USA Today Section Headline About Trump is “Incompetent, Irrelevant and Immaterial”1

This objection was used by both prosecutor Hamilton Burger and attorney for the defense, Perry Mason, in the old television series and is applicable to a recent USA Today section headline, “Trump: Litigator in Chief.”  The subheading  goes on to say that “Exclusive USA Today analysis finds 3,500 lawsuits, unprecedented for a presidential nominee.”2

This blogger is not objecting to the possibility that Trump’s firms may have been involved with that number of legal actions and that it could very well be a “first” for a presidential nominee.  Giving credit where credit is due, the article does raise an interesting thought that this data could indicate what style of leader he might be because his negotiating skills appear hard-nosed.  So what?  It would actually be a relief to have a leader who was at peace defending America’s values and interests — something which has been sadly lacking in the White House since January 20, 2009.

Back to candidate Trump.  It is use of the word “unprecedented” that raises the objection.  The implied criticism could be valid if the United States has had previous Presidents who were heavily involved in the world of big business.  But to date, we have had —  zero.  Top occupations for previous Presidents are as follows3 (as most commanders-in-chief had several occupations before being elected, even just the top three jobs have a sum in excess of the 44 Presidents we have had):

#1)  Lawyer 25
#2)  Congressmen 17
#3)  Governor 16
#4)  Senator 15
#5)  Vice President 13
#6)  Soldier 12
#7)  Schoolteacher 4
#7)  Secretary of State 4
#9)  Diplomat 3
#9)  Professor 3

Trump total of lawsuits doesn’t make him a risky choice just because his number of lawsuits seems high to those of us who have not spent four decades in big business.  His total simply cannot be compared to any other President in our history.  Using the USA Today’s implication, Reagan would have been dismissed as a viable candidate because he probably had the most poor movie reviews.  Of course, he was the only President who was an actor in his list of occupations.

This is certain.  If Hillary Clinton is elected, she will bring an unprecedented list of unsavory deeds that will bring relief to supporters of the memories of Presidents Grant, Harding and Nixon by redirecting the spotlight of notoriety to her.

 

 

1 – “(often stated together, which may mean the question is not about the issues in the trial or the witness is not qualified to answer)” —  http://dictionary.law.com/default.aspx?selected=1364

2 – From the USA Today 6/2/2016 issue, Section B.

3http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0768854.html

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Regarding Private, Family Matters

“Government should not intrude on private family matters,” said President Obama in January 2011.1

“About 78% of Canadians believe that abortion is a private matter between a woman and her doctor.”2

”In May, 2012, the White House announced President Obama’s opposition to a bill to prohibit the use of abortion to kill an unborn child simply because the child is not of the sex desired by the parents. The White House said that the government should not ‘intrude’ on ‘private family matters.’ (H.R.3541)”3

The message is clear: proponents of baby-killing want to hide behind the “private, family matter” facade as a justification to fighting restrictions of abortion.

As a pro-life individual, I must disagree with them because abortion is an intrinsic evil as it denies the most vulnerable humans of their inalienable right to life. This affects all of society. Abortion is the ultimate child abuse.

Speaking of issues involving families, I am also in favor of laws criminalizing spousal and child abuse in order to protect these vulnerable individuals.

But, then, why isn’t the “pro-choice” crowd opposed to laws dealing with abuse? After all, these are private, family matters.

1 – from “Obama recalls Roe v. Wade, backs abortion rights,” by David Jackson, USA Today, 1/23/2011
2 – from “Misconceptions About Abortion,” http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org. Ironically, the next sentence reads, “Human rights are guaranteed for everyone and are not subject to the whim of the electorate.”
3 – http://www.nrtlc.org, October 2012

NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Mayor de Blasio is Forgetting Some Important Groups

It was announced that New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio would not be attending the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in his city because homosexual participants are not permitted to carry any sign or banner which identifies them as such.1

 The mayor is clearly a man of his time.

Since 1762, it has been understood that this annual parade was simply a celebration of the ethnic heritage of one of our nation’s largest immigration groups.1  Mr. de Blasio is smart enough to recognize that proponents of politically correct causes are now able to force their unfounded messages onto inappropriate venues without danger of being stopped.  In addition, those promoting several hedonistic changes are able to spin these issues, with the blessings of much of the news media, so successfully that the invaded party is viewed as the bully.

With divisive spirit becoming the law of the land, it’s time to remind New York City’s mayor that there are other groups being shut out of the public limelight, too.  For him to be remembered as a champion of our society’s decline, these groups have to be validated:

1)   It’s high time that heterosexuals who believe in having affairs outside of marriage be allowed to carry banners proclaiming their infidelity in parades.  The goal of this public display is to convince those who criticize their behavior into conceding that the Ten Commandments are outdated in this regard, too.

2)   For too long, those who enjoy using obscenities in the entertainment world and the public square have had to deal with the disapproval of uptight traditionalists.  These mistreated individuals should be permitted to carry signs saying, “I’m a blasphemer and #@X! proud of it” and so forth.  Even if it doesn’t sway the adults, at least it will show children how the new “tolerance” can expand their social skills.

3)   When this is accomplished, then we can really get to the crucial issues of public awareness.  Other human frailties such as coping with high blood pressure or having to wear bifocals should be proclaimed with parade floats whenever possible.

Only then can true equality be achieved.

1 — “Boston, NYC mayors to skip St. Pat’s parades, by Denise Lavoie, USA Today, 2/27/2014

Abortion Proponent Shows His Camp’s Pro-Slavery Mentality

“An underdeveloped fetus incapable of surviving outside the womb belongs to the human being carrying it, not to you, your church or your government.”1

 

A century and a half after a bitter civil war to end human ownership of other humans in the United States and we still have this?

So, when does this human cease being owned:  when he/she is born or when the child is capable of eating without assistance?  Does the lien on the child’s body expire when leaving home to go to kindergarten on a bus and ownership transfers to the school district which is more capable of raising the child than the owner-parents?  Can freedom not be granted until the attainment of a high school diploma or must emancipation be delayed until the object leaves home?  Perhaps human property remains as such until married to another human who has also been owned by either parents or school or federal government up to that moment?

It used to be much simpler when we recognized that human life comes from our Creator and regardless of an individual’s dependence on us, we are only stewards of human life, not the owners.  Of course, if one does not believe in a Creator, then a lot of current “equality” causes and “rights issues” being proposed in Congress or debated before the Supreme Court make sense after all.

1 – Part of a letter written by David Hoeltje, printed in USA Today’s “Your Say” column, 4/2/2013

Mr. President, Can’t You Hear Your Contradiction?

President Obama is hitting the road to promote the economic and educational plan he outlined in his State of the Union address last Tuesday.  Three days ago, he spoke at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago.1  For someone who promotes the killing of the unborn (to the rate of 130 Sandy Hooks per day) and same-sex “marriage,” his ironic comments would be hysterical if they weren’t such a sober reminder of our societal deterioration currently in free-fall.

1)   “Too many of our children are being taken away from us.”  Yes, over one million per year are being taken away from us.  These living entities have chromosomes which are distinctly different from each parent thus making them separate human beings, not merely a mass of multiplying cells.  These unborn children are having their inalienable right to life taken away by a “procedure” usually requiring less parental notification and consent than a field trip to the zoo.

2)  The article noted “The most important task, the president [news source used small case] said, is to keep young people “safe from harm.”  Why is it the youngest of all face the worst harm in what should be their safest location, inside his/her mother?  Oh, I forgot, the unborn aren’t people yet.  Besides, if they are born, most likely they will be a burden to a society which has limited funds for health care, etc.  There was a 20th century dictator who took it upon himself to decide who was human and allowed to live, too.  (Shouldn’t mention his name or I won’t be able to run for president of the state board of education.)2,3

3)  Here’s the clincher: “Decrying the lack of adult role models in too many places, Obama advocated programs to ‘promote marriage and encourage fatherhood.’”  The awakening of the responsibility of fatherhood is wonderful and very necessary.  If only Obama and his disciples believed in marriage as defined by the original author.  Ignoring His natural law to invent a new marriage legitimizing disordered behavior cannot produce the adult role models so desperately needed.

The article’s heading was “Obama: Children need opportunities.”  Maybe he’ll really mean it someday.

1 – David Jackson, USA Today,  as printed in the Cincinnati Enquirer, 2/16/2013
2 – “Hitler’s regime continued to send to physicians and the general public the message that mental patients were ‘useless eaters’ and life unworthy of life.’” (from “Nazi Persecution of the Mentally and Physically Disabled,” www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org)
3“Terhar, Obama, Hitler and Facebook: To Democrats, Get a Life!,” www.CartaRemi.wordpress.com, 1/31/2013

Obama Plays Cat and Mouse With Congress And His NLRB Appointments

USA Today  and  ABC News  Try  Spins  to  Make  President  Appear  as  the  Victim

At least 59 million1 people were not surprised last week when “the United States Court of Appeals brought the president back to Earth and reminded him that the Constitution’s Appointments Clause and the U.S. Senate are very much part of reality by voiding three of Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.”2

Background

This latest attempt by Obama to bypass Congress occurred last January when he made three appointments to the NLRB, replacing members whose terms had expired, and also named Richard Cordrey to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ”while the Senate was away on its Christmas holiday.”Well, sort of a holiday.  A USA Today article stated the Republicans who were involved in the lawsuit “said the chamber stayed in a ‘pro forma’ session during the time in question denying Obama the right to make recess appointments… In these ‘pro forma’ sessions, a senator would gavel an empty chamber to order every few days and then recess again.”4,5,6

The ABC News blog carried this quote: “Congressional dysfunction and congressional obstructionism,” was the way Washington College of Law Professor Stephen Vladeck described the actions of the Republican Senators.  He went on to say, “I think the point is that Congress should not be actively trying to thwart the president’s appointment power.”7

Wow, makes the Republicans look like spoiled sports.  But, not so fast!  Let’s take a big picture look at this on-going battle in our nation’s capital.  The members of the NLRB had terms with expiration dates, so their departures were known well in advance.  The President knew he would be in for more good fights during the approval process of any of his nominees.  The inherent philosophical differences between the Chief Executive and the Republicans had been aggravated by several NLRB decisions in 2011.8,9

The  President’s  Rationale  and  Republicans  Countermove

So, Obama figured he could get around one of his main inconveniences in life (Congress) and announced his nominees on December 15, 2011 or just before Congress was scheduled to leave for the holidays.  On January 4, 2012, the President declared he had the authority to act because he claimed Congress was in recess, when in fact, it had decided to trump the President’s move by declaring itself to be in “pro-forma” session.

Nevertheless, Obama said his nominees were now on the Board with, “But when Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them.”10  This is a very interesting statement in view of the fact that even eight days later, Congress had still “not received financial or tax data, biographic information, records of campaign contributions, or information about potential civil or criminal judgments or conflicts of interest,”10 which are essential to the approval process.

Now  What?

The three judge Court of Appeals panel (all appointed by Republican presidents) had declared that Congress was officially in session when the President made his appointments.  It also held that the recess appointment procedure may be used only if the vacancies occurred while Senate is in its annual recess between sessions.  The Administration plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.  If it is not able to have the Appeals panel’s decision overturned, then all decisions by the NLRB since the January, 2012 appointments would be invalid for lack of a quorum.  In addition, the NLRB could not act until this issue is resolved as it would only have one duly appointed and confirmed member.

In the mean time, we can relax and replay statements from both sides.  White House spokesperson Dan Pfeiffer wrote last January, “Republican Senators insisted on using a gimmick called ‘pro forma’ sessions, which are sessions during which no Senate business is conducted and instead one or two Senators simply gavel in and out of session in a matter of seconds. But gimmicks do not override the President’s constitutional authority to make appointments to keep the government running.”7

However, the court disagreed and cited a 1976 case on campaign finance law: “Allowing the president to define the scope of his own appointments power would eviscerate the Constitution’s separation of powers. The checks and balances that the Constitution places on each branch of government serve as ‘self-executing safeguard[s] against the encroachment or aggrandizement of one branch at the expense of the other.’”  And Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) noted that the court’s ruling, “will go a long way toward restoring the constitutional separation of powers.”7

Stay tuned for the next exciting round!

1 – Approximate number of voters supporting Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, www.politico.com, 11/29/2012
2 – Lloyd Green, www.FoxNews.com, 1/25/2013
3 – Rick Ungar, www.forbes.com, 1/25/2013
4 – David Jackson, USA Today article printed in the Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/26/2013
5 –  From www.archives.gov>charters, Article II Section 2, second paragraph of the U.S. Constitution declares that the President shall appoint specific and “all other Officers of the United States” with the approval of Congress.  The next paragraph also states, “The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.”
6 – This legal matter started when an NLRB decision went against a family owned business in Washington state.  It argued that the NLRB’s decision was invalid as it did not have a quorum when the decision was made.  This was based on the charge that the Senate was not in recess when the President made his appointments to the Board. (same source as footnote #3)
7 – Sarah Parnass, www.abcnews.go.com, 1/25/2013
8 – The Machinists union had filed an unfair labor complaint against Boeing when it moved part of its 787 Dreamliner production to South Carolina, a “right-to-work” state.  When Boeing eventually agreed to a contract with the union members in Washington state, which included guaranteeing the production of the new 737MAX there, the union considered “it to have resolved our issues with Boeing,” according to the union’s spokeswoman Connie Kelliher.  The NLRB followed by dismissing its complaint against Boeing. (Amy Bingham, www.abcnews.go.com, 12/9/2011)
9 – And there was the issue of “fast-track union elections” which the NLRB pushed through in Obama-like fashion in December, 2011 but was overturned six months later. “On Monday, May 14, 2012, a federal judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s request that the quickie elections rules be invalidated. Although a number of issues were raised in the case concerning the NLRB’s rule making power, the court ruled only on the question of whether a quorum was present when the Board adopted the rules.”
“The quorum issue is more complex that would appear on its face. The Board sometimes acts through ‘electronic’ proceedings. One Board member, Brian Hayes, the Board’s sole Republican, did not take part in the December 16, 2011 NLRB electronic vote to adopt the final rule. Hayes only had a matter of hours to vote on the rule since it was posted for final action on the day it was adopted. The court ruled that since Hayes did not affirmatively take a position on the proposed rules, nor indicate that he was abstaining, there was no indication that he participated in the decision. Without his participation, the Board lacked the required quorum.” (Barry M. Willoughby, www.delawareemploymentlawblog.com, 5/18/2012)
10www.realclearmarkets.com, 1/12/2012

FISCAL CLIFF: OBAMUNISM POISED TO WIN EITHER WAY, U.S. LOSES EITHER WAY

The debate on whether President Obama is truly a communist or merely acts like one will probably make the rounds up until his wife begins to run for the presidency – four long and potentially devastating years from now.  (Michelle Obama cannot be discounted.  After all, she is a lawyer – the most popular occupation of Democratic presidential candidates and its movers-and-shakers over the last thirty years.  It was her insider’s knowledge and connections which helped launch an otherwise nondescript Barack Obama into the political forefront in Chicago.)  Whether one believes Xavier Lerma:  “He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so.  How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance.  They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion,” 1 or Sam Webb, national chairperson of the CPUSA:  “We meet on the heels of an enormous people’s victory.  It was a long and bitterly contested battle in which the forces of inclusive democracy came out on top. The better angels of the American people spread their wings,”2 the issue can be settled simply by observing the President’s actions.

THE  “SAVIOR”  AND  OBAMA-AYERS  CONNECTION

A totalitarian state comes to power either by force or when a citizenry willingly submits itself to what it believes to be its only hope, its “lord and savior” as we have already heard Jamie Foxx say of Obama.   (Force was the modus operandi of William Ayers and his cronies when they published “Prairie Fire – The Politics of Anti-Revolutionary Imperialism” in 1974, but they have adjusted their tactics probably due to the complexity of the U.S. which relegates force to an “end game” if necessary.  Incidentally, the book was dedicated to numerous individuals, including Sirhan Sirhan, Robert Kennedy’s assassin.)

Despite Obama’s attempts to minimize his connection to Ayers, there are numerous examples of Obama-Ayers interactions in the public.  They include:

1)  Collaboration on a school reform program, the “Chicago Annenberg Challenge”
2)  Serving together on the board of the Woods Fund, a charity organization
3)  Being on a panel about juvenile justice (organized by Michelle Obama) and others3

THE  ASCENT  TO  OVERTAKING  A  NATION

Therefore, how does an aspiring despot arrive to his lofty position?  There must be a seemingly endless flow of crises.  Or as taken from “Prairie Fire:”

“Our intention is to disrupt the empire, to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks, to make it hard to carry out its bloody functioning against the people of the world, to join the world struggle, to attack from the inside.”
“Our intention is to engage the enemy, to wear away at him, to harass him, to isolate him, to expose every weakness, to pounce, to reveal his vulnerability.” 3

When a godless society feels overwhelmed, the people begin grasping for any promise of help, regardless of its insanity.  Or as Lerma added about the success of Obama in a crisis,“His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance.”1

DEMISE  BEGINS  WITH  THE  ECONOMY,  PLUS  CLEVER  PR

This is not to accuse Obama of creating all of the serious problems facing us.  Far from it.  He deftly diffused outspoken New Jersey Republican Governor Christie with his now infamous arm-around-the-shoulder after the destruction of Superstorm Sandy.

In addition, Obama has shown a remarkable ability to aggravate any crisis in the bud.  Take the federal debt.  It was already doing poorly when he took office in 2009.  Federal budgets were going out of control so, instead of carefully maneuvering the economy, as a Formula I driver would around dangers, he simply floored it to a new total of $16 trillion.  His “fiscal cliff” pseudo-negotiations have demanded a year of “no debt ceiling” then, maybe, he would discuss spending cuts.  At this point, the “promise” of discussing his small cuts at such a late date should conjure up an image of Wile E. Coyote desperately jerking the steering wheel as he plunges earthward.  If only our problems could be fixed in the next frame like a cartoon.

IGNORANCE  IS  BLISS  UNTIL …

But yet, how could we possibly accept this budgetary situation so unwittingly?  Even Putin and the former Soviet Union figured it out.  As he was quoted, “During the time of the Soviet Union the role of the state in economy was made absolute, which eventually lead to the total non-competitiveness of the economy. That lesson cost us very dearly. I am sure no one would want history to repeat itself.”1

Lerma’s article went on to say, “President Vladimir Putin could never have imagined anyone so ignorant or so willing to destroy their people like Obama much less seeing millions vote for someone like Obama. They read history in America don’t they? Alas, the schools in the U.S. were conquered by the Communists long ago and history was revised thus paving the way for their Communist presidents. Obama has bailed out those businesses that voted for him and increased the debt to over 16 trillion with an ever increasing unemployment rate especially among blacks and other minorities. All the while promoting his agenda.”1

PUT  RELIGION  IN  ITS  PLACE

”The red, white and blue still flies happily but only in Russia.  Russia still has St George defeating the Dragon with the symbol of the cross on its’ flag.  The ACLU and other atheist groups in America would never allow the US flag with such religious symbols. Lawsuits a plenty against religious freedom and expression in the land of the free. Christianity in the U.S. is under attack as it was during the early period of the Soviet Union when religious symbols were against the law.” 1

UNDERMINE  THE  BASIC  UNIT  OF  SOCIETY  (THE  FAMILY)

Contaminating a society with disordered behavior under the guise of “inclusiveness” or “equality” is also an effective disruptive tool.  Anyone aware of history knows that no society has ever flourished when the basic family unit was replaced with a variety of behaviors contrary to natural law.  Check out Sodom, Gomorrah and the Roman Empire.

As Pope Benedict XVI said in his annual “state of the Church” address at the Vatican, as reported by USA Today, that opposition to gay marriage is a way of defending humanity.  The article also said, “The address echoed his recently released annual peace message, which said gay marriage, abortion and euthanasia are threats to world peace.”4

Of course, the Pope and the Church do not refer to “gay marriage” as such because that euphemism would be legitimizing something which is intrinsically disordered.  The Pope’s actual translated statement was as follows: “Man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human are disputed. But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation. Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him. Bernheim shows that now, perforce, from being a subject of rights, the child has become an object to which people have a right and which they have a right to obtain. When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being. The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man.5

FINALLY,  WEAKEN  THE  MILITARY  TO  INEFFECTIVENESS

Now that we have a disintegrating financial situation and a society which is abandoning the family unit, what’s left to knock out and finalize collapse?  The military is a good place to start.  If the country falls over the “fiscal cliff,” major cuts will be made to the defense budget.  While not all of the crippling effects will be immediate, the erosion will be noticeable nonetheless.  Even worse, will be the impact on civilian companies who produce much of the military’s advanced weaponry.  As contracts decrease, many firms will not be able to remain solvent. Lose sophisticated manufacturers, and one cannot simply flip a switch to revive them when the mistake is realized.

Chairman Obama wins one way or another:  either he gets absurd liberties with the debt ceiling with no commitment to curb the spending which is devouring our nation or the military takes a hit.

POLLS  GIVE  OBAMA  CONFIDENCE

The President is also a master of public opinion.  Despite his obvious lifetime connection to ideologies opposing the vitality of a United States republic, he continues to win the popularity measurements.  As Fox News reported yesterday, the most recent Gallup poll shows that Obama has a likeability rating in the 50s with regard to the “cliff” while Republicans in the House have been saddled with a rating in the 20.7  Its conclusion is that a majority of Americans will not blame the President for any damage caused by going over the “cliff.”

WHAT’S  NEXT?

As a nation, we missed the opportunity to do something constructive seven weeks ago.  Two options are left:

1)   Pray that all members of Congress accept the wisdom which God may grant them.  I will not be intimidated by the smirks of those who will label me as hopelessly outdated.  Washington and his troops had no earthly reason to expect victory, especially during the winter of Valley Forge.  After the incredible surge to victory for independence, he emphasized where our thanks were due.  As USA Today stated last month, “While a few modern critics might be rankled by, as Washington’s proclamation puts it, an official ‘day of public thanksgiving and prayer,’ for most Americans the holiday stands as an enduring reminder of Washington’s wise vision for American religious freedom.”8
The current spiritual winter is of our own making.  The God of today is the same as in the 18th century and always will be, even beyond time itself.  We are the ones who have changed.  Let’s give him a little thought because we cannot fix this by ourselves.

2)   Pray and work actively to charitably inform those who don’t know or seemingly don’t want to know the entire picture.  It would be an utter shame and disgrace for the Greatest Generation to be followed by the Worst Generation.

1 – Xavier Lerma, pravda,ru web site, 11/19/2012
2 – Sam Webb, national chairperson of the Communist Party USA, main report to its National Committee, 11/17/2012
3www.zombietime.com, 10/22/2008
4 – USA Today article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, 12/22/2012
5 – Vatican.va’s text of the Pope’s message, 12/21/2012
6– Fox News, television interview, aired 12/28/2012
7 – Jon Scott, Fox News, quoting Gallup, aired 12/28/2012
8www.principledpolicy.com, 11/24/2012