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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Where and When Was This Photo Taken?

By Robin Itzler

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A happy group of free men and women enjoying the beach on a hot summer day in Iran before the 1979 revolution

 A day at beach in Iran, 1970s. Before the Islamic Revolution ...

Almost overnight, the Islamic Revolution sent the modern, westernized Iran back to the dark ages, where it remains today. The Ayatollah Khomeini deposed the Shah of Iran and at the same time deposed all the advancements of modern society, especially for women. Women were tossed out of colleges, jobs, and government; they basically became slaves hidden in burqas. The photos show how women dressed in Iran before the revolution and how they were forced afterwards.

One reason for the revolution was that the Shah (who was not perfect by any means), moved Iran too fast into the modern world during his reign. From 1953 to 1979, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (known as “the Shah”) governed as a secular and authoritarian leader. During this time, Iran maintained good relations with both the United States and Israel.

The key word is “overnight.” By history’s standards, overnight can be years. It simply denotes events happened quickly. When historians look back at Joe Biden’s destruction of America (now in its fourth year) they will surmise that it happened “overnight.” But let’s not put all the blame on Marxist Democrats. 

There are many RINOs assisting the Biden administration, who are leaving the House before their term expires, increasing chances that it could flip to the Democrats before the next election. Remember, RINOs are the Uniparty who hate America First Patriots. They gladly join radical socialist Democrats efforts to stop Donald Trump from being re-elected.

If the House and Senate are both Democrat controlled, there’s a possibility they could pass a law keeping Trump off the ballot. The Supreme Court of the United States made this clear in their March 4 ruling (9-0) that put Trump back on the Colorado ballot. From the SCOTUS decision: 

“The Constitution empowers Congress to prescribe how those determinations should be made. The relevant provision is Section 5, which enables Congress, subject of course to judicial review, to pass “appropriate legislation” to “enforce” the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Should Democrats be successful in removing the Republican party nominee, the consequences would be devastating to our constitutional republic. This is why it is critical that we know the if “R” after a candidate’s name stands for RINO.

 

House Speaker Mike Johnson

By Robin Itzler 

Editor's Note:  This is one of the commentaries selected from Robin's weekly newsletter Patriot Neighbors. Any cartoons appearing will have been added by me.  You wish to get the full edition?  E-mail her at PatriotNeighbors@yahoo.com to get on her list, it's free.  RK

 

There are many opinions about House Speaker Mike Johnson’s performance since unexpectedly being thrust into the speakership role. Some Republicans support Johnson, some want him tossed out while most understand that he is in a difficult situation since Republicans hold a microscopic majority. Here are some views regarding recent Congressional votes:

  • The Grim Implication of Speaker Mike Johnson's Ukraine Pivot – David Brennan, Newsweek -House Speaker Mike Johnson finally bowed to months of intense pressure this weekend, breaking with the majority of his House Republican colleagues to allow a vote on the $95-billion foreign military aid package that will provide some $61 billion for Ukraine. The move will potentially further weaken his position in Congress, which has come under repeated attack from MAGA representatives.  The vote passed 311-112, with all 112 votes against coming from Republicans. Only 101 on the GOP side voted in favor, meaning Johnson relied on his Democratic opponents to pass the package that had stalled for so long.
  • Mike Johnson Establishes Himself as a Titan of Congress with Aid Package Vote – William Doyle, The Hill - By risking career suicide and orchestrating this messy, contentious process to a largely bipartisan result, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has established himself as a titan of Congress who for one moment, however brief, released what Abraham Lincoln called in his first inaugural address, “the better angels of our nature.”.....
  • The Surrender Republicans – Steve Cortes, Substack - The Democrats have a new speaker! His name is Mike Johnson. Johnson claims to be a Republican. He also claims to be a Christian conservative, constantly touting his faith bona fides in interviews. Perhaps Johnson should contemplate the admonitions of the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 7: “Beware false prophets…by their fruits you will know them…a good tree cannot bear bad fruit.”.....
  •  By Aiding Ukraine, Mike Johnson Makes America Great Again – Gerard Baker, Wall Street Journal - With his courageous and principled efforts to secure support for a vital legislative package of aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, House Speaker Mike Johnson not only has strengthened U.S. allies and sent a powerful warning to our adversaries. He is making America great again.
  • Greene says MAGA base ‘done with Republican leadership like Mike Johnson’ – Marjorie Taylor Greene - But this time … this is different. They’re angry on a whole other level. And here’s what really worries me. They’re done with Republican leadership like Mike Johnson, who totally sold us out to the Democrats.....[Johnson] joined the uniparty faster than anyone we’ve ever seen in history and literally made a night-and-day change in a matter of months. [Johnson] betrayed everyone, betrayed the entire Republican party, betrayed Republican voters, betrayed the Republican conference. And voters are so angry this time.
  •  Mike Johnson Does the Right Thing—Editors, National Review - Johnson deserves credit for changing his mind on Ukraine funding once he acquired real responsibility as speaker and also for trying every alternative to keep his conference together before moving to pass the aid with Democratic votes as a last resort.\
  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mike Johnson? - Brian C. Joondeph, American Thinker - McCarthy was replaced by a compromise choice of Mike Johnson. As The Who sang, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”, Speaker Johnson is the new boss, also pushing massive omnibus spending bills, not releasing all the January 6 entrapment evidence, supporting continued warrantless spying on Americans, and pushing endless aid to secure the borders of countries thousands of miles away from America while leaving America’s borders wide open.

President Donald J. Trump: Remember, the Speakership we’re talking about has, you know, we’re a majority by one. One vote,” Trump said, citing the dwindling majority because of various lawmaker resignations.  “And you can’t really get too tough when — Look, we all want to be tough guys and all, and I have a lot of friends, and frankly I have friends on both sides,” Trump continued. “You know, if you look at the vote, a lot of Republicans, a lot of good Republicans, voted for it. But Mike is in there and he’s trying, and some people were disappointed, and a lot of people were very disappointed that nothing happened with the border. I’ll straighten out the border.

Read:  Congress Gives Away $95 Billion, But.....By Susan Daniels - Apr 24, 2024 - … not one red cent to protect our border or to help Americans. Fire the House. Fire the Senate. Line them up against a wall and fire all of them. Tie it to pay-per-view and use that money to repay our debts.  I read we are adding $1 Trillion to our debt every 111 days. For those who still don’t get it, a trillion is a thousand billion and a billion is a thousand million. Where is the money going? Is Biden getting 10% of everything? Will a Brink’s truck be following his hearse? Should we start a GoFundMe account to pay Brink’s?......

Editor's Note:  Immigration is now a plague on America, and really is the pandemic that will destroy this nation and western civilization.  These immigrants represent everything that's ethnically, culturally, economically, and religiously antithetical to western civilization.  Culturally they're primitive tribal medieval societies!  The Biden administration is deliberately importing anti-American hordes to America, and yet we have nitwits passing massively expensive bills like the Ukraine-Israel Aid Bill, "which includes $3.5 Billion to fast track mass migration from Middle East nations, and s $481 million to settle migrants in U.S. cities".   Johnson had to know that was part of the package, and yet did nothing to stop it. He's a Mole! Here is the link to

Isms and hate crimes

Forget the mind control

The modern civil rights movement was jump-started by the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision of 1954. Brown reversed the doctrine of “Separate but Equal” that itself had been established in the other landmark case of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). While diehard segregationists bemoaned Brown, cynics at the time observed that precedent is vitally important—until it isn’t.

Racial segregation still exists in housing and schools, but the Civil Rights Act (1964) represented the first major federal foray in its quest to eliminate racism. Indeed, as a child of the 1960s I can recall that a day scarcely could go by without hearing about how we must clear our hearts and minds of the eighth deadly sin of racism. Soon after came sexism. In the wake of the October 7th attacks, we hear anew of antisemitism.

With the 1998 murder of James Byrd, Jr. came a new term: “Hate crime.” Somehow, Byrd’s brutal murder was even worse, since the offenders apparently hated him. Or did they simply hate all Black people? Are there other classes of homicides whereby the killer loves the victim? Can a hate crime only be perpetrated on a minority victim? Is it a crime if I simply hate someone, but do them no harm? Is it OK for MSNBC to hate Donald Trump?

Of course, none of these questions was ever explored, and those who—by their own testimony—do not hate anyone, can feel proud of how virtuous they are. Yet, it was noted at the time that the very notion of a “hate crime” opens the door—wide—to the dangerous realm of thought crimes.

Prejudices of all sorts, originally fueled by ancient tribalism, have been with us since the beginning of time, and they always will be. In many cases, it is simply prudent to pre-judge an individual, for your own safety. Proverbs notwithstanding, everyone judges a book by its cover. If appearances didn’t matter, there would be no fashion or makeup industries, all cars would look the same, and all packaging would be generic.

In the most practical sense, it really doesn’t matter whether or not you hate that guy, and for whatever stupid reason, as long as you do not harm him.

To be sure, we are admonished in the Sermon on the Mount “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) And, famously, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

These passages, and those that accompany them, are attainable, but to Jesus’ audience—and to most imperfect humans—are aspirational. We can start off with the Golden rule: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

Self-control and the Golden Rule will take us a lot farther a lot faster, than trying to cleanse someone’s heart and mind of hate and prejudice. Even if we lose that opportunity to virtue signal.

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Will Celebrity Endorsements Impact the 2024 Election?

Hollywood elites might not be the kingmakers they think they are.

by | Apr 29, 2024 | Articles, Opinion, Politics

Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show, has decided to take it on the road for the first time – and the media is all abuzz. The big deal isn’t that the comedian will be leaving the comforts of his studio; it’s that he’ll be performing live in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention this August. He won’t be doing the same for the Republican National Convention, of course. Celebrity endorsements are nothing new, and since Hollywood traditionally leans to the left, it’s not surprising Colbert and others are stepping up to promote President Joe Biden. But will it make a difference come November?

The Power of Celebrity Endorsements

CBS announced that Colbert will broadcast his show from the Auditorium Theatre from August 19 to 22, and some conservative media outlets are crying foul. But will he – or any other celebrity, for that matter – sway the election with his endorsement? When Taylor Swift performed at the Super Bowl, there was a lot of talk about how she would influence the election, especially if she endorsed Biden. Monmouth University released a survey in February that found that 18% of Americans “think that a covert government effort for Taylor Swift to help Joe Biden win the presidential election actually exists.” Former President Donald Trump even got into the discussion, urging the celebrity not to endorse the incumbent, saying, “Joe Biden didn’t do anything for Taylor, and never will.”

But just how much sway do celebrity endorsements have? Some experts suggest Hollywood has very little influence and that voters will make up their own minds without heeding the advice of the stars. Daron Shaw, a professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, conducted research on the topic. “These endorsements haven’t made a ton of difference, certainly not in partisan contests between Republicans and Democrats,” he observed. Shaw suggested that being supported by certain entertainment figures could even be a detriment. “There is a little bit of tango between controversial figures and the campaign, which is not just the vote that you’re interested in when it comes to a presidential campaign. You’re interested in driving media, in driving volunteers, and you’re interested in driving contributions.”

Still, political figures court support from celebrities, and not just because they have deep pockets. Swift, for example, endorsed Biden for 2020, which, according to Vote.org, brought in more than 35,000 voter registrations. Biden likely hopes to benefit from her popularity and influence again as the 2024 election approaches.

How have celebrity endorsements helped in presidential elections in the past? In 2008, there was “The Oprah Factor,” which some claim was a deciding element in electing former President Barack Obama. Oprah Winfrey had a lot of fans and received nearly ten million viewers a day for her talk show, not to mention subscribers to her magazine, O. A September 2008 Pew survey found that 60% of respondents believed Oprah’s endorsement would help Obama’s campaign.

Throughout history, celebrity endorsements have seemed to have an impact on presidential elections. In 1920, singer Al Jolson threw his support behind Republican candidate Warren G. Harding with a song titled “Hardy, You’re the Man for Us.” Some of the lyrics included, “It’s Harding, lead the GOP, Harding, onto victory.” Since Calvin Coolidge was Harding’s running mate, the song also included him with lyrics such as, “We know we’ll always find you with Coolidge right behind you, and Coolidge never fails, you must agree.” Harding won the presidency with almost 75% of the Electoral College and nearly 65% of the popular vote.

So which Hollywood elites are supporting Biden and Trump? Here’s a brief breakdown:

Celebrity Supporters Abound

Batting for the incumbent president is Jeffrey Katzenberg, former chairman of Walt Disney Studios from 1984 to 1994. He is also the national co-chair for Biden’s 2024 campaign. There’s also Lady Gaga, who endorsed Biden in 2020 and even performed at his inauguration. She hasn’t confirmed who she’ll vote for this election, but in April 2023, she was appointed co-chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts, effectively making her an adviser to the president. Other notables include Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane, Tom Hanks, Eva Longoria, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Springsteen, BeyoncĂ©, Ellen DeGeneres, LeBron James, and Meryl Streep.

Giving their support to the former president are singer Kid Rock, Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, actors Jon Voight, Roseanne Barr, Dennis Quaid, James Wood, Kevin Sorbo, and football star Brett Favre.

The Cost of Doing Business

As each side continues to rack up celebrity endorsements, the stars also have to take into consideration their personal capital. During the contentious election of 2016, a swath of Hollywood elites announced that if Trump won, they would be hightailing it from the USA and seeking to make their lives in more progressive climes. The La La Land exodus failed to materialize, and life continued much as before – albeit with somewhat more online TDS on display.

Celebrities hitching their wagons to politicians can come with great cost to credibility, and after the last few years of political vitriol, one wonders just how much of their hard-earned reputations these stars are willing to either commit or squander.

 
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Trudeau’s Class-Warfare Tax Policy Is Bad News for Canada

The tax bias against saving and investment is a major problem in the United States and many other nations.

According to the latest-available data from the Tax Foundation, the worst of the worst is Canada.

So how does Canada’s dilettante Prime Minister respond?

By proposing a big increase in the capital gains tax.

I’m not joking. Even though Canada already has a punitive capital gains tax, Justin Trudeau wants a big increase.

Here are some excerpts from a report in the National Post by Olivia Rumbell, which focuses on how the higher tax is prodding some people to sell homes before the tax is implemented.


The new capital gains tax proposed in the Liberal budget has led to speculation that there might be a flood of cottages entering the market or a push for earlier closing dates as sellers try to avoid a hefty tax bill. “I am seeing an increase in people wanting to list their properties now that this is going into effect,” said Beth Groom, a broker and owner of Cape Breton Realty. The capital gains tax, if it comes into effect, would tax profits on capital gains of more than $250,000 at almost 67 per cent, up from the prior rate of 50 per cent. It would result in an increased tax bill on capital gains for some sellers. …Groom speculated that if she was working for the buyer, she’d put in an offer for a certain amount, closing prior to the June 25 date when the capital gains tax will come into effect, communicating clearly so that the seller knows if they close before that day, they may save money.

For what it’s worth, I’m not overly worried about the impact on homeowners (though it’s unfair for them to be hit by an extra layer of tax).

What matters a lot for long-run prosperity is innovation and business investment. And Trudeau’s class-warfare grab for money is going to discourage those things.

Given the Tax Foundation’s comprehensive formula, I don’t know what it will do to the overall tax rate on capital income, but it definitely will move in the wrong direction.

Why is Trudeau pushing bad policy?

Given that a previous class-warfare tax hike backfired, he should have learned.

But given his approach to fiscal policy, we shouldn’t be surprised.

P.S. His views on monetary policy may be even worse.

Monday, April 29, 2024

The War To End All Wars



It seems like a lot of people just can’t hardly wait for war.  From mainstream news media to even the best of alternative news sources, commentators and pundits, everyone seems to be salivating at the idea of World War Three.
 
I find it interesting to note that during World War 1, we didn’t call it “World War 1,” because we didn’t recognize it as the first of many.  It was first called the “European War.” Then American newspapers called it “World War.”  And the British called it the “Great War.”  Soldiers fighting and families left at home had no idea they were fighting “World War 1.”  Then, it was FDR who first used the term “World War 2” in 1941.  But soldiers fighting and those at home didn’t realize they were fighting “World War 2” until Roosevelt named it that.  But today, people seem so eager for World War 3.  Even regular, everyday citizens seemed giddy at the idea of World War 3.  It’s on everyone’s minds and it seems virtually inevitable.
 
As we look at current world events, it does appear that a war to engulf the globe has already been set in motion.  Like wars we’ve seen in the past, alliances are being formed.  The BRICS nations, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates have been in allegiance since 2009.  Also at that table, you could add North Korea, Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Afghanistan.

Western countries, which were formerly allies, are significantly less organized and unfortunately, they’re all facing great internal turmoil, economic depression, massive immigration problems with people from enemy countries being welcomed in and catered to — for some reason — by their own governments.  There’s no doubt that what one might call the “Axis of Evil” nations today are much better prepared and propped up by self-proclaimed Globalist New World Order “elites” than are countries like the United States, Britain, France, and even Germany.
 
Western nations are literally being invaded by citizens from the “Axis of Evil” — and the western nations are welcoming the invasions, supporting the invaders and weakening all their defenses — from military to public infrastructure, seemingly on purpose.  This isn’t a “conspiracy theory.” It’s a conspiracy FACT.
 
Here in the US, the city of Minneapolis now plays the Islamic “call to prayer” over city loud speakers five times a day.  The same happens in Michigan.  Muslims who support the call of “Death to America” now serve in local, state and national governmental positions of power.  Chinese nationals own much of the land in our nation and hold most of our debt.  We rely on China for most everything we buy and use, including pharmaceutical drugs and food supplies.
 
On our college campuses, students have been brainwashed to prefer socialism over capitalism and are rallying against Israel and their own United States.  And while the “Axis of Evil” nations are training their military for war, here in the US, our military focuses on recruiting homosexuals and “transgenders” and invests tax dollars on transgender “transitioning” drugs and surgeries, using the proper pronouns, re-educating those who don’t agree with these agendas and training recruits to submit to an increasingly “woke” mindset.

For years, we’ve heard about Chinese military training in Mexico and Central America.  In just the past couple of years, we’ve learned the Chinese military is also training in Canada, just a stone’s throw away from our US borders.  We’ve seen video footage of Chinese container ships converted to ballistic missile launchers and loaded with ammunition, just off our western seacoast.  Not to mention the millions of military-age single men, all from hostile nations, crossing our borders — some even stating openly that they’re here on a military mission.
 
We’ve also seen the self-proclaimed “elites” — the New World Order Globalists — spending enormous amounts to construct underground bunkers for themselves, here in the US and around the world.  They’re stockpiling food and supplies for themselves, and they’ve been doing that for at least the last year or so.  Obviously, they believe something big is on the horizon and they’re preparing.

Meanwhile, when the average American patriot suggests that we should all be “prepping” for coming disaster, we’re labeled, once again, as “conspiracy theorists,” “right-wing wackos,” and worse, by the mainstream media, on social media and by the ignorant general public.

The last presidential election here in this country deepened the tremendous amount of division among our citizenry.  Any thinking person can easily examine and analyze what took place and come to the obvious conclusion that the election was blatantly stolen, regardless of what George Soros’-funded legislators, district attorneys and attorneys general will pronounce publicly.  And so, there are many ignorant souls out there today who really believe the last election was completely legitimate — despite overwhelming evidence that we’re now a banana republic ruled by tyrants bent on the destruction of our nation.
 
That being said, there’s no doubt that this year’s election will be the most significant ever in American history.  And along with that, will come more division, more hatred, more rioting, burning and devastation from the Left.  But this time, American Patriots will likely rise up as well, rather than continuing to bow to the one-sided “rule of law.”  Patriots aren’t going to let what happened last time happen again.  They won’t stand for it.  They won’t allow it.
 
So this year — leading up to November, but especially afterwards — is going to be one of chaos and war within our borders, among our own people.  When the foreign enemies who’ve now been settled in and well-funded and supplied by the Regime in power get involved, it’s not going to be good.  America is at its weakest point in history right now.  It’s only going to grow weaker once the fighting begins within our borders.
 
When that happens, we’ll be ripe for the picking of those foreign enemies in and outside our borders, who are, even right now as I speak, training for a specific operation...World War 3.
 
I’d urge you to not be so quick to wish World War 3 upon us, because it’s not going to be anything like you can imagine now.  If you’re thinking of a “Red Dawn” scenario, where a few bands of patriotic vigilantes can camp out in the woods and win our freedom back with a few shotguns, you’re just plain clueless.
 
When it happens, Patriots are going to be up against the most sophisticated weaponry in the world.  I’m not just talking about night vision goggles here.  I’m talking drone technology, the likes of which you and I have no idea.  I’m talking about infrared heat cameras that can locate and pinpoint human beings hiding anywhere, and weapons that can eliminate them, fired by enemy combatants on the other side of the world.
 
Imagine losing your electricity — rolling blackouts are already going on in parts of our country and will only grow worse as the regime continues to press it’s “net zero” agenda under the false narrative of “climate change.”  No power. No water.  No food in the stores.  No communications.  No phones.  No internet.  Cars will not operate — electric or otherwise.  Local police and sheriff departments will be no match for hordes of foreign enemies marching on our land with operational, tactical vehicles.  Even our military will be no match for these enemies.
 
And the enemies are already here, embedded in cities and towns, large and small, all across the United States.  Thousands more are being welcomed in daily, even as they’re encouraged to “vote for Biden” when they get here, so the border can remain open.
 
During World War 2, our nation came together, united as one.  Our people at home sacrificed, rationed things, bought war bonds, scrimped and saved everything to support our faithful soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.  Today, our nation is so divided — and deliberately divided — there will be no national unity.  Amid the World War, we’ll also be fighting one another in a new “Civil War.”  And a house divided against itself cannot stand. 
 
I’m sorry to say, friends, we’ve already lost this battle.  By being so passive, by allowing things like the stolen election of four years ago to stand; by allowing the rioting and devastation of groups like Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA to happen with no pushback — our police officers ordered to “stand down” and “let them burn it all down;” even by standing by and doing nothing as the statues and monuments of our American history and heritage were removed from public, and by allowing political dissidents of the Regime to be persecuted and jailed while most of us did nothing, we’ve invited the coming tragedy upon ourselves.  It’s our own fault.
 
We should be, right now, weeping and mourning and repenting in sackcloth and ashes, begging God’s forgiveness for our personal sins and our national sins.  Such a thing would begin in the churches across this land, but alas, the churches have also been overtaken by the socialism and communism of the Social Justice movement.  

Pastors, who have so much power available to them — if only they had an ounce of courage to use it — have refused to stand against the evil and therefore, their followers have refused to stand for anything.  Most Americans today have no idea what the Word of God says.  No idea Who Jesus Christ is, and certainly no idea the horrors that await them when their comfort, luxury and ease are suddenly removed and they’re faced with starvation, famine and the loss of every single thing they’ve put their trust and security in, in this world.

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  

There’s no political solution to all this.  Don’t count on Donald Trump to save you — or our country.  There’s one Savior, and that is the Lord, Jesus Christ.  Judgment begins first in the house of the Lord, and I dare say it will be the Christians who are eliminated first as our enemies overtake us — from within and from without.  Because most today are “Christians” in name only.  Their “fire insurance faith” will not spare them from what’s about to happen.  Instead, after horrific and violent deaths, most will stand before the Lord only to hear the words, “Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity. I never knew you.”
 
Could it be that I’m dead wrong on all these things?  Well, I can tell you I’m 100% right on much of what I’ve stated here.  I’ve told you about Global conspiracy FACTS, not theories.  Of course, there’s much we don’t know yet...and won’t know until it plays out.  But is there a chance God might spare this nation and heal our land?  Yes, but it would require God’s professing people to take 2 Chronicles 7:14 seriously and put out an urgent, clarion call all across this country.  

It would take an enormous, concerted effort on the part of pastors and churches and the people in the pews, humbling themselves before Almighty God, while there’s still time.  Sadly, I won’t hold my breath on that... Americans are too consumed with comfort and ease.  Too self-absorbed to take the Word of God seriously.  They’re busy planning their next vacation, busy with their sports and entertainment.  They have no time for God. Certainly, no intention to humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from their wicked and selfish ways.
 
The soldiers in World War 1 didn’t know they were fighting “World War 1” when it was happening.  Those in World War 2 didn’t know it was World War 2 when it began.  There will be no doubt when World War 3 goes hot.  It truly will be the “War to end all wars.”  Friends, those of you who will, be in prayer for this nation.  Be in prayer for those you love.  I believe God will protect and provide for those who are truly His, but none of us will escape persecution.  I urge you to draw close to God today, and bring as many souls with you as you can.  Our time is growing short, and we have but one Savior.

A Shockingly Inept Report From The IEA On Battery Storage Of Energy

April 27, 2024 @ Manhattan Contrarian

In my self-designated role critiquing various schemes for total transformation of the world energy system, I get to review large amounts of poor, shoddy, and incompetent work. When people get into advocating for this “energy transition,” the stars regularly align to bring forth the most extreme levels of ineptitude. Start with the fact that the “smartest” people are filled with arrogance and hubris, but are not actually very smart. Add that many innumerate Politics and English majors have flooded into a field that cries out for engineering calculations. Add too that groupthink and orthodoxy enforcement prevent anyone from pointing out obvious flaws. And then throw in a strong dose of religious zealotry that obstructs the intrusion of anything resembling critical thinking. All in all, it’s a prescription for catastrophe.

But in a field rife with bad, worse, still worse, and even dangerously incompetent work, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything as shockingly inept as the Report just out from the International Energy Agency with the title “Batteries and Secure Energy Transitions.” The Report has a date only specified to the month of “April 2024,” but the press release came out just two days ago on April 25.

If I had been given the assignment by the North Koreans to write the Report to somehow induce the West to self-destruct, I don’t know how I would have done it differently.

Are you familiar with the International Energy Agency? It is not part of the UN, but rather a separate consortium currently of some 40+ countries, mostly Western and mostly rich, founded in the wake of the oil shocks of the 1970s with a then-goal of promoting energy security. It is based, of course, in Paris. The current (and since 2015) head is a guy named Fatih Barol.

Somewhere along the line the IEA completely lost track of the energy security mission, and turned into an unabashed advocate for the green energy transition. That’s where they are today.

I don’t know how many people work at the IEA, but it seems like most to all of them got in on writing this Report. On page 5 there is a list of some 35 “directors,” “lead authors,” and “principal authors” from among IEA employees, plus another 4 who provided “support,” and then, on pages 6 to 8, some 89 people said to be “high-level government representatives and international experts from outside of the IEA” who somehow “contributed to the process.” From the content of the Report, one has to wonder if any of these people ever completed the study of arithmetic at the sixth-grade level, let alone if any have read any of the important work in this area.

The thesis of the Report is that batteries, and particularly lithium ion batteries, are the key to the impending energy transition, and need to be scaled up massively and immediately with whatever amount of government subsidies and handouts that it takes. Here are a few quotes from the press release:

After their deployment in the power sector more than doubled last year, batteries need to lead a sixfold increase in global energy storage to enable the world to meet 2030 targets. . . . In the first comprehensive analysis of the entire battery ecosystem, the IEA’s Special Report on Batteries and Secure Energy Transitions sets out the role that batteries can play alongside renewables as a competitive, secure and sustainable alternative to electricity generation from fossil fuels. . . . IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol [said,] “Batteries will provide the foundations in both areas, playing an invaluable role in scaling up renewables and electrifying transport while delivering secure and sustainable energy for businesses and households.

I suppose it would be too much for me to expect these grandees to have read my energy storage report, published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation in December 2022. But if you are claiming that you have at hand a “competitive, secure and sustainable alternative to electricity generation from fossil fuels,” as these guys are, there is a series of very obvious question that must be addressed. Those include:

  • Quantitatively, how much energy storage, in watt-hours (or gigawatt-hours)will be necessary to provide full back-up to a national electricity grid once all fossil fuel back-up has been banished and the storage is all that is available when the instantaneous generators are not supplying the full demand?
  • How much will that amount of storage cost?
  • What is the maximum length of time that energy must be held in storage before it is called upon, and is the proposed storage technology capable of the task of storing energy for that period of time?

There are other comparably important questions, but at least those are absolutely essential.

The IEA Report addresses none of them.

What we get instead is endless happy talk about the wonders of lithium ion battery technology, how the costs are falling rapidly, how deployments are soaring, and how utopia (i.e., meeting UN COP 28 emissions reduction targets) is right around the corner if only we accelerate the process with massive government “support.” The full Report is some 159 pages (with appendices and references), so I can only give you a small sample. But here are a few choice quotes from the Executive Summary:

  • From page 11: “Batteries are an essential part of the global energy system today and the fastest growing energy technology on the market. Battery storage in the power sector was the fastest growing energy technology in 2023 that was commercially available, with deployment more than doubling year-on-year.”
  • Also from page 11: “Lithium-ion batteries dominate battery use due to recent cost reductions and performance improvements. Lithium-ion batteries have outclassed alternatives over the last decade, thanks to 90% cost reductions since 2010, higher energy densities and longer lifetimes.”
  • From page 12: “Policy support has given a boost for batteries deployment in many markets but the supply chain for batteries is very concentrated. Strong government support for the rollout of EVs and incentives for battery storage are expanding markets for batteries around the world.” [For the obtuse among the readership, “policy support” is code for vast subsidies and handouts.]
  • More from page 12: “Batteries are key to the transition away from fossil fuels and accelerate the pace of energy efficiency through electrification and greater use of renewables in power.”
  • Still on page 12: “To triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030 while maintaining electricity security, energy storage needs to increase six-times. To facilitate the rapid uptake of new solar PV and wind, global energy storage capacity increases to 1 500 GW by 2030 in the NZE Scenario, which meets the Paris Agreement target of limiting global average temperature increases to 1.5°C or less in 2100. Battery storage delivers 90% of that growth, rising 14-fold to 1200 GW by 2030.”

Check out that last bullet point. Yes, they are so dumb that they discuss energy storage capacity in GW rather than GWh. How did they come up with the line that to reach their goals “energy storage needs to increase six-times” when they don’t even know the right units to do the calculations? You won’t find an answer in this Report. In my own energy storage report, I calculated that to reach a zero-emissions electricity sector that could get through a year without fossil fuel back-up would require increasing energy storage by something around 10,000 times. I used the correct units and showed how my calculations were done.

And how about the question of the length of time that energy must remain in storage to back-up a wind/solar powered grid, and whether the proposed technology is up to the task? In my own report, which only considered scenarios of getting through a single year, I showed that much of the stored energy would need to be held for 6 - 12 months before use. In a further blog post on September 28, 2023, I covered a new report then out from the UK’s Royal Society (described by me as “semi-competent”), which used 37 years of data. Based on the 37 years of data, that report concluded that hundreds of hours worth of grid peak usage would need to be held in storage for multiple decades in order to get through worst-case sun and wind droughts. I had this quote from the Executive Summary of the Royal Society report:

Wind supply can vary over time scales of decades and tens of TWhs of very long-duration storage will be needed. The scale is over 1000 times that currently provided by pumped hydro in the UK, and far more than could conceivably be provided by conventional batteries.

(Emphasis mine.). I’m ready to forgive these IEA guys for not being familiar with my own report, but not for complete ignorance of the Royal Society’s effort.

The entire discussion that I can find in the IEA Report on the problem of need for massive amounts of very long duration storage consists of a chart and one paragraph of text on page 47. Here is the chart:

 

And the text:

Iron air and other battery technologies that potentially could enable the storage of electricity over longer durations measured in weeks, are still in their infancy. Currently it is not clear whether those technologies can be developed so as to provide what is required in a cost-efficient way. For even longer duration storage, such as seasonal storage, battery technologies are not fit for purpose, and other mechanical, e.g. pumped storage hydro, and chemical, e.g. hydrogen storage, technologies need to be deployed.

So 90 plus percent of the storage needed to back up the intermittently-supplied grid needs to be stored for months and years, but the only battery technologies that can even last for “weeks” are things that are “in their infancy” and where it is “not clear” that they can be provided in a “cost-efficient way.”

Overall, a shockingly inept and embarrassing piece of work from the IEA. Undoubtedly our government will react by piling forth a few more hundreds of billions of dollars to subsidize batteries to do a job for which they are completely “unsuitable.”

The Great Replacement is Here, Now!

This article was inspired by a speech by  Eva Vlaardingerbroek at #CPACHungary stating the establishment is losing its mind as she spoke the forbidden truth: The Great Replacement is no longer a theory - it’s reality.

By Rich Kozlovich

"White Europeans are being replaced in their own countries at an ever accelerating rate and it will mean the end of our civilization if we don’t turn things around."

What we're seeing are violent and dangerous conflicts at a level not seen before.  Why?  Because this is an imported problem.  As a result of this insane attitude regarding multiculturalism, and social responsibility we're seeing mass uncontrolled migration from failed primitive tribal societies with ethnic, cultural, and religious values which are totally antithetical to western civilization.  

This is an ethnic culture problem so massive and so pervasive, since they've brought their tribal conflicts to Europe and the United States, and these migrants are blatantly antisemitic, anti Christian, and anti white, anti-western civilization, and they and their leftist enablers are using our own values against us, and all of that is blatantly obvious to the most casual observer!  So, it that's true, and it is, why is it then western civilization seems to be indifferent to our own destruction?   We've seen murder, rape, and destruction at unrepresented levels, and nothing changes.  We're capitulated to these savages in fear of being called  racists, xenophobes, and more, all that's left to do is accept dhimmitude status and surrender totally.   

All of which has been promoted and promulgated by a corrupt globalist elite, and they're imposing destructive rules, regulations, and taxes to make it happen, and the demographics is against whites and Christians, and these misfit elite globalists are even saying that's a good thing.  

In some of Europe's nations they're either already demographically past the point of no return, or on the verge of it.  In many of Europe's major cities, the ethnic white population is substantially outnumbered by non whites and non Christians from Africa and the Middle East.  And a substantial number of them are on government dole. 

Diversity isn't our friend, it's the true viral pandemic destroying civilization.  No Muslim controlled nation in the world would tolerate the very thing they're demanding from Europe and America.    

America has been subject to the outrageous anti white lies and leftist secular religious neo-paganism of Marxism and Critical Race Theory, all of which is an organized international attack on Western civilization.  The E.U. cannot be reformed, it must be eliminated, and that goes for the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund,  the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the

David Prentice states time is running out to save Western civilization, saying:

What we face as a nation is daunting; if we do not correct our left-leaning course, we will fall into the ashbin of history.  The city on the hill.  Gone.  The U.S. is moving quickly towards a centralized state.  Our liberties, our culture, and our national greatness are being subverted.  Subverted by a corrupt, clever, twisted, amorphous blob of powerful people.  Most of the old media, the new technocratic media (i.e.,:  Facebook and Google), one entire political party, part of the other party, along with the unelected bureaucracies and spy agencies of the U.S. are all a part of this blob.   Evil that’s difficult to overcome. 

And why is all this evil difficult to overcome?  We have nitwits passing massively expensive bills like the Ukraine-Israel Aid Bill, "which includes $3.5 Billion to fast track mass migration from Middle East nations, and s $481 million to settle migrants in U.S. cities."
 
As you watch the antisemitic pro Hamas insanity taking place on America's college campuses, we must come to the realization these misfit protesters of today are America's terrorists of tomorrow, and we're coming close to the point of no return. 
 
As for the future?  Well, as has been noted over and over again, "prediction is really hard, especially about the future".  Stop trying to predict it.  Create it!

The Real Goal of Space Exploration

By Rich Kozlovich

During WWII air craft carriers, advanced jet aircraft, and tanks were the keys to victory, and has been so for all these years.  Since the end of WWII, they've been the backbone of military effectiveness.  Well, that's over!

Some years ago there was a SciFi show that was a spin off from the Stargate series called Stargate Universe.   In one of the episodes they came across "Berserker Drones" which attacked en masse.  In spite of the advance technology of their ship, they had to develop an escape plan to avoid being destroyed.  The numbers were just too great.  

That's playing out now, and we saw how Ukraine destroyed Russia's Black Sea fleet with a drone attack.  Extensive use of massed drones is going to be impossible to stop, just like trying to defend against a killer bee hive.   

These are not people, they're machines, totally dispensable, and made to be so, and easily replaced.   The only training involved deals with technicians who are nowhere near the battle field sitting in front of a computer/video console directing the actions.  When there's a lot of drones, there will always be some that will break through.   The only effective counter measure is destroying the communication connection between the drones and the technicians.  With advancements, that's not so easy now.  

For some years I've been following this effort to create military lasers, and written about it, and just about everyone laughed, just as so many laughed at Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, AKA, Star Wars program to shoot down Russian missiles.   It's not so funny now, and once again we see Reagan was far smarter than his critics as he saw farther, deeper, and wider, than all the arrogant, smarmy leftist snots who called him stupid.   

From all I read I knew what was on the horizon, and now we're seeing the beginnings of it, including Israel.  Even H.G. Wells saw that potential in 1895 in his book The War of the Worlds.

“However it is done, it is certain that a beam of heat is the essence of the matter. Heat, and invisible, instead of visible, light. Whatever is combustible flashes into flame at its touch, lead runs like water, it softens iron, cracks and melts glass …”

This year the UK tested the ‘DragonFire’ Laser Weapon, and it was successful against an aerial target, claiming:

The laser-directed energy weapon (LDEW) is claimed to have the ability to hit a precision target the size of a coin from a kilometre away. Although the exact range of the weapon is classified, the ministry said that it can engage with any visible target. The MoD said that the average cost of firing the laser is around £10 per shot, meaning that the weapon has the “potential to be a long-term low-cost alternative to certain tasks missiles currently carry out.”

Stupid, Insane, and Corrupt Americans Support Hamas

By Rich Kozlovich

Spenser Brown posted this piece on Sunday, The Terrorists Are Running the Asylum, saying:

"WE ARE ALL HAMAS."  This is, inexplicably, a real phrase chanted by real students at more than one "elite" institution of supposedly "higher" learning in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 2024. Well, when someone tells you who they are, believe them.

So, if they're all Hamas, they're enablers and supporters of some of all these vile degrading practices perpetrated these monsters?  Did I get that right? Did I miss anything? 

These are history's useful idiots, and even Lenin and Stalin despised them, and if and when the monsters get control, they're among the first to be eliminated.  These are fools who embrace every anti-civilization, anti human, anti Christian, antisemitic, anti America scam that comes down the pike.   Destroying the foundational moral values of Western civilization, leaving anarchy in it's wake.   

One pro Hamas protest at the University of Washington was cancelled.  Because they didn't like antisemitic protests?  No!!  Because...and get this.... there were too many whites participating in the protest.  Imagine that, and we already know George Soros is funding a lot of these "professional protesters", and also oil rich Muslim nations are pumping millions of dollars into their coffers. 

What were the values instilled by the parents in these misfits?  And where in the world did feminists, gays and transgenders get the idea "they were Hamas" also.  How stupid can anyone be?  It seems clear they're clueless about Islam since any gays or transgenders in Gaza had better make sure to avoid roof tops, especially high ones.  As for feminists, they would be turned into the property of their husbands.   

James Lewis in his article, Who runs the American agitprop machine?, starts out quoting Karl Marx: “First, conquer the organs of propaganda".   The goal?  

Make everybody march to the beat of the same drum, and you’ve got a mass cult.  That's why they all yell the same words from the same book at the same mass demonstrations in the same locations.  Normal people don't march in lockstep, but today's hateful mobs do, because they have one group mind.  You don’t need A.I. to turn people into robots..........This happens over and over again in history, and it’s how you change normal teenagers into mobsters.

Finally, there's Joe Biden, who has abandoned any pretense of integrity by appeasing Muslim antisemites pandering for their vote.  And as these fools bring in more Muslim immigrants do they really believe they will be controlled?  Stupid, insane, and corrupt. 


Universities Were Always Extreme

By @ Sultan Knish Blog


The Nazi cheers of Sieg Heil didn’t start out in Munich, but in Massachusetts.

The Nazi chant was borrowed from Harvard football cheers and imported to Germany by Ernst “Putzy” Hanfstaengl, a Harvard man in good standing who befriended Hitler and helped build a more respectable brand for the National Socialists.

“Putzy” was one of a number of Ivy League elites who were enchanted by the Third Reich.

Socialism forcefully implemented by great men, whether it was FDR, Mussolini, Stalin or Hitler, was the great obsession of America elites of the era who were convinced that it was the only answer to the chaos of capitalism and the hurly burly of democracy and technology.

Columbia University, whose Hamas occupation fills the front pages of every newspaper in the country while driving Jewish students off campus, has changed little in some ways. A hundred years ago, Columbia University President Nicholas Murray Butler was laboring to keep Jewish students out while celebrating Mussolini’s fascism. Butler’s admiration for fascism was common among university presidents, leaders of society and even in the FDR administration.

Not just remastered football cheers, but eugenics, another obsession of Ivy League elites, made its way over to Germany where it was implemented in a far deadlier fashion, not only against Jews, but against German disabled and others deemed to be “life unworthy of life” in keeping with the ideology whose adherents included Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.

Peeling back the layers of the dominant ideologies that Ivy Leaguers hold today leads to National Socialist or Communist ideologies. The Ivy League elites who were environmentalists, socialists, globalists and population control advocates a century ago were strongly influenced by these totalitarian ideologies that called for tyranny and mass murder.

They weren’t liberals then and they’re not liberals now.

A century ago they believed that human beings were defined by race and they still believe it now. A century ago they were convinced that mankind would go extinct unless strong leaders clamped down on independent thinking and undertook emergency measures to impose order. And they still believe it now. A century ago they believed that the only way forward was a planned economy, expert rule and the necessary deaths of certain people and groups.

Do they still believe it now?

The complete support for Hamas at Columbia, Yale and other Ivy League schools took some by surprise, but the idea that elite academic institutions ever had their politics defined by reason, liberalism and a respect for the rights of man has no basis in reality. While these universities and many others had some brilliant professors and students, and provided a rich environment of methodical learning at one time, university politics were always shot through with radicalism.

Even early in the twentieth century, the poison Ivy Leagues were filled with loathing for Americans, democracy and free enterprise while being attracted by any radical ideology. The question was only whether the Marxists or the National Socialists would triumph on campus.

After National Socialism died a mostly unlamented death, Marxism and then, a late entry, Islamism began a battle for the hearts and minds of America’s elites. What does Hamas offer the Ivy League? Much like Nazism and Communism, it believes that America, individualism and free enterprise are worthless, and that only a revolutionary ideology implemented by force can turn around our society. Few of the Yale or Columbia non-Muslim students cheering for Hamas believe in the message of the Koran, but they find it more believable than the American one.

Radicalizing Ivy League students is a lot like tripping the blind. Between the wealthy Third World activists who claim to be victims of racism and the radical rich brats whose hobby is revolution, they need little convincing to support any cause, no matter how horrible and evil, as long as it’s directed against America and is a good fit for their addiction to virtue signaling.

Generations of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their leftist allies did for Hamas and the Jihad what “Putzy” did for the Nazis. They made them respectable by rebranding them, giving them some new chants, logos, and an agenda that is less religious and more anti-American.

The Jew-hatred of “Putzy” or Hatem ‘Hate’em’ Bazian, the professor behind the campus Jihad, made them more popular on campuses where many students, especially those most likely to join leftist movements, quietly resented the competition from the sizable number of Jewish students. Turning on those students by supporting Hitler or Hamas was all too easy.

The multicultural Nazis of today may be more racially diverse than their forebears in the thirties, but, much as then, their intellectual diversity runs the gamut from one totalitarian movement to another. Back then the Ivy League was torn between Fascism and Marxism, now it’s Marxism and Islamism, which have signed their own sort of Hitler-Stalin pact, enabling them to team up against America, Christians, Jews and the entire fabric of Western civilization.

The one thing that the Ivy League can agree on is that the world should be run by the right sorts of people and that they are just the right sort of people to run it. Behind the hysterical rallies and the feigned victimhood is a deep contempt and even hatred for much of humanity.

Right now the campus Hamas Nazis may be cheering for the death of Jews, but tomorrow they will be cheering once again for race riots burning down cities or for some new evil wave of terror. The real question is not just whom they hate, but whom they don’t hate.

That hatred is why the Ivy League has always been so easy to radicalize with a steady drip feed of students eager to be taught that everything they grew up with is a sham, that nothing can be trusted and that the only way to save the world is to put them in charge of managing it.

Generations of Ivy Leaguers have been told at ponderous graduation ceremonies that they are the hope of tomorrow, and that history has tasked them with solving the troubles of the nation and the world by implementing the dogma of the moment. No king was more blatantly endowed with the right to rule without the fitness for it than these puffed up and well-connected children.

Each ruling class is more vicious, hollow and inept than the last. From cheering Nazis to cheering Hamas, the only thing the Ivy League elites have learned is an appetite for destruction.


 
Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine. Click here to subscribe to my articles. And click here to support my work with a donation. Thank you for reading.

The US Constitution, the Republic, and Presidential Immunity

The Supreme Court has the weight of the Constitution on its shoulders.

by | Apr 28, 2024 @ Liberty Nation News, Tags: Articles, Good Reads, Law, Opinion, Politics

The US Constitution, the Republic, and Presidential Immunity

A weighty case regarding presidential immunity was argued in front of the US Supreme Court this week, raising many constitutional issues. It is a historic case in the truest sense of the word, and as such, friend of the court briefings (known as amicus curiae) were filed by some of the sharpest legal minds in America today.

Earlier this week, prior to the oral arguments, Liberty Nation published an analysis by Legal Affairs Editor Scott Cosenza, Esq. of an amicus brief submitted by Former Attorneys General Edwin Meese* and Michael Mukasey, law professors Steven Calabresi and Gary Lawson, and Citizens United. The article, details of which were eventually picked up by FoxNews.com on Sunday, April 28, outlined the premise for their brief: that Jack Smith has no legal standing as special counsel to bring charges against Donald Trump. Justice Clarence Thomas raised this point during the hearing, bringing national attention to what LN highlighted days ago. While we await the justices’ decision, these documents raise several salient points about the question before the High Court that are worth considering.

Today, we present three more of these briefs – all in support of Donald Trump. The government’s position in this case has been amply covered by the establishment media, but stories detailing the legal arguments in favor of the former president are few and far between.

US Constitution: The Coolidge Reagan Foundation Brief

A brief from the Coolidge Reagan Foundation makes the point that the entire indictment against former President Donald Trump should be dismissed. This claim is based on the fact that his “actions and speech” were made while he was still in office. It only takes one step from there to recognize that if he was president at the time (and he was), then his conduct was an “exercise of executive functions.” Not only that but the authors of this brief believe holding Trump’s behavior unlawful would restrict his political speech, which violates the US Constitution.

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They also point out that Democrats, notably Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams, have had issues with the elections they lost. Yet no claims were forthcoming by the Biden administration that it was unlawful for them to question the legitimacy of their elections. So how do their complaints add up to nothing, yet Mr. Trump is held up for indictment? This is their central question.

Thus, they conclude: “This Court should not open the door to prosecutions of former Presidents by the Administrations of their political opponents—particularly when those prosecutions arise from political speech and matters of executive discretion.”

The American Center for Law and Justice

The brief by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) addresses the issue of the alleged criminality of the former president. Its main point is that personal immunity for the actions conducted by a president not only applies when he is in office but should be extended past his term. The ACLJ claims that “immunity is only meaningful if it survives the President’s tenure.”

At the center of their argument lies the interest of the people who elected him:

This immunity protects no mere private interest, but instead protects the public interest of the people to have their chosen leader able to execute his duties not out of fear of personal reprisal, but “for their benefit.”

Christian Family Coalition (CFC) Florida, Inc.

The Christian Family Coalition of Florida takes a different tack from the other two briefings cited in this article. Dennis Grossman, who authored the amicus curiae for the CFC, argues:

“[T]he immunity issues raised in the present appeal are closely related to and overlap with the First Amendment issues raised by the underlying indictment. The issues relate to a President’s ability to address his supporters and the decision-makers who certify and control his re-election – and his First Amendment freedoms in that effort.”

The CFC believes the US Supreme Court should reverse the DC Circuit Court opinion because it violates the First Amendment of the Constitution as well as “by reason of Presidential Immunity.”

There were multiple briefs filed in this case for and against the petitioner, i.e., former President Donald Trump, which now sit in the hands of the nine justices. Although these are just a few of the briefs in support of the former president, each, in its own way, put forth considered legal reasons to either send this divisive case back to the lower courts or decide the case in favor of Mr. Trump.

According to US Supreme Court tradition, the justices take a private vote on the Friday of the week in which the oral arguments are made. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they must stick to this decision – they can change it during the time between the public hearing and when they release the final judgment.

During the oral phase of this crucial case, justices discussed many categories of presidential immunity. Still, these briefs illustrate that many tentacles of this case must be addressed. As such, they should carefully navigate such turbulent waters because this decision will ultimately affect the future of the Republic.

* Former Attorney General Edwin Meese sits on the board of Liberty Nation’s parent organization.

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For further reading on this subject:

AMICUS BRIEF OF CHRISTIAN FAMILY COALITION (CFC) FLORIDA, INC.

Brief of Coolidge Reagan Foundation and Shaun McCutcheon

BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE SENATOR STEVE DAINES AND THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL COMMITTEE

BRIEF OF THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE

BRIEF OF FORMER ATTORNEYS GENERAL EDWIN MEESE III AND MICHAEL B. MUKASEY; LAW PROFESSORS STEVEN CALABRESI AND GARY LAWSON; AND CITIZENS UNITED

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