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GOP congressman wants jail time for political activists

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Lately, it seems like our tyrannical overlords in Washington masquerading as representatives of the American people just can’t get enough when it comes to finding new ways to chip away at our constitutional rights in the name of safety. Using headline-grabbing tragedies to justify their actions, politicians in both parties continue moving us ever closer to becoming a post-constitutional America.

We used to believe that so-called conservatives within the GOP would be like the story of the little Dutch boy, sticking their finger in the cracks of the constitutional dam that protects our republic from the flood waters of despotism and tyranny. Instead, men and women sworn to protect and defend the Constitution pass laws and advance agendas that serve as the dynamite that blows the dam to smithereens.

With Republicans running the whole show, we’ve witnessed this disregard of the Constitution in every branch of the federal government.

Donald Trump attacks the First Amendment with his claims of “Fake News;” attacks the Second Amendment with threats to cease guns without due process; attacks the Fourth Amendment by renewing FISA702; and attacks the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by expanding civil forfeiture laws along with his gun seizure without due process threat.

Republicans in Congress have played its part over the years as bills have been introduced or passed into law, attacking the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. And the federal courts have become a source of judicial tyranny, most recently in the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision regarding freedom of religion.

But as I stated in the beginning of this piece, Washington is always on the lookout for new ways to destroy liberty.

In a bill titled the Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018 (HR 6054), Representative Dan Donovan (R-NY) is proposing 15-year jail sentences for wearing a mask while injuring, oppressing, threatening, or intimidating someone else who is exercising their constitutional rights.

While appearing to address criminal activity, the title of the bill reveals its true intent — shutting down a specific group of political activists who happen to oppose the GOP.

This measure is troubling due to its clear intention of silencing political opposition, but it’s also troubling for its vagueness. For example, who will decide what constitutes threatening or intimidating behavior?

In a statement confirming his biased motivation, Donovan said, “Americans have the natural right to speak and protest freely; it is not a right to throw Molotov cocktails and beat people while hiding behind a mask.”

Maybe I’m not as smart as Mr. Donovan, but I’m pretty sure people who don’t wear masks aren’t allowed to do those things either.

I’m not fan of Antifa, and I certainly don’t condone violence, but I absolutely oppose efforts by the government to keep me safe in exchange for my freedom. That’s takes us down the road to government oppression and tyranny.

For those who think I exaggerate, let me remind you of what happened after 9/11. Liberty died that day as the government used the tragic events of that day to create the TSA and expand NSA spying. It gave us the Patriot Act and Patriot Act II. And it transformed government of, by, and for the people into government over, above, and beyond the people.

These post 9/11 laws were supposed to be temporary, but as we learned from non-conservative Republicans like Rep. Steve King (NY) following a pipe bomb incident in December 2017, the only answer to terrorism and violence is throwing away the Constitution and letting Big Brother do whatever he wants in the name of safety.

As a Constitutional conservative, my attitude about liberty is the same as Thomas Jefferson: “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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  1. Public Citizen

    July 28, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    There is a difference between Political Activism and the sort of Thuggery being perpetrated by groups like Antifa.
    When not just property but other people who don’t share your political perspective become a target for the misplaced anger of those engaging in “protest” they are no longer engaging in Political Activity but have gone rogue and become a Rioting Mob. They have chosen to obscure their features, in an attempt to thwart efforts to identify them as perpetrators and bring them to bar for prosecution for Lawless Acts.
    If you are incapable of understanding the difference between legitimate Political Protest and what ANTIFA and similar groups are perpetrating then you need to take about 6 months and spend all day every day studying the history of the rise of NAZISM in Germany and the Civil Rights Movement in the USA headed by Dr, Martin Luther King and other men [and women] of conscience.

    • David Leach

      July 28, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      I’m completely aware of the difference between activism and thuggery. I’m also aware that it takes place on both sides of the discussion. For a member of Congress to target only one side of the issue (which happens to be the side he’s opposed to), it is a threat to freedom for everyone.

      I’m also quite capable of understanding differences, which is why this is a threat to freedom. You reference Nazi Germany. How do you think Hitler started? By the rights of the people in the name of safety.

      • Public Citizen

        July 28, 2018 at 8:11 pm

        Your attempt to equate the discussion onto a member of Congress ~speaking~ in his official capacity with street thugs using the same tactics used by NAZI Brown-shirts [mostly street level thugs in it for the sanctioning of mayhem] to intimidate the citizens in Germany is a rather telling insight into your own psyche.
        Your remarks demonstrate that you have completely grasped the wrong end of the stick with respect to Hitler’s rise to power. Try reading some of the eye witness accounts of what actually happened, there are many of them and the eye-witness accounts tend to confirm each others perspective. Or are you just a propagandist for revisionist history?
        If ANTIFA and similar were serious political protesters and not just another gang of street thugs they would engage in their protests with faces naked to the world, just like the Civil Rights marchers in the 1960s

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Our List of Demands for the Conservation of Liberty – Part II

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Our List of Demands for the Conservation of Liberty Part II

Leftists incessantly issue lists of demands for the restriction of Liberty, It’s time to reverse the trend towards freedom.

This is our second part of our series of what we on the Pro-Liberty Right want for the preservation of Liberty. Part I is here.

6. The Left needs to stop trying to control private property with Intergalactic Background Checks. [aka ‘enhanced’ or ‘Universal’]

If there is one constant in the Liberty grabber universe, it’s that half of them are incessantly calling for gun confiscation while the rest deny they are calling for gun confiscation. They also love to parrot the line that it would be impossible to round-up everyone’s guns as a way of deflecting the issue. Except that those on the Pro-liberty side thought the same thing in the UK and Australia. Their Liberty grabber nightmare began with gun registration, under the solemn promise that it wouldn’t lead to gun confiscation. [Sound familiar?] Then of course at the next occasion of a serious crisis, this registration data was used for gun confiscation.

The fact is gun confiscation takes several precursor steps, the most critical being the assertion of government control over private property with Intergalactic Background Checks. Curiously enough, the Liberty grabbers tend to want language inserted into these laws mandating the reportage of lost or stolen firearms. Those types of rules are of primary importance only if the point of these measures is to turn them into a registration scheme.

7. The Liberty Grabber Left needs to stop pushing for even more controls on freedom.

It is also axiomatic that Leftists will exploit any opportunity to start ever-expansive controls over Liberty. The Left is a virtual fountainhead of new and more creative ways of clamping down on freedom. Having run out of new and improved ways of making it difficult, embarrassing and expensive to buy a firearm [While also lying about it at the same time] the Left has moved on to imposing controls over the purchase of ammunition. Then of course they also are making demands on how these are stored.

8. Stop attacking those who only wish to defend themselves.

There is nothing more loathsome than Leftists who excel at hurling insults at the country’s estimated 150 Million innocent gun owners. We’ve been labelled with almost everything from being Terrorists to baby killers for wanting nothing more than to be able to defend our families and ourselves.

Those who incessantly work overtime to demonize the innocent should keep one word in mind: Deterrence. The widespread ownership of weapons in most areas deters criminals since they don’t know who can fight back. This also explains why places with tight controls on Liberty tend to have higher crime rates. Curiously enough, for people who love the term ‘Commonsense’ they certainly don’t seem to well versed in it.

9. The Left needs to become educated about that which they want to control.

Granted, it might be too much to expect the Liberty Grabbers from knowing the difference between a direct impingement and gas piston actuation, but they should at least know the difference between a semi-auto and select fire. Nothing screams uninformed more than someone who confuses a clip with a magazine or some who uses them interchangeably in a claim that one can fire off 30 rounds in half a second.

Lack of knowedge is usually a negative in most cases, but in the realm of Liberty Control, the Leftists wear it as a badge of honour.

10. The Left needs to stop lying about guns.

We made these two separate items to prove a point. While some gaffes of the Liberty grabber elite are relatively harmless, there are those that are a danger to Liberty. It should go without saying that we live in an age in which the knowledge of the world is literally at one’s fingertips. There is no rational excuse for a lack of knowledge on the most rudimentary aspects of certain subjects. By the same token, there is no excuse for the propagation of deliberate false impressions and Lies particularly on the subject of self-defense.

One of the most infamous examples stems from the creation the phrase “Assault Weapon”:

The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.

The Takeaway.

The nation’s Left has gone on for years demanding compromises on the part of the Pro-Liberty Right. It is time that they step up to the plate and show they can be ‘bi-partisan’ for once. These steps aren’t really that extraordinary, in fact they merely bolster Liberty. Some Leftists still purport to be Liberal, supporting these items would go a long way in showing that is truly the case.

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Idiotic mainstream media feeds Trump the goodwill motherload

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The tenacity by which mainstream media wants to stop President Trump is comical. It’s even dangerous at times. Sadly, they keep shooting themselves in the foot by giving their target all the ammunition he needs to continue taking them down.

Their latest attempt at defending freedom of the press and bashing the President for attacking it comes in the form of a coordinated attack. That statement alone is enough to make more people realize their bias and justify Trump’s claims that the press is the enemy. They can attempt to spin it any way they want, but the results will be the same. They’re helping Trump.

Coast to coast, and in between, local news is standing up to Trump’s press attacks

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/15/media/newspaper-editorials-free-press-trump/index.htmlFrom The Martha’s Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News… from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in Maine… the papers will all run editorials as part of an effort first proposed by the Boston Globe earlier this month.

Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN that more papers were still “signing on” for the effort as of Wednesday afternoon.

This smells bad. I’m not a Trump supporter, yet I grimace at the attempt by mainstream media to take him down. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve it; it isn’t his place to lead the charge against mainstream media. That’s my job, and yours. Instead, the President should be spending time gaining a better understanding of the effects of tariffs and learning how to handle foreign affairs like a statesman. Unhinged journalists and kneeling football players are below the office of the President of the United States.

Nevertheless, he attacks. They attack back. Rinse. Repeat.

This is very similar to what National Review attempted in early 2016 when they gathered a bunch of respected conservative journalists to speak out against the President. Titled “Against Trump,” the issue had dozens of conservatives giving their reasons why we shouldn’t support Trump to be the Republican nominee. It failed miserably. His popularity skyrocketed and it helped to seal the fate of candidates who tried to prevent his ascension.

The current situation is worse. Instead of dozens, it’s hundreds of editorial writers and publications making a concerted effort to expose Trump and his backwards perspectives on freedom of the press. Instead of pulling the nation against him, they will only plant people more firmly in their own beliefs. Trump detractors will get a false sense of victory while Trump supporters will say, “See, he was right all along.”

No minds will be changed by these hundreds of articles. Worldviews will be solidified. More attacks from the White House against mainstream media will be justified. Valid complaints about the President by all journalists will be tainted. In short, the media is handing the President the best present they can give him. They’re proving his point.

Goodwill is generated for people who are perceived as being treated unfairly. By “ganging up” on Trump with coordinated attacks, mainstream media is making even lukewarm Trump supporters much more sympathetic towards him.

The worst part about all this is there are legitimate complaints about the President that will be diminished by mainstream media’s coordinated attacks. They are adding fuel to the fake news fire. Maybe it makes them feel good now, but it’s counterproductive at best.

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Omarosa is a victim, but not the way she paints it

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If one were to listen to Omarosa Manigault Newman’s narrative about her time at the White House and take it at face value, she’s just another person cashing in on her 15 minutes by trying to sell books. She’s been all across the airwaves playing the victim card. Unfortunately for her, the card she’s playing isn’t the card most people are reading.

Republicans and conservative media are painting her as a disgruntled former employee selling nothingburgers while Democrats and mainstream media view her as a betrayer who got betrayed and now wants back into the left-wing clubhouse. Neither side is giving her much room to rant, often calling out her claims as not being clear cut evidence of any wrongdoing on the administration’s part.

Omarosa releases recording of her firing, looks worse as a result

https://noqreport.com/2018/08/12/omarosa-releases-recording-firing-looks-worse-result/Even leftist journalist Chuck Todd had to point out there’s nothing out of the ordinary with a Chief of Staff running the staff, as they’re supposed to do.

One portion the media is latching onto for headlines is her claim that President Trump is “mentally declined.”

Her latest attempt to stay in the headlines is a recording of the President’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, who allegedly tried to bribe her with a high-paying job on President Trump’s reelection campaign. It was almost certainly an attempt at a payout, though one that can easily be dismissed as business-as-usual in the Trump inner circle. It’s not a coincidence that many former White House employees who now work for Trump in some form or fashion.

Omarosa Drops New Tape To Bolster Claim Trump Offered $15K/Month For Silence

https://deadline.com/2018/08/omarosa-secret-tape-lara-trump-campaign-job-offer-buy-silence-unhinged-1202446800/This time, Omarosa took to MSNBC to unveil a recording she said was made on December 16 of last year, within a couple days of being fired from her White House job by Chief of Staff John Kelly. In the recording President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law/campaign adviser Lara Trump appears to offer Omarosa a position on Trump’s re-election campaign.

So where does that leave Omarosa? Is her tale of being the victim a legitimate story? Yes. The problem is that she’s not a victim of Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, or anyone in the administration.

She’s a victim of her own failures.

When the campaign added her, she joined knowing she would gain personally from it. She didn’t share the ideas that candidate Trump was espousing. She changed her personal views to fit in with the only campaign that would take her based on her past experience as a reality TV star in hopes that she’d get a good job at the White House.

It worked for a time. Instead of counting her blessings and playing her cards right, she dramatically overplayed her hand. The importance she held in the White House never matched her own perception of where she really stood. Reports of her leaving shoes in many rooms of the White House while walking around without them gave many the perception she was too comfortable without maintaining professionalism.

With all this, the biggest flaw in how she has behaved and continues to behave is her ego. She’s the victim of her own lack of humility. This is why she feels it necessary to record so many conversations. She’s always on the lookout for a smoking gun she can use against people because in her mind she’s so important, of course everyone’s out to get her. It’s a combination of paranoia and narcissism that leads her to believe she needs to protect herself by catching others saying bad things to her.

Can anyone every have a conversation with her without wondering if their words are being recorded? She should Mirandize everyone before starting a conversation with them. “Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion.”

We shouldn’t bash Omarosa. She’s not important enough. Instead, we should pity her for being unhinged and not even realizing it.

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