Tag Archives: Republican Congress

Mike Maharrey: While You Were Obsessing Over Impeachment 0 (0)

by Mike Maharrey

Well, they did it!

The House impeachment hearings were little more than political theater — a partisan fistfight with the majority party coming out the “winner.” In the process, it created the illusion of deep division and disagreement. Devoted Democrats and Republicans are both convinced that their team is fighting for their interests against a determined foe on the other side of the aisle.

But while everybody obsessed over the political theater playing out on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, they completely missed the sideshow that could actually impact their lives. Even as Democrats and Republicans engaged in a contentious public spectacle in the media spotlight, they worked in concert behind the scenes to steal your liberty and your wealth.

While you argued over the gory details of impeachment with your friends on Facebook, Congress passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The nearly 3,500-page bill authorizes $738 billion in defense spending in Fiscal Year 2020. It creates a “Space Force,” so the U.S. can expand its empire into the cosmos. And Congress rejected a provision that would have made it just slightly harder for the president to unilaterally send American troops into combat. In other words, Congress agreed that it would not bother to do its job and declare war before sending the U.S. military to conduct offensive combat operations as required by the Constitution. It will continue to let the president make that call on his own. You know – the president the House just impeached.

Even worse, the current iteration of the NDAA extended provisions written into the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that effectively authorize government kidnapping. The vaguely worded sections purport to authorize the arrest and “indefinite detention” of anybody the president decides might be associated with “terrorism” and subject them to the law of war. In effect, the government can deem you a terrorist and lock you away without due process. Government kidnapping may sound like hyperbole, but that’s exactly what the NDAA authorizes in effect.

Speaking of war, while all eyes were glued to the three-ring circus in D.C., the Washington Post released documents revealing that the U.S. government has been lying to us about the war in Afghanistan for decades.

“A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.”

As one three-star general put it, “What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking. If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction .?.?. 2,400 lives lost.”

This seems, maybe, just a tiny bit, significant. But the news barely saw the light of day. It was completely buried under an avalanche of impeachment reporting.

The sad truth is that these papers that have been mostly ignored provide legitimate grounds for impeachment – not just of Donald Trump, but Barack Obama and George W. Bush to boot. But when it comes to war, Congress maintains a bipartisan consensus supporting the endless, unconstitutional foreign interventions and the presidents who run them. And the media is complicit, focusing on the fake wrestling matches on Capitol Hill instead of reporting on real wars

And while we’re on the subject of bipartisan consensus, let me remind you that Congress reauthorized sections of the Patriot Act in the latest stopgap spending bill. This means the federal government will be able to continue to spy on you without a warrant and in complete disregard of the Fourth Amendment. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) predicted it would happen.

Today, while everyone is distracted by the impeachment drama, Congress will vote to extend warrantless data collection provisions of the #PatriotAct, by hiding this language on page 25 of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that temporarily funds the government. To sneak this through, Congress will first vote to suspend the rule which otherwise gives us (and the people) 72 hours to consider a bill. The scam here is that Democrats are alleging abuse of Presidential power, while simultaneously reauthorizing warrantless power to spy on citizens that no President should have… in a bill that continues to fund EVERYTHING the President does… and waiving their own rules to do it. I predict Democrats will vote on a party line to suspend the 72 hour rule. But after the rule is suspended, I suspect many Republicans will join most Democrats to pass the CR with the Patriot Act extension embedded in it.

And indeed they did.

And finally, while Congress-critters battled it out on the House floor, behind the scenes, congressional leaders worked with the Trump administration to hammer out a $1.4 trillion spending agreement. According to an Associated Press report, the deal “fills in the details of a bipartisan framework from July that delivered about $100 billion in agency spending increases over the coming two years instead of automatic spending cuts that would have sharply slashed both the Pentagon and domestic agencies.”

So, let’s review. While America was mesmerized by the pro-wrestling event on Capitol Hill, Congress agreed to maintain the government’s “authority” to kidnap you, to keep spying on you without a warrant, to continue unconstitutional wars, and to spend you deeper into debt.

Political theater makes for splashy headlines and heated debates, but it really has very little impact on your life. The political class, including the mainstream media, would prefer you pay attention to the fluff, not to the things that really matter. Perhaps instead of obsessing over impeachment or the latest debate over a Trump tweet, you would be better served to pay attention to what they don’t want you to pay attention to.

TAC: https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/20/while-you-were-obsessing-over-impeachment/


Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He is from the original home of the Principles of ’98 – Kentucky and currently resides in northern Florida. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He is the author of the book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. You can visit his personal website at MichaelMaharrey.com and like him on Facebook HERE

Government Shutdown: All You Need to Know About Democrats 0 (0)

Government Shutdown: All You Need to Know About Democrats “Either DACA is in the spending bill or Democrats are voting to block.”

by Bill Lockwood

All one needs to know about the Democratic Party in America can be seen in the current Government Shutdown. In spite of the flurry of misinformation that the Main Stream Media continues to pour forth, there are two basic facts about the party of Schumer and Pelosi that are as clear as it gets–to those who have eyes to see.

One, the Democratic Party prioritizes illegals over the military and citizens who receive government benefits. Remember first that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) illegals are here because President Obama lawlessly legislated from the Oval Office. This Obama himself admitted. In October 2010, Obama responded to demands that he implement immigration reforms unilaterally by saying “I am not king. I can’t do these things by myself.”

He later confessed that he could not suspend deportations through executive order (October 2010) and could not “bypass Congress and change the immigration law” himself (May 2011). However, in 2012 he did it anyway. After Congress explicitly rejected bills to do what Obama wished, he himself put DACA in place to provide “legal status” to illegals. The DACA problem is the result of a lawless Obama. If this does not cause concerned citizens to understand how the leadership of the Democratic Party works, nothing will.

It continues. This weekend 224 House Republicans voted to keep the government open with a clean spending bill. SIX Democrats in favor of it. In the Senate 46 Republicans voted to keep the government open; FOUR Democrats voted to keep government open. This means that 95% of the Democrats voted to shut it down.

Why? Let Chuck Schumer tell us. He labels this a “Trump Shutdown” because of the president’s inability “to accept an immigration deal” on which Democrats have made some concessions. In other words, even though not one thing was cited by Democrats in the spending bill with which they disagreed, Democrats refused to vote for it because it did not contain their demands on DACA.

Schumer went on to say after the vote was taken this weekend: “Every American knows the Republican Party controls the White House, the Senate, and the House,” He argued that it is a failure of Republicans “to govern” and “to not consult the minority party.” (Slate.com)

This is blatant hypocrisy added to his “Trump Shutdown Lie.” Who cannot remember during the ObamaCare debates the pictures of the closed doors behind which Democrats worked out their socialized medicine without consulting a single Republican nor allowing them into negotiation?

But aside from this fact, Schumer confesses here that the reason the government is SHUT DOWN is a failure by the Republicans to “consult them.” On what? DACA. Either DACA is in the spending bill or Democrats are voting to block. Republicans must “accept an immigration deal” or it is no funding the government, including the military, for Democrats.

Two, Democrats routinely lie. This does not dispute that Republicans have lied as well, for sin goes to either side of the aisle. However, the entire Democrat narrative here, that this is somehow a Trump Shutdown, is an institutionalized lie. And this tactic has become routine.

A filibuster was in progress this weekend in the Senate by Democrats. This is an “obstructionist tactic” to prevent measures from being brought to a vote. How can this in any way be labeled a Republican shutdown?

Kamala Harris is a Democratic Senator from California. Hear her comment on the shutdown. “We need this government shutdown to end as quickly as possible. Make your voice heard right now and tell Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and all the Republicans to do the right thing. Sign my petition to Republican leaders demanding they pass a bipartisan resolution that will reopen the government and protect the Dreamers from deportation.”

There you have it. It is not simply about funding the government. There is no funding the government by Democrats unless their demands on so-called Dreamers is met. Holding government hostage. Dreamers over military. That is the name of the Democratic game.

But the Democrat lie continues. Schumer and fellow Democrats have categorized Congress as “Republican controlled.” This would only be true if a simple majority were required to pass any legislation or spending bill. However, 60 votes are required in the Senate to pass the spending bill which means that a minority might hold the entire Congress and nation hostage. And that is exactly what is occurring. But in the spirit of communism-socialism the bigger the lie and oftener repeated, the more likely many will be to believe it.

Treason in the White House 0 (0)

Treason in the White HouseThe real key in all of this will be the Republican Congress.

by Bill Lockwood

Collusion with a foreign hostile government. Presidential campaign coffers filled with foreign cash in return for government favors such as high level sensitive assignments awarded to agents of foreign powers. Military technology traded for illicit cash laundered through various entities. Subpoena’s from Congress ignored by the Justice Department. Pretty much the textbook example of the only crime specifically defined in the Constitution—treason.

But this is not the Trump White House. It is the former Bill Clinton Administration. In order to grasp and maintain power the Clintons granted to The People’s Republic of China access to political and military secrets in exchange for cash. It is a similar scenario that has been replayed by Hillary Clinton with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

As was the case with husband Bill, Hillary’s seditious activity is aided and abetted by the Main Stream Media. Distraction is the name of the game. In the case of Bill, it was Monica Lewinsky. In the case of Hillary, it is the Paul J. Manafort and Richard Gates indictment issued this week by Special Counsel Stephen S. Mueller III.

In common to both Bill and Hillary’s cases a complicit establishment media cartel is aided by spineless Republicans on Capitol Hill whose only apparent recourse is wringing of the hands while the liberal movers and shakers of our society aggressively move their agenda toward totalitarian control.

Days before the House began the impeachment debate of Bill Clinton, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to then House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) urging Congress to examine Chinagate and the manner in which Bill Clinton committed a “betrayal of our national security.” Moorer pointed out that the president had “allowed these men whose hands are stained with the blood of martyrs to freedom [Tiananmen Square massacre in which 4,000 to 6,000 Chinese freedom lovers were slaughtered] into the highest reaches of our military defenses, and made available to them significant portions of our advanced military technology.”

Charles LaBella, the head of the Justice Department’s campaign finance task force during Clinton’s presidency, also sent a memo to Clinton’s Attorney General Janet Reno urging the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate fundraising activities of the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign. Then FBI director Louis Freeh made the same recommendation to Reno in a memo of his own. AG Janet Reno ignored these requests.

She also ignored official subpoena’s sent by Congress to hand over these memo’s as a part of the Chinagate investigation. Although Reno was bound by law to comply, it was ‘nothing doing’ on her part. A faint-hearted Republican Congress simply complained at Clinton’s lawlessness. Bill Clinton’s treason remains unpunished.

Hillary’s Treason

Unpunished crime encourages more. Now it’s Hillary’s turn. As noted by Constitution.com “The Real Russia Conspiracy is That Hillary and the Democrat Party Are the Real Russia Colluders.” “After months of lies form the left that a fake dossier contained evidence between President Donald Trump and the Russians, now we find out that the whole ‘report’ was a false flag effort invented by an outfit bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee to destroy Trump’s campaign for president.”

It has also been discovered that “the heart of the Russia/Clinton collusion was a deal to allow the Russian company Uranium One to buy a significant part of America’s uranium supply.”

Like a series of bombs last week came revelation after revelation of Hillary’s Russian Conspiracy—Russiagate—while she served as Secretary of State for Barack Obama.  As reported by Matthew Vadum, senior vice president at the investigative think tank Capital Research Center, “The Podesta Group [connected with Hillary Clinton] has lobbied for Uranium One, the Canadian-based energy company that has come under scrutiny …In 2010, the Obama Administration allowed Uranium One to be sold to Russian energy company Rasotum, giving the company control over one-fifth of American uranium-mining capacity to Russia, despite an ongoing FBI investigation into a Rosatum subsidiary involved in a racketeering scheme. The Podesta Group received $180,000 from Uranium One over several years between 2012 and 2015 …”

Hillary approved this sale and husband Bill received a cool $500,000 for a single speech from Russia in return. Chinagate-Russiagate. All eyes are turning once more to the Clinton’s.

Now Robert S. Mueller III, the Special Counsel appointed to investigate possible Russia connections with the Trump campaign, is on the hot seat to turn attention away from Hillary—in a Lewinsky-style move. In matters that are completely unrelated to the Trump campaign he was assigned to investigate, Mueller issued indictments against Paul J. Manafort, Jr. and Richard W. Gates III. The charges? Evading taxes on millions of dollars over a period of years among others.

Manafort managed the Trump campaign from June to August 2016. He was replaced by Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon. But the real Mueller goal here is a smokescreen to divert attention from criminal activities that have obviously occurred in the Clinton-Obama camp.

Mueller should have been fired by President Trump long ago. Having served under Marxist Obama his interest now is not in upholding the truth or the law, but providing protective cover for the past administration while also appeasing the radical lawless Democratic Party on the Left.

The real key in all of this will be the Republican Congress. Will they grow a backbone enough to investigate the real Russia Collusion story involving Bill and Hillary Clinton, and possibly Barack Obama? Or, like the days of the Clinton Administration of yesteryear, will the Republicans completely capitulate? Radical forces are after our president. It is past time for Republicans to stand for the rule of law while protecting the CEO of our nation.