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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Dylann Roof, the 22 year old who shot nine African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina one and a half years ago has been sentenced to death by the jury.
The white supremacist attended Bible study with a gun on June 17, 2015 and shot the victims at the conclusion of their Bible study.
Closing arguments were made at his federal sentencing today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson reminded to jury of the “racist hatred,” citing examples of Roof’s scouting of the church multiple times prior to the shooting, his reloading of the gun seven times, and his lack of remorse throughout the entire trial. Richardson’s extensive closing statements were concluded with a tribute to the victims and their lives leading up to the shooting.
“Sentence this defendant to death for killing Clementa Pinckney,” Richardson said. He then repeated the phrase, inserting every victim’s name each time.
Roof also made his five minute closing argument, as he represented himself throughout the penalty phase of the trial.
“I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence,” Roof said. “But I’m not sure what good that would do. All I know is only one of you has to disagree with giving me the death penalty.”
Roof expounded on his hatred, saying, “Anyone who hates anything, in their mind has a good reason for it. And sometimes that’s because they’ve been misled and sometimes it isn’t. But I would say that in this case the prosecution, along with anyone else who hates me, are the ones who have been misled.”
The jury reached its sentencing agreement after less than three hours’ deliberation, and has since sentenced Roof to death.
Roof faces separate prosecution from the state of South Carolina, in which the death penalty will also be sought. The world will watch and wait for the families of the victims to receive some sense of closure.
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!
The poll found that while 47 percent of people do not want Obamacare repealed, 48 percent DO want Obamacare repealed!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Reagan is viewed as the idol of the Republican party by many, myself included. Some saw him as an actor that could only read lines and say as he was told, and either genuine or rehearsed, depending on your politics. Through his many years of being an actor he was able to memorize what he needed to say on and off camera to the American people. He knew how to do business and run the country the best he could. Reagan knew what was needed to be said and he took it to heart, never skipping a beat with his quick-witted jokes and sly sense of humor. His policies were something that many Republicans study today and hope to model. So, without getting too in depth about this glorious man, let’s focus on what would he think if he saw the United States today?
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
One Nation Under God, what does that mean to us as a nation? The United States seems to have abandoned God in many ways in the past 60 years. We now have less abortion restrictions, same-sex marriage, and anything having anything to do with Christianity has been exterminated from public life. All things that “One Nation Under God” should have. We have strayed so far from traditional values that we may never come back.
“There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what is morally right.”
– Ronald Reagan.
The left makes it seem as if conservative values in our nation would make us a theocracy. How is having a sense of morality instilled into our children, our struggling neighbors, and our friends making our nation a theocracy? The theory and proposition is entirely ludicrous. Having a sense of right and wrong, good and evil, moral and unmoral does not make one nation a theocracy. It makes a nation smart and willing to face problems with courage as they arise. I would like to think Ronald Reagan began to see this while he was in office in one way or another. One thing you should know about Reagan, until his assassination attempt, is that he only saw religion and faith as a political tool. Many say after he survived the bullet coming within an inch of his heart, he changed. Reagan saw the truth through a near death experience, and that’s just what the right needed to push the conservative movement.
“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life”
If Reagan were here today, I believe he would back Trump 100 percent, because he knows from first-hand experience that a man can change. Reagan changed this country for the better because he was changed for the future. This year, let us not forget the core values of our country, the ones Ronald Reagan followed. Let us not forget that we are One Nation Under God, and will stand that way if we fight for that values that we hold. Ronald Reagan would see the country as weak under the Obama administration. Let’s turn that around with Trump, we can make America great again!
Top intelligence officials including convened Thursday for a hearing to discuss the Russians involvement with hacking our elections. Washington Post ‘sources’ said agencies had intercepted communications in the aftermath of the election showing senior Russian government officials celebrating Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton.
“CIA and other agencies claim that Putin’s goals went beyond seeking to undermine confidence in America’s election machinery and ultimately were aimed at tilting a fiercely contested presidential race toward a candidate seen as more in line with Moscow’s foreign policy goals.”
NBC news says the suspected Russian hacking targeted the DNC, but also the White House, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the State Departnment. President-elect Trump questioned why NBC was given intelligence before he was briefed and called for action.
I am asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said Russia’s attempt to hack was “an unprecedented attack on our democracy”, while Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) minced no words when referring to retaliation against Russia, citing President Obama threw a “pebble” with regards to sanctions and would have thrown a “rock” at the Kremlin. Graham warned that Republicans could be next to get hacked and to take cyber-security seriously.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange made it clear that his source for the leaks was not the Russian government.
“Our source is not a state party. So, the answer — for our interactions — is no … Our source is not the Russian government. It is not state parties.”
Assange said he was not trying to help Trump win the presidency and that he simply wanted “to give the American people true information about the players that they were going to have to deal with.”
President-elect Trump continues to question and downplay the intelligence communities report on Russian hacking. After meeting with top intelligence officials on Friday, Trump iterated he had a “constructive” meeting but still had questions as to the extent of Russia’s cyber-attacks. Trump again took to twitter, blaming the DNC for being vulnerable to attacks:
Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place.The Republican National Committee had strong defense!
Americans have a right to question and have an opinion of the extent to which Russia has been involved in our election process, but the Obama Administration has been one of the least transparent in modern history. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave false testimony back in 2013 to Congress with regards to NSA spying. Then there was a recent report on Friday that Russian hackers penetrated the electrical grid of a Vermont utility. Burlington Electric Department said they had found code associated with Russian hackers on an employee’s computer. It was later reported that this was not true and Russia had no involvement. Jon Karl of ABC asked this question to WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
“So when the Chinese hacked OPM in 2015, 21+ million current and former government employees and contractors had their personal data stolen by the Chinese. Why did the White House do nothing publicly in reaction to that hack? Which in some ways, was even more widespread than what we saw here from the Russians?”
It brings up a valid point. Russia and China have multiple times launched cyber stack on the United States. However, President Obama never instilled sanctions or any type of punishment. This time around, it seems purely political.
Until further evidence is provided Americans should be skeptical. No one wants Russia meddling in our election process. However, let’s not stretch the truth and risk worsening relations with Russia.
The declassified report can be read here: https://icontherecord.tumblr.com/