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Who’s in charge? Let’s not be ignorant

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Don’t jump into the ignorance pool and float along thinking to somehow just soak up knowledge.

With the recent shake-ups in the White House, it gives the average American reason to be concerned about the stability of the administration. Thus far, the Trump campaign and subsequent presidency has been fraught with more drama than a Telemundo soap opera. And there seems to be no end in sight…at least for the next three and a half years.

It is difficult to imagine a company or business, which, of course, Mr. Trump is the supposed genius at running, being managed as poorly as this White House. And leaves one with the stark reality that this is what happens when we move away from the pure Constitutional Republic form of government that our Founders intended. What is clear, is that the focus of government officials has shifted from the people’s business and welfare, to the spotlight for themselves.

Even a cursory look at the recent debacle of the entire Obamacare repeal and replace effort reveals that Congress is not so much about actual governance and law as it is about grandstanding and playing a part. Many times, to enrich or benefit the player either politically or monetarily. When a Senator cries for seven years about repealing the healthcare act, which has hamstrung our country economically and left so many without the means to afford insurance, and then reneges on his or her promises and stymies the chance to affect progress towards that goal, it speaks more loudly than all the speeches and appeals and soundbites ever could. (Looking at you, McCain) And the president, the leader of the party who currently presides over the White House, the House and the Senate, is so busy reveling in his victory (eight months ago!) that he simply dismisses this failure with the trite comment, “Meh, you can’t have everything.” To behave and profess so cavalierly a sentiment like this, tells the average American what many already know. Government has become nothing but a show. A reality show. From the White House, down to many local small-town mayors. The corruption of money and power has no resemblance to our American values and ideals. It is a travesty and a tragedy.

So, the question now is what do we, as concerned citizens and patriots do? What CAN we do? We go back to our roots. We return to the fundamentals. We look to the Founders and read their words and their follow their advice. The sad statistics are this: in 2011, ABC news asked 1000 people this simple question: “What is the supreme law of the land?” 70% did not know it was the Constitution. Further, 61% percent didn’t know that the length of a U.S. senator’s term is six years, 63 percent didn’t know the number of Supreme Court justices on the bench, and 86 percent didn’t know that 435 members fill the U.S. House of Representatives. Yet, 73% believe they know “some” or a “great deal” of the Constitution’s contents. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tea-party-enthusiasm-surveys-find-ignorance-us-constitution/story?id=13206667

How do we, as a nation, fix this? First, don’t be THAT person. Don’t jump into the ignorance pool and float along thinking to somehow just soak up knowledge. Read and understand the Constitution. Read and understand the Declaration of Independence. Read and understand the Federalist Papers. We must educate ourselves and take control back from the career politicians who want to expand government and line their pockets with our hard-earned dollar. The power must be returned to the people and out of the hands of those who care little for the country when faced with their own career survival. If we are to stop being slaves to the corruption in Washington, we must rise and be brave enough to say, “Enough!” We shouldn’t ever have to look to the Capitol of this great country and ask, “Who’s in charge?” The answer should be clear and unmistakable. We, the People Are!

Colorado mom, wife and grandma. Wanting a better America for the next generation. Just a regular girl...with opinions.

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Hey, Jeff Flake! The GOP is already toast!

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Hey Jeff Flake The GOP is already toast

At a tax-reform event held in Arizona over the weekend, soon-to-be ex-Senator Jeff Flake was caught on a hot mic whining about the imminent death of the GOP. Speaking to his good friend, Mesa Mayor John Giles, Flake said “If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast.”

Unfortunately for Flake, his analysis is a day late and a dollar short. The GOP has pretty much been toast ever since Ronald Reagan’s last day in office. That’s when RINOs took over the party and turned it over to big-government Republicans like George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner.

Ever since Ronnie rode off into the California sunset, conservative values have been relegated to the dustbin of broken campaign promises only to be conveniently brought out every election season to steal money and votes.

Flake’s statement is wrong for a few more reasons: Roy Moore is a threat to people like Flake because he is running against the establishment, and the GOP has already become the party of Donald Trump.

For example, before he decided to pass on re-election next year, polls showed Flake was already likely to lose in the primary to Kelli Ward, who’s running as a Trumplican. Trumplicanism has replaced conservatism as the new identity of the Republican Party as it embraces all things Trump under the mistaken belief that his populist brand of politics is what defines conservatism today.

This sad reality is a direct result of RINOs like Jeff Flake.

Ironically, Flake confirmed the importance of the conservative values he long abandoned with the release of his book earlier this year, “Conscience of a Conservative,” a title essentially plagiarized from a book written by the man credited with reigniting the conservative movement back in the 1960’s, Barry Goldwater.

Because it’s election season, Flake hoped his book could be a sort of get-out-of-RINO-jail-free card as he attempted to at least give the appearance that he was the conservative we all know he isn’t. But hey, if you’re going to write about something you know absolutely nothing about, steal the words of someone who did, right?

Jeff Flake blames everyone but himself and his fellow RINOs for the sorry state of the GOP, but these lying liars are fully responsible for the rise of Donald Trump and the Trumplican Party.

The good news is that the GOP is already toast. Let’s replace it with a true conservative party.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

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Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has agreed to resign. Update: He didn’t.

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Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe has agreed to resign source

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Once again, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has defied calls for his resignation, allowing a deadline set by his party to pass without a word.

Zimbabwe crisis: Deadline passes for Mugabe to quit as party leader

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42048412Members of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are preparing to meet to discuss the possible impeachment of President Robert Mugabe, after a deadline for his resignation came and went on Monday.

The deadline was set by Mr Mugabe’s own party, Zanu-PF.

The embattled leader surprised Zimbabweans on Sunday, declaring on TV that he planned to remain as president.

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Reports came in yesterday that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe would be stepping down instead of going through impeachment, but in a speech on state-run television he did not step down. Now, a new report is coming in that he has agreed to step down, having drafted a resignation letter.

As has been the case for nearly four decades with the tyrannical strongman, reports about him are subject to change. ZANU-PF, the party that he led until yesterday afternoon when they removed him, have given him until noon today (5am EST) to resign or they will request impeachment. The parliament does not meet on Mondays, so if he doesn’t step down he likely won’t be tried until the next day.

Based upon information from a CNN source, the leader has reached an agreement that would give him full immunity and allow him to keep his possessions.

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Source: Zimbabwe’s Mugabe agrees to terms of resignation

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/20/africa/zimbabwe-mugabe/index.htmlAn official source with direct knowledge of negotiations says that Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe has agreed to the terms of his resignation and a letter has been drafted.

The source said generals had given into many of Mugabe’s demands including full immunity for himself and his wife Grace, and also that he would keep his private properties.

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe has until noon to stand down or face impeachment | Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-zimbabwe-politics/zimbabwes-mugabe-has-until-noon-to-stand-down-or-face-impeachment-idUSKBN1DK0H1?il=0Zimbabwe’s liberation war veterans, who have been among the most vocal in calling for Mugabe’s resignation, will hold a media briefing at 9.30 a.m.

Moments after Mugabe’s address, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa told Reuters they would lead public protests in the streets of Harare, cranking up the pressure on Zimbabwe’s ruler of the last 37 years.

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Charles Manson is dead

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Charles Manson is dead

The satanic ringleader behind several gruesome murders in California in 1969, Charles Manson, has died of natural causes Sunday, one week after his birthday. He was 83.

Over a five-week period in the summer of 1969, Manson’s minions carried out nine murders attached to his orders. Even after his incarceration, as many as 35 murders were committed by members of his cult. Though Manson did not participate directly in the murders, his leadership of the cult that killed on his orders earned him the death penalty. His sentence was commuted to nine life sentences when California annulled death sentences issued before 1972. He was sentenced in 1971 and spent 46 years in jail, costing tax-payers millions of dollars.

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Charles Manson, mastermind of 1969 murders, dies at 83

http://beta.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-charles-manson-20171119-story.htmlManson did not commit the murders himself; instead he persuaded his group of followers to carry out the killings. The crimes received frenzied news coverage, because so many lurid and sensational elements coalesced at the time — Hollywood celebrity, cult behavior, group sex, drugs and savage murders that concluded with the killers scrawling words with their victims’ blood.

Los Angeles residents were terrified by the crimes. Before the killers were apprehended, gun sales and guard dog purchases skyrocketed and locksmiths had weeks-long waiting lists. Numerous off-duty police officers were hired to guard homes in affluent neighborhoods and security firms tripled in size.

Charles Manson is rotting in hell | New York Post

https://nypost.com/2017/11/20/mass-murderer-charles-manson-dead-at-83/Manson — who infamously wore a swastika tattoo between his eyebrows — had spent more than 45 years in prison after being convicted of directing his “Manson Family” clan of troubled, mostly female, followers to kill seven people in California in the summer of 1969. The dead included actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, who was stabbed 16 times.

“I am crime,” Manson proudly proclaimed during a collect call to The Post from prison in the mid-2000s.

Obituary: Charles Manson

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36091052When his mother was paroled in 1942 she lived with her eight-year-old son in a series of dilapidated rooms before unsuccessfully applying to a court to have him fostered. Instead he was placed in a Catholic boys’ home from which he ran away after just 10 months.

Manson’s robbery of an off-licence marked the beginning of a series of crimes, including armed robbery, and subsequent incarcerations in a number of institutions.

Manson Family Murders Fast Facts

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/us/manson-family-murders-fast-facts/index.htmlReportedly, during his childhood, Manson’s mother sold him for a pitcher of beer to a woman who wanted to have children. His uncle had to find the woman so that he could get his nephew back.

He later took his stepfather William Manson’s last name.

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