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The Republicans: An opposition party in name only

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The Republicans An opposition party in name only

The GOP pushing unnecessary and unconstitutional Liberty restriction laws epitomizes a party that has lost its way

It is one of our guiding principles to try to offer unique perspectives on the news of the day, avoiding the echo chamber effect that seems to permeate the rest of the Media. In light of that, consider the point that was part of Tucker Carlson’s statement last night ‘that the Republicans in Washington do a fairly credible imitation of an opposition party’. This is not going to be on that controversy, but on the larger and far more important point that he raised.

The Republicans are increasingly becoming an ‘opposition party’ in name only. Granted it’s been a long time coming, these days they regularly turn their backs on their limited government principles in joining with the Socialist-Left to see how high they can make the deficit fly. They only make half-hearted attempts at their solemnly repeated campaign promises and they are letting the Left push the Overton window so far Left that it would make Robert Owen fume with anger.

Is it Representatives in name only or Republicans in name only or both?

Perhaps we are incorrect on this point, but it was understood at one time that the politicians we send to Washington D.C. are supposed to ‘represent’ the interests of the people who sent them. Hence the terms ‘Representative Republic’ and ‘House of Representatives’.

Generally speaking, at least the majority of the people in districts represented by Republicans would prefer to keep the vestiges of the Bill of Rights, with specific emphasis on the Right of Due Process and the Right to be confronted with the witnesses making an accusation.

With RINOs as ‘friends’ who needs enemies?

The rollover Republicans have only served to embolden the Left since they see little opposition to the pushing of their socialist national agenda. Even worse, we have ‘Republicans’ helping out the gun grabbers in setting their agenda in denigrating the cause of Liberty.

This is epitomised with the push for the codifying of Gun Confiscation SWATing on a national level. With Marko ‘RINO’ Rubio (R-FL) co-sponsoring a bill  that could permanently damage the bedrock principle of due process. Better yet, we now have Lindsey Graham 1.0 (R-SC) helping out the Left in destroying our basic civil Liberties with hearings on the same subject.

The story now is that we have an urgent situation that there are those out there who pose a danger to themselves and others and we don’t have any means to do anything about it. That we must act quickly to put in place measures to handle these situations. Because the need is so dire, we don’t have time to honour the niceties of commonsense civil rights. As Trump stated infamously: “take guns first and worry about ‘due process second’”

Gun Confiscation SWATing laws are STILL unnecessary and unconstitutional power grabs.

We’ve documented how the supposed urgent necessity for these laws is based on a lie since there are statutes on the books for Involuntary Civil Commitment such as the Chapter 394 of the Florida Mental Health Act known as “The Florida Mental Health Act” or “The Baker Act.” For example.

These laws are already in existence, hence there is no need or urgency to layer more unconstitutional laws on top.

Gun Confiscation SWATing a.k.a. ‘Red Flag’ Laws had no effect murder or suicide.

Even worse than the fact that these laws are wholly unnecessary since there are already laws on the books for Involuntary Civil Commitment or that they infringe on half the Bill of rights is that they have no effect in the very rationale for their implementation.

Consider the abstract for a recently published paper from Dr. John Lott and Professor Carl Moody have new research on the Red Flag Laws/Extreme Risk Protective Orders:

Red flag laws had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault, or burglary. There is some evidence that rape rates rise. These laws apparently do not save lives.

The Takeaway

In the past the Republicans rolling over for the Left meant a few minor changes in policy. We are now entering a stage where these minor changes are becoming extremely serious. An ‘opposition’ party rolling over for the Left bent on the destruction of Liberty does not portend well for the future of our representative republic.

An opposition party has to stand for something, not for the empowerment of Left with new laws that are unnecessary and unconstitutional. Who knows what it’ll mean for the future of the nation and the world at large if the GOP doesn’t change course.

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  1. Gene Ralno

    March 12, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Red flag laws in more than a dozen states remind me of the pitiful General Bernard Montgomery’s Operation Market Garden. Eisenhower allowed his foolishness deemed by most to have been doomed for lack of analysis and planning. It simply overreached. The analogy is red flag laws also reach too far. They ignore the need for psychiatric diagnoses from both the state and the defendant. Failure to require psychiatric reports relegates the decision to judges and law officers regarding whether the accused is unbalanced or not. Amateur diagnoses such as these also are foolish and doomed.

    It would be much more in keeping with U.S. jurisprudence to arrest and detain the accused for 24-72 hours during which psychiatric services could be employed. And if the accused is found to be a danger to self or others, the incarceration could be extended through a trial. If determined not to be dangerous, by diagnoses or trials, accused parties could be released with apologies from the state. Disposition of firearms owned by those found guilty would be decided in the same trial. Normally, they would be awarded to heirs qualified to possess firearms. Of course, if acquitted, any costs to the accused would be refunded.

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Snopes downgrades truth about Beto’s arrests to ‘mostly true’ because a meme got his band’s name wrong

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Snopes downgrades truth about Betos arrests to mostly true because a meme got his bands name wrong

Fact checkers are all the rage in the age of fake news. Unfortunately, all of the major fact checkers are left leaning at best, downright progressive at worst. That’s why I make it part of my daily routine to check the checkers to see what they spun today. This latest installment is minor in the whole scheme of things, but it highlights the intense need to protect Democrats whenever possible.

Snopes took on the task of fact checking the following statement:

Beto O’Rourke was in a band called the El Paso Pussycats and was arrested at least twice in the 1990s.

This is true. Beto was arrested twice, which makes him an ideal candidate for the party of lawlessness and disorder. But Snopes, in their certified fact checking wisdom, decided to pick the statement about the arrests that included the name of his band. The statement they chose had the wrong name for the band, using their album name instead. This was enough for them to downgrade the statement from “True” to “Mostly True.”

Not a big deal, right? Actually, it’s bigger than one might think. When people search for Beto and look only for things that are true about him, they will not be shown information about his arrests. The site could have picked literally any other claim about the arrests to fact-check, but had to dig deep to find an internet meme from his failed Senatorial bid last year in order to find one with a statement that included something incorrect in it.

Beto ORourke Arrest

You’ll notice they made sure to mention that both charges were dismissed. The circumstances behind the dismissals seemed to do nothing to negate the crimes he actually committed.

This is just another example of the “fact-checker” running cover for a Democrat they like. The meat of the fact, Beto’s arrests, won’t be found on this site as “True” because they were selective in how they wanted to frame this narrative.

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Twice convicted, thrice deported Alberto Martinez Flores captured again by border patrol

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Twice convicted thrice deported Alberto Martinez Flores captured again by border patrol

Deporting criminal illegal immigrants while maintaining such porous and indefensible borders often proves to be a fruitless expenditure. Many of them simply do their time in jail, get deported, then come back the way they came last time. Rinse. Repeat.

Such is the case for Alberto Martinez Flores, 42, who has multiple convictions, including assault, strangulation, vehicular assault, and unlawful imprisonment. This is not a very nice person. In fact, he’s dangerous, yet despite three deportations over the years, including last year, he always finds a way back in.

My Take

Why do people like Flores keep coming back? Because there are too many places without a wall. There aren’t enough border patrol agents. There aren’t enough beds for ICE to house the dramatic influx of humanity crossing our border illegally.

I’m not sure where I read it, but there’s a good case that can be made for increasing jail time on crimes when committed by illegal immigrants. This is something that should definitely be considered in light of our open borders.

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Nevada to seek death penalty for illegal alien Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman

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Nevada to seek death penalty for illegal alien Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman

Prosecutors in two counties where an illegal immigrant allegedly murdered four people are seeking the death penalty for his crimes. North Nevada was shaken by the string of murders until the alleged killer was apprehended by law enforcement in January.

Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 20, was arrested January 19, 2019, by Washoe County Sheriff’s department and charged with multiple offenses while prosecutors and investigators worked on charging him for the four murders. They rarely invoke the death penalty but the severity and heinous nature of the crimes warrant capital punishment, according to prosecutors.

“We reserve the death penalty for the worst of the worst,” Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said last Thursday. “We use it sparingly.”

The illegal immigrant from El Salvador is accused of shooting and killing Gerald David, 81, and his wife, Sharon, 80, in Reno and Connie Koontz, 56, and Sophia Renken, 74, in Gardnerville.

My Take

Just as traffic fines are doubled in construction zones, so too should penalties be increased when illegal immigrants commit crimes. His immigration status was not taken into account, but the crimes themselves were enough for prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

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