THERE WILL ALWAYS BE GUNS

Americans have had guns since Columbus discovered America. Our High School parking lots used to have pick-ups with guns in gun racks parked in them. We’ve even had automatic and semi-automatic guns a hundred years. The Gatling gun was developed in the mid 1800’s. What we didn’t have were psychos going into schools, malls, bars, movie theaters or churches and shooting people. Why? What’s changed?

WE have. Before 1965 we were a homogenous country. Republican or Democrat we had shared values, we all loved this country (I’m speaking generally, I KNOW there are exceptions to the rule). We all respected the Constitution and the Rule of Law. We pledged allegiance to the flag, and got a lump in our throats when we sang our anthem. We all passionately defended free speech. We were proud of our military and respected our law enforcement. We believed in God, country and family. We believed in parental rights and religious exemptions. A large percentage of us went to church regularly. In general we were a God fearing country.

In 1965 we changed our immigration policy. We were told at the time it wouldn’t effect us in any way. Of course, it would and of course, it did. We stopped merit based immigration from like minded countries and changed it to immigration from 3rd world countries. These new immigrants could then bring in dozens of family members through chain migration. These new immigrants were from mostly socialist, communist countries or dictatorships. They were mostly poor, uneducated and unskilled. In most cases these new immigrants had never experienced individual liberty and didn’t understand self determination or personal responsibility. They also came with different religions and cultures. They were not encouraged to assimilate, in fact were told it was racist to expect them to. We can’t ignore our demographics have changed and with it our shared values.

At the same time prayer was banned from our schools, and slowly from the public square. Nativity scenes no longer allowed in parks or public grounds. Christmas vacation became Winter vacation. Easter vacation became Spring break. Merry Christmas became Happy Holliday’s. We were told we shouldn’t offend our immigrants that didn’t share our beliefs. Schools stopped saying the pledge or singing the anthem. Christmas carols and pageants no longer allowed. And now Christians are being demonized. They are being called haters. Religious exemptions not allowed. California just passed a bill requiring churches to accept the LBGTQ community and agenda. They want to prevent doctors and nurses from refusing to perform abortions. And they want all of us to fund abortions even though polls show the majority of us object.

Over the last twenty years the erosion of our culture, traditions and morals has increased exponentially. Ten years ago people would have laughed in my face if I said there would be drag queens reading to our children or that schools would be teaching all lifestyles were equal and having ten year olds put condoms on anatomically correct erect penis models. Teaching sexual techniques not biology. No one would believe paintings of our founders would be painted over because they made kids feel unsafe. Or that schools would have “safe spaces” for kids who were “triggered” by something that offended them. Or that the correct answer to a math problem wasn’t as important as how you arrived at it. Or that science was decided by consensus not verifiable, reproducible studies.

Up is now down, right is now wrong. Everything we thought was solid is now fluid. Everything we collectively believed in as a country is under attack. We would all agree children need structure. They need to have boundaries. Well, so do adults. We need rules to live by. There is little that makes people more upset or angry than others not playing by the rules. There are no rules anymore. We can’t suspend dangerous or disruptive kids from school. Criminals, not citizens, are being protected by law enforcement. Illegal aliens, not citizens, are who our politicians represent.

There is nothing people can depend on anymore. We can’t even identify ourselves as male or female. It is very difficult for people to learn what is true. Fact or fiction. Google is influencing what “facts” you can see. Twitter and Facebook are censoring Conservative speech. News media is deciding what is news and what you get to know. The media didn’t cover the Gosnell trial because they didn’t want the public to know anything negative about abortion. If you want to know the truth you have to do your own research and most people are too busy to do that. We can no longer depend on science or the media or our schools to give us impartial, objective truth.

We are also being told we are destroying the earth and we have to completely overturn our way of life, lower our standard of living and accept central government. Things we enjoy, that make our lives easier are being taken from us. Our children are being frightened into believing the world will end if we don’t stop using fossil fuels this minute. Our children are being told their parents have destroyed their future.

Without being tethered to truth or faith or moral values, already vulnerable people become mentally unbalanced. People who have always played by the rules are infuriated when they see some groups exempt from them. Christians and Jews are frightened when they see Islam being taught in our schools but their religions are banned. It is no wonder more and more people are becoming mentally unstable.

So, what is the solution? Universal background checks? Many of the shooters had passed background checks. Some friends of mine were saying, yes, California has background checks but other states don’t. Let me explain why I’m against a Federal law that every state must require background checks. When you give the Federal government control of anything no matter how beneficial you believe it is to start, the next administration will change it and you may not like the changes. Like Social Security started with funds being in a lock box earning interest. Like Medicare started by covering 100% of treatment.

The Constitution says that Congress shall make no laws “infringing” on the RIGHT to bare arms. It also says anything NOT enumerated for the government to do was left to the states. The Constitution not only doesn’t enumerate gun regulation to the government, it specifically prevents them from regulating guns. If you want the federal government to regulate guns you have to amend the Constitution.

It should also be noted that the states with the fewest gun laws have the lowest gun violence and the states with the most gun laws have the highest gun violence. Chicago being a perfect example. They have the strongest gun regulations in the country and the highest gun violence. Not allowing law abiding citizens to protect themselves makes them vulnerable to criminals.

The solution to these mass shootings is not fewer guns, it’s more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens. What is the FIRST thing a politician or celebrity does when threatened? They get ARMED security. What did banks do to prevent robberies? They got armed security. Where have ALL the mass shootings happened? In GUN FREE ZONES!!! The shooters have been either Islamists or mentally unbalanced men who wanted to kill as many innocent people as possible and chose GUN FREE ZONES where they knew they would face no resistance. They knew they could kill many before the police could get there and make a BIG splash in the newspapers. Once the crazies realize there is no place they won’t face armed opposition and won’t have a chance to make a name for themselves, these mass shootings will stop. GUN FREE ZONES need to be banned not guns.

Switzerland is a good example. Switzerland has no standing army. Every family has a gun and is trained to use it. They have low crime and gun violence because criminals are reluctant to confront armed resistance.

We’re told we don’t need guns because we have police to protect us. Really? Even under the best of circumstances police arrive ten or fifteen minutes after they are called. But there has been a war on the police, in case you haven’t noticed. Some officers are hesitant to take action for fear of being prosecuted. Many have been prevented by law from using necessary force. Media and politicians have made law enforcement the problem. Officers called racist even though a majority of officers are minorities. The disrespect has grown to the point people are attacking them, throwing water, buckets, and other things at them. I have no confidence the police will or can protect me.

There will always be guns. That’s a genie no one is going to get back in the bottle. Even IF “they” were able to destroy every single gun on the planet, people would make them. Guns are not going away. Governments will always have them, criminals will always have them. The LAST people that should have guns taken from them are law abiding citizens.

As I said, America has always had guns but we haven’t always had mass shootings. Our concern should not be on the guns but on why this is happening.

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ONE CITIZEN, ONE VOTE

Did anyone ask you if you wanted to close your neighborhood polling place, or have voting centers open three to ten days, or have same day registration, or not require voter ID, or have only mail-in ballots? I know no one asked me.

The Voter’s Choice Act was passed in 2016. I always love how bills are deceptively named, like the “Affordable Care Act” that is unaffordable. The Voter’s Choice Act neither asked voters if they wanted it, nor gives voters choices. Oh, in some counties you have the choice to mail your ballot or vote at some distant polling center, but many counties already have mail-in ballots only and that is the end game. They want all mail-in ballots. The voting Centers make it more difficult to vote in person. Instead of a few blocks from you, they could be a half hour drive. This inconvenience will cause more to switch to mail in….achieving their goal.

Many may think all mail-in ballots are convenient and fine with them, but they need to understand mail-in ballots are the easiest way to commit voter fraud. And with vote harvesting (illegal in most states, for good reason) now legal in California, even easier. When Election Integrity Project verified the voter rolls they found single family homes with ten, fifteen, twenty registered to vote.

Of course, as with all progressive policies, the changes are framed altruistically, but in reality are to further political goals. We’re told these changes are to make it easier for people to vote which will increase voter participation. People would have three to ten days to vote. Would it increase participation because previously inactive voters now have more days to vote or will it increase voter participation because it creates more opportunity for voter fraud? Of course we could make voting day a holiday so that everyone could vote the same day….but that would be too easy, wouldn’t it? I’ve asked what if someone voted ten days before the election and something happens that makes you wish you hadn’t voted as you did? Too bad. Voting for days gives bad actors days to go from district to district to vote. But we’re not supposed to point that out.

The Left has perfected voter fraud and it is rampant in California. The Election Integrity Project found eight counties in California that had between 103% and 115% of eligible to vote citizens were registered to vote. Let’s break that down. We all know not everyone “eligible” to vote is “registered” to vote and not all who are registered to vote actually do vote. When you have more registered to vote than eligible to vote you know there is fraud happening.

If we support voter ID (and most of us in both parties do) the Left says we’re for voter suppression. Yes, we want to suppress voter fraud. And when we know there are more voters registered to vote than eligible voters, there IS voter fraud. In the eight counties in California that have more registered than eligible, it resulted in 991,411 more votes than eligible voters. This isn’t just happening in California, it’s happening in every blue state in the country. Every means is used to make fraud easier. Motor voter added more than 200,000 illegal registrations (that DMV admits to) to California rolls. Add to this Google influencing 2.5 to 10 million votes and no wonder Democrats were so shocked when they lost the election.

Yes, some people move and are still registered at their old address. They could be getting two mail-in ballots and they could be voting twice and it wouldn’t be discovered until after the election is called, if ever. Same with college students. They could be registered at school and in their home state, vote both places and once again, it won’t be discovered until after the election is called.

We hear those on the Left say there are so few convictions for voter fraud that it proves there is little fraud happening. But it is extremely difficult to prove voter fraud. Since every attempt to require voter ID is challenged in courts, if someone votes for an inactive voter, how is anyone to know. If an illegal alien with forged or stolen ID registers to vote, who would know? Project Veritas has a video of a DNC Operative bragging about busing people from district to district to vote for the last 30 years. If the media gave that video the attention it deserved, the public would be more concerned, but most have never seen it.

HIDDEN CAMERA: NYC Democratic Election Commissioner, “They Bus People Around to Vote”

California is holding meetings to explain to voters the changes the Voter’s Choice Act is bringing. We need to go to these meetings and ask why we weren’t consulted. Why those in Sacramento think they know better. Polls have shown that most of us, regardless of party, support:

Voter ID
Making voting day a holiday
Voting in person (unless sick or out of town)
Paper ballots (not computers)

Who fights against voter ID? Who wants only mail-in ballots? Who wants voting centers open for days? And who benefits most from voter fraud?

We have the most important election of our lives, of our country, in 2020. This election will decide if we continue to be a Republic, if we continue to have Capitalism, if our Constitution, 1st & 2nd Amendments survive, if we have individual liberty, or a sovereign nation.

This is not the time to sit on the sidelines. We need to register voters, we need to walk precincts, we need to volunteer with the Election Integrity Project, observe polls, talk to people every chance we get.

The Left is doing everything possible to make voter fraud easier. We need to do everything possible to prevent it. God bless America.

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HEARTLAND’S 13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

I flew into Washington DC for Heartland’s 13th Annual International Climate Change Conference on July 24th. Debbie Bachigulpi’s plane landed fifteen minutes after mine. Debbie had suggested I share her room for the Conference. We Ubered to the Trump International Hotel and found the lobby filled with many of the most famous or infamous, if you will, Climate Change Skeptics. You can’t accurately call them Climate Change deniers because no one denies climate changes. They are simply skeptical that man’s contribution is catastrophic.

Jay Lehr came over to greet us. We had spent several days with him at the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Conference in Tucson the week before. Jay was one of the founding members of the EPA. He had testified before numerous Congressional committees about the need for an environmental policy agency. When Nixon created the EPA Jay was hired as one of the members. When the EPA was eventually taken over by extreme environmentalists Jay resigned and has fought to abolish the EPA ever since. It became less about clean air and water and more about taking people’s property rights.

Debbie and I had dinner at the bar. We smelled something wonderful. It was candied bacon hanging from a line. The waiter nukes it at your table. Thick, sweet, crispy bacon. Debbie and I lost our minds over the butter….and the popovers. I don’t know why we can’t get butter like that here in California. Maybe it’s a good thing, I would eat more butter than I should.

The Trump Hotel was lovely. The staff from maids to management were mostly minorities. All seemed happy to be there. Every fixture was gold. Chrystal chandelier everywhere including the rooms. The bed was very luxurious. I’ve never seen a fluffier comforter or pillows in a hotel. Even during the Conference a waiter pulled out my chair and placed my napkin in my lap. The service was superb.

Breakfast for the conference was sponsored by Craig Rucker of CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow). Craig introduced Jay Lehr and presented him with the “Dauntless Purveyor of Truth Award”. Jay has written 36 books, and is editor of books including, “Water Encyclopedia”, Handbook on Environmental Science, Health, and Technology”, and “Wiley’s Interscience’s Nuclear Energy Encyclopedia: Science, Technology, and Applications”. Not exactly light reading. Jay, besides being a very entertaining speaker, is also an athlete who is an avid sky diver. He has had more than 1500 jumps.

Throughout the day we had panels of speakers, “Scientific Observations” with Nir Shaviv, David Legates, and Roy Spencer. About what Alarmist claims are based on.

“Energy and Climate Economics” with Kevin Dayaratna, Roger Bezdek, and Benjamin Zycher. About the effects Climate Change policies have on our economy. The cost is clearly not worth the results.

There were two keynote speakers at lunch, Christopher Monckton who spoke about the disastrous effects the lack of cheap, abundant energy has on countries and people. He was followed by Congressman Tom McClintock.

After lunch a panel with Craig Idso, Patrick Michaels, and Anthony Watts. Craig spoke about the benefits of CO2. The effect on plants is so great growers pipe it into their greenhouses to grow bigger plants with more flowers or produce. Anthony Watts (“What’s Up With That”, most popular climate skeptic website) spoke about how inaccurate our temperature station readings are based on where they are located and maintained. Some are located in the middle of parking lots, some near machinery, some on top of buildings. There are also many areas around the world with few or no stations.

There were two panels after lunch. The first with Douglas Pollock, James Taylor and Myron Ebell. James Taylor spoke about the Heartland’s publications that counter the IPPC predictions. He also spoke about the lessons from the midterms and the rise of the Green New Deal.

The last panel was Benny Peiser, Jennifer Fielder, and Christopher Monckton. Benny Peiser spoke about China and India becoming the superpowers if America continues down the “renewables” path. Graphs showed Europe’s economic declines mirrors their switch from fossil fuels to “renewables”.

Jennifer Fielder, a Montana State Senator, spoke about why there have been such huge devastating forest fires. They are caused by man but not through Climate Change. It’s through mismanagement. Forests are over grown and not being cleaned out. She showed a map of the lands owned by states and by the Federal government. Most of Federally owned land is in the West. She showed slides of state land next to Federal land and you can see the state owned land is better managed. She also showed examples of Feds not allowing local firefighting equipment to be used on Federal land. She advocated for Federal lands to be turned back to local control. Obviously, those living near them care about the lands more than a distant bureaucratic.

Christopher Monckton asked if anyone knew what the “normal temperature” was supposed to be. He showed graphs that showed the oceans aren’t raising at any sort of an alarming rate, though CO2 has been rising, temperature hasn’t risen significantly. He spoke about the lack of access to abundant, cheap energy is what kills people. Europe has an 80 year life expectancy while Africa has a 65 year life expectancy due to lack of electricity. He also spoke about food crops being converted to energy crops resulting in famines.

At the cocktail reception there was an opportunity to speak to the the various scientists and experts. I spoke to Craig Rucker of CFACT about having a Hollywood Premiere for their sequel of “Climate Hustle”, “Climate Hustle II”. The first movie was about the hustle, the sequel is about why we’re being hustled.

During the dinner the “Courage in Defense of Science” award was presented to Tim Ball and the “Patrick Seitz Memorial Award” went to Richard Lindzen.

Joe Bastardi was the keynote speaker. Joe and his son sat at our table during the conference. Joe is an energetic and interesting man. He knows everything there is to know about climate events throughout our history. Give him a date and he can tell you what the weather was then.

Joe spoke about how there are not more frequent or severe storms. He showed examples of where hurricanes formed, how they formed and how they hit land. He gave examples of past hurricanes as severe or more severe than the recent ones. We have had fewer, not more severe storms.

Our last day in DC, Debbie and I walked around the mall and had a lovely lunch before Debbie headed to Camp Constitution where she was to teach a class and I headed back to Los Angeles to finish helping plan American Freedom Alliance’s Heroes of Conscience dinner.

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I’VE HAD IT!

I’ve HAD IT! My blog is called Madder Than Hell and that’s what I am today.

I’ve listened all weekend to the media, Liberal talking heads, and Democrat candidates blame Trump for the mass shootings in El Paseo and Dayton. They blame his “hateful, White Supremacist, rhetoric”. Absolutely ignoring that they hysterically call Trump AND his supporters racists, bigots, White Supremacists, White nationalists, Nazis, homophobes, islamophobes, xenophobes and more 24/7. They refuse to look at their own hateful, racist rhetoric. They want us to believe Trumps words matter but theirs don’t.

These are the same people who work overtime to deny or obscure shooters association with the Left or Islam. I saw yesterday the party affiliation of the Dayton shooter was changed from Democrat to Republican. But not before people had taken screen shots of the original. We’re on to them.

These same people told us we couldn’t blame all Muslims for the actions of a few extremists. They explained the danger of retaliation against innocent Muslims. But they paint ALL of us on the Right as White Supremacists, racists, anti-immigrant, anti-woman, etc. And we see people on the Right being retaliated against every day. Hayden Williams from Turning Point was punched in the face, Andy Ngo was attacked by ANTIFA, Senator Rand Paul was attacked by a neighbor, Ted Cruz and Kirstjen Nielsen shouted out of restaurants, Sarah Sanders asked to leave a restaurant, Tucker Carlson’s family terrified by protestors shouting at their home, MAGA hat people having their hats grabbed, being shouted at, pro-life supporters kicked in the stomach, shouted at, having their signs ripped up, and on and on. Plus people losing their jobs because of their Conservative political beliefs. Just recently, Dr. Karen Siegemund lost her teaching position for her “widely, public views”. People on the Right are afraid to speak about their views. They are afraid of losing THEIR jobs. They’re afraid of losing friends or family members.

I HAVE HAD IT! Because I don’t know anyone who is a racist, or a bigot, or a White Supremacist, or a Nazi, or a homophobe, or an islamophobe (well, I might have a little islamophobia. I know MOST are peaceful but some DO cut people’s heads off, throw gays off buildings, bomb teenagers at concerts, run people over in trucks, throw acid on women, mutilate women’s genitals, and don’t allow women to have rights….but I feel bad about it), or any of the ugly labels the media and Democrats place on us.

More and more of us are being labeled “domestic terrorists”. We are considered the subversives. We aren’t trying to overthrow the government or the system. We respect our form of government and the Rule of Law. The Left admits they are trying to change our system from Capitalism to Socialism. Socialism is the antithesis of our Constitution. Socialism ends individual liberty. It’s the Left that is trying to overthrow our system. Biden said in his closing remarks at the debate last week that we were in the fight for the “soul of the country”. He’s right, we ARE in the fight for the soul of the country. Is it socialism or Capitalism? Are we going to be serfs or free people?

The Dayton shooter was an Elizabeth Warren supporter. Should we blame Warren? I don’t. He was crazy and he was a Liberal. So, the media is not talking about him. They only want to talk about the El Paso shooter because he was against illegal immigration and apparently chose the Walmart in El Paso to target Latinos. The media is focused on him so that they can blame Trump. They can say Trump’s “anti-immigrant rhetoric” is to blame. They know he isn’t anti-immigrant anymore than we are. We are anti-ILLEGAL immigration. We are for the Rule of Law.
Yes, words matter and there is a difference between LEGAL and ILLEGAL.

But what the media fails to mention (on purpose) is that the El Paso shooter had a manifesto titled, “Inconvenient Truth”. It appears he was more angry that we were destroying the planet and weren’t doing enough to stop the destruction. So, by the media’s standards we should be blaming Al Gore, shouldn’t we?

Bottom line is that for the Left to achieve their goal of Socialism, globalism, no nation states, they HAVE to take our guns. I am VERY concerned about the talk about Red Flag laws. Trump said he’d consider them, he didn’t say he’d sign them. But we must let him know how dangerous they would be. If Obama was willing to run guns to cartels under “Fast and Furious” to get support for gun control, what makes anyone think Liberals wouldn’t be willing to falsely accusing innocent people of being unbalanced to confiscate their guns. The states that have Red Flag laws have a third of the claims thrown out when both sides are heard. But this could be a year or more after being accused.

And just who would decide who was dangerous? Would I be considered dangerous because I speak against Sanctuary Cities, illegal immigration, Climate Change? Under Obama the DHS named the ranchers defending the Bundy ranch “domestic terrorists” even though none had ever been violent or threatened violence. That’s why the FBI felt justified in shooting and killing LeVoy Finicum. Obama’s DHS named returning military, Tea Party, people carrying Gadsden flags as domestic terrorists. So, why wouldn’t they think their guns need to be confiscated?

Our country has turned a very dark corner when people who love this country, it’s founding, it’s Constitution, the Rule of Law and our traditions are considered subversives. And even more concerning to me, than the labels they are placing on us, is the growing Republican support in Congress for Red Flag laws. That’s a slippery slope that will slide faster than a blink of an eye.

Please, friends, contact Republicans and explain how dangerous Red Flag laws are. Our Constitution is supposed to protect us from being punished when we haven’t broken a law.
God help us.

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GOD BLESS AMERICA

GOD BLESS AMERICA! And thank you God, for blessing me with the privilege of being born an American. I am grateful everyday for this beautiful country. With whatever faults and flaws she may have, she is still the best country in the world. She has still done more good than bad. And she was founded by men who wanted what was best for all who lived here.

Today I read our Declaration of Independence again. “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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

I find it impossible to ignore on this celebration of our Independence that those rights are again under fire. The Declaration lists the ways the King was threatening the rights of the colonists. While reading their grievances I realized many of them are happening to us now. How the King used judges dependent on him to impose his will on us (Obama judges imposing injunctions on everything Trump does), how the King called for meetings at places and times people would find difficult to attend, how the King ignored laws passed by colonists and refused to pass necessary laws unless they gave up their right to representation, how he established new offices and sent hordes to harass the people (bureaucracies, regulations), protecting criminals from punishment (illegal aliens), abolishing our most valuable laws (lowering felonies to misdemeanors), and waging war against us (ANTIFA), etc.

The original Declaration of Independence included a section on the need to end slavery written by Thomas Jefferson (you know, the founder being demonized for owning slaves he inherited). That Declaration was passed by all but three colonies. Since it had to be unanimous, that section was removed and all colonies then passed it. If this fact was included in our schools history lessons I doubt there would be such hatred for our founding that exists today.

I’ve been listening to the Left criticize President Trump for the Fourth of July festivities he has planned. They say it’s about him, not the country. They say it will cost millions. This from people who have no problem spending money. No problem promising Medicare for all, free healthcare for illegal aliens, forgiving college loans, promising free college, etc, etc. And who had no problem with Obama delivering pallets of money to the #1 Terrorist country. And, by the way, their estimates of the cost of the celebration neglect to mention the fireworks have been donated and the military are on duty so they are already being paid.

The Left are having an emotional meltdown over this celebration. They must find a way to demonize everything this President does. Every Liberal media outlet is shocked about tanks “driving down the street”, about the Air Force fly over. They say this has never happened before. It’s a Kim Jong-Un type of display. Apparently, they think we have a short memory. Clinton had a fly over for his inauguration. In 1991 81 planes flew over including a Stealth Jet. A simple internet search will show you numerous military parades in DC. If we had an honest media they would point this out.

President Trump is scheduled to give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. He said it won’t be political. But the Democrats are demanding equal time. Since when did a rebuttal become a requirement for every speech President Trump gives? In fact, President Obama used one of his 4th of July speeches to push for amnesty for illegal aliens. Can’t the Left just let us have a happy 4th of July? Can’t we put aside politics for just one day?

I love the 4th of July, I love this country. I don’t care if that offends anyone. I am offended everyday by people who are offended by our flag, our anthem and traditions. Why is their offense more important then mine? GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

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MEDIA MALPRACTICE

This is even more relevant today.

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I met some friends at a restaurant the other day. We were talking politics and mentioned that the Left might fear Pence more than Trump because of his religious morality. A waitress was passing by and said, “ugh, PENCE!”. We asked her if she didn’t like Pence. She said she didn’t. We asked if she liked Trump, she said, “I hate him”. One of our group asked why. She came over to us and said there were a million reasons. He asked to name one. She said, “He put children in CAGES”. We told her it wasn’t Trump, it was Obama. I told her the pictures of kids in cages were from the Obama years. We explained Trump has to follow the laws Obama put in place until Congress changes them. She asked, incredulously, where we got such information. We told her it was out there but she’d have to…

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WE STAND WITH KAREN

Has America been fundamentally transformed? Last night Celeste Grieg hosted a dinner at her home to honor Dr. Karen Siegemund. It’s why Karen was being honored that makes me ask that question.

Karen is the President of American Freedom Alliance, a non-profit concerned with the threats to Western Civilization. In May AFA had a conference on the Left’s Long March Through Our Institutions. The following day Karen was informed that her teaching contract at a local private school would not be renewed due to her “widely public views”. In subsequent emails the school President cited a speech Karen made at an AFA event in which she praised Western Civilization as benefitting all, even those not born here. They said that statement indicated she supported White Supremacy. Later they forwarded her a letter sent by a friend of Karen’s that questioned why the school would fire such a wonderful teacher. The letter was not harsh or angry. It simply described Karen as being supremely qualified as well as being a kind and caring role model. The school said that letter was an example of the “hate” her “followers” were bringing into their school and why she shouldn’t teach in their school or any other.

To put this in perspective I need to point out that other teachers in this school wear “RESIST” t-shirts and openly speak against President Trump and conservatism. When President Trump won the election one of the teachers said it was like 9/11. Karen simply suggested they wait to see what he would do. Is that an unreasonable suggestion? I certainly don’t remember teachers being so overtly political when I was in school. When I was in school my teachers challenged us to look at all sides, to debate, to question, not to accept anything without question. When did that become unacceptable? But Karen is fighting back.

Celeste invited Conservative talk show hosts, President of the CFRW, organizers of Republican and patriot organizations, publisher of a Conservative News Paper, school choice proponents, and other Conservative activists. During the evening Celeste asked for everyone’s attention as she had someone on the phone who wanted to send her best to Karen. Harmeet Dhillon had offered to represent Karen and told Karen how proud she was of her and how proud she was to represent her.

Karen spoke to the group about what had happened to her is not an isolated incident, there were people in attendance who had also lost jobs due to their political beliefs. She explained that she is fighting this not just for herself but to all who don’t have the support she has.

It was a fascinating, alarming and yet, joyful evening.

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