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The heroes of Venezuelan resistance are sadly not who you think they are

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At long last, the tragedy playing out in Venezuela is receiving some much needed, albeit unpunctual, attention in the press thanks to the Sunday, July 30th, power grab by resident dictator Nicolas Maduro and his cohorts. In the early morning of August 1st, under the shroud of darkness, SEBIN (intelligence agency) officers of the Venezuela diktatura re-arrested Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, two of Venezuala’s most well-known opposition leaders (and former now present – political prisoners). For this, Maduro garnered even more attention from the press, for good reason.

Unfortunately, most (if not all) of the press coverage surrounding the sad tale of various Venezuelan opposition groups’ struggles for freedom are missing one major detail

“I send you a message of optimism, strength and faith so that we always remain on the right side of history.” (emphasis mine) Those were the closing remarks of opposition leader Leopoldo López in a video released after his arrest. In a moment of foresight, Leopoldo López recorded a video in anticipation of his own future imprisonment. “If you are watching this video right now, it’s because that’s exactly what happened: They came and I was imprisoned unlawfully and unjustly, as a prisoner of conscience — imprisoned for wanting a better Venezuela.”

Remaining on “the right side of history” is both a trademark phrase and a dogmatic obsession of socialists, the children of the Proletarian Revolution. The sad truth of the matter is that many of the opposition groups attempting to overthrow Maduro’s socialist dictatorship are themselves socialist factions of Socialist International.

Sadly, the destructive ideology of socialism is deeply entrenched in the minds of most Venezuelans.

The biggest victory for the anti-Chavez/Maduro opposition was in December of 2015, when it won a majority in the National Assembly (Venezuela’s legislative body). Opposition party leaders banded together under the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD). At least four international party affiliates of Socialist International operate in Venezuela: Democratic Action (AD), Popular Will, Movement for Socialism (MAS), and A New Era (UNT). All are also a part of the Democratic Unity Roundtable. Leopoldo López is a member of the left-of-center party Popular Will (Voluntad Popular), which is nationaly affiliated with MUD and internationally affiliated with Socialist International. Antonia Ledezma is a member of the left-of-center party Fearless People’s Alliance (Alianza Bravo Pueblo), a splinter of the Indernational Socialist affiliated party, Democratic Action, which supports “3rd Way socialism.” The Fearless People’s Alliance is also nationally affiliated with MUD, but has no international affiliation. Other member parties of MUD and their ideology include(d) Radical Cause (laborism), Justice First (humanism), Progressive Movement of Venezuela (progressivism), Progressive Advance (progressivism), Movement for a Responsible, Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Venezuela (green politics), Ecological Movement of Venezuela (green politics), and Come Venezuela (liberalism).

Tragically the opposition consists almost entirely of multiple socialist factions engaged in their own collective infighting.

Although MUD had vowed to rejuvenate the economy and free political prisoners, the opposition spent much of 2016, failing repeatedly to engage the Maduro regime in productive talks, an unintelligible waste of time.

The citizens of Venezuela took notice and began calling out “the MUD” for its failures.

“Because of its internal structure, the MUD hasn’t been able to coordinate the different views within the coalition,” said Félix Seijas Rodríguez, a political analyst. In January of 2017, MUD secretary general, Jesús Torrealba, said “This year, the MUD will transform itself and become more useful in this fight.” It is now August and conditions have only deteriorated.

On August 6, 2017, the Maduro diktatura’s newly created loyalist assembly “moved to consolidate government power Saturday, stripping the independent chief prosecutor [Luisa Ortega Díaz] of her job and cordoning off her headquarters in a move signaling a swiftly widening crackdown on political dissent,” according to the Washington Post. Venezuelans can expect more of the same; more Antonio’s, more Leopoldo’s, more Luisa’s.

Socialism brought Venezuela into this horrific mess. Socialism will not solve its problems.

No amount of good intentions can fix a crummy premise.

Venezuelans are in for difficult times ahead.

Paige Rogers is a Christian artist and author, and a former professional practitioner in the field of Early Childhood Development. She is the creator of ThePaintingPastor.org, a blog offering Christian reflection, exhortation and discernment alongside various artistic techniques visually documented through Paige's unique artistic endeavors. A lover of learning, Paige is an avid enthusiast of history, civics, political geography and human nature, physical geography and the sciences. She is an incurably inquisitive and chronically creative “egghead.” Paige is a strong supporter of America's service members and veterans.

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Multiple fatalities as Amtrak train derails in Washington state

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Derailed Amtrak train in Washington state has injuries and casualties

At least three people are dead and 77 people injured as an Amtrak train has derailed over Interstate 5 about 60 miles southwest of Seattle. Amtrak train 501 heading for Tacoma was part of a new set of trains being launched today. It was a high-speed train capable of going 79 MPH.

There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board when the train derailed.

“Emergency crews are on the scene and the Amtrak Management is responding,” an Amtrak spokesperson said in a statement. “Some injuries are reported. Service between Seattle and Portland is suspended for the time being.”

Terrorism has not been ruled out.

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Mayor Jenny Durkan releases statement.

“This catastrophic derailment is horrific. My thoughts are with the passengers, families and those injured as well as our first responders, firefighters and police who rushed to the scene. “The City of Seattle has offered our assistance and aid to Pierce and Thurston counties, and is ready to work with Amtrak, local, state, and federal officials as they manage the response and deal with the aftermath of this tragic incident.”

This is a developing story. We will be updating it constantly and adding more links that become pertinent below, as well as displaying the live Twitter Moment feed from the event below.

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Amtrak derailment: Live coverage of Amtrak train 501 derails in Washington state

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amtrak-train-derailment-tacoma-washington-traffic-today-live-updates/DUPONT, Wash. — An Amtrak train has derailed on an overpass in Washington state, with at least two train cars falling onto the highway below. Authorities say multiple fatalities and injuries have been reported. At this time, all southbound lanes of traffic remain blocked on Interstate 5.

The Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted a photo of the derailment, urging motorists to avoid the area.

CBS News affiliate KIRO-TV reports first responders are treating the derailment as a mass casualty incident. Authorities have not yet provided details on injuries.

“Emergency crews are on the scene and the Amtrak Management is responding,” an Amtrak spokesperson said in a statement. “Some injuries are reported. Service between Seattle and Portland is suspended for the time being.”

Amtrak derailment in Washington state: Multiple fatalities reported on train, official says

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/18/us/amtrak-derailment-washington/index.htmlAn Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday morning, spilling multiple cars off an Interstate 5 overpass and killing several people on the train in Pierce County, Washington, according to the spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Several motorists in vehicles that were struck by the fallen train cars suffered injuries, but there were no fatalities among people in those vehicles, the sheriff’s office said.

The deaths “are all contained to the train,” said Ed Troyer, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “It’s pretty horrific.”

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace… unless it’s Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerusalem

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace unless its Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerus

When President Trump announced the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there, most world leaders condemned the plan as an obstacle to peace. The chorus rang loud that putting an embassy in Jerusalem would derail the progress that has been made in the last few decades. Now that Turkish President Erdogan has decided to open an embassy in East Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Palestine, the world responded as expected.

Crickets.

It’s not that most of the world is against an embassy in Jerusalem or anyone acknowledging it as the capital. They just don’t want an embassy to Israel there, nor do they want it recognized as Jerusalem’s capital. The anti-Israel world (which is made up of a vast majority of world leaders, a good portion of the non-Jewish people, a surprisingly large number of Jews, and pretty much every Muslim) knows only one way to peace: a two-state solution.

The world wants to take a country the size of New Jersey with the only Jewish majority in the world and split it up with people, many of whom have vowed to destroy Israel itself. That’s why they’re okay with Erdogan making his fuss over all this. Let’s take a brief look at what Erdogan is doing, then I’ll leave my final thoughts on the matter.

Further Reading

Turkey’s Erdogan: Muslim nations to go to UN over Jerusalem

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkeys-erdogan-muslim-nations-jerusalem-51811201Turkey’s president says Muslim nations will ask the United Nations for an “annulment” of President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the initiative would start at the U.N. Security Council and if it’s “vetoed there, we will work within the U.N. General Assembly for the annulment of this unjust and lawless decision.”

Opinion: Erdogan′s boring taunts in the fight over Jerusalem

http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-erdogans-boring-taunts-in-the-fight-over-jerusalem/a-41784633He’s back: the rapscallion, the bully, the lout, the eternal political campaigner Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president was at his old game as soon as the conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) kicked off in Istanbul. He called Israel a “terrorist and occupier state,” and invited “every country” to “recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupied state of Palestine.”

Turkey’s President Erdogan says he will open an embassy in East Jerusalem

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-recep-tayyip-erdogan-embassy-east-jerusalem-palestinians-israel-donald-trump-a8115281.htmlTurkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of Palestine.

“God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Final Thoughts

These moves have very little to do with Jerusalem. They have everything to do with Erdogan’s ambition to be the leader of the Muslim world. He wants to build a coalition behind him to be the “great uniter” of a diverse people spread around the globe who are often at odds with one another. He wants to rebuild the Ottoman Empire. The scary part is that it might work.

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Trump betrays conservatives: Nominates anti-Christian, pro-LGBT activist to EEOC

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Trump betrays conservatives Nominates anti-Christian pro-LGBT activist to EEOC

When US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy created a non-existent constitutional right to same-sex marriage out of thin air in Obergefell v. Hodges, justices in the minority of the 5-4 decision “legalizing” the practice warned of the inevitable threat it would create to the First Amendment right to religious freedom.

While LGBT radicals and their allies in the Gay Mafia deny it, warnings by Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito about the threats have proven to be true. In fact, the threat to religious liberty resulting from the LGBT agenda existed even before Obergefell.

In a piece I wrote shortly after the same-sex marriage ruling, I joined my fellow conservatives in expressing our concerns over the possible loss of religious liberty. In the article, I quoted several pro-LGBT activists who flat-out admitted that taking down religious liberty was the plan all along. One of those activists is Chai Feldblum, a homosexual activist appointed as a commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Barack Obama.

The “zero-sum game” is how homosexual activist law professor and Obama EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) appointee Chai Feldblum describes the legal battles between modern “rights” based on homosexual “orientation” (read: behavior) and the traditional American principle of religious liberty.

“Gays win, Christians lose,” Feldblum said, predicting homosexuals would win most of the legal contests.

Well, it looks like Donald Trump is ready to give Feldblum and the LGBT agenda a big boost.

In an announcement last week, the “most pro-LGBT” Republican candidate for president re-nominated Feldblum to keep her job at the EEOC. And despite claims by some in Trump’s inner circle of “evangelical advisors” that this only happened because Trump wasn’t briefed on Feldblum or involved in her nomination, the track record of the man who swore to “do everything in (his) power to protect LGBTQ citizens” at the Republican National Convention indicates that this is right in line with the priorities of President Trump and Vice President Pence.

For example, when Trump followed Jared and Ivanka’s advice to reaffirm an Obama executive order that essentially legalized discrimination against Christian business owners by requiring them to embrace the LGBT agenda or lose their right to do business with the federal government, Pence–who has a history of his own when it comes to caving to LGBT radicals–defended the pro-LGBT decision.

“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that discrimination would have no place in our administration. I mean, he was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him”

In June, Trump pretended to reverse an Obama directive that allowed students to use bathrooms and showers based on their gender identity. In reality, Trump’s order opened the door for the government to prosecute schools that fail to recognize a transgendered student’s “right” to use the facility of their choice.

From the very beginning, the Fellowship of the Pharisees have defended Trump because he’s “God’s man,” and he will protect religious liberty. It seems to me that nominating a pro-LGBT, anti-Christian lesbian activist to a federal job where she can advance the LGBT agenda fails in that department.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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