About Trump’s “Rocket Man” Nickname for North Korea Dictator Kim

Donald Trump’s political strategy includes insulting nicknames for his adversaries.  Mostly they’ve been cringe worthy, schoolyard taunts like Lyin’ Ted, Crooked Hillary, or Little Marco.

But for North Korea’s ruthless, barbarian dictator Kim Jong Un, the President has risen to a respectably subtle and sophisticated level.  He calls Kim “Rocket Man,” the title of one of Elton John’s most enduring hits, first released in 1972.

In his speech to the UN Security Council Tuesday, Trump apparently baffled and offended his media critics by using the nickname as a demeaning reference to Kim.

For example, The Washington Post sniffed pompously:

Why labeling Kim as Rocket Man would be an insult to Kim, who’s trying to build rockets, remains unclear.

It would become clear if the crack investigators at the Post were to read the “Rocket Man”  lyrics about an a astronaut who regrets leaving his family to head into space.  Here are a couple of excerpts:

She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine AM
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight

[…]

And all this science I don’t understand
It’s just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
‘Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

In the third line “high as a kite” was of course, a common drug culture expression in the 70s and may have been meant to have double meaning – by both Elton John and President Trump.

In speeches to the subjugated people of his captive nation Kim boasts of his great power, intellectual dominance and craftiness.  If America and allies finally bring the military response he risks with his continuous nuclear weapons development and threats of war he certainly will be exposed as “not the man they think I am at home” and a world class DOLT “burning out his fuse up here alone.”

Trump Sincerely Seeking Racial Unity VS The Left Seeking Rancor

Democrats and the their dedicated media team labeled Donald Trump a racist as soon as he announced his campaign for President in 2015.  But all Republicans face the same charge, so it wasn’t particularly noteworthy. 

But after the August 12 Charlottesville riots there was greater intensity with politicians and media figures ceaselessly accusing him of personal bigotry, condoning white supremacists and seeking votes from Nazis.

The President made several statements starting with this on the day of the riots:

We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country […]What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives

If any other President or elected official had said the same thing it would have drawn little attention, beyond perfunctory acknowledgement between video clips of the rioters.  But Trump is different. He has attracted a thundering herd of spiteful critics and they erupted in sanctimonious indignation, objecting to “many sides,” even though elements other than the racists had expressed hatred and had initiated violence.  They skewered him for not naming the racist groups.

So, two days later he issued another statement that included,

Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

The herd interpreted this response to their demands as weakness they could exploit, and they escalated, denouncing Trump for still insufficient condemnation of racism.

The following day, August 15, was a White House Press event about infrastructure.  But the reporters were not interested in infrastructure and they were openly hostile.

Even though their own video showed elements within the counter protesters who call themselves “antifa,” wearing black hoods and masks and carrying clubs had initiated force against the racists who had also initiated force, the reporters acted as if acknowledging violence on both sides was beyond civilized boundaries. 

[UPDATE: In recent days some Democrats have grudgingly begun to agree with Trump about antifa.]

The media herd told us that Trump had revealed “what’s in his heart” to be acceptance of racism and sympathy for racists and a desire for the votes of racists, or something.

None of us can know for certain what’s in anyone’s heart but our own.  But we can consider strong evidence of what actually is in the President’s heart regarding race relations.

Let’s start with an excerpt from his Inaugural Address back in January.  This is what he chose to include in what was until that moment, the most important speech of his life, one he had spent more than two months preparing:

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

The President didn’t serve but he has surrounded himself with people who did and apparently has gained a profound insight from military culture.  I served in the Army and I immediately identified with this excerpt from Trump’s speech. 

Service in the American military is a genuine melting pot experience.  It’s total immersion in an ethnic Jambalaya. The Census Bureau recognizes six races, plus numerous mixed races in America.  No matter which one you represent, if you become a Marine, Sailor, Airman or Soldier, you WILL train with, live 24/7 with, and overcome challenges and adversity shoulder to shoulder with people from all the others.  You will join the tradition of honor, courage, commitment to country and duty to look out for, and protect each other.

Indeed, of military necessity as well as human decency, trainees are immersed in a culture that epitomizes America’s founding motto, E pluribus unum – out of many one.

Even if one brings racial prejudice with him/her into boot camp it soon fades away.  I know.  I saw it happen in my own basic training company, nearly five decades ago when transparent racial animus was more prevalent and less universally condemned than today.  Anyone who is sincerely interested in a future America without racial biases or divisions would do well to study the military example.

But those on the Left who gain media attention, or income, or votes from inflaming and/or exploiting racial discord do NOT hope for an America that works more like the military. 

The Left has nurtured and refined “identity politics,” which is segmenting us by race and/or gender and targeting the segments with political messages designed to promote resentment against the other segments.

To understand how thoroughly the Left has entrenched identity politics, review establishment media reporting during the 2016 campaign.  Over and over we heard that polling results reflected, and campaign messaging targeted racial and gender groups: the black vote, the woman vote, the white vote, the Hispanic vote, etc.

American election campaigns are mostly about how government  impacts the economy, which, in turn impacts every American, regardless of ethnicity or gender.  If Trump is right, that changing international trade agreements will generate more economic opportunity then we will all benefit, regardless of race or gender.  Yet the Left’s cynical proclamation was that Trump favored white men and a Trump Presidency would be designed to benefit only white men at the expense of women and people of color.

President Trump reprised his racial unity theme at the beginning of his August 21 address to the nation regarding future military strategy in Afghanistan with more appeals to military style unity:

Since the founding of our republic, our country has produced a special class of heroes whose selflessness, courage, and resolve is unmatched in human history.

[…]

They transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed, and color to serve together — and sacrifice together — in absolutely perfect cohesion.  That is because all service members are brothers and sisters.  They’re all part of the same family; it’s called the American family.  They take the same oath, fight for the same flag, and live according to the same law.  They are bound together by common purpose, mutual trust, and selfless devotion to our nation and to each other.

The soldier understands what we, as a nation, too often forget that a wound inflicted upon a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all.  When one part of America hurts, we all hurt.  And when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together.

What refreshing language this is!  As a certified “senior citizen” I remember a time when most politicians of both parties invoked themes of racial unity.  What a stark contrast from today’s Democrats who constantly identify, emphasize and exploit distinctions, always warning that people of color and women will suffer direct attacks if Republicans win the next election. More from President Trump:

Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another.  Love for America requires love for all of its people.  When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate.

The opposite of these thoughts is today’s dominant political-media narrative, exploited by news channels, by Hollywood entertainers, by assorted grifters for profit, and by politicians for votes.  They scorn patriotism.  They accuse tens of millions of decent people of being motivated by racial hostility, because they vote against Democrats, or blow off absurd, politically correct speech and thought control. But millions of us, representing all races, work together, play together and worship together.  As we saw in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we help each other in times of crisis without regard to race.

So what should our national goal be?  Our history of slavery, segregation and cruel Jim Crow laws can not be denied.  We do not have the power to change it or erase its scars.  We have only the power to influence our present and future national culture.  Should we chose the America President Trump advocates, that is more like the military culture with unity of purpose and without racial acrimony?  Or, should we let hostile politicians and activists impose on us an America where people who want to get along with everyone must overcome their continuous efforts to divide us? 

I had the privilege of being part of the military culture for a few years and I’d like to see all Americans experience the benefits I gained from a culture where racial harmony prevails.

Trump Can Not Be Prosecuted for Obstruction

Once again the establishment media is breathlessly reporting on the possibility of President Trump being prosecuted for Obstruction of Justice.  This idea is utterly preposterous.

During his over-hyped appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey testified that on February 5 he attended a routine counter-terrorism briefing in the Oval Office with President Trump and several other people.

At the end of the briefing Trump asked him to stay behind while everyone else left the room and closed the door. Then, according to Mr. Comey, the President said:

I want to talk to you about Mike Flynn….I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.

Comey says he wrote a contemporaneous “memo” immediately following the meeting as a record of this conversation because he considered it inappropriate “direction” from the President that he should drop the FBI’s investigation into Flynn’s communication with the Russian Ambassador back in December. 

After Trump fired him, Comey leaked the memo to the New York Times.  Since then the Washington establishment has been repeating, hysterically, that Trump’s words amount to Obstruction of Justice, a crime.  Indeed, Democrats used the O word several times during the Comey hearing.

Obviously Trump’s words could easily be interpreted as something other than “direction.” They could have been an expression of… well… the precise word Trump used: hope.  Police officers, FBI agents and Prosecutors hear the same kind of plea for leniency, from friends and families of suspects, every day.  Should all those people be prosecuted for “obstruction of justice”?  Of course not.  The review of relevant statutes below will demonstrate why not.

But let’s assume for the sake of discussion that what Comey says he “felt” is the correct interpretation, that the President’s vague, ambiguous language was meant to be taken as a direct order.  Would that make Trump guilty of a crime? 

The answer is no. 

In fact, Former Director Comey’s own testimony, excerpted below, actually helps blow away any possibility of a criminal charge against President Trump.

US Code, Title 18, Section 1510 describes obstruction of criminal investigations. There are several sections with most of them dealing with with narrow categories, such as financial and banking crimes, that are irrelevant to the allegation against the President.  The only portion that is remotely relevant criminalizes the use of bribery in an effort to prevent investigators from receiving information. Here it is:

Whoever willfully endeavors by means of bribery to obstruct, delay, or prevent the communication of information relating to a violation of any criminal statute of the United States by any person to a criminal investigator shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both

Of course, our media elites will always avoid reading, analyzing or reporting to us the text of an actual statute.  They dismiss it as “down in the weeds.” 

But any criminal prosecution must begin with identifying a specific statute the accused is alleged to have violated.  So perhaps Director Comey could claim he perceived Trump as attempting to “bribe” him with the opportunity to keep his job, rather than being fired.  But, here’s the problem for Democrats and Media Trump-haters: 

Whether Trump meant to issue an order to end the investigation or was merely hoping it would end, he did not do what the statute describes, try to prevent information from reaching investigators.

It is not “obstruction of justice” when an official who is legally authorized to do so closes an investigation. Every day police and FBI investigations are closed without prosecuting anyone, even when there is some evidence of a crime.  The decision to close an investigation can be made by an official in the local FBI office in your city, by a higher-up in Washington Headquarters, or by the Director.

Comey himself closed a prominent, high profile investigation on world-wide television back on July 5, 2016.  He described secret, top secret and classified materials found illegally stored on Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, home email server.  Then, inexplicably, he declared the investigation closed with no prosecution.  Twelve days before the Presidential election he sent an open letter to inform Congress and the public that he had reopened the investigation.  Then, two days before the election he sent another public letter announcing it was closed again. 

Whether Trump was directing Comey or merely hoping the investigation would be closed, he was within his legal and Constitutional authority as President.  Under the Constitution The President is the ultimate boss, with total authority over every Executive Branch Department and Agency, including the FBI.  Any power or authority exercised by cabinet secretaries and department heads is delegated to them by the President.  None of them, including FBI Director is “independent” of the President.  Let me repeat because the media has spewed misinformation like a fire hose: The FBI is absolutley NOT an “independent” agency, nor is its Director “independent” of the President’s authority. Period

During his testimony Comey himself confirmed that the President has the authority to close an investigation.  Here’s the exchange with Senator James Lankford asking  questions:

Lankford: If the President wanted to stop an investigation, how would he do that?….How would the President make an ongoing investigation stop?

Comey: I’m not a legal scholar so smarter people answer this better, but I think as a legal matter, the President is the head of the Executive Branch and could direct – in theory, we have important norms against this – but direct that anybody be investigated or anybody not be investigated. He has the legal authority because all of us in the Executive Branch report up to the President.

Lankford: Would that be to you, would that be to the Attorney General, would that be to… who would do that?

Comey: If he wanted to issue a direct order he could do it in any way. He could do it through the Attorney General or issue it directly to me.

This is correct.  The President has plenary power (unqualified, unconditional power) over the operations of the Executive Branch.  He can order the FBI to do anything that is legal and Constitutional.  And, it IS legal for the FBI to close an investigation. 

One more seemingly unnoticed fact makes this whole obstruction story even more ludicrous: Trump’s motive for firing Comey could not have been to close an investigation because he DIDN’T order any investigation closed! The investigation into the hoax of Russian collusion and the investigation of Michael Flynn both continue to this day.

So keep in mind that no matter how many nattering “experts” preen before the cameras, saying otherwise, President Trump will not, can not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice. Period.

 

What’s a Star Chamber and How is It Being Used to Attack Trump and Fracture America?

Medieval Star Chamber Courts are the model for today’s Democrat-media attacks against President Trump.  A reasoned defense is nearly impossible.

What is meant by Star Chamber?  An infamous abuse of governmental power was the Star Chamber Courts of 16th and 17th Century England.  Unlike regular courts, Star Chambers had the power to punish people for anything the king and his power structure didn’t like, even if no law was violated.  The court sentenced people to punishments without telling them who accused them, who the witnesses against them were, what the witnesses said, or what law they violated, usually because no actual, written law was violated.

We’ll explain how this is relevant to President Trump and the breathless media rumors about Russia in a moment.

Our nation’s founders were intellectuals and students of history.  To prevent emergence of a star chamber in America they added the Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the US Constitution, setting forth certain rights that must be afforded to persons accused of crimes.  Here’s the Sixth Amendment:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense. [emphasis added]

Scholars break this amendment into seven clauses.  Two of them are in bold print above.

  1. The arraignment clause: “…to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation,” and
  2. The confrontation clause: “…to be confronted with the witnesses against him.”

There can be no prosecution unless police and prosecutors first establish that a crime – a violation of a written statute duly enacted by Congress or a State Legislature – has occurred. The defendant must be told what statute he is accused of violating.  He must be told who the witnesses against him are, he must hear their testimony in open court, and he or his lawyer must have an opportunity to cross examine them.

Without these rules there is no way for the accused to respond to the charges against him.  Thus, a defense is impossible and he is the victim of a Star Chamber proceeding.

President Trump’s accusers in Congress, in the media, and worst of all, the unidentified accusers from the vast government bureaucracy or “deep state” operate completely outside these rules.  Thus he, and by extension, We the People and our nation are being subjected to a destructive, Star Chamber-like proceeding that began seven months ago and may continue for years.

Consider this excerpt from the June 15 Washington Post, a typical star chamber indictment of President Trump:

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.

Let’s start with “…a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice…”  Here’s the federal obstruction of justice statute:

Whoever willfully endeavors by means of bribery to obstruct, delay, or prevent the communication of information relating to a violation of any criminal statute of the United States by any person to a criminal investigator shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

Anti-Trump talking heads tell us that “obstruction” occurred either:

  • when Trump told FBI Director Comey he “hoped” the FBI could drop an investigation of former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn,

OR

  • when Trump fired FBI Director Comey, leader of the agency that is investigating alleged Russian mischief in last year’s election campaign.

Comey testified that while Trump’s words expressed “hope” that the Flynn investigation be dropped Comey thought Trump was subtly issuing an order to close it.  But, as Comey confirmed – under oath – the President has the Constitutional authority to order the FBI to investigate or not investigate anyone. 

Thus, either way, if Trump meant to order the FBI to close an investigation or merely hoped it would close, he could not have violated the federal obstruction statute.  He did not seek to block communication of information to the scores of FBI investigators assigned to these matters. He didn’t offer a bribe. He simply did not do anything that could be construed as a violation of the written statute.

Yet the Washington Post story excerpted above, along with dozens of similar canards, relentlessly repeated around the clock on cable news, are intended to plant in the American mind the perception that Trump violated a law.  This is a textbook star chamber tactic because no law exists that makes it a crime for a President to either hope or order that an investigation be closed.

What about firing FBI Director Comey?  As Comey, himself testified under oath, the President has unconditional power to fire the FBI director any time, for any reason, or for no reason. There is no law restricting that authority in any way.  Firing the Director did not violate the statute quoted above because it does not obstruct or delay the FBI personnel who are investigating Russia, or prevent them from receiving information.  So again, Trump is accused, star chamber style, of a violation of a law that simply does not exist.

In the Washington Post story who are the accusers and witnesses against Trump?

“Officials.”

 

That’s all we’re told.  Are they government officials?  If so, which government?  Federal? State? Canadian? Russian? For all we know they’re lottery officials.

So, exactly like the star chamber of old, The Washington Post bases it’s indictment of the President of the United States of America on the testimony of unnamed, anonymous, invisible “officials” who can not be questioned about their allegations.

Charges of “collusion” with Russia during the campaign follow the same Star Chamber model.  Accusers never cite a statute they allege Trump violated.  Their claim is that Russia, not Trump, stole emails from The Democratic National Committee and had them published on Wikileaks. So what do they allege that Trump actually DID that violates a statute, any statute?  They never answer. They have nothing.

It is nearly impossible for anyone, even a President to defend himself against star chamber tactics, even if he is innocent.

Because the same Constitution that protects innocent people from star chamber courts also protects freedom of speech and of the press, the President is powerless to stop political adversaries and a rogue media from defaming him and thus causing chaos in government and bitter division among the population.

These star chamber tactics are not harmless. Already a true believer in the accusations against Trump took it upon himself to retaliate with a rifle, attempting to murder Congressmen and their staff playing baseball in a quiet, suburban park.  There’s continuous rumbling about prosecuting or impeaching the President even though absolutely no evidence has been presented that he colluded with the Russians or that he violated any statute.

You wouldn’t know it by their actions, but the President’s own party, the Republicans, not the adversary Democrats control both the House and Senate and thus have the power to wind up and close any investigation. They should simply stop holding hearings about the utterly baseless charges that Trump colluded or conspired with the Russians. 

Since a law called “obstruction” that forbids a President from hoping or ordering an investigation closed, or from firing the FBI Director does not exist they should close those star chamber hearings as well. 

They should stop tossing chum to the sharks.

 

Ronald Reagan’s Riveting Memorial Day Speech

 

 

 

Honoring Heroes On Memorial Day 2017

Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth;
Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth…
~Thomas Moore

World War II Navy Medic Fred Lester

Medal of Honor Recipiant

While serving as a Medical Corpsman with an Assault Rifle Platoon, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, 8 June 1945, Medic First Class Lester spotted a wounded marine lying in an open field beyond the front lines following an assault against a strategic Japanese hill position.

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Lester unhesitatingly crawled toward the casualty under a concentrated barrage from hostile machine guns, rifles, and grenades. Torn by enemy rifle bullets as he inched forward, he stoically disregarded the mounting fury of Japanese fire and his own pain to pull the wounded man toward a covered position. Struck by enemy fire a second time before he reached cover, he exerted tremendous effort and succeeded in pulling his comrade to safety where, too seriously wounded himself to administer aid, he instructed two members of his squad in proper medical treatment of the rescued marine.

Realizing that his own wounds were fatal, he staunchly refused medical attention for himself and, gathering his waning strength he coolly and expertly directed his men in the treatment of two other wounded marines. Shortly thereafter he succumbed to his own wounds.

Completely selfless in his concern for the welfare of his fighting comrades, Lester, by his indomitable spirit, outstanding valor, and competent direction of others, had saved the life of one who otherwise would have perished and contributed to the safety of countless others. Lester’s fortitude in the face of certain death sustains and enhances the highest traditions of the U.S. Military. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Our 2017 Memorial Day Series Begins with a Flashback

The Liberty Works 2014 Memorial Day post was generously provided by my wife, the Captivating Cheri Douglas (@CheriDouglas) from her website TweetingGodsLove.comHeros-prayer-530

We attended a Baccalaureate ceremony today for my grandson, Tyler, who will graduate #1 in his class on Friday. Not only is he brilliant, but he is GOOD to the core. He loves his family and friends deeply and wants to do good for the world. My nickname for him is Ernest. A more sincere and genuine kid would be hard to find.

We had a time at the ceremony to pray as a family as this passage in Tyler’s life begins and childhood is left behind. I couldn’t help but thank God for the treasure I have in him, and in all my incredible children and grandchildren. God has been so true to His promises and has kept us under His protective wing.

My gratitude is too great for words and made me think also of the timing. It is Memorial Day weekend. We stand free to worship God and raise our children to love Him because 1% of Americans at any given time answer the call to protect liberty. In the process, many make the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives, often at ages not much older than Tyler.

How many mothers, sisters, brothers, wives, fathers and friends have said their earthly good byes far too early, just so we can take freedom and the rule of law for granted. I shed tears for Americas lost heroic sons and daughters today, while I thank God for mine.

I painted these Congressional Medal of Honor winners a few years ago. They were photographed as they prayed together for their fallen brothers in arms, at the opening of the World War II Memorial. I had never painted the faces of old men before, so it was a challenge. But as one by one I painted these dear men, I came to love each of them and see each line in their faces as lines of goodness recording the pathways of character and courage each one had trod in his life of honor. I call this painting “Heroes’Prayer”

I pray you will take a little time to study each face and find the gratitude and love I developed for them as I placed them on this canvas. They are representatives of a great generation of heroes. Have a Grateful Memorial Day! And if you served our country in the military…THANK YOU!

Case Closed: Trump’s Executive Order IS Legal & Constitutional

As this is published The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is reviewing and will either nullify or affirm a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) granted by a lower court that blocks enforcement of the President’s Executive Order.

The opposition media have established their hostile Trump narrative.  In it they characterize President Trump as an unstable bigot lurching from boorish tweets to ill-considered executive orders, causing misery, outrage and turmoil.  Aided by hysterical attacks from Democrats and entrenched special interests, the media twist and bend every Presidential speech, comment, tweet into consistency with the narrative.

7-countries-map 2Thus, Trump’s Executive Order (EO) to temporarily suspend the refugee program and to block visitors and immigrants from seven nations that are beset by terrorism has met a tsunami of media venom.  It has been widely portrayed as thoughtlessly thrown together, and as either illegal or Unconstitutional or both because, according to hysterical Trump critics…

  • it’s a “Muslim ban”
  • it “helps our enemies,”
  • “it’s in conflict with our values as a nation,”
  • “it’s heartless,”
  • it “caused chaos at airports,”
  • it “scares immigrant families and children,”
  • it provoked mass protests in several cities,
  • it may block people who have helped US troops and have thus been promised an opportunity to immigrate to America.

If any of the President’s virulent critics had stopped yelling long enough to actually read the executive order which is here on the White House website for all the world to see, they would they would have discovered that it was actually pretty modest in scope.  

The EO was carefully, even meticulously prepared, and fully supported by the Constitution and existing law.  In fact the laws that support it are cited within the EO.  It includes processes that enable the Department of Homeland Security to grant exceptions in individual cases, including people who have helped our troops, when doing so is in the national interest.  It exempts people who have already been granted permanent resident status (green card.)

The Constitutional and legal support for the EO are rock solid.  Article I Section 8 of the Constitution grants to Congress the authority to pass laws regulating immigration.  Exercising that authority Congress granted to the President via a 1952 law the following authority – exact quote from the law (8 USC 1182)

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

This law does not require the President to satisfy any court or any media personality or any political adversary that his finding that a particular class of alien – in this case people from the seven designated nations – is detrimental to the interests of the United States.  Congress delegated the decision only to the President with no review or veto from anyone else, including the courts.  Period.

The Courts can not find the EO violates the Constitution, because the authority was delegated to the President by Congress who, under the Constitution are empowered to regulate immigration.

That some people are unhappy, for any reason, with the President’s finding is irrelevant. That this EO may provoke outrage among citizens of the seven countries is irrelevant. That one or more of the objections listed above may be valid is simply irrelevant.  Under the Constitution and the law The President has been granted sole authority and Trump has lawfully exercised that authority. 

The only recourse for those who oppose the EO would be to pass new legislation that changed the law quoted above.

Let’s deal specifically with the “Muslim ban” allegation. Unfortunately, Trump himself provided an opening for this objection when, during his campaign, he issued a written press release calling for such a ban.  But the EO is not a campaign announcement and it is not Muslim ban, not even close. There are 44 Muslim majority nations.  Trump’s EO affects only seven of them, where 205.4 million or approximately 12.1 percent of the 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide reside.  Thus 88% of the world’s Muslims are unaffected by the E.O.  Calling it a Muslim ban is a deliberate act of deception, designed to inflame Islam’s believers worldwide.

The EO is the subject of a court battle because the Attorney General of  Washington State asked Judge James Robart of the US District Court in Seattle to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop enforcement.  His request was based entirely on arguments like those listed above and on speculation as to future “damage” to Washington’s businesses, colleges, and tax revenue that excluding visitors and immigrants from these seven countries might cause. But the court does not have the authority to assess and judge such matters.  In fact, in his final paragraphs Judge Robart did a fine job of describing the limited, legitimate power of the court under the Constitution [emphasis added]

“Fundamental to the work of this court is a vigilant recognition that it is but one of three equal branches of our federal government. The work of the court is not to create policy or judge the wisdom of any particular policy promoted by the other two branches.  That is the work of the legislative and executive branches and of the citizens of this country who ultimate exercise democratic control over those branches.  The work of the Judiciary, and this court, is limited to ensuring that the actions taken by the other two branches comport with our country’s laws and more importantly, our Constitution.”

If Judge Robart believed these words he would have denied the request for a TRO.  Instead, his ruling is exactly what he says is not the work of the court! Washington State’s Attorney General did NOT argue that the law empowering the President to determine a certain class of aliens is detrimental to the interests of the United States is Unconstitutional.  He didn’t argue that Executive orders limiting certain classes of aliens are illegal or Unconstitutional. Instead he asked the court to find fault with the wisdom of this specific EO.  Yet astoundingly, Judge Robart issued the TRO without citing any statute or case law precedent.  He did say “the State is likely to succeed on the merits,” apparently based on considerations other than the law and the Constitution.

 

State of Washington’s request for a TRO

Response from the Trump Administration in opposition to TRO

Judge Robart’s order issuing the TRO

Yes There Is Evidence of Democrat Sponsored Illegal Voting

Predictably, the establishment political-media herd have stampeded to denounce President Trump’s assertions that millions of Presidential election votes were cast illegally.  Their rebuttal tactic is to pound the table and shout, repeatedly and emphatically that there is “no evidence!” of voter fraud.

Vote-place-8-languagesWell, there is evidence.  And some of the evidence implicates the Democratic Party as the author of some forms of voter fraud.  Indeed, the establishment’s adamant and unyielding denial is contrived to shield Democrats from scrutiny because, as everyone tacitly agrees, vote fraud, if it occurs, benefits Democrats.

Let’s define “evidence”:

  • The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid. (Oxford Living Dictionary)
  • Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion (Wikidiff.com)

Evidence is not proof.  But it contributes to proof.  That witnesses say the bank robber was a tall white man in his 20s who walked with a limp is evidence against Joe who is tall, white, 26, suffers from a knee injury and lives near the bank.  It wouldn’t be enough for a conviction, but it is enough to qualify Joe as a person of interest for police to investigate further, looking for more evidence.

We’ll come back to Joe in a moment. First, consider some evidence of Democrat party facilitation of vote fraud, specifically voting by non-citizens, which is illegal.

English is the official language of the United States. Government business is done in English.  Court proceedings are conducted in English.

Foreign born individuals can complete a process called “naturalization” to become U.S. citizens with all the same rights and privileges of natural born Americans.  One of the requirements of naturalization is ability to speak, read and write English.  They must be fluent enough to comprehend this study guide of questions and answers. Here are three examples of questions they must be able to read, comprehend and answer verbally:

  • What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
  • What does the Judicial Branch of the federal government do?
  • There are four Amendments to the Constitution about who can vote.  Describe one of them.

Obviously, these questions require a much higher level of English fluency than “vote here.” So one has to wonder why such a simple phrase has to be translated into six languages on the sign pictured above.

Ca-voter-guideSo given that English fluency at a fairly high level is required to earn the right to vote by becoming a citizen why would California print ballots in nine foreign languages?  Could it be because the Democratic Party that runs this state believes its candidates benefit from non-citizen voters and wants to help them?  “Of course not,” sniff California government officials – all of whom are Democrats.  

Also, California has implemented a new law that includes automatic voter registration of people who apply for or renew drivers licenses.  Since citizenship is not required for a license, Californians wonder if there’s a verification process that keeps non-citizens from being registered to vote?  The question has been asked over and over for months but so far, there has been no coherent answer from State authorities.

Again, not yet proof but this is evidence that non-citizens vote in California with the blessing of the political establishment.

Here’s more evidence from New York City.  Last summer Mayor De Blasio boasted that his administration has made it possible for New Yorkers to register and vote in six foreign languages.  The Mayor offered no reason why people who have been certified fluent in English by The US Citizenship and Immigration Services should need forms and ballots printed in foreign languages.  The Mayor didn’t mention any citizenship verification process.

These facts would seem to be more than enough evidence of attempts to encourage and facilitate vote fraud to justify a further investigation.  But the establishment vehemently opposes any such investigation because, they say, there are no “documented cases of large scale vote fraud.”  But if nobody ever investigates how would such cases be discovered and documented?

Now let’s look again at our fictitious suspect Joe, who matches the description of the bank robber.  If the police had the same attitude as the media and the Democratic Party they would ignore Joe because, before any investigation or trial takes place, there is no documented case of Joe robbing the bank!

One last bit of evidence: Who fights ferociously against common sense, innocuous vote fraud prevention measures, such as requiring a photo ID to simply verify that the person who seeks to vote is the person who is registered to vote? Democrats and their media cheer leaders.

Donald Trump Inaugural Speech – Full Text

C170120121336-donald-trump-inaugural-address-sot-2-00000613-large-169hief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make America Wealthy Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.

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