The Left’s Counter Attack

If the Left was routed in the last election, they haven’t given up the fight.  They’re intent of fighting tooth and claw against Trump and all that his voters stand for and want for the US.  I thought this summary by the Family Research Council of how the Left is trying to undermine Trump and up the ante in the culture war sounded accurate (though not complete):

The Left is pulling out the stops to destroy President Trump and to stop conservatives any way they can.

Here are five ways the “Progressives” have intensified the war on your values and freedoms:

1) Igniting an explosion of propaganda sold to Americans as “news.” The mainstream media are overwhelmingly committed to undermining President Trump and the conservative cause. We now know that many supposedly nonpartisan journalists were heavily — even financially — committed to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president.

2) Destroying public trust and spreading confusion. The media are hard at work in supporting the leftist agitators by spewing “fake news” and sounding the alarm about nonexistent crises virtually every day — dutifully affirmed and repeated by liberals in Congress and statehouses across the nation — all designed to deceive the American people.

3) Unleashing lawless radicals in the streets and town meetings. It’s now evident that Barack Obama is behind the mobilization of tens of thousands of radical agitators to shout down conservative members of Congress when they hold town meetings back in their districts and states.

4) Maintaining a shadow government working against the American government. Obama appointees who are still serving as unelected bureaucrats inside the federal government are now working against the Trump White House, essentially operating as a sort of “shadow government” from within the government itself. A torrent of suspicious leaks, some of them endangering our national security, as well as several other outrages, have made it painfully clear that enemies of America are at work inside the federal bureaucracy.

5) Coordinating and unifying the falsehood and disruption. The Left is obviously unified in its anti-Trump messaging, and its attacks are clearly coordinated across the entire spectrum of liberal media platforms and organizations.

A Few Spots of Hope

The GOP might be mostly worthless (and possibly traitorous), but we have had a few hopeful developments this week.

Trump Reins in Federal Role in Education, Common Core

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order doing something unprecedented: establishing as the official policy of the federal government to “protect and preserve State and local control over” our nation’s education system.

You can watch the press conference and official signing of the document online.

President Trump’s executive order also directs U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to review every single regulation, guidance document, or other publication from the U.S. Department of Education to see whether any of them violate laws limiting the federal role in education. The order specifically directs the secretary of education to “rescind or revise” any such regulations or guidance documents “no later than 300 days’ from yesterday…

In recognizing the primacy of these laws [No Child Left Behind & Every Student Succeeds Act], President Trump’s executive order is unique. Past presidents—from both political parties—have often used such directives to increase federal control over various aspects of society, including education. Whenever the federal government increases its role in education, children suffer, as bureaucrats far removed from parents, teachers, and locally elected school boards exert their will over how our students are educated.

The order also singles out the “Common Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative” as one specific area where state and local control over education has been attacked.

Executive Order Recognizes Religious Freedom

After an eight-year war on faith, President Trump finally called a ceasefire on the conflict started by Barack Obama with an executive order on religious freedom. The measure, which was celebrated in a signing ceremony at the White House, was the fulfillment of one of the most significant promises made by the longshot candidate: “to preserve and protect our religious liberty.” …

Among other things, the directive checks another big box on the White House’s to-do list — lifting the gag order on churches and other nonprofits under the Johnson Amendment. Since the first days of his candidacy, Donald Trump has railed against the 60-year-old piece of tax code that liberals have turned into a club to punish pastors with. For too long, the Left has used the IRS to threaten the charitable status of churches who dared to speak out on the moral issues of the day…

Medical professionals, charities, businesses, and even nuns who’ve suffered under the outrageous mandate of Obamacare will finally have the relief they need to say no to insurance coverage that violates their conscience. After years of court battles, they’ll be free from regulatory harassment of including contraception and abortifacients in their health care plans. But that’s not all the order does. It sets in place a multi-step process that will provide some long-overdue protections by directing the Attorney General Jeff Sessions to develop guidelines for every federal agency to ensure they protect and promote religious freedom. This includes members of our military, who, under the Obama administration, have been systematically silenced and even purged. Men and women like Chaplain Wes Modder (U.S. Navy-Ret.) and Monifa Sterling, who stared down the ends of their careers for their deeply-held beliefs, can finally come out of hiding and live out their faith openly.

Finally, for our friends like Barronelle Stutzman and Don Vander Boon, who’ve suffered for their biblical views on marriage, there’s hope. As President Trump said, “No American should be forced to choose between the dictates of the federal government and the tenets of their faith,” President Trump told those of us gathered in the Rose Garden for today’s ceremony. “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore,” the president said. “We will never ever stand for religious discrimination.”

And finally one that might not pan out, but here’s hoping…

Republicans Back Pact to Gut Obamacare

By a 217-213 vote, the House advanced the mission the Americans elected them for — defunding the nation’s biggest abortion group and gutting an unsustainable and unconscionable law. Despite almost three months of drama, the GOP managed to pull together a coalition that put the American Health Care Act (AHCA) over the top, fulfilling a major pledge the president’s party has campaigned on since 2010… House leaders have struck a compromise that lowers premiums, boosts freedom, and protects taxpayers and the unborn.

Today’s win was a long time coming for pro-lifers, who watched with revulsion every David Daleiden video detailing the horrors of Cecile Richards’s group. For once, the moral injustice done to taxpayers has a voice: Congress’s. There was the usual phony panic from Planned Parenthood, which insisted that if Congress didn’t send them their usual half-billion taxpayer dollars, women’s health care would cease to exist. (What they didn’t mention is that the money would be redirected to thousands of local health clinics — which, incidentally, haven’t been referred for criminal prosecution.) Not surprisingly, they’ve called the effort to defund their organization a “national scandal.” But honestly, the only real scandal is that America has been funding the group as long as it has!

Let’s hope the Senate follows quickly in the House’s footsteps and sends the AHCA to the desk of the pro-life president we’ve been waiting for. It’s time for Donald Trump to make history and bring our nation closer to the day when all human life is protected under law.

 

Berkeley III

It’s being called the Battle of Berkeley III.  On April 15, 2017, another free speech, pro-Trump rally was held, and again the antifa/black bloc showed up to cause trouble.  The organizers of the rally had speeches planned and were assured that the Berkeley police would actually do their jobs this time.  But first they insisted that the folks attending the rally had to disarm themselves: no pepper spray, no sticks, etc.  These law-abiding citizens obeyed.  Did the antifa?  Heck no.  They maced/pepper-sprayed the Trump supporters, threw explosives, large rocks, bricks, glass bottles, used smoke bombs (that terribly back-fired – because wind direction — idiots!).

What did the police do?  They retreated and hid in their vans. Way to go law-enforcement (can we even call them that when they don’t enforce laws? or just do so selectively?): promise to protect the marchers, disarm them so they can’t as effectively protect themselves, and then retreat and leave them to the mercy of the antifa when things heat up.  It’s speculated that they were given a stand-down order again. Who is giving these orders?  I wonder how many of the police agree and how many feel like total jerks for not doing their jobs and watching innocent people, women pepper-sprayed and beat up or guys get serious head wounds from thrown bricks?

Ann Coulter is scheduled to speak at Berkeley on April 27.  Shall we expect a Battle of Berkeley IV? Probably.  Do you think the Trump supporters will listen this time and disarm themselves? They did pretty well defending themselves and their friends with fists alone, but I’m not sure if an unjust order to disarm has any moral weight or obligation to obey it.  At what point does the “law” become such a joke that one is no longer required to obey it?

Lauren Southern attended and spoke at the rally.  Here’s her commentary that day:

More from Lauren Southern, discussing with Stephen Molyneux:

Why is the American Catholic Church opposing Trump’s immigration policies?

It’s old news that many individual Bishops and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have leveled criticism towards Trump’s attempts to temporarily stop immigration, to assess and reform the process – basically every iota of his immigration stance.  The most radical of these is San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy who called for opponents of Trump’s policies to “become disruptors” and that immigration is the “key [issue] we have to face in our local church at this moment.” (Bishop McElroy’s radicalism should come as no surprise; he’s a big fan of LGBT “rights” too.  Apparently just an SJW tool?)

Lisa Bourne writes for LifeSiteNews that the “harsh tone leads to questions that some bishops’ concerns could be more driven by political and fiscal interests than by compassionate motives.  Government funding and Catholic identity don’t easily mix, say critics.”

It’s a rather cynical interpretation that has occurred to many: it’s about the money, not compassion.  Why the vociferous response to Trump’s plans to pause immigration, when previous presidents’ similar policies brought not a word of opposition? It certainly does not speak to a consistent position.

Why are US bishops so concerned about Trump’s refugee orders? Follow the money trail: Is a conflict of interest behind some of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ strong criticisms of President Trump’s immigration policy, in particular his two temporary travel bans? That’s the question being raised by a number of experts in foreign policy and Catholic charitable work…

These critics are pointing out that in Fiscal Year 2016, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received more than $91 million in government funding for refugee resettlement. Over the past nine years, the USCCB has received a total of $534,788,660 in taxpayer dollars for refugee resettlement programs, reported Ann Corcoran, editor of Refugee Resettlement Watch.

Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News has this to say in response to the American Church’s position:

“They have a heart for people who are suffering… However… if the country decides, and the president decides that it’s time to take a pause, everybody has to step back and let that happen. President Obama did it, President Bush did it after 9/11. It’s not forever, it’s just for a time. But these groups I think, sometimes their heart, and perhaps the financial motive gets in the way.”

Deal Hudson, editor of The Christian Review, also has his concerns about the entanglement of Catholic organizations and the US government:

“How can either institution [USCCB and Catholic Relief Services] call itself ‘Catholic’ when they have created financial dependency of the federal government? … Doesn’t this level of funding make the USCCB hesitant to publicly criticize the Congress and the administration on abortion, same-sex marriage, fetal stem cell research, and euthanasia?”

Another critic, Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, which has reported on numerous Catholic organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities not living up to their Catholic identity (supporting LGBT “rights” and abortion/contraception, etc.), told LifeSiteNews:

 

Pope Benedict, in his motu proprio, made it clear that Catholic charitable work should begin with the Mass and sacraments, work in conjunction with the local bishops and Church, and hire faithful Catholics to carry out the programs… It seems to me that these refugee resettlement programs fail on all counts… Here again, the Church is behaving as just one more NGO

Just what we need, right?  The Church to be just one more NGO.  Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn shares Mosher’s concerns:

“We never hear the USCCB complain about much except for the decisions to cut funding from the troughs feeding its social programs… The USCCB cried the same sob-story over USAID and PEPFAR, despite the fact that they both work hand in glove for the spread of abortifacient contraception and condoms… The fact that Catholic Relief Services receives nearly two-thirds of its annual revenue from those agencies is most definitely linked to the lobbying efforts… So its concern over refugee resettlement is really no different.”

Faithful Cardinal Raymond Burke (God bless him), told LifeSiteNews that

“We have to give the first priority to the respect for human life and for the family in order to have the right orientation in addressing all of the other questions which are involved with poverty and immigration, the many challenges that any human being faces in life… It doesn’t make any sense at all to be concerned about immigration or poverty if human life itself is not protected in society. It’s an absolute contradiction… The first justice accorded to any human being is to respect the gift of life itself, which is received from God.”

Entanglement with government funding often means compromising principles and the silencing of the organization’s voice when it comes to unpopular positions, especially when it comes to abortion.  Separation of church and state, so often invoked as a way of protecting the state (and secularists) from the supposed abuses and controlling nature of the church, really should protect the church from the state.

Deal Hudson summed it up:

“How can the Catholic Church be a free, prophetic voice when it has created a financial dependence on the federal government? Answer: It cannot!”

 

This timeline makes no sense

Welcome to bizarro world where Richard Spencer protests Trump and antifa protest him protesting Trump which means that they’re protesting for Trump?

Members of the alt-right, led by Richard Spencer, protested outside the White House Saturday evening. They condemned missile strikes launched by the United States against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In a bizarre turn of events, members of the far-left group Antifa turned up to protest against the alt-right anti-war rally though few would go on record about the missile strikes themselves.

Read the rest here.

You’d think anti-war stuff would be up antifas alley–at least as long as any Republican is behind it, but if the alt-right don’t like it then it must be good…?

During the rally Spencer and the alt-right chanted “America first” “take a shower” “Fire Kushner” and “Build walls not wars”. The Antifa counterprotests shouted back “Fuck you Nazis” and “No Nazis, no KKK, no fascists USA.”

Those Nazis.  They always were known for their peace activism.

Free Helicopter Rides

Three people are arrested after Trump supporters are doused with pepper spray as they clash with protesters during Make America Great Again march in Huntington Beach

The pepper-sprayed marchers were seen cringing in pain as other supporters clad in Trump t-shirts helped them. One man in an army green Trump hat angrily chased a protester with an American flag. Police dogs snapped at the protesters as officers in riot gear yelled at the masked men.

One of the sprayers was one of the men in a black mask according to the Los Angeles Times. The supporters reportedly started punching and kicking the man after the attack.

The violence erupted when the march of about 2,000 people at Bolsa Chica State Beach reached a group of about 30 protesters, some of whom began spraying them, according to Capt. Kevin Pearsall of the California State Parks Police.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of illegal use of pepper spray, he said.

There were several other arrests and two people suffered minor injuries, but Pearsall said he did not immediately have further details.

Trump supporters have learned very quickly to hit back.  They’re not going to tolerate being pepper sprayed or letting old people be beat up.

antifasmackdown

The antifa might have got away with it once or twice or a dozen times, but the people who put up with that last week, may not be so inclined to put up with it again this week or the next or the next.  Keep pushing and the pendulum swings.  Push hard enough and you may very well have pushed yourself out of a helicopter.

Just listen to what they’re chanting.

 

Obamacare Repeal vs. Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is reaching its claws into our government representatives yet again. They’re probably working overtime to make sure any pro-life measures, like defunding PP, are stripped from the new healthcare law.  We expect this from Democrats, but even some of the Republicans are vowing they won’t vote for the bill if it includes language to remove government subsidies of PP.  Here is their treachery:

“I don’t think it makes sense to have the defunding of Planned Parenthood linked to this issue at all,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), according to The Hill. “If the House Republicans want to bring it up, it should be in a separate bill. I would oppose that bill, but it further complicates the negotiations to have it included in this bill.”

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In February, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced she would not be voting with fellow Republicans for an Obamacare repeal bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.

“Taxpayer dollars should never be used to pay for abortions, but I will not vote to deny Alaskans access to the health services that Planned Parenthood provides,” she said.

“‪It’s illogical for any senator to claim she does not want tax dollars being used to fund abortion, while at the same time insisting that the federal government continue to lavish money on Planned Parenthood,” Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, a policy advisor for The Catholic Association, tells Breitbart News.

“As long as Planned Parenthood continues to perform abortions, and especially as long as abortion is their core business, they should not receive the hard-earned money of American taxpayers,” she adds. “Any tax money redirected to Comprehensive Community Health Centers from the abortion giant will only enhance and increase medical services for low-income women.”

Members of the pro-life base of the GOP have stood by for years as GOP congressional leaders have explained they would need to wait for a Republican-controlled Senate and a Republican president in the White House to eliminate taxpayer funding for the nation’s largest abortion business. With Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress and a Republican administration now in place in the White House, the expectation is that goal will finally be realized.

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Liberal Republican members of Congress, however, have placed their support for Planned Parenthood ahead of their party’s attempts to pass other legislation in the past.

Murkowski joined Collins and former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in 2015 to try to remove a provision to end Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding from the Obamacare repeal bill.

In 2011, Collins received a personal “thank-you” letter from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, who expressed her gratitude that the Maine senator voted to continue funding her abortion business

Pro-life groups are analyzing the prospective new law.  Life Site News wonders: Will Trump’s Obamacare replacement REALLY defund Planned Parenthood?  Life Legal Defense Foundation lists some of the changes and their interpretation:

House Republicans have finally unveiled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to replace the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” aka Obamacare. Life Legal has been sifting through the bill to determine how it would impact federal funding for abortionists, especially Planned Parenthood.

1. The AHCA places a one-year ban on all payments to “prohibited entities,” which are narrowly defined as non-profit abortion providers that receive more than $350 million in federal taxpayer funding annually—i.e., Planned Parenthood. This means that, for one year, the nation’s largest abortion provider would not receive Medicaid reimbursement for any of its services. Medicaid reimbursements account for the lion’s share of the $550+ million Planned Parenthood receives each year from U.S. taxpayers.

2. For AHCA purposes, any insurance plan that offers abortion coverage is not a “Qualified Health Plan,” meaning federal tax credits cannot be used to purchase plans that include abortion coverage. The Los Angeles Times reported that “virtually all health plans” in California would be ineligible for purchase with tax credits, pursuant to a state law requiring any plan that provides maternity coverage to include abortion coverage.

3. Small businesses can no longer receive expense credits for plans that include abortion coverage.

THE GOOD: •Planned Parenthood would lose approximately $490 million in federal funds, which represents about 38% of its total annual budget.
•No taxpayer funds will be used to pay for insurance plans with abortion coverage.
THE BAD: •The Planned Parenthood funding ban is only for one year. Also, other abortion providers will continue to receive state Medicaid reimbursement for abortions.
•Individuals and small businesses can still buy out-of-pocket abortion coverage.
THE UGLY:
The Republican-controlled Senate may not have enough votes to pass the AHCA with the pro-life provisions intact. House Republicans want to try to get the bill through the Senate using the budget reconciliation process, which only requires a simple majority of 51 votes. However, two of the 52 Republican senators—Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine—said they will not vote for any health care legislation that restricts abortion coverage. Unless one of them changes her mind, no pro-life bills or amendments are likely to pass the Senate during this term.

Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins sounds more optimistic: “while pieces of the bill may be negotiable, the White House has assured me that the portion stripping Planned Parenthood’s tax dollars is not one of them.”

Who would trust their health care to a group that doesn’t know anything about medicine? Try the U.S. government. For years, they’ve been funneling billions of dollars to an organization that can’t even answer basic questions on pregnancy: Planned Parenthood.

In an interview that should have been embarrassing for any group (let alone one trying to defend its half-billion dollars in taxpayer funding), Tucker Carlson asked questions that should have been easy for any “expert” in women’s health to answer. “You work for the country’s biggest abortion provider,” Tucker said to Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens. “If you can hear the heartbeat of this thing, this fetus, what is it?” he asked. “Is it a piece of tissue or is it a separate human being?” Well, she replied, “I think that’s up to each individual to decide.” Surprised, Tucker tried again. “This is at the core of what you do — you’re the biggest abortion provider in the United States. It’s not like you haven’t thought of this,” he pressed. Laguens paused and said again, “I think that’s up to each individual to decide.”

And this is an organization that’s supposed to be on the cutting edge of women’s health? A group that says “feelings” — not settled science — define human reality? Unfortunately, this is the kind of “create your own truth” thinking your tax dollars make possible.

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Meanwhile, in a deft move, President Trump has offered to keep the cash flowing to Cecile Richards’s group. There’s just one condition: Planned Parenthood would have to stop performing abortions. In a revealing reply, Richards called the idea “obscene and insulting.” No, what’s obscene is a group that destroys more than 330,000 innocent unborn children a year — in large part because our tax dollars help them keep the other side of the business afloat. Carlson touched on the organization’s obsession with abortion in his sit-down with Laguens. “[Why is abortion] so important to Planned Parenthood that you’re willing to forgo half a billion dollars a year in federal subsidies?” he wanted to know. She stumbled through a response about not being “bullied.”