Marco Rubio Urges For “Moral Clarity”

Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of State nominee, went through hearings on Wednesday from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he answered several tough questions.

The much-anticipated hearings for the president-elect’s controversial choice starred not only Rex Tillerson himself, but a senator who was once known as the rising star of the Republican Party: Marco Rubio.

In December when it was rumored that Tillerson would become President-elect Trump’s secretary of state nominee, several Republican lawmakers, including Rubio, expressed concern over Tillerson’s relationship with Russia and their president Vladimir Putin. Rubio tweeted:

Rubio later issued a statement that expressed his concern in more detail.

This immediately led to several former high-ranking Republicans, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice, to talk to Rubio and lobby for Tillerson. Tillerson himself met with Rubio in private on Monday.

However, Rubio did not back down on Wednesday. Rubio pressed Tillerson on sanctions against Russia, human rights’ violations in Saudi Arabia, and when Rubio asked if Putin was a war criminal, Tillerson responded, “I would not use that term.”

While it is true that Tillerson’s international business experience is a good quality for a Secretary of State and brings a unique perspective regarding foreign relations, that strength did not make up for his lack of experience in diplomacy in his hearing. On several occasions, when Rubio pressed Tillerson for answers regarding human rights’ violations and war crimes from foreign leaders, particularly Russia’s Putin, Tillerson wavered, insisting that he needed more information before being able to give a definitive answer. His refusal to label Putin a war criminal, or at least admit that the Russian military had committed war crimes in Aleppo, leads one to suspect that Tillerson is not ready to admit that his friend Putin is destabilizing the world.

This is a controversial topic in Republican circles, because while it has been traditional Republican policy to take a strong stance against Russia, President-elect Trump has made clear that he would like a friendship with Russia and President Putin.

While being friends with any country is in theory better than being enemies with one, the friendship must be mutual, and there must be conditions met. If Russia is committing war crimes, why should the United States be friends with Russia?

The questions did not stop with Russia, however. During the second part of the hearing, Rubio asked Tillerson to condemn the drug war being waged by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and Tillerson side-stepped the question and insisted that we needed to remain an ally with the Philippines. Then Rubio asked Tillerson if he believed that Saudi Arabia was a human rights violator, given the lack of religious freedom and freedom for women in the nation. Tillerson responded by saying that Saudi Arabia had different values, although they are progressing towards becoming more free, and by labeling them as human rights violators we could jeopardize our human rights progress in the region.

The idea that we should not place labels that may be offensive to other countries and leaders is a theme in Tillerson’s reasoning throughout the hearing, and it is not a theme that resonates well with human rights activists.

Human rights activism is at the core of Rubio’s foreign policy beliefs, and was disappointed that Tillerson could not call human rights violations for what they are. “In order to have moral clarity, we need clarity. We can’t achieve moral clarity with rhetorical ambiguity,” Rubio said during his final remarks. He said that people from China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and other countries with poor human rights records look to the United States for leadership in the world, and when they see that the United States is not prepared to condemn these human rights violators, “It demoralizes these people all over the world. And it leads people to conclude this, which … hurt us during the Cold War: America cares about democracy and freedom, as long as it’s not being violated by someone that they need for something else.”

Rubio urged, “That cannot be who we are in the 21st century. We need a secretary of state that will fight for these principles.”

Remember, Rubio believes that American strength in foreign policy is what helps the world become stable – not by going into war, but by being the moral leader in world affairs and by making sure that no power voids can be created and filled by those who seek to destabilize the world. The weakening of American foreign policy in general through the Obama Administration has arguably led to the rise of Russia and Iran as more powerful adversaries and well as the rise of ISIS. And while Tillerson has not suggested that he would like to continue with Obama’s foreign policy, his unwillingness to label dangerous adversaries in the world is troubling and could degrade America’s moral stance in the world.

There is still no confirmation that Rubio will choose to vote yes or no on Tillerson in committee. He said in an interview, “I’m prepared to do what’s right.” And it may be right to vote no.

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This Week’s Edition of Liberal Hypocrisy…

Outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Private transgender Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, who was supposed to serve a 35-year sentence for leaking Military secrets. Manning was convicted in 2013 for violations of the Espionage Act for leaking key Military documents to Wikileaks. The battlefield reports were used by Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, putting a lot of people in danger. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) put it perfectly, “I don’t understand why the president would feel special compassion for someone who endangered the lives of our troops, diplomats, intelligence officers, and allies.”

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Chelsea Manning was convicted in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act

Make no mistake, Manning is not a whistle-blower, but a traitor to his country. She stole 750,000 documents from the Army, making it impossible for her to know what was in all those emails. Democrats applauded the efforts of President Obama, again another example of hypocrisy from the left. Democrats hate the leaking of documents when it hurts them but when it fits to their narrative they have no problem with it. During the election campaign, Democrats were outraged about Russia sponsoring the leaks of John Podestas emails. The leaks unveiled shady dealings related to Clinton and her stint as Secretary of State and with her campaign staff. Since it severely damaged her campaign, the left was staunchly against Wikileaks and Julian Assange. The left can’t have it both ways; if you don’t like what Assange did than you can’t support the commutation of Chelsea Manning. It also begs the question of whether Chelsea would have gotten this commutation if she were still Bradley Manning. In today’s politically correct world, Manning’s diagnosis of having gender dysmorphia could have swayed the decision of President Obama. Marco Rubio did not mince words when disagreeing with the decision of President Obama, stating

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Marco Rubio had strong words for President Obama

“Private Manning violated an oath as a member of the U.S. military and endangered the lives of fellow service members and individuals in contact with the U.S. government around the world….It is shameful that President Obama is siding with lawbreakers and the ACLU against the men and women who work every day to defend our nation and safeguard U.S. government secrets.”

As the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump nears, more and more House Democrats are planning to skip the inauguration in an attempt to deem President-elect Trump’s win as illegitimate. As it stands, 60 House Democrats have committed to skipping, including Representative John Lewis who recently made his tendentious comments about Trump not being the legitimate president. John Lewis did a lot for civil rights but he is out of line here and furthering a divide in our nation in which needs coming together. Mr. Trump won the election fair and square, the voters chose him. Lest we forget back during the debates when Hillary and the Democrats said Trump’s unwillingness to accept the election results was a direct threat to our democracy. So, it is safe to say now that what the Democrats are doing is sour grapes, and they need to get over it.  It’s also no surprise that of the 60 House Democrats, a combined 22 are from deep blue California and New York.

President-elect gave his views on the matter in an interview with Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt: “He(Lewis) got caught in a very bad lie, so let’s see what happens. As far as other people not going, that’s ok because we need seats so badly.” The lie Trump is referring to is Lewis made the claim this was the first inauguration he would be skipping, when in fact he also skipped the inauguration of George W. Bush. The Democrats are playing a dangerous game, risking future Inaugurations to strictly being a partisan occasion. The event is supposed to signify the peaceful transfer of power but the transition process has been anything but that.

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During an interview with CNN, Paul praised Lewis as a civil rights icon but said he shouldn’t be immune to criticism.

No Democratic Senators have pledged to skip yet but Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) did leave that door open, saying “I think each person has to make the choice on their own, but I don’t begrudge those who have said they’re boycotting. Each person can make his or her own decision.”

This Is Obama’s Legacy, and He Knows It

On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, Barrack Obama delivered his farewell address in the city of Chicago. The address served as a way for Obama to proclaim that he will be forever remembered and admired because of his great legacy, one that includes: the amelioration of our civil society, the expansion of the economy, the progress towards world peace, and the precedent for transparency. This, however, is merely the result of his proclivity for self-aggrandizement. Obama’s declaration that his administration is one of success is simply a false narrative. His administration has been one dedicated to: the performance of unscrupulous actions, the ignorance of reality, and the rejection of veracity. His great legacy will not be full of hope, progress, and change. Instead, it will be marked with lies, corruption, and failure.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care is a prime example of this. The setup of the policy was misguided, for its success was contingent on the amount of people that would sign up for health insurance. This was to be achieved through the government’s mandate that the people must acquire health insurance. Despite the efforts of this mandate, which was unconstitutional in its very nature, not enough people signed up for health insurance. As a result, insurance premiums rose significantly, which is something that will continue. More so, Obama claimed that families could keep the doctors of their choice under the healthcare policy, which actually turned out to be false.

Obama expanded the size of the government significantly during his administration, which resulted in an existential increase in the overall level of debt. Obama’s stimulus package, which was a response to the financial crisis, contributed to this as well. The overall economy under the Obama administration experienced some of the slowest growth this country has seen. Obama’s claims that the unemployment rate has decreased are true. But, when looked at in conjunction with the significant decrease in the labor force participation rate it is apparent why the unemployment rate has actually gone down. These are a result of the enhanced business regulations made by the Obama administration.

Obama’s claims of success in regards to foreign relations are fatuous in nature as well. He pulled the troops before the Middle East could be stable enough to thrive on its own, and as a result it fell into chaos. ISIS was also able to grow significantly once the troops left the area. The administration downplayed the cruel nature of Bashar al-Assad as well, and once the dictator started to attack his own people, the administration refused to provide sufficient military support. Obama did nothing to stop the advancement of Russian military forces into the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine, as well as their infiltration in the Syrian conflict. The Iranian Nuclear Deal that his administration supported provided Iran, a country at odds with western civilization, with the capacity to develop nuclear weapons in the near future. Lastly, Obama’s claim that no terrorist attack has taken place in our country that was orchestrated by a terrorist organization overseas was simply a way for him to narrow down an issue so much that it makes him appear to be successful. Radical Islamic terror has grown significantly in the world under Obama’s watch. This is a result of his refusal to properly accredit ISIS-inspired attacks to radical Islam, as well as his inability to propose rational policies to combat them.

The notion that Obama’s administration was honest and competent is also false. Obama lied about the true nature of the Benghazi incident and Hillary Clinton’s private email server. He utilized executive orders as a way to go around congress and implement whatever policies suited his own interests, such as when he wrongfully declared that five million illegal immigrants would be protected from deportation. He also used the departments and agencies of the executive branch, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, in order to usurp his Constitutionally provided powers.

The Dangerous Truth About Gun Free Zones

In Wisconsin, a bill allowing campus carry in college buildings, dorms, classrooms, etc., will be introduced next legislative session. Guns are already allowed on college campuses as long as the owner has a concealed carry license and the gun is fully concealed. However, schools are allowed to put up “Guns Prohibited Here” signs on university buildings, making it illegal to enter with one. This new bill would end that and allow guns into these premises.

Many people are outraged at the idea of allowing students to carry guns into classrooms. Students and professors alike have been signing petitions against the bill. What these liberal activists don’t understand, is right now, there is nothing, besides a sign, stopping a person from carrying a gun into a campus building. The current law cannot and will not stop anyone who wants to break it. Should a criminal want to enter a college building brandishing a gun, they will. A law prohibiting them from doing so won’t stop them. This new bill will merely level the playing field. Since any legal firearm has to be concealed already, no one will know their classmate has a gun. And because of the provisions in place, namely that a student must have a concealed carry permit, there won’t be any greater risk to student safety. In fact, allowing students to carry guns into classrooms, will increase their safety.

Those who oppose this bill represent the populace who desire stricter gun control laws. Anytime there’s a mass shooting, the first call to action by the Left is to strengthen gun laws. However, what these gun control activists don’t understand is that there are gun laws in place already, yet time after time, tragic stories come across the news. If during any one of these shootings, a victim or bystander had a concealed gun, the outcome may have been drastically different. A gun that is already present is better than one that shows up later (the police do a great job, they just can’t be everywhere at once). Strengthening gun control laws will only curtail law-abiding citizens from obtaining a gun, it won’t do anything to stop criminals. Criminals, by definition, don’t abide by laws.

If a person truly wants to harm another, they will use any means necessary. We saw this in Jerusalem when a man drove a truck into a crowd of people. If it is impossible to obtain a gun, another weapon will be found. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. In fact, tightening gun control could further increase the occurrence of mass shootings. As average civilians are discouraged from buying guns for self-defense, hunting, or game purposes, there will be fewer people to stop criminals in a life or death situation. If the assailant is the only one with a gun, what deterrent is there?

The nine states with the lowest crime rates all allow their citizens the right of concealed carry (Lampo). States allowing for concealed carry have a 24% lower violent crime rate and a 19% lower murder rate than states not granting citizens this right (Lampo). These statistics from the Cato Institute, a think tank located in Washington DC, make a strong argument for allowing private citizens the right to own a gun. The results are clear, legal gun ownership results in less violent crime being committed on average, not more.

Strict gun control laws will not solve the problem of mass shootings in America. Criminals will still find a way to obtain a gun. All gun restrictions do is stop law-abiding citizens from defending themselves. The solution should not be to create new gun laws; it should be to enforce the ones already in place. In a perfect world, there would be no need for weapons of any kind. However, we don’t live in a perfect world. Average citizens need a form of self-defense. Just ask the students at Seattle Pacific University, Ohio State University, and Umpqua Community College if they would have liked a firearm to help protect them.

Grandstanding Democrats Question Cabinet Nominees

There is no possible way for Democrats to block the cabinet nominations of President-elect Trump, but that didn’t stop them from grilling each nominee for their own personal agenda. Grandstanding Democrats Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Pocahontas Warren (D-MA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) had no problem disconcerting themselves at the confirmation hearings.

Cory Booker breached hundreds of years of Senate decorum by becoming the first sitting senator to ever testify against a colleague at a confirmation hearing. Senator Booker said it would way on his conscious if he didn’t. Booker urged his colleagues to vote against the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, throwing around the term “racist” like it was going out of style (of course, with Democrats it never will).

This was nothing more than Booker setting himself up for a presidential run in 202, taking orders from the power players of the Democratic Party. He wants to be the next Obama, and so far, he’s living up to that legacy of ineffective hypocrisy.

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Booker and Sessions previously worked together on civil rights issues

Just last year, Booker said he was “blessed and honored” to have worked with Senator Sessions to honor civil rights marchers.

Republicans wasted no time going after Booker. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who is black, condemned Booker’s racist ravings, saying, “I have always respected Senator Booker as a colleague. This is not a decision I would have made.”

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) also weighed in, saying of Booker, “This hearing simply offers a platform for his presidential aspirations. Senator Booker is better than that, and he knows better.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren had no problem ripping into Housing and Urban Development nominee Dr. Ben Carson, asking whether any taxpayer HUD money would go to Trump and his family. President-elect Trump has not even taken office yet and Warren is already accusing his administration of creating an office full of corruption.

After receiving the question from Warren, Carson responded “I can assure you that the things that I do are driven by a sense of morals and values, and therefore I will absolutely not play favorites for anyone.”

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Senator Warren questions Dr. Carson during his nomination hearing for HUD
Apparently her ears were filled with the sound of Indian war drums, because Warren continued to question, “Do I take that to mean you may manage programs that will significantly benefit the president-elect?” Dr. Carson, patient and kind as ever, repeated he would be fair to all Americans and not favor anyone.

Warren likes to think of herself as the champion of the little guy. In reality, she is a fraud. Remember when she lied  about being Native American to secure a teaching position at Harvard making $400,000 for a single class?

I guess at this point we should just be thankful she wasn’t calling Dr. Carson a racist!

Senator Kamala Harris used her time in the hearing to question CIA nominee and former Congressman Mike Pompeo on whether he believed in climate change. Kamala brought up reports from NASA and current CIA director John Brennan which cited the scientific consensus on man-made climate change being a threat to the world.

Kamala asked, “Do you have any reason to doubt NASA’s findings?”

Pompeo responded, “Senator Harris, I haven’t had a chance to read those materials with respect to climate change. I do know the agency’s role there. Its role is to collect foreign intelligence, to understand threats to the world—that would certainly include threats from poor governance, regional instability, threats from all sources, and deliver that information to policymakers. And to the extent the changes in climatic activity are part of that of that foreign intelligence collection task, we’ll deliver that information to you all and to the president.”

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Former Congressman Pompeo at his confirmation hearing earlier today
Whether you believe climate change is a major threat to the world today or not, its foolhardy for someone like Kamala to say it should be the top priority of the CIA. Let’s let the CIA actually do its job, like fighting Islamic terrorism, keeping an eye on Russian relations, and gathering global intelligence.

Despite all three Democratic Senators efforts to enhance their public image, they’ve just wasted everybody’s time. Republicans will be able to pass all of these nominations with just 51 votes.

Nancy Pelosi has gone SENILE

Nancy Pelosi has forgotten how to read numbers. She has officially gone senile.

Minority Leader Pelosi recently tweeted that the GOP doesn’t have the people’s support to repeal Obamacare. She links to a report on a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. There’s just one problem: she got the numbers wrong!

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The poll found that while 47 percent of people do not want Obamacare repealed, 48 percent DO want Obamacare repealed!

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Pelosi belongs in a nursing home, not Congress.

The so-called Affordable Care Act has always been hugely unpopular with the American people according to polling. The Democrats ignored the American people and passed it anyways. As a result, America gave Republicans the House of Representatives, the Senate, state governorships and legislatures, and finally, the presidency. Republicans are now holding the strongest majorities they’ve had since 1929.

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However, our current trajectory has us un-electing all Democrats within the century, so I hope they never learn!

I’d love to see the look on Nancy’s face when she finally finds out Americans hate the Affordable Care Act. Granted, she can’t move her face after all of that botox.

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Unfortunately, John McCain, who is approximately 476 years old, has gone senile too. He doesn’t think we should repeal Obamacare until we have a replacement plan ready to go. He spent the last 8 years saying Obamacare is a disaster, but then says we shouldn’t get rid of it just yet. Well, which is it Senator?

McCain has been in Washington for 34 years. Pelosi has been there for 29 years. These old, wrinkly, washed-up elitists can’t fathom any solution outside of government.

They would have you believe that before Obamacare came along, America was on the verge of collapse. If anything is making America a dystopia, it’s Obamacare! Doctors and insurers are becoming so rare that I bet the Democrat’s next plan is to raffle off doctors visits to a few lucky winners.

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I think we can all remember back before 2008: people could choose their doctor, choose their healthcare plan, and nobody was dying in the streets because they couldn’t get insurance.

The GOP needs to repeal Obamacare immediately.

The Democrats can (incorrectly) cite polls all they want, but those same polls said that Hillary Clinton would be our next president. Elections are the only polls that matter. Americans have been electing Republicans in record numbers based on the promise of repealing Obamacare.

WE DON’T NEED A GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE PLAN.

The only plan we need is the free-market plan. Sure, there’s a few things government needs to do, like insure people with preexisting conditions, allow kids to stay on their parent’s plans until 26 years old, and erase the arbitrary state-lines restrictions. Other than that, let Americans take care of healthcare without government involvement like we have for the past 300+ years.

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Jeff Sessions Will Bring Back Law and Order as Attorney General

President-elect Donald Trump tapped Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to serve as his Attorney General and act as the nation’s top lawyer. With the announcement of Sessions as AG, there was immediate negative reaction from the Democrats as claimed they would do anything to block the nomination.

Among the chief complaints was Session’s failed 1986 bid to become a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Though he got a lot of support for his nomination, including President Reagan and then Alabama Senator Jeremiah Denton, he was opposed by the NAACP and ACLU. The NAACP accused Sessions of being “un-American,” “communist inspired,” and “racist.” Black assistant U.S. attorney Thomas Figures claims Sessions called him a “boy” and made a joke about not liking the KKK until he found out they smoked pot. Sessions denies the allegations of calling Figures a boy and made it clear his statement about the KKK was made in jest. An incredibly thorough account of these allegations can be read here, which clearly outline this no more than a witchhunt and an effort to make the Trump transition as difficult as possible. The Republicans did not go through all this effort to block the nominations of President Obama, the Democrats should follow suit.

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Top Adviser Kellyanne Conway said of the Democrats “I think the Democrats will overplay their hand here, and they will be blamed.”

Democrats don’t want to bring up the fact that Sessions as the Attorney General of Alabama was heavily involved in seeing a Klan member charged with the death penalty after the murder of a young 19-year-old black man. Sessions as the Alabama AG oversaw the death of Henry Francis Hays, the first white man executed in Alabama for murdering a black person since 1913. Sessions continued to fight for civil rights in Alabama and was even praised by important individuals in the civil rights movement. Barry Kowalski of the Civil Rights Division said of Sessions:

“Senator Sessions could not have been more supportive of our investigations, and in the Michael Donald case specifically, he personally contributed to making sure his killers were brought to justice.”

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Sessions at his court hearing in 1986

Sessions has an impeccable resume and there’s no one more qualified for the job than him.

  • U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama
  • 44th Attorney General of Alabama
  • United States Senator from Alabama since 1997

Jeff Sessions will bring back law and order to a country desperate to curb the growing crime in cities like Chicago and the continued targeting of police officers across the country. Sessions introduced a bill in the senate to pin down the definition of an illegal criminal alien, helping to prevent events like the death of Kate Steinle. Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, tweeted this out in support of Jess Sessions as violence in Chicago continues to grow.

Sessions will go through a 2-day hearing where he will be grilled by Democrats in a final effort to block his nominee. However, only a simple majority is needed for Sessions to be confirmed, so without a doubt Jeff Sessions will be the next Attorney General.