Thanks to the Constitution, the left’s biggest problem is the American people

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Everyone, whatever side of the political aisle you’re on, needs to take a deep breath here.

1. “Collusion,” contrary to what the New York Times would like to think, is a noun, not a crime.

2. “Conspiracy,” an inchoate offense, can be a crime if there’s (a) an agreement between two persons to commit an illegal act and (b) at least two affirmative acts in support of the object of the conspiracy. The agreement is the essential ingredient. Usually, however, in the federal system, conspiracy is charged with the underlying felony. In other words, it’s charged as a pile-on, not a stand-alone defense.

3. All crimes require mens rea, criminal intent.

4. All elements of a crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Rewriting American History

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George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution. Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It’s not only Confederate statues that have come under attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places.

Slavery is an undeniable fact of our history. The costly war fought to end it is also a part of the nation’s history. Neither will go away through cultural cleansing. Removing statues of Confederates and renaming buildings are just a small part of the true agenda of America’s leftists. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and there’s a monument that bears his name — the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. George Washington also owned slaves, and there’s a monument to him, as well — the Washington Monument in Washington. Will the people who call for removal of statues in New Orleans and Richmond also call for the removal of the Washington, D.C., monuments honoring slaveholders Jefferson and Washington? Will the people demanding a change in the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School also demand that the name of the nation’s capital be changed? These leftists might demand that the name of my place of work — George Mason University — be changed. Even though Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a part of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, he owned slaves. Not too far from my university is James Madison University. Will its name be changed? Even though Madison is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution,” he did own slaves.

Rewriting American history is going to be challenging. Just imagine the task of purifying the nation’s currency. Slave owner George Washington’s picture graces the $1 bill. Slave owner Thomas Jefferson’s picture is on the $2 bill. Slave-owning Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s picture is on our $50 bill. Benjamin Franklin’s picture is on the $100 bill. The challenges of rewriting American history are endless, going beyond relatively trivial challenges such as finding new pictures for our currency. At least half of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were slave owners. Also consider that roughly half of the 55 delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia were slave owners. Do those facts invalidate the U.S. Constitution, and would the history rewriters want us to convene a new convention to purge and purify our Constitution? The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll take a yard. So I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place. The hate-America types use every tool at their disposal to achieve their agenda of discrediting and demeaning our history. Our history of slavery is simply a convenient tool to further their cause.

Who’s in Charge of Immigration?

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Family Security Matters

by RONALD R. CHERRY, MD

Who’s in charge of immigration in the United States of America? The question really boils down to who’s in charge of law in the United States of America. Our highest secular law is the US Constitution, so that is where we will start. What does the US Constitution say about immigration? It says nothing about immigration specifically, but our Constitution grants Congress the power to “provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States” and to “repel invasions” and to “establish a uniform rule of naturalization” through the power of Federal Law. This is what Congress did in 1952 with the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), later amended in 1965. The Constitution grants the President powers related to foreign relations, such as the making of treaties with consent of the Senate, and for our common defense as Commander in Chief of the American armed forces during war and other foreign dangers to our general welfare. The Constitution gives the Supreme Court power to resolve disputes arising under the Constitution and Federal Law, but it does not give the Supreme Court, or the lesser Federal Courts, power thereby to override or veto Federal Law which is in pursuance of the Constitution, or power to override or veto Presidential execution thereof.

Here is the law: 

“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.” Immigration and Nationality Act, 1952.

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The Fourth Circuit Invites Manchesters Here

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SECURE FREEDOM MINUTE

How ironic that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals would choose the day after a man whose family immigrated from Libya conducted a murderous attack in Manchester, England to block President Trump’s effort to prevent such individuals from coming here.

British investigators were dispatched to Libya, hoping to discover the extent to which the suicide bomber, Salman Abedie, had help and/or co-conspirators there. The absence of a functioning Libyan government makes such inquiries both dangerous and problematic. That’s one of the reasons President Trump instituted his pause on immigration from Libya and other failed states.

If the President is unable to exercise his constitutional and statutory authority to do that, there will be more Manchesters here. And there will be blood on the hands of jurists who arrogate to themselves decisions about national security they are neither equipped nor entitled to exercise.

First they came for the Confederates…

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Although a fight currently waged against metal and mortar, the glee attending the left’s dismantling of New Orleans’s Confederate statuary has taken on the stink of bloodlust.  Down go the statues of Beauregard, Davis, and Lee; up come the cries for those of Jackson, Washington, and Jefferson to follow.  Never mind who owned a slave and who didn’t; among them were men who, at the certain risk of their lives, liberty, and sacred honor, brought about that document that’s served to liberate mankind generally.

Perhaps ironically, it was 18th-century slaveholders among those now under attack who did more than anyone in history to end slavery.  With human bondage now resurgent on certain parts of the world, one feels compelled to inquire what the Confederate monument destroyers are doing to abolish it.  Google that, and you’ll find that they have little argument with slavery as pursued by its third-world practitioners.  This may be because the know-nothing ninjas of the regressive left regard slavery as less criminal than are those dead white males who established the right of all to freely pursue happiness.  With that the case, it’s not just a handful of old American icons who are to be laid low by the Caterpillar’s blade; nor is it just that American history itself is slated to be reworked into a Spanish-language comic novella of Approved Ideology (bad as that is).  Rather, it’s that our Taliban-toadying leftists intend to reduce the Constitution and its Bill of Rights to the same rubble that the Bamiyan Buddhas now occupy.

It’s in the pursuit of this aim that Beauregard’s statue has fallen – for he and the others who are to follow now form the Constitution’s guardians.  To slander and revile them is to slander and revile it, and to physically strip them away from history and law is to do no other than expose it to the same fate.

Just as leftists hate the founders for their elevation of mankind to a state of freely functioning citizens, they hate the document created to codify the idea that principle rather than passion serves as the wellspring of liberty.  The left is all about passion – mercurial, virtue-signaling, subjective, contradictory, hypocritical, and fashion-driven passion.  Leftists might talk a good game, but in keeping with the Leninist doctrine of ends justifying means, they’ll freely abandon whatever noble principle they espouse one day to accomplish some nefarious goal the next.  That’s how those who pretend to advocate for women and gays come to support Islamist doctrine; how those who pretend to advocate for free speech and non-violence become violent in free speech’s denial; and how those who espouse equality before the law have come to have the most restrictive view of who is to be tolerated as most any of us have seen in a lifetime.

So by all means, let us switch out Lee for Che and tear down U.S. Grant for H.C. Minh.  While we’re at it, let’s give the statues of Washington and Jefferson the same earthward tumble that planted Saddam’s bronze proboscis in the turf.  “Après eux, le deluge,” as Napoleon might have said of this phenomenon – to which Churchill might have added that we’re neither at “the beginning of the end, nor even the end of the beginning” of its pursuit.  For once the founders have felt the bulldozers’ bite, and after the schools bearing their names, and the currency bearing their likenesses, have been given the Stalinist heave-ho, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the rule of law itself will be easy pickings.

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The Threat of Organized Islam in America

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Although he was unable to overthrow America’s Free Constitutional Republic and America’s free and open society in the short time he was in the White House, Obama did a lot of damage. In the short space of about eight years, Obama did everything he could to accelerate Islamic infestation in America.

It is astonishing how misinformed and gullible so many people seem to be about the threat of organized Islam. Organized Islam in America takes the form of the establishment of mosques, schools, clinics, shelters, and clubs, and necessitates learning the Quran, and learning and attempting to implement Shariah Law. http://shariahthethreat.org/a-short-course-1-what-is-shariah/a-short-course-12-the-muslim-brotherhood-in-america/

The Quran requires killing “infidels” (anyone who is not a Muslim). That right there should bring opposition from American citizens.

If that doesn’t do it, Shariah Law should. Shariah Law is utterly unconstitutional and, therefore, illegal law in the United States.

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1984 is Here to Stay – Proof is Vault 7

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Family Security Matters

by WALLACE S. BRUSCHWEILER, WILLIAM PALUMBO

 

This article is addressed to the public in general, but especially the media, i.e., journalists who should know better but don’t.

Last week, WikiLeaks released classified documents relating to CIA-funded surveillance programs and techniques.  Under the codename Vault 7, Julian Assange’s organization has so far disclosed only a small fraction (1%) of the total documents, which they claim to be the “largest intelligence publication in history.”  The “Year 0” release contains 7,818 web pages and 943 attachments.  (You can view the entire Vault 7 ‘Year 0′ collection here.  For a good overview of what Vault 7 consists of and some potential implications, follow this link.)

Some of the more sensational activities documented in Vault 7 explain how the CIA has retained, through electronic and programming loopholes and proprietary technology, an ability to remotely activate a variety of personal electronic devices, enabling them to – for example – listen to private conversations within earshot of your smartphones microphone.  Ostensibly, this is also true for cameras (e.g., on your smartphone phone, laptop, iPad, on your television).

For many Americans, this news comes as an unwelcome surprise.  Before we continue, let’s pause and examine whether the public outcry is justified.

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