CLARE BOOTHE LUCE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE 2016

Stacy Dash

For the last seven years the Clare Boothe Luce Institute, based in Virginia, has held a Conservative Women’s conference at the Reagan Center in Santa Barbara. The purpose of the Institute is to recruit and train young Conservative women for public service.

One of the events during the Conference is a tour of the Reagan ranch. A tour of the ranch should be on everyone’s bucket list. Reagan believed it was a slice of heaven and he was right. It’s impressive in it’s beauty but also in it’s modesty. The ranch house is very small and filled with mismatched comfy furniture and family photos. In the bedroom there is a stool at the foot of the bed for Reagan’s feet because the bed was too short for him. He built all the fences around the ranch house himself. Instead of a four star hotel in Martha’s Vineyard, this is where Reagan came during his Presidency.

The second day of the Conference consists of a series of speakers who represent the values protected by our Constitution. Their last conference had Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote and Congressman (her preferred title) Michele Bachmann. These two women have been intimidated, harassed, demonized and slandered in ways our Constitution was designed to protect us from.

I’ve attended each conference and, in the past, they have been attended by mostly middle aged women. Michelle Eastman, director of the Institute, has always brought a group of young interns with her and there was at least one college student at each table as examples of the work the Institute is doing. This year the room was filled with young college girls. This year each table had one or two of us “mature” ladies among the college girls. I was encouraged and impressed by seeing so many young Conservative women. My table had young women from Texas, Boston, Virginia and DC. These young women are navigating the indoctrination camps we call Universities and maintaining their Conservative principals.

The speaker for the final dinner was Stacy Dash, actress, Fox News commentator and author. Stacy has written a book about her journey from a poor NY neighborhood with two heroin addicted parents to becoming a Conservative commentator entitled, “There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative”. She spoke about taking responsibility for your own life. She said neither race nor gender nor anything else should be an excuse for failure. Nor should we be protected from failure. It’s a learning experience and character building. She spoke about people using race and gender as excuse to not even try. As long as you blame others or “the system” you don’t have to take responsibility for your life. But if you do that you are destine to fail. She is an example of being determined to succeed and not being willing to allow any obstacle to stop her. To suggest only minorities face obstacles is a fallacy. We all face obstacles. People can and do find ways around them.

We all remember Stacy from her role of ‘Dionne’ in the 1995 hit movie, “Clueless” but when she posted on twitter that she was supporting Romney in 2012, she created a firestorm of the vilest threats and hate speech. I’m sure it was shocking to here but I think it shocked many of us. The level of hate directed toward a Black woman expressing Conservative views was breathtaking. I don’t know how she processed that much hate directed at her and still stood her ground. I think it demonstrates her commitment to face any obstacles and overcome them. She was not intimidated or discouraged. Stacy was certainly an inspiration to every woman in the room.

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DECISIONS MADE IN ANGER

I think we would all agree that decisions made in anger are seldom good decisions. When we’re angry we aren’t inclined to listen to reason and there is no question we are angry. As Edmund Burke wrote,” no passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning past fear.” Anger is fueled by fear.

We’ve been watching the cultural and moral rot of this great country as well as cultural and demographic shift due to unchecked illegal immigration. We’re angry because we have made it quite clear we wanted our borders secured and illegal immigration stopped, including visa overstays. We have effectively stopped the last two attempts to pass “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” by melting the phone lines and fax lines, and swamping the email accounts of our representatives but our borders are still not secured. We’ve watched wages stagnate and Americans lose jobs to foreign workers. Disney, of all companies. fired their entire IT department and made them train their foreign replacements. We’ve seen illegal alien and refugee rights protected as citizen’s rights are restricted.

Here in California we’ve seen the state go from a balanced two party state to a solid one party state due to being ground zero for illegal immigrants who are mostly poor, uneducated, and dependent on government. California is a perfect example of what happens when you have open borders and a welfare state. When Ted Kennedy changed our immigration laws from needs based immigration to chain migration he did it to bring in new Democrat voters. In the war of ideas, the Left couldn’t change voter’s minds, so they’ve been changing the voters. We asked, begged, pleaded and demanded our borders be secured. To appease us in 2006 Congress passed a bill to build 700 miles of double fence. In the last 10 years less than 50 miles have been built. We don’t want sanctuary cities or illegal alien criminals released on to our streets but our government doesn’t care. And now the border patrol has been told to stand down. They are not allowed to stop or arrest illegal aliens crossing our border. Washington is fundamentally transforming this country and we’re ANGRY!

We’re angry because our Constitution and the Rule of Law is no longer being taught, defended or enforced. We’re angry because the Supreme Court no longer upholds the Constitution. We are no longer being governed by the consent of the governed. Our children aren’t being taught civics or the Constitution or why our form of government is the longest lasting, most successful system in the world.

We’re angry because our children are being taught Capitalism is bad and Islam is good. We’re angry because our parental rights are being eroded. We’re being told we are partners with the government in raising our children. We have to sign parental approval for our kids to go on a field trip but not for them to receive birth control or have an abortion. We’re angry because our religious rights are being taken from us. Our right to free speech, our right to own a gun, our right to private property, fundamental Constitutional rights, are nearly gone. Our right to chose where our children go to school and what they learn is being restricted. We’re angry because we’re being forced to have unisex bathrooms and locker rooms to please less than 1% of the population. 99% of us being uncomfortable or in danger doesn’t matter. And while the Left insists on coed dorms and bathrooms, they want signed consents for sex. We’re angry because instead of our colleges being places where ideas are freely exchanged, free speech is allowed only in “free speech zones” and “safe spaces” are provided for the offended.

We’re angry because we know government isn’t the solution. Since President Carter created the Department of Education our educational system has gone from the best in the world to nearly the worst. Schools have become indoctrination centers teaching the official government doctrine. Truth and facts no longer matter. Christmas and Easter holidays are now Winter and Spring holidays. Christmas pageants and Christmas carols banned. Tag, dodge ball, swings, slides, and best friends banned. We can’t keep score and everyone gets a trophy. Players who are too good are sidelined and teams that win too many games are thrown out of leagues. We don’t want this and no one cares. Even if your school doesn’t like or agree with the policies, they have to follow them or lose their federal funds. The ACLU sues schools to stop teams from praying before games but do nothing about Imams conducting Muslim prayers in our schools.

We’re angry because our once great military is being used as a social justice experiment. God is banished and atheists are in the foxholes. Imams replace chaplains. The military now has to allow gays, transgenders and women in combat. Our military was the greatest because we had the highest standards for them. No more. Our soldiers can’t shoot at or bomb buildings that might have civilians in them and our enemy knows this. They set up operations in civilian buildings and use civilians as shields. Soldiers can’t shoot unless shot at. That’s insane in combat. Our rules of engagement are designed to get more of our soldiers killed or maimed and drag out wars for decades instead of months. World War II was four years, we’ve been in the Middle East 15 years and counting.

We’re angry because we’re being lied to our faces every day. “You can keep your doctor and your plan”. “Common Core is about rigorous standards”. “Benghazi was a spontaneous protest due to a video”. Even when there is video of someone making a statement, they’ll deny it and the media does nothing. We are angry because the media no longer even gives the pretense of being unbiased. Even media we thought represented the Conservative point of view no longer can be trusted.

The majority of us don’t believe we are causing global warming but we’re being forced to reorder our lives and lower our standard of living anyway. We’re told CO2 is a pollutant when we know it’s a natural gas necessary for life. We’re told we have to confess to having White privilege and being racists even if we don’t believe it. We’re called homophobic and haters if we believe marriage is between a man and a woman (the standard since man/woman existed) when we don’t hate anyone. We’re called Islamaphobic if we’re against bringing in refugees whose culture and religion is the antithesis of ours. While Islamists are beheading, burning, drowning Christians we’re told Islam is the moral equivalent of Christianity. We’re being told we have to give up our culture, traditions and way of life or we’re haters and bigots.

For the first time in our lives, Conservatives have protested and formed groups to fight back. We’ve done our civic duty and walked precincts, phone banked, fund raised and elected people we thought would stop the policies that were causing our destruction. Then we see those people go to Washington and not only do nothing to stop the destruction, but actually stand behind the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority leader in their decision to not oppose Obama…….and we’re damn angry!

We’re angry and afraid because we are losing the greatest country on earth. But anger and fear is aided and abetted by exaggeration, distortion, and falsehoods. Facts no longer matter. We simply decide how we want to see the world and then go out and find experts and evidence to back our beliefs.

I always thought conservatives were for Constitutionally limited government and fiscal responsibility. But we have a candidate who has never mentioned the Constitution or limited government while claiming to be the most conservative candidate in the race. In fact he has no intention of abolishing the Department of Education or the IRS. He’s for funding Planned Parenthood and expanding ethanol subsidies. He has supported partial birth abortion and single payer healthcare. He recently said he would unleash the law to sue the media for saying unfavorable things about someone. He’s for touchback amnesty. And while claiming to be the anti-establishment candidate, he has funded the establishment for decades.

But instead of making a case for Liberty, free markets and capitalism, instead of pointing out the policies that have brought us to this place, we are fighting among ourselves. Some of us are so angry at being bullied by the Left we just want our own bully to fight back.

But are we going to decide the fate of this nation out of anger and fear?

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UN’S 2030 AGENDA ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS AGENDA 21 ON STEROIDS

Let me first say, Agenda 21 isn’t a Republican vs Democrat or Left vs Right issue. Since we signed Agenda 21 we’ve had four Presidents, two Republican and two Democrat and all have moved it forward.

I called this talk “Agenda 21 games, Mockingjay” because I was telling my 13 year old twin grandsons that for the first time in our history we have a socialist running for President. I explained to them what socialism was and Jackson said, “It’s like Hunger Games”. If people want to understand what Agenda 21 would bring about they just need to look at how people live in Hunger Games, Divergent or the Giver. The elites live in comfort while everyone else lives in poverty. All in the name of fairness and social justice…..the goals of Agenda 21.

I learned about Agenda 21 at an American Freedom Alliance conference called, “Big Footprint: Is Green the New Tyranny?” Like many of you, I remember in the early 1970’s being told the earth was going to freeze over and we were going to die, so when the same people started telling us we were causing warming and if we didn’t de-industrialize we were going to die, I was…….skeptical. This conference had scientists from around the world and was moderated by Lord Christopher Monckton, one of the most famous and outspoken Climate Change skeptics.

You might wonder why I’m talking about Climate Change when the subject is Agenda 21. It’s because Climate Change is the mechanism being used to convince us that it is imperative that we accept the goals of Agenda 21. After all, who would go along with ending America as we know it unless we believe we were destroying the planet? I couldn’t believe any American would agree to a plan that would destroy our economy and deprive us of individual Liberty, the very thing this country was founded on. I immediately took out my iPad, went to the UN website…….and there it was.

It is said that if you repeat a BIG lie often enough people believe it. The bigger the lie the more it is believed.
So, let’s first examine the big lie that 97% of scientists agree man is causing global warming. This claim comes from a study done by an Australian blogger, John Cook. Though not a scientist, he started the website “Skeptical Science” to debunk global warming skeptics. Using key words he did a computer study of 12,000 peer papers and concluded 97% supported man causing global warming. A British paper The Register reported on the study with the headline, “97% of scientists agree humans cause global warming.” And the globalists ran with it. However, his study was quickly debunked when other scientists tried to repeat his study and looked at the papers he used. Cook had dropped hundreds of papers from renowned scientists. Plus he counted any paper that suggested man might have some contribution though they didn’t think it was of concern along with those that thought man was completely responsible. They found only 4, 014 papers expressed any opinion and of those only 41 papers endorsed man being the cause. The fact that the claim has been debunked has been published in various newspapers including the Wall Street Journal but that’s ignored as the lie keeps being repeated.

I attended a three day Climate Change Conference in Las Vegas a year ago and was in a room full of scientists who don’t agree that man causing Climate Change. Some of them think man’s activities might have some effect but if it does it’s of no concern. Although CO2 levels have increased, temperature hasn’t. There has been no warming in more than 18 years. And none of the computer model predictions have happened. Plus the earth has had much higher CO2 levels at various times, 17 times higher in the Jurassic Period, and it didn’t destroy the earth. The higher the CO2 levels the more abundant the plant life. CO2 is a nutrient not a pollutant.

Another proof that 97% meme is bogus is the “Petition Project”. It’s a petition signed by 31,000 scientists just in America that don’t believe man is causing Climate Change. Dr. Willie Soon, astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, sat at my table. He is one of the scientists who is responsible for the “Petition Project”. If you google the Petition Project you will see some claims that Mickey Mouse and Scary Spice signed it. That’s an easy claim to make since no one is going to go through 31,000 signatures to find them. Dr. Soon explained that they knew alarmists would try to sabotage the petition so they vetted every signature. This is a list of JUST the scientists in California who signed it. What is alarming is that we have members of Congress suggesting laws that would prevent skeptics from even speaking. There are newspapers that won’t publish letters to the editor that disagree with Climate Change. Schools that won’t allow anyone to speak against Climate Change. I never thought this could happen in America. The very nature of science is skepticism.

For years I had been wondering what was going on. We were entering trade agreements like NAFTA, GATT and now TPP, that put us at a disadvantage. Why would we do that? For instance, NAFTA allowed Mexican truckers to cross our borders to deliver goods. This hurt American truckers and the Mexican trucks didn’t comply with our regulations. So, whose responsibility is it to bring the Mexican trucks up to our regulations? We are!

And why does every city in the country seemed to be on the same page. Anyone who has traveled across the country knows that states have their own personalities and priorities. Why are they all building multiuse buildings, bike lanes, lite rail trains, and not building or repairing roads and freeways. But it wasn’t just American cities, cities around the world were doing the same. When I learned about Agenda 21 I understood why. Since then I’ve told anyone who would stand still long enough about Agenda 21.

Maurice Strong, who was the Secretary General of the UN and primary author of Agenda 21 introduced it at the Rio Earth Summit by saying, “…current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable”. Think about that. Do you want to live in Los Angeles without air conditioning? He also said, “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” An interesting thing about Strong is that he became a very wealthy man through his investments in Canadian oil and American cattle ranches. But apparently he didn’t want anyone else to have the same opportunity.

Obama said during his 2007 campaign, “We can’t drive our SUV’s and eat as much as we want and keep our homes at 72 degrees at all times and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK?” That follows right along with what Maurice Strong said.

As I said, I couldn’t imagine how any American could commit us to this but one did. George Herbert Walker Bush signed Agenda 21 in 1992, as did leaders of 178 other countries. I can understand why poor countries signed it but I can’t understand why any of the Western, wealthy countries signed it. It calls for the redistribution of the wealth of the industrialized countries to the rest of the world. It requires us to lower our standard of living. Why would we want to do that?

Agenda 21 was the United Nations agenda for the 21st century. The goals of Agenda 21 are Social, Economic and Environmental Justice. Fully implemented, Agenda 21 would end privately owned homes, farms and ranches. It ends the use of fossil fuels. It would end privately owned automobiles and personal travel. It would end irrigation, pesticides and commercial fertilizers. It ends livestock production and meat consumption. It ends golf courses, ski resorts and water parks. AND they’d like to reduce the population of the world to under a billion….although it doesn’t mention how they plan to accomplish that.

The UN had planned to accomplish their goals by the end of the century. Well, they just moved up the date. Obama recently signed the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development…..as did more than 190 countries. They now plan to accomplish their goals by 2030. The agenda says, “We resolve, between now and 2030, to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries….As we embark on this great collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. This is an agenda of unprecedented scope and significance. It is accepted by all countries and is applicable to all.” “This can only be possible if wealth is shared and income inequality is addressed.”

So, they plan to end poverty and all fossil fuel use in 14 years. The reality is….you can’t end poverty if you end fossil fuel use. Cheap reliable energy is the life’s blood of any economy. The reason countries are poor is that their citizens have little or no access to cheap, abundant energy. Wind and solar is five times more expensive and can’t replace fossil fuels, certainly not by 2030. Coal can just be dug out of the ground and burned to cook or run engine. Nothing needs to be done to it. It doesn’t need to be manufactured. And what evidence do we have that redistributing our wealth to poor countries ruled by dictators would end poverty?

The executive secretary of the UN’s Climate Change Conferences, Christina Figueres, revealed the real agenda behind the Climate treaties when she said, “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.” She didn’t say if we don’t do this we will destroy the earth, she said it was to change the economic model.

You might wonder, as I did, why we don’t see legislation based on Agenda 21 or hear politicians or the media talk about it. I suspect they knew we wouldn’t like it.
Remember we’ve had four Presidents since the signing of Agenda 21 and none did anything to stop it. President Clinton took office six months after Agenda 21 was signed. One of his first Executive Orders was to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. The council created 12 Cabinet level positions to work with all the Cabinet Departments to implement Agenda 21. A Clinton advisor to the council was J. Gary Lawrence, who was also a city planner for Seattle, he said, “Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many….who would actively work to defeat any elected official undertaking Local Agenda 21. So we will call it something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth”.

Agenda 21 is being implemented locally through ICLEI (International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives) and, of course, money comes attached to it. ICLEI is an International organization. It is in most countries. There are ICLEI cities in every state. California has 123 and counting. Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, San Diego, etc are all ICLEI cities. ICLEI cities are given money they have to spend on multiuse buildings, public transportation and everything green.

Another means being used is through the use of unelected, unaccountable regional planning commissions. Here in LA it’s called SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments). These regional planning commissions override local plans. Most of us have no idea they exist. I’ve been to several public SCAG meetings they hold to give the appearance of public approval. They show glossy video presentations that tell us how much we’re going to love living and working in the same area in “walkable communities” and using bikes or public transportation. Right, think about taking your Thanksgiving groceries home on a bus. As we speak there are apartment buildings being built in Santa Monica that have no tenant parking.

In order to achieve their goals they need to move America from an equal justice system to a social justice system. Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chair of ICLEI and Clerk of the County Court in Miami-Dade, Florida said “individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective……in the implementing of Sustainable Development.” In addition to ICLEI, Agenda 21 is being implemented through regulations, the EPA and endangered species. The assumption of Agenda 21 is that life is a zero-sum game and that the wealth of the world was made at the expense of the poor. In Agenda 21’s preamble it says, “The developmental and environmental objectives of Agenda 21 will require a substantial flow of new and additional financial resources to developing countries”. All the policies, we Republicans identify as failures of the Obama administration are actually successes if your intention is to redistribute our wealth and lower our standard of living. We have nearly 100 million working age Americans out of work. We are now only the 11th most economically free country and our credit rating has been lowered twice. The high corporate taxes that drive companies out of the country, open borders and the financial burden of supporting the mostly poor, uneducated illegal aliens and refugees is a win, win for the globalists.

Agenda 21 fully implemented would result in global governance with the UN being the governing body. Let’s be honest, if man really were destroying the world the only solution would be global governance. Every country would have to live under the same rules but while Western countries are reducing their use of fossil fuels China is building nearly one coal plant a day and India is not far behind. Various countries are getting deferments because they are developing countries. If we were in the desperate straits we’re told we’re in why would any country be exempt, for any reason, even for a little while? But the reality is that the richer a country, the cleaner they are. America has the cleanest air and water in the world. And we do because we can afford it. If our wealth is given away so will our ability to maintain clean air and water. Our use of fossil fuels is also not the problem. There are satellites that track CO2 concentrations around the world and America has some of the lowest concentrations.

Everyone should understand the UN’s position on private property. At the 1971 UN Habitat I Conference they had this to say about private property, “Land cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.”

Restriction of land use is another UN goal. The UN Biodiversity Treaty regulated how land could be used and animals have priority over humans. This map shows what the treaty would result in. (show map) Although the treaty was not ratified it is being implemented through the Wildlands projects and endangered species policies. For all intents and purposes, animals will run free and humans will live in “human habitats”. The biodiversity/wildlands projects are behind so much of what is happening today. This is why family ranches that have been grazing cattle on Federal land since this country was settled are having confrontations with Feds. This is why water was turned off to the family farms in the San Joaquin Valley, the former “Breadbasket of America”. This is why roads into forests are being torn up and dams being taken down. We’re being told we have to stop eating meat because cattle fart. Dinosaurs didn’t fart? Don’t Elephants fart? Buffalo, deer, horses, sheep? Why are cattle being singled out? Aren’t they God’s creatures and aren’t they indigenous to earth? When this country was being settled we had buffalo herds as large as todays cattle herds.

Another way they are going to achieve their goals and this is a major one, is through our children. I read the UNESCO world education plan about the same time I learned about Agenda 21. It’s actually the basis of Common Core. It said answers weren’t as important as how the student arrived at them. It said truth can be decided by consensus. It also required everything to be gender neutral. Chapter 25 of Agenda 21 says we need to “enlist and empower our children and youth in reaching for sustainability”. Keep in mind that “sustainability” is a euphemism for socialism or top down control. Every subject is used to propagandize our kids. Fairness, social justice, saving the earth, questioning their values and their gender are all imbedded in their classes. Anti-Capitalism, anti-Christianity, pro-Climate Change and socialism is sprinkled throughout curriculum, not necessarily by name but in terms of “fairness” and “social justice”. Plus a lot of shaming. An example is a lesson from a grade school text book that said by two years old an American child has a larger carbon footprint than a Tanzanian has in their entire lifetime. What they neglect to mention is that a Tanzanian’s life expectancy is 48 years because they have no indoor plumbing, refrigeration, clean water or electricity. I think increasing their carbon footprint would be preferable than lowering ours.

Psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce made these remarks at the Childhood International Education Seminar in 1973, “Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well – by creating the international child of the future”. Another psychiatrist, G. Brock Chisholm, founder of the World Federation of Mental Health said, “To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas..”

Our children have been being indoctrinated for years. I believe that’s why so many young people now support Socialism. They aren’t being taught that Capitalism has brought more people out of poverty than any other system. They aren’t being taught civics. They don’t know why our Constitution is so valuable.

I witnessed this first hand when I attended a Climate Change conference at UCSB a few months ago. The organizers opened the conference with, “Welcome, Comrades!” and expressed how happy they were to be in a room full of Marxists. They wore T-shirts I thought were very revealing that said, “Not Climate Change, System Change”. They had sessions on how Capitalism is paternalistic and oppressive to women. I reminded them women, like Margaret Thatcher and Golda Maier have lead countries. I told them we have women CEO’s and business owners, Governors, Senators and Secretaries of State. They had a session on Capitalism being racist. I told them to explain Oprah, Michael Jordan, Denzel Washington, Chris Rick, Beyonce’, Obama and others. I asked them where in the world have so many Blacks achieved the success, wealth and fame as they have in America under Capitalism? They looked at me as if I had two heads.

You can go to the UN website and look most of this up. They’re very proud of their new 2030 agreement. This agreement goes into detail on the importance of open borders and the rights of migrants. The rights of migrants apparently supersede our rights. We are to adjust to them not them to us. There are 17 goals in the new agreement, goal one is to end poverty, as if that were possible. Goal 10 is to reduce inequity among countries, which is code for wealth redistribution. But also it calls for “orderly, safe, regular migration” of impoverished people from undeveloped countries to developed countries. Right now HUD regulations are requiring the mandatory relocation of low income families into middle class and affluent neighborhoods.

I believe all this is what Michelle Obama was alluding to when she said, “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we are going to have to change our traditions, our history, we are going to have to move into a different place as a nation to provide the kind of future we all want desperately for our children”. This isn’t the future I desperately want for my children but isn’t that what’s happening? Aren’t we changing our traditions, our culture and moving into a different place as a nation? Aren’t we redistributing our wealth? De-industrializing? Aren’t our religious rights under attack? Free speech? Gun rights? The Rule of Law? Our Constitution? And our way of life?

And tragically, this is all being supported by the Pope. His goals are similar to those of the UN 2030 goals. I went to the Catholic Church’s encyclical on Climate Change. The first slide on their power point presentation said, “man can no longer have dominion over the earth”. Whether or not you’re a Catholic, whether or not you’re a Christian, whether or not you believe in God, the Pope is supposed to. But apparently, the Pope doesn’t believe the Bible or the book of Genesis. The Bible says God is omniscient, all knowing, that nothing is hidden from his eyes. Some may not believe that is true, but again, the Pope is supposed to. His position is that God made a rather serious mistake, that he didn’t realize man could destroy the world with the breath he exhales.

People ask me what we can do about this. I’d love to say I had some brilliant solution but I don’t. The leaders of nearly every country in the world have agreed to this fundamental transformation the world’s economic development model. It’s true that Agenda 21 and the new 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development have never been ratified so we CAN pull out of them. But will the rest of the world let us? What most of us don’t understand is that if a President signs an agreement that isn’t ratified, it doesn’t just go away, it’s considered a “soft law” and although it’s not legally binding the UN still expects it to be honored.

But what I do know is that we can’t do anything unless we understand what is happening and why it’s happening. And what I do know is that we can’t keep our heads in the sand. Conservatives should be on every City Council, every school board, every SCAG board, every planning commission. This is where it’s being implemented and we need to be there to stop it. If we do nothing we may not be hunting people for sport, but we will be living like Katniss Everdeen.

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THE DEATH OF ONE MAN

The election of one man began the fundamental transformation of America and the death of another may complete the transformation. The death of Antonin Scalia may very well bring the death of our Constitution.

Antonin Scalia has been standing between us and tyranny for 30 years. He was a remarkable man in so many ways but an especially remarkable jurist. To the dismay of the opposition, Scalia’s dissents were clear, logical, factual and strictly Constitutional. Scalia’s dissents on Obamacare and Gay marriage should be required reading. He was an originalist who believed the founders meant exactly what they wrote. He didn’t believe the Constitution was a living, breathing document that could be changed by the whims of current opinions. And contrary to the opinions of many on the Left, Scalia’s belief is supported by the Federalist papers. He didn’t believe the Supreme Court could make laws but that they were tasked to uphold the intent of the Constitution.

Over the years the Supreme Court has been used to change laws and that has made the Court much more powerful than our founders intended. They have been allowed to decide controversial issues Congress is unwilling to solve legislatively. Too many times these are five to four decisions which gives one judge the power to decide our fate. We are losing our power to govern ourselves and no one was more aware of that than Justice Scalia. He passionately defended innocent human life, the natural family and religious Liberty. Who will now?

I was privileged to have met Justice Scalia at an event at the Reagan Library. I thanked him for his dissent on Obamacare. He said it didn’t matter much. I told him because he explained so logically why Obamacare was unconstitutional when it fails people will understand why.

We are at a place where the appointment of one Justice could shift the course and destiny of this nation. There are six cases before the court that could have devastating effects on the country. On man, one vote; abortion; religious freedom; separation of powers, affirmative action and the right to work. As most of us know, the court hears the arguments between October and April and announces the decisions in June. It is my understanding that if a Justice is not present when the decision is issued, his vote doesn’t count. We already know the court placed a stay on Obama’s EPA overreach until the decision is issued. Without Scalia the EPA could be allowed to continue it’s war on coal (40% of our energy needs).

Right now we really only have two Conservatives on the court we can trust to uphold the Constitution, Thomas and Alito. We can’t trust what Kennedy or Roberts will do. But we do know how the four Liberal Justices will vote. They’ll vote for what they want the law to be rather than it’s constitutionality.

If more Liberals are appointed to the Supreme Court I have no doubt we will lose the First and Second Amendments. I mourn the loss of Justice Scalia as I fear for our country. May God bless us.

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IS CRUZ A LIAR?

Both Trump and Rubio are calling Cruz a liar. Really? What has Cruz lied about? Let’s look. 

Trump said yesterday that Senator Cornyn said Cruz was the most dishonest person he’s ever worked with. The trouble with that is Cornyn said DAYS earlier he NEVER said that……and Trump knows that. Wouldn’t you call that a Trump lie? And since he’s saying that to win more votes, isn’t that what he accused Cruz of doing in Iowa? 

And let’s talk about what happened in Iowa. Cruz lied about nothing. MSNBC said Carson was suspending his campaign. Cruz staff simply forwarded the MSNBC report to their precinct captains. But do we really think Iowa caucus voters are that stupid? Did the people who went out in the SNOW to precinct walk, phone bank, fund raise etc. for Carson just change their vote without checking to see if it was true? They have cell phones don’t they? And who would think a candidate would suspend their campaign on ELECTION DAY? I’d like to hear from some Carson voters who changed their vote. Trump says HE would have won Iowa if that hadn’t happened. REALLY? Why? Trump says Cruz stole votes from Carson, so if that hadn’t happened Carson would have gotten more votes not Trump. PLUS, Carson did BETTER than expected in Iowa. Cruz won by 6, 233 votes more than Trump and Carson had 17, 373 votes which is more than projected. Does anyone actually believe 6000+ people changed their vote? 

Trump says Cruz is nasty. Who is the one making nasty personal attacks on other candidates? With all the personal attacks Trump has made against Cruz, Cruz has not responded in kind. He has stuck to issues and policies. Trump says Cruz is lying about Trump’s position on healthcare and abortion. Cruz is offering his OPINION based on what Trump HAS SAID. Trump never gives details about what he’ll do so he leaves PLENTY of room for speculation. Trump has said he would replace Obamacare with a “better” government program that would cover everyone…….doesn’t that sound like single payer? Trump has said for years he was a very strong supporter of abortion, including partial birth abortion. He says he now is pro-life but still supports government funding of Planned Parenthood even though abortion is their PRIMARY function. They are a PRIVATE institution, and there are plenty of other clinics that perform whatever other “good things” Planned Parenthood does. There is nothing dishonest about Cruz’s opinion. Trump has changed his position on many things including changing his party affiliation five times. What evidence does anyone have that he won’t change his position again? 
In face, he says he can and will change his position “very quickly” if necessary.

And let’s look at Rubio. I’ve become VERY disillusioned by Rubio. Rubio keeps saying Cruz wanted amnesty. Rubio’s name was ON THE BILL!! Cruz filibustered AGAINST it.  Jeff Sessions was on radio and TV yesterday saying Cruz has never been for amnesty and was one of the only ones fighting against it. Sessions explained the amendments they tried to attach as poison pills were fought tooth and nail by Rubio. Sessions said Cruz even went over to the House and tried to convince more members to vote against it because it was EXPECTED to pass the House too. Sessions said Cruz’s efforts and the fact that Eric Cantor was voted out of office are the reasons it didn’t pass. Sorry, but it’s Rubio who is lying……and that disappoints me greatly. 

Rubio is saying the Gang of 8 bill was never intended to pass. WHAT A CROCK!! It PASSED the Senate and was poised to PASS the House. Rubio says he expected the House to make it “better”. How do you make any “comprehensive” bill “better”? Any “comprehensive” bill is CRAP! The whole point of “comprehensive bills” is to be able to enforce the parts they want and ignore the parts they put in it to “sell” it to the voters. We missed that bullet by a hair. 

But what disappoints me most is that Rubio said Cruz lied about what Rubio said in Spanish to Latino voters when asked if he would reverse Obama’s Executive Action amnesty. I don’t understand people denying something that has video to back it up.  Rubio SAID he wouldn’t immediately replace the EO amnesty but that it would have to end at some point, HOPEFULLY replaced by “COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM”.  Hasn’t Rubio been telling us he learned Comprehensive Immigration Reform could never pass because people don’t trust government? But he tells Latino’s he hopes to pass a comprehensive bill? Is he lying to Latino’s or is he lying to us.

I just learned ANOTHER reason Rubio can’t be trusted. He met with the ICE Council President Chris Crane (only after he was pressured to) the day before introducing the Gang of Eight bill. No one in law enforcement had been consulted. Crane wanted to bring a few associates with him but was told to come alone (so no one could verify his account). Rubio’s office was filled with staff. Crane went through his concerns and Rubio looked surprised and asked staff members if the various things Crane mentioned were in the language of the bill. He assured Crane these things would be changed before the bill was introduced. Crane left feeling Rubio was as committed to the changes as he was. Rubio then went right out and introduced the bill with no changes.

I hear people I believed were Conservative say they support Trump because they believe he’ll get things done. But how? Trump is the biggest crony capitalist there is. He amassed his fortune buying favors from government officials. He used government subsidies and bank loans and then defaulted on them. And we’ve seen how vindictive Trump is. He’s not going to get rid of the IRS because he’ll use it to grant favors or punish people just like previous Presidents have. Trump said he’d use Executive Orders but he’ll just do better ones. I thought Conservatives were Constitutionalists. When has Trump even mentioned the Constitution? He doesn’t complain that this administration isn’t upholding the Constitution or that we need to return to Constitutional principals. He just says this administration is acting stupidly. I’ve seen no reason to believe Trump cares any more for the Constitution than Obama does…….and that scares me. 

This is the most important election in our history. It will decide if America survives as we know it. It will decide if the Constitution survives. It will decide if Liberty survives. I pray for us. 

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ARE GOD AND ALLAH THE SAME?

The Ventura County Interfaith Community released a statement asserting what they call some “truths” about Islam that screams for a reply. http://www.vcstar.com/opinion/columnists/lotker-morris-patel-and-soyster-a-statement-by-muslim-christian-and-jewish-leaders-27fa52e8-8943-5f1-363944611.html

The first “truth” they assert is that Muslims, Christians and Jews worship the same God. That’s a lovely idea but yelling “Allah Akbar” as they behead 21 Christians on a Libyan beach is not what the God I worship would condone. Nor would the God I worship reward such barbarism with 72 virgins in heaven.

In order to believe Muslims worship the same God Christians and Jews worship, one would have to believe God told Muslims to kill infidels at the same time he told Christians and Jews, “Thou shalt not kill” and to “love thy neighbor as thyself”. The Qur’an requires ALL to convert to Islam or die. I’m not a Biblical scholar but if there is a passage in the Bible that says all must convert to Christianity or die, I’m not aware of it. The God I worship doesn’t say those who insult Jesus must die. I don’t believe the Torah demands all convert to Judaism, pay a heavy tax to become a second class citizen or die.

Qur’an 9:123 says “Murder those of the disbelievers and let them find harshness in you.” Qur’an 2:191 says “Kill them wherever you find them and drive them out from wherever they drove you out.” Qur’an 2:193 says “Fight them on until there is no more tumult and religion becomes that of Allah.” Qur’an 48:29 says, “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves.” I’m not aware of any such passages in the Bible or Torah.
Omar Ahmed, Chairman of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) said this, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qur’an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”

It’s no secret the intent of the caliphate is world dominance of Islam. To ignore that truth is not naïve, it’s suicidal. 2009 World Wide Opinion Poll showed 83% of Palestinian Muslims, 62% Jordanian Muslims, and 61% of Egyptian Muslims approve of Jihadist attacks on Americans. 38% of American Muslims say ISIS beliefs are Islamic and correct. One third of American Muslims agree that violence against those who insult Muhammad or the Qur’an is acceptable.

The second “truth” they assert is that Islam, Christianity and Judaism all mandate peace and cite the Golden Rule as proof. The Qur’an has a similar saying. And, yes, the Qur’an also says killing one man is the same as killing all mankind. However, that applies to Muslims only, not unbelievers or infidels. Sorry, it’s not the same at all.

Their third “truth” is that those who murder in the name of Islam are perverting the religion just as those who murder abortionists in the name of Christianity are perverting Christianity. This is a false comparison. Those who murder infidels in the name of Islam are not extremists they are orthodox Muslims. They are not perverting Islam, they are following it to the letter. I have already cited several passages that instruct them to kill non-believers but there are many, many more and nowhere are they revoked, reversed or amended.

The Hadith backs those commands up as well. Bukhari 52:177 says, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.’” Ibn Ishaq/Hishan 992 says, “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.”

Anyone who has killed abortionists in the name of Christianity is perverting Christianity. There is nothing in the Bible that suggests or condones murder.
The Ventura County Interfaith community may believe Muslims worship the same God as Christians and Jews but Muslims don’t. If they did they wouldn’t call Christians and Jews “unbelievers” and “infidels”.
The fourth “truth” they discuss is in response to the constant question of why Muslims don’t condemn the terrorists. Their answer is that Muslim authorities have condemned the actions of ISIS in a letter to Baghdadi (ISIS leader) dated September 14, 2014. The letter was sent by 126 leaders and scholars of Islam (later 49 others joined them). That’s all well and good, however, in 2014 there were more than 2 Billion Muslims worldwide. 175 Muslims sending a letter to Baghdadi is hardly earthshattering. I’ve seen many pictures and videos of thousands of Muslims marching in the streets calling for the beheading of infidels or those who insult Muhammad but I have never seen thousands of Muslims marching in the streets to denounce the actions of ISIS or Al Qaeda or Hezbollah, etc. When I see thousands I might be convinced but one letter from 175…..in 2014, when we’ve been under siege for decades? Not so much.
To understand Islam we need to understand “taqiyya” the obligation to lie to protect Islam. I don’t believe that is a Christian or Jewish obligation. We must also understand the Three Stages of Jihad. The First Stage is when Islam is in small numbers, they are to live peacefully among the infidels. The Second Stage is when the Muslim population has grown, they start making demands for Sharia law, hala food, official recognition of their religious holidays, etc. The Third Stage is when they become a majority and have political power they demand infidels leave (and leave their homes, businesses and belongings), pay a tax every year to be second class citizens with few rights or……die.
The fifth point was, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, suggesting those who warn of the incompatibility of Islam with the Western way of life, rule of law and Judeo/Christian values are fear mongering. I’m sorry but when someone you’ve worked with for years and recently honored with a baby shower comes in to a Christmas party, blows away 14 of your friends, and wounds 21 others, that’s not fear mongering. The belief that if we’re loving, understanding and accepting they won’t murder us is unrealistic. Self preservation is one of our strongest instincts and our God gave it to us for a reason.
The Ventra Interfaith community statement reminds me a an old movie, “War of the Worlds” where the kindly old scientist walks toward the spaceship telling them we are their friends and they have nothing to fear…………and they incinerate him with a death ray.

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OPEN LETTER TO IOWA’S GOVERNOR BRANDSTAD

Dear Governor Branstad,

Last week you told the citizens of Iowa to vote for anyone but Ted Cruz. Why was that, Governor?

Let me start by saying that I have great admiration for the people of Iowa. My favorite member of Congress is Iowan Congressman Steve King. I’ve always considered Iowans as being good, salt of the earth, God fearing Americans……..you know, the kind who cling to their guns and their Bibles……as do I.

What is one of the greatest complaints from grass roots voters, both Republican and Democrat? Isn’t it “Wall Street” and “crony capitalism”? What is wrong with both has been caused by government intervention. The government creates laws and regulations that stifle competition and enrich those in government favor. And, let’s be honest, subsidies are bribes. The government bribes you to do something you had no inclination to do. Consumers haven’t been demanding ethanol be added to their gasoline. In fact, when I googled ethanol one of the first sites listed was the locations of “ethanol free” gas stations.

But apparently, Governor Branstad, you don’t mind the government picking winners and losers as long as you’re one of the winners. You want anyone but Ted Cruz because he had the integrity to not pander to the Iowan farmers who are being subsidized to grow corn for ethanol. Cruz admitted his position may not be popular in Iowa but that subsidies are wrong for the free market, food prices and world hunger.

A 2005 study done by Cornell University researcher, David Pimental, found growing corn and converting it into ethanol used 29% MORE energy than the fuel generated. Ethanol produces 34% lower energy than gasoline. And as we know ethanol is a solvent that dissolves rubber, plastic, even aluminum.

You are a Republican, Governor Branstad. Republicans are supposed to stand for free markets and limited government. How do ethanol subsidies represent either?
Why would any Republican support taxpayers subsidizing something they don’t want, that corrodes their engines, drives up food prices and limits food production?
Do you not realize those subsidies are borrowed money that our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren….and their children, will be paying for? Our children will be living with less because of the excessive spending of this generation.

If a product can’t survive in the free market, it shouldn’t. The government is bribing people to support a product they don’t want should be abhorrent to every Republican. You disappoint me, Governor.

Sincerely,
Michael Greer

http://www.renewables-info.com/drawbacks_and_benefits/ethanol_fuel_advantages_and_disadvantages.html

http://environment.about.com/od/ethanolfaq/f/ethanol_problem.htm

http://www.fuel-testers.com/ethanol_fuel_disadvantages.html

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