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Trump runs amok on the Bill of Rights

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In a stunning display of a lack of understanding or care for the Constitution, President Trump today, during a bi-partisan meeting of key lawmakers, announced that he would like “to take the guns and then go to the courts for due process.”

Vice President Pence was outlining a vision in which local authorities would be empowered to go to the courts and petition the legal system to seize firearms from those who were credibly deemed to be a threat to themselves or others (also known as the system presently in place) when the President interrupted him. President Trump made it clear that he wanted to seize guns from those the police deemed a threat and only then go to the courts for due process. The President cited the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida as an example. He further accused Republican lawmakers of being afraid of the NRA, despite the fact that the NRA’s political contributions are a tiny fraction of that of other organizations.

The problem with President Trump’s scenario is three-fold.

1. In Parkland the local authorities in the form of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department not only didn’t even TRY to go through the proper legal procedure, but ignored more than two dozen calls warning that the future shooter was dangerous.

2. The Bill of Rights is non-negotiable. They aren’t there to protect people when it is convenient. It is there to protect innocent citizens from having their rights trampled on by the government, which is exactly what the President seems to have been proposing. The President’s statement, while possibly having been made in the heat of the moment, was to the left of many Democrats, and gives credence to many of the accusations of being a wannabe tyrant.

3. This creates huge political and electoral problems for the President. In a mid-term election year, even Democrats outside of New York and California will run away from gun control knowing they cannot get re-elected if they anger their blue-collar and middle class constituents by trampling on their right to self-defense. Further, the President just yesterday announced his re-election bid and his campaign manager for that effort. In order to win re-election the President will need significantly more votes than he received in 2016 since Democrats are not likely to stay home in the numbers they did the last time. While many who refused to vote for Trump last time have been impressed with many of the things he’s done thus far (myself included) the President can forget winning in 2020 if he attacks the 2nd Amendment in any way.

Republicans reactions across the country were decidedly skeptical.

Shane Hazel, running for the GOP nomination in the Georgia 7th, said, “I will always uphold the Constitution and Americans’ inalienable, God-given right to protect themselves, their families, and property as they see fit and fight for their right to due process.”

When asked for his opinion, Austin Petersen, running for the GOP nomination for Senate to run against Claire McCaskill, a holder of an “F” rating from the NRA, said, “That’s not how the 5th Amendment works, and that’s not how due process works.”

THE TAKEAWAY

The President has done some damage to himself today, and he needs to walk this back right away. Suffice it to say Sarah Huckabee Sanders will have her work cut out for her tomorrow. His people had already walked back his previous statements on wanting to raise the age to buy long guns to 21, but this new gaffe may be harder to spin. 2nd Amendment advocates are rarely single-issue voters, but you CAN lose their votes if you go against gun rights. A Republican going against gun rights has the same chance of being elected as a Democrat who comes out against welfare. President Trump’s team has some serious damage control to do on this issue, and considering Trump’s long history of not exactly being the most pro-gun man in the world, he can’t afford any more gaffes on this.

 

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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  1. Public Citizen

    February 28, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    #2 is a mis-characterization of the Nature of the Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights is intended to hedge about the Federal Government a fence, the crossing of which triggers reprisals by the States and the Citizenry.
    It isn’t a “granting of rights” to the citizens but a ~statement~ that these Rights Are Among Those That Are Inalienable, and not subject to the control or regulation by ~any~ government authority.
    As to POTUS Trump’s statement, it is either a very disturbing warning or an example of something that Trump has demonstrated great skill with in the past, that being the utterance of a statement that serves to smoke out the opposition and demonstrates what their true position and objectives are.

  2. ed

    March 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Trump’s true positions have been exposed on numerous occasions through his own unsolicited words in both tweets and interviews.

    As a result, as a life-long Republican voter and staunch conservative, my votes in 2018 and 2020 will be for anyone that opposes Trump and his agenda – even if that means voting for the Democrat (any Democrat) that will oppose Trump).

    The constant media kow-towing to and brown-nosing for Trump as well as Trump’s “unofficial” thought-police (red-cappers) spreading hatred and division have convinced me that Trump and all those that support him need to removed from office and positions of power at any cost.

    Only with the removal of Trump and the cancer that he has encouraged and supported within the GOP (OR with the creation of a new 3rd party) can a viable opposition to the leftist ideology emerge on our national stage.

    Trump is nothing more than the progressive movement’s maintaining their corrupt control of our federal government (with the apparent aid of Russian and Chinese agents and money). Removal of that influence is a pre-requisite for any growth or return to US civility which is itself a pre-requisite to US ascendency and regaining our lost US culture.

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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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Andrew Cuomo’s sentiment is what drives the progressive movement

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Andrew Cuomos sentiment is what drives the progressive movement

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not misspeak when he declared America “was never that great” earlier today. In fact, his press office doubled down on the statement. What was a not-so-subtle jab at President Trump’s campaign slogan is quickly becoming the primary message of his reelection campaign.

The spin now is that his press office was attempting to walk back his comment, but that’s not the case. They’re now taking the faux pas and driving it into the heart of his messaging.

Andrew Cuomo shocks crowd, says America ‘was never that great

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/15/andrew-cuomo-shocks-crowd-says-america-was-never-that-great.html“We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged, we will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution,” he said.

Within hours, his spokeswoman tried walking it back. “The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential,” Cuomo’s press secretary, Dani Lever, said in a statement. “When the President speaks about making America great again – going back in time – he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions. The Governor believes that when everyone is fully included and everyone is contributing to their maximum potential, that is when America will achieve maximum greatness.”

Here’s the problem with all of this. It’s a notion that’s deeply embedded in the body of the progressive movement. They look at America’s history and see only flaws. There have definitely been bad times in America from slavery to the horrid treatment of native Americans, but in a progressive’s mind it was generally all bad. Capitalism, for example, has been to progressives what makes America evil instead of the engine upon which our nation has driven past the rest of the world.

The past that progressives see is one filled with hatred and intolerance. Yet, they do not see their own lack of tolerance for America’s past that contributed to our former greatness. They want to eradicate everything that’s not new, including Judeo-Christian values. Perhaps especially Judeo-Christian values.

There’s a reason right-leaning media outlets are jumping all over the comments while left-leaning ones aren’t too concerned about them. To the right, Cuomo’s statements were just shy of blasphemous. To the left, his words were a bold statement of their personal truths. They do not think America was great. They believe the only way American can ever be great is if we abandon the very things that made us great in the first place.

We should be a Christian nation. That’s not to say we need to abandon religious freedom or embrace a theocratic model, but to disregard the contributions of Judeo-Christian values for our nation since its founding is idiotic. Unfortunately, those values are seen only as roadblocks to the progressive agenda. This more than anything else is why they often openly denounce these values. They just don’t fit the progressive narrative.

Cuomo’s words won’t be fully walked back because he and so many other progressives hold his words as truth. Spinning it the way they are is only being done to suspend disbelief from moderates. For the progressive base, these words are part of their doctrine.

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Even a liberal women’s rights group recognizes antisemitism is on the rise among Democrats

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Even a liberal womens rights group recognizes antisemitism is on the rise among Democrats

Accusations of antisemitism are commonly laid on liberals as well as far-right white nationalists. Conservatives, mainstream Republicans, and moderate Democrats often point out the hypocrisy of the progressive wing of the Democratic party, but even some progressives are starting to see the problems.

Women’s March For All (WMFA) recognizes that the liberal movement they embrace has an ugly side as it pertains to Jews. The group, which detached itself from the original Women’s March on Washington when their antisemitic leadership embraced the teachings of Louis Farrakhan. While much of the WMFA’s agenda is still extremely progressive, it’s refreshing to see them speak out against the radical antisemitic leanings of their previous allegiances.

Progressive Feminist Group Calls on Democratic Party to Adopt Definition of Antisemitism

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/08/13/progressive-feminist-group-calls-on-democratic-party-to-adopt-definition-of-antisemitism/In a petition launched on Friday and signed by some 120 people, Women’s March For All (WMFA) warned that antisemitism — “often cloaked as anti-Zionism” — “has now become a serious problem in liberal movements worldwide,” including in Canada and the United Kingdom.

The group was formed as an offshoot of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, after the movement’s leaders — Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez — came under fire in March for their praise of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has railed against “Satanic Jews” and been accused of sharing misogynistic, homophobic, and transphobic views.

The Democratic party is at a crossroads. They are torn between the hateful nature of the socialist movement and the aging moderate wing. This move by the WMFA is brave because it calls for clear lines drawn by the party to prevent it from turning into a purely antisemitic hate group.

Here’s their statement:

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