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When will activist judges be satisfied? Never

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Federal Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, in a stunning display of naked judicial activism, has again struck down a Texas law requiring proper identification to vote, even though this law had addressed the concerns expressed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals toward its predecessor. Ramos wrote that the law “imposes burdens disproportionately on blacks and Latinos.”

Wow. What a load of horse manure.

How is anything ever more difficult for blacks and Latinos than it is for white people or anyone else? Well, the only answer for that is, of course, that Judge Ramos sees these people as less capable than whites or Asians. If a requirement that is uniformly applied is somehow seen as discriminatory against one group or another, it is because those seeing the discrimination see those being “discriminated” against as less capable.

They aren’t. Blacks and Latinos are just as capable as anyone else of raising families, having a job, paying their bills, voting, and getting an ID. Leftists constantly tell us they are not, and that voter ID is therefore racist. Seems to me the fact that the Leftists see blacks and Latinos as less capable of getting an ID is racist.

The Democratic National Convention was held last year. Guess what you needed to get in? An ID. You have to have proper ID to buy alcohol, drive a car, get a job, or fly on an airplane. Are all these activities racist? The stupid people of the world will immediately try to argue these are not rights, but privileges.

Ok smart people: You have to have an ID to buy a gun, which is a RIGHT guaranteed by the Constitution. Are we going to start selling guns to people without ID now? No, because Leftists don’t want that done at all, much less without ID. By Leftist logic though, requiring ID to buy a gun is racist.

A few years ago I was working as a process server and private investigator. I was delivering court documents to the courthouse and there was a black man in the clerk’s office, trying to get some paperwork done. He needed a notary and couldn’t afford a lawyer. I happened to be a notary so I had him follow me down to my truck after I filed my paperwork, just so I could help him out free of charge.

He was obviously disabled and blind in one eye. I found out he was on disability. He was black, poor, disabled. The guy had nothing. He was a perfect example of what the Left claims Voter ID laws discriminate against. Guess what he DID have? If you said “an ID” you’d be correct. I wouldn’t be able to notarize anything for him without one. He wouldn’t be able to DO anything without an ID. That’s life in America today. The idea that he wouldn’t be able to get an ID is complete fantasy.

There’s only one logical reason liberals in general and the Democratic Party in particular make these bogus claims of racism when it comes to voter ID: they want to be able to commit voter fraud.

They want illegals to vote. They want volunteers to go vote claiming to be people they know are dead. They want to be able to go and vote on behalf of people they don’t think will show up.

When I worked at a polling station a few years ago before Texas had voter ID, a number of people were not able to vote because they “had already voted.” They were understandably angry. They showed us ID voluntarily, proving they were who they said they were. Unfortunately, since it wasn’t required, other people had come before them, claiming to be them and voting in their stead.

How do I know they were voting for Democrats? Who is doing the complaining about voter ID? Sure, plenty of Republicans would be against voter ID if they thought they could benefit from it, but so far they haven’t.

It’s funny to me how the American Left is constantly railing about “the integrity of our democracy” etc when it comes to talking about the electoral college verses the popular vote, but they aren’t the least bit interested in making sure that popular vote has integrity through a simple thing like making sure voters are who they say they are, and that they are American citizens who have the right to vote in our elections. No, illegal aliens, and even legal immigrant non-citizens do NOT have a right to vote in our elections.

The argument over Voter ID really is one of the silliest we’ve seen, and that is saying something in this day in age. Blacks and Latinos are just as capable as anyone else of getting an ID. To say otherwise is racist. So is the American Left racist or are they simply interested in committing the crime of voter fraud on a massive scale? Those are the only two options.

I almost feel silly writing this article, since this is all so obvious. I should have written this under the pen name “Captain Obvious.” And yet, the Left will make their ridiculous arguments, and you and I, dear reader, can just sit back, shake our heads, and mock the transparency of their fraud.

Judge Ramos is continuing the work of the 9th and 4th Circuits, as well as the lunatic judge in Hawaii who struck down President Trump’s travel ban even after it was upheld by the Supreme Court, in completely destroying what’s left of the credibility American judiciary. A lawyer I have close ties to once told me that all judges rule based on the law, not personal ideology. My eyes nearly rolled out of my head. This is a prime example of judicial activism and it has to stop.

Congress needs to start impeaching these out of control judges and get us back to the rule of law. I fear that will never happen though, as the current congress can’t even get a repeal of Obamacare done with both houses of Congress under their control as well as a Republican in the White House. This would be an obvious place to start, since the integrity of our elections should be important to everyone… except for those who don’t want integrity in our elections, of course.

 

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Yehuda Remer, Author and Second Amendment Advocate

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Yesterday, I spoke with Second Amendment advocate and author, as well as my good friend, Yehuda Remer. We discussed his conservatism, how he developed a love of guns and how he turned that into a career, and how he got into writing.

Below is a transcript of our exchange:
JF: Let’s begin. Tell us about your background. Growing up in blue LA, how did you become conservative?

YR: So I grew up in an apolitical home where politics were not mentioned. As an Orthodox Jew, I always figured I was a Democrat because hell, aren’t all Jews? In 2007 while Obama was campaigning for his first term as President, I was driving to work one morning and listening to the local FM DJs. They were talking about some highly inappropriate things and as I sat there listening, I swear I felt the brain cells exploding one by one in my head. I truly felt myself getting stupider by the Second. I decided to turn on AM radio and over the next year, I found myself nodding in agreement with the many common sense things they had to say. Before long I realized not only was I not a Democrat, but I wasn’t even a Republican. I was a full on Conservative, almost Tea Party like. Following that epiphany, I started blowing up Ben Shapiro’s phone because we grew up together and he was my go-to guy. He explained all my questions not in preaching way but in a way that allowed me to make up my own mind based on what he said. I guess you can call me a Ben Shapiro “disciple.”

JF: That’s awesome. What made the Second Amendment and guns your passion?

YR: During my road into politics, I started learning about the Constitution. Because I grew up in an apolitical home, I didn’t care about the country and took it for granted. But after learning about the Constitution, the one that stuck out was the Second Amendment. It made sense to me. Up until that point, I thought the only people allowed to have guns were law enforcement, military, and bad guys. I never realized that a citizen of the United States could own and carry a firearm. My mind was blown. A buddy of mine called me and invited me to the gun range. Let’s just say, the rest is history.

JF: How did you learn everything you need to know?

YR: Most of it I was born with. I’m just a natural. The rest, well, that was with hard work. Like I mentioned before, I would ask Ben to explain tons of things to me. As for my firearms knowledge, the Internet is a wondrous place and so are many people in the Second Amendment world. Any questions I would ask or have, people didn’t hesitate in explaining things to me. Many times I would explain to people that I am a novice. I want to understand. When you approach someone looking to learn, you would be surprised how forthcoming people can be. I constantly am reading about different approaches in the world to get a more full circle understanding. Another thing, especially in the firearms industry, there is no such thing as a stupid question, unlike in other places.

JF: Why do you think the Second Amendment is important? Obviously, as a conservative, we know the answers to this, but would love to hear from your perspective.

YR: I mean, the Second Amendment is the one that protects them all. Without it, we would not be able to keep and protect the freedoms we all hold dear. We would end up like another England, and we all know how well that worked out for them 250 years ago.

JF: How did you turn this passion from a hobby to a career in writing and media?

YR: Well, Ben Shapiro gave me my first real break when I began writing for his old site, Truth Revolt. I started helping him with the back end but that turned to a full-time writing gig. From there, I transitioned into children’s books. I needed a way to educate my children on gun safety and was shocked to find out that there were no books geared towards kids about firearms safety. You have some organizations out there and they do a fine job. But I wanted something where I can climb into my kids’ beds with them and read them a book before they went to bed. After tons of research and finding nothing, I decided to write my first book, Safety On, as a tool to teach my kids about gun safety.

JF: How did you break out into public media, appearing on NRATV many times, getting media credentials to the SHOT show and being interviewed on major gun radio shows?

YR: Wow! Great question. A few months after my first book came out, I applied for a media badge as an author to the NRA Convention in Atlanta. I was shocked that I actually got it. But it paid off. I went there, not knowing anyone and planned on walking around in circles, just handing my book out. Two huge things happened. The first was I literally bumped in Cam Edwards of NRATV and the host of Cam & Co. As a huge fan, I found myself tongue-tied and feeling like a 14-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert. Luckily, I quickly snapped out of my daze and offered Cam a signed copy of my book. He took one look at it and told me to wait right there, he is putting me on TV. That was my first appearance on NRATV. Since then, Cam has had me on many more times and even helped me get on some other shows. He has been a blessing. But at one point while I was there, I went to the media room to take a break. Someone walked up to me and asked me if I was the guy who wrote the kids book on gun safety. To this day, Rob Morse of the Polite Society Podcast and I are still friends. Being on that show opened up so many doors for me into the Second Amendment radio world. It truly was a blessing.

As for SHOT Show, one of the connections I made was to the Firearms Chat Podcast and they invited me to be a co-host of their show at SHOT. So getting in was super easy.

JF: When you moved to Texas, did that help you bring this passion out more, considering that Texas is much more gun friendly?

YR: Of course it did. Within six weeks of moving to Texas, I had my license to carry. Life became instantly safer and better.

JF: Your work on this is an inspiration and the Second Amendment and gun rights are something we all need to hold dear. Thanks for being a voice for that.

Where can everyone find your work and appearances, and if they want to follow you?

YR: So all four of my books are available on Amazon. If you want to find out more about me and my appearances I have made, you can visit my website, www.yehudaremer.com.


Yehuda Remer is the author of Safety On: An introduction to the world of firearms for kids, Safety On: The Coloring Book, 10 Little Liberals: A Tale of Hope, and The ABCs of Guns. He lives in Texas with his wife and kids and can be found shooting, writing, and trolling.

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Gun control: Washington doublespeak used to void the Second Amendment

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When it comes to measuring the political dishonesty of our elected officials in Washington, I often recall the old joke “How do you know if a politician is lying? His lips are moving.”

While some of the untruths told by these lying liars aren’t obvious until after they get caught—such as the GOP promise to repeal Obamacare root and branch—others are obvious before the fact if we keep our ears tuned-in to the use of Washington doublespeak.

Once the proprietary property of the liberal-left, Washington doublespeak has found its way into the lexicon of the so-called conservative-right as well.

  • Immigration reform? Doublespeak for amnesty and citizenship for millions of illegal aliens.
  • Budget reform? Doublespeak for abandoning fiscal responsibility in order to build bigger government.
  • Tax cuts? Doublespeak for tax increases to pay for bigger government.
  • NSA data collection? Doublespeak for unconstitutional, warrantless electronic spying on Americans.

In the aftermath of the 17 murders at a Florida High School, we are once again hearing the words “gun control,” which is doublespeak for creating ways to void the Second Amendment.

As he did as a candidate following the Orlando Night Club shooting in 2016, Trump is backing an effort to “improve” gun laws as a way to keep firearms out of the hands of “mentally disturbed” individuals—an idea strongly supported by many Republicans. Besides the fact that “erratic behavior” pretty much describes Donald Trump and the GOP, who gets to decide who fits the definition of mentally disturbed?

Is it people like Joy Behar, who believes Christians who hear God’s voice suffer from a mental illness? Or would it be psychiatrists who believe that conservatism is a sign of mental instability?

Not content with anything coming out of Washington, the Brady Center is using the Florida tragedy to renew its push for Extreme Risk Protection Orders. These laws empower those who are close to an individual “in crisis” to ask a judge to seize that individual’s guns. Once again, who decides what “in crisis” looks like?

As an individual who holds a Biblical worldview, I know that violence will never end unless the heart of man is healed. However, passing arbitrary gun control laws won’t bring an end to gun violence either. In fact, it’s likely to increase the violence. But that won’t stop politicians in Washington from using doublespeak to pass gun control laws anyway.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Trump’s top pastor, Mark Burns, running for Congress

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Trey Gowdy is retiring after his term creating a rather large vacancy for Republicans in Congress. Looking to fill the void is Pastor Mark Burns.

Pastor Mark Burns has been lauded as Trump’s top pastor and was rather influential in the 2016 election. His influence landed him or was made clear in the 2016 Republican National Convention where he gave a passionate “All Lives Matter” speech. Mark Burns is the founder and CEO of NOW Television Network. After serving six years in the South Carolina Army National Guard, Pastor Burns along with his wife Tomarra Burns founded the multicultural, non-denominational contemporary church The Harvest Praise & Worship Center of Easley.

Though somewhat new to the political scene, Mark Burns is not without scandal. During the Trump campaign, he was busted for and admitted to padding up his resume with false accomplishments. These remain credibility concerns moving into the race for the South Carolina 4th district. Burns made his announcement via Twitter, highlighting his unifying personality.

 

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Considering this race, “Burns”. That being said, he could have a Roy Moore sized scandal level his campaign. But without such, it seems as though this race is over before it began. I remain optimistic about Mark Burns joining the ranks of Congress. Previously, Burns announced he was praying about challenging Lindsey Graham, a notorious warmongering RINO. But it appears either prayer or opportunism has landed him in a different race. Due to his political amateurism, not many of his positions are clear. Oddly enough, he has suggested Federal takeover of public school security. Though his heart seems in the right place, his position shows a lack of localism which small government believes in. It’s safe to speculate that Mark Burns isn’t all that fiscal conservative which isn’t unfamiliar.

On social issues, however, Pastor Mark Burns could be a strong tool for conservatives, so long as he can graduate from being a Trump surrogate. Burns has a more unifying persona than a lot of Republicans adding the possibility of broadening the base. On the issues of race and abortion, Pastor Mark Burns is a powerful voice. Though a strong personality does not make one the best candidate, Burn has tremendous potential to make a difference in DC.

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