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Americans in sanctuary cities must be the catalysts for change

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The story prompting this article is old. In fact, I’ve already written about it before. Unfortunately, it’s so infuriating that it deserves to be written about again.

Portland is a sanctuary city. As a result, two women became victims of a 12-time-deported violent criminal who committed heinous acts against them. He should never have been allowed back onto the streets to commit these crimes, but that’s life in a sanctuary city. Living in one means law enforcement is politically compelled to put American citizens in danger in an effort to protect those who have entered the country illegally.

Welcome to progressive America.

Here’s the problem. Attempts by the federal government to stop this practice are taking the wrong approach. It is ultimately the responsibility of a city, county, and/or state to handle law enforcement within their own jurisdiction. Just as it’s wrong for them to not protect their own citizens in favor of non-citizens, it’s also wrong for the federal government to attempt to mandate compliance. They cannot compel local governments or law enforcement to do the bidding of federal law enforcement. On the surface, this might stance seem counterproductive, but it’s important to make this distinction: one can be against sanctuary cities and also be against federal mandates preventing sanctuary cities from existing. The two are not mutually exclusive.

If local governments are forced to comply with federal mandates, the overreach that already exists in DC will be perpetuated. When does it end? The more we allow the federal government to dictate the law of the land, the less autonomy state and local governments will have. This is not a good thing for the people.

The only viable solution to the sanctuary city problem is for the people living in sanctuary cities to say, “enough is enough.”

It’s the people who must force the hands of local politicians and law enforcement. They are the ones who are in danger and must exercise their rights through petitions, assembly, and at the ballot box. If that’s not possible, then it’s their right to move to a city or state that treats criminal illegal immigrants as criminals rather than as people who are somehow granted greater protections than actual U.S. citizens.

Sanctuary cities are a big problem, particularly for those living in them. It’s up to the people to make the changes necessary to defend their rights and protect themselves and their families. If the federal government steps in, they will only make things worse in the long run.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

Culture and Religion

Mormons no more: LDS Church wants new branding

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Mormons no more LDS Church wants new branding

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, often referred to as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, no longer wants to be called by these names. They want the full name of the church used and any references to “LDS Church” or “Mormon” are to be ignored.

LDS Church wants everyone to stop calling it the LDS Church — and drop the word ‘Mormons’

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/08/16/lds-church-wants-everyone/On Thursday, the church released this statement from Nelson:

“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with his will. In recent weeks, various church leaders and departments have initiated the necessary steps to do so. Additional information about this important matter will be made available in the coming months.”

This represents another swing of the pendulum for the church. In 2002, a similar de-emphasis on the word “Mormon” was announced. Timed to the arrival of the Winter Olympics in Utah, the church asked news outlets to refer to it by its full name.

Ironically, the statement was released through Mormon Newsroom.

My Take

The church, like nearly all of the big ones around the world, is as much of a business as it is a spiritual denomination. Today, the phrases “LDS Church” and “Mormon” are bad for business. After hitting a high note in 2012 with a major party presidential candidate, the church has taken some public relations beatings.

They want as close of an association with Jesus Christ as possible even if mainstream Christianity views their teachings as abominations. This is a rebrand, nothing more.

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Jonathan Van Ness gives Democrats sound advice, gets demonized for it

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Jonathan Van Ness gives Democrats sound advice gets demonized for it

The Democratic Party is in shambles. They’re still flustered over an election two years ago and have been pointing fingers at each other ever since. The far-left socialists have gained a foothold in the party, making it less likely they’ll be able to make a dent in the coming midterm elections.

“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness knows this and voiced two apparently unpopular opinions that have enraged his fan base and made him the target of the far left. First, he made the logical statement that going to far to the left will hurt their chances of taking the House and Senate.

That was bad from the progressives’ perspective, but his follow up Tweet sent them reeling into triggered oblivion.

The narrative from the left is that ALL Republicans are racist. Therefore, Van Ness is no longer the leftist hero he once was. Shame. He was actually starting to make sense.

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Guns and Crime

Will Elon Musk face criminal charges over his Tweet?

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Will Elon Musk face criminal charges over his Tweet

Elon Musk is in deep trouble over a Tweet. Nine little words could land him in court and possibly even in jail.

By Tweeting in the middle of the day, it’s a red flag to the SEC. The other, more important question that Musk must answer is whether or not he committed fraud by claiming he had the funds to buy the shares. He didn’t, and that alone could make his Tweet criminal.

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