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Roy Moore wins, judicial supremacists beware

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Former Alabama Chief Justice, Judge Roy Moore, defeated McConnell lackey and President Trump-supported incumbent, Luther Strange, last night.  And it wasn’t some close primary election that will end up meaning nothing.  Judge Moore defeated the Trump-backed Strange by winning 63 of the 67 counties in Alabama.

Candidates win elections, but it was Christian conservatism and the biblical principles of liberty and moral law that aided the anti-swamp environment against the McConnell-Trump alliance, and that’s a good thing for America.  But some of the initial takes from the DC smart set don’t agree and some of their early takes on Moore’s win are somewhere between amusing and certifiably insane.  The left-wing takes are beyond certifiably insane, so I’m gonna focus on the initial takes from the Right.

First, there was Tim Miller on Twitter.  He’s a self-described Jeb! Bush alum, which probably means he worked for the Bush campaign, and President of America Rising (another establishment machine advertised as conservative).  He took to Twitter to declare his “smart” analysis, which was to claim that the Moore win is about “triggering the lib/media” more than “Trump loyalty or Truecon principles.”

And from another tweet, in his ignorance of God’s moral law, he also seemed to suggest Judge Moore was crazier than Todd Akin, while accusing the GOP of having nobody willing to stand up to Moore’s alleged brand of crazy.  Mr. Miller has since clarified his early take as coming from the perspective of the 2016 election.  But even this clarification falls short because it fails to consider Judge Moore’s principled stands against the establishment and judicial supremacists, even at the expense of his own career.

And then there was David French, a National Review senior writer, who I normally enjoy reading and usually agree with on most issues.  His early take on why Judge Moore won was the more certifiably insane view, from a conservative point of view.  Because frankly, it was plain nonsense and it showed that he’s never examined who Judge Moore is and what his actual positions are or his record.

Mr. French was on the Glenn Beck Program this morning, and Glenn started by asking his take on the Alabama primary and Moore’s win.  Mr. French’s “hot take” sounded more like an Evan McMullin, DC smart set switched bodies with him and ignorantly assumed Judge Moore is a populist, which in most cases should be interpreted interchangeably with nationalism (most people make this common mistake).  He claimed with a serious voice, as if he knows what he’s talking about, that Trump’s populist wave nominated him for the Senate seat once occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

He also insanely accused the South for being essentially infatuated more with populism over God’s moral law.  It wasn’t Trump’s populism that caused the South to go for Trump.  The Southern environment is one that is fed up with the anti-South elitists in the North and on the coasts, and Hillary was seen as the embodiment of that Northern corruption.  Trump took advantage of the environment of Southern anger in the Bible belt, and Trump had the name ID to do it.

The left-wing media will latch onto a few choice words from Judge Moore’s stump speeches over his career, and without understanding the biblical and theological context, they will portray him as certifiably crazy.  I’m personally less concerned about their “hot takes” on Moore’s win because they’re even more certifiable than French’s absurd ignorance.

If grassroots conservatives, and even the DC smart set, want an honest take on why Judge Roy Moore defeated the Trump-backed Luther Strange, then they should read Steve Deace and Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review.  They know Judge Moore and his record, and they understand why Alabamans trust and like his firebrand and principled stands against the Ruling Class and judicial supremacists.

Perspectives

The audacity of hope: Alabama voters trust godly values and Roy Moore | Daniel Horowitz, Conservative Review

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/the-audacity-of-hope-al-voters-trust-godly-values-and-roy-moore#pq=NIWiedRepublican voters want representatives for whom God and the Constitution are not talking points to win their votes but a way of life. This is what we all used to want in our elected Republicans. Then we got scared to run on these beliefs publicly, but extolled those virtues privately. Now the clickservative world has open disdain for those values. And voters rebelled against that by casting an affirmative vote for the values that people inside certain zip codes, the clickservative media, and the Republican legal profession have long ago scorned.

Top 5 takeaways from Judge Roy Moore’s win | Steve Deace, Conservative Review

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/top-5-takeaways-from-judge-roy-moores-winThis confirms that “better than Hillary” is not a suicide pact. And though the cultic element within Trump’s core support is troublesome and impossible to ignore, it turns out Trump’s base is driving Trump — it’s not Trump driving his base. In fact, Strange actually under-performed his polling following Trump’s campaign visit — there was no Trump bounce at all.

If the president wants to avoid further embarrassment, he better start surrounding himself with conservatives in the West Wing — pronto — who actually have a read on what’s happening with his base. Because someone has wrongly told Trump his base is the stereotype often sold on cable news or willing to do whatever he asks of them.

 Final Thoughts

The Alabama primary was similar to the 2016 election because the Bible belt and the Southern political environment is still fundamentally opposed to the DC swamp, and the McConnell-Trump alliance supporting Luther Strange was the face of the swamp.  But it is not the 2016 election because Alabama voters and Bible belt voters are not the same as Rust belt and Midwest anti-swamp voters.  And Judge Roy Moore is not Donald J. Trump.

In 2016, nationally, what the DC smart set calls a “populist wave,” was an anti-swamp election and Trump took advantage of that environment and made it a bigger priority than God’s moral law.  That is how Alabama and the Bible belt went for Trump over more godly candidates like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz.

However, the Alabama primary is about who Alabama voters believe embodies their political environment and feelings, not all Trump and Cruz supporters nationwide.  Judge Moore had the bigger name ID statewide than the incumbent, Luther Strange.  It was Judge Moore’s known stands against the swamp and judicial supremacists as a Chief Justice, at the expense of his own career – twice.  It helped him take advantage of that Alabama environment.  Judge Moore’s record standing up for and defending God in the public square and the original intent of the Constitution was seen as the anti-swamp solution for Alabama voters.

The Trump-backed Luther Strange was the Alabama face of the McConnell swamp in DC.  Trump supporters united with Cruz supporters to reject Trump’s populist personality because Alabama voters equated it to the McConnell swamp.  The magnitude of that image made Judge Moore’s record of Christian conservatism and moral law constitutionalism more appealing than Trump’s personality and populism.

Donald Trump’s 2016 win showed that grassroots conservatives and the Bible belt would settle for candidates if they were only anti-swamp.  However, Judge Roy Moore’s win shows they will vote for anti-swamp candidates who have a record fighting for Godly principles and the Constitution more.  Moral law and God are more important to the Bible belt than the young hippie pastors give credit, even if mocking the Bible belt in the pulpit causes laughter from their congregations.

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Luis Cobos-Cenobio, the star of the Arkansas dashcam shootout, is an illegal immigrant

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Luis Cobos-Cenobio the star of the Arkansas dash cam shootout is an illegal immigrant

It’s an odd headline. The lede in this story should the shocking dashcam footage showing suspect Luis Cobos-Cenobio firing on police who were trying to pull him over. Unfortunately, immigration status is either buried or ignored altogether by mainstream media, so we thought it was necessary to point out up front that the man who allegedly tried to shoot and kill police officers is an illegal immigrant.

You can read the details at Fox News, one of the only outlets I’ve found so far that mentions his immigration status:

Dashcam video shows moment illegal immigrant suspect opens fire on Arkansas police officer

https://www.foxnews.com/us/dashcam-video-shows-moment-illegal-immigrant-suspect-opens-fire-on-arkansas-police-officerCobos-Cenobio has been jailed on $500,000 bond, and has had a detainer placed on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

Cobos-Cenobio has been charged with four counts of attempted capital murder, committing a terroristic act, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

If he is convicted on any or all of these charges, he’s going to jail for a long time. There’s no way to know at this point how many Americans he’s harmed in the past. Sadly, as a criminal illegal immigrant, there’s no reason for him to be here in the first place.

Mainstream media doesn’t want you to know that part of the story, though. Some went so far as to avoid the topic altogether.

For example, this article from ABC News is nearly 400-words in length and never even hints at his immigration status. Many stories simply noted as deep into the article as possible that he had a “federal hold” or “detainer request” without indicating that almost certainly means he’s here illegally.

Mainstream media is desperate to bury or cover up anything that pertains to illegal immigrants. This story, with its amazing and terrifying video, was too “good” for them to pass up. That didn’t stop them from hiding his immigration status.

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Mr. President, do NOT trade Fethullah Gulen’s life to ease pressure on the Saudis

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Mr President do NOT trade Fethullah Gulens life to ease pressure on the Saudis

Let’s tread cautiously for a moment.

If reports are true that the administration is considering delivering Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen into the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in exchange for easing pressure on Saudi Arabia, then it’s time to rethink where our moral compass is pointing as a nation. Here’s one of the reports, and I urge caution in regards to its validity until we hear more from the White House or see actions against Gulen:

Trump admin considers Khashoggi murder, trying to extradite Gulen

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/15/trump-admin-considers-khashoggi-murder-trying-to-extradite-gulen.htmlThe Trump administration is seeking ways to extradite an enemy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, NBC News reported Thursday, citing two senior U.S. officials and two other people briefed on the requests. The effort is intended to get the Turkish leader to ease pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

It is at least the second time the White House has sought to remove Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in exile in Pennsylvania. In President Donald Trump’s first days in office, his administration asked the Department of Justice to look into the matter, NBC News has reported.

Set aside internal politics of Turkey itself; support for Gulen, Erdogan, or neither is irrelevant in regards to this action. Let’s instead focus on what this would say about our priorities. I’m not so naive to believe lives aren’t traded in a geopolitical marketplace that thrives on quashing dissidents and sweeping atrocities under the rug, but there are lines that should never be crossed by the United States of America. This is one of them.

Let’s break this down into it’s core components. Again, at this point it has not been confirmed so tread lightly before formulating an opinion.

  • Turkish President Erdogan hates Gulen and has demanded his extradition over alleged connections to a 2016 coup attempt.
  • Erdogan has pursued Gulen for years, well before the coup attempt.
  • U.S. officials have not seen sufficient evidence that connects Gulen to the coup. Gulen vehemently denies involvement.
  • Turkey has been spearheading accusations against Saudi Arabia since the early hours following Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
  • Turkey trickled information out to the public, holding cards as long as they could in hopes information implicating Saudi Arabia would surface without Turkey exposing their information gathering techniques. In other words, they spied on Saudi Arabia’s consulate and hoped they wouldn’t have to admit to it in order to nail the Saudis.
  • Saudi Arabia has pressured Washington DC to help them sweep this under the rug. Turkey has been the loudest voice calling for punishments against the nation, specifically calling for actions against Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
  • Ergogan used to see MBS as a protege he could bring under his wing to solidify influence over Saudi Arabia. Now Erdogan views MBS as a threat to his standing as the default leader of the Middle East Muslim world.
  • The U.S. has almost certainly asked Turkey to stop. Our alliance with Saudi Arabia is more important than the death of a single journalist, at least in the eyes of many DC politicians.
  • Turkey has ramped up pressure and told DC the only way they’d stop is if they get their hands on Gulen.

Again, this is all a mix of speculation and extrapolation based on the limited facts we know. With that said, I’d say all of these speculations have a high probability of being true.

The only question would be the final bullet point on the list. Is the United States going to give Gulen to Ergogan, effectively signing his death sentence? Is the administration going to help cover up Saudi crimes by sacrificing someone who turned to us for asylum?

Let’s be very clear. I’m not defending Gulen as a person. I don’t know what he’s done, whether he instigated the Turkish coup attempt, or what he’s doing here in America. My only concern is whether or not the administration would trade a human life for mitigated damage to an ally that committed murder.

It’s always best to get the facts before forming an opinion. Until it’s confirmed the administration is doing this, we shouldn’t judge them. If it plays out as the report contends, there will be a lot more questions to ask about our nation’s direction.

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Senator who pushes negative perception of ICE badgers nominee over negative perception of ICE

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Senator who pushes negative perception of ICE badgers nominee over negative perception of ICE

Only in Washington DC is it okay for someone to complain about a problem they created, then attack someone else for not fixing the problem. It happens on both sides of the aisle but Democrats have become especially adept at it lately. Case in point: Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).

As one of the frontrunners to go against President Trump in 2020, the California Senator has built much of her short career in DC around attacks on ICE. She demonizing the law enforcement agency any time the topics of border security, deportations, or illegal immigration come up. She has called for the agency to be dismantled and questions anything they do to fulfill their mission of keeping Americans safe.

That’s why it’s so disgusting to hear her badger Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to lead ICE, over the topic of negative perceptions surrounding the agency. She went so far as to try to draw parallels between ICE and the Ku Klux Klan during his confirmation hearings.

“Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels?” she asked.

“I do not see any parallels,” Vitiello replied. “That puts ICE in the same category as the KKK. Is that what you’re asking me?”

Harris, a former prosecutor and California Attorney General before becoming a Senator, seemed to be trying to trap the nominee into admitting that ICE is perceived by illegal immigrants the same way the KKK was perceived in the past.

Vitiello should have told her if those perceptions do exist, it’s because of rhetoric she and other Democrats have been spewing since President Trump took office.

Four months ago, the Senator said this:

New litmus test? Dems demand elimination of ICE amid immigration furor | Fox News

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-litmus-test-dems-demand-elimination-of-ice-amid-immigration-furorOn the West Coast, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who has been floated as a 2020 Democratic contender, said that the U.S. should consider “starting from scratch” for ICE — though stopped short of calling to abolish it.

“There’s no question that we’ve got to critically re-examine ICE and its role, and the way that it is being administered, and the work it is doing,” Harris said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “And we need to probably think about starting from scratch.”

It’s quite rich for the Senator to push anti-ICE rhetoric onto the public, then ask a nominee to lead ICE if he’s aware the law enforcement organization is perceived like the Ku Klux Klan. GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel called it her 2020 campaign launch.

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