choice. Like a human right. Like freedom.”
In a Glamour article published on August 27th, writer, Danielle Campoamor, shared her experience of having an abortion. In the same heart-breaking fashion as it usually is in the mainstream media, abortion deceitfully clothed as women’s empowerment and fashioned as a delightfully positive experience, Ms. Campoamor ended with her description of the smell of abortion, as italicized above.
Surprised, I am not.
Impassioned to point out the obvious, I am.
Abortion has a smell.
It most certainly isn’t the smell of choice.
The Elliott Institute reports that 64% of women identify being pressured into their abortion.
Abortion has a smell.
I can tell you from personal experience that abortion reeks like of the denial of human rights.
In my circumstances, abortion smelled like being poisoned in the womb for five days.
It smelled like the sweat of my biological mother over those five days, as she writhed in emotional, physical and spiritual pain.
It smelled like anger and fear by some of the staff at the hospital, including my own grandmother, when I was accidentally born alive.
Abortion smells like when survivor, Hope, who just recently celebrated her 28th birthday with our fellow survivors, was born with her skull showing, after a D & C abortion ripped the skin open on her skull.
Abortion smells like when other survivors in our Network were born with slash marks upon other their body from the D & C abortion that cut her but didn’t kill them. This is the experience of a number of the survivors we support.
Abortion smells like when survivor, Nik Hoot, was born after a dismemberment abortion decapitated him but failed to kill him.
Abortion has a smell. It smells like death, anguish, regret, fear, and lies.
The Abortion Survivors Network knows about the stench of abortion, because we smell it around us everyday:
As we look into the mirror and see our reflections.
As we look into the eyes of our biological and adoptive parents who carry our stories and the burdens of their own experiences.
As we fight the culture of death that attempts to gloss over the reality of abortion.
No matter how you’ve been impacted by abortion, no matter how Abby’s speech impacted you, I hope that you can find strength and encouragement that we are making a difference in humanizing abortion.
As heart-breaking as the lies of the abortion industry, their lobby and media are, we know the truth.
And we’re so thankful for our lives and the opportunity to be a voice for all who are voiceless.
Abortion indeed has a smell. And right now, it smells like the abortion industry's fear of the truth, including the existence of survivors.
We're just getting started with our campaigns to humanize the unborn, bring help and hope to survivors and all impacted, and change the predominant narrative of abortion.
Thanks for being a part of our community in humanizing and fighting the stench of abortion.
PS--Join us in combatting the deception and lies of the abortion industry today by following us on social media and sharing our powerful posts this month about the humanity behind the word “choice,” and what abortion actually smells like.
PPS--Here's a sneak peek at a social media post that we're posting later this month. It's sure to be a conversation starter!
Dear Team Trump,
When I walked outside this morning, I noticed a little chill in the air, serving as the perfect reminder that summer is coming to an end, and we are officially in campaign season. This weekend voters started receiving their ballots in North Carolina, meaning as I write this email people are already casting their votes for President of the United States!
I cannot tell you enough how important this next week is. In less than two weeks states like Wisconsin and Minnesota will begin voting, and we are just 23 days away from the first Presidential debate. The work we do now, talking to our friends and neighbors about the successes of President Trump, will ensure we keep our momentum going into the final weeks of this campaign.
Protect the Vote Update:
Patriots, the Democrats are at it again. They’re laying the groundwork for Joe Biden to refuse to accept the election results when our President wins—just like Crooked Hillary did four years ago. And they’re changing the rules of our elections only weeks before we go to the polls. Despicable.
That’s why our campaign sued in Montana this week: the state's liberal governor illegally and single-handedly changed voting rules and allowed counties to mail everyone an unsolicited ballot. We’re fighting back to make sure every Montana voter ensures their vote is counted.
And this week, the Minnesota Supreme Court declared a huge victory for the rule of law. Democrats wanted to harvest ballots with no rules at all, but President Trump stepped in to stop this radical scheme. And we won.
Since we started this re-election campaign, we set out to build the largest grassroots campaign in history. This past week, our campaign passed a major milestone. We now have over 2 million volunteers working to re-elect President Donald J. Trump! Following the RNC Convention, our volunteers jumped straight into a National Weekend of Action focused on voter contact. Our team made over 3.5 million volunteer voter contacts by knocking over 1 million doors and making 2.5 million phone calls. Each week of August, the Trump Victory Field team knocked more than 1 million doors. In August, our volunteers knocked nearly 6 million doors and made 20 million phone calls - this represents a 50%+ increase in door knocks from our 2016 campaign in August, 2016.
Our campaign has been overwhelmingly successful registering voters this cycle. The Trump Victory team recently had two of our best weeks for voter registration, with nearly 17,000 voter registrations between August 21st and September 3rd. Since the re-election campaign started, we have registered a total of 130,742 voters. Our efforts on the ground have directly impacted voter registration trends going into Election Day! In Iowa, Republicans now have a 7,146 registration lead over Democrats. The Florida Trump Victory team has also made enormous strides this cycle, collecting nearly 25,000 voter registrations. In 2016, Democrats held a 330,428 registration lead over Republicans. That margin is now only 198,098 and falling each day!
With your help, our grassroots army will continue to grow and turnout for President Donald J. Trump! As a large majority of President Trump's supporters prefer to vote in-person, we need you to make your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors aware of how to vote early in their state. From now until Election Day, our entire team's focus is to turn out voters for President Donald J. Trump. Visit vote.donaldjtrump.com to find information on Early Voting and trumpvictory.com to find volunteer opportunities in your area.
Chairman McDaniel at a MAGA Meet-Up in her home state of Michigan.
Lara Trump visited the Black Voices for Trump Community Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Topline Week in Review:
Over 625 events in key states
Hundreds gathered Thursday in North Carolina at an Evangelicals for Trump event to worship, pray, seek God, and activate and organize 4 more years of President Donald J. Trump's policies for all Americans! See pictures from the event here.
MUST WATCH: Black Voices for Trump Real Talk Online with Katrina Pierson discuss Joe Biden’s 1994 crime bill, Kamala Harris’ time as an Attorney General, and President Trump’s historic First Step Act. Watch here.
MUST READ: Trump came to Dover after my wife was killed fighting ISIS. He absolutely respects our service by Military Families for Trump Advisory Board Member Joe Kent.
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Public Polling Update:
This week we saw more proof that the American people know President Trump is the right choice this November, as polls continued to show President Trump moving ahead in key battleground states and Biden continuing to struggle in historically Democrat leaning states.
• Trafalgar Group, one of the few pollsters to correctly predict the outcome in 2016, published a poll with President Trump leading Biden by three in Florida (Trafalgar Group 9/3)
• Rasmussen reported that President Trump and Joe Biden are tied in Pennsylvania, meaning President Trump is outperforming polls from this point in the race in 2016 (Rasmussen 9/4)
• President Trump continues to have momentum in North Carolina according to the latest poll from East Carolina University. Their polling from before the convention had the race tied, now President Trump leads by two-points (East Carolina University 8/30)
• The President’s lead has grown in Ohio, where Morning Consult now has President Trump beating Biden by five-points (Morning Consult 8/30)
• In a week where our country saw another 1.4 million jobs added, a majority of Americans (52%) now say that they approve of President Trump’s job performance (Rasmussen 9/4)
Thank you for all you do for our President!
Campaign Manager, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
Regional Grassroots Director
The Right Leadership in Times of Crisis
Governor Mike Parson has been working hard and putting in the long hours needed to lead our state through the COVID-19 pandemic. His work has been recognized nationally, specifically for how his administration is using data-driven decisions to govern through the challenges presented by COVID-19.
Governor Parson has been helping Missourians cope with this crisis since the pandemic arrived in our state. His administration has been aggressive in responding to the various needs of Missouri communities, and ensuring local leaders and health officials have the tools and resources they need to combat the unique nature of this virus in their community.
The contrast between Governor Parson and his opponent could not be more stark. While Governor Parson has been working and leading, Nicole Galloway cannot be bothered to show up for her taxpayer-funded position and put in a 40 hour work week. She’s been doing less work in a month than most Missourians do in a week.
Nicole Galloway claimed earlier this year she wanted to put “political differences aside” during COVID-19, but as Missourians are learning she says one thing and then does another.
With the election quickly approaching, the Left is starting to show their true colors.
At the Democratic Convention, Bernie Sanders slammed President Trump for his “authoritarian tendencies”, pledging to elect Joe Biden to combat Trump’s “dictatorial rule.”
But here’s the true irony: Sanders and Biden would have to rely on authoritarianism to implement the policies they’re proposing.
Sanders called for a $15/hr minimum wage. How would he accomplish this goal? By using the power of the federal government to force a higher minimum wage down the throats of all 50 states.
He also proposed 12 weeks of paid family leave. How would he do this? By taking control of the human resource departments of ALL U.S. businesses.
Next, he vowed to transition the country “to 100 percent clean electricity over the next fifteen years.” That means top-down laws, taxes, and regulations that make energy more expensive for Americans and run the coal and oil industries into the ground.
While socialists claim to advocate for the “working man,” they propose top-down policies that DESTROY the rights of all Americans to govern themselves.
America is great because it’s free. Let’s keep it that way.
We’re working to call a Convention of States where the states can propose amendments that limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and stop authoritarian laws and regulations in their tracks.
It takes 34 states to call an Article V convention and fifteen are already on board.
As socialists fight to take over the federal government, it’s crucial that we do everything in our power to elect pro-freedom, pro-COS candidates to our state governments--Where things get done! COSA is working hard to do this, and you can help make that happen with a contribution to Convention of States Action.
Will you help us cross the finish line and crush socialism by contributing whatever you can today?
Yours in the fight,
The Convention of States Team
Did you hear the news?
I just announced how I’m going to keep FIGHTING FOR YOU with my second-term agenda.
From the day I became your President, I have put America First with every decision that I make. Unfortunately, the Democrats are threatening to DESTROY everything if they TAKE BACK the Nation.
We cannot let that happen. Where the Left sees American darkness, I see American greatness.
These next 71 days will be absolutely brutal as we get closer to Election Day. I need my BEST supporters to step up to the front lines and help me WIN BIG so that I can implement my critical second-term agenda.
I’m calling on YOU to step up and FIGHT FOR YOUR PRESIDENT and the future of this Nation. This is so important that FOR THE NEXT HOUR, I’ve activated 500%-MATCHING on all contributions.
I need to know that I can count on you right now.
My second-term agenda will bring back 10 MILLION jobs in 10 months, protect pre existing conditions, help us DEFEAT the China Virus, drain the swamp, protect the police, and so much more.
I want a list of EVERY Patriot who steps up in the NEXT HOUR to fight for their Nation. I hope I see your name.
In his speech to the 2020 Council for National Policy this week, President Trump spoke about the dangers of the proposed vote-by-mail policies that would pave the way for ballot harvesting. And as he did, he paused to recognize Judicial Watch.
Tom, where’s Tom, Tom where is he, stand up Tom, will you Tom Fitton. That’s Judicial Watch … they do a fantastic job. I wish he had more help. I mean honestly I wish he had more help. But it’s not easy beating a system that’s been in place for many, many years, right? Many, many years it’s been in place and it’s sad but, 51 million votes are being sent and nobody knows who’s getting them and what happens if you send them to an all Democrat area but not to an all Republican area. How do you win an election? This is really a very serious problem…. This is about all of us. This is about the country.
This pleased me, of course, because we have been without peer in our fight for clean voter rolls and clean elections. In his remarks the President made it clear that our efforts are critical, and he reinforced my desire to succeed.
Kamala Harris’ San Francisco Pay Records
Surely, Kamala Harris expected intense scrutiny when she agreed to run for vice president, and we’re happy to oblige.
We reported on 131 pages of payroll records from the District Attorney’s Office of the City and County of San Francisco detailing payments to Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) when she was employed by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
Harris, the 2020 Democratic vice-presidential nominee, worked in the San Francisco city attorney’s office from 2000-2003; she was San Francisco district attorney from 2004-2010. She was elected California attorney general in 2011.
We obtained the records in response to a pair of California Public Records Act requests.
The documents include a May 17, 2005, letter from Susie B. Sales, the Payroll/Personnel Services Division (PPSD) Officer for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (SFDAO), notifying San Francisco Controller Johnny Zabala that Harris had improperly received incentive payments. Sales writes:
Thank you for your phone call this afternoon regarding the report that PPSD is working on with regards to identifying employees who are still receiving incentive and should not have due to changes of job classification. Kamala Harris “MAAINQ” [Municipal Attorneys Association Inequity Premium] incentive should be removed as her job classification does not allow her to receive the benefit. However, I tried to removed [sic] the “MAAINQ” from her file, but the system does not allow me to do anything. Can you look in to [sic] it in addition to the split file distribution in her records that should also be removed?
SFDAO payroll records show that, from January 2004 to early May 2005, then-District Attorney Harris apparently was paid for working for 8 hours of “regular” pay per day and 8 hours of pay classified as “04U1.” (04U1 appears to be an internal accounting code representing the “Inequity Premium” incentive she received, with 04 denoting the District Attorney.)
According to an official in the San Francisco Controller’s Office, this “inequity premium” is paid to senior attorneys in the San Francisco government and consists of an additional payment of one to three percent of the attorneys’ base salary, according to the provisions of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the city and county of San Francisco.
On January 3, 2002, while serving as deputy city attorney for San Francisco, Harris filed a “Payroll Problem Description” form saying she was paid for 40 hours one week when she should have been paid for 80 hours. Harris requested an additional payment for that week of $2,684.
On October 25, 2019, we submitted a follow-up CPRA request to the district attorney’s office, seeking additional communications about the improper payments Harris received, as well as records reflecting the total amount of the improper payments, any reimbursements she made and any disciplinary actions taken against her as a result. To date, we have not received the additional records -- not even an acknowledgement from the district attorney’s office of our follow-up request.
This certainly raises a few questions about Senator Harris’s time as a prosecutor.
Soros Groups Must Make Anti-Prostitution Pledge to Get U.S. Funds
So rules the U.S. Supreme Court. What astonishes me is that not only are U.S. taxpayers giving money to Soros’ leftwing organizations, but his lieutenants fight in court for years for more. Our Corruption Chronicles blog is on top of this.
In a blow to George Soros’ leftwing initiatives, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that foreign affiliates of his Open Society Foundations (OSF) are not protected by the Constitution and therefore must abide by a congressionally mandated anti-prostitution pledge to receive federal funding. Under a 2003 law called United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act, the U.S. spends tens of billions of dollars to combat AIDS globally, and a chunk of the cash flows into OSF coffers. Under the measure organizations that receive American taxpayer dollars to fight HIV/AIDS abroad must adopt policies opposing sex trafficking and prostitution. Leftist groups legally challenged the rule years ago, claiming that it violated their First Amendment right to free speech. In 2013 the Supreme Court agreed, ruling that the policy requirement infringed on the American groups’ constitutionally protected freedom of speech.
The decision only applies to American organizations however, so an OSF affiliate called Alliance for Open Society International, which is handsomely funded by Uncle Sam, has engaged in litigation for more than a decade and a half to obtain the same exemption. The Soros group sued for permanent injunctive relief, and a New York District Court ruled in its favor before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed. In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court recently reversed the appellate court decision, determining that foreign affiliates of U.S.-based groups that get federal dollars to combat HIV/AIDS abroad are not protected under the Constitution. “In short, plaintiffs’ foreign affiliates are foreign organizations, and foreign organizations operating abroad have no First Amendment rights,” according to the ruling, written for the majority by Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Because the foreign Soros groups possess no First Amendment rights, applying the anti-prostitution policy requirement is not unconstitutional, the decision further points out, stating that under American constitutional law, foreign citizens outside U.S. territory do not possess rights under the Constitution.
Congress included the important policy in its landmark measure to combat HIV/AIDS globally because it determined that prostitution and sex trafficking are additional causes and factors in the spread of the deadly virus. Federal lawmakers also wrote in their legislation, which has helped save 17 million lives, that prostitution and sex trafficking are degrading to women and children. “No funds made available to carry out this Act, or any amendment made by this Act, may be used to provide assistance to any group or organization that does not have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking,” the law states. Leftist groups receiving federal funds assert that condemning prostitution and sex trafficking interferes with their efforts to help those with HIV/AIDS because it creates a stigma. The government’s anti-prostitution pledge “falsely casts sex workers as part of the problem rather than acknowledging their important role in developing and implementing successful HIV/AIDS-prevention strategies,” according to an OSF publication released years ago.
The recent Supreme Court ruling was a “blow to free speech and public health,” according to a statement issued by Soros’ OSF. It quotes OSF President Patrick Gaspard saying that “the Supreme Court upheld the U.S. government’s quest to impose its harmful ideological agenda on U.S. organizations and restrict their right to free speech.” He continues. “The Anti-Prostitution Pledge compromises the fight against HIV by impeding and stigmatizing efforts to deliver health services. Condemnation of marginalized groups is not a public health strategy.” The statement claims that research has repeatedly found that moral rejection and criminalization of sex work creates an environment where sex workers are more vulnerable to violence and abuse and consequently at greater risk of contracting HIV. “These issues are heightened in the context of COVID-19, when sex workers face financial devastation that further contributes to these disproportionate health and safety risks,” the OSF writes, circling back to blast the Supreme Court ruling because it “will prohibit critical organizations from providing services and support to sex workers who are too often left out of—or are antagonized by—government responses to the pandemic.”
Note that the chief of Soros’ organization calls rejection of sex trafficking and prostitution a “harmful ideological agenda.”
Universities and Governments: Peddling Influence and Stealing Secrets
We have been at the forefront in uncovering and reporting China’s ubiquitous efforts to steal secrets from our scientists and institutions. Micah Morrison, our chief investigative reporter, offers a comprehensive look at this onslaught in this Investigative Bulletin:
Judicial Watch last month sued the U.S. Department of Education for records of money funneled from foreign governments to American colleges and universities. The numbers are big—billions of dollars—and difficult to pin down, despite federal reporting requirements. The foreign governments often are U.S. adversaries. What are they after?
In some instances, professors are pawns in long running games of technological theft. That’s the case of part-time UCLA Professor Yi-Chi Shih, convicted in Los Angeles in 2019 of trying to steal sensitive microchip technology and ship it to China, where it could be used for fighter jets and missiles.
In other cases, foreign governments—and the Chinese government in particular—are playing a subtler game, attempting to absorb intellectual property without outright theft. That appears to be the case of Harvard Professor Charles Lieber, indicted in June for allegedly making false statements about his work for Wuhan University of China. Lieber is the former chair of Harvard’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department; he’s a leader in the revolutionary field of nanotechnology—the ability to manipulate atoms and molecules across a wide variety of scientific and industrial platforms. Wuhan of course lately is famous as the original source of Covid-19, but Lieber’s arrest has no connection to the virus.
But something big was going on at Wuhan. The indictment notes that from 2012 through 2015, Lieber was paid $50,000 per month, plus $158,0000 in living expenses, plus an award of $1.5 million to set up a research lab. At roughly the same time, he was taking in $15 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Defense Department for his work at Harvard.
What did the Chinese want for their money? It seems clear: they wanted to know what Lieber knew—what he was producing for the Americans.
The American grants required disclosure of all research support, financial conflicts of interest, and foreign collaboration. The indictment alleges that Lieber lied to U.S. authorities about his affiliation with Wuhan University and the Chinese “Thousand Talents Program.”
The Justice Department noted in charging Lieber that the Thousand Talents Program is “one of the most prominent Chinese talent recruitment plans designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security.” The program seeks “to lure Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China, and they often reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.”
China also seeks influence on American campuses through its Confucius Institutes programs. According to a recent investigative report in the Washington Free Beacon, the Beijing-sponsored Chinese language and culture programs appear on more than 80 U.S. campuses and have funneled tens of millions of dollars to U.S. universities. The exact dollar figures are unknown, although federal regulations require disclosure by the universities.
Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Education to get to the bottom of the foreign money question. The sums are not small. Three universities that did report Confucius Institute funding—Michigan, Maryland, and Emory—received more than $30 million, the Free Beacon noted.
“Policymakers and education experts alike have long warned that Confucius Institutes might be a conduit for Chinese influence on American campuses that could restrict academic freedom and promote a distorted account of Chinese history and culture that favors the Chinese Communist Party,” the Free Beacon noted. “Senate and federal investigations have corroborated some of those concerns.”
Judicial Watch also is probing Qatar’s connection to American education. The Persian Gulf monarchy, an inconsistent American ally and sometimes purveyor of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda, has given $1 billion to American universities since 2011. The Zachor Legal Institute, a think tank and advocacy group that investigates anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities, started asking questions about the origins of Qatari influence at Texas A&M University. That’s when entities connected to the Middle East monarchy teamed up with Texas A&M and the powerhouse law firm Squire Patton Boggs to crush a Freedom of Information Act request about Qatari financing. Judicial Watch is helping Zachor fight back. Read more about the case here.
According to one estimate, at least $6.5 billion has moved from authoritarian regimes into the coffers of American academe, “primarily from Chinese and Middle Eastern sources.” That’s from a letter to ranking members on several House committees from the U.S. Education Department’s general counsel. The letter notes that Education Department investigations into “Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Russian foreign sources” are underway.
The website Campus Reform first reported the letter. Campus Reform also reports that Education Department investigations have been launched into possible undisclosed foreign ties at Harvard and Yale. According to the website, the Education Department has asked Harvard and Yale “to disclose any funding they may have received from China, Iran, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.”
Until next week …
President Trump Recognizes Judicial Watch
ven CNN now admits that the race between President Trump and Joe Biden is close. Very close.
THURSDAY AUGUST 6, 2020
Even CNN now admits that the race between President Trump and Joe Biden is close. Very close.
“Checkmate in the Pacific” from Op Ed on page A15 of today’s WSJ
An invasion would have meant massive casualties. War would have dragged on until 1947 or later.
I like La Colombe, Disney and Airbnb. I get the feeling they don’t like me.
Amendment 2 is WRONG for Missouri
Democrats are trying to push more Obamacare in Missouri this August. Amendment 2 is a wolf in sheep's clothing healthcare initiative that will bankrupt our state.
Governor Mike Parson characterized the expansion of Medicaid as "a massive tax increase that Missourians cannot afford."
Missourians have always rejected Obamacare
D.C. politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders don't know what Missourians want. They want to push their far left agenda on us till we become a socialist nation. Just like Obamacare, Democrats in Missouri can't tell you how much this new expansion of Medicaid will cost.
Are you ready to pay more taxes?
Expanding Medicaid in Missouri will cost the state millions. This will result in more funding being taken away from our schools and important infrastructure projects throughout the state, or higher taxes. In reality all of the above will happen if we allow this expansion of Obamacare in our state.
Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe on Medicaid Expansion
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In June, Fox News had the highest primetime ratings of any television network, broadcast or cable. That's right--Fox News is now the #1 most viewed channel on all of television, not just among news networks and not just among cable channels.
The Democrats are complaining about this. And accuse Fox News of being an instrument of the Republican Party. As they control (or directly influence) the other networks - they figure it’s the same for us. It’s obviously not! The “Fair and Balanced” news often exposes defects we and our candidates have. Remember Megyn Kelly going after Trump 4 years ago? Fox is not all soft on us.
Really scary is that people spend about 3 hours a day on FaceBook. And a generation gets their NEWS from Social Media.
This would be very amusing if it weren't for so much of it being true !
The ANT AND THE
This one is a little different ...
Two Different Versions ...
Two Different Morals
The ant works
hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm
and well fed.
The grasshopper has
no food or shelter, so he
dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:
Be responsible for yourself!
The ant works hard
in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house
and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant
is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper
calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be
allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN,
and ABC show up to
provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper
next to a video of the ant
in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper
is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears
with the grasshopper
and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green'
Occupy the Anthill stages
a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the
singing, We shall overcome.
Then Reverend Al Sharpton
has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper
while he damns the ants. He later appears on MSNBC to complain that rich people do not care.
Former President Obama condemns the ant
Donald Trump, President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the
for the grasshopper's
Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer
exclaim in an interview on The View
that the ant has
gotten rich off the back of the
and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts
the Economic Equity &
retroactive to the beginning of
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number
of green bugs and,
having; nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the
Government Green Czar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and given to the grasshopper.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper
and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in,
which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house,
crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken
over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
The entire Nation collapses
bringing the rest
of the free world with it.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be careful how you vote in 2020.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” to discuss Judicial Watch obtaining the secret service records showing extensive travel by Hunter Biden during the Obama years; Burisma Holdings landing a deal with a USAID program while under a corruption investigation; the FBI refusing to release documents to the Daily Caller relating to the primary source for dossier author Christopher Steele; mail-in ballots in New Jersey destroyed in a mail truck fire; AG Barr denying pattern of upholding President Trump’s interests while blaming the “media narrative”; and more!
Not just the extra mile, our Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft traveled 5,046 extra miles to make sure Missouri voters and election workers were safe on the special June 2nd Election Day.
Jay personally delivered 16,829 face masks, 16,829 face shields, over 500 gallons of sanitizer, 16,020 posters, and over 40,000 distancing strips to Missouri local election authorities to make sure Missourians safely and securely could exercise their right to vote. Amazingly, he made this whirlwind tour in just over 12 days. This kind of all-out commitment to serve Missourians is a hallmark of Jay Ashcroft’s tenure as our secretary of state. Now Jay needs our help to make up for lost campaigning time during the height of the pandemic. Your contribution for $20, $200, or even more today is needed now to make sure Jay can get his message to Missourians.
No one is fighting harder than Jay to keep our votes secure from fraud, safe from any threat--- and us free to exercise our role as citizens of our Democratic Republic. Jay has never stood taller for us than when in recent days he has stood up to the media elites, National Liberal Democrats, and socialists and their agenda to hijack our elections and leave them wide-open to fraud. By kicking in $10, $100, whatever you can afford, we send a message we stand with Jay because Jay stands with us and our best hope for America and Missouri’s future.
AOC's Green New Deal would cost $75K per household in first year: Study
Report by free-market groups predicts resolution would trigger economic depression
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal would cost the average household nearly $75,000 in the first year in key swing states, driving the U.S. economy into a “steep economic depression,” according to a study released Wednesday.
The study, conducted by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, Power the Future, and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, examined the ambitious House and Senate resolution’s projected impact on energy costs in 11 states.
In the first year, the Green New Deal would cost a typical household a minimum of $74,287, with annual costs falling to $47,755 per household in the next four years, excluding Alaska, and $40,706 each year thereafter.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal would cost the average household nearly $75,000 in the first year in key swing states, driving the U.S. economy into a “steep economic depression,” according to a study released Wednesday.
The study, conducted by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, Power the Future, and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, examined the ambitious House and Senate resolution’s projected impact on energy costs in 11 states.
In the first year, the Green New Deal would cost a typical household a minimum of $74,287, with annual costs falling to $47,755 per household in the next four years, excluding Alaska, and $40,706 each year thereafter.
CEI president Kent Lassman said the Green New Deal as a “politically motivated policy that will saddle households with exorbitant costs and wreck our economy.”
“Our analysis shows that, if implemented, the Green New Deal would cost for American households at least tens of thousands of dollars annually on a permanent basis,” Mr. Lassman said. “Perhaps that’s why exactly zero Senate Democrats, including the resolution’s 12 co-sponsors, voted for the Green New Deal when they had the chance.”
Among the Senate resolution’s co-sponsors, who now number 14, are Democratic presidential primary candidates Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The latest study builds on a July report examining five states by CEI and Power the Future that found the Green New Deal would cost the average household more than $70,000 in the first year of implementation.
Supporters argue that the Green New Deal should be viewed as an aspirational document and that without action to achieve net-zero fossil-fuel emissions by 2030, climate change will end up being far more costly and damaging to the economy.
The resolution also calls for creating millions of high-paying union jobs, overhauling all existing buildings, guaranteeing health care and paid vacations, and ensuring social justice through a 10-year “national mobilization.”
Daniel Turner, executive director of Power the Future, said the current economic boom and record low unemployment are driven by “abundant, domestic, reliable, and inexpensive energy produced by millions of men and women across the country.”
“Any policy that proposes to reverse this success is a threat to jobs, to rural communities, to national security, and to the very prosperity that Americans are experiencing,” he said.
Wisconsin Institute research director Will Flanders said that the Green New Deal would drive “middle-class families into poverty by imposing staggering annual costs.”
“While the Green New Deal may play well with coastal elites, in Midwestern states like Wisconsin, families, businesses, and farms depend on affordable, reliable energy,” Mr. Flanders said.
The study emphasized that the costs estimates, drawn from available data and analysis, “are low-end approximations, given the Green New Deal’s unprecedented scope.”
The Spread of COVID-19
Is Based On Two Factors:
1. How Dense The Population Is
2. How Dense The Population Is
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Trump Administration Accomplishments
Updated: December 6, 2019
The below is a brief summary of the top accomplishments achieved under President Trump’s administration.
President Trump’s policies have put the American economy into high gear.
Since President Trump was elected 7.1 million jobs have been created.
Over 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since the President was elected.
The current unemployment rate is 3.5%, a 50-year low.
Highlights of November’s jobs report:
266,000 jobs were created in November.
Positive revisions to September and October added an additional 41,000 jobs. This brings the net total to 307,000.
In November, 54,000 manufacturing jobs were added
November marked the 21st consecutive month that the unemployment rate has been at or below 4%.
Wage growth is up 3.1% year over year, the 16th consecutive month in a row wages have risen above 3%.
Throughout the Trump Administration we have seen record low unemployment for women, African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans. In November:
African American unemployment rate was at a near record low of 5.5%.
The Hispanic American unemployment rate was at a near record low of 4.2%.
The Asian American unemployment rate was 2.6%, near a historic low.
Women’s unemployment remained steady at a near record low of 3.5%.
President Trump’s approval rating among small business owners is at 60%, an all-time high.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit record highs 100 times under President Trump.
Under President Trump, 6.2 million people have come off food stamps.
Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed historic tax cuts and relief for hard-working Americans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the first major tax reform signed in 30 years.
As a result of the historic tax cuts, nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones were created in all 50 states, DC, and 5 territories. Opportunity Zones will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact nearly 35 million Americans.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the Child Tax Credit by 100% keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking mothers.
Economic confidence rebounded to record highs under President Trump because his pro-growth policies have and continue to put American workers and businesses first.
President Trump has rolled back unnecessary job-killing regulations at a historic pace.
The Administration has cut 8 and a half regulations for every new rule.
This far exceeds the promise made to cut 2 regulations for every 1 regulation added.
Regulatory costs have been slashed by nearly $50 billion and have saved taxpayers $220 billion once actions are implemented.
The deregulation efforts will save American households an estimated $3,100 per year.
The Administration formed the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation which aims to better align state and Federal efforts to cut additional unnecessary regulations and costs.
President Trump is working to secure our border.
President Trump is fulfilling his promise to build a border wall, with sizable portions already finished or under construction.
It’s expected that 450 miles will be finished by the end of 2020. o To date, 66 miles of the new wall has replaced an old and ineffective barrier.
Currently, 167 miles of wall is under construction in high entry sectors such as San Diego, El Centro, El Paso, and Yuma.
The new wall has contributed to a 56% overall decrease in the number of illegal migrant arrivals at the border.
Under President Trump, the U.S. Border Patrol has arrested hundreds of members of dangerous gangs.
The President has strongly enforced our nation’s immigration laws by cracking down on illegal immigration and taken aim at “sanctuary cities.”
President Trump has called on Congress to close dangerous loopholes such as “Catch and Release,” end chain migration, and end the visa lottery program which enables illegal immigration.
The Administration is looking to close the Flores Settlement Agreement that requires the government to release families into the country after 20 days. This loophole has been exploited by smugglers who use children as pawns to enter our country.
We are closing asylum loopholes – recently, the Administration instituted a new rule requiring migrants who come to our border to have previously applied and been denied to a country they passed through.
The Trump Administration announced they are releasing a “Public Charge Rule” that will ensure non-citizens do not abuse our nation’s public benefits. This rule will go into effect on 10/15/19.
President Trump was successful in his efforts to get Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries to step up and help stop the crisis at the border.
President Trump’s successful negotiations have led to 28% drop in migrants taken into custody in June.
In May, President Trump announced a new immigration proposal that would modernize our system and secure the border.
The Administration has made it a priority to end human trafficking and is using many resources to do so.
The Administration provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
The Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative more than doubled convictions of human traffickers and increased the number of defendants charged in ACTeam districts.
President Trump has restored our nation’s standing in the world and is standing up to bad actors.
The United States has successfully decimated ISIS.
Under President Trump, the number one terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was taken out.
President Trump fulfilled his promise to name Jerusalem Israel’s capital city and moved the U.S. Embassy
President Trump held two historic summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, further demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Agreement and instituted the toughest sanctions in history to drive the regime’s oil exports to zero.
In June 2019, President Trump signed an executive order that authorizes expanded sanctions against Iran.
The Administration has vigorously and quickly enforced red lines against regimes and individuals that use chemical weapons.
The Trump Administration has imposed sanctions on Russian entities and individuals previously indicted for their roles in Russian interference in our election.
The Trump Administration imposed hard-hitting sanctions against Iran’s national bank.
President Trump is delivering on his promise to correct trade imbalances.
The Trump Administration had taken unprecedented steps to modernize and improve trading practices and negotiate freer, fairer, and reciprocal trade agreements with our global allies.
President Trump has kept his promise to deliver a modern and rebalanced trade deal to replace NAFTA. The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA)
When ratified, the USCMA would spur economic growth, create 176,000 jobs, add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy, and raise wages.
President Trump negotiated a new United States-Japan trade deal with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan is one of our strongest economic partners and this trade deal builds on that partnership. It is a big win for American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.
The Administration revised the United States -Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) to make it more beneficial to American workers.
The President and European Union President Juncker agreed to a new trade deal that strengthens and reforms our trade relationship. The agreement:
Works toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, zero subsidies on non-automotive industrial goods.
Makes it easier for the EU to purchase liquefied gas.
Reduces trade and bureaucratic obstacles between the U.S. and the EU.
Addresses unfair trade practices.
President Trump used tariffs to rattle China’s economy and leaders for their trade cheating. The Administration is continuing to work on this trade agreement and will not accept a bad deal
President Trump withdrew the United States from the flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
President Trump has forced our allies to recommit to NATO.
The Trump Administration has protected farmers from unfair trade practices by authorizing $12 billion in aid to the American agricultural heartland under The Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act.
President Trump continues to reshape the Federal judiciary at a record pace and is following through on his promise to appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution and rule of law.
President Trump continues to reshape the Federal judiciary at a record pace.
President Trump has installed more federal court judges than any president in in the past four decades.
The President is following through on his promise to appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution and rule of law for generations to come.
President Trump has nominated, and the Senate has confirmed a grand total of 164 Article III judges.
2 Supreme Court Justices – Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh.
48 Circuit Court judges.
President Trump has now appointed 1/4th of the nation’s Circuit Courts.
112 District Court judges.
2 Court of International Trade Judges
President Trump’s judicial confirmations have “flipped” 3 – 2nd, 3rd, 11th Circuits - federal appeals courts to Republican.
Under President Trump, an additional 8.8% of District Courts have a majority of judges appointed by Republicans.
In 2018, President Trump broke the record for the most circuit court of appeals judges (29) confirmed in the first 2 years of a presidency.
President Trump has reduced the cost of health care and taken significant steps to fight the opioid epidemic.
President Trump has prioritized fixing our broken health care system and worked with Congress to implement a system that works for all Americans.
The President has made it clear patients with preexisting conditions will be protected.
The individual mandate penalty has been eliminated.
Association Health Plans have been expanded.
Short-term, limited duration insurance plans have been extended.
President Trump is working to implement his plan to lower prescription drugs.
Under the Trump Administration, we have seen the first ever decline of average benchmark premiums on the federal health care exchange.
The President signed an Executive Order to improve seniors’ healthcare and improve the fiscal sustainability of Medicare.
Reforms to expand Medicare Advantage options and Health Reimbursement Accounts have been expanded.
President Trump mobilized his entire Administration to address the drug addiction and opioid abuse by declaring a Nationwide Public Health Emergency.
President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to fight the opioid epidemic.
The Administration launched FindTreatment.gov a public resource to help combat substance abuse.
President Trump signed an Executive Order that increases price and quality transparency.
The Administration has committed to ending surprise billing.
HHS is finalizing a rule that will require hospitals to make prices publicly available online and in a more consumer-friendly format.
The Administration has proposed a rule to require insurance companies and group health plans to provide enrollees with cost estimates.
The Trump Administration has promoted innovation and solutions to expand treatment options for Americans living with disease including HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, pediatric cancer, Alzheimer’s, and more.
The Administration launched a program to provide the HIV prevention drug PrEP to uninsured patients for free.
President Trump is promoting a clean and healthy environment for all Americans.
The President and the Administration are continuing to pursue policies that encourage environmental protection while promoting economic growth.
Since 2005, our energy related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country. This is expected to decrease in 2019 and 2020.
Our nation’s environmental record is one of the strongest in the world.
According to the White House, from 1970 to 2018, the combined emissions of the most common air pollutants fell 74% while the economy grew over 275%.
We have the cleanest air on record and remain a global leader for access to clean drinking water. The President has taken important steps to restore, preserve, and protect our land, air, and waters.
The Save our Seas Act was signed into law in 2018. This law reauthorized the NOAA Marine Debris Program, promoting international action to reduce marine debris and authorizing cleanup and response actions that may be needed.
The EPA has taken significant steps to clean up our contaminated sites and hazardous sites.
In FY2018, the EPA completed cleanup work on 22 Superfund sites from the National Priorities list. This is the largest number in one year since 2005.
The EPA is more efficiently implementing air quality standards that will better protect the environment and human health.
The President’s management of our nation’s lands promotes conservation while encouraging good stewardship and expanding recreational opportunities.
Just this year, President Trump signed legislation designating 1.3 million new acres of wilderness - the largest public lands legislation in a decade.
The Department of the Interior proposed to open more than 1 million acres of land for expanded hunting and fishing access.
The President took important action to improve management of forests to help prevent devastating forest fires.
President Trump’s policies have begun to unleash our nation’s energy potential.
President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling and open more leases to develop offshore drilling.
The Administration acted aggressively to increase exports of energy resources to the global market and allowed financing for coal and fossil energy projects.
President Trump has approved the infrastructure and provided the resources needed to unleash Oil and gas production in the U.S.
The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines were approved, supporting an estimated total of 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in wages.
The New Burgos Pipeline, a cross-border project that will export U.S. gasoline to Mexico, was approved.
The Trump Administration reversed President Obama’s moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development on Federal lands.
The President rescinded President Obama’s costly Clean Power Plan.
The President proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule to reduce greenhouse gasses, empower states, promote energy independence, and facilitate economic growth and job creation.
The Administration has rescinded many costly Obama-Era regulations including the methane emissions rule that would cost American energy developers an estimated $530 million annually.
The President announced his intent to withdrawal the U.S. from the unfair Paris Climate Accord.
President Trump and his Administration continue to help our farmers.
In 2018, President Trump signed a sweeping new Farm Bill into law.
The Farm Bill provides support and stability to our farmers, expands crop insurance, doubles how much farmers can borrow and helps open new markets for our farmers.
The President authorized the year-round sale of E15 gasoline which provided a boost to America’s corn growing communities.
Red tape that has harmed American farmers have been rolled back.
This includes eliminating the burdensome Obama-era Waters of the United States rule.
The historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act protected family farmers from the estate tax.
Thanks to the President’s historic tax cuts legislation, the effective tax rate for farmers is expected to fall from 17.2% to 13.9%.
President Trump is standing up for America’s farmers by negotiating fairer, freer, and more reciprocal trade deals that remove barriers and open markets for American farmers.
President Trump negotiated the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), getting a better deal for American farmers and ranchers.
Once ratified, the USMCA would increase America’s Agricultural exports by $2.2 billion.
The USMCA eliminates Canada’s discriminatory programs that allow low-priced dairy products to undersell our nation’s dairy producers.
USMCA includes expanded market access for dairy products, eggs, and poultry.
In a deal with the European Union, American soybean exports will be increased.
President Trump reached a new trade agreement with Japan. As a result, Japan will eliminate or reduce tariffs on approximately $7.2 billion in U.S. agricultural exports.
President Trump continues to stand up to China and their unfair trade practices which target our farmers.
The Administration provided $16 billion in funds to support our farmers against unfair trade retaliation.
The Trump Administration continue to support and expand markets for America’s farmers.
Japan’s market has been opened to all American beef.
Restrictions have been eliminated on:
American pork exports to Argentina.
American beef to Brazil.
Idaho chipping potatoes to Japan.
American poultry to South Korea.
President Trump signed an Executive Order directing Federal agencies to streamline the agricultural biotechnology regulatory process.
The Trump Administration is working to promote connectivity in rural American by investing in rural broadband.
President Trump is working to protect our Nation’s forests.
In 2018, the President signed an Executive Order aimed at increasing responsible forest management and coordinating Federal, State, tribal, and local assets to prevent and combat wildfires.
In order to preserve the health of our forests, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into law.
President Trump and his administration continue to provide necessary disaster relief to impacted areas.
President Trump and his administration are putting students and families first.
The President understands the importance of education and continues to declare the last week in January National School Choice Week.
The President signed a historic Executive Order that promotes and protects free speech on college campuses.
President Trump and his Administration support the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act.
In 2019, President Trump signed a memorandum that eliminates 100% of student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans.
The President continues to work with the Department of Education to expand transparency and give students expanded access to vital information about the career outcomes of the programs they enroll in.
President Trump has made Historically Black Colleges and Universities a priority, including appropriating more money to HBCUs in one year than any other president and establishing a Presidential Board of Advisors on HBCUs.
The President is committed to expanding and strengthening education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM).
President Trump issued a presidential memorandum encouraging the Department of Education to promote STEM, especially Computer Science.
President Trump directed more than $200 million per year to technology education grants for women and programs that encourage participation in STEM careers.
The President signed the bipartisan reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. This law provides the necessary training for students and workers to succeed in the 21st century economy.
The President donated his 2017 second quarter salary to the Department of Education. The funds were used to host a STEM focused camp for students.
President Trump signed the INSPIRE Act which encourages NASA to have more women and girls participate in STEM and pursue careers in aerospace.
The President signed an Executive Order to expand apprenticeships in America.
President Trump has encouraged state and federal lawmakers to expand school choice.
The administration lowered regulatory hurdles and restored flexibility to schools with respect to menus in their cafeterias.
President Trump is committed to making our schools safer.
President Trump encouraged passage of the STOP School Violence Act to provide funding grants to schools to improve security measures.
The Administration established a Commission on School Safety to examine ways to make schools safer for all students and teachers.
Additionally, the Administration proposed a new $5 billion annual tax credit to promote school choice. This move is supported by 2/3rds of black Americans.
Military and Veterans
President Trump is protecting America and our allies by rebuilding our military and ensuring our veterans receive the care they deserve.
President Trump has restored American military strength.
Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed two historic National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) which allocate almost $1.5 trillion combined to rebuild and grow our military.
The FY2019 NDAA included a 2.6% military pay raise, the largest in 9 years.
President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
The President signed the V.A. Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).
The Trump Administration created a new White House V.A. Hotline, staffed by veterans and family members.
The Administration has secured a record $8.6 billion in funding for mental health services with the goal of ending the tragedy of veteran suicide.
The Trump Administration has created the PREVENTS initiative, a task force aimed at unifying the efforts of government, businesses, and nonprofit groups to help our veterans.
The President has secured $73.1 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs - the highest funding for the VA in history.
Veterans Affairs increased transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool.” This provides veterans a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
In 2019, President Trump signed a memorandum that eliminates 100% of student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans.
The President also called upon all 50 states to ensure that disabled veterans do not pay state tax on their forgiven debts.
The unemployment rate among veterans is at a record low of 3%.
8.9 million veterans are employed.
The number of unemployed veterans has been reduced by 37% under President Trump.
In November 2019, President Trump became the first president to walk in the New York City Veterans Day Parade.
Under President Trump’s administration, women have been empowered to reach their economic potential.
Women have experienced record low unemployment under President Trump.
In November, the women’s unemployment rate remained steady at a near record low of 3.5%.
The unemployment rate among women has been under 4% for 17 straight months.
Since he was elected, President Trump has created an astonishing 4.4 million new jobs for women.
During the President’s first year in office, the number of American women in poverty fell by nearly 600,000.
Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the child tax credit was doubled to $2,000 per child.
President Trump was the first president to include a paid family leave policy 2 budget proposals.
The President and his Administration are committed to keeping families and communities safe.
The Trump Administration has prioritized empowering women to pursue careers and realize their economic potential.
President Trump directed more than $200 million per year to technology education grants for women and programs that encourage participation in STEM careers.
President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the National Council For The American Worker.
Over 300 companies and associations of all size and industry have signed the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers, promising to create more than 14 million education, training, and skill-building opportunities over the next 5 years.
Ivanka Trump created the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) to help 50 million women in 22 developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025.
Additional Trump Administration efforts to empower women globally include:
The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi): Aims to mobilize more than $2.6 billion in capital for women entrepreneurs in 26 developing countries.
The WomenConnect Challenge: Seeks to growth women’s access to digital technology and bridge the digital gender divide.
The 2X Women’s Initiative: Aimed at mobilizing $1 billion in capital to support women living in the developing world. This initiative has already mobilized more than $140 million from the private sector to support women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Black Americans have a true champion in President Trump.
President Trump has created an astonishing 1.3 million new jobs for black Americans since his election. o In November, the black unemployment rate was at a near record low of 5.5%.
The black American unemployment rate has been at or below 7% for 22 consecutive months.
Prior to President Trump’s administration, the black unemployment rate had never dipped below 7%.
Under President Trump, incomes for black Americans have increased by 2.6%.
Under the Trump Economy, wages are continuing to rise which significantly benefits the lowest-paid workers.
The poverty rate among black Americans is at its lowest level in history.
Under President Trump, 350,000 fewer black Americans are living in poverty.
During the President’s first year in office, the black American poverty rate fell to 21.2% down from 22% the year before.
As a result of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones were created in all 50 states, DC, and 5 territories.
Opportunity Zones which will create jobs and spur investment in disadvantaged communities.
These Opportunity Zones will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact 1.4 million minority households.
President Trump signed the historic FIRST STEP Act into law.
The FIRST STEP ACT has been widely hailed as the most meaningful criminal justice reform in a generation.
This landmark legislation included necessary reforms to our justice system, improves our prison system, and prepares inmates for reentry in our communities.
As a result of the First Step Act, more than 3,000 Americans have been released from prison and 90% of those who have had their sentences reduced are black Americans.
The First Step Act shortens mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes and provides judges greater liberty to go around mandatory minimums.
The law also allows offenders sentenced under racially motivated mandatory minimums to petition for their cases to be re-evaluated.
President Trump was awarded the 2019 Bipartisan Justice award by the nonprofit 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center. The President received this award for his “ability to work across the aisle to achieve meaningful progress in reforming our criminal justice system.”
President Trump has committed his Administration to advancing second chance hiring for former prisoners. This includes launching a “Ready to Work Initiative.”
The Trump Administration has fought for a federal tax credit on donations that fund scholarships to private schools, a proposal supported by 64% of African Americans.
President Trump has made supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) a top priority.
In February 2017, President Trump announced the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.
The President signed an Executive Order on HBCUs in February 2017, the earliest any President has signed an Order on HBCUs.
The EO established an Interagency Working Group to advance and coordinate work regarding HBCUs.
The federal HBCU initiative office was moved back into the White House, a move that leaders had requested under President Obama.
President Trump has appropriated more money than any other president to HBCU’s.
The President signed legislation to increase federal funding for HBCUs by 13%, the highest level ever.
The President worked with Congress to lift the ban on Pell Grants on summer classes.
Through the Capital Financing Program, the Administration has provided more than $500 million in loans to HBCUs.
The President directed the entire federal government to develop a strategy to support HBCUs. To date, this has been supported by 32 departments and agencies.
The Administration has forgiven more than $300 million in outstanding debt for four schools impacted by natural disasters and the budget provided $10 million to defer loan payments for 6 school facing financial difficulties.
The Department of Education worked with HBCUs to protect $80 million in Title III carryover funding.
President Trump took a big step to end discriminatory restrictions to prevent faith based HBCUs from accessing federal support.
The Administration continues to work with HBCUs to expand apprenticeship opportunities, career choices, and ensure they are receiving adequate support.
Under President Trump’s leadership the Latino American community has thrived.
Under President Trump, Latino Americans have experienced record low unemployment.
More than 2.9 million jobs have been created for Latino Americans. • In November, the Latino American unemployment rate was at a near record low of 4.2%.
The median Latino American income rose by $1,786 during President Trump’s first year in office.
In 2017, the median Latino American income hit its highest ever recorded level ($50,486).
Since taking office, the Latino American homeownership rose by more than a percentage point (46.3% to 47.4%).
In addition to the booming economy, President Trump renegotiated freer and fairer trade deals such as the USMCA.
President Trump has stood up to socialism and communism in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
Thanks to pressure from President Trump, 50 countries followed President Trump’s leadership in recognizing Juan Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.
The Trump administration has rolled back President Obama’s disastrous rapprochement with Cuba, which only benefited the country’s dictatorship instead of its people.
At the direction of President Trump, the Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against senior officials in the Nicaraguan regime for their role in human rights abuses and undermining democracy.
The President has made it clear that American interests do not align with failed socialist policies.
Under President Trump’s leadership Asian American unemployment has reached record lows.
Asian American unemployment hit a near record low of 2.6% in November
The lowest ever record unemployment rate for Asian Americans (2.1%) came in June 2019.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Files Appeal of Lower Court Ruling on House Bill 126
On November 13, Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Solicitor General John Sauer filed a motion to appeal the lower court ruling on sections of Missouri’s strong pro-life HB 126.
“In their defense of HB 126, Attorney General Schmitt called into question the validity of the lower court’s ruling against both the ban on abortion solely for the diagnosis of Down Syndrome and also the ban on abortion at 8, 14, 18, and 20 weeks gestational age,” said Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life. “According to their Brief of Appellants, no Eighth Circuit case and no U.S. Supreme Court case has ever considered or addressed restrictions similar to those contained in House Bill 126. “
Rupp continued, “Due to the reasons stated above and because Missouri has multiple compelling state interests involving ‘critical questions of life, death, freedom, and suffering for mothers and their unborn children,’ Attorney General Schmitt has also filed a Motion to Expedite Oral Arguments, asking the Eighth Circuit to schedule oral arguments from February 10-14, 2020.”
“Missouri Attorney General Schmitt and his legal team have been working diligently to protect innocent human lives here in Missouri,” Rupp concluded.
“We applaud their efforts and are grateful to have such principled and ethical legal minds working to defend Missouri’s pro-life laws to protect women and save babies.
“As this court case is argued through several court levels, we once again are reminded of how critical elections are in this fight for the protection of innocent human lives.”
Public hearings began yesterday in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry, focusing on the circumstances surrounding President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
While it’s tempting to shove the hearings aside and chalk it all up to partisan politics, we need to be informed, engaged, and bring the solutions of our faith to the discussion table. Most importantly, we need to pray.
Specifically, we ask you to pray for each person on the House Intelligence Committee, the committee handling the impeachment inquiry. Pray for each member by name. Pray they would operate in good-faith bipartisanship, seeking only the truth, with the overarching desire to be fair, comprehensive, and full of integrity as they listen to each testimony given. Here are the committee members by name.
Devin Nunes, Ranking Member, CA-22
Mike Conaway, TX-11
Michael Turner, OH-10
Brad Wenstrup, OH-2
Chris Stewart, UT-2
Jim Jordan, OH-4*
Elise Stefanik, NY-21
Will Hurd, TX-23
John Ratcliffe, TX-4
Adam Schiff, Chairman, CA-28
Jim Himes, CT-4
Terri Sewell, AL-7
Andre Carson, IN-7
Jackie Speier, CA-14
Mike Quigley, IL-5
Eric Swalwell, CA-15
Joaquin Castro, TX-20
Denny Heck, WA-10
Peter Welch, Vermont-at-Large
Sean Patrick Maloney, NY-18
Val Demings, FL-10
Raja Krishnamoorthi, IL-8
We urge you to pray faithfully for our nation (2 Chronicles 7:14). When you do, you are joining with other Christians across the country in prayer. Together, our prayers are powerful.
Let us remain faithful to what God calls us to in Jeremiah 29:7 for the sake of our communities and our nation: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
United. We Stand.
*Temporarily replacing Rick Crawford, AR-1
CALL TO ACTION IN MISSOURI
While President Trump has worked to negotiate trade deals in favor of Missouri farmers and workers, the Democrat Party has wasted time trying to oust a leader who has kept his promises to the American people. House Democrats have proven they care more about their own political party, rather than the needs and values of the country. We need people like you to act at the local level and defend Missouri from the madness in Washington, DC. Here’s how you can take action today:
Remind Missouri’s Democratic Congressmen that Missouri Stands with Trump
President Trump won Missouri by 19 percentage points in 2016. Missouri’s Congressmen should be representing the will of Missouri voters, not acting against it. Contact Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver or Congressman Lacy Clay to let them know you disapprove of their efforts to impeach the President.
Congressman Cleaver’s Office: 202-225-4535 or 816-842-4545
Congressman Clay’s Office: 202-225-2406 or 314-367-1970 https://www.stopthemadness.gop/.
Donate to the Missouri Republican Party
Every dollar given helps us to get out our message about the far-left Democrats.
The next election should focus on who is creating better jobs and opportunities for you and your families. The Democrats, however, have shown this next election will be about them, not you. Please help us to support and elect Republicans who will spend their time and our money on the right issues.
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Lift High the [Bladensburg] Cross: Supreme Court Decision is a Win!
There is welcome news today from the Supreme Court.
A 94-year-old war memorial in Bladensburg County, Maryland, can remain in place, despite the demands of the American Humanist Association to tear it down.
Also known as the “Peace Cross,” the memorial was commissioned and built by the American Legion and mothers of the 49 local men killed serving this country in World War I.
Originally built on private land, the 40-foot-tall structure and the land upon which it rests were taken over by the local government 50 years ago for roadway expansion needs. It now stands in the middle of a traffic circle.
Supreme Court decisions are often long and academic, so here is the ruling in shirt-sleeve English:
In a 7-2 decision, the justices found that the cross in the context of a war memorial has not just a religious connotation, but a secular one as well.
The Court held that under those circumstances, the memorial did not violate the First Amendment’s prohibition against the “establishment of religion.”
Of course it doesn’t.
Neither the memorial, nor the government’s need to acquire it, remotely signals an attempt to push or endorse Christianity as a state religion. That should be obvious to anyone who understands the Memorial’s historical background.
At the same time, the wider the margin of a Supreme Court ruling these days, the more narrow the decision – and the Bladensburg finding from the High Court produced some interesting concurring statements.
Given the complexity of the case, I asked my friend and colleague Bruce Hausknecht, Focus’ legal analyst, to break down the decision. Here are his observations:
Four of the justices (Justice Alito, who wrote the opinion, Roberts, Breyer and Kavanaugh) say the Lemon test (which is used to determine whether or not a law violates the Establishment Clause) doesn’t fit these kinds of cases where historical significance is involved.
But Justice Clarence Thomas goes further and says the Lemon test should be abolished altogether.
Justice Gorsuch and Justice Thomas say the suit should have been dismissed for lack of standing by the Humanist Association. They don’t like the so-called “offended-observer” status often used to allow these challenges.
Justice Kagan filed a concurring op concurring in part, saying she would keep the “Lemon test” alive.
As part of the majority, Justice Thomas filed a concurring opinion suggesting the Establishment Clause doesn’t even apply to the states, and even if it did, there’s no coercion here.
Also part of the majority decision, Justice Gorsuch filed his own concurring op that was joined by Justice Thomas.
As expected, Justice Ginsburg filed a dissent, joined by Justice Sotomayor.
Thank you, Bruce!
Indeed, there is a concerted effort today on the part of some to scrub the country’s public squares of any religious symbols, and I’m glad the Supreme Court wrote in favor of retaining them. In the words of Justice Alito, “The Religion Clauses of the Constitution aim to foster a society in which people of all beliefs can live together harmoniously, & the presence of the Bladensburg Cross … where it has stood for so many years is fully consistent with that aim.”
Justice Alito concluded:
“The cross is undoubtedly a Christian symbol, but that fact should not blind us to everything else that the Bladensburg Cross has come to represent. For some, that monument is a symbolic resting place for ancestors who never returned home. For others, it is a place for the community to gather and honor all veterans and their sacrifices for our Nation. For others still, it is a historical landmark. For many of these people, destroying or defacing the Cross that has stood undisturbed for nearly a century would not be neutral and would not further the ideals of respect and tolerance embodied in the First Amendment. For all these reasons, the Cross does not offend the Constitution.”
That’s an abundance of common sense in a world that desperately needs it.
Mark Zuckerberg's Resignation
From Fight For The Future
Enough apologies. Mark Zuckerberg must resign. Under his leadership, Facebook has violated billions of people’s basic rights, harvested and abused our data in nauseating ways, and shown reckless disregard for the human impact of its products.
Zuckerberg has been the sole leader of Facebook for its entire 15 years of existence. In that time, there has been no attempt to move away from a business model reliant on violating user privacy. Facebook’s current business practices are fundamentally at odds with democracy and human rights.
There is no single silver bullet solution that will “fix” Facebook. But we can start by sending a clear message to its shareholders, corporate leadership, and the entire tech industry that we are fed up, and that no one should be immune from facing the consequences of their actions. Ousting Mark Zuckerberg is an important first step toward affecting real change.
Ousting Facebook’s CEO may sound like a long shot, but it’s becoming more possible every day. Last week, one of Facebook’s co-founders wrote a lengthy op-ed in the New York Times arguing that Facebook should be broken up because Zuckerberg has amassed too much power.1 At the same time, civil rights groups announced that they’re organizing shareholders to vote him out as chair of the board.2 And, the FTC is considering holding him personally responsible for the company’s myriad scandals.3
Last week, I published an op-ed in The Guardian listing 25 reasons Mark Zuckerberg should resign, and it’s been widely shared across the Internet.4 If ever there was a time for bold action to force real change in Silicon Valley, it’s now.
For a better Internet,
-Evan at Fight for the Future
P.S. Not convinced that ousting Mark Zuckerberg is the right move? Read this.
1. The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html
Fight for the Future works to protect your rights in the digital age.
Tremendous news coming from our state government! I am so excited to announce that House Bill 126 also known as the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act” is making its way through the Senate. This is Rep. Nick Schroer’s original bill with several other excellent pro-life bills added to it before it left the House.
In effect, the bill would totally outlaw ALL abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. And, if and when the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the bill would automatically outlaw any and all abortions. Period.
This legislation has been called the strongest pro-life measures in the entire country, and I am proud to stand by it and fight for it in the halls of our capitol.
For too long, our nation’s leaders have idly sat by as millions of children have been slaughtered. The government allowed legalized murder to take place in our country. It shattered the promises of liberty and justice for all, and completely disregarded the sanctity of life.
But in Missouri, we are joining the rising movement to protect the lives of the unborn. I thank God every day for the progress we are making for protecting children. Thanks to President Trump and his Supreme Court appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brent Kavanaugh, the dream of a United States without abortion is one step closer to becoming reality.
I pray abortion will soon be a thing of the past in our country. We have made great strides towards being a country that values life, and I will continue to stand with the President and my fellow Conservatives to make that happen.
END BIRTH DAY ABORTION
You are no doubt familiar with the first sentence of the Declaration of Independence. The Founders clearly understood that the first inalienable right given to us by God is the right to life:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
What you might not be as familiar with is the second sentence. It acknowledges that we give our consent to be governed by those we put in power:
"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."
In other words, we are yoked together with those who lead us... and we bear the blessing or the curse that comes from decisions made by our leaders.
Let me get right to my question. Do you give your consent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic House and others who are working to change state and federal laws to allow killing babies on the day of their birth?
If not, together we must stand up.
Through the End Birth Day Abortion Campaign, FRC is mobilizing thousands of Americans to make a national statement--by sending thousands of newborn baby hats to Capitol Hill.
It's a clear statement on the value of every life.
But we can only do it with your support!
Where did this wave of birth day abortion policies begin?
It started with a vicious push for the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) by Governor Cuomo (D-N.Y.) His dedication to the pro-abortion agenda was so extreme, he gave an ultimatum to the legislature: he would not approve a budget for New York until they passed the RHA.
With pro-abortion Democrats taking over the State Senate in the 2018 midterms, he had the allies he needed to enact his grisly scheme. (Elections really do have consequences.)
Governor Cuomo signed the RHA into law on the 46th memorial of Roe v. Wade. It was no accident that he chose January 22nd, the infamous day in 1973 when the Supreme Court handed down its decision legalizing abortion on demand across the U.S., which has resulted in the deaths of 60 million babies in the womb.
Mainstream media outlets have tried to downplay the significance of the RHA--if they cover it at all. But let's cut through the noise.
This extreme New York law:
Allows non-physicians to perform abortions, even risky late-term abortions.
Removes penalties for unborn fetal homicide.
Most shocking of all, it removes the 24-week limit, allowing abortions up until birth.
This is all too horrifying to imagine. Yet this is what New York just codified into law.
In response, pro-life leaders in Congress are trying to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act that would require medical professionals to provide life-saving care to all babies who survive an abortion procedure, instead of being killed outside the womb or left to die.
But many Democrats are standing in the way of this commonsense, humane bill.
It's why we are working with a coalition of pro-life groups to launch the End Birth Day Abortion Campaign now, as the 2020 race heats up.
Why? Because not a single one of the announced Democratic presidential candidates has stated any opposition to the radical abortion positions of Governor Cuomo!
We the people must make it known that Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion lobby do not run this country!
Please join FRC in this fight to remind Congress that babies should be welcomed with a warm hat -- not potential danger by giving your best gift today.
Together, we can flood Capitol Hill with these precious newborn baby hats--a symbol that will be carried on news reports, social media, and in other venues.
Truly, America's moral and spiritual darkness has deepened over the last 46 years. Many in our culture are so blinded that they are incapable of seeing the value of each child created in the image of God.
For just $9, you can join in this fight--covering the cost of one baby hat to Congress.
Your gift will also help us increase the reach of this media and advocacy campaign. This nationwide campaign will cost over $500,000, yet we know there is still a faithful pro-life remnant in this nation.
Because the uncomfortable truth is: Our silence is our consent.
Will we be silent as the Left pushes infanticide, or will we make our voices heard for those who cannot speak for themselves as Scripture (Proverbs 31:8-9) commands us to do?
Everyone Is Smart Except Trump
July 18, 2018, 12:05 am
That’s why they all are billionaires and all got elected president.
It really is quite simple. Everyone is smart except Donald J. Trump. That’s why they all are billionaires and all got elected President. Only Trump does not know what he is doing. Only Trump does not know how to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. Anderson Cooper knows how to stand up to Putin. The whole crowd at MSNBC does. All the journalists do.
They could not stand up to Matt Lauer at NBC. They could not stand up to Charlie Rose at CBS. They could not stand up to Mark Halperin at NBC. Nor up to Leon Wieseltier at the New Republic, nor Jann Wenner at Rolling Stone, nor Michael Oreskes at NPR, at the New York Times, or at the Associated Press. But — oh, wow! — can they ever stand up to Putin! Only Trump is incapable of negotiating with the Russian tyrant.
Remember the four years when Anderson Cooper was President of the United States? And before that — when the entire Washington Post editorial staff jointly were elected to be President? Remember? Neither do I.
The Seedier Media never have negotiated life and death, not corporate life and death, and not human life and death. They think they know how to negotiate, but they do not know how. They go to a college, are told by peers that they are smart, get some good grades, proceed to a graduate degree in journalism, and get hired as analysts. Now they are experts, ready to take on Putin and the Iranian Ayatollahs at age 30.
That is not the road to expertise in tough dealing. The alternate road is that, along the way, maybe you get forced into some street fights. Sometimes the other guy wins, and sometimes you beat the intestines out of him. Then you deal with grown-ups as you mature, and you learn that people can be nasty, often after they smile and speak softly. You get cheated a few times, played. And you learn. Maybe you become an attorney litigating multi-million-dollar case matters. Say what you will about attorneys, but those years — not the years in law school, not the years drafting legal memoranda, but the years of meeting face-to-face and confronting opposing counsel — those years can teach a great deal. They can teach how to transition from sweet, gentle, diplomatic negotiating to tough negotiating. At some point, with enough tough-nosed experience, you figure out Trump’s “The Art of the Deal” yourself.
Trump’s voters get him because not only is he we, but we are he. We were not snowflaked-for-life by effete professors who themselves never had negotiated tough life-or-death serious deals. Instead we live in the real world, and we know how that works. Not based on social science theories, not based on “conceptual negotiating models.” But based on the people we have met over life and always will hate. That worst boss we ever had. The coworker who tried to sabotage us. We know the sons of bums whom we survived, the dastardly types who are out there, and we learned from those experiences how to deal with them. We won’t have John Kerry soothe us by having James Taylor sing “You’ve Got a Friend” carols.
The Bushes got us into all kinds of messes. The first one killed the economic miracle that Reagan had fashioned. The second one screwed up the Middle East, where Iraq and Iran beautifully were engaged in killing each other for years, and he got us mired into the middle of the muddle. Clinton was too busy with Monica Lewinsky to protect us from Osama bin Laden when we had him in our sights. Hillary gave us Benghazi and more. And Obama and Kerry gave us the Iran Deal, ISIS run amok, America in retreat. All to the daily praise of a media who now attack Trump every minute of every day.
So let us understand a few things:
Negotiating with NATO:
NATO is our friend. They also rip off America. They have been ripping us off forever. We saved their butts — before there even was a NATO — in World War I. They messed up, and 116,456 Americans had to die to save their butts. Then they messed up again for the next two decades because West Europeans are effete and so obsessed with their class manners and their rules of savoir-faire and their socialist welfare states and their early retirements that they did not have the character to stand up to Hitler in the 1930s. Peace in our time. So they messed up, and we had to save their butts again. And another 405,399 Americans died for them during World War II. And then we had to rebuild them! And we had to station our boys in Germany and all over their blood-stained continent. So, hey, we love those guys. We love NATO.
And yet they still rip us off. We pay 4% of our gigantic gross domestic product to protect them, and they will not pay a lousy 2% of their GDP towards their own defense. Is there a culture more penny-pinching-cheap-and-stingy than the fine constituents of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization? These cheap baseborn prigs will not pay their fare. They are too cheap. They expect America to send boys to die for them in one world war, then another — hundreds of thousands — and then to pay for their NATO defense even a century later.
And then they have the temerity to cheat us further in trade. Long before Trump, they set up tariffs against us for so many things. If the average American knew how badly Europe has been ripping us off for decades with their tariffs, no one in this country would buy anything European again. We would say, as a matter of self-respect and personal pride, “I no longer will buy anything but American, no matter what it costs.”
Every American President has complained about the cheating and imbalance — the NATO penny-pinching-cheapness, the tariff and trade imbalances. In more recent years, the various Bushes complained about it. Even Obama complained about it. But they all did it so gently, so diplomatically. They would deliver the sermon, just as the pastor predictably tells the church-goers on Sunday morning that he is against sin, and the Europeans would sit quietly and nod their heads — nodding from sleeping, not from agreeing — and then they would go back out and sin some more. Another four years of America being suckered and snookered. All they had to do was give Obama a Nobel Peace Prize his ninth month in office and let Kerry ride his bike around Paris.
So Trump did what any effective negotiator would do: he took note of past approaches to NATO and their failures, and correctly determined that the only way to get these penny-pinching-cheap baseborn prigs to pay their freight would be to bulldoze right into their faces, stare them right in their glazed eyes with cameras rolling, and tell them point-blank the equivalent of: “You are the cheapest penny-pinching, miserly, stingy, tightwadded skinflints ever. And it is going to stop on my watch. Whatever it takes from my end, you selfish, curmudgeonly cheap prigs, you are going to pay your fair share. I am not being diplomatic. I am being All-Business: either you start to pay or, wow, are you in for some surprises! And you know what you read in the Fake News: I am crazy! I am out of control! So, lemme see. I know: We will go to trade war! How do you like that? Maybe we even will pull all our troops out of Europe. Hmmm. Yeah, maybe. Why not? Sounds good. Well, let’s see.”
So Trump stuffed it into their quiche-and-schnitzel ingesting faces. And he convinced them — thanks to America’s Seedier Media who are the real secret to the “Legend That is Trump” — that he just might be crazy enough to go to trade war and to pull American boys home. They knew that Clinton and Bush x 2 and Kerry and Hillary and Nobel Laureate Obama never would do it. But they also know that Trump just might. And if they think they are going to find comfort and moderating in his new advisers, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, alongside him….
So CNN and the Washington Post and all the Seedier Media attacked Trump for days: He is destroying the alliance! He attacks our friends!
Baloney. Obama was the one whom the Left Echo Chamber… Chamber… Chamber never called out for attacking our friends — Israel, Britain, so many others — while cozying up to Hugo Chavez, bowing to dictators, and dancing the tango for Raul Castro. Trump is just the opposite: He knows who the friends are, and he wants to maintain and strengthen those friendships. It is no different from a parent telling a 35-year-old son: “I have been supporting you for thirty-five years. I put you through college by signing four years and $100,000 in PLUS Loans. You graduated college fifteen years ago. For fifteen years I have been asking you nicely to look for a job and to start contributing. Instead, you sit home all day playing video games, texting your friends on a smartphone I pay for, and picking little fuzz balls out of your navel. So, look, I love you. You are my flesh and blood. But if you are not employed and earning a paycheck — and contributing to the cost of this household — in six months, we are throwing you out of the house.” That boy is NATO. Trump is Dad. And all of us have been signing for the PLUS Loans.
Negotiating with Putin
Putin is a bad guy. A really bad guy. He is better than Lenin. Better than Stalin, Khrushchev, Kosygin, Brezhnev, Pol Pot, Mao. But he is a really bad guy.
Here’s the thing: Putin is a dictator. He answers to no one. He does whatever he wants. If there arises an opponent, that guy dies. Maybe the opponent gets poked with a poisoned umbrella. Maybe he gets shot on the street. Maybe the opponent is forced to watch Susan Rice interviews telling the world that Benghazi happened because of a YouTube video seen by nine derelicts in Berkeley and that Bowe Berghdal served with honor and distinction. But, one way or another, the opponent dies.
Trump knows this about Putin. And here is what that means:
If you insult Putin in public, like by telling the newsmedia just before or after meeting with him that he is the Butcher of Crimea, and he messed with our elections, and is an overall jerk — then you will get nothing behind closed doors from Putin. Putin will decide “To heck with you, and to heck with the relationship we just forged.” Putin will get even, will take intense personal revenge, even if it is bad for Russia — even if it is bad for Putin. Because there are no institutional reins on him.
But if you go in public and tell everyone that Putin is a nice guy (y’know, just like Kim Jong Un) and that Putin intensely maintains that he did not mess with elections — not sweet little Putey Wutey (even though he obviously did) — then you next can maintain the momentum established beforehand in the private room. You can proceed to remind Putin what you told him privately: that this garbage has to stop — or else. That if he messes in Syria, we will do “X.” If he messes with our Iran boycott, we will do “Y.” We will generate so much oil from hydraulic fracturing and from ANWR and from all our sources that we will glut the market — if not tomorrow, then a year from now. We will send even more lethal offensive military weapons to Ukraine. We can restore the promised shield to Eastern Europe that Obama withdrew. And even if we cannot mess with Russian elections (because they have no elections), they do have computers — and, so help us, we will mess with their technology in a way they cannot imagine. Trump knows from his advisers what we can do. If he sweet-talks Putin in public — just Putin on the Ritz — then everything that Trump has told Putin privately can be reinforced with action, and he even can wedge concessions because, against that background, Putin knows that no one will believe that he made any concessions. Everyone is set to believe that Putin is getting whatever he wants, that Trump understands nothing. So, in that setting, Putin can make concessions and still save face.
That is why Trump talks about him that way. And that is the only possible way to do it when negotiating with a tyrant who has no checks and balances on him. If you embarrass the tyrant publicly, then the tyrant never will make concessions because he will fear that people will say he was intimidated and backed down. And that he never will do. Meanwhile, Trump has expelled 60 Russians from America, reversed Obama policy and sent lethal weapons to Ukraine, and is pressing Germany severely on its pipeline project with Russia.
The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, Donald Trump is over seventy years old. He has made many mistakes in his life. He still makes some. He is human. But Trump likewise has spent three score and a dozen years learning. He has seen some of his businesses go bankrupt, and he has learned from those experiences to be a billionaire and not let it happen again. No doubt that he has been fooled, outsmarted in years past. And he has learned from life.
He is a tough and smart negotiator. He sizes up his opponent, and he knows that the approach that works best for one is not the same as for another. It does not matter what he says publicly about his negotiating opponent. What matters is what results months later. In his first eighteen months in Washington, this man has turned around the American economy, brought us near full employment, reduced the welfare and food stamp lines, wiped out ISIS in Raqqa, moved America’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem, successfully has launched massive deregulation of the economy, has opened oil exploration in ANWR, is rebuilding the military massively, has walked out of the useless Paris Climate Accords that were negotiated by America’s amateurs who always get snookered, canned the disastrous Iran Deal, exited the bogus United Nations Human Rights Council. He has Canada and Mexico convinced he will walk out of NAFTA if they do not pony up, and he has the Europeans convinced he will walk out of NATO if they don’t stop being the cheap and lazy parasitic penny-pinchers they are. He has slashed income taxes, expanded legal protections for college students falsely accused of crimes, has taken real steps to protect religious freedoms and liberties promised in the First Amendment, boldly has taken on the lyme-disease-quality of a legislative mess that he inherited from Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama on immigration, and has appointed a steady line of remarkably brilliant conservative federal judges to sit on the district courts, the circuit appellate courts, and the Supreme Court.
Derek R. Moorhead, age 49, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas on July 17, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held starting at 5:30 p.m., Monday, July 30, at Centerview, 227 Municipal Circle, Raymore, MO 64083.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue (www.mopuppymillrescue.org).
Derek was born on July 30, 1968, in Tachikawa, Japan. He was the son of Richard Wayne Moorhead and Norine Iennaccaro.
On May 29, 1993, Derek married Tasha Kovich. Together, Derek and Tasha shared over twenty-five years of marriage.
Derek obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1996 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Right after school, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Harold Lowenstein at the Missouri Court of Appeals. Derek spent his work life as an attorney, professor and politician. He started a boutique firm, Larsen Moorhead LLC, in 1999 with a fellow law school classmate. Musson, Moorhead and Rank, LLC, followed in 2003. He then worked at UMKC as an academic advisor before opening his own private practice. In January 2015, Derek became the Chief Executive Auditor for Cass County, MO.
Derek taught classes and led mock-trial teams at Avila University, Webster University, UMKC, Kansas State University and Washburn University. While being an attorney was his bread and butter, Derek’s passion truly was teaching. His students held a special place in his heart. He learned just as much from them as they did from him. Many of them he called friends to this day.
Derek also thoroughly enjoyed politics. He took a lot of pride in working on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. This led to him helping with many local campaigns, especially in the roles of treasurer and advisor. After moving to Raymore 2010, he became involved in the planning and zoning commission, and then was elected to the City Council in 2013. He held this office for five years, also becoming the Mayor Pro Tem in 2015. Derek was designated by the MO Municipal Leagues as a Certified Municipal Official. He also was selected by the City of Raymore as a Civic Leader for 2018. As a telling story as to how Derek approached politics, whenever constituents voiced a concern, he would show up in person at their front door to discuss the issue. He cared about his community deeply.
Derek dearly loved spending time with his wife Tasha, daughter Rebecca and son Mark. Some of his personal pursuits and enjoyments included: Bloom County, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Comicon, English soccer, the Tour de France, baseball games, football, sports cards and running errands on the weekend as a family.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Moorhead.
Derek is survived by his father, Richard Wayne Moorhead; mother, Norine Iennaccaro; wife, Tasha Moorhead; daughter, Rebecca Moorhead and son, Mark Moorhead.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO. 816.322.5278
Celebration of Life
Monday, July 30, 2018
This article originally published by The Missouri Times
What has Anderson Cooper achieved during that period? Jim Acosta or the editorial staffs of the New York Times and Washington Post? They have not even found the courage and strength to stand up to the coworkers and celebrities within their orbits who abuse sexually or psychologically or emotionally. They have no accomplishments to compare to his. Just their effete opinions, all echoing each other, all echoing, echoing, echoing. They gave us eight years of Nobel Peace Laureate Obama negotiating with the ISIS JV team, calming the rise of the oceans, and healing the planet.
We will take Trump negotiating with Putin any day.
Derek Richard Moorhead
July 30, 1968 - July 17, 2018
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Discoveries made during an ongoing audit of a municipality in Wayne County has led the Missouri’s Attorney General Office to file public corruption charges against the former Greenville City Clerk.
Felony criminal charges have been filed against Pamela S. Birmingham alleging she misappropriated more than $150,000 as City Clerk and forged an entry in the city’s check disbursement log.
“There is no place for public corruption in Missouri,” Attorney General Josh Hawley said. “My office will vigorously prosecute those who attempt to skirt Missouri law for personal benefit.”
At the request of the Attorney General’s Office, the State Auditor’s Office — lead by Nicole Galloway — conducted an audit of the City of Greenville. The audit is still ongoing and a report will be publicly released at a later date.
The investigation discovered that Birmingham unlawfully paid herself at least $150,772.00, nearly bankrupting the city. Birmingham, who was employed by the City of Greenville between January 2014 and April 2016, allegedly wrote herself several checks, without proper authorization, out of various bank accounts owned by the city.
“I am dedicated to working with law enforcement to hold corrupt public officials accountable,” said Galloway. “I appreciate the attention to this issue in asking for my office’s assistance and expertise in forensic auditing, which led to today’s charges. We will continue to work with the Highway Patrol and Attorney General to ensure justice for taxpayers in Greenville.”
The Attorney General’s Public Corruption Team is prosecuting this case with assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri State Auditor’s Office.
American History in 90 Minutes
The U.S. Constitution is the Foundation
upon which our Great Nation is Built.
The 1776 Declaration of Independence marked the birth of a new nation. This birth brought a whole new host of questions to the forefront. What form of government would lead this new nation? Would this new entity take the form of one united nation or several independent nations? The resolution of these questions was made all the more urgent by the fact that the survival of the young nation hinged on its ability to defeat a European superpower in war.
The Continental Congress served as the federal government of the colonies (states) during the War of Independence. After independence was declared in the summer of 1776, it was decided that the role of the federal government should be defined more clearly. In March 1781, the Articles of Confederation were adopted.
The Articles of Confederation: The Articles of Confederation documented the rights and duties of the federal government. The federal government was to be run by the Congress, in which each of the states had one vote. The Congress had the right to vote on matters such as declaring war, negotiating treaties with other nations, and borrowing money. However, Congress was not given the power to levy taxes, to regulate domestic or international trade, or to enforce its own laws. The Articles of Confederation, in fact, provided for a very weak federal government. This weakness was by design. The colonists feared that establishing a strong, centralized government would bring back the same kind of tyranny, albeit in a different form, which they had experienced with the British.
The Articles of Confederation sufficed during the war. The largely autonomous states were united by the wrath they shared for a common enemy. Each state, more or less, did its part voluntarily to contribute to the war effort.
However, united in war, the states grew increasingly divided in peace. States became embroiled in border disputes with each other. They enacted tariffs on interstate trade which hindered commerce and resulted in post-war economic stagnation. The states quit contributing funds to the federal government. Unable to raise taxes on its own, Congress could not support its army. Also lacking a strong central government, the United States was unable to conduct effective foreign policy.
Shays' Rebellion: To pay off its war debts, Massachusetts implemented large increases in its property taxes following the war. These taxes were particularly hard on the state's many small farmers who were already being hurt by the weakeconomy. Those who were unable to pay their taxes and other debts faced the possibility of having their farms repossessed. These small farmers, many of whom had fought in the War of Independence, grew angry. They had not worked this hard and fought a war for the privilege of becoming homeless. In the autumn of 1786 the farmers began to organize. In January 1787, over 1,000 farmers led by army veteran Daniel Shays stormed the arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts.
What could have developed into civil war in Massachusetts was easily squelched by the state militia. Those identified as leaders of the rebellion were tried, convicted, and then pardoned by a state legislature which had become sympathetic with their concerns. As a result of the rebellion, laws were changed to help alleviate the plight of the Massachusetts farmers.
More importantly, Shays' Rebellion caused Americans to begin thinking about law and order. Although the rebellion was successfully put down by the state militia, people questioned as to whether future rebellions in other states could be halted so easily. If civil war broke out in one state, would it spread to neighboring states? Also, if the individual states had trouble keeping the peace locally, what chance would they have of warding off an attack from another nation such as Spain, France, or Britain?
The Constitutional Convention: Americans grew to realize that their survival depended upon establishing a stronger central government, one which could keep order and provide for the common defense. In May 1787, delegates from the states met in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention. Presided over by George Washington, the delegates assumed the monumental task of designing a new federal government.
The delegates met for four straight months, during which time they brainstormed, presented their ideas, argued, and compromised. Finally, on September 17, 1787, the delegates signed the final draft of the Constitution. The delegates, who had conducted their meetings with the utmost secrecy, were now ready to present the fruits of their labor to the American public.
The Constitution: The Constitution defined the duties and limitations of the new federal government. It provided for three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. Each branch would operate independently and have certain checks on the powers granted to the otherbranches. For example, only the legislative branch would have the ability to pass laws, but the executive branch could veto laws passed by the legislative branch, and the judicial branch could rule laws unconstitutional (an implied power). In turn, the legislative branch would have the power to remove the head of the executive branch, the President, or any judge in the judicial branch through the power of impeachment. In the eyes of the architects of the Constitution, this system of checks and balances would prevent any one branch of the federal government from growing too powerful.
The Constitution also defined the relationship between the federal government and the states. Under the Articles of Confederation, each state had the right to regulate and tax interstate and foreign trade. The Constitution stipulated that these rights be taken away from the states and given to the new federal government. The states would also lose their right to print money. The states would retain most of their rights to regulate intrastate activities, provided their actions did not contradict the Constitution.
The Connecticut Compromise: In return for turning over many of their powers to the new federal government, the states would select who served in this government. A major point of controversy in the Constitutional Convention was the degree of representation each state would receive. The less populous states wanted each state to have equal representation. Predictably, the more populous states desired proportional representation based on population. The Connecticut Compromise addressed the concerns of both parties by providing for two bodies of Congress. In one, the House of Representatives, each state would be allotted seats based on population. For example, a state with five times the population of another would receive five times the number of congressional seats. In the other legislative body, the Senate, states would be allotted two seats each, regardless of population. The head of the executive branch, the President, would be elected by the states, with each state having the number of electoral votes equal to its total number of senators and representatives. Presidents would serve four-year terms. An indecisive Presidential election would result in the House of Representatives electing the President.
The Three-Fifths Compromise: Many of the northern delegates to the Constitutional Convention wanted to use the document to outlaw slavery throughout the states. The southern delegates made it clear that they would not be part of a Union in which the right of individuals to own slaves was abridged.Consequently, language was included in the Constitution which protected the property rights of slaveholders. Additionally, since slaves constituted a substantial portion of the southern population, the southern delegates demanded that slaves be counted in the census for the purpose of awarding seats in the House of Representatives. The Northerners, arguing that the Southerners themselves considered slaves as property, believed slaves should not be counted. In the end the two sides compromised, agreeing to count each slave as three-fifths of a person when determining the population of a given state for allotting House seats. Ironically and disgustingly, by their mere existence, southern slaves helped to bolster the political power of their owners, power their owners would use to ensure these slaves would remain slaves well into the future.
Suffrage Rights: The U.S. Constitution remained silent as to who would be allowed to participate in the electoral process, preferring to leave this issue to the individual states. As a result, white males, who dominated the state governments in the late 1780s, continued to extend the right of suffrage to their fellow white males. Black men would not be enfranchised with the vote until the latter half of the nineteenth century. Women, black or white, would not be guaranteed the right to vote until 1920.
The Amendment Process: The writers of the Constitution wisely realized that its survival would depend on its ability to adapt to the times. Consequently, a mechanism was outlined in Article V of the Constitution by which amendments could be made to the Constitution. Approval of at least 75% of the states in the nation are required to ratify any amendment to the Constitution. The amendment process was designed to be arduous in order to dissuade the passage of trivial amendments. However, if it became clear to the people of the United States that a change in the Constitution was necessary, that change could be made without discarding the entire document.
The Bill of Rights: One weakness of the U.S. Constitution was that it was largely silent on issues of individual rights and freedoms. The drafters of the Constitution intended originally for such issues to be left to the individual states. However, when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention went out to sell their document to the American public, it became clear the public wanted certain individual liberties guaranteed at the federal level.
In 1789 Virginian James Madison proposed twelve amendments to the Constitution. Of these, ten were ratified. These first ten amendments to the U.S.Constitution became known as the Bill of Rights. The individual liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights are summarized as follows:
First Amendment: Freedom of religion, speech, and the press. Individuals have the right to assemble peaceably and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Second Amendment: The right to keep and bear arms.
Third Amendment: Freedom from having troops quartered in one's home.
Fourth Amendment: Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.
Fifth Amendment: The right not to be denied life, liberty, or property without due process of law. The right not to be tried twice for the same offense. Exempts individual from testifying against self.
Sixth Amendment: The right to a speedy, public trial. The right to be informed of charges pending. The right to defense counsel and to call witnesses on one's behalf. The right to face accusers.
Seventh Amendment: The right to trial by jury.
Eighth Amendment: Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment.
Ninth Amendment: Provides for individual rights not explicitly stated in the Constitution.
Tenth Amendment: Powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved for the states and the people.
In June 1788, the Constitution was adopted as the law of the land. The Bill of Rights was added in 1791. Elections were held in early 1789. In April 1789, the newly elected representatives, senators, and the nation's first President, George Washington, took their places in the capital of the United States, New York City.
A clash between two inimical worldviews is taking place in America: Biblical Christianity vs. secular humanism. In order to dominate, secular humanists had to find a way to exercise complete control over the five levers of cultural influence: spiritual, intellectual, educational, economical and vocational.
Secular lawyers can be unflaggingly persistent as well as ruthlessly devious. They determined that to banish the Judeo-Christian culture from the public square, the Bible had to be expunged from public education first. Theological principles and debate then could be relegated to the recesses of the conscience, and safely lodged behind the four walls of the church. As a consequence, public education, higher learning and academia have become ever-more intertwined with the state.
It was completely different in the 17th and 18th centuries. Public education and higher learning “had its roots in American Protestantism, in fact 106 of the 108 colleges were distinctly Christian. It was while the First Amendment was passed, requiring all new states entering the Union to have education systems in place emphasizing the teaching of both religion and morality.” (1)
Someone’s morality will be legislated and someone’s philosophy will be taught in public schools and universities, “for those who govern the minds of the young, direct the course of the future of civilization.” (2) For this reason, under the influence of pagan Secularism, the culture has become gruff, debauched and vitriolic over the last 75 years.
Corporate Christianity should have countered Secularism’s attack by going full tilt to where the battle was fiercest, engaging the hard fight in the public square. While increasingly moving into the meetinghouse seemed good strategy at the time, it has been shortsighted and ineffectual. With Christian retreat from the public square, Western culture is rushing headlong into apostasy from the Triune God.
Christianity today hardly resembles the muscular faith, honed by persecution, that arrived at America’s shores. Modern Christendom has near zero impact in the culture as it has become progressively esoteric and academic. It has been reduced to a subculture.
The Southern Baptist Convention had its annual meeting last week in Dallas.
Progressive liberals have no intention of letting up. Take Hillary Clinton’s homily last week over Congress’s inaction at the southern border. “Those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenet of Christianity … [Jesus] did not say, ‘Let the children suffer’,” she pontificated. (https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1008773597287116802)
Indeed, Jesus did not say that. The Greek word ‘ἄφετε’ is used, which translates as ‘let’, as in “Let the little children, and do not forbid them …” Jesus is saying, allow and do not forbid children from learning my teachings. Yet, forbidden they are in public education by the law established in 1963 by nine unelected and unaccountable Justices. This is diametrically opposed to the intention and foundation laid down by the American Founders.
Hillary Clinton employed the use of a Bible verse totally out of context to make a ‘policy’ argument. This shows one of several things about her. Either she is: (1) Biblically illiterate, (2) duplicitous, or (3) both; you choose.
Not to be outdone, MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent Ali Velshi also took to the Good Book. (twitter.com/obianuju/status/1007940931897712640) Mr. Velshi, being a Muslim, obviously does not understand that cherry-picking a few selected verses from the Bible does not convey the real meaning of Jesus’ teachings.
In his Gleanings from Joshua(3), A.W. Pink writes: “The deception which the Gibeonites practiced upon them illustrates the dual character in which Satan opposes the people of God and the methods he employs therein - as the roaring lion seeking to devour, as the subtle serpent using deceit. Both Scriptural and ecclesiastical history demonstrate that the latter is far more dangerous and successful than the former. When open persecution fails either to exterminate or intimidate the faithful,” (read: Obama Administration) “Satan resorts to his secret wiles.” (read: Hillary Clinton and Ali Velshi)
If America is to survive, Evangelical pastors and pews must take their civic skills to the next level. We were granted a reprieve with President Trump. A Hillary Clinton presidency would have set back America for a century by, among others, stacking the Courts with godless progressives. Would we even have survived, keeping in mind that the loss of religious liberty, the loss of the right to keep and bear arms, and President Obama’s transgender military policy were just the warm-up acts?
Pastors must begin to comprehend that religious liberty will be won by participating in political action, in addition to Sunday sermons. A Sunday sermon is not a denomination of political currency. Mustering and marshaling parishioners to the public square is. The teaching of the whole counsel of God in America’s pulpits, the resurrection of prayer in America’s churches, and Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians bringing Biblical values to the public square will determine if America remains free.
If successful, history will declare that the early 21st century was one of the most momentous periods in HisStory since the 16th-century Protestant Reformation.
Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.
American Renewal Project
(1) Arthur W. Hunt III, The Vanishing Word
(2) Joseph Boot, The Mission of God: A Manifesto Of Hope For Society
(3) Joshua 9:1-4
Never Mind Fox. Trump's Most Reliable Media Mouthpiece Is Now Christian TV.
When ‘Huckabee’ made its debut on TBN [Trinity Broadcasting Network] last fall, it immediately became the network’s highest-rated show, with more than a million viewers for a typical episode.
Read the Full Article: http://theamericanrenewalproject.org/2018/04/the-church-of-the-donald/
"The name of Christians being extinguished"
Nothing could be further from the truth than what comes across as a contest between Democrats and Republicans. In reality, two distinct and immutable religions - Christianity and Secularism - are vying for ideological supremacy in the public square. A better labeling would read: America is smack-dab in the middle of a ‘cultural civil war’. Eventually, one worldview will triumph over the other.
This is by no means a new historical phenomenon, as Spurgeon informs us:
“A medal was struck by Diocletian, which still remains, bearing the inscription, ‘The name of Christians being extinguished’. And in Spain, [a] monumental pillar [was] raised, on which [was] written: ‘Diocletian Jovian Maximian Herculeus Caesares Augusti, for having adopted Galerius in the east, for having everywhere abolished the superstition of Christ, for having extended the worship of the gods.’ As a modern writer has elegantly observed: ‘We have here a monument raised by Paganism, over the grave of its vanquished foe. But in this ‘the people imagined a vain thing’; so far from being deceased, Christianity was on the eve of its final and permanent triumph, and the stone guarded a sepulcher empty as the urn that Electra washed with her tears. Neither in Spain, nor elsewhere, can be pointed out the burial place of Christianity; it is not, for the living have no tomb.’” 
Modern Christendom is inclined to blame “humanists, pagans and Muslims, Marxists or other groups for the state of our culture and its idolatrous turn, but God calls His people to first take a long hard look at themselves in accounting for the decline of our social order.” 
America’s Founders understood the basic fact that virtue and liberty are inseparably linked, and that freedom “cannot long be preserved in the absence of virtue among the people and their representatives.” 
Liberty depends upon virtue, and virtue depends upon Christianity.
These truths have now been stripped from government-controlled education. Christians have surrendered the ministry of civil government to secularists, who are in rebellion against God. Secularism has brought to bear its own religious, ethical, and political doctrines in America.
Under the influence of pietism the scope of spiritual engagement in America has been reduced to “his or her personal life, family life, and the affairs of the church as an ecclesiastical organization.”  No wonder that Secularism managed to hijack the Founders’ master plan.
Americans want God’s help, but not His holiness. The nation reckons that it is useful to have God on its side. To honor God, to all appearances, we attend church on Christmas and Easter, say a prayer for the right parking spot, or ask the pastor to bless a marriage or a new home. But what we really want is a God who will help us to get our own way. We call for a God to help us getting things done, as long as we can keep our own views and live our own lives. 
As a result, America has reached a tipping point as God is beginning to assign His time-tested veterans to the front ranks. This battle for the Soul of America will unfold over the next thirty years, and God’s plans are not transparent.
A.W. Pink describes the spirit and training of those whom God is moving to the frontlines. 
“It is this very loneliness of the saint that serves to make manifest the genuineness of his faith. There is nothing remarkable in one believing what all his associates believe, but to have faith when surrounded by skeptics, is something noteworthy. To stand alone, to be the solitary champion of a righteous cause when all others are federated unto evil, is a rare sight. Yet such was Rahab. There were none in Jericho with whom she could have fellowship, none there to encourage her heart and strengthen her hands by their godly counsel and example: all the more opportunity for her to prove the sufficiency of Divine grace! Scan slowly the list presented in Hebrews 11, and then recall the recorded circumstances of each. With whom did Abel, Enoch, Noah have spiritual communion? From what brethren did Joseph, Moses, Gideon receive any help along the way? Who were the ones who encouraged and emboldened Elijah, Daniel, Nehemiah? Then think it not strange that you are called to walk almost if not entirely alone, that you meet with scarcely any like-minded or any who are capable of giving you a lift along the road.”
Secularism’s destruction of America’s once Biblically-based culture can be counteracted by:
• Reestablishing prayer in America’s churches, led by the senior pastor.
• Men and Women of Issachar running for local office: city council, school board, parks and recreation, etc.
[Please note that filing deadlines in many parts of the country takes place in June. Pastors who don’t feel called to run are requested to recruit a member of their congregation.]
Gideons and Rahabs are now moving toward the civil government frontline. “It will require courage, fortitude and unwavering biblical faithfulness to rouse the church again to her mission in a generation that has lost its way in idolatry, and where a many prophet and priest have said ‘peace peace, when there is no peace’ (Jeremiah 6:14).” 
American Renewal Project
 The Treasury of David, Charles H. Spurgeon
[2-3] Joseph Boot, The Mission of God, A Manifesto Of Hope For Society
 Archie P. Jones, Foreward to The Christian Life and Character Of The Civil Institutions Of The United States, Benjamin F. Morris, 1864
 Boot, The Mission of God
 Keith Krell, 1 Samuel
 A.W. Pink, Gleanings From Joshua
 Boot, The Mission of God
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Did You Know?
A History Lesson on Your Social Security Card
Just in case some of you didn’t know this. It's easy to
check out, if you don't believe it. Be sure and show
it to your family and friends. They need a little history
lesson on what's what and it doesn't matter whether
you are Democrat or Republican Facts are Facts.
Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated
the number and card were not to be used for identification
purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now
has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway
and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.
Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social
Security (FICA) Program. He promised:
1.) That participation in the Program would be
No longer Voluntary
2.) That the participants would only have to pay
1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
Incomes into the Program,
Now 7.65% on the first $90,000
3.) That the money the participants elected to put
into the Program would be deductible from
their income for tax purposes each year,
No longer tax deductible
4.) That the money the participants put into the
independent 'Trust Fund' rather than into the
general operating fund, and therefore, would
only be used to fund the Social Security
Retirement Program, and no other
Government program, and,
Under Johnson the money was moved to
The General Fund and Spent
5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never
be taxed as income.
Under Clinton & Gore
Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed
Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are
now receiving a Social Security check every month --
and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of
the money we paid to the Federal government to 'put
away' -- you may be interested in the following:
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Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the
independent 'Trust Fund' and put it into the
general fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically
controlled House and Senate.
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Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax
deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
A: The Democratic Party.
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Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social
A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting
'tie-breaking' deciding vote as President of the
Senate, while he was Vice President of the US
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AND MY FAVORITE:
Q: Which Political Party decided to start
giving annuity payments to immigrants?
A: That's right!
Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.
Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65,
began to receive Social Security payments! The
Democratic Party gave these payments to them,
even though they never paid a dime into it!
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Then, after violating the original contract (FICA),
the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans
want to take your Social Security away!
And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!
If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of
awareness will be planted and maybe changes will
But it's worth a try.
How many people can YOU send this to?
Actions speak louder than bumper stickers
Closing This Chapter on Barack Obama
As we close the chapter and book on President Barack Hussein Obama's stewardship of America, one has to ask, "What has political correctness, multiculturalism, and secularism wrought in America?"
A democratic republic, in which ultimate authority and power is derived from the citizens, is viable only if people can, on the whole, rely on our elected officials to tell the truth. I have nothing to add to what I've written over the last eight years on President Obama, so I'll end with this memorable insight from Mark Steyn:
Courtesy of David Maraniss' new book, we now know that yet another key prop of Barack Obama's identity is false: His Kenyan grandfather was not brutally tortured or even non-brutally detained by his British colonial masters. The composite gram'pa joins an ever-swelling cast of characters from Barack's "memoir" who, to put it discreetly, differ somewhat in reality from their bit parts in the grand Obama narrative. The best friend at school portrayed in Obama's autobiography as "a symbol of young blackness" was, in fact, half Japanese, and not a close friend. The white girlfriend he took to an off-Broadway play that prompted an angry post-show exchange about race never saw the play, dated Obama in an entirely different time zone, and had no such world-historically significant conversation with him. His Indonesian step-grandfather, supposedly killed by Dutch soldiers during his people's valiant struggle against colonialism, met his actual demise when he "fell off a chair at his home while trying to hang drapes."
Wisdom (practical, and by extension ethical) is required now as we clean up the mess left by Obama and his subordinates; and the secularists who came before them.
Exhibit A: College Kids Say the Darndest Things
The disintegration of this once Biblical-based culture - established by the Founders - has resulted in the desolation and demise of a nation founded by missionaries and Gospel-minded colonists who wrote words like this: "We do hereby Dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains..."**
The Bible formed the principal component of education in America for three centuries. Biblically informed minds know that the fear of God in one's conscience is the only thing that keeps a person honest, honorable, and doing right when no one is watching.
In 1963, secular U.S. Supreme Court Justices established a false religion - Secularism - as the official religion of America. That decision led lone dissenting Justice Potter Stewart to pen, "It [the decision to remove the Bible from public schools] led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism." Potter was prophetic.
If Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians have any interest in reclaiming a Biblical-based culture, then restoring local control of public education is compulsory.
"If the culture's liberal, if the schools are liberal, if the churches are liberal, if the hip, groovy business elite is liberal, if the guys who make the movies and the pop songs are liberal, then electing a guy with an 'R' after his name isn't going to make a lot of difference." -Mark Steyn
Madonna's performance Saturday at the Women's March in Washington, DC, brought to mind Abraham Lincoln's Young Men's Lyceum speech in January 1838. Lincoln said:
"At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
Or as my friend Os Guinness wrote:
"The free people of the American republic, who also happen to be citizens of the modern world's sole superpower, have no one to blame and nothing to fear but themselves. There is no question about the earlier menace of the Nazis and Communists, and now Islamic extremists, but in the end the ultimate threat to the American republic will be Americans. The problem is not wolves at the door but termites in the floor. Powerful free people die only by their own hand, and free people have no one to blame but themselves. What the world seems fascinated to watch but powerless to stop is the spectacle of a free people's suicide."***
Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians have sat idly by for the last century, as with public education, and allowed secularists to hold sway over the most important aspects of American society - media, public education, higher learning, Big Business, Fortune 500, the Supreme Court, Federal Courts, and Hollywood - they must be dislodged if America is to survive.
Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.
American Renewal Project
*The [Un]documented Mark Steyn
** Founder Robert Hunt, Jamestown 1607
*** Os Guinness, A Free People's Suicide
July 4, 2015
Much has been said and written about the Greek influences on the founding of the United States. Entire books have been written on the topic, including the best known Greeks & Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers by Carl J. Richard.
John Adams would often use Greek words in his letters to Thomas Jefferson, who admired many aspects of the Ancient Greeks. He could read and speak the language fluently.
When Alexander Hamilton entered King’s College (now Columbia University) in 1773, he was expected to already have a mastery of Greek and Latin grammar, be able to read three orations from Cicero and Virgil’s Aeneid in the original Latin, and be able to translate the first ten chapters of the Gospel of John from Greek into Latin.
When James Madison applied at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton), he was expected to be able to “write Latin prose, translate Virgil, Cicero, and the Greek gospels and [to have]a commensurate knowledge of Latin and Greek grammar.” Even before he entered, however, he had already read Vergil, Horace, Justinian, Nepos, Caesar, Tacitus, Lucretius, Eutropius, Phaedrus, Herodotus, Thucydides, and Plato.
The study of Latin and Greek, which is what the term “classical education” originally implied, was not something the American Founding Fathers learned in college, but something they were expected to know before they got there.
The founders knew these writers and quoted them prolifically. Their letters, in particular, display a wide familiarity with classical authors. The correspondence between educated men of the time was commonly sprinkled with classical quotations, usually in the original Latin or Greek. It was not only prevalent, but apparently sometimes annoying to the recipient. Jefferson used so many Greek quotes in his letters to Adams (who liked Latin better than Greek) that, on one occasion, Adams complained to him about it.
It is a well-known fact that literacy was prevalent in colonial times. “A native of America who cannot read or write,” said John Adams, “is as rare an appearance…as a comet or an earthquake.” It is not nearly as well-known a fact, however, that early Americans with a formal education usually knew several other languages as well as their own.
The typical education of the time began in what we would call the 3rd Grade—at about age eight. Students who actually went to school were required to learn Latin and Greek grammar and, later, to read the Latin historians Tacitus and Livy, the Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides, and to translate the Latin poetry of Virgil and Horace. They were expected to know the language well enough to translate from the original into English and back again to the original in another grammatical tense. Classical Education also stressed the seven liberal arts: Latin, logic, rhetoric (the “trivium”), as well as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music (the “quadrivium”).
Several of the founders, including Adams, attended Harvard. The sole academic requirements for admission to Harvard University in the 1640s were as follows: “When any scholar is able to read Tully [Cicero] or such like classical Latin author ex tempore and make and speak true Latin in verse and prose suo (ut aiunt) Marte [by his own power, as they say], and decline perfectly the paradigms of nouns and verbs in the Greek tongue, then may he be admitted into the college, nor shall any claim admission before such qualification.”
No ACT or SAT scores. No application essays. Just proof you knew Latin and Greek.
Of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, 30 of them were college graduates, an astounding number for the time.
But what of those who were not college graduates, such as George Washington? Were they influenced in any way by classical education? In Washington’s case, although he had little formal education, he admired classical thinkers greatly.
Even many who had little formal education were often quite knowledgeable in classical subjects. The Virginian George Wythe, who later became known as the “Teacher of Liberty,” was educated at their backwoods home by his mother. His Greek was accounted by his contemporaries to have been perfect.
Of course there were also those opposed to the influence of the Classical languages.
There was much antipathy toward the British and some colonists— new Americans— wanted to dump the English language simply out of spite. There reportedly were a few superpatriots who argued for adopting Hebrew, French or Greek because they were the languages of God, rationality and democracy, respectively.
Although there are numerous “rumors” floating around the internet about Greek “almost” becoming the official language of the United States and the vote coming down to one Benjamin Franklin, who argued against it and casting the deciding the final “no” vote— there is nothing in US historical records to prove this, or that a vote ever took place.
But, it was discussed amongst the founding fathers, according to several written sources.
A 19th century American writer and scholar Charles Astor Bristed wrote in 1855 that there was talk amongst the founding fathers, some of whom were proposing Greek be the official American language.
“It is still on record that a legislator seriously proposed that the young republic should complete its independence by adopting a different language from that of the mother country, [like]‘the Greek for instance.’ But this proposition was summarily extinguished by a suggestion of a fellow representative (Roger Sherman of Connecticut, delegate to the Continental Congress and a member of the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence) that “it would be more convenient for us to keep the language as it was, and make the English speak Greek.”
Bill Day passed away on Aug 27.
Long time Republican and heart of Cass Committee.
May his memory be eternal.
William "Bill" Martin Day, of Harrisonville, Missouri was born December 22, 1920 in Dexter, Missouri the son of Cecil Leroy and Katherine Pauline (Kleffer) Day. He departed this life on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Crown Care Center, Harrisonville surrounded by love and family at the age of 95 years, 8 months and 5 days.
Bill grew up in rural Stoddard County near Dexter and came to love agriculture. Following graduation from Dexter High School in 1939, he attended the University of Missouri. He also taught rural school in 1941-42 at Garner School near Dexter. He graduated from MU with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture in 1943 and a master's degree in Education in 1953.
He met Verda Bernice Peterson his final year at the university. They had a whirlwind courtship and married on September 2, 1943. There was a wedding shower on the 4th, and Bill reported to his first job as a vocational agriculture teacher at Advance, Missouri on the 5th. That was followed by two years teaching at Washington, Missouri and then on to teaching vocational agriculture in Harrisonville beginning in 1948. He also farmed near East Lynne, Missouri before moving to Harrisonville in 1950. Following his retirement from teaching in 1967, Bill had a very successful second career selling insurance for Farm Bureau Insurance Company and as Agency Manager in Harrisonville for over 20 years.
Bill was a member of the Harrisonville United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for many years. He was also a member of the Harrisonville Lions Club since 1955 and Past President, Cass County Republican Committee and Club, member and Past President of the Missouri Vocational Agricultures Teachers Association. Bill enjoyed many hobbies over the years. They included hunting, fishing, and camping with his family; playing softball, which he did until his 80's, gardening; and taking part in Volkswalks with Verda, which they did in all 50 states.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lori Day; a brother, C. LeRoy Day and a sister, Clarabelle Coulter.
Bill is survived by his wife of nearly 73 years, Verda Day; 4 sons, Russell (Ann) of Cumming, Georgia, David (Karen) of Boonville, Missouri, Steven (Vicki) of Shawnee, Kansas and Alvin (Dixie) of Ames, Iowa; 8 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister Katherine Day, Wilmington, North Carolina; other relatives and many close friends.
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