A Fulcrum, A Lever, and the Holy Grail

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

Archimedes 

Virgil’s mythical classic, Aeneid, depicts the Greek Army’s ten year siege on the city of Troy. Odysseus was King of Ithaca and trusted counsellor to Agamemnon,  Commander of combined Greek forces. Odysseus was renown for his cunning and shrewd brilliance. It was he who conceived and devised the scheme which finally allowed entry into Troy. A huge horse was constructed and wheeled to Troy’s city gates. The Greek army then made a show of withdrawing from battle and sailing away.

The Trojans, who revered horses, saw the gift as a parting Grecian gift to their gods, and brought it into the city. That night Troy celebrated the end of the siege late into the night. Unbeknownst to Troy, the horse had a cavity in its stomach, and Odysseus and a few other select soldiers were hidden inside. As the citizens and soldiers alike lay sleeping, the Greek soldiers snuck out, and opened the city gates to the waiting Grecian Army. The Greeks routed the soldiers, laying waste to the city; finally claiming victory.

The term “Trojan horse has come to mean a trick or stratagem that causes a target to invite a foe into a securely protected bastion or place. 

For months, senior Congressional leaders of both parties have known there is no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Sen. Diane Feinstein D-CA has said as much on more than one occasion, the latest time this past week. What started as an excuse for Hillary’s electoral loss and a diversion from the fact that Obama had his entire presidential agenda soundly refuted, gained traction in the MSM becoming a hourly talking point.

Under pressure from the media and threats from the Democrats to slow Congress to a crawl, Republican leadership folded and began to push for an appointment of independent Special Counsel to investigate All Things Russia.  However, there is an apparent contradiction, which raises the following question:

If this investigation has gone on for months, and if no one can point to any proof of collusion, and if there have been no leaks of evidence to the contrary; why are these unsubstantiated charges still around? 

If you follow the bouncing ball, this scheme runs from Obama to Hillary, then to Congressional Democrats, as well as the MSM and finally to McCain, never-Trumpers and RINOs in general. What is their endgame? What are they really after? The answer:

President Trump’s tax returns are the Holy Grail. 

They are convinced evidence of impeachable perfidy lie within his tax returns, and the fact that he has refused to release them is to them, proof of his guilt. They firmly believe if he didn’t have something to hide, he would no qualms releasing them. There is no legal requirement for President Trump to release his tax returns, polling has shown this to be a non-issue, and it would probably be a political mistake for him to release them voluntarily. In order to get them out in the public, those desirous of President Trump’s downfall realized they needed a lever. Enter the Obama/Clinton generated “Trump won because of the Russians” storyline. It’s the fulcrum, without which the lever is cannot exist.

All along, the lever for those wishing to take down the President has been an independent Special Counsel. Armed with subpoena power, and unlimited authority Special Counsel can subpoena the President’s financial documents, inclusive of his tax returns whenever he so chooses.
So, they hijacked Obama and Hillary’s lame but explosive excuse, they put it on steroids and fed it to the press non-stop. Predictably, right on cue the RINO’s jumped on board and also began squealing for a Special Counsel. When it became obvious Congress was frozen in place and would be for the foreseeable future, there was no choice but to appoint Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate Russia, the Trump Campaign, and pretty much whatever else he wants to check out.
No one can predict what the outcome will be. But, have no doubt, this is a pyrrhic victory for those opposed to President Trump. To be sure, if President Trump goes down, the true final cause will be his own wrongdoing. But, it beggars belief to realize the genesis was a false accusation which originated solely to serve as a salve for Hillary’s wounded ego.

The Federal Pro-Life Message

Early 2001, at the beginning of President Bush’s first term in office, Robert Moffitt Senior Fellow with the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, wrote the following:  (Heritage Foundation)

It is often said, correctly, that personnel is policy. The nexus between personnel management and policy management is therefore crucial. Good policies cannot be advanced without good, capable, and committed personnel to formulate, implement, aggressively promote, and steadfastly defend them. Thus, the most important rule of presidential personnel management is to appoint people who are fully committed to the presidential agenda. Moreover, the appointees must be fully prepared to articulate that agenda, effectively defend it in the public forum, and oversee the correct execution of the President’s specific policies by the career civil service.

Last Friday, President Trump appointed Charmaine Yoest to the post of Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services. The National Catholic Register details her background (NCR):

Yoest served for years as president and CEO of Americans United for Life, a pro-life law organization that works to coordinate and support the advance of pro-life legislation, particularly at the state level. She is currently a senior fellow at American Values in Washington, D.C. With a Ph.D. in American government from the University of Virginia, Yoest also served as project director of a national study on paid parental leave in academia. She worked in the White House under President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Presidential Personnel.

For the past eight years, President Obama, along with his coterie of like minded progressive liberal appointees, worked assiduously to retool the American brand into a blend of socialism and democracy. Working and in hand rebranding the American id, he and his trusty sidekick Joe Biden were consistently tilting US social values to the far left.

Our Feminist-in-Chief demonstrated his personal values in areas such as reducing the value of male attributes by promoting the superiority and role of women. Additionally, he brought the entire LGBTQ community into normalized mainstream America, vocalized U.S. support for legalized gay marriage as well as going all-in on the Trans movement.

But where he was particularly vicious was in the pro-abortion arena. Which was not surprising, given as a State Senator, he had voted for the legalized right to murder a newly born baby. In every way possible, President Obama pushed the pro-abortion agenda. The first day in office, he rescinded the “Mexico City Policy”, thereby allowing his administration the ability to fund abortions globally. His largesse to Planned Parenthood can only be compared to favoritism on a Chicago Mayor Daly scale. Through his Department of Justice, he steadfastly fought every state who resisted his aggressive agenda  But most horrifying, was the liberal push for the normalization of late-term abortions.

Most have heard or read about Kermit Gosnell, convicted murderer and America’s most prolific serial killer. For many years, Dr. Gosnell ran the a filthy murderous drive-by clinic in Philadelphia, when he was finally arrested, not one word was heard from our leader duly sworn to serve all of America.

Proverbs 14:34 says “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Righteousness is the respect for and adherence to the rule of law. In discussing a book on Old Testament Theology, The Reformed Reader listed reasons for the importance of the Ten Commandments. (Reformed Reader)

The Ten Commandments are not restricted to geography or history.  Whereas the other laws were intended for Israel in the Sworn Land (Deut. 5:31), the Ten Commandments are not bound by time and space.  They express God’s fundamental moral stance [and are echoed in the New Testament].

Both President Clinton and Obama, in their own ways, displayed breathtaking lack of regard for the rule of law. From the very beginning of President Obama’s term, working with his DOJ hatchet man, Eric Holder, Obama was utterly contemptuous of both God’s law as well as U.S. law. Just as President Clinton’s casual attitude toward sex and adultery filtered down into the psyches and behavours of our children, President Obama’s total disregard for law has resulted in the loss of affection for the rule of law, and a diminishment of our reliance upon it as integral to the fabric of our society.

Abortion is still legal, but the rate of this legalized murder is in the decline, and many states are moving aggressively to slow, (if not end), the practice of abortion. Over the past 100 days, what is most gratifying is our new President’s consistent stance supporting the pro-life agenda.

There is definitely a new sheriff in town, and a new American message being sent worldwide. The federal list of influential pro-life advocates  is growing every day. From our esteemed Vice President to Justice Gorsuch, to Sessions, DeVos, Perry, Price, Yoest, Carson, Pruitt, Yoest, Conway and many more.

While we have miles to go in order to fully recoup true conservative social values, in this one area, finally the Federal Government speaks with the voice of the people. To murder the innocent is a heinous crime which must be refuted and cannot be allow to continue.

This pro-life message is being built person by person within the government, and is reflective of government policy that will bring it’s own blessings over time. It is incumbent upon pro-life advocates to fully support this message, because it is a surety the former President and his Resistance will fight it tooth and nail.

Obama 2.0 – The Organizer Returns

The poster child of the Peter Principle is back, and no doubt feels quite comfortable in his new role. Organizer. In a recent article, Paul Sperry of the NY Post reports on how the former president is actively fomenting resistance to his successor. (vis NY Post)

“In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.”

Throughout his presidency, reports of party discontent at the state level swirled around Mr. Obama, with charges of neglect and disregard for their role. One of the recurring themes targeted his decision to give primacy to his non-profit “Organizing for America” rather than the DNC. As the President prepared to leave office, Organizing for America was turned into Organizing for Action, designed as a non-profit 501 (c)4 community organizing project that advocates for his personal and political agenda.

Headquartered in DC, it is evident the ex-President is determined to not go gentle into that good night:

“Obama will be overseeing it all from a shadow White House located within two miles of Trump. It features a mansion, which he’s fortifying with construction of a tall brick perimeter, and a nearby taxpayer-funded office with his own chief of staff and press secretary. Michelle Obama will also open an office there, along with the Obama Foundation.” reports the Mr. Sperry.  He continued, “Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.”

The Robin to his Batman is a familiar foe of the Republican Party and together they bring a sizable group with them:

“Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. will be aided in that effort by the Obama Foundation, run by Obama’s former political director, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, launched last month by Obama pal Eric Holder to end what he and Obama call GOP “gerrymandering” of congressional districts.”

Known as for his hands-on detailed oriented management style, Mr. Obama appears as dedicated to resistance management:

“Obama is intimately involved in OFA operations and even tweets from the group’s account. In fact, he gave marching orders to OFA foot soldiers following Trump’s upset victory. “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope.”

The Obama/Holder faction is also backing a DNC Chairman candidate.

“Critical to the fight is rebuilding the ravaged Democrat Party. Obama hopes to install his former civil-rights chief Tom Perez at the helm of the Democratic National Committee. Perez is running for the vacant DNC chairmanship, vowing “It’s time to organize and fight . . . We must stand up to protect President Obama’s accomplishments;” while also promising, “We’re going to build the strongest grass-roots organizing force this country has ever seen.”

The strongest opposition in that race is Rep. Keith Ellison, an avowed Muslim socialist backed by Senator Bernie Sanders. The question is not whether the Democratic Party is becoming socialist, the question is which socialist will be the leader. This is not Bill Clinton’s party any longer.

Inauguration Letter: Bush to Obama

Perhaps one of my favorite inauguration traditions as a writer is the Inauguration Day Letter from the outgoing president to the incoming president. While the letters are brief, they capture the character of the outgoing president and provide a source of inspiration mixed with a dose of reality for the president-elect.

We won’t know exactly what President Obama says in his note to President Donald Trump in the near future, unless he chooses to make the note public. But, we can guess based on President Obama’s final press conference and an interview he did with 60 Minutes that two pieces of advice might be that the president-elect should rely on his team (can’t do the job alone) and that “certain norms” and “institutional traditions don’t get eroded.”

There may be some unknowns about the Inauguration Day Letter that’s left in the Oval Office today, but we can look back to January 20, 2009 (thanks to the National Archives and Records Administration) and see what President George W. Bush included in his note to President Barack Obama.

Jan 20, 2009

Bush-to-Obama-Inauguration-Letter
Image courtesy of ABC News and National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Barack,

Congratulations on becoming our President. You have just begun a fantastic chapter in your life.

Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel. Very few know the excitement of the moment and the challenges you will face.

There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your “friends” will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead.

God bless you.

Sincerely,

GW

I had the honor to serve President Bush as a White House Intern in 2008. While the interns don’t get to spend a lot of candid time with the president, there were a few times that we got to see him when the cameras were off. I grew to admire his character the more I was there. He was a man of God – and that’s clearly reflected in his note – not just in the mention of having an Almighty God as a source of comfort, but also in saying that he will be pulling him, despite their political differences.

So when did this whole Inauguration Day Letter tradition start? Like so many awesome things, it started with President Ronald Reagan. President George H.W. Bush shared a glimpse of the note he received at President Reagan’s funeral – the heading? “Don’t let the turkeys get you down.” According to President Bush’s description of the note, the stationary President Reagan used showed a group of turkeys trying to take an elephant down.

One final thought – Do you think President Reagan left any jelly beans to accompany his note?

Planned Parenthood hypocrites demand your tax dollars to ban pro-life speech

On August 31, the California legislature sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk that could throw whistleblowers and pro-life investigators in jail. Written by Planned Parenthood, it has been opposed by The Los Angeles Times and the ACLU – two prominent organizations that back abortion – on free speech grounds.

Days later, President Barack Obama proposed a regulation that would, according to Huffington Post, “permanently” prevent states from defunding Planned Parenthood. The regulation says that states may not take away Title X birth control and abortifacient funding – most of which goes to Planned Parenthood – from any groups over philosophical or ideological differences, such as the scientific truth that abortion kills unborn children.

In other words: If you’re a taxpayer who might want your tax dollars to not fund abortion-inducing drugs and devices, you’re out of luck. This is unlike “about 9,000 providers” who lost state funding in the last couple of decades, according to Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox. Mattox told Congress that while “in most of these cases, they’re completely uncontroversial,” only Planned Parenthood receives federal protection, “a privilege that other providers don’t get to have.”

These are just the latest efforts by Planned Parenthood and its well-funded allies in government to restrict free speech by pro-life Americans. Planned Parenthood has backed the Obama administration’s HHS Mandate that requires nuns, priests, religious health and educational institutions, and for-profit business owners and employees to pay for abortion-inducing drugs and devices. The mandate lost in the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2014 Hobby Lobby case, and was knocked down to lower courts by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

Yet Planned Parenthood stands by it, demanding that private citizens use their private dollars to pay for things they morally oppose.

Bubble and barrier zones that limit pro-life advocates’ ability to make their case while on public property are in place across the country, with Planned Parenthood’s backing, while no such restrictions apply to abortion workers and volunteers. In fact, in Chicago, Planned Parenthood donated birth control and abortifacients so its supporters could stand on Hobby Lobby’s private property and distribute these items.

Additionally, a number of cities and states around the country have attempted to force pro-life pregnancy care centers to recommend abortions. The California version of this law has been supported by Planned Parenthood, which has hypocritically joined NARAL in opposing pro-life investigations while using NARAL’sinvestigations” to target pro-life speech.

Planned Parenthood’s cherry-picked sensitivity to free speech infringements aren’t limited to undercover investigations. The group sued Ohio to retain state funding, with its lawyers declaring eliminating funding would constitute harm to Planned Parenthood’s free speech. The same is true in Utah, and elsewhere.

Author’s Note: This piece was originally published at Hot Air.

As Democrats protect Planned Parenthood, this Senator wants everyone to know what abortion’s really about

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama proposed a regulation that would effectively ban states from defunding Planned Parenthood. Senate Democrats have likewise decided to hold hostage funding to research and stop Zika unless Planned Parenthood can get grubby fingers into a $95 million pot.

Senator James Lankford (R-OK), meanwhile, wants the American people to know what abortion — AKA the reason that Planned Parenthood exists — is really all about: The total and complete destruction of a human being.

“This bill brings to light what actually happens to an unborn child during an abortion,” Lankford told TheDC. “This bill doesn’t stand alone – it is part of a larger effort to protect innocent life, like redirecting funding from Planned Parenthood to community health centers, prohibiting taxpayer dollars for abortion, prohibiting abortion after twenty-weeks when we know a child can feel pain, and ensuring that a child born alive is given care.”

“We disagree on many issues as a nation, including the issue of abortion,” continued the senator. “Surely, we can all agree that dismantling a child in the womb during a late-term abortion is inhumane and is not reflective of our American values.”

The bill in question is a ban on dismemberment abortions, which are 95 percent of the second trimester abortions. Literally, children are ripped limb from limb in order to provide abortionists a tidy little profit.

I’d go one step further than Lankford, and say that the murder of any unborn human “is not reflective of our American values,” something I know he believes, as well. While this bill has almost no chance of getting a vote, let alone passage into law, it’s good to see Lankford unabashedly continuing the work of David Daleiden and highlighting the ghastly realities of abortion.

Obama Vacations on Martha’s Vineyard While Louisiana Drowns

This morning, my wife and I prayed for a family she works with, whose relatives in Louisiana have nowhere to live after their home was flooded. In what’s called the worst national disaster since Super Storm Sandy, 11 people have died and 40,000 homes have been damaged.

Twenty parishes were under a federal disaster zone and more than a dozen were subject to overnight curfews. At least 14 people have been arrested for looting over the last two days in East Baton Rouge Parish and nine more were arrested for the same crime in nearby Livingston Parish, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

There was “total devastation” in some sections of East Baton Rouge Parish and “significant” power outages, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux reported Tuesday.

Though President Obama signed a major disaster declaration and activated FEMA, he himself (along with most of the country) is content to let this disaster remain in the background. Obama is on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the exclusive Massachusetts island off of Cape Cod, where nothing is flooding.

On Sunday, after Obama had already played golf for about five hours, the small group of reporters that accompanies the president in public was released for dinner, but told to reassemble at 8:15 p.m. After a two-and-a-half-hour wait, Obama’s motorcade rolled down the dirt driveway of his secluded rental in Chilmark, on the island’s western tip.

Thirty minutes later, and after a circuitous route on largely darkened roads through five of the vineyard’s six towns, the motorcade pulled up to Lola’s in Oak Bluffs, on the other side of the island. The White House said the First Family, a description signifying the inclusion of Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, had joined friends for a “social event” at the Southern seafood restaurant.

Obama socialized for about an hour before returning his family to their rented home just before 1 a.m. Monday.

He was on the move again less than 12 hours later, to play his seventh round of golf since he arrived Aug. 6.

A week earlier, the president and Michelle spent nearly four hours at dinner with friends at an Oak Bluffs restaurant before returning to Chilmark around 11:30pm.

Two days later, the couple joined friends at State Road, a restaurant in West Tisbury where the Obamas have eaten many times.

Then the vacation kicked into a higher gear on Thursday, when the president and first lady joined friends for dinner in Edgartown. They returned home at 11 p.m.

Such an exhausting schedule. Meanwhile, 1,000 Red Cross volunteers are headed to Louisiana, and 8,400 people remain in emergency shelters. It’s so good to know that the president, so late in his last term, still cares (about golf).

U.S. Funds Iranian Military with $1.7 Billion

After the Obama administration lied and shoved the Iran nuclear deal down America’s throat, now we learn that our government paid Iran $1.7 billion in taxpayer money, which the Islamic Republic used to build up its military.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Lawmakers recently launched an investigation to determine if the payment was in fact part of a secret ransom deal with Iran, the Free Beacon recently disclosed.

Iranian officials have now disclosed that officials have ordered that this $1.7 billion be allocated to the Islamic Republic’s military forces.

Iran’s military investment comes as it seeks to boost its forces stationed in the Persian Gulf region. Iran also is engaged in several controversial arms deals with the Russians, including the purchase of several warplanes and an advanced missile system.

The State Department went mum on this revelation.

What will Iran use those weapons for?

This year’s spike in Iran’s military budget gives it greater resources to escalate its involvement in proxy wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, and to accelerate the pace of its ballistic missiles program. U.S. inaction as Iran doubles down on its military objectives is not, as President Obama recently described it, a step towards helping Tehran “share the neighborhood” with other regional powers. Instead, it brings the region one step closer to military conflict.

America wrote that check because Obama wants to partner with Iran for “peace and stability.”