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From local government to the White House, the war on the Constitution continues

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Government’s war on our Constitutional rights has continued its steady advance over recent years, particularly when it comes to the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights.

In the name of political correctness, we’ve witnessed the denial of free speech rights for those who dare to speak out against the LGBT agenda, particularly if such speech is motivated by their religious beliefs. In some cases, government has denied the livelihood of its citizens for such speech, as we witnessed in a case involving an Atlanta fire chief. His civil rights lawsuit is currently in the federal courts.

Similarly, government has denied Christian business owners their right of freedom of religion; driving them out of business for allegedly refusing to bake a cake or provide flowers for same-sex weddings. One of the nation’s well-known current cases, Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is currently before the Supreme Court.

We can take little comfort in the fact that threats to our First Amendment rights are receiving a day in court. Recently, in a case not involving the First Amendment, an Indiana judge blocked Starbucks from closing 77 failing Teavana stores in several malls run by Simon Property Group and forcing the Seattle-based company to stay open despite projected losses of over $15 million. Even though the judge admitted that she likely didn’t have a legal basis for her ruling, she made it anyway by determining that Starbucks had so much money that it could handle the loss better than Simon.

Freedom of the press has also been under assault all the way up to the White House. While Obama frequently chipped away at the Fourth Estate, Trump has elevated it to tyrannical and fascist levels with his frequent “fake news” tweets and calling the media “the enemy of the people.”

Trump’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder, mixed with his ignorance and indifference of the Constitution, has created a threat to liberty so serious that a bipartisan bill has been introduced, designed to protect reporters from being forced to reveal confidential sources. Co-sponsored by the former head of the Freedom Caucus, Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the bill is aimed directly at Donald Trump in order to calm any urges he might have to prosecute reporters.

Considering Trump’s on-the-record statements about eliminating libel laws in order to make it easier to sue the press, this concern over the likelihood that he would go after reporters is very valid.

Interestingly, the Jordan/Raskin bill is loosely based on a similar measure co-sponsored by then Representative Mike Pence 10 years ago. In the bill known as the Free Flow of Information Act, Pence’s bill was designed to “maintaining a free and independent press.”

“As Republicans who believe in limited government, we know that the only check on government power in real-time is a free and independent press,” Pence wrote along with two other co-sponsors.

The bill “ensures that journalists possess the ability, except in certain situations, to keep the identify of sources confidential and report appropriate information to the American public without fear of intimidation or imprisonment.”

Considering Trump’s track record in assaulting freedom of the press, Mike Pence’s defense of those attacks, and recent statements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions about how reporters don’t have absolute protections when it comes to confidential sources, the outcome of the Jordan/Raskin bill could be the next First Amendment case heard by the judicial tyrants ruling America’s courts.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

George Washington University is the home of the Colonials. You know, those people who came to America from Europe and eventually fought against the oppressive government of England in order to win independence for America. These heroes of the American Revolution are now being condemned by the students of George Washington University itself.

While the movement and attached petition haven’t reached a tipping point, the idea of changing the mascot to the “Hippo” is gaining momentum. Why? Well, we’ll let the students themselves tell you what they think.

This video by Campus Reform takes us into the wacky world of triggered college students who are so much in opposition of the people who made this country possible that they’d rather be named after the “river horse” of sub-Saharan Africa.

 


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Trump to Acosta: ‘You have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news.’

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Trump to Acosta You have an agenda Youre CNN Youre fake news

During President Trump’s press conference announcing his declaration of a national emergency, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked whether the President was concocting the national emergency in order to build his border wall because he couldn’t get it done through Congress. The President responded in standard fashion, attacking Acosta’s question itself as biased.

“You have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news,” the President said to the reporter.

Acosta has been at the center of controversy throughout President Trump’s term, tussling with members of the administration and the President himself at times. He lost access to the White House in November, 2018, after an altercation with a White House staffer.

This time, the President answered Acosta’s question about whether or not the emergency was manufactured by telling him to ask the Angel moms sitting in the front row if they thought the emergency was manufactured. Acosta did not.

 


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President declares national emergency. Now the craziness begins.

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President declares national emergency Now the craziness begins

As expected, President Trump signed the omnibus to keep the government from a second shutdown. Then, as expected, he declared a national emergency at the southern border to allow his administration to free up funds for the building of a wall at our southern border.

Now, the expectations shift to how Democrats will attack this move. During his announcement of the national emergency, the President noted he’s aware of how the process is going to go: lawsuits, appeals, more lawsuits, more appeals… and eventually it will be decided by the Supreme Court.

Reactions on social media were mixed.

My Take

From here, it goes insane. It should be noted the President made what many are considering a mistake when he said he “didn’t have to” declare an emergency but wanted the wall built faster. That seems like grounds to attack the declaration itself.

 


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