Memorial Day Tribute

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 Memorial Day is soon to be here. A time to honor our War dead, to be thankful for the Liberties and Rights, and to be generally thankful to God for all His attendant Blessings on America.

 

But this year, 2017, is unlike most recent years.

 

America has been in a slow, almost unnoticeable state of decline for 104 years. This decline has met with some, often very little, resistance. Examples of times America tried to return back to God and Constitutional Governance are seen in Calvin Coolidge, to a lesser extent under Eisenhower; and again America awoke and tried to reverse their course under Ronald Reagan, the 1994 Congress, to a lesser extent with George W. Bush, and America’s most recent attempt was the 2010 elections. And, no, the 2016 election of a lying, arrogant, unrepentant, New York Liberal, Donald Trump, didn’t slow it nor change it for the better one bit.

 

But in each effort the spiritual and religious aspect wanes, grows weaker, as if man could himself effect the positive change needed.

 

 

Now we’re in the darkest days America has seen since the Civil War or The American Revolution. WHAT did those people DO that turned and kept America on the Right Course?

 

They PRAYED. They sought God earnestly for guidance and strength to enable them to DO what GOD wanted them to DO.

 

We’re familiar with II Chronicles 7:14…but let’s look at II Chronicles 7:14-22.

 

First let’s look at:

II Chronicles 7:14-18

“IF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, shall HUMBLE THEMSELVES, and PRAY, and Seek MY Face, AND turn FROM their wicked ways;

THEN will I HEAR from Heaven, and FORGIE THEIR SIN, and HEAL THEIR LAND…mine eyes shall be OPEN, and my ears ATTENT unto the prayer that is made…IF THOU wilt walk before me as David thy father walked, and DO ACCORDING TO ALL that I have COMMANDED thee, AND shalt observe my statutes AND my judgments; THEN will I estblish thee…”

 

We like that. Especially how it ends.

 

What follows below are examples from America’s founding onward that show what THEY did- and what WE NEED TO DO…if we want to restore America.

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John Hancock (1737-1793), an American merchant and Revolutionary leader, was the president of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts.  He became well known for having been the first member of the Continental Congress to sign the Declaration of Independence.

On April 15, 1775, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts declared A Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, signed by the President of the Provincial Congress, John Hancock:

—The First National Call to a Day Of Prayer and Fasting. 

 

In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off the impending Judgements ….  All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that GOD who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness – and all created Power Vanity;

It is the Happiness of his Church that, when the Powers of Earth and Hell combine against it… that the Throne of Grace is of the easiest access – and its Appeal thither is graciously invited by the Father of Mercies, who has assured it, that when his Children ask Bread he will not give them a Stone ….

RESOLVED, That it be, and hereby is recommended to the good People of this Colony of all Denominations, that THURSDAY the Eleventh Day of May next be set apart as a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer … to confess the sins … to implore the Forgiveness of all our Transgression … and a blessing on he Husbandry, Manufactures, and other lawful Employments of this People; and especially that the union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights (for hitherto we desire to thank Almighty GOD) may be preserved and confirmed ….  And that AMERICA man soon behold a gracious Interposition of Heaven.

“By Order of the [Massachusetts] Provincial Congress, John Hancock, President.”

On November 8, 1783, Governor John Hancock, from Boston, Massachusetts, issued A Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving to celebrate the victorious conclusion of the Revolutionary War:

�John Hancock, Esquire

�Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

  1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

    Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

     

  2. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
  3. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.By order ofJOHN A. LOGAN,
    Commander-in-Chief

    N.P. CHIPMAN,
    Adjutant General

    Official:
    WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.

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Memorial Day Prayer From a U.S.Chaplain.

 

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By Rev. Dick Kozelka (ret)
First Congregational Church of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN.

Eternal God,
Creator of years, of centuries,
Lord of whatever is beyond time,
Maker of all species and master of all history —
How shall we speak to you
from our smallness and inconsequence?
Except that you have called us to worship you
in spirit and in truth;
You have dignified us with loves and loyalties;
You have lifted us up with your lovingkindnesses.
Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling
[though we sometimes feel that low]
and without fear
[though we are often anxious].
We sing with spirit and pray with courage
because you have dignified us;
You have redeemed us from the aimlessness
of things’ going meaninglessly well.
God, lift the hearts of those
for whom this holiday is not just diversion,
but painful memory and continued deprivation.
Bless those whose dear ones have died
needlessly, wastefully [as it seems]
in accident or misadventure.
We remember with compassion those who have died
serving their countries
in the futility of combat.
There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation,
when all the answers we are offered
fail the question death asks of each of us.
We believe that you will provide for us
as others have been provided with the fulfillment of
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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Although this originated as America’s 1st Nationally Recognised Thanksgiving Proclamation, it is fitting to include it here as well:

Saturday, November 1, 1777

Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success:

It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

And it is further recommended, that servile labor, and such recreation as, though at other times innocent, may be unbecoming the purpose of this appointment, be omitted on so solemn an occasion.

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Now let’s look at II Chronicles 7:19-22.

 “BUT IF YE turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; THEN WILL I PLUCK YOU UP BY THE ROOTS OUT OF MY LAND WHICH I HAVE GIVEN THEE…I will cast [you] out of my sight…so that they [others] will say, WHY hath The Lord done THIS unto THIS Land? And it SHALL be answered, Because they FORSOOK THE LORD GOD OF THEIR FATHERS…AND LAID HOLD ON OTHER GODS, AND WORSHIPPED THEM, AND SERVED THEM; THEREFORE HATH HE [GOD] BROUGHT ALL THIS EVIL UPON THEM.

  

2017 is a critical year. We do not have the “luxury” of waiting til the 2018 elections to then begin to pray and do as we ought.

 

May I implore all of us to set aside ONE hour a day to pray and seek God for America. As we pray let us each let The Lord God search us, do some soul searching, maybe fast between now and Memorial Day. And ON Memorial Day let us meet locally all across America to pray and honor those who paid the price for our Liberties and Rights…and pray that America returns to God, returns to WHAT made America GOOD.

 

Because when we/America return to WHAT made America GOOD then America will be Great again.

 

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My Memorial Day Prayer?

 

Is:

Lord, Father God, I humbly come and submit myself to you. In mercy forgive and pardon me.

By Thy grace help me to BE the servant , the patriot, the salt & light in my community that I need to be.

Lord, be merciful unto America.

Remember Thy people in You tender-merices.

Father, I pray that we will return unto You and lovingly follow You in ALL our ways.

Father God, I pray that you restore America.

Help US to WORK to restore America. May our face and our faith be ever toward and IN You, and IN You ALONE.

May we not trust in our own abilities, for apart from Your mercy and grace we and all our efforts are nothing.

May we pray as never before. And THEN DO as never before.

In the Name of Thy Beloved, only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus I pray.

Amen.

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Below is The FIRST Prayer in The United States Congress!!

Jacob Duché’s First Prayer in Congress”[September 7, 1774](1) O! Lord, our heavenly father,(2) King of Kings and Lord of lords: who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth and reignest with power supreme & uncontrouled(3) over all kingdoms, empires and governments, look down in mercy,(4) we beseech thee, upon these our(5) American states who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves upon thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be(6) dependent only on thee. To thee they have appealed for the righteousness of their Cause; to Thee do they look up,(7) for that countenance & support which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under thy nurturing care: give them wisdom in council, valour in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries. Convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause. And if they persist(8) in their sanguinary purposes, O! let the voice of thy(9) unerring justice sounding in their hearts constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their enerved(10) hands in the day of battle. Be thou present, O God of Wisdom and direct the counsels(11) of this honourable Assembly. Enable them to settle things upon the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that(12) harmony and peace may effectually be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigour of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they represent(13) such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ thy son, Our Saviour, Amen.

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Thomas Jefferson said the following, it is a warning for us today:

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?

Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest.–But it is impossible to be temperate and to pursue this subject through the various considerations of policy, of morals, of history natural and civil. We must be contented to hope they will force their way into every one’s mind. I think a change already perceptible, since the origin of the present revolution. The spirit of the master is abating, that of the slave rising from the dust, his condition mollifying, the way I hope preparing, under the auspices of heaven, for a total emancipation, and that this is disposed, in the order of events, to be with the consent of the masters, rather than by their extirpation.

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May we pray and work to throw off tyranny and slavery today as out forefathers did.

 

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GOD SAVE AMERICA.

-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

 

Stunning Breaking News***

Stunning news: Trump State Department opens the flood gates, refugee admissions will explode in coming weeks

Refugee Resettlement Watch, by Ann Corcoran on May 27, 2017:

REPRINTED IN FULL WITH PERMISSION FROM THE COUNTER-JIHAD REPORT.

Betraying the voters who elected Donald Trump, the Department of State slipped the news to the contractors on Thursday who then slipped the news to the New York Times just as you were packing up for the beach or getting ready for a family barbecue using the federal government’s favorite holiday weekend trick to bury the news.

Forget everything I said in my post yesterday about Trump’s “average” admissions. If they do as they are now saying they will, Donald Trump will be responsible for one of six highest resettlement years since 9/11.***

Manchester here we come!

Here is the headline (Hat tip: Julia). Emphasis mine:

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

WASHINGTON — Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States.

The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates. Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States.

The State Department’s decision was conveyed in an email on Thursday to the private agencies in countries around the world that help refugees manage the nearly two-year application process needed to enter the United States.

In her email, Jennifer L. Smith, a department official, wrote that the refugee groups could begin bringing people to the United States “unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place.”

[….]

Refugee groups now predict that entries into the United States could increase so rapidly that the total number of refugees admitted by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, could exceed 70,000.

[….]

Happy Happy Happy Hetfield. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/hebrew-immigrant-aid-society-lectures-trump-never-mentions-its-pecuniary-interest-in-refugees/

Refugee advocates were delighted by the State Department’s decision.

“This is long overdue, but we’re very happy,” said Mark Hetfield, president and chief executive of HIAS, an immigrant aid society.

Continue reading here as the contractors say they are worried for next year.  Oh, sure they are.

Bottomline is that it appears that the REPUBLICAN Congress (never forget they want to keep big business donors happy by providing a steady supply of cheap labor) appropriated gobs of money for refugee resettlement! 

And, the Trump Administration (remember Trump campaigned with talk of a moratorium on refugee resettlement) appears to have no fight left in them on this issue (other issues too!).

***Here are the refugee admissions since 9/11 (those in red exceed Trump’s projected 70,000). Bush had only 2 years in excess of 70,000 and Obama had 3 of his 8 years higher than 70,000.

2001: 87,259 (this year’s number would have been proposed by Clinton in the fall of 2000)

2002: 45,896

2003: 39,554

2004: 79,158

2005: 69,006

2006: 41,223

2007: 48,282

2008: 60,191

2009: 74,654

2010: 73,311

2011: 56,424

2012: 58,238

2013: 69,926

2014: 69,987

2015: 69,993

2016: 84,994

Also see:

K.S.N.: Viral News Dump

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This will be the compiling of the news I’ve scoured the bowels of the “interwebs” for…get ready for some “heavy stuff”…

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Let’s Roll…

First, a Twitter Storm of news from a in-the-know Patriot. It’s from Matt Welch, a free-market capitalist, Conservative-Libertarian writer for Reason magazine. It is long and detailed…BUCKLE UP…

Matt Welch

Here is my working Trump/Russia theory. I’m sure it suffers from my usual lack of imagination. Worse, it’s a g*dd*mned tweetstorm!

1) There is a genuine alignment of interests between Trump/LePen/Orban nationalism & Putinism. All loathe/distrust Western multilateralism.

2) Trump may dislike PC elites. Orban may dislike condescending Germans. Putin may dislike NATO & the EU. All emphasize national sovereignty

3) It’s logical for these parties to be friendly with one another. Particularly since these are still marginalized POVs among Western elites

4) Meaning, it’s hard to find good foreign policy talent from the Trump/Bannon/Gorka school. Pool’s too shallow. This will become important.

5) So, it behooves Russia to marshal help for these Western movements any which way they can. Since Russia ain’t clean, that means dirt.

6) Doesn’t need to be kompromat, or whatever term you pretended to begin knowing last week. Just a friendly bank, or oil exec; whatever.

7) “Hey Oleg, I want you to meet a guy in Paris, maybe his political party needs a loan, maybe you can help him out.”

8) Point being, it doesn’t have to be 13-dimensional Soviet chess; it can be normal functioning of an abnormal state wielding influence.

9) So one question re: Trump is, what are the categories of help that A) he needed, and B) Oleg was able to provide?

10) I don’t know the answers to those questions, in case that’s not obvious. Trying to organize the thinking here. But!

11) A plausible category of help could be, “Hey, since we’re semi-pals, could you give this presidency an early win?”

12) The glee with which Trump greeted the late-December news that Putin wasn’t retaliating against the U.S. was not that of a puppet.

13) Lester does not say of Willie, “I always knew he was very smart!” Trump was bursting with pride at his back-channel accomplishment.

14) But being Trump, he handled every bit of that transaction as ham-handedly as humanly possible. It may yet sink his presidency.

15) Let’s imagine for a second that there WASN’T collusion between the Trump campaign and the FSB during the election, and no secret loans.

16) Given that scenario, does Trump’s behavior vis-à-vis Russia during the campaign, and since, follow any logic? I’d argue yes.

17) He wanted (and got) a diplomatic win in December. He’s a NATO-skeptic America Firster, and acted like that this week. Hearts Brexit.

18) You have a better story about Russian influence over Trump when Trump acts in ways that DEVIATE from what we know of his beliefs.

19) He hasn’t done that, AFAIK. Meanwhile, the admin’s Russia-softies have been purged, and there’ve been tough words over Syria.

20) But going back to the alarmingly shallow pool of Trumpite foreign policy talent, this poses American problems and Russian opportunities.

21) The American problems are, this pool of Trump-aligned FP dudes is so shallow you need known batsh*ts like Mike Flynn way up high.

22) Batsh*ts can provide much-needed correctives to stale consensus. They can also, through batsh*ttery, act themselves out of office quick.

23) Jared Kushner may not be batsh*t (I don’t know), but he has considerably less foreign policy experience than I do. I’ll let that sink in…

24) He has little evident sense about what you can and cannot say and do in an international/intergovernmental setting. He will f*ck up.

25) The entire intelligence community, after being targeted by their president, is geared to pounce on every possible administration misstep

26) Kushner could be part of some dark, treasony cabal, as my Twitter feed is anxiously informing me all night. But isn’t it also possible….

27)… that he could be an incompetent, tripped up on his dullard methods, as he tried to midwife a cheap-*ss diplomatic win during transition?

28) As has noted, Trump is almost comically inept at orchestrating cover-ups.

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Comey’s Dismissal Shows Trump Is Really Bad at Cover-Ups

The president’s ham-handed efforts to stifle interest in Russia’s election meddling have only drawn more attention to it.

29) We knew going in that Trump was a narcissistic, serially lying New York *sshole, who would act when cornered like a common subway rat.

30) Given what we know about Trump’s awful personality, and his nationalist ideology,has ANY of his Russia behavior been inexplicable? [ME: NO. It ALL fits in perfectly and smoothly.]

31) And given the gross amateurishness of the Trump team, Russia is faced with a win-win: Either friends run DC, or the U.S. is in turmoil.

32) (And yes, the U.S. will arguably be in turmoil no matter what the Fletch happens during the next four years.)

33) But let’s not forget the common trait of all great tragedies: All of the protagonists are acting according to their own internal logic.

34) If Trump is proven to be a puppet, pulled by strings we cannot currently see, this Twitter thread will look foolish. My bad, Ma! [ME: There ARE strings that tie DT and Putin together. May not be a puppet so much as paid for, willing accomplice.]

35) But ask yourself this: What if Trump exits, and there WASN’T any puppetry, just incompetence + common interests + intense scrutiny?

36) I like neither Trump nor the presidency in general, so I do not weep to see him & his team twist in the wind.

37) But in the wish-fulfillment that passes for much political commentary, I wonder if we’re fast-forwarding past a more banal explanation.

ME: Now Matt Welch asks a LOT of questions. He posits “What If” Trump is not so much a puppet but more of a well compensated accomplice? My view? Either way it’s treason.

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These next two entries ANSWER many of Matt’s questions-

The Budapest Bridge: Hungary’s Role in the Collusion Between the Trump Campaign and the Russian Secret Service

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[EXCERPTS.]

Dr. András Göllner’s essay is the first installment of a three part series in HFP.

Introduction

It was during the 2016 Presidential election campaign, and for the first time in American electoral history, that a hostile foreign power, aided and abetted by one of the candidates, was able to decisively intervene and significantly influence the outcome of an American election.

American public opinion, the mass and social media, the political establishment and, the country’s secret services, are bitterly divided about the veracity of the relationship between the Russian secret services and Donald Trump’s campaign team. Most commentators claim that even if conclusive evidence of collusion were to be found, it is well nigh impossible to prove, that the relationship had any tangible impact on the outcome of the election.

This first, of a two part series, summarizes some fresh evidence about the nature of the collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. It will provide some empirically verifiable evidence of the electoral impact of the Russian leaks, in the context of the strategic aspirations of the Trump campaign.

We do not claim to have any insight into the evidence at the disposal of the FBI about the alleged collusion between the Trump team and the Russian secret service. What we have, is evidence, that the FBI is forbidden by law to investigate, because it lies outside the territory of the USA.

This series argues that the place where the FBI, Congress, and the American mass media should be looking for evidence, about the collusion between senior Trump staffers and the Russian secret service is not in America, but in far away Hungary, a member of NATO, the European Union, and a champion of Vladimir Putin in the West.

Our investigation has uncovered „the smoking gun” about the relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russian secret services. It shows that the connection between the Russian secret services and the Trump campaign is not a direct one. It did not run through the Russian embassy in the US or through the spies that have been expelled by Obama. It did not run through New York City or Moscow, or in conversations between campaign staff and the Russian ambassador to the US. It ran through Budapest, which is the European Headquarters of Putin’s FSB. Budapest was the „bridge” between the Trump campaign and the Russian secret service.

Some of our evidence is well known. It is known, for example, that the Russians and the Trump campaign had identical strategic interests. They both wanted to position Hillary Clinton as a „crooked and untrustworthy” candidate. What has not been known, up to now is, that the unacknowledged architect of this grand strategy was the notoriously secretive Arthur J. Finkelstein, a long time New York associate of Donald Trump, going back to the Roy Cohen days.

Finkelstein is perhaps the most bitter opponent of Hillary Clinton amongst a small circle of pro-Republican campaign gurus, and a frequent flyer to many of the capitals where Putin is seen as a hero. Finkelstein introduced Paul Manafort years ago to Putin’s pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarchs, who use their corporate hats, to advance Putin’s fortunes abroad. Finkelstein also had a big hand in Manafort’s addition to the Trump team. Finkelstein has also served as chief political strategist for the past 10 years, to Putin’s most loyal follower in the Western alliance – the Hungarian PM, Viktor Orbán. Finkie, as Orbán is fond to call him, also works for some of the most notorious autocrats of the former Soviet Republics, and always indirectly, so his pay-masters can’t be easily identified – a skill that he passed on to Trump’s ex-campaign chairman, Manafort.

As Steven Bannon confessed to the Hollywood Reporter, after the elections, polling and visceral messaging, a Finkelstein specialty, played a critical part in the Trump campaign. It is not a coincidence, that the campaign’s senior pollster was Tony Fabrizio, who learned his craft on Finkelstein’s knees. Virtually the entire top tier of the Trump campaign, including Roger Ailes and Roger Stone, have close personal ties to the man, who is known worldwide, as „The Merchant of Venom”.

While Finkelstein has been consciously kept out of the Trump campaign’s limelight, the campaign worked from his playbook, and that playbook had an important, hitherto unseen chapter on the art of dealing with Russia’s secret services. This series argues, that the Trump campaign had not only criminal intent (aiding and abetting Russian hacking of a political opponents’s confidential data base) but benefited from its criminal activities, by cornering the political market. (As our evidence about Finkelstein’s role in the campaign began to gather momentum, Finkelstein became unreachable. His friends and associates say, that he is undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer. We hope this is not yet another Finkelstein maneuver to throw people off his scent. We wish him speedy recovery so we can ask him directly, what he was doing on „the Budapest Bridge”.)

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The Budapest Bridge: Hungary’s Role in the Collusion Between the Trump Campaign and the Russian Secret Service (Part 2)

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[EXCERPTS.]

This is the continuation of Part 1 of Dr. András Göllner’s essay, which appeared in HFP on Thursday

Introduction

In the first part of this series, we argued, that the key players in Trump’s electoral scam have slipped under the FBI’s radar because US laws prohibit the Agency to pursue evidence outside the territory of the US. We also argued, that working with the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior, an adjunct of the Russian secret service, would be the kiss of death to any American investigation.

We offered concrete evidence of the Orbán government’s payment of millions to influential Republicans, such as Connie Mack IV, with the aim of whitewashing the Orbán regime’s ties to the Russian secret service. The publicly available information that we accessed is but the tip of the iceberg, of a massive effort by Hungary to mislead Congress and American public opinion.

It is not our job to tell the FBI or US Congressional bodies how to pursue their job. But it is our duty to inform the representatives of the American people in which direction they should look in pursuing the truth. The second instalment of this report is designed with this purpose in mind.

The electoral impact of the Russian hackings

Evidence about the impact of the Russian hackings on the outcome of the 2016 US elections is so overwhelming that it’s blinding. Trump’s principal campaign message was, that Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted to fix the problems that plague America. She was portrayed day after day, as “Crooked Hillary” the woman who belongs behind bars, rather than in the White House. Every single time, the Russians released some of the DNC’s stolen e-mails, they were feeding this narrative and added oxygen to Trump’s fire.

It is important to acknowledge, that Donald Trump himself, was above board: he openly abetted Putin to disclose what Russia’s secret services stole from the DNC’s data base. The impact of the Wikileaks disclosures is irrefutable. Their impact on Clinton’s trustworthiness rating can be retroactively measured and verified. These leaks measurably increased Clinton’s negatives, played into the Trump campaign’s narrative, decreased her competitiveness at critical moments of the campaign, and especially in the marginal battleground states. While presidential candidates may lie, numbers do not.

The architects of the scam

In our first installment, we argued, that the dynamic behind the numbers was not an accident but was part of a conscious campaign strategy, developed by a trusted Trump advisor, Arthur J. Finkelstein, whose modus operandi is to remain completely out of the public limelight. Even Finkelstein’s closest associates acknowledge his genius in evading detection. Larry Weitzner, CEO of political consulting firm Jamestown Associates, says this about his mentor: “He prefers to work behind the scenes and let the candidate do the talking, unlike other [consultants] who prefer to be Fox TV stars.” A CNN report on Finkelstein had this to say about him: “He is the stuff of Hollywood: A man who can topple even the most powerful foes, yet so secretive that few have ever seen him. Finkelstein has been compared to criminal mastermind Kaiser Sose in The Usual Suspects, who lay so low that some doubted he really existed.”

Finkelstein was Trump’s pick for the anti-Hillary onslaught. Trump knew him well, and used him on previous occasions. He too is a member of the gang that admired the techniques of Roy Cohn, the brain child of McCarthyism, the man, who developed the science of making accusations stick without proper regard for evidence. Finkelstein has been instrumental in numerous Republican victories in New York state. His entire life was dedicated to demonizing Democrats and progressive ideas. And most importantly, he spearheaded the “Get Hillary” campaign in 2006 – he held a decade long personal grudge against Hillary. Finkelstein fit Trump’s aspirations like a fine leather glove fits a hand.

Finkelstein spent most of his time during the Trump campaign in Budapest, off the publicly disclosed campaign payroll. Until recently, and parallel to his “hidden” role in the campaign, he was in virtually daily contact with Hungary’s pro-Russian prime minister. Leakage of the hacked documents, according to our sources was coordinated through Budapest, the European HQ of the FSB, and with Orbán’s knowledge. It is Orbán’s personal ties to the players on “The Budapest Bridge”, that makes him a liability now in the White House. He is drawing too much heat, as the Congressional investigations begin to cast a wider net.  Orbán was hoping for an early visit with Trump, as a token of the American President’s gratitude. With the Congressional investigations under way, plans have changed. In a fit of anger, Mr. Orbán recalled his Ambassador to Washington, Réka Szemerkényi.

We have learned that the London based joint company, set up by Finkelstein and Habony at the start of the Trump campaign (Danube Business Consulting Ltd) played an important role in the transfer of the hacked documents to Assange and Wikileaks. We suggest that apart from Finkelstein, his American consulting partner in Hungary, George E. Birnbaum, and Finkelstein’s Hungarian affiliate, Árpád Habony, Tamás Lánczi, the CEO of Danube Business Consulting should all be questioned under oath. The financial records of the company should be scrutinized, with the assistance of the Scotland Yard. But the net should involve all the players we have named in our first installment.

The line of questioning of those who used the „Budapest Bridge” is also critically important. One of the first questions the FBI, the House and Senate committees should ask Roger Stone, and under oath is this: Does he know of Finkelstein’s “silent” role in the campaign? Was he in contact, during his visits to London with Tamás Lánczi, the Director of Danube Business Consulting, Ltd, and did any of his discussions with Lánczi pertained to the hacked documents of the DNC and their transfer to Wikileaks ?

One of the first things the FBI should do, along with the Congressional intelligence Committees, is to examine J.D. Gordon’s Hungarian agenda book. Gordon was Jeff Sessions’ deputy during the campaign, and served as National Security Advisor to the Trump campaign. He travelled six times to Budapest, the European Headquarters of the Russian secret service. He should be questioned under oath and asked point blank: Who paid for his visits to Hungary, during the campaign? Why was it so important for him to spend so much time in this small, politically insignificant country, as a member of the Trump campaign team? Did he meet Finkelstein or Habony in Budapest, or Lánczi in London? Who were the oligarchs or officials he met in Hungary, and did he ever examine his contacts’ connections to the Russian secret services? Does he know anything about the corrupt passport business run by Orbán’s government? He should also be questioned under oath, why he would classify the Orbán regime as the Trump presidency’s “model” when Orbán, publicly declared, that his government’s “model” is Communist China, and Putin’s Russia, and Erdogan’s Turkey?

Hungary today is anything but a democracy. According to a press release, on March 21 of this year, Hungary’s Civil Liberties Union, and more than one hundred of the country’s top non-government organizations notified the world, that the Orbán regime has declared war on Hungary’s civil society. The freedom of the press is highly restricted. Two years ago, Republican Senator John McCain, referred to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as a “neo-Fascist dictator”.  Things have become even more desperate since then. . Last week, Hungary’s highest ranking privately owned university – the Central European University – was the victim of a retroactive law, that singled it out for special treatment and without any consultations, because its principal donor is the US financier, George Soros. By the end of year it will have to shut its doors, like its sister University in St Petersburgh. Most international experts, refer to the Orbán regime as Russia’s Trojan Horse in the Western alliance. Given its anti-democratic, pro-Russian track record, it took many Hungarians by surprise, that top Trump advisor J.D. Gordon traveled to Budapest during the campaign and declared that „The team of President-elect Donald Trump deeply admires the Hungarian leader. With Trump in the White House, a new chapter will be opened in American-Hungarian relations. Mr. Trump and Mr. Orbán will become good friends”? Could Trump’s friendship with Putin’s Hungarian disciple hold the clue to how Russia manipulated the margins in the battleground states, the margins, that according to Finkelstein’s pick for the top polling post in the Trump campaign, Tony Fabrizio, led to Clinton’s defeat?

Similar questions should be put to all the other Finkelstein operatives in the US, especially to ex-Republican Congressman Connie Mack VI who is being paid millions by the Orbán regime, to cover up the Hungarian government’s duplicitous relationship with Russia’s secret services.

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To further address the questions raised by Matt Welch, there is this:

Trump Adviser: We admire Orbán Viktort

December 1 2016 08:07

[TRANSLATED FROM HUNGARIAN.]

We see great leader Orbán Viktor, one of the best worldwide. Someone who is grounded in common sense – says Jeffrey D. Gordon, Donald Trump elected US president’s foreign policy advisor to the cushion. According to Gordon, the Pentagon spokesman also previously worked as Trump brings fresh air to politics totally, disastrously handled the migration crisis in Europe, the US failed attempts to export democracy will be over. Nagyinterjúnk.

Trump Advisor: “We See Viktor Orbán as a Great Leader”

*SOURCE*

[EXCERPT.]

Shortly after last month’s presidential election, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán phoned Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory. The following article features excerpts from an interview about Hungary with Jeffrey D. Gordon, a foreign policy advisor to the president-elect.

The piece is a summary published at magyaridok.hu of a longer interview on many topics at mandiner.hu.

Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation:

Trump Adviser: Viktor Orbán is a Great Leader, One of the Best in the World

Donald Trump’s campaign team has deep admiration and respect for the Hungarian Prime Minister, said Jeffrey D. Gordon, a campaign adviser for the newly-elected US President, who was interviewed by András Stumpf. He had this to say: Viktor Orbán stands on the ground of common sense, and now new chapter will begin in the US-Hungarian relations.

  • Trump’s campaign team knew immediately about his speech in Tusványos, and Trump heard about it too.
  • The advisor believes the solution for the migrant crisis is the path the Hungarian Prime Minister already suggested.
  • A new chapter will open in American-Hungarian relations.

András Stumpf: Viktor Orbán said it first, last summer: Trump would be better for Europe. Does it matter right now in Washington — or is all the same — what the government of a country of only ten million says?

Jeffrey D. Gordon is an American foreign policy and communications consultant who is active in a number of American media outlets as an expert, an advisor to several senior politicians, and was a Pentagon spokesman for four years. In February he joined the staff of Donald Trump’s campaign.

 

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GOP operative confirms receiving hacked data during campaign
GOP operative confirms receiving hacked data during campaign

And, lastly, from another Patriot investigative reporter’s Twitter-Storm:

Claude Taylor

Claude Taylor

@TrueFactsStated

Veteran of 3 presidential campaigns, served on White House staff (Clinton). Engaged in protecting our democracy. My car is faster than yours. Chaos Agent.

1. This is what I have from a source with knowledge of the investigation. “Flynn has begun the proffer process with U.S. Atty Office”.

2. This involves him sitting down with the FBI & USAG and proferring what he could offer in a trial against his co-conspirators. If his

3. proffered info is deemed reliable, the government will file a 5k.1 motion, requesting a downward sentencing departure. This is absolute

4. fact. His proffer statement has begun”. That’s the full statement I received.

5. *clerical error by yours truly. It’s a 5K1.1 motion. Error is mine. Sue me. 🙂

6. Trump successfully lost $915 million in 1995. TRUMP Received $950mil from German Bank (Russian Money Laundering Bank) DOES Putin Own TRUMP?

7. He has to spill ALL illegal he’s every done, if caught lying about 1 single crime the deal is off. Transcribed for use in court FBI Form 302

8. If he’s doing a proffer, it means he flipped

9. He offers bigger fish possibly.

10. The only people he could turn on would be Trump & possibly Sessions? Maybe Pence? Otherwise a 3 star/NSA is a big scalp, why deal?

11. As long as he delivers the big fish…The big bloated orange fish with tiny fins.

12. It’s about time. Wouldn’t want to be the last one out of the pool.

13. That’s what I’m having trouble understanding. How can FBI “lean” on a perp who knows he’ll be pardoned? Threats of prison are meaningless….Trump cannot pardon anyone due to being informed of impeachment proceedings

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As anticipated…

Mike Flynn Turns on Trump, Talks To FBI

*SOURCE*

[EXCERPTS.]

Sources with links to the Justice Department indicate that General Flynn has already been indicted. On Twitter, Claude Taylor exclusively reported on May 14th that an indictment against Flynn had been returned by a Grand Jury and that this indictment was sealed. I can further report that Flynn’s indictment is thought to be for his failure to register under FARA, the Foreign Agents’ Registration Act, for his lobbying for Turkey. Reporting by NBC of Grand Jury subpoenas in an investigation for which Flynn is the subject, sources say, cover separate offenses of Mike Flynn’s that are linked to Russia. These are being investigated under prosecutors at the Northern District of Virginia, with an attorney accustomed to handling espionage prosecutions.

Sources believe that General Mike “Misha” Flynn, to give him the Russian nickname he awarded himself when picked up by British intelligence committing treason in Cambridge, England, panicked when he heard that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had been appointed to head the investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia.

Mike Flynn may also have interpreted Donald Trump’s text to him, ‘Stay Strong,’ on the day the subpoenas for evidence in the ongoing case against him were announced, as a threat. Sources believe that Flynn informed the FBI, and multiple other persons, of Trump’s text himself.

Separate sources with links to the intelligence community confirm our earlier reporting on how Mike Flynn co-ordinated Russia’s propaganda attack on the West on behalf of Trump, giving advice across Europe to far-right parties linked to the Russian state. These include, but are not limited to, UKIP, Marine Le Pen in France and a far-right party in Austria. Flynn regarded himself as a partisan of the Russian state, and his assistance in Russia’s messaging was not limited to hacking the American election, but in trying to boost Nazi ideology and Putin allies right across Europe. These sources state that Gen. Flynn could receive the death penalty for espionage for these activities, if charges are brought on the matter and he is found guilty.

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15. As I said before, Flynn taking the 5th in Congressional Hearings was expected. FBI is running the game and will keep his testimony for GJ.

16. No prosecutor would offer any deal w/o knowing what he gets in return. Very prudent.
17. I’m not a lawyer but it seems to mean he’s a cooperating witness?

19. Praying this is true and he gives up the BOF (Big Orange Fatso) & all of Team Treason. The Mideast-Europe trip has been too much to take.

21. They just reported on Cnn that he’s talking to the Justice Dept and no one Knew on the Committee’s!

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23.  and just reported this on CNN! Always ahead of them! That’s why I haven’t panic!

24. And presumably the proffer involves the CiC. There’s no one else he can offer who’s higher up than himself.

25. Few minutes ago on CNN Manu Raju: Dem on Senate Judiciary Committee says it’s possible Flynn cooperating w/ Justice Department…as part of investigation and nobody knows about it and wants to know if that is the case.

26.

Flynn Wants Immunity. Here’s Why It’s Complicated: QuickTake Q&A

*SOURCE*

27. This only works if he tells the “truth”. How do Atty’s know if he is? They already have the info. This is to verify to get bigger fish.

28. My clients have never been offered proffers by gov’t unless(1) client is smaller fish(2)gov’t already has info & preparing for litigation.

29. Proffers are pure litigation strategy. Not an “investigative” tool. Proffer offers only to build a case they already have the evidence for.

30. Now they just broke on NBC that kushner is under FBI investigation…

31. as I read the tea leaves on the proffer stage a) they have evidence in Flynn to issue significant charges they feel are likely to prevail

B) Flynn knows it and so he’s trying to negotiate – “hey I know stuff…I’ll tattle for a reduced or slap on wrist”

C) prosecutor – show me your cards and we”‘ll talk. It better be thourough and complete. Who do you work for? What Americans involved?

D) if he provides something of value – only then will there be a narrowly tailored deal of cooperation for witness testimony.

 

E) if not, he gets prosecuted. Doesn’t mean Trump investigation stops.

  -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer. 

You Are NOT A Conservative If…

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“I’ve had all I can stands and I can stands no more!”
-Popeye, the Sailor Man.
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Ever since (so-called) Conservatives that I once admired began to slavishly slobber their support of Little, Lying, Donnie El Trampo I’ve held back the full fury of calling them out for their HYPOCRISY of supporting the most boorish, egotistical, rude, vile, vulgar, LIBERAL (again, so-called) Republican candidate to EVER run.

That ends NOW.

I calling them out en masse and in force.

From Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity to Anne Coulter to Michael Savage to Michele Malkin to Jeff Sessions to Ted Cruz to Brent Bozell…they are getting what they deserve:
EXPOSED AS FRAUDS.

When I read that Derek Hunter and Brent Bozell were defending Greg “The Slammer” Giantfart, and attacking Ben Jacobs, THE ASSAULT VICTIM, I had enough playing nice with these PRETEND Conservatives.

They could repent. Say they’re sorry. Make honest and real amends. And BECOME the Conservatives they say they are…BUT UNTIL THEN this applies to them, and ALL like them who support, embrace, endorse and/or excuse this:

If you support THIS, then you are NOT Conservative:

BODY SLAMMING FOR ASKING QUESTIONS, EVEN IN A SNOOTY MANNER.

For most of the night and this morning I heard (so-called) Conservatives and Republicans say it WAS justified because:

  1.  “Liberals had it coming to them. From Code Pink to OWS to Ferguson to The Black Panthers to ACORN to the Liberal MSM…”
    First, I concede that all those are vile and mostly violent. And…so what?!! What does ANY of THAT have to do with Ben Jacobs? All Ben Jacobs did was walk in a room and ask questions. How does THAT justify getting body slammed?!!  ANYONE defending Giantfart and attacking Jacobs is NOT a Conservative.
  2.  “Because Obama spied on Conservatives Giantfart was justified in body-slamming Ben Jacobs.”
    WHAT?!!
    What did Ben Jacobs have to do with Obama’s spying?!!
    My brother ate 6 cookies before dinner, so I should get a whooping?!! 

    ANYONE defending Giantfart and attacking Jacobs is NOT a Conservative.
  3. It’s “fake news”….um, THE WHOLE FOX NEWS TEAM WITNESSED AND CORROBORATED IT. Is Fox News “fake news” to you Trumpsters now??
  4. Lastly, I many on so-called Conservatives say it’s a hyped story.  No. It’s a CRIME called ASSAULT!

ANYONE defending Giantfart and attacking Jacobs is NOT a Conservative.

Support, defend, are an apologist for Trump then you are NOT a Conservative.

This is just SOME of the deeply LIBERAL views and ACTIONS of DT!! Here’s The List:

Donald Trump votes/voted for, supports, funds THIS–

 

VOTED FOR JIMMY CARTER- TWICE

VOTED FOR WALTER MONDALE

VOTED FOR BILL CLINTON- TWICE

VOTED FOR AL GORE

VOTED FOR JOHN KERRY

VOTED FOR CHUCK SCHUMER

VOTED FOR BILL DE BLASIO

VOTED FOR HITLARY CLINTON

VOTED/FUNDED FOR PELOSI

VOTED FOR ANTHONY WEINER

VOTED FOR CHARLIE RANGEL

VOTED/FUNDED FOR MAXINE WATTERS

VOTED/FUNDED FOR BARBARA BOXER

VOTED/FUNDED FOR DIANE FEINSTEIN

VOTED/FUNDED FOR HARRY REID

VOTED FOR/FUNDED OBAMARXIST- TWICE

IS FOR A $15.00 AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE

IS FOR TRANSGENDERS USING “WHATEVER” BATHROOM/SHOWER THEY WANT

FOR A BAN ON “ASSAULT WEAPONS”

FOR RAISING TAXES ON “THE RICH” (JUST LIKE SANDERS, CLINTON AND OBAMA)

FOR GAY/SAME-SEX “MARRIAGE” (SAID THE COURT HAD RULED AND IT WAS “THE LAW OF THE LAND”…UM, COURTS DO NOT MAKE NOR PASS LAW, CONGRESS DOES)

FOR MASSIVE TARIFFS THAT WILL FURTHER DAMAGE AMERICA’S ECONOMY AND JOBS

IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, GOLDMAN-SACHS, AND OTHER BANKERS THAT HE PRETENDS TO HATE

HAS SOROS, GOLDMAN-SACHS AND EVEN CLINTON PEOPLE ON HIS STAFF

FUNDS/SUPPORTS PLANNED PARENTHOOD

FUNDS/SUPPORTS CODE PINK

AND IS ENDORSED BY THE KKK AND STORMNFRONT!!!
ALL OF THE ABOVE IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE…

 

I ISSUE THE CHALLENGE TO EVERY TRUMP-BOT TO SHOW ME HOW:

1) any of that IS Conservative,

2) how YOU can be truly Conservative and support THAT.

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IF you support any of THAT you are NOT Conservative no matter how much you claim you are, no matter your protestations to being shown to be a Liberal FRAUD AND HYPOCRITE….IF you support THAT then you are NOT one bit Conservative! 

HERE is what Conservatism is:

HERE.

AND,

HERE.

AND,

HERE.

 

So, if you’re mad right now…you are NOT a Conservative.

 

 -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

 

 

 

K.S.N. : Volume II

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A Compilation Of Headlines (With Links 2 Sources), Memes, Cartoons and Videos…
ALL FROM A CONSERVATIVE P.O.V.

 

President Trump Tells Netanyahu He Didn’t Mention Israel in Oval Office Meeting With Russians

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Posted: May 22, 2017 12:10 PM
[MONEY QUOTE.]
“The White House does not deny the intelligence was shared, arguing the President has the authority to share or declassify any information he’s sees necessary.”
Meaning, DT shared Israeli TOP SECRET INTEL with Russia behind closed doors, just didn’t say the word Israel during the meeting then…BUT he does now.
Idiot and Traitor!!
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Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

BREAKING: Report Says Trump Asked Intel Chiefs To Push Back On Russia Collusion Investigation

According to the Washington Post, they have several current and former officials confirming this happened. The question, of course, is what kind of push back it was. Was it similar to what Trump said to James Comey where he was doing it with a wink and a nod or was it something more forceful?

Either way, this is serious business, if true:

President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.

Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.

Trump sought the assistance of Coats and Rogers after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI was investigating “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

Trump’s conversation with Rogers was documented contemporaneously in an internal memo written by a senior NSA official, according to the officials. It is unclear if a similar memo was prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to document Trump’s conversation with Coats. Officials said such memos could be made available to both the special counsel now overseeing the Russia investigation and congressional investigators, who might explore whether Trump sought to impede the FBI’s work.

The White House is neither denying nor confirming the story:

“The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals,” a White House spokesperson said. “The president will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people.”

Robert Mueller is likely going to want this correspondence.

MORE SOURCES.

AND SEE:

HERE

HERE, WITH VIDEO.

HERE, WITH VIDEO.

AND, HERE.

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Trump is a Dumb Person’s Idea of a Smart Person

 

…At the risk of sounding like George Costanza, I will tell you that I came up with the notion that Donald Trump is the “Dumb Person’s Idea of A Smart Person.” I’ve been saying it for twenty years, before it came up on Twitter and, in fact, long before Twitter existed. My wife will vouch for me….

…a few months ago, I floated Trump is “The Dumb Person’s Idea of A Smart Person” on my Twitter. Mind you, tweeting to my 65 followers is akin to screaming in an empty room. Nonetheless, I had some friends who saw my tweet tell me that they thought it was a funny idea. One of them even said he thought it was the smartest thing he had read about the Trump phenomenon. It was mildly satisfying.

Then, out of nowhere, the idea briefly caught fire. Only for a day or two, and plainly having nothing to do with me, the idea had its moment in the sun. I was outraged! So maddening to watch others capitalize on my original idea. (You know who would have been smart enough to capitalize? Trump. He’s that kind of smart.)

Someone said “Dumb Person’s Idea of A Smart Person” which quickly evolved into “Poor Guy’s Idea of A Rich Guy,” followed by “Weak Man’s Idea of A Strong Man.” It was everywhere! The Twitter pundits batted it around and fleshed it out and everyone had a good time with my [CENSORED PROFANITY] idea…

…The conclusions everyone came to about the Trump voters’ benighted admiration were obvious and compelling. Trump was successful and wealthy and went to a fancy school (SMART!). He lived in ornate, gold-covered dwellings, with a super hot wife, and he flew around in a plane with his name on it (RICH!). He bullied and cajoled and had his goons beat on people who questioned him (STRONG!).

It was all true. Trump is the dumbest version of smart, and the most hideous form of rich, and the weakest, most transparently pathetic kind of strong. But in the same way that Scrapple is a meat, and Milli Vanilli was a musical act, and the Cleveland Browns are a football team, Trump is smart and rich and strong.

At least if you are dumb.

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EX-CIA CHIEF: “I SAW INTERACTIONS BETWEEN TRUMP TEAM, RUSSIANS THAT WARRANTED INVESTIGATION”

*SOURCE WITH VIDEO*

Brennan says he was aware of intel, info about contacts btwn Russia-US persons that raised concerns about those people cooperating w/ Russia.
Brennan: “I was worried by a number of the contacts Russians had with U.S. persons” during the campaign. (via )

Brennan: “I know that there was a sufficient basis of information and intelligence that required further investigation by the [FBI].”

Brennan: I encountered info & intel that revealed “contacts and interactions” between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. (via )

Fmr. CIA Dir. Brennan: If reports are true that Trump decided to share intel with Russia, “he would have basically violated two protocols”.

Fmr. CIA Dir. Brennan warned Russian security service chief that interference in the U.S. election would ‘backfire’

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Nearly two weeks later, the White House can’t stop changing its story on why James Comey was fired:

Trump just said he never mentioned Israel in his meeting w/ Russians. (That was not the issue—Story never alleged Trump divulged source.)

*SOURCE, with video*

Unreal. Trump seems to have just accidentally confirmed Israel was the source of the intel with this admission. He’s basically handing the 2018 midterms to the Democrats!

This man has no clue on how to comport himself. “Loose lips sink ships.” should be tattooed on his forehead.

We already have him on obstruction of justice and coercion…or racketeering, corruption and money laundering….McMaster seen in corner, banging head against the wall and shouting obscenities…

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NOW, TO CLOSE WITH BANG-

The many paths from
Trump to Russia

Michael Flynn

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn started advising Trump on national security in early 2016. When Trump took office in January 2017, Flynn served as his National Security Adviser, but resigned after one month amid questions about his links to Russia.

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Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and eventually became campaign chairman. He left in August 2016 amid questions about his dealings in Ukraine.

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Carter Page

The murky relationship between Trump and Page began in March 2016, when Trump publicly identified him as a foreign policy adviser. Page says he sent policy memos to the campaign, but didn’t ever brief Trump directly. He left the campaign in September 2016 amid questions about his links to Russia.

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Roger Stone

Stone is a longtime associate of Trump. He only officially worked for the Trump campaign for a few months in 2015, but he continued to promote Trump’s candidacy throughout the election. He says he is still a friend and confidant to Trump.

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Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was the first Senator to endorse Trump and he became chairman of the Trump campaign’s national security team in March 2016. He spoke at the Republican convention and was a top campaign surrogate down the stretch.

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Jared Kushner

Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, who married Trump’s daughter Ivanka in 2009. He was a confidant to Trump during the campaign and now serves as a Senior Advisor to the President.

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Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has worked for the Trump Organization for years, and is currently the company’s executive vice president.

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Rex Tillerson

Trump appointed ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State in late 2016, and he was confirmed in February 2017.

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Wilbur Ross

Trump selected Wilbur Ross to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is a billionaire who made much of his money buying troubled assets and investing in bankrupt companies.

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Betsy DeVos

Trump nominated Betsy DeVos in November 2016 to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education. After a series of grueling confirmation hearings, the Senate confirmed DeVos in February 2017. DeVos is a billionaire from Michigan who had donated millions of dollars to Republican campaigns and causes.

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Felix Sater

Felix Sater was an executive at Bayrock Group, which licensed the Trump name to build Trump SoHo New York and Trump Tower Fort Lauderdale. Trump and Sater have appeared at public events together, gave joint interviews and co-signed paperwork relating to their business deals. But in a 2013 deposition, Trump distanced himself and said he didn’t know Sater well.

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Vitaly Churkin

Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s longtime ambassador to the United Nations who died in 2017, was quoted in Russian media saying he first met Trump in 1986 on a trip to New York with then-Soviet ambassador Yuri Dublin. In the months after that meeting, Trump started pursuing business deals in Russia.

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 -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

The Real Reason DT Fired Comey: REAL Conservatives KNEW This Already

I’ll FIRST post, source and link a proverbial “boat-load” of headlines, articles and proof.
SECONDLY, I’ll post summations of the facts at hand so far.
Lastly, make logical conclusion(s) based on the facts.

 

Trump admits he fired Comey over Russia. Republican voters don’t believe him.

*SOURCE*

GTY 632412514 A POL GOV USA DC

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Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

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Memo: Trump asked Comey to end Flynn investigation

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Trump’s statements linking Russia investigation to Comey firing could lead to legal problems

 

President Trump is interviewed this week by Lester Holt of NBC News. (NBC News)

MAY 17, 2017, 5:14 P.M.

Congress welcomes Robert Mueller as special counsel, some more enthusiastically than others

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*SOURCE*

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-s-statements-linking-russia-1494682462-htmlstory.html

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If you’ve lost track, here’s everything that’s happened with Trump and Russia over the last week

  • Reports say President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russia
  • It caps a chaotic week in the White House that started with the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 | 10:13 AM ET

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Here are the big developments of the last week, which started with the abrupt firing of then-FBI Director James Comey:

  • The FBI and Congress are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, including any possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The U.S. intelligence community — including the FBI, CIA and NSA — has concluded that Russia meddled in the election.
  • Tuesday, May 9: Trump fires the FBI’s chief, Comey. White House spokespeople immediately say that Trump’s decision had nothing to do with Russia, but instead that the president dismissed Comey because the Justice Department had criticized him.
  • Wednesday, May 10: Trump holds a closed-door meeting with the Russian foreign minister and Moscow’s ambassador to the U.S. at the White House. American news media are not invited to the meeting, but a Kremlin-friendly news agency from Russia is present.
  • Thursday, May 11: Trump directly contradicts his own spokespeople, telling NBC News that he would have fired Comey “regardless” of what the Justice Department said. Trump adds that he was considering “this Russia thing” when he ousted the FBI director.
  • Monday, May 15: The Washington Post reports that Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russians in the closed-door meeting. Other news outlets including The Wall Street Journal and New York Times confirm the report.
  • Monday, May 15: The White House says the Washington Post report is false, without specifying which parts of it are incorrect. “I was there. He didn’t do it,” says national security advisor H.R. McMaster, who refuses to take questions.
  • Tuesday, May 16: Trump says on Twitter that he did give the Russians information for counterterrorism purposes, noting that he has the “absolute right” to do so. He neither confirms nor denies whether the information he revealed was classified.

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TRUMP FIRING JAMES COMEY COULD PERMANENTLY ALTER AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, EXPERTS SAY

The many paths from
Trump to Russia

 

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Trump asked Comey to end investigation of Michael Flynn: source

By Mark Hosenball and Susan Cornwell | WASHINGTON

*SOURCE*

 

AND, LASTLY, FOR NOW…

 

Trump said he was thinking of Russia controversy when he decided to fire Comey

May 11

*SOURCE*

INCLUDES VIDEO.

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LOGICAL SUMMATION AND CONCLUSIONS.

  1. Trump, Pence, Conway, and Bannon et al KNEW about this months ago, even years ago BECAUSE THEY WERE INVOLVED.
  2. They Lied to cover their tracks.
  3. They obstructed justice each step of the way.
  4. They the lied about that.
  5. They fired people as part of the cover-up (Flynn, Page, Mannafort, Bannon, Comey…).
  6. Then lied about that.
  7. Deny and then admit ties to Russia and Putin. *SOURCE*
  8. Then lie about their denials and admissions!!
  9. Then continue to lie about their lies.
  10. ALL THIS IS TREASON.
  11. THEY ALL NEED TO BE REMOVED, ARRESTED, TRIED AND GIVEN SENTENCED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.

For ANYONE, especially someone claiming to be Conservative to deny all this and blather the drivel “fake news” is being an accomplice to TREASON.

 

MORE SOURCING.

Trump Will Most Likely Be Facing THIS- Are WE Ready?

The Dark Secrets Of The Trump-Putin Ties

How Far Up Does The Treason Reach? UP-DATE***

The Plot Sickens

 

-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

 

(REAL) Conservatives Against Trump

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[NOTE: The article came out before the election, but Conservative Principles are timeless, and the arguments are still valid.]

GLENN BECK

As the election of 2008 approached, America was in crisis. And as we would soon learn, that crisis would not go to waste. Years after Bill Clinton disingenuously claimed that the era of big government was over, Obama won his party’s nomination by promising its furious revenge.

For constitutional conservatives, the Republican contest functioned less like a primary and more like an abandonment. Politically orphaned by their party, conservatives were forced to either stay home or hold their noses and vote for a progressive Republican. There was a silver lining, however. Rising out of the ashes of that electoral defeat came the Tea Party. The media struggled to explain it away as racist, xenophobic, and jingoistic. But the truth is, the Tea Party did not arise because Barack Obama defeated his opposition. It arose because there was no opposition.

Over the years, there have been endless fractures in the façade of individual freedom, but three policies provided the fuel that lit the tea-party fire: the stimulus, the auto bailouts, and the bank bailouts. Barack Obama supported all three.

So did Donald Trump. While conservatives fought against the stimulus, Donald Trump said it was “what we need,” praising Obama’s schemes of “building infrastructure, building great projects, putting people to work in that sense.” While conservatives fought against the auto bailouts, Donald Trump claimed “the government should stand behind [the auto companies] 100 percent” because “they make wonderful products.” While conservatives fought against the bank bailouts, Donald Trump called them “something that has to get done.”

Let his reasoning sink in for a second: The government “can take over companies, and, frankly, take big chunks of companies.” When conservatives desperately needed allies in the fight against big government, Donald Trump didn’t stand on the sidelines. He consistently advocated that your money be spent, that your government grow, and that your Constitution be ignored…If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, there will once again be no opposition to an ever-expanding government. This is a crisis for conservatism. And, once again, this crisis will not go to waste. — Glenn Beck is a nationally syndicated radio host, the founder of TheBlaze, and a best-selling author.

DAVID BOAZ

A lot of Americans think it would be better to have a businessman than a politician as president, and I sympathize with them. Alas, the only businessmen crazy enough to run for president seem to be, well, crazy.

At least Ross Perot kept his craziness confined mostly to private matters, such as the looming disruption of his daughter’s wedding. Donald Trump puts it front and center. From a libertarian point of view — and I think serious conservatives and liberals would share this view — Trump’s greatest offenses against American tradition and our founding principles are his nativism and his promise of one-man rule.

Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign. Trump launched his campaign talking about Mexican rapists and has gone on to rant about mass deportation, bans on Muslim immigration, shutting down mosques, and building a wall around America. America is an exceptional nation in large part because we’ve aspired to rise above such prejudices and guarantee life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to everyone.

Equally troubling is his idea of the presidency — his promise that he’s the guy, the man on a white horse, who can ride into Washington, fire the stupid people, hire the best people, and fix everything. He doesn’t talk about policy or working with Congress.

He’s effectively vowing to be an American Mussolini, concentrating power in the Trump White House and governing by fiat. It’s a vision to make the last 16 years of executive abuse of power seem modest. Without even getting into his past support for a massive wealth tax and single-payer health care, his know-nothing protectionism, or his passionate defense of eminent domain, I think we can say that this is a Republican campaign that would have appalled Buckley, Goldwater, and Reagan. — David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and the author of The Libertarian Mind.

L. BRENT BOZELL III

Longtime conservative leader Richard Viguerie has a simple test for credentialing a conservative: Does he walk with us? For the simple reason that he cannot win without conservatives’ support, virtually every Republican presenting himself to voters swears so-help-me-God that he is a conservative. Many of these politicians are calculating, cynical charlatans, running as one thing only to govern in a completely different direction.

See: McConnell, McCain, Hatch, Boehner, et al. And for decades it’s worked. Conservatives look at the alternatives — Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Clinton, et al. — and bite the bullet. We so often “win” — only for nothing to come of it. The GOP base is clearly disgusted and looking for new leadership.

Enter Donald Trump, not just with policy prescriptions that challenge the cynical GOP leadership but with an attitude of disdain for that leadership — precisely in line with the sentiment of the base. Many conservatives are relishing this, but ah, the rub. Trump might be the greatest charlatan of them all.

A real conservative walks with us. Ronald Reagan read National Review and Human Events for intellectual sustenance; spoke annually to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Young Americans for Freedom, and other organizations to rally the troops; supported Barry Goldwater when the GOP mainstream turned its back on him; raised money for countless conservative groups; wrote hundreds of op-eds; and delivered even more speeches, everywhere championing our cause.

Until he decided to run for the GOP nomination a few months ago, Trump had done none of these things, perhaps because he was too distracted publicly raising money for liberals such as the Clintons; championing Planned Parenthood, tax increases, and single-payer health coverage; and demonstrating his allegiance to the Democratic party. We conservatives should support the one candidate who walks with us. —

L. Brent Bozell III is the chairman of ForAmerica and the president of the Media Research Center. He has endorsed Ted Cruz for president.

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MONA CHAREN

In December, Public Policy Polling found that 36 percent of Republican voters for whom choosing the candidate “most conservative on the issues” was the top priority said they supported Donald Trump.

We can talk about whether he is a boor (“My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body”), a creep (“If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her”), or a louse (he tried to bully an elderly woman, Vera Coking, out of her house in Atlantic City because it stood on a spot he wanted to use as a garage). But one thing about which there can be no debate is that Trump is no conservative — he’s simply playing one in the primaries. Call it unreality TV.

Put aside for a moment Trump’s countless past departures from conservative principle on defense, racial quotas, abortion, taxes, single-payer health care, and immigration. (That’s right: In 2012, he derided Mitt Romney for being too aggressive on the question, and he’s made extensive use of illegal-immigrant labor in his serially bankrupt businesses.)

The man has demonstrated an emotional immaturity bordering on personality disorder, and it ought to disqualify him from being a mayor, to say nothing of a commander-in-chief. Trump has made a career out of egotism, while conservatism implies a certain modesty about government. The two cannot mix.

Who, except a pitifully insecure person, needs constantly to insult and belittle others, including, or perhaps especially, women? Where is the center of gravity in a man who in May denounces those who “needlessly provoke” Muslims and in December proposes that we (“temporarily”) close our borders to all non-resident Muslims?

If you don’t like a Trump position, you need only wait a few months, or sometimes days. In September, he advised that we “let Russia fight ISIS.” In November, after the Paris massacre, he discovered that “we’re going to have to knock them out and knock them out hard.” A pinball is more predictable.

Is Trump a liberal? Who knows? He played one for decades — donating to liberal causes and politicians (including Al Sharpton) and inviting Hillary Clinton to his (third) wedding. Maybe it was all a game, but voters who care about conservative ideas and principles must ask whether his recent impersonation of a conservative is just another role he’s playing. When a con man swindles you, you can sue — as many embittered former Trump associates who thought themselves ill used have done. When you elect a con man, there’s no recourse. — Mona Charen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

BEN DOMENECH

The case for constitutional limited government is the case against Donald Trump. To the degree we take him at his word — understanding that Trump is a negotiator whose positions are often purposefully deceptive — what he advocates is a rejection of our Madisonian inheritance and an embrace of Barack Obama’s authoritarianism. Trump assures voters that he will use authoritarian power for good, to help those who feel — with good reason — ignored by both parties.

But the American experiment in self-government was the work of a generation that risked all to defeat a tyrannical monarch and establish a government of laws, not men. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people is precisely what the Constitution offers, and what is most threatened by “great men” impatient to impose their will on the nation. Conservatives should reject Trump’s hollow, Euro-style identity politics. But conservatives have far more to learn from his campaign than many might like to admit.

The Trump voter is moderate, disaffected, with patriotic instincts. He feels disconnected from the GOP and other broken public institutions, left behind by a national political elite that no longer believes he matters.

Trump’s current popularity reveals something good. President Obama’s core domestic-policy agenda was designed to pull working- and middle-class voters left. It assumed that once they received the government’s redistributive largesse, they would be invested in maintaining it — and maintaining the Left in power.

Trump’s rise bespeaks the utter failure of this program for the American working class: They have seen the Left’s agenda up close and do not believe it is good enough to make a nation great. In order to build a governing majority, conservatives do not need Trump’s message or agenda, but they urgently need his supporters. Trump proves that these disaffected Americans can be won by those who respect the pro-American Jacksonian spine that runs through the electorate.

The challenge now is for conservatives to give these voters the respect they deserve. — Ben Domenech is the publisher of the Federalist.

ERICK ERICKSON

I would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Many of the Republicans who have declared that they would never vote for Trump gave carte blanche to politicians who have been complicit in the growth of the government leviathan. These Republicans have ignored conservatism in the name of party politics, and their broken promises gave rise to Donald Trump’s candidacy.

Nonetheless, I will not be voting for Donald Trump in the primary. I take my conservatism seriously, and I also take Saint Paul seriously. In setting out the qualifications for overseers, or bishops, Saint Paul admonished Timothy, “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, . . . he must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil” (I Timothy 3:1, 3:6). I think this is also true of political leaders, including those within the conservative movement. In October 2011, when many of the other Republican candidates were fighting Barack Obama, Donald Trump told Sean Hannity, “I was [Obama’s] biggest cheerleader.”

Trump donated to both the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign, as well to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and other Democrats. In 2011, according to the website OpenSecrets.org, “the largest recipient [of Donald Trump’s political spending] has been the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee with $116,000.”

In a 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley, Trump aggressively supported universal health care, saying, “This is an un-Republican thing for me to say. . . . I’m going to take care of everybody. . . . The government’s going to pay for it.” He supported the prosecution of hate crimes. He favored wealth-confiscation policies. He supported abortion rights.

On all these things, Donald Trump now says he has changed his mind. Like the angels in heaven who rejoice for every new believer, we should rejoice for Donald Trump’s conversion to conservatism. But we should not put a new conservative in charge of conservatism or the country, so that he does not become puffed up with conceit and fall into condemnation. Republicans have wandered in the wilderness already by letting leaders define conservatism in their own image. Donald Trump needs more time and more testing of his new conservative convictions. — Erick Erickson is the editor of The Resurgent and an Atlanta-based talk-radio host.

STEVEN F. HAYWARD

After Obama — after three generations of liberalism only slightly interrupted by the Reagan years — the conservative president we desperately need requires a paradoxical combination of boldness and restraint. The president will need to be bold in challenging the runaway power and reach of his own branch, against the fury of the bureaucracy itself, its client groups, and the media.

This boldness is necessary to restore the restraint that a republican executive should have in our constitutional order. Trump exhibits no awareness of this supreme constitutional task. His facially worthy challenge to political correctness is not a sufficient governing platform. Worse, his inclination to understand our problems as being managerial rather than political suggests he might well set back the conservative cause if he is elected, if not make the problems of runaway executive power even worse. Restraint is clearly not in his vocabulary or his character. — Steven F. Hayward is the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University.

  MARK HELPRIN

A diet, caffeine-free Marxist (really, the only thing wrong with being a Marxist is being a Marxist); a driven, leftist crook; and an explosive, know-nothing demagogue — all are competing to see who can be even more like Mussolini than is Obama.

But in the caudillo department, surpassing even our own Evita, the Donald wins. Forget hair like the tinsel on discarded Christmas trees. Forget the long-term connections to New York politichiens, into which scores of opposition researchers and Pulitzer-seeking media moles are undoubtedly tunneling at this very moment. Forget his former wife’s claim that he kept a book of Hitler’s speeches at his bedside. Forget even his raging egomania, matched only by Obama’s, which the president sometimes tries to conceal beneath a laughably transparent gossamer of false modesty.

And forget trying to determine whether he’s a conservative. Given that, at the suggestion of Bill Clinton, he has like a tapeworm invaded the schismatically weakened body of the Republican party, it’s a pointless question, because, like Allah in Islamic theology, he is whatever he pleases to be at the moment, the only principle being the triumph of his will.

All such things, except (maybe) his hair, are disqualifications for high office, but two fundamental portents of disaster usually pass unnoticed: Like Obama, he is astoundingly ignorant of everything that to govern a powerful, complex, influential, and exceptional nation such as ours he would have to know.

I recall that 30 or more years ago he said he could master the politics of the Cold War, nuclear strategy, and arms control in two weeks, the proof being that he had fixed the Wollman ice-skating rink. Evidently he didn’t spare the time, revealing in debate that he was clueless about the nuclear triad — something that could be rather dangerous if the person always at his side with the briefcase of nuclear codes cuffed to his wrist were not a stolid military officer but Britney Spears or Ozzy Osbourne (and don’t count that out).

He doesn’t know the Constitution, history, law, political philosophy, nuclear strategy, diplomacy, defense, economics beyond real estate, or even, despite his low-level-mafioso comportment, how ordinary people live. But trumping all this is a greater flaw presented as his chief strength. Governing a great nation in parlous times is far more than making “deals.” Compared with the weight of the office he seeks, his deals are microscopic in scale, and as he faced far deeper complexities he would lead the country into continual Russian roulette. If despite his poor judgment he could engage talented advisers, as they presented him with contending and fateful options the buck would stop with a man who simply grasps anything that floats by. Following Obama’s, a Trump presidency would be yet more adventure tourism for a formerly serious republic. — Mark Helprin is a celebrated novelist. Among his best-known works are Winter’s Tale and A Soldier of the Great War.

WILLIAM KRISTOL

Let us, as conservatives, seek guidance from those we admire. The Federalist (No. 39) speaks of “that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” Hasn’t Donald Trump been a votary merely of wealth rather than of freedom? Hasn’t he been animated by the art of the deal rather than by the art of self-government?

William F. Buckley Jr. proclaimed, in the founding statement of this journal, that conservatism “stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” Hasn’t Donald Trump always been a man inclined to go along — indeed, impatient to get along — with history?

In a letter to National Review, Leo Strauss wrote that “a conservative, I take it, is a man who despises vulgarity; but the argument which is concerned exclusively with calculations of success, and is based on blindness to the nobility of the effort, is vulgar.” Isn’t Donald Trump the very epitome of vulgarity? In sum: Isn’t Trumpism a two-bit Caesarism of a kind that American conservatives have always disdained? Isn’t the task of conservatives today to stand athwart Trumpism, yelling Stop? — William Kristol is the editor of The Weekly Standard.

YUVAL LEVIN

Donald Trump is no conservative. That’s not a crime, it’s just a reason to vote against him. Many fine people are not conservatives. But the reason Trump’s candidacy should worry the Right runs much deeper than that: He poses a direct challenge to conservatism, because he embodies the empty promise of managerial leadership outside of politics.

Trump’s diagnoses of our key problems — first and foremost, that America’s elites are weak and unwilling to put the interests of Americans first — have gained him a hearing from many on the right. But when he gestures toward prescriptions, Trump reveals that even his diagnoses are not as sound as they might seem.

Conservatives incline to take the weakness of our elite institutions as an argument for recovering constitutional principles — and so for limiting the power of those institutions, reversing their centralization of authority, and recovering a vision of American life in which the chief purpose of the federal government is protective and not managerial.

Trump, on the contrary, offers himself as the alternative to our weak and foolish leaders, the guarantee of American superiority, and the cure for all that ails our society; and when pressed about how he will succeed in these ways, his answer pretty much amounts to: “great management.”

The appeal of Trump’s diagnoses should be instructive to conservatives. But the shallow narcissism of his prescriptions is a warning. American conservatism is an inherently skeptical political outlook. It assumes that no one can be fully trusted with public power and that self-government in a free society demands that we reject the siren song of politics-as-management.

A shortage of such skepticism is how we ended up with the problems Trump so bluntly laments. Repeating that mistake is no way to solve these problems. To address them, we need to begin by rejecting what Trump stands for, as much as what he stands against. —​ Yuval Levin, a contributing editor of National Review, is the editor of National Affairs.

DANA LOESCH

I’ve fought progressivism for a long time. Before 2008, I crashed progressive protests using “Protest Warrior” signs. After 2008, I was on that fateful inaugural call to organize the first modern-day tea parties around the country. I stood on sidewalks with placards, phone-banked, went door to door, and traveled at my own expense to evangelize liberty and fire people up. For disagreeing about matters of public policy, we were called racists and bigots, and conservative women were accused of betraying their sex. Dissent used to be “patriotic” — until the Obama administration used its alphabet agencies to persecute groups such as True the Vote and deny conservative organizations nonprofit status. Lately, dissent on the right is regarded as treasonous.

I know Donald Trump. He’s been a frequent guest on my radio and television programs, and I introduced him at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015. He has always been amiable and complimentary. I genuinely like him.

But not as my presidential pick.

I love conversion stories. I have my own, from when I became a conservative 15 years ago. But I’m not running for president. Donald Trump is. And his “conversion” raises serious questions. Trump wrote in his book The America We Deserve that he supported a ban on “assault weapons.” Not until last year did he apparently reverse his position. As recently as a couple of years ago, Trump favored the liberal use of eminent-domain laws. He said that the ability of the government to wrest private property from citizens served “the greater good.” Is that suddenly a conservative principle?

Why is there a double standard when it comes to evaluating Donald Trump? Why are other politicians excoriated when they change their minds — as, for example, Rick Perry did on the question of whether HPV vaccinations in Texas should be compulsory — but when Trump suddenly says he’s pro-life, the claim is accepted uncritically? Why is it unconscionable for Ted Cruz to take and repay a loan from Goldman Sachs to help win a tough Senate race but acceptable for Donald Trump to take money from George Soros? Why is vetting Trump, as we do any other candidate, considered “bashing”? Aren’t these fair questions?

Just a few years ago, I, along with many others, was receiving threats for promoting conservative policies and conservative principles — neither of which Donald Trump seems to care about. Yet he’s leading.

Popularity over principle — is this the new Right?

— Dana Loesch is the host of a nationally syndicated radio program and of Dana on TheBlaze. She also appears regularly on Fox News. Her second book, Flyover Nation, will be published this spring.

ANDREW C. McCARTHY

The presidency’s most crucial duty is the protection of American national security. Yet, interviewed by Hugh Hewitt months into his campaign, Donald Trump did not know the key leaders of the global jihad. The man who would be commander-in-chief was unfamiliar with Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader who has been murdering Americans for over 30 years; Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s longtime deputy who has quite notoriously commanded al-Qaeda since the network’s leader was killed by U.S. forces in 2011; and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State (ISIS) and a jihadist so globally notorious that many teenagers are aware of him.

Of course a man who wants to be president should make it his business to know such things. But even the casual fan who does not know the players without a scorecard at least knows who the teams are and why they are competing. Trump failed even that basic test, confusing the Kurds (a minority ethnic group beleaguered by ISIS) with the Quds Force (the elite operatives of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps).

The global jihad is complex, comprising terrorist organizations and abettors that include rogue nations and other shady accomplices. Their fluid alliances and internecine rivalries often defy the Sunni–Shiite divide. Matters are complicated further still by ideological allies such as the Muslim Brotherhood that feign moderation while supporting the jihadist agenda. The threat is openly aggressive on its own turf but operates by stealth in the West. A president may not have to be good with names to oppose it effectively, but he has to grasp the animating ideology, the power relations, and the goals of the players — and how weakening one by strengthening another can degrade rather than promote our security.

Donald Trump does not have a clue about any of this, careening wildly from vows to stay out of the fray (leaving it in Vladimir Putin’s nefarious hands) to promises that the earth will be indiscriminately scorched. The threat against us has metastasized in our eighth year under a president who quite consciously appeases the enemy. But the remedy is not a president oblivious of the enemy. — Andrew C. McCarthy, a contributing editor of National Review, is a former chief assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted terrorism cases.

DAVID McINTOSH

Donald Trump is no conservative. He’s a populist whose theme is: Our government is broken, and I’ll fix it.

He’s right on point one: Both parties have failed to lead. Obama and congressional Democrats manipulate the levers of power to push America farther toward European socialism; Republicans promise free-market alternatives but end up caving in to pressure or carrying water for the GOP’s own big-government special interests.

The American people have signaled in recent elections that they’ve had enough of business as usual, and now they want to clean house. Yet Trump is no better than what we already have. He’ll say anything to get a vote but give us more of the same if he gets into office.

Trump beguiles us, defies the politically correct media, and bullies anyone who points out that the emperor has no clothes. None of that makes him a conservative who cherishes liberty.

For decades, Trump has argued for big government. About health care he has said: “Everybody’s got to be covered” and “The government’s going to pay for it.” He has called for boycotts of American companies he doesn’t like, told bureaucrats to use eminent domain to get him better deals on property he wanted to develop, and proudly proposed the largest tax increase in American history. Trump has also promised to use tariffs to punish companies that incur his disfavor. He offers grand plans for massive new spending but no serious proposals for spending cuts or entitlement reforms.

These are not the ideas of a small-government conservative who understands markets. They are, instead, the ramblings of a liberal wannabe strongman who will use and abuse the power of the federal government to impose his ideas on the country.

My old boss, Ronald Reagan, once said, “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people.” Reagan fought for economic freedom, for reining in government so the private sector could thrive. That’s economic conservatism. It is not Donald Trump. — David McIntosh is the president of the Club for Growth.

MICHAEL MEDVED

Which dictionary definition of the word “conservative,” as either an adjective or a noun, applies comfortably to Donald Trump?

Is he “traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness”? (Please stifle your laughter.)

Does he count as “cautiously moderate”?

Would he describe himself as an individual who is “disposed to preserve existing conditions and institutions, or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change”?

Trump’s defenders insist that his flashy, shameless, non-conservative style will help win support for his views, which are, they say, substantively conservative. But where, exactly, do we find the conservative substance?

His much-heralded hard line on immigration discards pragmatic reform policies favored by the two most popular conservatives of the last half century, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Building a yuuuuge wall along the southern border hardly qualifies as a “cautiously moderate” approach, nor would uprooting 11 million current residents (and, presumably, millions more of their American-citizen children and spouses) in the greatest forced migration in human history.

Worst of all, Trump’s brawling, blustery, mean-spirited public persona serves to associate conservatives with all the negative stereotypes that liberals have for decades attached to their opponents on the right. According to conventional caricature, conservatives are selfish, greedy, materialistic, bullying, misogynistic, angry, and intolerant. They are, we’re told, privileged and pampered elitists who revel in the advantages of inherited wealth while displaying only cruel contempt for the less fortunate and the less powerful. The Left tried to smear Ronald Reagan in such terms but failed miserably because he displayed none of the stereotypical traits. In contrast, Trump is the living, breathing, bellowing personification of all the nasty characteristics Democrats routinely ascribe to Republicans.

And then there’s the uncomfortable, unavoidable issue of racism. Even those who take Trump at his word — accepting his declaration that he qualifies as the least racist individual in the nation — can imagine the parade of negative ads the Democrats are already preparing for radio stations with mainly black audiences and for Spanish-language television. Even if Trump won a crushing majority of self-described white voters, he could hardly improve on Romney’s landslide victory — 59 percent to 39 percent — in that demographic group.

If Trump becomes President will the Republican party and the conservative movement survive? If Asians and Latinos come to reject Republican candidates as automatically and overwhelmingly as African Americans do, the party will lose all chance of capturing the presidency, and, inevitably, it will face the disappearance of its congressional and gubernatorial majorities as well. There is one sure strategy to pursue if the GOP for some reason wishes to suffer such self-inflicted wounds: nominate a presidential candidate who exemplifies the most unpleasant, and non-conservative, characteristics that the mainstream media and liberal pundits invoke to demonize the Right.

— Michael Medved hosts a daily radio talk show heard on more than 300 stations across the country.

EDWIN MEESE III

There are two tactical approaches for candidates seeking their party’s nomination in election campaigns. One is to strongly debate the issues and firmly advocate your positions, but to avoid personal attacks on your opponents or needless divisiveness. The other is to vigorously attack your fellow candidates, disparaging them personally and seeking to raise yourself up by dragging them down.

Ronald Reagan was famous for epitomizing the former path. Donald Trump, unfortunately, has chosen to follow the latter course.

When Reagan first ran for governor of California, in 1966, his party was deeply divided by past electoral conflicts. To restore unity, he adopted a new political rule, which had been proposed by the party chairman: the Eleventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” The goal was to avoid internecine warfare during the primary, which could lead to defeat in the general election.

While contending for the nomination, Reagan showed respect for his primary opponent and even left open places in his campaign organization so that he could eventually include those party leaders who had initially opposed him. The resulting coalition won the general election by an overwhelming margin. Reagan kept the Eleventh Commandment in his subsequent contests for the presidency, and it was a unifying factor in his victories in the 1980s.

At the beginning of the current campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, it appeared that the party had one of the strongest arrays of candidates in many years — successful governors, senators, business and professional leaders, etc. Today, however, the political atmosphere is polluted by the vicious personal attacks that the Republican contenders have unleashed against one another.

Heading the attackers, in both vigor and vitriol, has been Donald Trump. His broadsides can almost be predicted by the other candidates’ standing in the polls. The result has been to divide and discourage potential Republican-party supporters.

Questionable assertions that an opponent is not eligible to run, or that another cannot be elected, or that still another lacks enthusiasm or energy, are a poor substitute for addressing the real issues that should be the basis for a positive campaign: restoring economic growth, strengthening national security, eliminating cronyism and corruption, and improving the lives of all Americans.

At a time when the nation is suffering under one of the most divisive and incompetent presidents in history, our people need positive, unifying leadership, not negative, destructive political rhetoric. — Edwin Meese III served in Ronald Reagan’s gubernatorial and presidential administrations. These views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of any organization with which he is affiliated.

RUSSELL MOORE

In 2009, the Manhattan Declaration, led by Chuck Colson and Robert P. George, reaffirmed the three primary goals of religious conservatives: to protect all human life, including that of the unborn; to reinforce the sanctity of marriage and the family; and to conserve the religious freedom of all persons. All three goals would be in jeopardy under a Trump presidency.

Yes, Trump says that he is pro-life now, despite having supported partial-birth abortion in the past. The problem is not whether he can check a box. Pro-life voters expect leaders to have a coherent vision of human dignity and to be able to defend against assaults on human life in the future — some of which may be unimaginable today and will present themselves only as new technologies develop.

Trump’s supposed pro-life conversion is rooted in Nietzschean, social-Darwinist terms. He knew a child who was to be aborted who grew up to be a “superstar.” Beyond that, Trump’s vitriolic — and often racist and sexist — language about immigrants, women, the disabled, and others ought to concern anyone who believes that all persons, not just the “winners” of the moment, are created in God’s image.

One also cannot help but look at the personal life of the billionaire. It is not just that he has abandoned one wife after another for a younger woman, or that he has boasted about having sex with some of the “top women of the world.” It’s that he says, after all that, that he has no need to seek forgiveness.

At the same time, Trump has made millions off a casino industry that, as social conservatives have rightly argued, not only exploits personal vice but destroys families.

One may say that Trump’s personal life and business dealings are irrelevant to his candidacy, but conservatives have argued for generations that virtue matters, in the citizenry and in the nation’s leaders. Can conservatives really believe that, if elected, Trump would care about protecting the family’s place in society when his own life is — unapologetically — what conservatives used to recognize as decadent?

Under withering assault in the Obama years, social conservatives have maintained, consistent with the beliefs of the Founders, that religious freedom is a natural right, not a matter of special pleading to be submitted to majority vote. Most Americans do not agree with the Little Sisters of the Poor on contraception, and the sisters do not have a powerful lobby in Washington. This shouldn’t matter. Trump’s willingness to ban Muslims, even temporarily, from entering the country simply because of their religious affiliation would make Jefferson spin in his grave.

Trump can win only in the sort of celebrity-focused mobocracy that Neil Postman warned us about years ago, in which sound moral judgments are displaced by a narcissistic pursuit of power combined with promises of “winning” for the masses. Social and religious conservatives have always seen this tendency as decadent and deviant. For them to view it any other way now would be for them to lose their soul. — Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the author of Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel.

MICHAEL B. MUKASEY

For a hint of why a Donald Trump presidency would imperil our national security, consider just a couple of Trump’s suggestions for protecting us against Islamist terrorists.

He would start with a “temporary” ban on the entry of alien Muslims into the United States until “our leaders can figure out what the hell is going on.” This prescription overlooks that many people already have figured out precisely “what the hell is going on” — that we face a supremacist movement based in Islam that is intent on destroying Western civilization — and have intelligent suggestions for dealing with it. Moreover, Trump’s proposal would assure the enmity of all Muslims, including those whose support we need if we are to prevail.

Even assuming an infallible way to identify who is Muslim, the proposal is both under- and over-inclusive. It is under-inclusive because it does not address potential terrorists who have U.S. passports or residence permits, or are already here, or may threaten us abroad; it is over-inclusive because it bars the huge majority of Muslims who are not potential terrorists.

Trump says he would order the military to kill the families of terrorists. That would be a direct violation of the most basic laws of armed conflict, which require that deadly force be used only when required by military necessity, under circumstances that allow distinction between military and civilian targets, and when incidental damage to non-military targets is proportional to the military advantage gained. A military that adhered to the laws of armed conflict would necessarily disobey such an order; if it followed the order, both the person who gave it and those who followed it would be subject to prosecution for war crimes.

We have already suffered seven years of feckless leadership that has invited the contempt of our enemies and the distrust of our friends. We remain the world’s strongest power and can recover; but to inspire the respect that creates fear and trust when and where each is necessary, we will need a president who summons our strength with a reality-based strategic vision, not one who summons applause with tantrums and homicidal fantasies. — Michael B. Mukasey served as U.S. attorney general from 2007 to 2009 and as a U.S. district judge from 1988 to 2006. He has advised the Jeb Bush campaign on national-security issues.

KATIE PAVLICH

Given the high stakes both at home and abroad, America cannot afford to elect a man who is not rooted in conservatism. And Donald Trump, a political con man who sympathizes with hit man Vladimir Putin and “Republicans” such as Charlie Crist, manifestly is not.

Trump has made a living out of preying on and bullying society’s most vulnerable, with the help of government. He isn’t an outsider, but rather an unelected politician of the worst kind. He admits that he’s bought off elected officials in order to get his way and that he has openly abused the system.

The rabid defense he gets from some quarters is astonishing. Trump’s liberal positions aren’t in the distant past — he has openly promoted them on the campaign trail. Trump isn’t fighting for anyone but himself, which has been his pattern for decades.

Conservatives have a serious decision to make. Do we truly believe in our long-held principles and insist that politicians have records demonstrating fealty to them? Or are we willing to throw these principles away because an entertainer who has been a liberal Democrat for decades simply says some of the right things?

In short, do our principles still matter? A vote for Trump indicates the answer is “No.” — Katie Pavlich is the editor of Townhall and a best-selling author.​

JOHN PODHORETZ

Donald Trump is the apotheosis of a tendency that began to manifest itself in American culture in the 1980s, most notably in the persons of the comic Andrew Dice Clay and the shock jock Howard Stern: the American id. Guys like the Dice Man and Stern had been told and taught and trained by respectable middlebrow culture to believe that their tastes and desires were piggish and thuggish and gross, and they said: So be it! Clay filled stadiums across the country with young men who chanted dirty nursery rhymes along with him. Stern invited young actresses onto his show to discuss their breasts. The screams of outrage that greeted them were part of the act.

Clay had nowhere to go with his shtick after a few years and faded away. Stern adapted to changing circumstances. But the American id remained, as ids do. You want to call me a goon? Fine, so I’ll act like a goon, see how you like it. The cultural signposts Trump brandished in the years preceding his presidential bid are all manifestations of the American id — his steak business, his casino business, his green-marble-and-chrome architecture, his love life minutely detailed in the columns of Cindy Adams, his involvement with Vince McMahon’s wrestling empire, and his reality-TV persona as the immensely rich guy who treats people like garbage but has no fancy airs. This id found its truest voice in his repellent assertion that the first black president needed to prove to Trump’s satisfaction that he was actually an American.

In any integrated personality, the id is supposed to be balanced by an ego and a superego — by a sense of self that gravitates toward behaving in a mature and responsible way when it comes to serious matters, and, failing that, has a sense of shame about transgressing norms and common decencies. Trump is an unbalanced force. He is the politicized American id. Should his election results match his polls, he would be, unquestionably, the worst thing to happen to the American common culture in my lifetime. — John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary.

R. R. RENO

Trump has always been Trump. His public pronouncements over the last few decades give no evidence of consistent or coherent political views. By comparison, Hillary Clinton is a principled public figure. He made noises about running in 2000 and was serious in 2012, but the talk went nowhere.

When he declared in 2015, we laughed again.

Donald Trump? Absurd!

Boy, were we wrong.

I suppose we should have known better. The Republican party has become home to a growing number of Americans who want to burn down our political and economic systems and hang our cultural elites. They’re tired of being policed by political correctness, often with the complicity of supposed conservatives. They don’t like Republican candidates who denounce them as “takers” with no future in the global economy. And they suspect, rightly, that the Chamber of Commerce will sell them down the river if it adds to the bottom line.

All true, but it’s sad that this frustrated cohort now fixes on Trump as its savior.

He presents himself as a Strong Man who promises to knock heads and make things right again. In this, he has a lot more in common with South American populist demagogues than with our tradition of political leaders.

But I suppose that’s the reason for his popularity. The middle-class consensus in America has collapsed. This is the most important political and social earthquake since World War II. The conservative movement’s leadership isn’t up to the challenge, and a good number of voters are willing to gamble on Trump’s bluster. Bad bet. Our nation’s solidarity is being tested. It will only make things worse if we go Trumpster diving. — R. R. Reno is the editor of First Things.

THOMAS SOWELL

In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one — Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after seven years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor. No doubt much of the stampede of Republican voters toward Mr. Trump is based on their disgust with the Republican establishment. It is easy to understand why there would be pent-up resentments among Republican voters. But are elections held for the purpose of venting emotions?

No doubt much of the stampede of Republican voters toward Mr. Trump is based on their disgust with the Republican establishment. It is easy to understand why there would be pent-up resentments among Republican voters. But are elections held for the purpose of venting emotions?

No national leader ever aroused more fervent emotions than Adolf Hitler did in the 1930s. Watch some old newsreels of German crowds delirious with joy at the sight of him. The only things at all comparable in more recent times were the ecstatic crowds that greeted Barack Obama when he burst upon the political scene in 2008.

Elections, however, have far more lasting and far more serious — or even grim — consequences than emotional venting. The actual track record of crowd pleasers, whether Juan Perón in Argentina, Obama in America, or Hitler in Germany, is very sobering, if not painfully depressing.

After the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, we are entering an era when people alive at this moment may live to see a day when American cities are left in radioactive ruins. We need all the wisdom, courage, and dedication in the next president — and his or her successors — to save ourselves and our children from such a catastrophe.

A shoot-from-the-hip, belligerent show-off is the last thing we need or can afford. — Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

CAL THOMAS

I wanted to like Donald Trump, much as I wanted to like Richard Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew. Both men have said many things with which I agree. Agnew attacked media bias, and Trump attacks the establishment’s failure to “make America great,” as he nonspecifically puts it. But a proper diagnosis does not equal competence in administering a cure.

If I developed a brain tumor, I would want Ben Carson to operate on me, but do I want Donald Trump “operating” on America?

Everyone has a temperament. The dictionary defines it as “the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person.” Would Trump’s “combination” make him a good president? I think not.

 

I once compared Trump to Lonesome Rhodes, the character played by Andy Griffith in the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd. Trump might also be compared to Elmer Gantry, the fictional evangelist who used religion to mask his dark side.

On January 13, Trump spoke to a packed convention center in Pensacola, Fla. While he made many good points — especially when it came to uncontrolled immigration — he was rambling and unfocused. He spent time criticizing his “poor-quality” microphone and said he wasn’t going to pay for it. A far cry from Ronald Reagan’s “I am paying for this microphone” line during the 1980 New Hampshire–primary campaign, which conveyed strength, not petulance.

In Pensacola, Trump again drew wild applause when he repeated his promise to build a wall along the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it. The wall keeps getting higher as the story gets older. He never says how he will force Mexico to pay.

Anger is not policy. Trump channels a lot of the righteous (and some of the unrighteous) anger of voters and sees the solution as himself. Isn’t a narcissist what we currently have in the White House? — Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated USA Today columnist and a Fox News contributor.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430126/donald-trump-conservatives-oppose-nomination

-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

Truth IS The New “Hate Speech”

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RE-PRINTED WITH FULL PERMISSION FROM THE COUNTER-JIHAD REPORT

 

Stephen Coughlin: Yes, the Truth May Constitute Hate Speech

 

Gates of Vienna, by  Baron Bodissey, August 27, 2016:

On August 21, the American Freedom Alliance sponsored a conference in Los Angeles, “Islam and Western Civilization: Can they Coexist?” One of the speakers was Major (ret.) Stephen Coughlin, the author of Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad.

Note: In his talk, Maj. Coughlin refers to OSCE events that he attended. The response by CSP and ICLA to the use of the term “Islamophobia” at OSCE is here. The video of his encounter with the globalist enforcers of the OSCE narrative is here.

Many thanks to Henrik Clausen for recording, and to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
VIDEO.

Here is a longer presentation given recently at an Act! For America event in San Antonio, TX :
VIDEO.

 

And neither Hitlary nor DT is qualified to do anything to stop the Islamic Jihad…actually BOTH are in bed up to their ears with all of the big “players” in the Islamic money/bribery games. Of the two we have no Constitutional Defender of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

 

 

 

 

The best one we had Liberals, R.I.N.O.s and Trump-Bots kicked to the curb, Ted Cruz. 

Constitutional Liberty and National Security should NEVER be toys for Liberals of any party to play with…pray that America repents and- finally- does what is right.

 

 -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

Trump Will Most Likely Be Facing THIS- Are WE Ready?

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THREE DIRE WARNINGS:

 

WARNING #1.

Harvard Economist Warns “$700 Gold by Late 2017″

*SOURCE*

AN OPEN LETTER-

 

Investors are fleeing to gold in a desperate attempt to weather the recent market volatility… but is this long time “safe-haven” actually poised to collapse wiping out trillions of dollars of wealth in the process?

One highly respected Harvard economist is stating an emphatic “yes!”.

“While many economists will argue that gold is not in a bubble… and insist it will soar to $2,000, $5,000 and even $10,000, my research has said otherwise” says Harvard economist Harry Dent in his latest report. “I’ve never been more certain of anything in over 30 years of economic forecasting.”

Market volatility, worries over the Europe Central Bank, negative interest rates, and China are among a laundry list of events that are driving panicked masses to buy the yellow metal. But this is only inflating the gold bubble that is poised to pop at any moment, he says.

 

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Dent, who pioneered a whole new science of economic forecasting in the early 1980’s has been able to accurately predict almost every major economic event over the past 30 years. —including the collapse of Japan, The Great Tech Boom of the 1990’s, and the 2008 market crash.

Now his latest prediction his proving controversial among financial circles across the country.

Traditionally investors flock to gold as a way to hedge against inflation. But according to Dent’s research,we’re about to see the exact opposite happen.

Dent warns that we are about to experience an economic crisis far worse than 2008 — the full-blown collapse of the stock market and massive deflation.

And that investors who attempt to hide their money in the “safe haven” of gold, could damage their wealth to an even greater degree.
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WARNING #2.

Famed Harvard Economist Predicts:

“The Greatest Stock Market Collapse since the Great Depression”

 

*SOURCE*

AN OPEN LETTER.

The man who called nearly every major economic trend over the past 30 years…including the 1991 recession, Japan’s lost decade, the 2001 tech crash, the bull market and housing boom of the last decade and, most recently, the credit and housing bubble has issued a startling new prediction.

“The DOW is going to crash to a degree we haven’t seen since the Great Depression” say world-renowned economist Harry Dent.

In fact, Dent says, “We’ll see a historic drop to 6,000… and when the dust settles – it’ll plummet to 3,300. Along the way, we’ll see another real estate collapse. Gold will sink to $750 an ounce and unemployment will skyrocket… It’s going to get ugly…

…Dent details the “perfect storm” of economic and demographic realities brewing that will likely make the next few years some of the most trying times in U.S. economic history.

“This is not fun and games. This is not fear-mongering. This is today’s economic reality” he plainly states in this in-depth exposè of what’s to come.

He goes on to paint a detailed picture of the financial carnage this crash could inflict on America:

“Unemployment will soar to 15% or higher as the work pool continues to shrink and companies lean towards employing people with experience, something students entering the workforce obviously lack.

Housing prices will fall again, by as much as 40%… the so-called “recovery” of 2013/14 will diminish faster than an ice on a hot summer day as mortgage rates rise and the wrong group of investors – a.k.a. speculators – lose their taste for the market.

Faced with huge revenue shortages, the federal deficit will balloon from $1.3 trillion to as much as $3 trillion.

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WARNING #3.

You Think The Deficit Is Bad? Federal Unfunded Liabilities Exceed $127 Trillion

 

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Although the battle over a two-year budget deal and the national debt limit in Washington, D.C. has received the lion’s share of media attention recently , the bigger, more ominous threat facing taxpayers are unfunded liabilities—the difference between the net present value of expected future government spending and the net present value of projected future tax revenue, particularly those associated with Social Security and Medicare.

While federal unfunded liabilities are important, state-level unfunded pension liabilities also pose serious obstacles. In Texas, the recent 2013 Employees Retirement System (ERS) Valuation Report outlines the funding shortages this pension system faces and there is some indication it may be unable to pay beneficiaries by 2052.

The federal unfunded liabilities are catastrophic for future taxpayers and economic growth. Atusdebtclock.org, federal unfunded liabilities are estimated at near $127 trillion, which is roughly $1.1 million per taxpayer and nearly double 2012’s total world output

[NOTE: WE, AMERICA, ARE CURRENTLY 19 PLUS TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT! ADD TO THAT 127 TRILLION MORE DOLLARS, AND AMERICA SURPASSES THE ENTIRE OUTPUT OF THE WHOLE WORLD IN 2012!!! WE ARE DOOMED. *SOURCE* ]

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SCARILY ADD TO THIS TOXIC NATIONAL AND GLOBAL DEBT TRUMP…

Here is a break-down of Trump’s business track record-

By: 

 

1. A thread on something that’s been bothering me: How on earth was Trump losing money on his casinos while competitors were making bank?

Next time you hear Trump claim the entire casino industry was hit by the “bad economy” remember this chart   While competitor casinos did well and casino index went up 268%, Trump’s investors lost 93%.
Trump today blamed his casino failures on a “bad economy” But he had a different excuse in 2007: too much debt

. Did a whole thread on how Trump’s inability to do simple math led to his casino bankruptcies

 

A pattern with Trump’s businesses (airline, casino, univ, condos)-borrow heavily, make a splash, bail…

2) You can say “haha what a dummy-losing money on casinos” but as I noted, Trump’s losses appear deliberate, planned

World’s largest economy will soon be in the hands of man who orchestrated this financial shell game

 

3. But what if there’s more to Trump’s casino losses, which ran billions of dollars. Was it to disguise Russian money laundering?

 

4. Article below from 1995 notes how Russian mafia was laundering money in and out of the US using dummy corps

REFERS BACK TO #3.

5. A coincidence that Trump’s projects–after banks ditched him–were financed by Russian mafia linked Bayrock?

LINKS TO ANOTHER THREAD:

11. Here’s NYT on the Trump SoHo fraud lawsuit that Trump settled to hide the dirty Russian money trail via Bayrock

Donald Trump Settled a Real Estate Lawsuit, and a Criminal Case Was Closed

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1: Disproves Trump’s claim of “no Russian ties” 2: His kids too were laundering This could put them ALL away

6. Soviet characters–Sater, Arif, Sapir, Mashkevich-suddenly pouring hundreds of millions into a bankrupt Trump?

Kazakh-born Soviet official turned real estate tycoon (), Tevfik Arif ran Bayrock/Sapir out of Trump Tower.

Sater worked for him.

7. Were these Russian links established during Trump’s casino run-he helps them with laundering-they bail him out?
Soviet characters–Sater, Arif, Sapir, Mashkevich-suddenly pouring hundreds of millions into a bankrupt Trump?

8. Recall the lawsuit against Bayrock naming Trump and kids alleges $250 million were laundered, untaxed, to Russia

Details of Russian financing of Trump are soon going to emerge, thanks to a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled Bayrock associate, Jody Kriss

9. We know Trump was getting tax benefits for losing people’s investments, but now we have this laundering angle

A coincidence that Trump- projects financed with dirty foreign money–SoHo, Baja, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, Toronto–all ended in failure?

10. Here is the smoking gun: US Treasury fined Trump’s casinos $10 million for “significant, long standing anti-money laundering violations”

 

 

11. $10M money laundering fine levied on Trump was LARGEST PENALTY FinCen-Financial Crimes Enforcement Network-ever levied against a casino

12. If Congress pursues Trump’s Russia ties/grooming, his casino money laundering investigation holds key answers

REFERS BACK TO POINT #10.

13. Fresh look into the casino would reveal how far back his Russian ties go, activities money laundering supported

Forensic examination of casino books would show how much was laundered to/from Russia

Well look at that: Trump was accused of destroying email evidence related to his casino lawsuit

14. Danny Leung, VP Foreign Marketing at Trump’s casino was ID’d by US Senate as member of organized crime/money laundering outfit 14K Triad

 

15. Perfect segue-from money laundering at Trump’s casinos to organized crime hires to Russian mafia $

IOW, Trump Org has functioned as money-laundering front for Russia’s biggest OC group, which is functionally RIS.

16. So during his casino (hit with $10M $ laundering fine) run in 90s Trump *personally* sold condos to Russian mob

Russian mobster and key member of Mogilevich’s crime family, David Bogatin, owned 5 separate condos in Trump Tower

1992 NYT on Bogatin, Russian mobster, multiple Trump condo owner Important link in understanding how far back Trump’s Russian $ trail leads

17. Bogantin-Mogilevich link leads me back to question , plus possibility that kompromat on Trump is financial too!

Were these Russian links established during Trump’s casino run-he helps them with laundering-they bail him out?

 

18. Trump sold *5* condos to associate of crime boss/Putin pal Mogilevich, whose CV includes Al Qaeda, arms, nukes, contract hits on journos

19. For exposing Mogilevich’s relationship to Putin, ex-KGB Litvinenko was killed with radioactive pulonium-210 in a London hotel in 2006

 

20. If Mogilevich-Putin collab is behind Trump, you’ll understand why no journalist or politician will probe further

For exposing Mogilevich’s relationship to Putin, ex-KGB Litvinenko was killed with radioactive pulonium-210 in a London hotel in 2006

REFERS BACK TO POINT #19.

 

21. So now that it’s clear both Bogatin, Sater worked for Mogilevich–explains Trump’s casino financials, $10M fine?

Felix Sater’s dad worked for “boss of bosses” Mogilevich-architect of “virtually undetectable financial frauds”

 

22. No reporter wants to touch Trump’s RUS-mob$-Mogilevich ties–after all, a contract hit was placed on one for this

 

Banks, accounting firms, politicos, gov officials, media-so many overlooked so much-many dirty hands

More I dig into this I realize it can’t be done without implicating hundreds; 1000X > than Watergate

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/the-most-dangerous-mobster-in-the-world-6419460

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So, America and the entire world may soon be facing “Great Depression II” and we have a president bought by and a puppet/pal of Russian Communists, KGB and mobsters.

MORE SOURCES:

HERE.

HERE.

AND HERE.

 

 

 

ADDED BONUS:

 

 

 

 -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

K.S.N. : Re-Booted

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K.ITCHEN S.INK N.EWS

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S IN THE NEWS

This will be a compilation of head-lines with links, pics, memes, and videos that cover the gamut of Biblical-Christian and Constitutional-Conservative news…. Let’s ROLL!

 

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2016. (Photo: Sam Hodgson / The New York Times)

“The Big Lie”: How Trump Uses Classic Authoritarian Propaganda Techniques

Saturday, September 03, 2016By Douglas Kellner, Truthout | Op-Ed

*SOURCE*

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The racist, discredited argument Trump’s DOJ just made in a federal court

Who knew something like this could happen with Jeff Sessions in charge?

*SOURCE*

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Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Time to get caught up: the comprehensive Palmer Report on Trump-Russia version 2.0

Holy cow: Trump team copied documents and removed them from SCIF

https://apnews.com/b109774705594ae887a86b337c444e6b/Trump-transition-raised-flags-about-Flynn-Russia-contacts

Trump transition raised flags about Flynn Russia contacts

[EXCERPT.]

WASHINGTON (AP) — In late November, a member of Donald Trump’s transition team approached national security officials in the Obama White House with a curious request: Could the incoming team get a copy of the classified CIA profile on Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States?

Marshall Billingslea, a former Pentagon and NATO official, wanted the information for his boss, Michael Flynn, who had been tapped by Trump to serve as White House national security adviser. Billingslea knew Flynn would be speaking to Kislyak, according to two former Obama administration officials, and seemed concerned Flynn did not fully understand he was dealing with a man rumored to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

To the Obama White House, Billingslea’s concerns were startling: a member of Trump’s own team suggesting the incoming Trump administration might be in over its head in dealing with an adversary.

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GAO prospectus for the building used by Trump transition included SCIF

http://www.congress.gov/crec/2015/07/29/CREC-2015-07-29-pt1-PgH5664-2.pdf

This may be the most eye-opening first sentence in Russian-Trump stories I’ve read yet.

FLYNN REQUESTED THE CLASSIFIED DOSSIER ON RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR SERGEY KISLYAK! WHY NOT GIVE PUTIN A PASSWORD TO CIA’S SERVER?

Okayyyy? Not to mention placing Sessions in as AG, Kushner as advisor, Ross, aw come on Trump is a traitor! Arrest all of ’em!!

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All of Trump’s Russia Ties, in 7 Charts

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

FROM ANOTHER PATRIOT AND INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER ON TWITTER:

How Trump gets fired–you can’t govern with a 41% approval rating–most people yet to grasp extent of his corruption

Public complaints to the OGE have increased by ~5,000% compared to the same period at the start of the Obama Admin.

*SOURCE*

There’s a constitutional amendment which allows replacement of a President who is judged mentally unfit. Will sane Republicans invoke it?

Trump has dragged Republicans down with him–GOP at 40% approval–*7 pt drop since January*–GOP vouched for Trump…he made them look like fools

McConnell–who blocked Dems’ deficit neutral infrastructure funding plan–and wife eager to skim off shady Trump plan

Watch Elaine Chao–‘s wife in plum Cabinet role–catch herself saying foreign money for infrastructure

VIDEO HERE.

AND HERE.

Hey : After Comey’s firing, Trump’s approval rating sinks to a new low, as odds of impeachment rise

*SOURCE*

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Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

AND, LASTLY,

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.