It’s over…maybe: Finally, with NO credible evidence of any wrong doing…just policy, stylistic and staff based opinions that differed from the President proved to have NO basis for impeachment. A purely political move that wasted tens of millions of taxpayers dollars and years of wasted political gamesmanship that NO government should ever undertake for political reasons.
The Democrat’s “resist” strategy, from the day the President was inaugurated, has been an ugly political maneuver by the crazy progressive wing of the Democratic party. What a waste of time and money.
This isn’t my father’s Democratic party…nor is it the Democratic party of years past. I bet poor John F. Kennedy couldn’t get nominated for any federal post in today’s Democratic party.
Wednesday can’t come soon enough. The nation MUST move on and start to heal.
Democrats Refuse to Accept Acquittal: What a joke. The Senate Democrats are joining House Democrats in perpetuating the Impeachment Hoax. The same Democrats who refused to accept the 2016 Election Results. See a pattern?!?
Everything and anything that President Trump does…becomes part of the Democrats “resist” based platform.
Hopefully American voters will see through the purely partisan B.S. of the previously few years of gamesmanship and send the Democrats a powerful message on election day?!?
World Changer – A Mother’s Story: Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done. Appreciating what the man is doing doesn’t mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor. It doesn’t even mean God admires the salty sailor. Maybe He just knows he’s necessary for such a time as this.
I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House to give this nation one more chance in November 2016. Donald Trump is what he is – and he is still the man he was before the election – and without guilt. I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing. He’s not like me. That’s okay with me. I don’t want to be like him. I will never behave like him. I know we’ve NEVER had a man like him lead our nation before. It’s crazy and a little mind-blowing at times. But I can’t help admire the stamina and ability he has – acting with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script. I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY he’s been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel.
I’m THRILLED with what he’s doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesn’t matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST. I will not be ashamed of my position because others don’t see him through the same lens.
Should it matter to me if a firefighter drops an f-bomb while he’s pulling me from a burning building? Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments? Heck no! I’d CARE about what he was DOING. He wasn’t sent there to save my soul, and I’m not looking to him for spiritual guidance. All I’m thinking in those moments is, “Thank you, GOD, for sending the fireman.” AND DONALD TRUMP IS OUR FIREMAN.
I’ll soon post this article again for those who still might not understand me. This man is crass. Okay. He’s not careful with what he says. Okay. You feel offended that he’s not a typical statesman. Okay. But he is DOING THE JOB of rebuilding the nation my son died for… the nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause.
Forgive me if I’m smiling.”
Karen Vaughn is the mother of fallen US Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). Author of the best seller “World Changer” A Mother’s Story.
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Weekly News Video Summary:
Trump takes victory lap with USMCA signing
President Trump on Wednesday signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, celebrating a signature legislative accomplishment on trade.
‘Medicare for All’ underwater in key battleground states
The poll echoes results from a joint Cook Political Report–Kaiser Family Foundation poll in November, which found a majority of Democratic voters support Medicare for All but that swing voters said it was a bad idea.
Sanders goes after Biden on Social Security: A look at their 2020 plans
Sanders has been going after Biden. He said the former vice president has — on numerous occasions — supported making cuts to the popular entitlement program.
One hell of an impeachment: We’re getting just what we elected
There is a strain of thought in certain theological circles that God will give a nation the leaders it deserves. If true, it may be time for “We, the People” to invest in sackcloth and ashes and recite psalms of repentance.
Perhaps then mercy will come upon us and we will be freed from the suffocating political pestilence that has now, like a demon, possessed our normally healthy organs of governance and given us the weak, shallow actors of low character we see paraded nightly on cable news. Can we add an exorcism as a line-item in the federal budget?
We don’t have leaders. We have manipulators manipulating the levers of government for selfish political advantage, for self-interested gain, for personal power. How have so many been elected?
Maybe it’s because political campaigns have become soul-crushing endeavors that expose one and one’s family to ugly social media humiliations, that have become so expensive as to require boot-lick pandering to monied puppeteers, and that demand degrading moral compromise in order to patronize the growing landscape of narrow, fringe interest groups.
It is getting so that only the most bloated, malformed egos are willing to run for office and, so, our choices are, more and more, confined to persons of feeble nature. True statesmen are staying away from elected office in droves. Look at the collection of odd personalities that have been running for president: Enough said.
This is a generalization, of course. Exceptions can be found here and there in both political parties. But we, as Americans, can be forgiven our growing cynicism after a parade of unprecedented efforts over the past few years by one political party to abusively wield powerful governmental authorities as weapons against its rival party.
Democrats Are Embarrassed By Schiff’s Tactics, And They Should Be
Criticisms of Rep. Adam Schiff’s impeachment tactics have begun to bite. Fair-minded people have begun to ask why is it necessary to have secret witnesses, secret hearings, and leaks of distorted, out-of-context excerpts from transcripts,
Why is it necessary to block the president from sending representatives to attend these hearings so he can have equal access to any evidence? Why was it necessary for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff to “parody” the transcript of the president’s call to the Ukrainian president? Aren’t parodies supposed to be funny? Shouldn’t the chairman be proceeding with sober deliberation and fairness instead of romping about with gleeful shtick?
If Schiff cannot take the proceedings seriously, what of the 218 representatives who voted against the resolution condemning Schiff? The resolution failed despite the undisputed truth of the allegations. Schiff did manufacture “a false retelling of the conversation between President Trump and President Zelensky.” Schiff did tell the American people, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” when his staff actually coached the “whistleblower” before he or she approached the inspector general.
And why are Democrats shutting out Republicans from the process?
Why four key Republicans split — and the witness vote tanked
When Lamar Alexander and Lisa Murkowski met privately in his third-floor Capitol hideaway on Thursday night, Alexander broke the news: He was going to vote against bringing in new witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
The Tennessee Republican explained the rationale to his Alaska colleague: That the House managers had proven their case against the president but that it still wasn’t impeachable conduct and therefore more information was unnecessary, according to a person familiar with the exchange. But Alexander did not lobby Murkowski to join him.
Alexander also forwarded his statement announcing his decision to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who would soon send her own press release in favor of hearing from witnesses, a position shared by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).
The four Republican senators have been the crucial swing votes to help shape Trump’s trial, and they’ve been in constant communication for weeks. They banded together to devise holding the vote on witnesses in the first place, a deal that helped seal unanimous GOP support for the rules of the impeachment trial. And they were texting and calling each other with increasing regularity as Trump’s trial began in earnest.
But on the biggest question of the impeachment trial, the group was going their separate ways. And their split decision will ensure Trump gets his speedy acquittal without the threat of new testimony that could upend GOP plans.
RNC closes out best-ever non-presidential year with record numbers for December
The Republican National Committee reported its best-ever non-presidential year on Thursday — the latest signal that the party is outpacing Democrats as they race towards the 2020 elections and battle over impeachment.
Data provided to Fox News showed that Republicans collected $26.5 million in December, a record for the month and a roughly $6 million increase from November. While the party has repeatedly surpassed fundraising records under Trump, December’s numbers indicated that Republican donor enthusiasm was undeterred by Democrats pushing an impeachment inquiry.
“Americans are investing in a party and a president that are fighting for them,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to Fox News.
In total, the RNC and Trump’s fundraising committees brought in nearly a half-billion dollars ($463.6 million) in 2019, with $194.8 million cash-on-hand. The RNC itself raised $241.1 million, which officials said is a record for a non-presidential election year.
“They are tuning out the Democrats’ politically motivated impeachment charade and turning out for the president and his record of results,” McDaniel said of donors. “On November 3rd, voters will choose to continue on this path of American greatness by re-electing President Trump and voting for Republicans up and down the ballot.”
POLITICAL SHOCKWAVES — Total Black Voter Approval for President Trump Doubles to 42%
According to the latest Rasmussen poll black voter support for President Trump has doubled in the last year to 42%!
That should send shockwaves throughout the liberal political-media establishment!
Britain’s National Renewal Starts: Happy Brexit Day!
At 11 p.m. British time, the UK will finally break free of the European Union. Brits have fought for it for years, and today is the big day: Brexit Day. They’ll get their sovereignty back. It’s up to them to decide their future, not up to a bunch of Europhile megalomaniacs in Brussels.
It must be a wonderful experience for British voters; many other Europeans would love it if they were in for a similar treat. But alas, every other EU country is governed by diehard Believers who’d rather burn down their own country than give up their European Dream.
In order to make the occasion even more wonderful, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new tax cut for 31 million people. He does this by increasing the threshold at which workers start paying the National Insurance. It’s currently at £8,628. Starting in April, the new threshold will be £9,500. That’s a £104 ($137 US) annual tax cut for the average employee.
Later today, Johnson’s office will release a video recorded yesterday of the prime minister saying, “This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act. It is a moment of real national renewal and change. This is the dawn of a new era in which we no longer accept that your life chances – your family’s life chances – should depend on which part of the country you grow up in. This is the moment when we begin to unite and level up.”
IG Report Proves Obama Administration Spied On Trump Campaign Big Time
Last week, President Trump triggered the left when he tweeted a Photoshopped picture that portrayed former President Barack Obama perched midair outside Trump Tower, binoculars and listening device in hand.
The liberal outlet Vox condemned the president for his “increasingly bad tweets,” before declaring “there’s no evidence the Obama administration spied on Trump.” Vox then regurgitated the false narrative that, while the FBI did surveil former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page, “that didn’t happen until after Page left the campaign.”
For years, conservatives tried to correct the record, noting that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) order gave the government access to Page’s past emails and other electronic communications with members of the Trump campaign, but the mainstream media ignored this reality. That the liberal and legacy press continue to push this narrative now, following the release of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA abuse, is beyond baffling, because the IG report established that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign, and the spying was much worse than previously thought.
Spying on Carter Page Was Spying on the Trump Campaign
The FISA warrants, of course, gave the FBI authority to spy on Page, and now that the government has finally made a mea culpa, we know that surveillance was illegal. But contrary to the continuing narrative, that spying wasn’t limited to Page. It included internal Trump campaign communications.
The IG report acknowledged this, noting that Gabriel Sanz-Rexach, the chief of the Office of Intelligence’s Operations Section, explained “that the evidence collected during the first FISA application time period demonstrated that Carter Page had access to individuals in Russia and he was communicating with people in the Trump campaign.”
This isn’t going to end well…DNC members discuss rules change to stop Sanders at convention
A small group of Democratic National Committee members has privately begun gauging support for a plan to potentially weaken Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and head off a brokered convention.
In conversations on the sidelines of a DNC executive committee meeting and in telephone calls and texts in recent days, about a half-dozen members have discussed the possibility of a policy reversal to ensure that so-called superdelegates can vote on the first ballot at the party’s national convention. Such a move would increase the influence of DNC members, members of Congress and other top party officials, who now must wait until the second ballot to have their say if the convention is contested.
“I do believe we should re-open the rules. I hear it from others as well,” one DNC member said in a text message last week to William Owen, a DNC member from Tennessee who does not support re-opening the rules.
Owen, who declined to identify the member, said the member added in a text that “It would be hard though. We could force a meeting or on the floor.”
Even proponents of the change acknowledge it is all but certain not to gain enough support to move past these initial conversations. But the talks reveal the extent of angst that many establishment Democrats are feeling on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
Sanders Disgusted by DNC Debate Requirements Benefiting Bloomberg
Faiz Shakir, campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), ripped the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday for the debate requirements for future debates, which effectively open the door for Michael Bloomberg (D) to participate.
The DNC modified the requirements for upcoming Democrat debates, increasing the polling threshold but ditching the donor requirements, giving Bloomberg the chance to qualify. Until this point, that has remained an impossibility due to the existing donor requirements and the billionaire’s decision to forgo outside donations and instead self-fund his campaign.
“Now that the grassroots support is actually captured in real voting, the criteria will no longer require a donor threshold,” DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said, according to Politico.
“The donor threshold was appropriate for the opening stages of the race, when candidates were building their organizations, and there were no metrics available outside of polling to distinguish those making progress from those who weren’t,” Watson added.
Lt. Col. Vindman Facing Calls to Be Court Martialed
Despite U.S. whistleblower protections and warnings against reprisals, a former Trump and Bush administration advisor believes Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman must be “court martialed” for speaking out against the president and violating his chain of command.
“To protect the military from being seen as political, Vindman must be court martialed for speaking contemptuously of the President and violating the chain of command. The law isn’t optional just because an officer hates his commander in chief.”
Whiton is not the first one to call for Vindman answering to his violation of chain of command when he facilitated the whistleblower’s complaint against President Donald Trump and subsequently testifying against the president in the House impeachment inquiry.
Neil Gorsuch Issues Savage Rebuke to Activist Judges and Nationwide Injunctions
On Monday, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration’s public charge rule to go into effect, striking down a nationwide injunction from a New York judge. The rule allows the government to deny green cards to immigrants who receive public assistance and are therefore considered a “public charge.”
In addition to the 5-4 decision allowing the rule to go into effect, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch issued a concurring opinion rebuking activist judges and their rush to apply “nationwide injunctions” against Trump administration policies.
“Today the Court (rightly) grants a stay, allowing the government to pursue (for now) its policy everywhere save Illinois. But, in light of all that’s come before, it would be delusional to think that one stay today suffices to remedy the problem. The real problem here is the increasingly common practice of trial courts ordering relief that transcends the cases before them. Whether framed as injunctions of ‘nationwide,’ ‘universal,’ or ‘cosmic’ scope, these orders share the same basic flaw—they direct how the defendant must act toward persons who are not parties to the case,” Gorsuch wrote.
Student loans should not be forgiven
In regards to “College debt a broken promise to students” (The Maine Millennial, Jan. 19):
The author implies that maybe it is not her fault that she is so burdened with college debt. Perhaps it is the bank’s fault for loaning her the money, or the government’s fault for not erasing her debt. And yet, it is she who made the choice to accept these student loans.
Pamela Brant is a resident of Westbrook.
The author earned a bachelor’s degree from Smith College at $49,000 a year, and a master’s degree from Simmons College at $38,000 a year. The University of Southern Maine’s in-state tuition this year is $9,200. This is a four-year college degree for under $40,000.
Perhaps it was the conspicuous name of “Smith” that enticed her. Truth being, ultimately it is not the name of the school embossed in gold that brings you success, but the motivation and hard work that you bring to the task you have chosen.
A “loan” is something furnished on the condition that it be returned. If you know the debt, and you choose the loan, then it’s your responsibility to return it. In the real world, there is no magic wand. People are held accountable for the choices they make.
Make no mistake – the cost of college is a choice.