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Democrats will use gun control the way Republicans used Obamacare repeal

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Democrats will use gun control the way Republicans used Obamacare repeal

Now that Democrats control the House of Representatives, they have three newly acquired powers. The first two are obvious: the ability to derail the entire legislative agenda the GOP had planned and the power of subpoena which they will surely use against President Trump as many times as they can without looking too foolish.

The third new power is passing symbolic legislation they know will never make it through the Senate. Even if it could, the President wouldn’t sign it. They don’t want him to, just as Republicans didn’t really want President Obama to sign the Obamacare repeal they put on his desk to veto.

What’s the point? Why put forth bills that won’t go anywhere? Answer: FEPO (For Election Purposes Only).

It worked for Republicans who gained seats on Capitol Hill every election after Obamacare was passed and could have won the White House in 2012 if they’d put up a candidate who wasn’t jokingly referred to as the original architect of Obamacare. Why anyone thought the man who brought Romneycare to Massachusetts could run on repealing Obamacare is beyond me, but I digress.

Republicans took the House in 2010 on the promise of repealing Obamacare. They won the Senate in 2014 by showing Americans they couldn’t put an Obamacare repeal on the President’s desk without a Senate majority. One of the biggest reasons Donald Trump won the White House in 2016 was so the Obamacare repeal bill vetoed by President Obama could be signed. Republicans were bluffing, of course, and didn’t even attempt to put the same bill on the President’s desk once they had Trump in the Oval Office. But again, I digress.

Democrats have a similar election trick up their sleeve. It’s gun control. Democrats in the House will send various gun control bills to the Senate for the singular purpose of getting Republicans on record as voting against them. They will use this to not only vie for Senate seats but also as ammunition (pun intended) against the President for his reelection bid.

They’ll tell Americans we need “common sense gun measures” but Republicans are preventing them from making it happen. Unfortunately, gun control is more popular at this point than Obamacare repeal was around this time in 2010. Republicans were able to convince more Americans that Obamacare was bad in the years that followed because what the people got wasn’t what they expected, but Democrats are starting their campaigns for gun control on better footing than Republicans had with Obamacare repeal.

Gallup polls showed Americans wanting gun control hit a 25-year high in March of this year with 67% saying gun laws should be more strict. Only 4% said they should be less strict. Compare that to Obamacare which didn’t break the 50% disapproval mark until the third quarter of 2013. It hit its peak of 56% disapproval just before the 2014 elections.

In other words, gun control is already more popular than Obamacare repeal ever was. If Republicans were able to use Obamacare repeal to help them win elections over a six-year period, how long will it take gun control to turn the tables on Republicans?

The only good news out of all this for Republicans is the universal influence of Obamacare versus the limited influence of gun control. The vast majority of Americans were directly affected by Obamacare in one way or another. Much fewer Americans are directly affected by gun control measures. It isn’t a top concern for most voters. Yet.

Democrats will do everything they can to increase concern. They’ll put forth gun control bills for the sole purpose of forcing Republicans to block them.

The big switch

Republicans are well aware of the Democrats’ plans. They’re stuck in a Catch-22. If they vote against gun control, Republicans in blue or purple states will become vulnerable. If they vote in favor of gun control, they’ll lose portions of their base and the wealth of endorsements, campaign dollars, and PAC support they currently receive from gun owners’ rights groups. Any Republican with poor ratings from the NRA and other conservative organizations is likely to get primaried, blacklisted, or both.

If the risk of losing the center becomes greater than the risk of losing the right, it’s very possible we could see a shift in many Republican lawmakers.

This poses the biggest threat to the 2nd Amendment. Fear drives policies. If Democrats are able to scare enough Republicans, including the President, into accepting their “common sense gun measures,” the dominoes will start to fall. I don’t trust moderate Republicans enough to draw the line now. If they give in to fear of losing elections, many will start “evolving” their views to match the electorate.

Lest we forget, President Trump has already “evolved” in his own views on gun owners’ rights. So far, that evolution has brought him further to the right, but if a strong majority of voters threaten to derail his reelection bid, it’s possible he could evolve in the other directions. I don’t think it will happen, but anyone who thinks they can predict President Trump’s future is foolish.

Democrats will push for gun control harder than they ever have now that they own the House. They want to win elections with it, but if they get gun control legislation passed instead, they’ll accept it as a nice consolation prize.

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Sign the petition demanding an investigation of the investigators

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Sign the petition demanding an investigation of the investigators

Now that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 election has been completed and the investigation’s report has been released, we have more questions than we have answers.

Why was it started in the first place? It seems circular reasoning and opposition research were the only pieces of “evidence” used to justify extensive spying on the Trump campaign and the subsequent investigation. This does not clear the threshold of viable suspicion necessary for FISA warrants and clearly was not an appropriate starting point upon which to launch an investigation.

Why was it allowed to continue for so long? The report indicates early on, the investigation saw it was extremely unlikely they would find evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. Moreover, the report demonstrates the Russians were acting of their own accord to “hack” the elections, but were unsuccessful in generating enough manipulative propaganda to sway a significant chunk of voters.

Were political motivations at play? At this point, the answer seems obvious. From President Obama’s administration to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to left-leaning elements within the FBI itself, it’s conspicuous that attempts to not only manufacture wrongdoing by candidate Trump but also to hide wrongdoing by candidate Clinton were in full effect.

Two years and $30 million in taxpayer dollars should have yielded answers. It did not. The reason isn’t that there were no answers to be found. It’s that they were looking in the wrong places. It’s time to look in the right places. Sign this petition.

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Murder of sexually harassed Bangladeshi student Nusrat Jahan Rafi goes unnoticed by the left

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Murder of sexually harassed Bangladeshi student Nusrat Jahan Rafi goes unnoticed by the left

Nusrat Jahan Rafi died because she spoke out against a crime. She was murdered by her fellow Muslim adherents, some of whom were students who were possibly put through the same sexual attacks she was experiencing at the hands of her teacher. Despite this clear representation of the backwards nature of her situation, we have heard nothing from leftist politicians or alleged women’s advocates.

Nothing.

She allegedly being touched inappropriately by the head teacher at her Islamic school and reported it to the authorities. Following the arrest of the teacher, she was lured to the top of a building and told by a large group of burqa-clad individuals who demanded she retract her police report. When she said she wouldn’t, they dowsed her in kerosene and lit her on fire, then tried to make it appear as if she committed suicide in shame.

She survived, recorded a video naming some who attacked her, then died 10 days after the attack.

Opinion

Honor is very much embedded into the teachings of Quran. It’s quite sad that interpretations of what is entailed in honor rarely mean a woman’s right to protect herself or bring justice to those who harm her, particularly in areas where fundamental Islam is practiced and preached.

But what’s really disappointing is the lack of a response by the very people who claim to defend Islam in America. The profess to be opposed to hate crimes, then are silent when crimes like this are committed. Is this not a hate crime? Was this young lady not victimized because of her faith? By those who profess her faith?

The hypocrisy from the left when real victims are harmed is disgusting.

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“Incredibly sad and difficult to share. In my experience, most people don’t want this knowledge, but not talking about these crimes only helps perpetrators.” – Soraya Chemaly

Final Thoughts

Nusrat Jahan Rafi bravery and tragedy are both being ignored by American activists and politicians who claim to be advocates for Muslim women. If this isn’t the type of persecution that should be heard, what is?

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

Human smuggling has gone high tech. At least it can be verified. At this point, it’s likely people have been using drone technology to assist in getting illegal immigrants across the border for a long time. It’s been used for drug trafficking as well, so thinking this is a new occurrence is likely erroneous.

But now we have proof-positive the efforts to get criminal illegal aliens across the border is a sophisticated operation.

Two of those apprehended were known gang members and one was a convicted sex offender, according to the Border Patrol. They now are being held in U.S. jails pending criminal prosecution.

Opinion

An under-reported challenge facing border patrol is the rise of criminal illegal immigrants crossing the border, sometimes not for the first time. We hear all about the groups of dozens or hundreds of migrants crossing the border and seeking to get apprehended so they can claim asylum and be released into the interior, but what about those who aren’t seeking asylum, who don’t want to be caught, and who are likely part of criminal elements?

Every border patrol agent who is tasked with processing paperwork for the migrants is a border patrol agent taken away from the necessary work of apprehending the criminals crossing over. This is why the use of drone technology is so discouraging. Right now, we have to rely on our technological prowess to cover much of the border. With the bad guys also using technology to thwart these efforts, it makes the already-difficult job of patrolling our border even more difficult and dangerous.

The left needs to understand that not everybody crossing over is just seeking a better honest life. Many are crossing the border for drugs, to join gangs, and even specifically to commit acts of violence against Americans. We need border patrol focusing on catching these bad guys, not serving paperwork to people who are unwilling to wait in line and enter the country legally.

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“Approximately two minutes after the object returned back to Mexico for the third time, a group of 10 subjects made an illegal entry into the U.S. in the same area in which the object had been traveling. This is the first known time in recent history that a drone has been utilized as a ‘look-out’ in order to aid in illegal entries in the El Paso Sector.” – Border Patrol Statement

Final Thoughts

With so much time, money, and manpower used by border patrol to apprehend the migrants wanting to be caught, those who don’t want to get caught have the advantage. These are the dangerous elements not seeking asylum. They seek to do harm.

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