Dixie Heritage News – January 26, 2018
Is CNN’s DON LEMON a Black Confederate Flag promoter?
Last week we reported that it has been a number of years since the State of Virginia, which closes each legislative session by honoring a dead Virginian of note, had closed its session in honor of Jackson or Lee.
So, on Monday, the Virginia Legislature determined to remedy that oversight.
When Virginia State Senator Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (R-Augusta) stood up to commemorate the birthday of Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson at the close of the State Senate meeting, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax walked off the dais. He would later tell reporters that he didn’t want to be disrespectful, but, as a black man in the South, he “didn’t want to hear that shit.”
Sen. Stephen D. Newman (R-Bedford), the Senate pro tempore, had to move into Fairfax’s chair and assume the gavel.
The Washington Post would later report that Fairfax’s exit was “so smooth, many senators didn’t even realize it was a protest move.”
The Post notes that the Lt. Governor knew beforehand that the move to commemorate Jackson was coming, and since he presides over the Senate, he informed some members of his plans to hand over the gavel “so as not to be a part of the shenanigans commemorating those who wanted to enslave his ancestors.”
In response to the Lt. Governors departure from the chamber, Sen. Hanger said, “Jackson was not a perfect man…As a devout Christian, he had conflicting views on slavery. But there’s no questioning the fact that in his short life, he became one of the most respected military leaders the modern world has known.”
Perhaps it was in response to the Lt. Governor’s absolute lack of respect and decorum that a Virginia bill, aimed at giving cities control of Confederate monuments, failed in a State Senate committee this week. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jennifer Wexton, would have allowed localities to take down Confederate statues. Under current State law, local jurisdictions cannot disturb such memorials.
The Local Government Committee threw out Wexton’s measure Tuesday on a vote of 7-6, arguing that the issue should remain at the State level.
“These monuments mean a lot of things to a lot of people,” said Republican Sen. Amanda Chase. “We have people come all over the country to visit these monuments. We should put aside our personal feelings.”
Republican Sen. Bill Carrico asked, “Why would we as a state government allow localities to take those monuments down when it is there for all Virginians to view?”
We hope that the Committees decision to kill the bill does not bode well for a similar measure in the House of Delegates that was introduced by House Minority Leader David Toscano. It would give cities the authority to remove or alter Confederate monuments.
NEW ORLEANS MONUMENT VANDALIZED
On Saturday, domestic terrorists spray painted a statue dedicated to the first Louisiana Confederate field officer to be killed in the WBTS. It’s the second time in a year that the bust of Col. Charles Didier Dreux was spray-painted. In June, vandals chiseled the nose off the statue.
The word “bigot” was scrawled multiple times in black spray paint on the monument, and a burned tire sat nearby.
The concrete bust of Dreux is on North Jefferson Davis Parkway across Canal Street from where the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis once stood.
ANOTHER GEORGIA MONUMENT TO MOVE
DeKalb County officials voted Tuesday morning to move the Confederate monument on Decatur Square. The 30 foot monument currently sits outside the old Decatur courthouse.
The monument was built in 1908. The initials C.S.A. are engraved all around the monument along with inscriptions on the monument in honor of Confederate soldiers and sailors.
Under Georgia law, the monument cannot be destroyed or kept from public view. So the Commissioners will spend thirty days collecting proposals on where to relocate the statue.
The DeKalb County Commissioners voted 6-1. The only no vote was from Nancy Jester.
FLORIDA CITY MANAGER PUSHES BACK
The St. Augustine City Manager John Reagan said he is set to recommend seven people to the city’s Confederate Memorial Contextualization Advisory Committee.
Although we recently reported a decision by City Commissioners to keep the Confederate memorial in place in the center of the Plaze de la Constitucion, the City Manager is now responding by forming a committee that will be tasked with adding additional signage to apologize for the WBTS display.
Reagan will present his recommendations to the City Commission Monday night. If approved, his group will hold a meeting in the near future that will be open to the public.
“THE FIX IS IN”
The Governor has announced that there will be, “At least one public hearing,” so that we can’t cry foul when his group of cherry picked “historians,” “preservationists,” and business people “recommend” that the three Confederate monuments can or should be moved from North Carolina’s old Capitol grounds.
As for when the five members of the study committee that’s part of the state Historical Commission agreed Monday to hold, “at least one public hearing”? They didn’t set a date. They are to report to the full commission by April.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration requested back in September the monuments be removed.
ONLY UP IN YANKEE LAND
Police are searching for five people who draped Confederate Flags on more than a dozen lawn jockeys in front of an upstate New York horse racing museum.
Authorities say surveillance video captured people hanging the Flags on jockeys at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York, at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. None of the jockeys were damaged. Museum staff removed the flags that morning.
People who claim to have placed the Flags have told news outlets they were protesting against symbols of slavery. They want the museum to remove the current pale-skinned statues and replace them with historically accurate black jockeys.
The museum says the statues do not carry racial overtones and instead represent historic racing stables.
MUSLIM AND JEWISH LIBERALS UNITE AGAINST CONFEDERATE
A Chesterfield, Missouri resident who is running for the Parkway School Board is coming under fire from liberal Parkway residents and Muslim and Jewish leaders for her social media history.
School board candidate Jeanie Ames describes herself as a “Confederate” on her Twitter page where she has retweeted a tweet about banning Islam in the U.S.
According to screenshots being circulated among Parkway residents, Ames referred to U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., as an “ignorant slut” and said “sanctuary cities, chain immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Congressional Black Caucus are what is wrong with the U.S.” She also once once referred to Michelle Obama as a “giant rat.”
I mean come on, everyone knows that Michelle Obama does not look like a rat. Does this picture make Michell look like a rat?
Maybe she meant the Michelle Obama acted like a rat? We can go along with that!
Anywhoo, not only does she appear to be a truth-teller, she also appears to be the most qualified candidate. Ames graduated from Parkway Central High School in 1989, taught at Marion Elementary in the Ritenour School District and served on the PTO for Parkway Central Middle School.
While you would think that Muslim and Jewish wouldn’t have anything to agree on, except what is supposed to be their hatred of each other, it would appear that their hatred of Southerners, Christians, and Conservatives, and Confederates apparently outweighs their religious biases because the leaders of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Imam Council of Metropolitan St. Louis, Jewish Voice for Peace St. Louis chapter and Council on American-Islamic Relations Missouri chapter have all come together to condemn Ames’ school board campaign on Wednesday.
“Jeanie Ames’ record of racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and other bigotry prove beyond any doubt that she has no place on the Parkway School District’s Board of Education,” said Anna Baltzer of Jewish Voice for Peace in a statement. “All people of conscience who believe in the value and place of all children at Parkway schools should oppose Ames’ candidacy in the strongest terms.”
“It is quite disturbing to say the least that a person with views such as ‘banning Islam from America’ is running for the Parkway School Board,” said Mufti Asif Umar in a statement. He is the imam of Daar-Al-Islam Masjid a mosque situated in the school district. “We are proud to say that Parkway schools are home to many American Muslims.”
Chris Phillips, a Creve Coeur resident and Parkway parent who is circulating screenshots of Ames’ Twitter posts said he fears Ames’ partisan politics would seep into her decision-making on the school board. He pointed out one of Ames’ tweets that refers to another tweet about “fighting Islamic terrorism, starvation and disease” while “Democrats are fighting for men to pee in the ladies’ room.” In the tweet, Ames wrote, “Pretty much sums up my BoE run.”
Ames says she wants to ensure “taxpayer stewardship” if elected. “The good of the district is the only concern on which I would base my decisions,” she wrote in an eMail.
A total of five people are running for two spots on the Parkway School Board. The League of Women Voters will hold a board candidate forum from 7-9 p.m. March 12 at Parkway Central Middle School at 471 North Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield. The election is April 3.
NON-HERITAGE NEWS EFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND:
One of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s greatest victories may come now that he has left office. During recent oral arguments in Christie v. NCAA, the Supreme Court justices appeared open to allowing states to legalize sports betting.
Christie has been fighting for years to invalidate the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). It expressly prohibits government entities, including the states, from authorizing sports wagering. The only current exceptions are the states of Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware.
PASPA gave New Jersey (but no other state) permission to authorize, license and, otherwise, regulate sports wagering, but only in Atlantic City and only if a measure was enacted within one year of PASPA’s effective date. New Jersey declined to act before the deadline.
The federal sports betting law also authorizes professional and amateur sports organizations, as well as the United States Attorney General, to file lawsuits to enforce its provisions.
In the suit currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, New Jersey is arguing that PASPA is unconstitutional because it dictates the extent to which the states must maintain their prohibitions on sports wagering. Citing New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 144 (1992), New Jersey specifically argues that PASPA violates the 10th Amendment, which prohibits the federal government from “commandeering” the states to enforce federal law.
Efforts to Legalize Sports Betting in New Jersey
When New Jersey passed a law establishing a regulatory regime for legalized sports betting in 2012, the country’s major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed a lawsuit, which was joined by the Department of Justice.
In its defense, the state of New Jersey argued that the federal ban is unconstitutional. It specifically maintained that the power to regulate gambling and benefit from the revenue it generates should rest with the states and not the federal government. New Jersey further argued that PASPA violates the equal protection clause of 14th Amendment because it is not applied equally across all states.
The Third Circuit rejected the constitutional challenge and concluded that the state could not regulate sports betting without running afoul of PASPA.
However, the appeals court held that the states retained “much room . . . to make their own policy” and were free to “enforce the laws they choose to maintain.”
Seeking to comply with the Third Circuit’s decision, New Jersey passed a 2014 law that partially repealed state laws prohibiting sports wagering. The sports leagues again filed suit. In response, the state argued that it is unconstitutional for PASPA to dictate the extent to which states must maintain their prohibitions on sports wagering.
Justices Buy into State Sovereignty Argument
In his petition for certiorari, Christie argued that the “federal takeover of New Jersey’s legislative apparatus is dramatic, unprecedented, and in direct conflict with this Court’s 10th Amendment jurisprudence barring Congress from controlling how the States regulate private parties.”
The brief further argued, “Never before has congressional power been construed to allow the federal government to dictate whether or to what extent a State may repeal, lift, or otherwise modulate its own state-law prohibitions on private conduct. And never before has federal law been enforced to command a State to give effect to a state law that the State has chosen to repeal.”
In oral arguments, attorney Theodore Olson, who argued on behalf of New Jersey, argued that while the federal government may pre-empt state activities under its commerce power, it may only do so when it actually implements a comprehensive federal regulatory scheme that would render state actions inconsistent.
“PASPA is a direct command to the states without any effort to regulate sports wagering,” he argued. With regard to sports wagering, Olson maintained that the federal government wanted to “put the burden and expense and accountability all on the states.”
Several justices seemed to agree that PASPA runs afoul of the 10th Amendment.
“The citizens of the State of New Jersey are bound to obey a law that the state doesn’t want but that the federal government compels the state to have,” Justice Anthony Kennedy noted. “That seems like commandeering.”
While the oral arguments suggested that the majority may be sympathetic to the state’s arguments, it is too soon to declare victory. The Supreme Court’s decision is expected before the end of June 2018.
IS IT FINALLY HAPPENING?
A former co-president of a Maryland based nuclear material transportation company was handed an 11 count indictment connected to the alleged Russian bribery and Uranium One scheme on Friday, reports The Daily Wire.
Mark Lambert, the aforementioned former co-president of the company specializing in nuclear transportation services in the United States and abroad was charged “one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering,” according to a Department of Justice report. The company’s name was withheld from that report.
The DOJ press release, issued Friday, goes on to say, “The charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official atJSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX.”
“According to the indictment, beginning at least as early as 2009 and continuing until October 2014, Lambert conspired with others at “Transportation Corporation A” to make corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX.”
In 2015, Lambert’s former co-president Daren Condrey, pleaded guilty to to “conspiracy to violate the FCPA and commit wire fraud, and Vadim Mikerin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering involving violations of the FCPA. Mikerin is currently serving a sentence of 48 months in prison and Condrey is awaiting sentencing.”
As noted by The Daily Wire, “TENEX is the commercial sales arm for Russia’s Rosatom, which took full control of Uranium One in 2013.”
In October 2017, The Hill reported that the Obama White House supposedly knew that this bribing was occurring but did nothing to stop it.
“The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.
But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin – the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States – was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.
Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.”
The Hill’s story details how exactly the alleged bribery occurred, “Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
They also obtained an eyewitness account – backed by documents – indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.”
ANTI-SEMITISM LAW WILL VIOLATE 1st AMENDMENT
Gov. Henry McMaster called upon his State Senate on Wednesday to pass a law that would make South Carolina the first US state to codify a universal definition of antisemitism.
That definition would be taken from a US State Department decision in 2010 and an accompanying fact sheet that singles out demonizing, delegitimizing, and having a double-standard for Israel.
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews,” the definition says. “Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
So can South Carolina commentators criticize Israel’s use of deadly force against protesters – including the murder of a legless cripple in a wheelchair? Or will the 1st Amendment no longer apply in South Carolina?
“Antisemitism has no place in South Carolina, and the passage of this bill would go a long way toward ensuring that our state and its college campuses provide a welcoming environment for those from all walks of life,” Governor McMaster said. “I’m proud that South Carolina continues to lead the fight against antisemitic discrimination, and would ask that the Senate immediately bring this bill to the floor for a final vote, so that we may send the strongest possible message to the world.”
While we are not advocating anti-semitism, if South Carolina should pass this extremely unconstitutional legislation it will be the precedent that completely unravels the 1st Amendment nationwide.
The Confederate Flag is NOT Racist and Neither am I
by Rep. Todd Clodfelter
Todd Clodfelter is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives elected to represent District 10. He has been accused by Democrats of being a racist because he had a Confederate themed screen saver on his personal computer.
I have been called despicable. Racist. Treasonous – all because I had a picture of a Confederate Flag as one of the screen savers on my laptop. And yet anyone who actually knows me realizes these accusations couldn’t be further from the truth. I cannot fathom the concept of slavery, how one man could own another. To judge another on any basis other than their character and conviction is the greatest example I can conjure of weak-mindedness. Racism doesn’t diminish the target, it diminishes the proprietor.
At the same time, and for the first time in our history, I worry about how this country is going to endure if we don’t soon come together on real issues. I know that regardless of what I write here, angry, closed minds will not change. That is their choice. Individualism, once revered throughout our country, is apparently on the way out – as is judging people on their thoughts, deeds and actions, not merely an icon. We have evolved into a culture that thrives on collective control rather than the freedom of the individual thought, allowing emotion and “safety in numbers” to prevail in public discourse. Those who profess tolerance have become the intolerant.
Innocent until proven guilty has been replaced by instant crucifixion via social media. Proponents of these witch hunts like to pretend they are basking in righteousness, the guardians of equality and justice. Nothing could be further from the truth. Their venom achieves nothing other than to inflame ideologues, and promote ignorance. Condemning someone without first having all the facts is intellectually bankrupt, and crucifying people in the name of justice is no more effective now than it was in Roman times – the people being crucified aren’t going to start agreeing with you when they get nailed to the cross.
The fact is that hundreds of thousands of Southerners took up arms, most of them never having owned a slave, and fought with the specific belief that they were following in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers. Others were resisting an invading army marching into their state, across their farmland and into their towns. Many were just ignorant, young men looking for adventure.
After the North prevailed, the survivors returned home to devastation: their crops burned, homes pillaged and destroyed, livestock slaughtered or scattered; entire cities laid to ruin. My ancestors among them.
They returned. Re-planted their crops. Rebuilt their lives. Their pride in each other, in the crucible they survived, was all they could take from their past. In the struggle that followed, a new meaning for the Confederate flag was born. Many people look at the flag and see only hatred and bigotry. But for many of us of Southern heritage, it came to mean far more over time.
Symbols only have the power we give them. Flying this flag as a symbol of white supremacy is despicable, and any use of it for that purpose should end, immediately. Flying it over memorials to Confederate war dead is simply history, and should never be erased. In the aftermath of the war, Southerners had to rebuild more than just their homes. They had to rebuild their outlook on the world, and did.
Removing the Confederate flag from sight and pretending it doesn’t exist won’t change history, it merely helps to shroud it in ignorance.
But today, we ignore nuance, multiple meaning, in favor of coerced conformity. We have lost the ability to share different opinions in civil discussion. We instantly paint our perceived enemy with a broad brush before we ever take the time to learn who they are. Our country is a mishmash of culture, color, religion. Only 242 years young, still with hope, optimism and opportunity for the future; so long as we strive to work together and overcome our differences rather than expand on them with a mob mentality.
The excessive interest on my personal laptop screen saver has trumped other things far more serious and alarming in nature; like sex trafficking, the opioid addiction epidemic, and child protection and welfare services – issues in front of us now that demand not only our attention, but our collaborative resolve.
Call to Arms in Tennessee
by Dr. Scott D. Hall
Dixie Heritage advertiser Scott D. Hall is an attorney in private practice in Tennessee. He is also the Judge Advocate in Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The SCV has been active behind the scenes to combat this lawlessness. We have filed a series of petitions in Davidson County Chancery Court about securing the statues and safeguard them while we fight to get them restored. In addition, we are extremely active in the General Assembly to get them to assist in ensuring that that Memphis cannot flaunt the law and attack our heritage. These petitions will be heard shortly and I will keep you updated.
What can you do to help? The SCV leadership has taken a stance against attending or participating in public demonstrations which can be hijacked and lead to violence and would undermine our legal efforts. I know many of you are frustrated by these decisions, but I fully agree with them. You do not fight lawlessness by becoming involved in lawlessness yourself. What we do want you to do is as follows:
I’m sure you all know about the sneaky removal of the statues in Memphis by the Mayor and city council. They did this under the cover of darkness and just prior to the Christmas holiday.
The legislature is planning to open an investigation into the matter. We need to support our representatives in getting to the bottom of this situation, and insure as much as we can, that it’s not just a ploy to sidetrack or delay action.
As politicians seem to be swayed mainly by pain or compliments, below is a list of all their email addresses. They need to know we are aware and following the situation closely, and expect them to follow their oath’s of office.
Be cordial and respectful as the good Southern gentlemen you are. Let them know how concerned you are about the situation, and that you expect the unlawful actions in Memphis, and those responsible, to be held accountable.
It is critical that we ensure that State Representatives and State Senators remain aware of the need to enforce the law and address the lawlessness in Memphis. With the City authorities taking the action of removing the Monuments and desecrating the graves within Forrest Park, we need the State to take action. State action is needed to prosecute the crimes and to enforce the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act.
Even more concerning are the rumors that high ranking State officials were involved somehow and/or may have somehow encouraged or supported this action by the City of Memphis. The facts need to be investigated and developed. Any crimes should be prosecuted, but it seems clear that the graves of General Forrest and others were desecrated. If such is the case, is appears that State laws were broken and proceedings before Tennessee Commissions have been tainted.
Please follow-up with your State Representative and Senator, and ensure that you mention your support for appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate the lawlessness in Memphis, the desecration of the Forrest Park graves and Monuments, and the importance of protecting Historical Monuments and Southern Heritage.
The SCV has steadfastly used legal resources and avenues to protect Heritage and History. And we have won many victories, which is why the enemies of truth and Southern Heritage have to resort to destruction and violation of the laws. Pursuing this legal course of action is our current plan.
FROM SKEPTIC TO TRUMP SUPPORTER
by Dr. Scott Lively
Dr. Scott Lively is a Pastor and national radio personality. He is probably best known as the author of the book, The Pink Swastika. Currently, Scott is running for Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
While I was highly skeptical of Mr. Trump in the early days of the 2016 election, afraid he was just a NY Liberal Democrat in Conservative Republican clothing, I have come to believe that our president is the greatest political genius in modern American history — whose right hand keeps the looney left utterly apoplectic over relatively inconsequential controversies (like kittens chasing a laser pointer) while his left hand is busily dismantling the deep state and advancing the conservative agenda at a fairly rapid clip — despite unprecedented, relentless opposition from the elite Uniparty, a remarkable feat.
The only real threat to his success on our behalf are the people on ‘our side’ who still allow the mainstream media and establishment pundits to define reality for them, and thus become Trump-bashing ‘useful idiots’ for the left — as if he didn’t give us all the most valuable political gift of our lifetime in stopping the Clinton Crime Family from taking over the government: something we should be gushing with thankfulness over every single day of his presidency — even if he never did another thing for four years but hang out at the Mar a Logo and play golf. But in fact, we got that unexpected reprieve, AND the most booming economy since Reagan, AND the Gorsuch confirmation, AND dozens of excellent executive orders and policy victories. So, Mr. President, I have nothing to say to you but Thank You and Keep Up The Good Work! You Are In Fact Making America Great Again as You Promised.”
45 Years of an American Holocaust
by Dr. Chuck Baldwin
Dr. Chuck Baldwin is a radio broadcaster, syndicated columnist, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded. A former candidate of the Constitution Party for both Vice-President (2004) and President (2008). Chuck is one of our favorite Dixie Heritage subscribers. The inclusion of this article by the editor does not constitute a complete endorsement of its contents.
Monday, January 22, was the forty-fifth anniversary of the Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion-on-demand. Forty-five years! Since those dreadful decisions, over 60 million helpless innocent unborn babies have been mercilessly (but legally) slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers.
Think about it: An American fifty years of age or younger has no conscious recollection of a country where abortion-on-demand was NOT legal. And the truth is, both major parties and the vast majority of America’s pastors and churches are equally culpable for this slaughter of innocents.
The Republican Party touts itself as being “pro-life.” The claim is so much hot air. The Supreme Court that voted to legalize abortion-on-demand in the Roe decision was dominated by Republican appointments by a margin of 6 – 3. And 5 of those Republican appointments (Harry Blackman, Warren Burger, William Brennan, Potter Stewart, and Lewis Powell, Jr.) voted in favor of Roe, which means the votes of the Democrat-appointed justices were not even needed to pass Roe. For the record, two Democrats voted in support of Roe (William Douglas and Thurgood Marshall), and one Democrat voted against Roe (Byron White). And the only Republican to vote against Roe was William Rehnquist.
Beyond that, the GOP controlled the entire federal government for six of G.W. Bush’s eight years in office-and they controlled the entire federal government for the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. They did nothing about Roe v Wade under Bush, and they have done NOTHING about Roe v Wade under Trump.
While Ron Paul was a congressman, he would routinely introduce the “Sanctity of Life Act”; and every year the GOP leadership in Congress let the bill collect dust in the document room and die. And President Bush never once voiced his support for the bill. NOT ONCE. This past year, Senator Rand Paul introduced the “Life at Conception Act,” and just as did Bush, Donald Trump has done NOTHING to promote the bill, and Republican leaders again made sure the bill went nowhere.
Had Ron Paul’s bill become law, it would have 1) defined life as beginning at conception, and 2) under Article. III. Section. 2. of the U.S. Constitution, completely removed abortion from the jurisdiction of the Court, thereby overturning Roe v Wade. All of this talk about nothing can be done about abortion-on-demand until some magical configuration of the Supreme Court decides to overturn it is just smoke and mirrors. Congress and the President could end abortion-on-demand anytime they wanted to. Plus, never forget that the Supreme Court has been dominated by Republican appointments ever since the Roe decision in 1973-and nothing has been done to overturn Roe. NOTHING!
To add insult to injury, these national “pro-life” organizations like the “National Right To Life Committee,” “Focus On The Family,” and the “U.S. Conference Of Catholic Bishops”-and their affiliates at the State level-have consistently OPPOSED Dr. Paul’s “Sanctity of Life Act” and State personhood bills. Their reasoning goes something like this: “Since it was a Supreme Court ruling that instituted abortion-on-demand, we must wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a ruling reversing the decision.” Such reasoning is Balderdash!
In 1857, the Supreme Court issued its dreadful Dred Scott decision, saying that African slaves were “so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic whenever a profit could be made by it.”
Now please tell me, when was the Dred Scott decision ever reversed by the Supreme Court? It wasn’t! The Supreme Court never reversed the Dred Scott decision. It was reversed by the passage of the 14th Amendment in 1868. And as you know, a constitutional amendment is an act of the U.S. Congress proposing-and the individual states approving-an amendment. In other words, the Supreme Court wasn’t involved in the remedy AT ALL.
It is the responsibility of each branch of Congress to serve as a check and balance to the other two branches. In other words, when the Supreme Court issues an unconstitutional ruling (which the Roe and Doe decisions certainly are), it is the duty of the other two branches, especially Congress, to correct the abridgments of the judicial branch. Why else would Article. III. Section. 2. (along with other provisions) even be in the U.S. Constitution? To suggest that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the Constitution is antithetical to everything America is founded on.
I submit that if the Supreme Court is the lone arbiter of the Constitution, the oaths that a President and members of Congress take to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” are absolutely moot and meaningless. Why take an oath to something you have no obligation to or responsibility for? If the Supreme Court alone is the arbiter of the Constitution, the other two branches of government are totally unnecessary.
Here is what Thomas Jefferson wrote regarding this fallacious doctrine of judicial supremacy:
“The question whether the judges are invested with exclusive authority to decide on the constitutionality of a law has been heretofore a subject of consideration with me in the exercise of official duties. Certainly there is not a word in the Constitution which has given that power to them more than to the Executive or Legislative branches.” (Thomas Jefferson to W. H. Torrance, 1815)
“[The Constitution] meant that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.” (Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 1804)
“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps. . . . And their power the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective controul. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal knowing that, to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time & party its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves.” (Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820)
“In denying the right [the Supreme Court usurps] of exclusively explaining the Constitution . . . then indeed is our Constitution a complete [act of suicide]. For intending to establish three departments, coordinate and independant, that they might check and balance one another, it has given according to this opinion, to one of them alone the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others; and to that one too which is unelected by, and independent of, the nation. . . . The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape in to any form they please.” (Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 1819)
These so-called pro-life organizations have been waiting around for forty-five years for the magical configuration of the Supreme Court to reverse Roe. And in the meantime, over 60 million unborn babies have died. And again I remind you that the Republican Party has dominated the appointments to the Supreme Court during the years following the Roe and Doe decisions in 1973-and continues to dominate the makeup of the Court today.
Also digest this: These national “pro-life” organizations commonly have retirement benefits built into the contracts of their staff. What does that tell you? It tells me that these organizations have no intention or expectation of Roe v Wade being reversed. I personally believe these “pro-life” groups care NOTHING about ending abortion, because if that actually happened, they wouldn’t be able to continue to suck millions of dollars annually from pro-life Christians and conservatives and, thus, keep their plush jobs intact.
At the national and State levels, these so-called pro-life organizations lobby AGAINST personhood bills and bills such as Ron Paul’s “Sanctity of Life Act.” They-as much as liberal Democrats-are responsible for our federal and State legislatures doing nothing to reverse Roe. Legislators like it because it allows them to tout themselves as being “pro-life” to their constituents back home without sticking their necks out, and “pro-life” organizations like it because it allows them to keep up their fundraising efforts-which allows them to stay employed in a cushy lobbying job without having to produce anything.
Let me ask you: How many pastors across the country will even bother to address the Roe v Wade decision this Sunday (or ANY Sunday, for that matter) from the pulpit? How many bother to bring a detailed exegesis on what the Bible teaches regarding the right to life, when life begins, and God’s laws and principles regarding the killing of unborn children? Come on, be honest. How many of you who attend church each Sunday hear more than a two-minute sound bite about abortion-if even a mention at all?
This helps explain why, according to recent surveys, of the women obtaining abortions in America, 70% claim to be Christians, and 40% claim to be regular church attenders. Think of the millions of babies that are being murdered in the womb because America’s pastors don’t have the guts to teach their congregations the truth about abortion.
You and I both know that the only reason the slaughter of innocents has gone on this long in our country is because the vast majority of pastors and churches are completely silent and apathetic on the subject. Pastors and churches are the nation’s moral compass and conscience, and when they are indifferent to a national moral crisis, the nation itself (especially our politicians) remains indifferent.
Culpability for the slaughter of millions of unborn babies lies on the doorstep of the American church and clergy, on the doorstep of the so-called pro-life organizations, and on the doorstep of the Republican Party as much as on the doorstep of Supreme Court justices and liberal Democrats who openly supported (and continue to support) legalized abortion. It also lies on the doorstep of those Christians who support Zionist Israel (as I explain below).
Yes, I know that President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order last year reinstating the “Mexico City Policy” that denies U.S. taxpayer funds for overseas abortions. I applaud that decision. However, I will add: if Donald Trump was a true constitutionalist, he would stop ALL foreign aid-including (and especially) to Israel. In the meantime, I remind you that the reinstatement of the “Mexico City Policy” does NOTHING to stop a single abortion here in the United States.
The Republican Party will control the entire federal government for at least another year. How many of you want to wager that a year from now the Roe decision will be overturned and abortion-on-demand made illegal in this country? Of course, no one will take that bet, because they know they would lose. So, then, how can these same people turn around and talk about how important it is to elect “pro-life” Republicans to the White House and federal Congress?
I don’t care how many walls Donald Trump builds; I don’t care how many jobs Donald Trump brings back to America; I don’t care how many wars Donald Trump fights on behalf of Zionist Israel. As long as America continues to legally sanction the wanton killing of unborn babies, America will never be great again.
And speaking of Israel, the Zionist state is one of the world’s foremost leaders and proponents of abortion-on-demand-if not the outright leader. The socialist State of Israel actually pays for a woman’s abortion up to and including full-term abortions. That means the government of Israel will pay to kill an unborn baby up to the point of the baby’s birth.
Furthermore, the Hollywood movie industry, the entertainment industry, as well as the mainstream media are mostly controlled by pro-abortion Zionists who promote abortion-on-demand 24/7 all year long here in the United States. Christians who call themselves “pro-life” while supporting the Zionist State of Israel at the same time are either seriously deluded or are among the biggest hypocrites in the world. With one hand they say they want to save the lives of unborn babies, and with the other hand they do everything they can to support the people who are doing everything they can to facilitate the killing of unborn babies. At the very least, this is the epitome of an addled mind.
If the blood of innocent Abel cried out to God from the ground, how deafening must be the cry of the blood of over 60 million innocent unborn babies that cry out to God from these Nazi-esque abortion clinics in America?
Should we be calling for a total boycott of CNN?
We thought that we could count on CNN to give us the biased, liberally-slanted “fake news” without promoting things like Southern Heritage.
Just when I was comfortable in my assumption that Host and Commentator Don Lemon was an anti-Southern liberal, well, he goes off and starts his show by waving a Confederate Flag.
He did not show footage of someone else waving it. No Sir, he waved it Himself! When I saw it I just had to take a screen shot:
Does this mean that Don Lemon is a Neo-Confederate racist? I mean, after all, there he is, waving a Confederate Flag on world-wide “cable” TV.
Is Don lemon one of them “Black Confederates” that, according to CNN, do not exist? Again, there he is, waving a Confederate Flag on world-wide “cable” TV.
Someone call the SPLC and tell them to add Don Lemon to the list! Send them the photo of him displaying a “hate symbol” on world-wide “cable” TV.
Someone call Fox News! Maybe they can give him a job since CNN fired him for waving a Confederate Flag on their network? Oh wait, CNN didn’t fire him? Maybe CNN is secretly on “our side” and the whole liberal thing is just a cover?
FROM THE EDITOR
Dr. Ed is a pastor, author, public speaker, radio personality, lobbyist, re-enactor, and the Director of Dixie Heritage.
Just how deep is “The Swamp”? Well lets just say that on my last lobbying trip I discovered that the United States has a presidential cabinet level National Mango Board with a multi-million-dollar budget to increase consumption of IMPORTED fruit.
The Board is a panel that was authorized by Congress decades ago. It has eighteen members who are appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (USDA). It operates under USDA oversight through a body known as the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
According to USDA figures, the Orlando, Florida based Board has a bloated $6.7 million annual budget. The board is composed of eight importers, two domestic producers, one first handler and seven foreign producers each serving three-year terms.
And in case you think that the President can systematically eliminate waste by appointing conscientious Southerners or former executives to cabinet posts – think again! Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue (the former Governor of Georgia) recently appointed six members to the board, including a mango producer from Jalisco, Mexico and another from Piura, Peru.
“I truly appreciate the time and expertise that these individuals have agreed to give guiding the National Mango Board in its mission to find ways to provide fresh mangos to U.S. consumers and help their industry thrive,” Secretary Perdue said in an Agency statement.
So what is the Agency’s mission? It would appear to be to increase the consumption of fresh mangos IMPORTED into the United States. That is why the Board consists of so many foreigners.
Which begs the question: Why doesn’t the Board promote increased domestic mango production? Four areas in the United States can successfully grow mangoes on a commercial scale: Florida, California, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Of these, Florida is the largest producer of mangoes in the United States, with about 200,000 mango trees on approximately 2,000 acres, producing an estimated 100,000 bushels (5.5 million pounds) valued at $2.1 million per year.
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization lists mango, mangosteen, and guava together, reporting that of those fruits, India is the largest producer, followed by China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Mexico. The great majority of mangoes consumed in the United States are imported from Mexico.
According to a 2013 CNN article, the United States is the world’s largest importer of mangoes. The United States imports fresh, dried, frozen, prepared or preserved mango as well as mango juice.
In 2015, the United States imported 861 million pounds of fresh mango valued at $401 million, with Mexico as the main supplying country.
Almost 19.4 million pounds of dried mango were imported valued at $82.1 million, with the Philippines, Mexico, and Thailand as the primary suppliers.
More than 139 million pounds of frozen mango were imported valued at $131.2 million, with Mexico and Peru (remember that the two newest Board members are from these countries) as the primary producers.
The United States also imported 194.8 million pounds of prepared or preserved mango valued at $125.8 million and also 2 million gallons of mango juice were imported valued at $8.5 million. The supplying countries for these mango products were not reported.
Why is the United States Department of Agriculture funding a Board to promote importation of an in-demand product that could be grown and produced in four regions of our own country? Why isn’t the USDA instead attempting to promote the production and consumption of domestically grown produce? Certainly, Puerto Rico could use the economic stimulus of increased mango production!
So why is the government using tax-payer dollars (or should I say racking up more debt) to maintain a National Mango Board? I somehow doubt that mangoes are a pressing issue for most Americans. And that is why such agencies are able to operate, undetected, undermining our national interest.
Discovery of the National Mango Board indicates that “The Swamp” is deeper than suspected. Just how many other similar BOARDS are hidden in the depths of the bureaucracy? And how are they undermining our nation.
Until Next Week,
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