Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – ‘Legacy’ Edition

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There are a lot more bodies I could add to the pile…the dead in Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Israel, Egypt,and Americans murdered by the illegal migrants he’s allowed in, as well as veterans whom have died in the morass of our own dysfunctional VA system. If a president like Barack Hussein Obama can tango through a record like that and not get impeached, it says a great deal about how low the bar for our leaders has become and what the American people are apparently willing to put up with. And that’s our legacy, as well as his. Think about it.

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – ‘Legacy’ Edition


Article written by: Tom White

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – ‘Legacy’ Edition

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There are a lot more bodies I could add to the pile…the dead in Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Israel, Egypt,and Americans murdered by the illegal migrants he’s allowed in, as well as veterans whom have died in the morass of our own dysfunctional VA system. If a president like Barack Hussein Obama can tango through a record like that and not get impeached, it says a great deal about how low the bar for our leaders has become and what the American people are apparently willing to put up with. And that’s our legacy, as well as his. Think about it.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

A Trump Presidency will be like Formatting and Reloading America’s Hard Drive

I admit it. I am a geek. I work (among other things) as a full time IT Manager.

I was also an early supporter of Donald Trump as soon as he began to lay out his plan and vision for the nation. And while some of my friends swooned for Ted Cruz, I am still a die hard Trump supporter. And I have been hit with all of the insults, the questions, the “Trump is this or he is not that” lines over and over. I have blocked friends on Facebook and they have blocked me.

But the question I get the most is “Why?” Why do I support Donald Trump?

He isn’t Conservative, they say. He gave money to Hillary. He is anti-gun (only he isn’t).

And I have written several blog posts including Trump Doesn’t Have to be Conservative, Humble or Polite to Fix America that has been read almost 70,000 times since I wrote it a couple of months ago. And all of that is still true. Trump supporters are scolded over and over that Trump isn’t “presidential”. And one truth comes through and frustrates those who are hounding us over and over. We don’t care. (And you know the worst of the worst are the Cruz supporters.)

But it is more than “we don’t care”. It is precisely because he is nothing like the other candidates that appeals to us.

We were subjected to one of the, if not the, largest field of candidates in the history of the nation. You would think that out of all of those people – 17 in all I think – that everyone would find at least a few to their liking. For me, it came down to just two. Cruz and Trump.

And as I listened to both candidates and read gobs of stories and polls about these two, I watched my Conservative friends form a “Y” and it seems half went to Trump and half went to Cruz. And the aggressive interactions, particularly on Facebook, have been legend. In a bad way for Conservative grassroots unity. The Grand Canyon is just a ditch compared to the chasms between the Trump and the Cruz supporters.

And I have talked to a lot of Trump supporters and others that are supporting someone else – or no one at all yet. And the ones that can’t get with the Cruz camp all seem to have a gut feeling about Cruz. There is something fake that I can’t exactly put my finger on about the guy. I am both a Conservative and a Christian and mt Conservative Christian friends that support Cruz demand that I dump Trump because of his infidelities, his Democrat support, or whatever. But to me, Ted Cruz is more Jesus Freak than Conservative. And worse, I don’t get the feeling he is sincere. Same feeling I always had with the TV Evangelists like Jimmy Swaggart. I am not writing this to offend, just to explain what many of us feel.

And then there is Trump. His blustery speeches, his attack, attack, attack persona, his larger than life personality all draw people to him. People like me that are so tired of the “Presidents” that act what we now accept as “presidential”. And the “spirit of bipartisanship” that has bankrupted America. And in Washington, the two party system has essentially merged into one. I believe by design.

One would think that the far left wing Democrat Charlie Rangle would be only too happy to see the Republican Party collapse and disband leaving the Nation with only Progressive Democrats to run the nation into the ground. But Rangle said something the other day that floored me. And it confirmed everything I believe about the people running the country.

He said:

“My concern is the destruction or the imploding of the Republican Party,” he said, Breitbart reported. “They’re so torn apart and as partisan as I am, I really think the salvation of this republic is the two-party system. Democrats need another party in order for people like me to see what we think is best.”
Wow! Charlie Rangle fears America losing the two party system. You know why? The parties take turns raping an pillaging the country. And when the voters have had enough, they throw out the party in power and elect the other party. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Over and over again.
And that’s how we get to $19 trillion in debt.
If we only had a Conservative. Which is what they said “W” was. Or in Virginia, Bob McDonnell. We have been electing Conservatives who suddenly find their Progressive mojo as soon as the election is over. The problem is, we always elect insiders. Cruz likes to call himself an outsider, but both he and his wife have been big time insiders most of their adult lives. Not so much in an elected capacity, but in the back rooms where the real deals happen.
So the past couple of days I have been working on a server to allow access behind out corporate firewall. Not to get too geeky on you here, but I have tried a couple of flavors of Linux and finally settled on Centos. Then the question was, which version. I have loaded, configured and tested about a half dozen versions and releases of Linux and pulled my hair out trying to get it working the way I want. And I’m still not there yet, but I have the platform figured out. Only I think I will have to format and reload Centos again tomorrow.
One of the things I do often is eradicate viruses and malware from my user’s machines. And I pride myself in being able to clean them without the need to reformat and reload the system from scratch. But every once in a while, it simply becomes futile trying to fix the computer when it reaches the point of no return. Adware or malware can do damage and it eventually becomes irreparable.
Isn’t that what we have done with the government, over and over? Cleaned it, took out the bad malware and tried to continue. And you never really seem to get the bad stuff out. At best, you get it limping along until it crashes again. You don’t throw out the computer. The memory, hard drive and motherboard is fine. You just need to reload the thing and start over.
And that is what we need in America. Remember when you first got your computer? Remember when Americans took pride in their country? We have reached the point that America is all gummed up with special interests, money and life long establishment bureaucrats who pretend things are humming along, but we all know better.
We don’t need to throw out the Constitution and our core values. We just need to format the drive and reload the operating system.
Now that is not going to happen with Ted Cruz and it sure as hell won’t happen with John Kasich. The only one talking about reloading America is Donald Trump.
So if you ask me why I support Trump with all his warts and moles, that’s why. We need to format and reload to fix America. Tinkering will not work at this point. We are too far gone.
Control. Alt. Delete.

Article written by: Tom White

Forum: Why Antisemitism?

Every week on Monday, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Why Antisemitism?

Bookworm Room :The obvious answer, of course, is that in the West, the Jew is the perpetual outsider and in the Muslim world, the holy book instructs Muslims to be genocidal antisemites. Another obvious answer is that the medieval laws forcing Jews into being financiers (because they were barred from so many other professions but, unlike Christians, they were allowed to charge interest on money) meant that they became inextricably intertwined with the idea of capitalism., Leftists therefore hate them reflexively — never mind the actual facts on the ground, which is that for the majority of Jews throughout history have had little or nothing to do with capital and capitalism.

Honestly, though, I think the real answer is a more abstract one and it relates to the second and third core issues in the Bible. The first core issue in the Bible, of course, is God and each Jew’s relationship with God. While I suspect many are jealous of the Jews’ special relationship with God, I doubt that it drives too much antisemitism.

On the rare occasion I’ve had people speak sneeringly to me about the Jews’ status as “God’s chosen people,” I’ve reminded them that this covenant hasn’t always been a blessing to the Jews, reminding the snarkers that, while it’s true that Jews have outlasted all other societies on earth, this longevity has too often been paired with genocidal antisemitism. As Teyve said in Fiddler on the Roof, “We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?”

As I said, the real issue for antisemites lies in the second and third issues the Bible raises. The second core issue is the moral demands Judaism places on people. These are hard demands that require us to be our best selves in relationship to God, our spouses, our family, and our society. And finally, the third core issue is the Biblical obsession with justice — not fairness, not equality, not feeling good, but justice.

Morality and justice are concepts that are antithetical to totalitarianism of any stripe, whether it’s economic, theocratic, aristocratic, oligarchic, fascist, nationalist, or something I haven’t named or that hasn’t even come into being. These concepts are inimical to immorality and cruelty. By their very existence, they mean that evil people and evil societies know, deep down inside, that they are evil, and that they put the actors outside of God’s love, protection, and his covenant. Even atheists, deep down, know that, if there’s an afterlife, they will not fare well there if they deviate from Biblical rules for good conduct.

In other words, Judaism is a mirror in which people are forced to acknowledge whether they are good or bad, moral or immoral, just or unjust. And for the bad, the immoral, and the unjust, every living Jew they see is an painful reminder of their existential failures.

The Razor : For over 5,000 years Jews have maintained their identity. They have been an ever present thread that has wound itself through the very fabric of civilization.

During that time empires have risen and fallen. Ethnic groups were absorbed and disappeared. But not the Jews.

That identity has come at a cost, the making of the Jew as the “other” or “outsider.”

It’s easy to blame the “other” and the “outsider” for our crimes and errors, and when times get tough we aren’t strong enough to resist the urge to blame the “outsider” for whatever torments us.
We aren’t strong enough yet to resist that temptation, as the rising tide of anti-Semitism in post-war Europe proves.

JoshuaPundit : Why antisemitism? It survives and will continue to survive because like any other psychosis or fantasy, it provides what appear to be certain necessary benefits, at least in the short run.

For starters, it’s a convenient excuse and rationalization of one’s own miserable circumstances. And a convenient excuse for theft.

After the Roman Diaspora in 70 CE, Jews became an educated, prosperous and powerless minority in both the Muslim and Christian worlds, which made them a convenient target both as a scapegoat and for plunder.

The pattern was repeated over and over; Jews are invited to settle, and improve the local economy with their skills as merchants, artisans and skilled professionals like doctors and architects. In the latter stages, some of them become intermediaries used by the local aristocracy to lend out their capital and as sources of loans for themselves. And when the time is right, you simply rile up the peasants or the fellahin to stage a pogrom..after which the Jews are either murdered or expelled, their wealth and property are confiscated and all loans outstanding get canceled to the rejoicing of all.

Aside from the obvious financial benefits, it also works well for the local clergy as a lesson to the faithful as to what can happen to ‘non believers.’

And a few years later, when the economy tanks again, you simply invite the Jews back, since they always need somewhere to live. And then you can simply repeat the cycle.

Nowadays, the pattern remains similar, although it’s been expanded somewhat by the advent of Israel. The Muslims did their very best to destroy Israel in1948 and even with modern weaponry and British officers lending a helping hand to jihad and genocide against the sparsely armed and outnumbered Jews, they failed.

But not entirely, since they were able to ethnically cleanse almost a million Jews from their countries and plunder everything they possessed. Their take from that heist in property and assets is estimated conservatively at close to a trillion US dollars in today’s money. But having gotten away with that crime (nothing much was ever done about it by the ‘international community’ or the UN) a funny thing happened. With no oil, surrounded by enemies and little in resources but the brains and sweat of their populace, the Jews created a free country with a booming economy, self sufficiency in water and food alone among the countries in the region and the strongest military in the area. Meanwhile, most of surrounding Arab nations wallow in squalor, poverty and despotism. Is it any wonder many of them think the Jews are getting assistance from Satan? How else could this happen,that they not only survive against Allah’s will but thrive?

In much of Europe as well, the old reasons of scapegoating, envy, and theft largely remain, to which we can add a new rationale when it comes to Europe – guilt.

Europe, with some honorable exceptions at best ignored and at worst avidly participated and profited from the Holocaust, one of the most successful pogroms in terms of plunder and body count in history. That behavior ripped the mask from the myth of European culture, and Europeans have never forgiven the Jews for it.

Couple that with the millions of Muslims Europe has imported and the need to appease them and you have the reasons for today’s attitude towards Israel& in much of Europe in a nutshell. And, as America increasingly imports Muslims and they ally with the Left as they have in Europe, we see this psychosis increasing in the US as well. Israel wasn’t supposed to survive, you see. It’s a problem, and if not for those stubborn, stinkin’ Jews the Muslims wouldn’t be all riled up. It’s their fault for not being victims like they were supposed to! You see, at this point, there are quite a few people who regret Israel’s existence and envy her success. They miss having the Jews as a powerless, easily targeted minority.

Mark Twain presciently summed this attitude up in his famous essay on Jews in Harpers back in 1897, writing about his contemporary Theodore Herzl’s early attempts at creating a Jewish nation:

Speaking of concentration, Dr. Herzl has a clear insight into the value of that. Have you heard of his plan? He wishes to gather the Jews of the world together in Palestine, with a government of their own – under the suzerainty of the Sultan, I suppose. At the Convention of Berne, last year, there were delegates from everywhere, and the proposal was received with decided favor.

I am not the Sultan, and I am not objecting; but if that concentration of the cunningest brains in the world were going to be made in a free country (bar Scotland), I think it would be politic to stop it. It will not be well to let the race find out its strength. If the horses knew theirs, we should not ride any more.”

Exactly.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Oh, that’s easy. For Xians – we believe nothing is ever truly random. After the Fall, mankind was promised a redeemer. The LORD was quite specific multiple times where He would come from. Generally speaking, from a lineage of Jews. More direct – from the House of David.

Thus Satan, made many attempts to enslave and destroy an entire race to prevent the arrival of the redeemer – whom we call Jesus Christ. A truly Satanic conspiracy of hideous intentions, Jewish history until the coming of Christ has several attempts chronicled. Notably the adventures of Esther and Haman among others – even King Herod got in the act with the infamous massacre of innocents to prevent the Savior.

After Christ’s death and resurrection, Satan became busy with an ersatz religion of sorts – upgrading an Arabian peninsula moon god with ancient ungodly assets – in order to deceive and damn souls into eternal Hell.

Anti you know whatism may have been passed on to infernal minions to become a daemonic conspiracy cultivated (probably as revenge for fulfilling the LORD’s prophecy) among people to harass, murder and enslave people for something they truly have no control over: Being born Jewish.

Truly, hatred and persecution are a normal part of the human experience. Taking a dislike, mild or intense, to people who are different in one way or another, by ethnicity, race, color, creed, eating habits—no matter what—is part of the normal human condition. It’s throughout recorded history, and found all over the world. Sometimes extraordinarily vicious and sometimes even amusing. –

Anti-Semitism is something quite different. It is marked by two special features. One of them is that Jews are judged by a standard different from that applied to others.

The other special feature of anti-Semitism, which is much more important than differing standards of judgment, is the accusation against Jews of cosmic evil. Complaints against people of other groups rarely include it. This accusation of cosmic, satanic evil attributed to Jews, in various parts of the world and in various forms, is what has come to be known in modern times as anti-Semitism and is Satanic and/or daemonic in origin.

Hatred and persecution are a normal part of the human experience. Taking a dislike, mild or intense, to people who are different in one way or another, by ethnicity, race, color, creed, eating habits—no matter what—is part of the normal human condition. We find it throughout recorded history, and we find it all over the world. It can sometimes be extraordinarily vicious and sometimes even amusing.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason :When I hear the word anti-Semitism I think of Evil. Biblicly and historically I understand the division between the Jewish people and the Arabic people who share the same patriarchy arising from Abraham. But to understand anti-Semitism we have to acknowledge the existence of God and His counterpart which is Evil. Evil grows when people as a society deny the existence of God and publicly mock true believers. When that void is created; when we turn away from God; Evil works its way into our lives by promising power to those who will embrace the most vile, perverse, and horrific acts imaginable.

Jews are a target in many instances I believe because of their relatively small populations in proportion to their ability to succeed and accumulate wealth. It is very easy when an economy fails to point to a group and demonize them as being the cause of everyone’s economic struggles. This cycle has been repeated over and over in history. Those who seek power will play on the emotions of the masses and vilify the “haves” as enriching themselves at the expense of the “have nots.” We see it happening today around the world. Here in America the socialists and communists, using the names Democrat or Progressive, are exploiting class warfare such as we have not seen in decades.

With an anemic economy and so many out of work or underemployed, along with our youth and young adults having been indoctrinated with social and economic justice propaganda, it’s likely to produce a growing anti-Semitic sentiment.

Neo-Nazi and White Aryan groups are growing in Europe today. An old German professor who grew up in Nazi Germany once told me there were a lot of professors at the university who would have made good Nazis. I asked him what makes a good Nazi, and he explained it was someone who would sell their soul for a little bit of power. When a people are led to believe they share a common enemy they end up doing unspeakable things to other human beings if they are convinced it is for the common good, especially if given the promise of power. Evil is quick to fill the void created by turning our backs on God. The promise of Power is the most successful tool Evil uses to achieve its goal. The ultimate goal of Evil is complete and total destruction.

Well, there you have it.

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Article written by: Tom White

Forum: Why Antisemitism?

Every week on Monday, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Why Antisemitism?

Bookworm Room :The obvious answer, of course, is that in the West, the Jew is the perpetual outsider and in the Muslim world, the holy book instructs Muslims to be genocidal antisemites. Another obvious answer is that the medieval laws forcing Jews into being financiers (because they were barred from so many other professions but, unlike Christians, they were allowed to charge interest on money) meant that they became inextricably intertwined with the idea of capitalism.,  Leftists therefore hate them reflexively — never mind the actual facts on the ground, which is that for the majority of Jews throughout history have had little or nothing to do with capital and capitalism.

Honestly, though, I think the real answer is a more abstract one and it relates to the second and third core issues in the Bible. The first core issue in the Bible, of course, is God and each Jew’s relationship with God. While I suspect many are jealous of the Jews’ special relationship with God, I doubt that it drives too much antisemitism.

On the rare occasion I’ve had people speak sneeringly to me about the Jews’ status as “God’s chosen people,” I’ve reminded them that this covenant hasn’t always been a blessing to the Jews, reminding the snarkers that, while it’s true that Jews have outlasted all other societies on earth, this longevity has too often been paired with genocidal antisemitism.  As Teyve said in Fiddler on the Roof, “We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?”

As I said, the real issue for antisemites lies in the second and third issues the Bible raises.  The second core issue is the moral demands Judaism places on people. These are hard demands that require us to be our best selves in relationship to God, our spouses, our family, and our society. And finally, the third core issue is the Biblical obsession with justice — not fairness, not equality, not feeling good, but justice.

Morality and justice are concepts that are antithetical to totalitarianism of any stripe, whether it’s economic, theocratic, aristocratic, oligarchic, fascist, nationalist, or something I haven’t named or that hasn’t even come into being. These concepts are inimical to immorality and cruelty.  By their very existence, they mean that evil people and evil societies know, deep down inside, that they are evil, and that they put the actors outside of God’s love, protection, and his covenant.  Even atheists, deep down, know that, if there’s an afterlife, they will not fare well there if they deviate from Biblical rules for good conduct.

In other words, Judaism is a mirror in which people are forced to acknowledge whether they are good or bad, moral or immoral, just or unjust. And for the bad, the immoral, and the unjust, every living Jew they see is an painful reminder of their existential failures.

The Razor : For over 5,000 years Jews have maintained their identity. They have been an ever present thread that has wound itself through the very fabric of civilization.

During that time empires have risen and fallen. Ethnic groups were absorbed and disappeared. But not the Jews.

That identity has come at a cost, the making of the Jew as the “other” or “outsider.”

It’s easy to blame the “other” and the “outsider” for our crimes and errors, and when times get tough we aren’t strong enough to resist the urge to blame the “outsider” for whatever torments us.
We aren’t strong enough yet to resist that temptation, as the rising tide of anti-Semitism in post-war Europe proves.

 JoshuaPundit : Why antisemitism?  It survives and will continue to survive because like any other psychosis or fantasy, it provides what appear to be certain necessary benefits, at least in the short run.

For starters, it’s a convenient excuse and  rationalization of one’s own miserable  circumstances. And a convenient excuse for theft.

After the Roman Diaspora in 70 CE, Jews became an educated, prosperous and powerless minority in both the Muslim and Christian worlds, which made them a convenient target both as a scapegoat and for plunder.

The pattern was repeated over and over; Jews are invited to settle, and improve the local economy with their skills as merchants, artisans and skilled professionals like doctors and architects. In the latter stages, some of them  become intermediaries used by the local aristocracy to lend out their capital and as sources of loans for themselves. And when the time is right, you simply rile up the peasants or the fellahin to stage a pogrom..after which the Jews are either murdered or expelled,  their wealth and property are confiscated and all loans outstanding get canceled to the rejoicing of all.

Aside from the obvious financial benefits, it also works well for the local clergy as a lesson to the faithful as to what can happen to  ‘non believers.’

And a few years later, when the economy tanks again, you simply invite the Jews back, since they always need somewhere to live. And then you can simply repeat the cycle.

Nowadays, the pattern remains similar, although it’s been expanded somewhat by the advent of Israel. The Muslims did their very best to destroy Israel in1948 and even with modern weaponry and British officers lending a helping hand to jihad and genocide against the sparsely armed and outnumbered Jews, they failed.

But not entirely, since they were able to ethnically cleanse almost a million Jews from their countries and plunder everything they possessed. Their take from that heist in property and assets is estimated conservatively at close to a trillion US dollars in today’s money. But having gotten away with that crime (nothing much was ever done about it by the ‘international community’ or the UN) a funny thing happened. With no oil, surrounded by enemies and little in resources but the brains and sweat of their populace, the Jews created a free country with a booming economy, self sufficiency in water and food alone among the countries in the region and the strongest military in the area. Meanwhile, most of surrounding Arab nations wallow in squalor, poverty and despotism. Is it any wonder many of them think the Jews are getting assistance from Satan? How else could this happen,that they not only survive against Allah’s will but thrive?

In much of Europe as well, the old reasons of scapegoating, envy, and theft largely remain, to which we can add a new rationale when it comes to Europe – guilt.

Europe, with some honorable exceptions at best ignored and at worst avidly participated and profited from the Holocaust, one of the most successful pogroms in terms of plunder and body count in history. That behavior ripped the mask from the myth of European culture, and Europeans have never forgiven the Jews for it.

Couple that with the millions of Muslims Europe has imported and the need to appease them and you have the reasons for today’s attitude towards Israel& in much of Europe in a nutshell. And, as America increasingly imports Muslims and they ally with the Left as they have in Europe, we see this psychosis increasing in the US as well. Israel wasn’t supposed to survive, you see. It’s a problem, and if not for those stubborn, stinkin’ Jews the Muslims wouldn’t be all riled up. It’s their fault for not being victims like they were supposed to! You see, at this point, there are quite a few people who regret Israel’s existence and envy her success. They miss having the Jews as a powerless, easily targeted minority.

Mark Twain presciently summed this attitude up in his famous essay on Jews in Harpers back in 1897, writing about his contemporary Theodore Herzl’s early attempts at creating a Jewish nation:

Speaking of concentration, Dr. Herzl has a clear insight into the value of that. Have you heard of his plan? He wishes to gather the Jews of the world together in Palestine, with a government of their own – under the suzerainty of the Sultan, I suppose. At the Convention of Berne, last year, there were delegates from everywhere, and the proposal was received with decided favor.

I am not the Sultan, and I am not objecting; but if that concentration of the cunningest brains in the world were going to be made in a free country (bar Scotland), I think it would be politic to stop it. It will not be well to let the race find out its strength. If the horses knew theirs, we should not ride any more.”

Exactly.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Oh, that’s easy. For Xians – we believe nothing is ever truly random. After the Fall, mankind was promised a redeemer. The LORD was quite specific multiple times where He would come from. Generally speaking, from a lineage of Jews. More direct – from the House of David.

Thus Satan, made many attempts to enslave and destroy an entire race to prevent the arrival of the redeemer – whom we call Jesus Christ. A truly Satanic conspiracy of hideous intentions, Jewish history until the coming of Christ has several attempts chronicled. Notably the adventures of Esther and Haman among others – even King Herod got in the act with the infamous massacre of innocents to prevent the Savior.

After Christ’s death and resurrection, Satan became busy with an ersatz religion of sorts – upgrading an Arabian peninsula moon god with ancient ungodly assets – in order to deceive and damn souls into eternal Hell.

Anti you know whatism may have been passed on to infernal minions to become a daemonic conspiracy cultivated (probably as revenge for fulfilling the LORD’s prophecy) among people to harass, murder and enslave people for something they truly have no control over: Being born Jewish.

Truly, hatred and persecution are a normal part of the human experience. Taking a dislike, mild or intense, to people who are different in one way or another, by ethnicity, race, color, creed, eating habits—no matter what—is part of the normal human condition. It’s throughout recorded history, and found all over the world. Sometimes extraordinarily vicious and sometimes even amusing. –

Anti-Semitism is something quite different. It is marked by two special features. One of them is that Jews are judged by a standard different from that applied to others.

The other special feature of anti-Semitism, which is much more important than differing standards of judgment, is the accusation against Jews of cosmic evil. Complaints against people of other groups rarely include it. This accusation of cosmic, satanic evil attributed to Jews, in various parts of the world and in various forms, is what has come to be known in modern times as anti-Semitism and is Satanic and/or daemonic in origin.

Hatred and persecution are a normal part of the human experience. Taking a dislike, mild or intense, to people who are different in one way or another, by ethnicity, race, color, creed, eating habits—no matter what—is part of the normal human condition. We find it throughout recorded history, and we find it all over the world. It can sometimes be extraordinarily vicious and sometimes even amusing.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason :When I hear the word anti-Semitism I think of Evil. Biblicly and historically I understand the division between the Jewish people and the Arabic people who share the same patriarchy arising from Abraham. But to understand anti-Semitism we have to acknowledge the existence of God and His counterpart which is Evil. Evil grows when people as a society deny the existence of God and publicly mock true believers. When that void is created; when we turn away from God; Evil works its way into our lives by promising power to those who will embrace the most vile, perverse, and horrific acts imaginable.

Jews are a target in many instances I believe because of their relatively small populations in proportion to their ability to succeed and accumulate wealth. It is very easy when an economy fails to point to a group and demonize them as being the cause of everyone’s economic struggles. This cycle has been repeated over and over in history. Those who seek power will play on the emotions of the masses and vilify the “haves” as enriching themselves at the expense of the “have nots.” We see it happening today around the world. Here in America the socialists and communists, using the names Democrat or Progressive, are exploiting class warfare such as we have not seen in decades.

With an anemic economy and so many out of work or underemployed, along with our youth and young adults having been indoctrinated with social and economic justice propaganda, it’s likely to produce a growing anti-Semitic sentiment.

Neo-Nazi and White Aryan groups are growing in Europe today. An old German professor who grew up in Nazi Germany once told me there were a lot of professors at the university who would have made good Nazis. I asked him what makes a good Nazi, and he explained it was someone who would sell their soul for a little bit of power. When a people are led to believe they share a common enemy they end up doing unspeakable things to other human beings if they are convinced it is for the common good, especially if given the promise of power. Evil is quick to fill the void created by turning our backs on God. The promise of Power is the most successful tool Evil uses to achieve its goal. The ultimate goal of Evil is complete and total destruction.

Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it.

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Virginia Right! Endorses State Senator Tom Garrett in the 5th Congressional District

Sandy Sanders and Tom White don’t always agree on endorsing a candidate. And when we do not agree, we often personally endorse candidates. But Tom Garrett was an easy choice. Garrett receives Virginia Right’s endorsement as well as personal endorsements from Sandy and Tom.

Sandy Sanders’ Endorsement

Tom White agreed to write this together with me and we both agree:  For Congress in the Fifth District we support and thus the Virginia Right blog endorses:  State Senator Tom Garrett.  So this is my part and Tom (White not Garrett!  He’s not that kind of politico!) will write the rest.

I met Tom Garrett when he and Rusty McGuire were assistants in the AG’s office.  They had audacious goals:  Garrett was going to run for Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney and McGuire was going to run for Hanover prosecutor.  Of course I supported Rusty and he lost the primary!  (Maybe this is not good for Senator Garrett…)  But Garrett ran against the incumbent and beat him.  Rusty McGuire became his deputy.  Now McGuire is the CA in Louisa and he’s doing an awesome job catching Internet predators.

This is the blog post about the time Tom Garrett ran for state senate in 2011.  People said:  Tom can’t win the primary and he won’t win the general election – he’s too conservative.  Well, he won the most exciting election I have ever live blogged and then crushed his opponent in the general by a 58% to 42% margin.  (And the opponent was a principal of a well-known pest control company with signs all over the place and who outspent Garrett! nearly 2 to 1!)

Garrett will beat to his own drum – not the establishment in the House!  Don’t take my word for it – ask Senator Thomas K. Norment.  Garrett boldly challenged Norment not to have both the Finance Chair and Majority Leader and even though he lost, it showed political courage.  Here’s my comment:  Garrett’s got guts!

Tom told me recently and it was for publication that he WILL join the Freedom Caucus if elected.  That ought to be a question for everybody running for Congress this year.  And NO is not an option.

So walk through a gasoline fire (if that is necessary!) this year in the Fifth and vote Garrett in the primary/convention and in the general election, too.

 

Tom White’s Endorsement

The 5th District is fortunate to have several good people who have stood up and offered to uproot their lives to represent their friends and neighbors in Washington DC. And anyone who stands up and offers to make that sacrifice is to be commended. But when Republicans face each other in primaries, especially in conservative districts, they all try to “out-conservative” one another. And my research into the candidates shows that is true in this 5th District race for the Republican nomination. So in a race with 5 candidates running for the Republican nomination all claiming to be more conservative and the better choice than the others it is hard to know who to believe. And it is even more difficult to know which candidate, if elected, will be a true conservative and which will be a patsy of the big spending, big government establishment that have gone hand in hand with the Democrats to create a $19 trillion debt.

But only one of the candidates stands out from the field because only one candidate has a voting record. That is Virginia State Senator Tom Garrett.

Garrett was elected to the Virginia State Senate in 2011 after serving as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Louisa, Va. I have known Tom Garrett for 7 or 8 years and I can honestly say there is not a single vote he has cast as a State Senator that I have disagreed with. And I have applauded his tenacity as a Senator who has earned a reputation for doing the right thing from a Conservative’s point of view.

There is one thing that I detest in any elected official. And that is someone who puts the leadership of his party first, before the people he represents. Tom Garrett will face down anyone in order to do what he knows is right. As Sandy mentioned above, Tom will take on anyone to do the right thing.

Just the Right Amount of Experience

The mood of the electorate for the last couple of years has been one of anger towards the establishment and incumbent has become a dirty word. Tom has just enough experience to be able to hit the ground running and yet he is still one of us. His opponents have tried to paint him as a political insider, but nothing could be further from the truth. And I have yet to hear a single opponent criticize Tom Garrett on his voting record.

And Tom Garrett will make a welcome addition to the House Freedom Caucus to help Dave Brat combat the Republicans who have forgotten that they work for us.

Tom and I have kept in touch regularly. I have been impressed at how open and honest he is. He carried his mandate to do the right thing for the people of Louisa (NOT the criminals) into the State Senate. He is one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet and a rock solid Conservative with the voting record to back it up.

I do not hesitate to give Tom Garrett my enthusiastic personal endorsement and the endorsement of Virginia Right!

I trust Tom Garrett because he has earned it!


Article written by: Tom White

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the women’s movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage.” “ – Sheila Cronin, leader of the feminist organization NOW

“The haste and vehemence with which scores of Duke University professors publicly took sides against the students in this case is just one sign of how deep the moral dry rot goes, in even our most prestigious institutions.We have become a society easily stampeded, even by the unsubstantiated, inconsistent and mutually contradictory statements of a woman with a criminal record.

All it takes is something that invokes the new holy trinity of the intelligentsia — “race, class and gender.” The story of a black woman gang-raped by white men fit the theme so compellingly that much of the media had no time to waste trying to find out if it was true before going ballistic.” – Thomas Sowell on the Duke Lacrosse rape case.

“Rape is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.” – Susan Brownmiller, noted feminist authoress and academic.

Stately McDaniel Manor

This week’s winning essay,Stately McDaniel Manor’s Campus Rape And Social Justice: All Men Are Rapists . He gives us a clear look at what’s really behind the ‘epidemic’ in campus rape. Here’s a slice:

Rape is among the most turbulent issues on college campuses these days. If social justice warriors–Progressives–are to be believed, the incidence of rape on campus has reached epidemic levels. They proclaim that 20-25% of college women will be raped during their time on campus, and some claim the numbers of victims are even higher.

This is, of course, nonsense, and no extensive, multi-year studies are required to prove it. If valid, reproducible research revealed that whenever a car was started, there was a 25% chance it would explode, who would dare drive? If anyone truly believed that 25% of all women attending college would be raped, what father would send his daughter to college? Which young woman would voluntarily set foot on a campus, particularly knowing that most are victim disarmament zones?

Even so, the battle rages, yet it is an old battle. It is not a battle for the prosecution of actual criminals, nor is it a battle for public safety. As always, it’s a battle of the culture wars; the ultimate prize: ultimate political power.

In this particular battle, conservatives fight for the rule of law–equal justice for all. This requires that people that actually commit rapes be prosecuted and convicted. It also requires that anyone accused of rape–or any crime–be afforded all of the protections of the Constitution, including the rights to counsel, and due process. For conservatives, it goes without saying that actual rape victims must be protected and given all reasonable aid and support. That’s just part of the rule of law, of common decency.

Progressives, however, have different objectives, particularly where alleged rape on campus is concerned. They fight for progressive outcomes, victim empowerment, and documenting large numbers of rapes, which gives them political power to agitate for other progressive goals. Their ideology, their narrative, requires every “victim” be absolutely believed in every particular, regardless of evidence. Evidence is very much beside the point; they have no intention of prosecuting rapists. They only need men to be proclaimed rapists and expelled from schools. This allows them to validate the narrative of 25% of college women being raped, which gives them more political power to persecute “rapists,” which continues the cycle, resulting in political power and control of others. The law and the Constitution are meaningless to them, actual impediments to their desired outcomes.

It is important to also keep in mind that a substantial, perhaps defining current in feminist theory as taught and practiced at universities is that all men are rapists. Some feminist professor/theorists and pundits go so far as to preach that even consensual intercourse is rape, and women that enjoy it simply aren’t sufficiently evolved to understand their oppression and degradation.

And speaking of degradation, the media are always delighted to support the social justice narrative, because it’s their narrative. Consider this from Mary Katherine Ham regarding the Duke Lacrosse case, where ridiculously false accusations of rape were ultimately exposed:

New York Times Public Editor Dan Okrent diagnosed the media coverage of the case in the documentary as journalists excited to find all their pet social-justice issues in one story.

‘It was white over black, it was male over female, it was rich over poor, educated over uneducated. All the things that we know happen in the world coming together in one place and journalists, they start to quiver with a thrill when something like this happens,’ Okrent said.

And it was all a lie, all of it; from the first moment, and to this day, the media have learned nothing. Few, if any, have actually apologized for or retracted their false Duke coverage, and after viewing a contemporary documentary that exposed the Duke hysteria for what it was:

Ten years later, despite a recent lesson in humility with the Rolling Stone UVA rape story, some of that grudging tone remains, as in Slate’s write-up on the documentary: “[I]t’s a bizarre experience to watch a documentary that expects the viewer to root for a bunch of accused rapists.

What’s bizarre is a refusal to admit that the accused Lacrosse players were so blameless, the state’s Attorney General took the unprecedented step of publicly declaring them to be innocent. Not only was there insufficient evidence to link them to any rape, not only was there no such evidence, there was voluminous evidence to prove their innocence. For example, at the time of the supposed rape, one of the defendants was a mile away using an ATM, as time-stamped video footage proved. As for the rest, there was not a molecule of DNA evidence, a fact the prosecutor and DNA lab tried to hide.

In that case, the rule of law was vindicated, and innocent men were able, at horrific cost, to prove themselves innocent. Ultimately the right outcome, but not quite the way our system of justice is supposed to work. For social justice warriors, the outcome, and the fact that the Lacrosse players retained lawyers, was abhorrent. In one case, we see the stunning differences between the rule of law and social justice.

The invaluable Ashe Schow has done important work exposing the sordid motives of the social justice movement in persecuting young men. She reports on a new document that epitomizes the social justice perspective, The Blueprint For Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault, out of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin:

A new ‘victim-centered, trauma-informed’ approach to handling campus sexual assault appears at first glance to be an improvement on the current model of allowing campus administrators to play police, judge, jury and executioner. But look deeper into the new guidelines and one will see that this is far from an improvement and more an attempt to railroad accused students while looking impartial.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, we had a tie, which I had to break as per our bylaws. It was between Bearing Arms Second Amendment as Second-Class Right? A Dismal Warningsubmitted by The Daley Gator, a fine essay by Bob Owens about dangers to our Second Amendment rights and Michael Totten’sPutin Declares Victory in Syria submitted by Joshuapundit, a piece well up to Totten’s high standards as he discusses recent developments in Syria.

I liked both articles but decided to defer to the Bearing Arms piece on this one.

Here are this week’s full results. Nice Deb, The Daley Gator and GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD were unable to vote this week but none were affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

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The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results


Article written by: Tom White

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the women’s movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage.” “ – Sheila Cronin, leader of the feminist organization NOW

“The haste and vehemence with which scores of Duke University professors publicly took sides against the students in this case is just one sign of how deep the moral dry rot goes, in even our most prestigious institutions.We have become a society easily stampeded, even by the unsubstantiated, inconsistent and mutually contradictory statements of a woman with a criminal record.

All it takes is something that invokes the new holy trinity of the intelligentsia — “race, class and gender.” The story of a black woman gang-raped by white men fit the theme so compellingly that much of the media had no time to waste trying to find out if it was true before going ballistic.” – Thomas Sowell on the Duke Lacrosse rape case.

“Rape is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.” – Susan Brownmiller, noted feminist authoress and academic.

Stately McDaniel Manor

This week’s winning essay,Stately McDaniel Manor’s Campus Rape And Social Justice: All Men Are Rapists . He gives us a clear look at what’s really behind the ‘epidemic’ in campus rape. Here’s a slice:

Rape is among the most turbulent issues on college campuses these days. If social justice warriors–Progressives–are to be believed, the incidence of rape on campus has reached epidemic levels. They proclaim that 20-25% of college women will be raped during their time on campus, and some claim the numbers of victims are even higher.

This is, of course, nonsense, and no extensive, multi-year studies are required to prove it. If valid, reproducible research revealed that whenever a car was started, there was a 25% chance it would explode, who would dare drive? If anyone truly believed that 25% of all women attending college would be raped, what father would send his daughter to college? Which young woman would voluntarily set foot on a campus, particularly knowing that most are victim disarmament zones?

Even so, the battle rages, yet it is an old battle. It is not a battle for the prosecution of actual criminals, nor is it a battle for public safety. As always, it’s a battle of the culture wars; the ultimate prize: ultimate political power.

In this particular battle, conservatives fight for the rule of law–equal justice for all. This requires that people that actually commit rapes be prosecuted and convicted. It also requires that anyone accused of rape–or any crime–be afforded all of the protections of the Constitution, including the rights to counsel, and due process. For conservatives, it goes without saying that actual rape victims must be protected and given all reasonable aid and support. That’s just part of the rule of law, of common decency.

Progressives, however, have different objectives, particularly where alleged rape on campus is concerned. They fight for progressive outcomes, victim empowerment, and documenting large numbers of rapes, which gives them political power to agitate for other progressive goals. Their ideology, their narrative, requires every “victim” be absolutely believed in every particular, regardless of evidence. Evidence is very much beside the point; they have no intention of prosecuting rapists. They only need men to be proclaimed rapists and expelled from schools. This allows them to validate the narrative of 25% of college women being raped, which gives them more political power to persecute “rapists,” which continues the cycle, resulting in political power and control of others. The law and the Constitution are meaningless to them, actual impediments to their desired outcomes.

It is important to also keep in mind that a substantial, perhaps defining current in feminist theory as taught and practiced at universities is that all men are rapists. Some feminist professor/theorists and pundits go so far as to preach that even consensual intercourse is rape, and women that enjoy it simply aren’t sufficiently evolved to understand their oppression and degradation.

And speaking of degradation, the media are always delighted to support the social justice narrative, because it’s their narrative. Consider this from Mary Katherine Ham regarding the Duke Lacrosse case, where ridiculously false accusations of rape were ultimately exposed:

New York Times Public Editor Dan Okrent diagnosed the media coverage of the case in the documentary as journalists excited to find all their pet social-justice issues in one story.

‘It was white over black, it was male over female, it was rich over poor, educated over uneducated. All the things that we know happen in the world coming together in one place and journalists, they start to quiver with a thrill when something like this happens,’ Okrent said.

And it was all a lie, all of it; from the first moment, and to this day, the media have learned nothing. Few, if any, have actually apologized for or retracted their false Duke coverage, and after viewing a contemporary documentary that exposed the Duke hysteria for what it was:

Ten years later, despite a recent lesson in humility with the Rolling Stone UVA rape story, some of that grudging tone remains, as in Slate’s write-up on the documentary: “[I]t’s a bizarre experience to watch a documentary that expects the viewer to root for a bunch of accused rapists.

What’s bizarre is a refusal to admit that the accused Lacrosse players were so blameless, the state’s Attorney General took the unprecedented step of publicly declaring them to be innocent. Not only was there insufficient evidence to link them to any rape, not only was there no such evidence, there was voluminous evidence to prove their innocence. For example, at the time of the supposed rape, one of the defendants was a mile away using an ATM, as time-stamped video footage proved. As for the rest, there was not a molecule of DNA evidence, a fact the prosecutor and DNA lab tried to hide.

In that case, the rule of law was vindicated, and innocent men were able, at horrific cost, to prove themselves innocent. Ultimately the right outcome, but not quite the way our system of justice is supposed to work. For social justice warriors, the outcome, and the fact that the Lacrosse players retained lawyers, was abhorrent. In one case, we see the stunning differences between the rule of law and social justice.

The invaluable Ashe Schow has done important work exposing the sordid motives of the social justice movement in persecuting young men. She reports on a new document that epitomizes the social justice perspective, The Blueprint For Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault, out of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin:

A new ‘victim-centered, trauma-informed’ approach to handling campus sexual assault appears at first glance to be an improvement on the current model of allowing campus administrators to play police, judge, jury and executioner. But look deeper into the new guidelines and one will see that this is far from an improvement and more an attempt to railroad accused students while looking impartial.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, we had a tie, which I had to break as per our bylaws. It was between Bearing Arms Second Amendment as Second-Class Right? A Dismal Warningsubmitted by The Daley Gator, a fine essay by Bob Owens about dangers to our Second Amendment rights and Michael Totten’sPutin Declares Victory in Syria submitted by Joshuapundit, a piece well up to Totten’s high standards as he discusses recent developments in Syria.

I liked both articles but decided to defer to the Bearing Arms piece on this one.

Here are this week’s full results. Nice Deb, The Daley Gator and GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD were unable to vote this week but none were affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every  Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Radio Free Hanover/New Kent: Samizdat for Those Brat Supporters Behind the Lines!

For those behind the lines in the First District – (Guess we should be thankful that we aren’t in the New Fourth District!) we have regular samizdat from our leader:  Dr. Congressman Dave Brat…

Dear Sandy,

After a busy couple of weeks back in the district talking with constituents, I returned to Washington, D.C. this week to resume work on the budget. I wanted to give you an update of where we are on that, and let you know about a common sense bill I just introduced that would give Congress a powerful tool against Obama’s illegal overreach on amnesty.

Another Increase in Spending? I said no

The House Budget Committee, of which I’m a member, recently approved a fiscal 2017 budget resolution that provides $1.07 in discretionary spending, keeping to the budget deal that was negotiated by outgoing Speaker John Boehner and President Obama last fall. You may recall that when the bill passed last November, it did so only because of strong Democrat support, and with a majority of Republicans voting no.

Federal spending under this proposal actually increases the deficit by $105 billion at a time when the Republicans have the majority in both houses of Congress — in return for promises of spending cuts in future years. Yep, more promises, and I know that you are tired of broken promises. If Congress were really serious about controlling spending, it would begin by reducing spending this year, and with this budget. For that reason, I voted no on the resolution. House Republicans shouldn’t be a rubber stamp to a budget that Speaker Ryan himself called a “crap sandwich.”

Budgets require decisions – to spend money on certain things and not on others. Every family understands that budgets are necessary – or else there won’t be money left for vital expenses, and having to go without or borrowing to make up the difference. Our government has been refusing to prioritize for quite some time. You know the numbers by now: $19 trillion in debt, and unfunded liabilities around $100 trillion.

I ran on a pledge that I would do everything in my power to reverse this irrational path we’re on. I’ve kept that promise to you — and, as a result, I have some good news to report.

When I voted no on the budget in Committee this week, it paved the way for other Republicans to signal that they too, would not support the proposal in its current form. That led to Kevin McCarthy, the Majority Leader delaying a vote on the budget by the full House. That delay now gives House Republicans achance to construct a more responsible budget that identifies and actually cuts wasteful expenditures.

Now’s our window of opportunity to find innovative solutions that will achieve actual savings. It may take a small miracle, but I believe in those! We’ve also seen how creative leadership can be when it wants to move the priorities of special interests through — just like when they moved heaven and earth to push through the renewal of the Export-Import Bank, the monument to corporate welfare that benefits the few at the expense of the many. Leadership got awfully creative then, and they can do the same again now.

When Congress returns after Easter break, I look forward to working with members who have the political courage — and creativity — to find real solutions to our nation’s spending problem.

My Bill to Strengthen Border Security: the USCIS Act
HR 4791: “Use Spending for Congressional Immigration Supervision Act “

The attacks in Brussels this week were yet another stark reminder of the need for a cohesive and coordinated effort to destroy radical Islamic extremists before more innocents are murdered. Of course, Congress’s first priority must be the safety and security of Americans. It is simple common sense that we need better border security if we have any hope of stopping terrorists from entering and striking us here in our own communities.

Border security is a national security issue. If we’re going to take the ISIS threat seriously, then we have to secure the border. When ISIS says it plans to enter the country through our refugee program, we need to take them at their word. When ISIS says it has trained fighters in automomous cells planning to bring us another 9-11, we need to take them at their word. Congress needs to take up legislation that is already on the table tightening up our refugree and visa programs and, where there are other gaps in security, we need to take immediate action to close them.

Following the law would go a long way toward solving many of the security issues we are facing. Unfortunately, we have a president who is ignoring the law and writing his own to push forward with his “transformational” agenda. Just this month, five Americans were murdered by yet another illegal alien in a two-state killing spree. This is partly the result of a Congress abdicating its responsibility to confront the president on his decision to suspend deportations and the Secure Communities program.

Asserting its role, last week the House passed legislation directing Speaker Paul Ryan to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case regarding the legality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. While this is a step in the right direction, it’s not nearly enough to stop Obama’s amnesty, and actually creates a precedent to further legitimize the super power of the court and reduce the power of Congress.

Ever since Obama made his first moves on his immigration agenda, Congress has refused to use its most effective tool to confront him in a serious manner. That is why, I have introduced a “power of the purse” bill that would make the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) subject to appropriations, so that it can be held accountable to Congress. This way, it will be possible to defund the agency responsible for implementing the President’s executive overreach on amnesty.

Putting USCIS under appropriations ensures that unelected bureaucrats can be held accountable for their actions and provides transparency as to how the federal government is spending taxpayer money. It also restores Congress’s ability to defend its statutes and decision-making role in immigration policy.


As always, I appreciate your prayers, your calls and letters, and feedback on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Safe travels if you plan to visit loved ones over Spring Break and for the Easter holiday.

Sincerely,

Dave Brat

PS Sandy, the Washington press corps has a new name for me: “Mr. No.”

Mr. No is what they used to call former Congressman H. R. Gross and it is almost the moniker for my other hero, Dr. Ron Paul (They called him Dr. No.) and yes I am sure you can still give money to Brat – even from behind the lines.


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders