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Generation Opportunity: Let Section 215 Expire

Washington, DC – (5/20/15) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday that the Senate will vote this week to extend Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, which has been used by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies to justify the bulk collection of domestic phone records. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court ruled that Section 215 cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow for such activity.

Luke Kenworthy, Director of Policy Engagement at Generation Opportunity, released the following statement:

“The Senate should let Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act expire. Section 215 exemplifies the unacceptable trend of mass surveillance that threatens all of our freedoms.

“It makes sense that there is broad bipartisan support for allowing Section 215 to expire. It has been widely misinterpreted to give the government far more power than was originally intended.

“Privacy matters – it’s essential for free speech, commerce, and for holding our leaders accountable. Digital privacy is especially important to young Americans, as we use our phones, computers, and digital devices more than any other generation.

“Our generation says: let Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act expire. It’s only the first step, but it’s necessary for Congress to prove to us that our elected officials are ready to defend our fundamental right to privacy.”

The Order of Battle for Americans: How to prioritize political efforts

With so many attacks on the “America we love” it is easy to get confused by the barrages on so many of the citizenry’s rights. Here’s how to prioritize spending and efforts to protect what matters:

  1. Free Speech: If any effort portends to silence one group in favor for another – stand up, regardless if you agree with their message or not
  2. Freedom to bear arms: Regardless of which weapon or piece of ammo someone decides to ban – you must protest -harshly – or there may be no one and no manner left by which the freedom of speech is protected
  3. Legal search and seizure: Without free speech, it is impossible to expose incidents where government authorities illegally search a premises, person or vehicle. That means, without freedom of speech, and the freedom to bear arms – there is no protection against unlawful search and seizure.

While these elements do not show the whole of the U.S. Constitution, they do represent the core. If these rights are protected, all others will remain.

It it is understandable why many on the right attack budget issues, abortion, and foreign policy. But, sometimes greater focus on the basics is what is needed.

Americans must focus first on the three basic issues of speech, self-defense and protection from illegal search and seizure until those rights are clearly defended.

First, a few facts:

  • ISIS is far away and irrelevant for almost all Americans today. Let’s let them fight over there while America solves its internal issues – albeit sad that they overran ground our heroes once took
  • Abortion will not be fixed in the next election, it may take a generation with the right messaging – but it won’t be tomorrow – it’s not ready for politics until then
  • The budget is as much a Republican problem as it is a Democrat problem

Now that we have that clear, here’s what must be a first focus:

  • Protect the speech of those you disagree with (you will be a better person than George Stephanopolous)
  • Protect everyone’s right to bear arms.. or you may soon find yourself unable to speak freely and without anyone to defend you.
  • Speak out when other’s rights to search and seizure are stolen. Now, hope your rights to free speech are heartily protected.

A simple case for simple freedoms. Would you rather live in a place where someone tells you what to say, gives you no manner in which to defend yourself and then searches you when and how they like?

To correct the ills of America, black or white, we simply need to return to a focus on the bill of rights. Rights that were written down, unalienable, for all men – equal.

Until those rights are again accepted, protected and ingrained in the American psyche.. is not everything else trite?

SHOCK: Obama Calls for Change to How Media Reports

Obama isn’t happy with the way that the media reports on his failing economic and social policies.

At a discussion at Georgetown University on Tuesday, the President scolded the media for showing the unemployed demanding phones and other entitlements:

“I don’t know where they find them. They’re like, I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone”

The media finds people to interview in actual America, not the one the President wants to pretend exists. The entitled want their Obama phones, EBT card money and everything else the left has been telling them that they should expect.

The President continued his rant against accurate reporting by  calling for an outright change to how the media reports:

“We’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues..”

How, exactly, does Obama plan to change how the media reports on these issues? Net neutrality gave the government more control over the internet and we are already dealing with the least transparent administration in history. Anything more obtrusive by the government and we’re looking at censorship – that pesky first amendment should at least slow him down.

If his idea of changing how the media reports means only telling the stories he finds palatable or in a manner that he approves, well .. that sounds a lot like N. Korea’s way of changing the body politic.

Hillary’s “Full and Equal” Citizenship May Not Be So Equal

Hillary announced Tuesday that she supports “full and equal citizenship” – whatever that means.

The Clinton campaign pushes her stance as superior to Republicans because they’ve never said “full and equal.” Then again, no one has.

The Clintons are expert at saying a lot without saying anything and this latest blurb is a shining example.

First, what does “full and equal” actually mean?

The full part is obvious, but equal is confusing. Does she simply mean equal citizenship with other Americans or that new, illegal immigrants will be considered equally with those having spent years and dollars to go through the legal process?

This is a ploy – pure and simple. Clinton is suffering among her base and moderates. Now, she has to appeal to the non-American voters (yeah, I think I just about puked.)

The fact that the left has no choice but to appeal to people that have no right to vote, wreaks of desperation. It also points to a tyranny yet to develop.

One plays on the weak when they have nothing strong to offer.

Ben Carson Announces Bid for President

Dr. Ben Carson announced his entry into the 2016 Presidential race yesterday in Detroit, Michigan.

The world-renown neurosurgeon first announced his intentions on local Detroit television station WPEC.

Later, Carson made a speech at a Detroit event explaining in more detail why his candidacy was important.

Dr. Carson has never held nor run for political office before now.

Fiorina Announces Presidential Bid

In a video entitiled “I’m Running for President”, Carly Fiorina steps into the ring as a 2016 Presidential candidate in the Republican primary.

The former Hewlitt-Packard CEO was on ABC’s “Good Morning America” yesterday where she said “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works.”

Fiorina ran an unsuccessful Senate campaign against Barbara Boxer in 2010.

Carly brings even more variety to an incredible diverse GOP field. Black, Hispanic, White, Indian and now a female candidate.

The entire GOP field has but one realistic opponent to defeat in the general election – Hillary Clinton. Fiorina is able to go after Hillary without cries of sexism from the left.

Before going head-to-head with Hillary, the field still has to battle each other. With 18 months until the final vote, there is much time for any of these candidates to shine or implode.

G.W. Bush Offers Rare Criticism of Obama

President G.W. BushAt an hour-long question-and-answer session with the Republican Jewish Coalition, former President George W. Bush offered harsh criticism of President Obama’s handling of the Middle-East.

Bush has previously avoided criticizing the sitting President, but Saturday night he offered his views on Obama’s handling of the Iranian nuclear deal, the retreat from Iraq and President Obama’s approach to dealing with ISIS.

Bush said that Obama’s approach to Iran is naive and that allowing sanctions to expire with an idle threat that they could be put back in place at any time was unrealistic. The former president also characterized Obama’s approach as short-sighted when he said “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”

Bush then put ISIS’ advancement in Iraq squarely on Obama’s shoulders. He called President Obama’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq without a Strategic Forces Agreement a “strategic blunder.”

On dealing with terrorists, Bush hinted that Obama has been too soft. Bush said “In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it. You gotta kill em.”

 

How the Clinton Global Initiative Used its Funds During Hillary’s Tenure at State

In 2010, when Barack Obama said, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money,” he definitely wasn’t referring to the Clintons.

Because it wasn’t enough for Bill Clinton to sell sensitive missile technology to the Red Chinese for campaign donations. It wasn’t enough for Hillary Clinton to sell America’s most valuable nuclear technologies to the Russians for “contributions” to her family’s personal piggy bank.

That piggy bank, otherwise known as “The Clinton Global Graft Initiative”, had an interesting way of doling out the “contributions” it received.

The Clintons are a malignant tumor on the body politic. They have a history of doing anything for money — including selling out their own country — and when it comes to their personal bank accounts, there’s apparently never enough zeroes.

Megyn Kelly Tells Whiney College Kids to “Suck it up”

If you go through life thinking that everyone should agree with you – you’ve got another thing coming. Your parents and friends should have told you from time-to-time that your views aren’t the only ones that exist and you have to listen to and understand others. Megyn tells a few snobbish collegiates to buck up or back off. Actually, she told them to “Suck it up, cupcake!”

Deal Reached on Sex Trafficking and Lynch

Loretta_LynchRepublicans and Democrats came together to reach compromise on two contested issues – Loretta Lynch and sex trafficking legislation.

For the last week, the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General has been stalled while Democrats held up a bill intended to help the victims of sex trafficking.

The bill was set to make it unlawful for any fines paid by sex traffickers to be used to pay for abortions. Democrats disagreed and the tension began.

In order to force compromises on the sex trafficking bill, Republicans hold Loretta Lynch’s confirmation up until an agreement could be reached.

Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Patty Murray (D-WA) sat down and hashed out the base agreement with help from others.

The sex trafficking bill is set for a vote today and the Lynch nomination could move forward as soon as Wednesday.

The final deal gave both sides what they were looking for: Republicans prevented sex trafficking money from going to pay for abortions and Democrats get the President his Attorney General.

 

Hilllary’s ‘Just Like Us’ Tour Shows How She’s Nothing Like Us

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign start was intended to portray the former First Lady as ‘one of us’, but it instead showed how wealthy and different she is from just about any of us.

Hillary Flying Coach - KindaMost recently, Hillary tried to show her ‘every person’ side by flying coach. Unfortunately, the rest of us don’t get picked up by a limo at the side of the plane. We have to go down to baggage… then wait… then get our bags… then wait… catch a rental shuttle or hotel shuttle.

Hillary tries to relate to Americans even though she hasn’t experienced everyday life in decades. Heck, the last time she drove a car “Macarena” was the #1 song on the radio and Tracy Chapman was still relevant. (That hurt just researching it.)

The Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Van tour turned out to be less grass roots and more of an overly-controlled photo-op. Heck, even in meetings with friendly operatives, phones were confiscated. She can’t even trust the loyal operatives inside the DNC.

Anyone that believes that a Clinton can run anything other than a tightly-controlled, guaranteed-result campaign, is in for a surprise.

The question is whether Democrats would rather pick their nominee or have her handed to them by the elites that control the party.

 

AMAC: the issue of executive power gets court’s attention

AMAC: the issue of executive power gets court’s attention

Liberal scholar chides the president for ‘burning the constitution’

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr 10 – President Obama’s “overreach” when it comes to his administration’s use of Executive Orders will come under scrutiny next week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The case, State of West Virginia v the Environmental Protection Agency, is already causing quite a stir, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

“Liberals are coming out in droves to disparage one of their own-fellow liberal Laurence H. Tribe, one of the nation’s top constitutional scholars.  Tribe also happens to a self-described proud professor at Harvard Law School, one of whose students was President Obama, himself.  In a brief he filed in the case, Tribe denounces the president’s use of executive power, likening it to “burning the Constitution.”

Professor Tribe once described President Obama as “one of the most amazing research assistants I’ve ever had.”  But, it appears that the president is no longer “teacher’s pet,” said Weber.

The left is up in arms, many of them calling Tribe a traitor.  But the professor, who is representing the nation’s largest coal producer, Peabody Energy, insists that he’s following his conscience in this matter.  “EPA is attempting an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the States, Congress and the Federal Courts all at once,” he said.

The case is about an Executive Order issued by the EPA, at the behest of the president, that would severely restrict the use of coal for power generation.  “If it is upheld, it’ll result in massive job losses, particularly among the nation’s coal miners.  It will also cause sharp increases in the cost of electricity, impacting vulnerable senior citizens who can ill afford it,” Weber said.

“Perhaps, more important is that the administration’s excessive use of Executive Orders is a testament to the president’s desire to become the nation’s lawmaker-in-chief,” he added.

“Here is one of Mr. Obama’s most prominent cheerleaders, Laurence Tribe, taking him to task for transgressions against the Constitution.  If it was enough to rouse the ire of adherents on the other side of the aisle, it is enough to galvanize those among us who believe in sanctity of the Constitutional.”

This is not the first time that a supporter of the president’s ambitions has ‘jumped ship’ when he overstepped his authority.  Another noted liberal, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, also came under fire when he chided the president, and his surrogates, for his reliance on Executive Orders to avert Congressional opposition.

As Turley put it: “What the Democrats are creating is something very, very dangerous. They’re creating a president who can go at it alone and to go at it alone is something that is a very danger that the framers sought to avoid in our constitution.”

There’s little doubt among the experts that the coal case will wind up on the Supreme Court’s calendar, Weber concluded.  “In the meantime, it is a reminder of the true legacy of this administration-a nation with an ever expanding, intrusive and progressive government establishment.”

Bloomberg – Obama Gun Control Efforts Worry Democrats for 2016

Hillary Clinton anti-gunEven huge gun control proponents like Hillary Clinton and Dianne “it’s legal to hunt humans” Feinstein (D-CA) have been silent lately on the issue of gun control. The Obama-Bloomberg anti-gun push is making all Democrats nervous with 2016 so close.

Il Duce ObamaIn an April 10th interview with ABC News, President Obama issued a warning to Americans that he hasn’t “given up on gun control” and that he is “going to keep chipping away at this.” – Democrats wish he would just stop talking about it.

Michael Bloomberg has led several rich-boy financed efforts to create fake grass roots organizations (astro-turf) to lead some Americans to believe that defending yourself is dangerous. Democrats really want him to stop.

Being anti-gun rights in America is a third rail to politicians. As each push to destroy the second amendment is made, more Americans become gun owners. It has reached the point that just about any sane person understands that the defense of their family and property rests solely on them. The police won’t get their until the crime has been committed, but then they will certainly do everything they can to catch the bad people.

The realization that liberal policies have not made anyone safer is accepted by most Americans. Looking at violent crime rates in centers of liberalism like Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit, the voting population has discovered that the government cannot protect them.

2016 is approaching and politicians cannot afford to be associated with Bloomberg or other anti-gun groups and initiatives.

Democrats struggle with their anti-gun initiatives because their credibility on the issues is nearly non-existent and they are typically uncomfortable talking about guns. Saying that AR-15’s can launch 30 rounds in half of a second, that magazines are single-use or that standard capacity magazines make murder legal are just a few of the countless terrible and unfounded arguments made by the left.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY): “The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we’ve got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?

Dianne Feinstein hates gunsSen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) “And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines.”

Democrats would prefer not to be forced to talk about guns and are wishing that President Obama and Michael Bloomberg would just shut-up about the issue.

How A Republican Handles Discrimination

Well, here we go again, there are two words that I have heard more times in the past five years, than I have heard my entire life, racist and discrimination. It seems like our buddies on the left love calling everyone who do not think like them or do not believe what they believe a racist and are discriminating against them.

After this past week’s hoopla in Indiana, it seems to me that those Lefties who were crying are the ones who are the “intolerant bigots,” and we should have laws to protect us from idiots like them. As all this was going on I started thinking, was I ever discriminated against, so I thought back to twice in my life that I could recall, once because I wasn’t a woman, the other because I wasn’t Greek.

The first time that I can remember was when I was moving out on my own, the year was 1971 and I was 19 years old. I am from Manhattan in New York City, but the rents were too high so I went out to Astoria in the burrow of Queens. It was unfamiliar territory so I walked into the first real estate office near the subway. I walked in and said to the man behind the desk that I was looking for an apartment, right away I see him looking me over, giving me the once over. First words out of his mouth were “are you Greek?”

Now I knew exactly what he was doing, he was Greek and he wanted to keep his neighborhood Greek, but I said no anyway. He just looked at me and said four-hundred dollars a month. Now I know that sounds like a cheap rent, but in 1971 it was high, especially for a kid just out of high school, so I said thanks and left. I walked down a few blocks to the Italian neighborhood and got one for one-thirty a month.

The second time was in the early 1980’s, I was in sales at the time and was on a job interview. After about 20 minutes the interviewer says, “Chris you have a great resume and you have the qualifications, but I really wanted a woman for this job.” I said that’s fine, we talked a few more minutes and I left, after all a man can hire who ever he wants, after all it is his business. Just a side comment here, the want ads used to be broken down to “men wanted’ and “women wanted” but they passed a law a few years before that that was discriminatory, if the government would have stayed out of it, it would have saved both of us a lot of time.

If you noticed anything about those two stories, is that I understood the other persons point of view, whether it was the Greek real estate agent who was looking out for his neighborhood, or the business owner wanting a specific type of employee, I just moved on and got what I wanted some where else.

It’s a big world, if you can’t get what you want from one place, there will be another place down the road. It seems to me that every time the government tries to make it fair for one group, it makes it unfair to another, so the government needs to stay out. Should a Christian baker be compelled to deliver a cake to a same-sex wedding ceremony he finds objectionable? There are other bakeries, are there not?

Some Christians and Jews and Muslims will continue to oppose same-sex marriage because of their religion, that is their right, or it should be.

We can have a fair society or a free society, we cannot have both, it seems like America is turning away from the free society so not to hurt anyone’s feelings and it’s a shame.

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This is one man’s opinion.

Nothing says political like Selma!

The President went to Selma, Alabama to celebrate and commemorate the march across the bridge that helped bring civil rights to the forefront, into the living room of all Americans, and help move it forward. Yes, it was aimed at the black community, but as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed, all would be judged on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin… black, white, brown, or otherwise.

I say commemorate because the people involved in the Selma march (there were white folks there too) were not welcome there. They knew they could be killed. They knew they would have no place to sleep, probably not much food, and certainly not much help. They didn’t care. They knew that what they were fighting for was right and, as with our forefathers, believed it was worth losing everything for, even dying for. They deserve to be remembered and honored.

Unlike people today who say they are protesting about how they are being treated. “Hands up don’t shoot” turned out to be a lie. Any apologies to the policeman who had to quit and move out of town because of that LIE? Not so much.

These people would have made Dr. King proud, right? I am sure he would have encouraged them to loot and burn down buildings and beat up people in their communities, right? No, he would not have approved! He was for peaceful demonstrations, unlike the Reverend Al “Get-it-where-and-when-I-can” Sharpton. Rev. Al forgot that at his million marchers event in New York City. His followers chanted: “What do we want??…DEAD COPS!…When do we want them??…NOW!!!” A perfect example of Dr. King? I think not.

I say celebrate because we celebrate the sacrifices made that day in Selma by people of all colors, yes, mostly black, but many others as well. The actions of those people that day sparked and continued a movement that couldn’t and won’t be stopped!

Jump ahead 50 years. We have a black president, a black attorney general, and many positions of authority at the White House are filled by people who have black skin (sorry, I’m not calling them all “African American” because I have been told by many blacks that they are not all of African descent, some are from Belize, Jamaica, and so on). We have come a long way in 50 years. Are we perfect? No!

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