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Is dictatorship inevitable?



Is dictatorship inevitable

The final years of the Obama administration were marred by the inaction of Congress which led to the expansion of executive orders, most notably DACA. President Obama bypassed Congress in not only legislative matters but also in foreign affairs. The Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord stand as examples executive treaties in the later years of Obama. President Trump faces the same gridlock as the GOP congressmen are unwilling to advance any conservative agenda on the legislative front. In attempt to break the current political climate, President Trump urged Congress to choose greatness over gridlock.

Congress sent the President the piss poor border omnibus. Hooray bipartisanship. Trump followed through on his word that he would build the border wall regardless and declared a national emergency. The button has been pressed, and so the border wall will commence widespread construction until the 9th Circuit Court steps in. Trump demonstratively cares about not appearing dictatorial and so he tried to rely on the indifferent Mitch McConnell and the opposing Nancy Pelosi. The Speaker of the House vows to fight the national emergency, and suggests that the precedent set can be used to declare leftist causes as national emergencies.

Who among us believes that Trump not declaring a national emergency was the only thing stopping a leftist president in the future from declaring a national emergency for a cause of their own? Numerous leftist municipalities have declared a national emergency for climate change. Back in November, David Roberts of Vox had this insight on the Green New Deal proposal:

As I said, the energy on the young left today is around a Green New Deal, a large-scale program of national investments in clean energy projects and jobs, perhaps coupled with gradual drawdown of fossil fuel production. The details remain fairly nebulous (I’ll be looking into it more soon), but the idea behind it is simply that climate change is a true national emergency and requires an emergency response, a mobilization of national resources that is, in Jimmy Carter’s words, the moral equivalent of war.

The Democrats have revealed in recent months, making it incredibly obvious, that climate change alarmism is the path to socialism. It’s doubtful that any climate change fantasy like the GND would pass Congress or withstand judicial review. However given the plethora of Democratic candidates that we will see in the primary next year, a probable majority of these candidates would declare a national emergency for climate change because that is how far the Democrats have shifted to the left. Whether Trump declared a national emergency or not is likely unrelated to whether these people would.

So back to the question at-hand: is dictatorship inevitable? As Congress becomes a useless entity, powerful but weak-willed, the executive branch will only expand. This we have seen accelerated in the last two administrations. Trump has reduced regulations but not the powers to enact regulation. The executive branch creates and enacts more law than the legislative branch. But there is still the judiciary branch. This branch has been bullied before by Presidents, mainly FDR. The Supreme court has 4 conservatives, 4 solid leftists and 1 fence straddler. It’s rulings remain unpredictable as ever. Roberts and Kavanaugh are likeliest to expand executive authority of the five that are not leftist. Still dictatorial action is without guarantee of being argued against at the Supreme Court level. The Supreme Court’s rejection of cases can prove as decisive as a direct ruling at times.

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So how would the United State of America become a dictatorship? Recently, McCabe’s book detailed a conspired coup attempt on the President. But it’s highly unlikely that the coup would successfully remove a US president, and even less so the American population would accept it. Cersei makes it look easy. For impeachment is a legislative power, and the 25th Amendment creating a clear path of succession make it difficult for someone in the DOJ or military to lay claim to the presidency. It seems as though usurping our republic is far more difficult than usurping in Game of Thrones.

Again, how would the United States become a dictatorship? The answer is subtle. As noted, Congress is increasingly useless. The federal government is increasingly expansive with the administrative state. Congress legislates laws that give the executive branch legislative authority. This is how a dictator rises in the United States. The dictator will be elected, serve four years, if not eight, but the term will be dictatorial nonetheless. Congress will be symbolic and the Courts entrenched in precedent that affirms executive action. Perhaps Congress will grant the executive branch power to appropriate funds. Congress will remain a symbolic show of grandstanding and political theatre.

In truth, the rising irrelevancy of Congress will be the cause of a dictatorship, though not in name, in the United States. The current political clown show that is Congress makes this notion not only believable but almost prophetic.


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Let’s have that ‘conversation’ about guns and why we’re never giving them up




Lets have that conversation about guns and why were never giving them up

#GunPrideMonth is the perfect time for a calm, rational discussion about the true causes of violence.

Our friends on the national socialist Left love to bring up the issue of guns in the context of a ‘serious crisis’. Tying to make it seem as Corey Booker falsely claims that there is a mass shooting every day. Well, its been several days since one of those occurrences, so that is clearly a lie. Even the Washington Post has made it clear that gun homicides have dropped substantially over the past 25 years in this article: Most Americans incorrectly think gun-murder rates have become worse, not better.

However, for the Left they have convince themselves of the righteousness of their causes, so making something up here or lying there is perfectly acceptable to them, never mind that reality shows them to be complete frauds, ‘in the aggregate’.

At least it used to be that way. Now the Liberty Grabber Left has come out of the authoritarian closet with a full court press for socialism and gun confiscation [funny how those two things go hand in hand?]. At this point in time, it’s a case where they haven’t stopped complaining about guns, despite the violence rationale dropping out of the news.

It’s time for a calm and rational conversation about the basic human right of self-defense.

The Liberty grabbers are at a decided disadvantage in having these discussions in a relatively calm environment. It always seems to work best for them when emotions run high and they can run around with the hair on fire screaming ‘we have to do something –anything – about guns, now before we rationally think about it too much’. Well, they usually don’t add that last part, thinking is the last thing they want anyone to do.

The fact is a research study from Northeastern University demonstrated that: Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be.  Facts like that don’t help the Liberty Grabber Left in their gun confiscation quest, so such things are ignored. It’s better for them to engage in their usual routine of making things up and repeating them ad nauseam until they are believed as the truth, thanks to the admonitions of socialist luminaries Hitler a Lenin.

A discussion on the underlying causes of violence instead of inanimate objects.

We’ll begin with a video from a year ago from the Warrior Poet Society on Why Gun Control is NOT about GUNS:

[Note that even he mistakenly states that shootings are getting worse.]

He points out that the worse thing we could do is establish so-called ‘Gun-Free’ zones where mass murderers can have free reign. Most mass shootings since 1950 have taken place in ‘Gun-Free’ zones.

This leads to the larger point that even if the Liberty Grabbers got their wish and confiscated every gun from the innocent, the criminals and the government would still have them to prey on people.

Still further, making the point, even if those of evil intent didn’t have guns, they could use other means: explosives, poisons, edged weapons, vehicles..

He makes the last point that this is a recent phenomenon, unheard of 50 or so years ago. This is partly due to the glamorization of these killers in the media.

One change has been in the culture and in our society and the fact that many of these killers have grown up in fatherless homes. An article from last February pointed out that Of the 27 Deadliest Mass Shooters, 26 of Them Had One Thing in Common: fatherlessness.

The Takeaway.

The Liberty Grabber Left would like to have a ‘Conversation’ about gun confiscation. We of the Pro-Liberty Right want to Keep our freedom. Despite the lies of the Left, guns aren’t a growing epidemic. But they do stand in the way of the Socialist-Left attaining their desired authoritarian power. Thus they keep on bleating about the ‘problem’ even though its diminishing in intensity.

The intent here is to have that ‘conversation’ and prove that it’s NOT a question of guns, but of the breakdown in our culture induced by the Left. They would prefer it to be about guns, and how fast and how soon they will be confiscated.

[But only from certain people ]

Additional reference links

Poll: More Americans Have a Gun in Home Than Ever Before
Nearly 120 million Americans have a firearm in the home

Any Study Of ‘Gun Violence’ Should Include How Guns Save Lives

That Time The CDC Asked About Defensive Gun Uses

UPDATED: Mass Public Shootings keep occurring in Gun-Free Zones: 94% of attacks since 1950

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Article about Imam Mohamad Tawhidi pulled down over threat of lawsuit



Article about Imam Mohamad Tawhidi pulled down over threat of lawsuit

An article that appeared on NOQ Report last week has been removed following threats of a lawsuit. In our current revenue situation, we are not in a position to defend against lawsuits from powerful people like Imam Mohamad Tawhidi, known on Twitter as the “Imam of Peace.”

It should be noted that Tawhidi did not request the article to be pulled, only edited. While I appreciate his position and the cordial way he has handled this from the start, the author of the piece was unable to edit the story in a way that would be satisfactory without changing the premise and conclusion of the article itself. The only recourse was to remove the article altogether.

As much as I hate censorship in just about any situation, prudence is called for in this particular circumstance. Despite incredible growth in traffic – more than triple of what we had in March of this year – revenue has been challenged. Our attempts to be completely crowdfunded have not yielded the dollars necessary to be able to fight lawsuits. I hate most ads but at this point they’re necessary. Even a frivolous lawsuit could be enough to shut the site down, which is why we continue to ask for donations whenever possible.

It’s saddening to have to resort to taking down articles when faced with challenges, but we know if we persevere we will continue to grow. Someday, we will have the clout to fight lawsuits, but for now we are fighting for survival.

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This could be a daily headline: ‘Ilhan Omar invokes race card’



This could be a daily headline Ilhan Omar invokes race card

Being anti-Semitic wasn’t getting enough attention for Representative Ilhan Omar, so in recent weeks she’s shifted her standard operating procedure to go from attacking Israel to playing the constant victim and labeling anyone opposed to her as racist. The latest episode of “How Ilhan played the race card today” happened at the ideal place for such things: the far-left Netroots Nation gathering.

DailyWire’s Ryan Saavedra gave the short version as well as a video of the pertinent parts of her speech:

The biggest flaw of Omar’s argument is causation versus correlation. She claims the illegal immigrants are being put in “cages” because they don’t look like the people putting them there. But even if we set aside the false notion that people of color are all against stopping illegal immigration, they aren’t being detained because of the way they look. They’re being detained because the broke the law and attacked the sovereignty of our nation by stealing entry and claiming an asylum status that is reserved for truly oppressed people, not economically challenged people as most of the migrants are.

If a Caucasian family crossed the border illegally, they would be detained just as quickly and with the same rules applied to them. The fact that most who do so are people of color does not mean they’re being detained because of their race.

Omar and her cronies from the Justice Democrats – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib – have made it a habit to invoke the race card in every circumstance and regarding every policy. Today is just them on repeat.

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